Zurück in den Häxler

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Neulich im Hotel in Moskau

Nach beinahe 20 Jahren kehre ich wieder zurück in den “Häxler”. Der Häxler ist der Rezensionsblog meines alten Freunds Andreas Schweitzer, doch seinen Anfang nahm er als Rezensionssparte des Fanzines GRIMOIRE, das Andreas und ich in den 1990er Jahren gemeinsam herausgaben und auf das wir bis heute noch ein wenig stolz sind.


Auf einer Dienstreise las ich kürzlich wieder einen Klassiker der Phantastischen Literatur, nämlich Fritz Leibers “Our Lady of Darkness”, der mir beim zweiten Lesen genau so gut gefiel wie beim ersten Mal. Es ist schade zu sehen, dass es von diesem Buch anscheinend nur eine einzige deutsche Ausgabe gegeben hat (erschienen 1980 bei Heyne). Dabei ist der Roman mit starken autobiographischen Zügen wirklich lesenswert und hat seinen World Fantasy Award nicht unberechtigterweise erhalten. Die komplette Rezension gibt es also bei Andi im Häxler!

Es gibt auch einen interessanten virtuellen Spaziergang zu den Schauplätzen des Romans: Stalking Our Lady of Darkness.


About 20 years ago I co-edited a fanzine (Grimoire) with my old friend Andreas Schweitzer. The fanzine is long dead but Andreas has revived the review part, which we jokingly called “Häxler” (chopper, or, blender) as a blog. Recently, my reading of the classic urban fantasy novel “Our Lady of Darkness” by Fritz Leiber made me want to write a review, and re-join Andreas in a common publication after almost two decades. By the way, Leiber’s classic novel is awesome and well worth a read!

Photography and Geekery around Lake Geneva – Part 2: The H.R. Giger museum

Whilst the first installment of my travel blog from my trip to Switzerland was mostly about photography in Lausanne, the second installment will focus on my other passion: the “Phantastic” in literature and art. Read about my visit to the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyère after the jump.

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Mittelformat-Filme entwickeln im Saarland

Ich mache gewöhnlich keine Werbung, aber wenn ich von einem Angebot überzeugt bin, bin ich gerne bereit es weiterzuempfehlen. Heute möchte ich einen kleinen Hinweis geben, wo man günstig im Saarland seine Mittelformatfilme entwickeln kann, nämlich bei Knut Spang in Spiesen-Elversberg.

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Apps for Film Photographers: Useful or Not?

Over the last few weeks I looked at different pieces of software and hardware that work with mobile devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets) to make the lives of film photographers easier.

Today, I want to do a little recap and also ask the question: To app or not to app?

Smartphones have been around for quite a while but since the iPhone appeared on the stage mobile developers have produced a staggering number of mobile software application to cater for almost every possible need. From useful, to fun, to questionable to downright silly – there is an app for everything. In fact, most of the time there plenty of apps for a particular task. Just check how many calendars and to-do list apps are out there!

But how does using mobile devices together with film photography change the photography process – for better or worse…

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Useful Apps for Film Photographers – Part 6: Film Manufacturers

In the, for now, penultimate installment of this series on Useful Apps for Film Photographers I want to have a look at how the manufacturers of film are doing in the mobile space. As we have seen so far there are many ways that mobile apps can be useful for analogue shutter bugs. Are the emulsion makers big and small making use of that?

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Useful Apps for Film Photographers – Part 5: Bridging the Analogue/Digital Gap

When I started listing some mobile apps that are useful for film photographers I did not know that there would actually be such a lot of apps out there.
Some of them don’t require anything but your smartphone (or tablet, or similar mobile device). Others use dedicated hardware that links up to your device. In today’s post I have again a bit of both.
Today we want to look at ways to bridge the analogue/digital gap both ways.

Let’s face it. Even though many of us still shoot film, most of our images ultimately end up digitally. We share them on the internet, send them to friends, or post them on Facebook. So, what are the little helpers out there to turn analogue to digital and, wait for it, digital to analogue?
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Useful Apps for Film Photographers – Part 4: Reciprocity Failure

Last week’s blog post about incident light metering apps was not only  relevant for film photographers to be honest, but also for digital. This time I want to have another look at apps helping you with the right exposure but it’s going to be more relevant for film. I’m talking about reciprocity failure. (If you think r e c i p r o c i t y is an awe-inspiring word you should know that the German translation Schwarzschild-Effekt is even cooler!)
So what is it? In short, it means that film does not behave the same at all exposure times. At longer exposure times (usually longer than one second) films require even more exposure than calculated by your ASA/f-stop combination. So, if your light meter tells you to expose for, say, 3 seconds in reality it might be 3 seconds plus another x seconds.

Now, there is a physical law behind this, but unfortunately the effect is not the same for every film. Some films are more forgiving than others and have been optimized for long exposures. With other films though, the Schwarzschild-Effekt (I couldn’t resist) kicks in much earlier. So, what can you do?
Film manufacturers provide the details on the film data sheets that you can download for every film type (well, most film types), so that you can calculate the necessary adjustments.  In the field, however, you might not have every data sheet handy and it could  be inconvenient to consult them for your shot. Thanks to the Gods of Photography there’s an app for that!

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Useful Apps for Film Photographers – Part 3: Keeping Track of Your Film

I admit I am a bit unorganised at times and whilst I am trying to be more diligent when it comes to my photo equipment I sometimes forget which film is in which camera. Sometimes I forget to take out (or put in) that little cardboard piece from the film pack and some older cameras don’t even have a holder for it. (Yes, there is always the sello tape option which is what I currently do). And even if I do know what film is in my camera at the moment I might have forgotten all the details about a particular film when I get around to developing it weeks later. Today, I want to look at two apps and services that can help to be more organised about your films and how you used them.

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