Notes : Daniel Ridings

January 7, 2008

Clash of values

Filed under: PAW 2007 — at 10:32 pm

She lived in a high density urban area but had spent the last month
with her uncle, her mother’s brother. We were bringing her back home
and she pleaded with her uncle to get her mother to let her stay for a
while longer:

Her mother, nervously declined and explained that her father wanted
her home now:

She was nervous, because she herself knew that it was a breach of
custom. The maternal uncle has more authority over the children of a
family than a biological father. That is the way a matriarchy works.

It was an awkward moment, a clash between traditional and modern
values and he felt the clumsiness of the situation. Deep down, he felt
it wasn’t a good reason. His niece was crushed.

October 22, 2007

2007 PAW 42

Filed under: PAW 2007,Photography — at 10:49 pm

Trains, trains, trains. The Swedish train company should simply be liquidated, not even sold or privatized, just liquidated, but I’ll not go in to that.

The platform in Kungsbacka …


The station in Copenhagen …


And all they lead to is a table of your own, eating by yourself at a restaurant …

Jensen's Bøfhus

Or … sitting over a cup of coffee at a bookstore …


All taken with a Kiev 4a and a Jupiter-8M (normal lens), Tmax100 (scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to film lying around the house).

There are more in the shoebox.

October 7, 2007

2007 PAW 40

Filed under: PAW 2007,Photography — at 10:31 am

Many of my photographs are taken on walks to and from the office or train stations. There are unusually many joggers in the woods along the stream that runs through the town. This one was taken in the evening. I can tell by how the light is falling.

Hunderupsskov, Odense

I am still using my FSU cameras, a Kiev 4a, after having my Leica CL stolen a couple of weeks ago. This one was taken with a Kiev 4a from 1970, a Jupiter-12 (35/2.8) from the early sixties and Tmax400 developed in HC110.

There are some more photographs from this week in the weekly shoebox.

October 4, 2007

2007 PAW 39

Filed under: PAW 2007,Photography — at 8:35 am

A couple of weeks ago I lost a Leica CL and a couple of lenses to a pick-pocket style theft while waiting on a train at Copenhagen station. Losing that kind of equipment gets old.

I have quite a few FSU (Former Soviet Union) cameras and lenses. Most of them are the Contax style Kiev camera with the rebadged Zeiss lenses from the 40’s: Jupiter-12 (35/2.8 Biogon), Jupter-8 (50/2.0 Sonnar) and Jupiter-9 (85/2.0 Sonnar). They all perform as well as older Leica lenses (which is all I have, that is, older ones, not the newer aspheric lenses).

So why risk expensive stuff when the quality can be just as good … as long as you can find a body that holds up. I have been fortunate enough to find one.

I ran some tests first, just to be sure, and this informal portrait of Rebecca, in the doorway of the livingroom that leads out into the backyard, is one of the results:

Rebecca at the backdoor

September 22, 2007

Country road

Filed under: PAW 2007,Photography — at 11:06 am

Ewa on a country road

Rebecca 1

Rebecca 2

All taken with a Pentacon Six. The first one used a Flektogon 50/4.0 and the other two were taken with the standard lens, Biometar 80/2.8, 1/60 @ 2.8.

September 12, 2007

2007 PAW 36

Filed under: PAW 2007,Photography — at 9:14 pm

Gunn, Ewa’s mother, came over to eat a birthday meal together with Simon.

Gunn - a portrait

I’ve wanted a portrait of her for a while. I feel ok with this one.

July 8, 2007

PAW 26 and 27

Filed under: PAW 2007,Photography — at 5:39 am

During midsummer festivities I used some old Kiev bodies rather than expensive cameras … you never know what will happen.

It wasn’t really a compromise. The Kievs use some very good lenses, Jupiter-12, Jupiter-8 and Jupiter-9, in my case. They are Biogon and Sonnar lenses made in the former Soviet Union. You might have to shop around a bit, but it doesn’t take too much effort to find lenses that perform like their contempory Zeiss lenses. The optical industry in the Soviet Union was no slouch.

This one is a shot with the Jupiter-9 (85/2.0):

The Kiev’s, like the Contaxes they are, have a couple, not many, weak points. One is that the two halves of the focal plane shutter are held together and spaced by silk ribbons. The actually shutter is metal, but the ribbons will break every 15, 20 or 30 years. The ones on the body I was using with the 85/2.0 broke, which was a pity because they were nicely matched to each other.

So … I had to try and find another Kiev body (Kiev 4A) that would work well with my lenses. I ran some tests with the 50 and the 85, using Fomapan 200 developed in R09 (ur-Rodinal). I used the Zeiss Jena Sonnar (50/2.0):

and the Jupiter-9:

Even if the body and 85/2.0 were hitting focus alright, the body was scratching the film as you can see in the shot above.

On the LUG (Leica Users’ Group), Hoppy was left cold by the 50 Sonnar shot. The sunlight on Rebecca’s arm was too burned out. That is a characteristic of Fomapan 200 and R09, not so much the lens. The lens can usually deliver good tonality. So I wanted to show that for week 27, the following week:

I used Agfapan APX400 developed in Xtol this time (10+ minutes diluted 1:1).

Week 26 ended up with a Rolleicord shot as its main:


More from both weeks can be seen in the shoeboxes for week 26 and week 27.

June 17, 2007

PAW 24

Filed under: PAW 2007,Photography — at 1:50 pm

It feels like it has been a slow week photographically. The best was probably a couple of portraits of Ewa. The first one with the old uncoated Elmar:

The second one was with a Kiev-4a and a Jupiter-9 (Sonnar lens made in the former Soviet Union).

There are some more shots from the week, from Copenhagen, Odense and Göteborg, in the shoebox for the week.

June 11, 2007

PAW 23

Filed under: PAW 2007,Photography — at 5:24 am


May 29, 2007

PAW 21: Ewa

Filed under: PAW 2007,Photography — at 5:21 pm

Ewa and I have been married 30 years now (on Wednesday last week). Feels only natural to have a picture of her as my PAW.

Still beautiful.

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