lørdag 19. august 2017

Back home, again :)

Back home again, which is a very good feeling indeed. A long trip it was as my new tickets meant I had to change planes three times, and a bit of waiting in between as well of course. 
Well, I was inside the house an hour or so past midnight which was good enough in the end. 

Another one from the Rolleiflex a bit earlier this summer. Late night shot on either 1/2s or 1s shutter time. No tripod, but I think I might supported the old thing in my lap or something. 

Just thought it was about time to check my undeveloped films. Find them from all the places I've put them and get ready to get them all done. 16 rolls 135 film and 7 rolls 120 film is going to take me some time to come through I'm afraid. 
I'll try my best folks, so keep coming back to this place and I hopefully will have something new some day soon. 

torsdag 17. august 2017

The Things that Happens

I just learned that "Fotografiska" of Stockholm, Sweden, is going to open another one of their "museums" some time during 2018. This time in London. Nothing much wrong with that as it seems to be a company of both knowledge and nice exhibitions, but I must say I have always had a bad feeling about them calling themselves a museum. It's a privatly owned company, after all, and probably not actually a museum.
I've never payed them any visit though, as for yet anyway. It's quite far away from my parts of Norway over to Stockholm, so even though we have been talking about going there some time it has yet to happen.
If I ever go there I will probably pay the ticket to get inside and have a look anyway. People seems to like the place, after all.
Anyway, now it seems I can just as easy go to London to have a look at what they have to offer. It's a bit easier than going to Stockholm after all.
I would really like to see the snaps of Anders Petersen some day, if I could. I know there's been an exhibition in Fotografiska, Stockholm with his pictures. They may come to London some day as well for all we know.

A square from the stairs inside the old house where my local photo club having their meetings and such. It's a nice building over there, at the other side of the road. A nice place to go to see a play or whatever. It's another one of them Rolleiflex snaps by the look of it.

Oh well. Last day at work for now, it seems. It's been an interesting trip in many ways, but usually that also means a few hickups here and there. A couple of days ago we had an issue with lub oil entering a very, very hot surface... Luckily no fire, but the potential was at a scary level. Managed to stop the engine and repair the broken stuff, so no particular harm done to anyone or anything. Which is good!

Don't know when I snapped this one, to be honest... Could have been a year ago, or something like that. Another square, so I know where it comes from, but that's about it. I don't even know if it's any cool or not.

Now I just can't wait to getting home, get my films developed, take a few walks in whatever weather we get, go visiting my parents and stuff like that. It's going to be great, I'm sure.
The grandson will come for a visit to our place, and the daughter want to have a short but good lection on pinhole cameras... so I will get a few things to do, it seems. Which is good, of course.
But first we need to get ashore and away from Peterhead heading for Aberdeen and from there find our flight over the North Sea and things like that.
Looks like the ship will return over to Norway in a couple of weeks, so I might sign on somewhere closer to home the next time I go on board. We will see!

tirsdag 15. august 2017

"New" lenses on their way!

It's Tuesday. The last one on board for the next four weeks or so, hopefully...
We were supposed to start the steaming for Peterhead tomorrow morning, but now they suddenly decided to push it 24 hrs. ahead. Ah... brilliant! That means changing flights again, and going home on a friday also means I will not be home until Saturday morning. Less flights from Oslo going north in Norway on a Friday evening. I know, because I've tried doing that more than enough lately. So not exactly what I needed... but what can I do about it?
Well... nothing at all, since you ask.

Some time this spring it was, I think. We got beaches up around my place as well, as you might knew already. Not that we got a lot of them, not at all, but there's still a few facing the North Sea. This is Flø, a place I really like. Open landscapes... I love them! There's even an island out there called Runde. It's famous for all the sea birds hatching out there, and also a bit famous for it's treacherous waters and loads of ship wrecks spread around the island. Back in 1972 a couple of divers found a quite huge pile of gold dukats from a Dutch ship called "Akerendam" that went down outside the island on it's maiden voyage back in 1725. Around 57000 coins were brought up from the sea bed, and around 6500 of them were gold coins.

At least this time I'll bring stuff home. Loads of film, actually. Exposed film obviously, since bringing unexposed film back home would not be worth mentioning here on the blog. At least as long as I'm not talking about unexposed film, which I never seem to do anyway. Unexposed film is of very little interrest, to tell the truth. It's just stuff you need, like food and things like that.
Well, I bring a bunch of exposed film back home and there's hopefully something good hiding inside the frames of one or two of them rolls.
I was just checking. There's all sorts of kinds there; HP5+, FP4+, Kentmere 100, Fomapan 100, PAN 400... OK, not all sorts maybe but still quite a few. There's a couple of rolls having gone through the "new" Olympus Pen EE-3 half frame thing as well, which I really look forward to see the result of. I hope to find grain and wrongly exposed stuff in there, between other things. I guess I have a fair chance. I know I got a bunch of rolls at home as well, waiting for me. It's going to be developing bonanza, or something like that.
Don't know exactly when I'll get some scanning done though, but I'll get it done somehow. I might even get a print or five done as well with a bit of luck, so keep watching this space.

Same beach, same place. It's not a long beach at all, but it's absolutely a nice one. Nice weather this day, as you quite clearly can see. No sea weed and stuff this day, but bring on a few gales and it will be here for sure.
Both snaps done inside the Rolleiflex on some sort of film. Looks like it might have been loaded with some old stuff, to be honest...

I was looking around the web for a couple of cheap lenses for the Nikon system yesterday. Found a bunch of overpriced ones, totally out of the question they were, as there's no bank to break or anything out here at sea. But shame on the one who gives up that easily, so I switched over to a bit less usual place to look. Found the lenses I was looking for rather quickly, but there was a camera attached to both of them. Got both the lenses and their big back covers more or less for free, so it looks like I got a couple of Nikon EM bodies to give away some day. Need to have them tested, of course, but I don't think they're quite my thing to be honest. But OK... I guess I'll keep at least one of them anyway. You never know, you know...
It's the old Nikon E series of lenses we're talking about here. Small and light things they are, and not that bad really. I think I got two longish E-series' back home, the 135mm and the old 70-210 zoom, but I don't think I ever use them too much. I seem to never do any serious "tele" snapping at all. But, as any lens they might come in handy some day, but then again they will probably sit at home in a shelf or under a chair or wherever else but inside my bag should I suddenly need them. See? I know myself quite well by now I would say. 
This time I was primarily looking for the light weighted, short and tiny 50mm. Ended up with both a 50 and a 35 in the end, and some sort of Tamron half long zooming kind of thing as well by the look of the snaps inside the ad. I didn't even care to ask what it was, since it was the Nikon lenses I was after. The little lot bought for around £10 is not bad at all these days when you're looking at the asking price for certain types of glass around the interweb. I mean there were even straps on the cameras, which will cost you a lot these days after all! A very good deal I think it was indeed.
Oh well... if they work and things like that, of course.
I'll soon have it all checked and maybe even tested, so I'll let you all know how they look and feel and perform and things like that a bit later.

søndag 13. august 2017

A tiny bunch of 365's

Time to post a tiny stack of four scans from the 365@50 project again. 
Nothing with any high wow factor this time either... which really indicates the level of boring life I live. We also have to keep in mind that these snaps are from early March, and the winter is still keeping a tight grip on more or less everything at that time of year. 
There's not too much snow, as you can perfectly well see, but the temperature can still get pretty low in this time of year. Not low, as in really low, as we're still located close to the coast. Still it's best to keep in mind that minus 10 degrees C at the coast of Norway can easily feel at least just as cold as minus 40 a bit inland from here. Not that this was the case any day last winter, but we have had our moments...!

From my notebook:
#064: Looking for a new place to live. This will not be the one!
#065: High Power road. Solnørdalen, a back road rarely used.
#066: Less Power road. Sø om Sula, Nøringset.
#067: The Landy, between a rock and a hard place.





fredag 11. august 2017

What about his mental health, you may think by now...?

It's a fact, sadly enough, that some people suffer from some degree of mental illness while others seems to keep themselves with a rather fit upstairs throughout their whole life no matter how old they grow. That's just the way it is, even though I don't like the thought of it. 
I would, and probably most people share my view on this, prefere if we could all be well and up to speed through all our lives. All of us.
I'm not going to dive and dig very deeply into this, because I know nothing much about it at all to tell the truth, but there was this little thing I found lurking around the big social media site this morning that caught my eye. I had a decent attempt to try reading through it a few minutes ago as I finally found the time for it. I found it to be a tiny bit interesting, but nothing much more than that actually.

It's right here, if you would prefere to have a look at it yourselves as well. Not only taking my words as gospel, as that would not be a very wise thing to do in the longer term of things. 

Looks like these steps has been used a bit up through the years. It's from the IOGT house in my home town. It's where the local photo club has their monthly meetings, as it happens. I've been there once, but will walk them steps soon again. There's even a darkroom up there, at the very top of the stairs.
Don't remember too well, but might have been snapped with one of the leicas, or maybe it was a Nikon. Wide angle lens, for sure.

It's about the posts out there on instagram, as you might know by now, and what them snaps might look like compared to our inner selves.
All it says is basically that I must be a mental wreck... at least if instagram posts and blog posts and stuff you post on the said other big social media place can be compared, which we have to assume they can. And I post on all three platforms, mind you. You'll find more or less the same snaps all over them places, or at least different versions of the same things. And they are dark... most of them, I know. Mainly because my medium of choice completely lacks pigments of any sorts. Secondary because I personally find them pigments (whenever I find them and use them) to be a bit in the way inside a nice snap. Not all the time, mind you, but often. In addition, I seem to like the darkish mood of things at times, as it's also a bit fitting to the place I live concerning the lack of light most of the year.

Closed door!

That's why I got what I think would be a few "good reasons" to post my grainy, darkish and gloomy snaps. 
Still I consider myself as being of very good mental health, or even mentally strong believe it or not, even though my pictures may suggest otherwise. I'm even checked every now and again, because of the nature of the work I do of course, but that's a totally different story.
Don't know what I really wanted to say with this one, other than maybe suggest that I will still treat a B&W photo, and their belonging B&W photographers, for what I still think they really are. Great artists with focus on the feelings inside a picture and lots to say, and a bunch of fantastic people that I really love and respect.
Nah! I don't this article hits every nail right on the spot, even though there's probably some truth in there as well. 
After all, it's been researched by this Harvard doctor and everything.
That's it, really :)

Oh... and happy days and good health to all of you out there!!

onsdag 9. august 2017

A few quick thoughts at the end of a long day

Been a long day at work this one. 
Stuff someone just have to do, you know, at least when the engineers are busy doing other things. Blocked shower drains, I try not to say too much about that... and also doing the yearly filter change on the crane involving 15 filters and a serious amount of hydraulic oil flowing freely all over where you don't want it to flow.
You can easily bring two extra guys with two buckets each, and the oil will still flow where you seriously don't want it. Murphys law... just good old Murphys law!
I'll leave the rest to your own imagination.

The weather is nice though! And we're seeing the end of the trip coming closer each minute now. Just one more week and I'll be home, or at least bag packed and ready to fly the next morning. 
Still... let's just hope for a Wednesday crew change. I think we deserve that now, thinking about the blocked drains and things like that. 

We hear new rumors each day now, about new stuff we seem to might get to do in the months to come. All sorts of stuff has been mentioned, but we have to wait and see what's coming down as real work in the end. Looks like we're heading over to old Norway soon, though. Still a couple of weeks ahead, but we're getting there. 

From the old dry dock at Rubbestadneset, Bømlo, Norway around Christmas time 2016. Rolleiflex squary box TLR with some Zeiss Planar lens on board. Got no idea about the film used, but might find out if someone should show the tiniest bit of interest... 

I went around the area shown in the snap above a bit last year. Around Christmas time it was, or just a couple of weeks before Christmas, to tell the truth. 
It was a nice place taking into consideration we're talking about a yard. A shipyard, to be specific. 
Nice old boat inside of that dry dock and everything. It was built back in the days when they really knew how to design a ship. 
These days they only build square stuff... or so it seems, at least. 
Anyway, I'm actually happy if they build more ships at all to tell you the truth. To keep me busy and stuff like that, of course. 
And what would this place be without one or two stories from the huge, blue ocean anyway?

mandag 7. august 2017

Four more of them 365's

Another small batch from the 365 series of 2017.
Same old stuff, as you see. 
The notes from my little black book gives us the following few key words:

#060: Breakers, a speaker and the door. 
#061: Arriving Peterhead for crew change.
#062: Crew change day. LN-BAA at Aberdeen, Dyce.
#063: At home. Boats downtown, Ålesund. 





torsdag 3. august 2017

Off we go, over to the usual side

So, we have finished throwing that semi-long thing called an umbilical down to the seabed. Everything's been duly checked and all seem to be happy with the job done, so we found it best to get out of here soon as.
Not that it's not a nice enough place to stay, but we're not exactly here on vacation either and seem to have other business to do over at the other side of Scotland, or thereabouts. 
So off we go, heading north and a bit east for the moment. 

Nope, it's not exactly new this one either. Snapped it one day before summer kicked in a couple of years ago as I was taking the M3 camera out for a walk around the area we had the ship moored up for a week or two while trying to sort stuff out after the disaster after hitting the wave west of Shetland somewhere. This was a much brighter and better day though, and it was in Norway. I can tell, because there's trees around the place. 

It's August, as it happens, and when I get home in a few weeks from now it's already starting to get a bit darker in the evenings, even up there at my place just north of the 62nd parallel. That will usually mean I'll soon get things to do inside the house in the evenings, which in turn will lead to a few films seeing the inside of the developing tank, and hopefully a few nice prints to be printed in the darkroom. 
It's been way too long since I've been printing now, and I'm really looking forward to a session or three in there among a few enlargers, some trays and bottles of chemicals and what have we all in there. 
But first it's the films, of course. The raw material, so to say. 
I got a bunch of them ready for developing, and that number might just as well increase a bit until I'm back home again by the look of it. I don't know if I will be able to get ashore to do a lot of snapping during the rest of this working period, but I still have a few exposed films around.

Anyway, by experience I know I'm probably better off with as few plans as possible...

onsdag 2. august 2017

A smoking "room" with a view

It's not that easy these days, being a smoker. Not that I'm affected by it in any way, I should add. 
Back in the days when I grew up it was very much different, but we don't want to think about that nowadays. There's a few trips on the bus and inside cars I could very much do without though...

This smoking area in the somewhat closed part of the harbour in the northern area of Lerwick is of the more ventilated type. Most days there will be enough fresh air around to make it quite safe even for non-smokers to attend the laughs and talk going on in places like this.

Leica M of some sort, and film. That's about all I remember from snapping this.