Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Three pictures of my significant other,Anna.
They are 1-2 years old.They are not posed.
She looks much better in real life.
We moved in three months ago. It is fun living with her.

Neg defects that rock(nikon fm2n 50/1.4AI ilford pan 400,possibly at 800).I overhandled the neg so it has defects.

One of the 2 or 3 pictures I took with a digital camera(dad's fujifilm 5000,35 equivalent at 2.8 between 1/10 and 1/60)

Start SLR with helios 44 - ilford pan 400 - love the camera for portraits - I didnt wash the negative well and the residue stayed. I like it.Gives it a nostalgic and somewhat melancholic look.

The package from Oleg Khalyavin arrived at the post office with the CLA'd jupiter 12 and summitar.Total work cost - 25$.That man is a magician and a darn nice guy.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

liquidating stuff and dreaming of leica m2

I decided to cut down my cameras to two systems+MF.
I am keeping the nikon kit and want to get a leica m2(if I can get one for the rediculous price bracket I can afford) adn the yashicamat(unless I can get a more comfy MF to replace it - like a small 6x6 slr or rolleiflex or maybe an RF of some kind - something light and comfy).

I am intrested in selling:
pentax k1000+50/2 SMC A
yashica 14e(very dead meter,rest seems ok)
zorki 4 with j-8\j-12\summitar 1939 uncoated(1958 and 1959) CLA'd and handpicked by Oleg(I will sell the lenses that I wont use on the leica - I hope to find it with a 35 or 50).
vilia auto (with lantanum triplet)
elicon 35cm
k mount to m42 adapter(LOMO one for ALMAZ)
m42 x2 teleconverter;set of 4 non auto extension tubes
m42 50/1.8 pentacon auto; m42 135/2.8 pallas magenta(both auto)
some 49 filters.

intrested? email me.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Kobi Wolf

I've been to this guy's
expo about a year in a mental hospital wonderful.I talked to him and a press photog for 40 minutes or so. Played with the press photog's x-pan II(I like a leica M2 more. I want one. Wanna sell me one?). Neato. He shoots BW film(tmax\delta 400) for editorial work. He told me he pushes it for high contrast up to 1600. I am shooting a roll of tmax400@1600 now as an experiment.

The exhibition was shot with an EOS 5 on tri-x. All wet printed on ilford paper. Kobi is a darn nice guy and I hope he suceeds in his further projects. He is in the market for a leica now. I enjoyed talking to him so much I forgot to ask him to sign the book(stupid!stupid!stupid!). All the book proceedings go to the hospital.

Walked around and shot a couple of rolls with the nikon with the 50 and 28.Shot some people and graffiti.

I like Tel Aviv. People are such exhibitionists they like their photo taken. It's not a struggle like here,people don't ask for explanations,they understand your an amateur street photographer and will talk to you about it. Lots of beautiful girls(more then average beautiful-we are in Israel-we have good looking girls everywhere).I've seen 4-5 potentialy anorectic girls.

Monday, November 20, 2006

rain dogs

I am in the AM martini(5/1 - gin/vermouth) after work(can't sleep the night after a nightshift)

so there's stuff:

Tom Waits - Rains dogs cover facts.interesting

was loaned a 3rd party 300/4 in m42.the glass is imaculate but there is oil on the blades and using it stop down is a pain. Shot some at 1/1000 - difficult to focus a f/4 lens with no split screen(on a pentax k1000 via adapter).The lens used to belong to a private detective.

some old pics.again.I have a lot of new stuff but just can't afford scanning it now.

a poject of decorating on junction boxes(Do you love me asked the turtle)

nikon fm2n 50/1.4AI tmax 100(development stains)

Nature meets man(the department of welfare is corrupt!)

nikon fm2n 50/1.4AI tmax 100(development stains)

military base-"soldier,drive from your home(base)to you home safely"

pentax k1000,50/2 with ilford pan 400(probably)

Friday, November 17, 2006


I am trying to transfer a couple of positive moments I had in the last couple of years.

One is my cousin's wedding - It came out blurry but I like it.

canonet,ilford pan 400@800

The other one is a lazy free Sabbath at my army base - it is an 30mm ammo box with the sun shinning above it.

practika mtl3,pentacon 50/1.8(or,less likely pentax k1000+50/2A SMC),some cheap 100 or 200 kodak or fuji

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Writing on the wall

Graffiti and signs - old pics

I also added a couple of pics to ht previous two posts.

for rent\sale((canonet ilford pan400))

Do you like dogs? (praktica mtl3,pentacon 50/1.8 neopan 100 SS-I guess)

Subway station Barcelona-the one next to the zoo (canonet ilford pan400)

You Break it,You buy it(canonet ilford pan400)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Abandoned Cinema

About a year ago I stumbled upon an abandoned cinema

Discarded Stock

the place is sad,strewn with syringes

The Tin Drum

Refreshment stalls - eighties commercials

LADIES room(modern ones just say "women")

BW kodak tcn canonoet 17 QIII QL;Color praktica mtl 3;pentacon 50/1.8;kodak gold 200 or something of that sort

Bad Mood

The Jerusalem orthodox dwellers(read freeloading bastards who dictate our lives) protested against the gay pride parade by throwing burning trash bins at passing cars etc. The goverment folded and confided the parade to Jerusalem's University Stadium.

The pics are not new, but they seem to reflect my mood now

Holy Ghost

Kahana(a fashistic religous right wing lunatic) is alive

The one on top has a blank gaze and the one below has a piercing one

Nahman Meuman(good dog) with Stigmata

Russian Whores go home(racist graffiti next to religious commercials-fun being an immingrant)

Danger(construction)The People of Israel Live

Nahman From Uman...Ruined the neighbourhood

Nahman from Uman...born to be wild

I finished reading Ursula La Guin's the "left hand of darkness" - it is wonderful.
I developed a film shot with the yashica 14e - the negs look wonderfull.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A new hope

I am getting my friends used computer(in a week or two it will be operational) - it is a two years old but still rather modern - and the price is very good - so I will be able to edit\post my scans on an acceptable level.

Got a yashica 14e with non working meter for really cheap - now testdriving it - pics and reviews might follow.

Got 10 rolls of bulk loaded Kodak Plus X(went 50/50 on a bulk roll).
Will test it as well.

Have something like 12 rolls color and 7-8 BW in the fridge ready to be developed. I neglected the darkroom lately. I want to develop\print some of the Petra BW shots but have no MF neg holder\easel so it's improv time.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

a desperate try of saving the image with no decent editing software

I useed some crappy online program (http://www.myimager.com) to greyscale and adjust contrast