Et svalende billede

Udsigt mod syd, Gadevang.

Vores udsigt mod syd over Gadevang. Leica M9 + Summilux 50.

Når termometeret siger 29 grader indendørs og 30 ude så føles det godt, at tænke tilbage på de dage, for ikke så lang tid siden, hvor vi skulle have tre lag tøj på før vi gik ud – og hvor vi måtte fyre natten over i brændeovnen for at holde varmen.

On active labour market programmes.

After just visiting the venue of yesterdays International Workers’ Day here in Copenhagen, and documenting the piles of waste, I’ve realized the meaning of the day! It is an employment initiative in the line of current active labour market programs.

Click on images for a somewhat larger view. All photos recorded with the Leica M9 and Summilux 50.

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On hot beverages.

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It is funny how trends run in cycles. What you see in the picture is how my grandmother used to brew her coffee. This time it around is just pseudo-updated with a Japanese name and some marketing. Bottom line is that this is in my experience the best way to get the best from your beans. The recipe is simple. Hot water (96 degrees). About 7 grammes of fine grounded light to medium roasted beans. Make sure they are not roasted two decades ago – buy from supermarkets with high coffee turnover. Use a clean filter and wash it before use. Pour water in circles from the center and out. Let the coffee soak in with the water for a few moments at the first pouring. I’ll bet you can find a very nice video showing this on YouTube.

Lastly: don’t pour your good coffee in a dirty stinking old thermo. Actually, don’t use a thermo at all.

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Voigtländer 35 SC f1.4

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By now I must have shot my first 30 rolls of film with my Cosina Voigtländer 35mm single-coated (very old school, but I mainly shoot BW) f1.4. I’m happy with the lens: it’s very fast, the bokeh is nice, I don’t have to get as close to people as I did with my 28mm, it’s inexpensive (half the price of a Zeiss, one quarter the price of a Summicron).

I’ve tried different film with the lens:

1. Kodak TriX 400 BW negative: what the lens is made/bought for. Most of the time the result is great. See the images above. But sometimes the contrast is off. Don’t know if it is a mistake in development, or if it is my scanner. I’ll post some examples soon. Another problem is the flare, but I’ve only experienced that a few times.

2. Kodak VC 400 colour negative: surreal sixtes pastel colors. Perhaps a feature of the single coating. I don’t know, but I like it.

3. Fuji Asti 100 colour positive (pending development)

Hvad man kan gøre for 50 kr. om ugen?

Den nye præsident i Amerika (har glemt hans navn – en kortklippet, solbrændt fyr) har givet den arbejdende befolkning 8USD ekstra om ugen, at hygge sig for. Det er ca. en flad dansk halvtredskroneseddel. Formålet er, naturligvis, at sætte lidt skub i økonomien. Forbilledet er næppe Nyrup og Jelveds 10 milliarder kroner store (lille) kickstart af den danske økonomi i midten af halvfemserne, men målet er sikkert det sammen: At sætte gang i hjulene (undskyld klichéen) – skabe nye arbejdspladser, øge efterspørgslen og alt det der. Nå, men så kan man jo spørge ‘eksperterne’ (dvs. de medieudnævnte økonomiske eksperter – som ikke forkaster/fornægter titlen – og får økonomi til at fremstå som om det var en eksakt videnskab) hvad der er bedst at bruge disse 8 dollar på for at øge efterspørgslen. Det har Wall Street Journal gjort og fået svar som lyder

O My advice, both for the economy and your personal financial success, is if you’re not putting a little money into stocks each month, start today. 

O They [forbrugerne] will recognize that this is temporary and will use it to pay down debt or add to their liquid assets.

O [...] spending $8 on improving insulation and energy efficiency of my home would be my priority. It would also be good for the construction industry that is being hammered by the recession.

O Save it for three weeks and get a $24 meal, which will directly help restaurants avoid layoffs and closures.

O [...] if you can afford to lose the money, go to a large bank (more likely to be insolvent), find their most overpriced service, and buy as much of it as you can.

O Find a cash-strapped soup kitchen. The $8 you spend helping the hungry really can have a big bang-for-the-buck at a time when food spending is plummeting and unemployment rising.

O [...] buy $8 of cupcakes at the PTA bake sale; attend a lecture at a community college ($8 admission); purchase a book on personal finance or retraining.

O give an extra-generous tip to taxi drivers.

O replace a leaky skylight window in our house.

O Get a haircut.

 Anyway, det jeg vil frem til er, at jeg har taget glæden på forskud af en eventuel Dansk ekspansiv finanspolitik og købt mig en ny skoletaske. Jeg har godt nok købt den i Holland, så det vil ikke gøre meget gavn i Danmark. Men: Tasken er eksporteret til Holland fra England, og i England spiser de vistnok Dansk bacon og de sætter Danske vinduer i deres huse (ved jeg fra en kammerat i vinduesbranchen). Derfor hjælper mit taskekøb måske også i Danmark – forudsat at taskemageren spiser bacon og/eller kigger igennem Danske ruder… 

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Large format

Today I had the (very) rare pleasure of having my photograph taken in large format. Imagine, a std. digital censor is 7×5 mm small, a normal negative is 24×36 mm, and this negativ is 4×5 inches big! That is huge! The amount of information on such a piece of film is just magnificent.

The proud owner of this fine piece of German engineering is Erik from Oslo. I took a snapshot of him and his wonderfull camera – a Linhof from the sixties.

So as you see, it is hard to imagine what an ordinary Friday at Vrije Universiteit will bring – I certainly did not expect this :-) 

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