Amsterdam | Minolta X-700

Someday, I’ll live in the country side… With endless fields, forests and waters. But for now, I’m glad to be living in the exact opposite. There is something about fast city madness. The sea of everchanging people and places, where life ceases to stop for just one moment.

Minolta X-700, Vivitar Series 1 24-70 mm / 3.8-4.8, DM Paradies 200 (35mm, ISO 200), Canon Canon MP560

Minolta X-700 – Take I

So here’s a little sample of my first go with the X-700. Happy with it so far!
I only used programmed automatic and shot them all within 2 hours. So there certainly wasn’t a whole lot of thinking/planning/creativity involved… Simply trying to get the feel of it.

And it feels goood!
Can’t wait to go out on the streets and shoot some more.

Things used: Vivitar Series 1 24-70 mm / 3.8-4.8 and 70-210 mm 2.8-4.0, DM Paradies 200 (35mm, ISO 200) – very cheap film, Canon Canon MP560
Find all of it: https://www.flickr.com/photos/selinaboye/sets/72157653901133176

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New Toys!

I am happy as a kid, because I just got me some new toys! One of them being a SLR Minolta X-700, plus Vivitar Series 1 24-70 mm / 3.8-4.8 and Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 2.8-4.0. The owner sold it to me for less that 40€ (so very very grateful for that). Right now I’m just trying to figure everything out and will soon head out to shoot that first roll of film. It is a beautiful camera and very nice to handle.

Thought I was ready to up my game in film photography, since I wasn’t really getting anywhere new with my ‘point and shoot’ Ricoh TF-900. It was starting to become an aimless enterprise. The X700 will definitely help me understand a lot more about photography and its ulterior mechanisms. And since you can’t just release the shutter (well actually you can, but that’ll come at a cost) I will have to sit down and LEARN. It was one of the last cameras without autofocus, so I’ll have to adjust that manually from now on.

I’ll be sharing the lessons learned, the fatal mistakes made and of course the successes!

The second thing: A mountainbike! Working a summerjob in Hamburg and having to cycle at least 30k on a daily basis, I figured it would be nice to invest in something better than my old Holland bike. I once took that old thing to the city, but it sure isn’t used to the ridiculously bumpy bikeways of Hamburg and nearly broke down. Say hello to Mrs. Kuwahara Cougar, fresh from the 90’s. The first 300k were already worth the money!

Funny coincidence that both the camera and the bike are 1) older than me and 2) designed and manufactured in Japan. Seriously, at times I feel like a Hipster in denial. But I guess it’s just where cupid’s arrow lands…

“Jack of all trades – master of none”

Jacks of all trades, generalists, “Hans Dampf in allen Gassen”, whatever you might choose to call it; if you have no idea what I am talking about – I am referring to those kinds of people who are reasonably competent with a variety of skills, but who don’t stick out in a particular one. It’s almost like a trade-off; either be reasonably good at many things or master one (or a few) particular skill(s). Being a generalist as opposed to being a specialist. If you find yourself having an exceptionally long list of passions and interests that also seems to be subject to constant transformation …you might want to start calling yourself a “Jack” also. Other potential symptoms? Continue reading

Wwoof: Mondhof Tachen ar Loar

For five weeks I have been working on a little farm in the Black Forest in southwestern Germany. It is called “Mondhof Tachen ar Loar” and the two farmers, Rebecca & Jochen, live there with their three children and animals, trying to become as self-sufficient as possible. I found them via wwoof.de: “WWOOF is a worldwide network to bring those people, who try a sustainable way of living in the countryside, together with those who want to learn about it.

You get free food and accommodation in exchange for work, plus you get to meet interesting people and gain a lot of knowledge. A great concept, especially for someone like me, who comes from a place of knowing next to nothing about gardening, farming and keeping animals.

Here’s how a ‘regular’ day looked like on the farm…
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Strawbale building

In august we did some strawbale building at Vereniging Aardehuis in Holland. When the workload of building all 24 blocks of earthships with tires became too overwhelming and time-consuming for the people of the community in Olst, they decided to build the rest of the houses with straw – another sustainable building material that doesn’t take as much time as tires to be put in place
(I heard that it would take about 20 minutes (for the fastest person) to prepare only one tire! One wall consisted of approximately 200-300 tires.. You do the math!).

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