Workshop - Flexaret VI

If you read my blog — thank you for that, you saw that the Meopta Flexaret VI I own was not working anymore, which is a shame since I really like that camera. Shadowed by the legendary Rolleiflex, the Czech Meopta Flexaret were luxurious, discrete, twin-lens cameras at least as mechanically complex as the Rolleiflex. It […]

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Recipe - Caffenol, what else?

Caffenol is an homemade film developer made out from everyday household products, and mostly regular coffee. It was invented by Dr. Williams from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Technical Photography 1995 Class had to create a “non traditional” developer as an assignment. It resulted in what would become Caffenol. That was it. Around 2000, the internet adopted the formula […]

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Photo set - Project: Setting up a new photo lab

Since 2012, I stopped printing pictures at home. Too complicated? Too time-consuming? I quite do not remember but the fact is I only developed films and scanned negatives. After all that time, I felt the need to be able to accomplish again the whole process, from the photo shoot to the final print. In 2015, one […]

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Photo set - Diary of a broken camera

Just developed a roll of film from a broken camera: the camera takes a picture every time I rearm the shutter. Here is the result: three (blurry) pictures from Etretat Cliffs in Normandy, France.    

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Workshop - Ikonta 520/2

Around 1900, photographers only used medium format cameras, for the 35mm format did not exist at that time. The main problem was that the bigger the film is, the further the lens must be. That is why we have the image of the old days’ photographer, carrying his wooden box around, deploying the beast into a long leather […]

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Photo set - La Défense

La Défense, Paris – Hasselblad 500CM / Distagon 50mm – Fujifilm ACROS 100 D76 1+3 Paris business district of La Défense, on a sunday afternoon walk.  

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Workshop - Jupiter 8

April 16, 1945, the Soviet Union engages the last Nazi forces in what would be called later the Battle of Berlin. World War II is at an end. The American army is rushing towards the East, and enters the little town of Jena, 160 miles southwest of Berlin, heavily bombed by the allies. Knowing the War was […]

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Workshop - Minox 35

In 2004, my father travelled to Ukraine often enough to gather all sorts of cameras from thrift stores and garage sales. He ended up at the Kiev Arsenal and discovered a personal heaven. It is a concentration of the Soviet industry’s best products: Kiev cameras and lenses. He brought back a Kiev 35A (a Minox […]

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