Holidays

No posts in the last week? Have I stopped writing yet again? NO!

We were in Finland, Helsinki, for the last few days. Before that I had to renovate my grandmother’s armchairs (made in 1911).

I took some photos on the trip but since my computer park isn’t very up to date you all have to wait to see the pictures.

What else? Oh! Happy New Year… or in other words: Congratulations you survived another trip around the sun!

Oh… we got ourselves a new apartment… have to move all the stuff again. YAY! ๐Ÿ™‚

Fed-4 and Zorki-4 + The fucking epic trip to Tallinn

A few days ago I saw my Mum who donated her oldย Fed-4 and Zorki-4 to me.

YAAAAAY ๐Ÿ™‚ Right?
As soon as I opened the Fed-4 case I could literally smell the old-school.
First things first – I downloaded the user’s manual and studied the camera. After that I went to a photo shop and bough a 24 frame film (to test it).
Then we took a short walk around the block and shot the film full.
Today I finally got my scanned images.

Not so YAAAY :(.
It seems like there is something wrong with the lens or the shutter.
Here you can see a few pictures I took:

Some double exposure going on here (By accident):
000001A local bank’s building:000026

And a drag race car on the street:000028

As you can see there is something wrong with the camera. There are unknown white spots and a lot of “fog” on the images ๐Ÿ™ .
Hopefully I’ll get it fixed soon.
It turns out that I love shooting on the film. It feels so different – you have to be so patient and double check everything before each shot. You don’t have any electronic widgets or gadgets to tell if the shot will be over or under exposed. No IS or USM, no auto focus, no P or auto mode. It’s full Manual. And I mean like totally manual. Until I got to use these cameras I didn’t even know that there were lenses with “DOF calculator rings” and “aperture rings”.

That’s EPIC. Shooting film makes me speechless.
I know that all the negatives and pictures that are scanned are not post-processed in any way. No color corrections, no photoshop, no lightroom, no HDR magic or NIK collection. No Filters, no electronics, no crop, no burn or dodge, no healing brush tool. There is even no histogram or EXIF data.

It all comes down to you, your eyes and the artist that lies inside you.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not some kind of hipster or shit – I wear glasses because otherwise I won’t be able to see shit… literally. I just love shooting film. The anxiety you get while waiting your pictures to be developed.

I know that the pictures I uploaded here are out of focus, doesn’t apply to any composition rules or what ever – I still love them. My first pictures shot on film.
Hopefully I’ll get the camera fixed and more photos will be added soon.

The Zorki 4 camera was broken from the start since someone had tried to fix it…
Seems like it didn’t turn out so well – the shutter curtain won’t even fully close :(.

I’m still in Tallinn so I can’t upload any pictures from my Rebel yet.
I guess we should get back to south-Estonia in a few days so then I’ll be able to import all the 2+~4GB of pictures, sort the shitty ones (most of them) out and upload the others (prolly 3 or 4) to my blog.

What about Tallinn?

It has been amazing! Oh by the way – today we went to take photos of a yacht or a “pleasure craft” (as it’s called on the www.marinetraffic.com) that costs ~50 million Euros and belongs to a mysterious multimillionaire.

By the way. If the owner of this ship is reading this post. . . Send me an e-mail. First I’d like to say you how jealous I am, secondly I’d like to get some financial consulting, then get some great shots of the insides of your yacht and to compensate – I can take you to the best parties, restaurants and clubs in the town. Of course you’d have to pay for the entrance because I don’t have any money on me.

I have promised it to myself and my wife – one day… I say one day… I will have enough money to buy a boat or a yacht or AT LEAST buy two tickets on a decent cruise.
So from this day on – I’ll be rich. I already have love (loads of it) so now it’s time to start being a rich person.

What else.

Oh …. if you’re patient then you’ll see some epic long exposure shots of the sea and waves, some shots of the Tallinn’s old town (we will probably take even more photos during our visit), a few long exposure night, cityscape and sea shots, some random short-skirts and high heels walking on the streets of Tallinn (You know what they say – Estonia allegedly has the most beautiful girls (women) in the world).

If any of my followers should ever visit Tallinn or Estonia – you can count on me. I could be your trip adviser. As a person who has traveled a lot and seen different places of the world – Estonia really is a place you should visit and see with your own eyes. Google it! It is a tiny and small country but it has a lot to offer. I mean more than some other countries.

That seems to be it for now.
I love you all!
I haven’t been posting very often for the last … many… days, but there still is intense traffic on my blog.
๐Ÿ™‚
at some point I thought that I have a unhealthy addiction to this wordpress site, but it seems like you all love it as much as I do.

As I’m using my phone’s internet connection (Thank you Tele 2!) to surf on the web, I can’t check out the pages of my new followers. I promise to do it as soon as I get to my fair enough PC.

Epic, perfect, ideal, absolute, the very best and the greatest!

Thank YOU! Yes, YOU!
Stay tuned, follow my @iliftmirrors Twitter, follow my blog and send me fan mail! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care, that’s it.

Bu-bye!

An Update

Hey!

If I could say how sorry I am.
I haven’t done any new posts for very many days now. I’m kind of stuck in Tallinn with my laptop that doesn’t have enough resources to run and open nor lightroom or photoshop.

I’ve taken a lot of pictures, but I can’t share them with you – at least not yet.
I’ll upload the best shots as soon as I get back home // at my girlfriends place.

It has been wonderful – the weather has been windy enough to get some great shots of waves, sunset and landscapes.

Stay tuned, pictures will be uploaded soon!

To stay in touch, follow me on twitter @iliftmirrors

Take care!

Weekend

Hey!

It’s Saturday’s early morning here (00.52). We’re packing our gear to go on our weekend trip full of activities.
Two days of this: http://www.klaperjaht.ee/en some epic off-road footage
and
One evening of this: http://www.tรตrvaloits.ee/ sorry, no English version of this page, but it’s a biggest spectacle of water, music and open air.

We’re staying in a cozy hotel called: Toyota Corolla E12. It has a room with one king size bed, AC, electric windows and 12V DC output. So we won’t have a computer near us for the weekend what means that I can’t make any posts or updates to this blog.
To stay informed of our weekend activities, you can log on to twitter and follow @iliftmirrors.
I promise to update my twitter feed as soon as anything notable happens.
Don’t worry, there won’t be any post like: “Uuuh yeah, having a Big Mac” “It tastes good” “Driving the car” “looking for a parking spot” “parked” “Entering the bedroom” “going under the covers” “dreaming about dragons fighting a guy with a helmet that has one horn” “entering REM sleep”.
I hope you get my point.

So – sorry for keeping the blog in the dark for the weekend, but if you really really really want to know, what’s going on – twitter is the only chance.

All the awesome people who have left likes and followed my blog – I can’t check out your sites while on my trip, but I promise to do it as soon as I get back.
Big shout out to my followers and people reading this post: Thanks! You’re amazing.

So that’s about it.

The gear we’re taking with:
Two tripods,
Two triggers,
Two Canon 400D (one 400D +)
Canon 50mm fix Mark II (aclickatatime’s)
Canon 75 – 300mm (kind of aclickatatime’s)
Canon 25 – 80mm (kind of aclickatatime’s)
Tamron 18 – 200mm (aclickatatime’s)
Canon 17 – 85mm
Filters: CIR-polarizing, ND4, ND8, UV (in case there will be flying rocks), IR.
4 batteries (unfortunately we don’t have any battery grips)

I should make a wishlist as my birthday and Christmas and other meaningful days are coming ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope to get some good shots, some everlasting (good) memories, beautiful weather (it’s promising rain for the weekend ๐Ÿ™ ) and a slight boost for upcoming, yet another, school year.

Have a nice weekend you all!
๐Ÿ™‚
Bu-bye!

Yet another roadtrip

Hey folks!

Seems like today we’re going on a road trip to far west.
Hope to get some great shots – Twitter feed will keep you posted.

Picture a day challenge post will be uploaded in the evening! (I’m GMT +3 by the way).
What a wonderful weather we’re having today. Solitary clouds, +28C and my smiley face. I really hope that I won’t start pouting – I ran out of smokes last night and now can’t buy new ones.
I guess this time it’s really time to quit (hopefully).

Take care and have a nice day!

Today we had a busy day.
Weather was nice though ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Here are some pictures I took today (Canon EOS 400D 17-85mm, no filters, no tripod).

Small pieces.

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Joy.

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Sunset (picture taken from window).

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Industry

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