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CANON EOS 55 QD ‚Äď IN THE LAND OF HEARTQUAKES (Part Two) – Trix pushed @ 800


As mentioned in the previous post on the Canon 55 Qd, I went back¬†after a year, in some of the places affected by the disastrous earthquake of 2009 in L’Aquila. This time, I used the camera with the 50mm f/1.8 II lens in some locations where the light was very poor. That’s why I had to push the Kodak Trix @¬†800 Iso and in spite of that, in some cases, I had to use very¬†slow speeds handheld. The results, however, do not seem despicable at all.

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World Pinhole Day 2017


My humble contribution to World Pinhole Day 2017. This shot was made on a 5″x7″ paper negative on April 30th 2017.

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Canon Eos 55 Qd – In the land of Heartquakes (Part One)


Lately I published very few posts¬†on this blog. For various reasons I didn’t use film during the first months of this year, but I’m going to get it back, so I’m starting¬†here a series of posts where I will talk about two Canon slrs, used with different films and lenses. The Eos 3000n canon has already been known on these “pages”, while today I propose the Eos 55 Qd. Recently, I returned to L’Aquila for the official presentation of the State of Things, the great collective project of documentary and social photography to which I had the honor and the pleasure of attending (I warmly invite you to check it). I have returned to places of suffering that has been going on for nearly 8 years, renewed since last August by the new earthquake swarm that hit the central Apennines.

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Work in Progress – Guess What is this?


All right guys… this is neither a camera, nor a film photograph. But it’s closely related to. It’s a series of electronic ballast for UV lamps. In fact, I’m building an UV Printer for Platinum/Palladium (and other old techniques) contact printing. Stay Tuned…! ūüėČ

Praktica again…. but with Pentacon 29mm


Ok guys, I am back again. The beginning of the new year was a bit ‘busy and for various reasons, I have not posted anything during ¬†January. This does not mean that I have not continued to take pictures, of course. ūüėČ Before moving on to other cameras and lenses, however, I wanted to finish¬†the series of “experiments” with the Praktica. This time, on Mtl5B I mounted a Pentacon 29mm f / 2.8.

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End of the year post: Praktica Bc1


It has been a long and intense year, the one that is about to end. This blog has grown thanks to the many readers around the world. Many things have happened and others will shortly happen. The most important was the Darkroom I built, where finally be able to print the best shots made with¬†film. Soon, I¬†will also print using ancient techniques, such as Platinum/Palladium and Cyanotype, when¬†will be ready the U.V. contact printer that I’m building. Thanks to contact printing, I’ll be able to¬†better use large format cameras too. Already a couple (M.P.P. Mark VIII 4″x 5″ and Reality so¬†Subtle pinhole 4″x 5″) are¬†already waiting to be used. But it will also, print (via internegative) images from digital files. So even intangible electronic images will become real. This post by the end of the year is dedicated to another East Europe’s camera, but this time it is not only manual, but electronics controlled with aperture priority exposure: the Praktica Bc1.

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