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Ardennes 1977

Belgium, Ardennes – April 1977

The 139th Weekly Lens Artists Challenge is about ‘natural light’. A view over the hills of the Ardennes in Belgium.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

Ardennes 1977

Belgium, Ardennes – April 1977

This week’s theme of the weekly lens artists challenge (#134) is ‘from forgotten to favorite’. Are there images that I hoped would turn out right, but did not. And could you turn them by editing into ‘keepers’? If so, show an example.

This challenge sends me back to the days of film. Ample of good objects around, but did they come out on film the way I hoped? In those days you could not check the backside of your camera, and try a few settings and tweaks to find out what worked best. It was shoot and go. Film was expensive so most of the time it was a lucky shot based on intuition and experience. Most of them came out ok, some really were disappointing.

The photo above has a story behind it that comes close to this theme. At the end of the post is the scanned negative of the original photo. I am not sure the edited one above is a keeper, but it shows my line of thought and the original intention of framing this rock wall in a forest in the Ardennes. It did not strike me as a spot I would go for a pick nick. The road next to it, mud, rock, nothing to see but passing cars. But the details of the rock and the trees, with the strange object of the pick nick table triggered my shutter. This photo was kept on archive for a long time. It was in my secondary school notebook (the time we actually wrote with pens on paper). And recently when I was scanning my archive from negative it popped up again.

In a way I do like the object. It is kind of sinister and powerful. I wonder about your thoughts on it.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

My Hometown 8

The Netherlands, Oegstgeest – August 1982

A test shot for a new long zoom lens.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

The  picture was originally shot with Pentax ME super II on Kodak TriX, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a larger version.

My hometown 7: Errands

The Netherlands, Oegstgeest – August 1982

A test shot for a new long zoom lens.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

The  picture was originally shot with Pentax ME super II on Kodak TriX, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a larger version.

My Hometown 6

The Netherlands, Oegstgeest – April 1979

The theme for the lens-artists#131 is ‘emotions’.

An old tradition is ‘ringsteken’. Literally stitching a ring from a wood block, hanging from a rope over the road, sitting in a carriage, pulled by one or more horses. The jury is watching.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

The  picture was originally shot with Pentax K1000 on Kodak TriX, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a larger version.

My Hometown 5

The Netherlands, Oegstgeest – April 1979

The theme for the lens-artists#131 is ‘emotions’.

An old tradition is ‘ringsteken’. Literally stitching a ring from a wood block, hanging from a rope over the road, sitting in a carriage, pulled by one or more horses.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

The  picture was originally shot with Pentax K1000 on Kodak TriX, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a larger version.

My Hometown 4

The Netherlands, Oegstgeest – April 1979

The theme for the lens-artists#131 is ‘emotions’.

An old tradition is ‘ringsteken’. Literally stitching a ring from a wood block, hanging from a rope over the road, sitting in a carriage, pulled by one or more horses.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

The  picture was originally shot with Pentax K1000 on Kodak TriX, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a larger version.

Going in circles

Belgium, Ardennes – April 1977

The theme of Lens-Artists #124 is ‘Now and then’.

A long time ago, somewhere in the Ardennes on a cold April day. Going round in circles. Learning how to use black and white and shoot a decent photo.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

The  picture was scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a larger version.

L’Aber Wrac’h

France, L’aber Wrac’h – August 1981

The theme of Lens-Artists #124 is ‘Now and then’.

The coast of Finistère in Summer is breath taking. This was then, but it still is amazing.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

The  picture was originally shot with Pentax K1000 on Kodak Plusx, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a larger version.

Ephesus 1987

Turkey, Ephesos/Selcuk – September 1987

The theme for Lens-artists Weekly Photo Challenge #113 is ‘A labor of love’.

Ephesus is a beautiful excavation near Selçuk in the west of Turkey. The library of Celsus is an amazing piece of architecture and art.

About the B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought. All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

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