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    Today I was finally able to scan my negatives. I shot a roll with my new Nikon F4s and a beautiful 85 mm lens I have for several years now, to see if the camera was in good working order (and it is).

    I was wondering what I could do with the theme "Near and Far" all this time and wanted to act before my time was up. It made me thinking of life and death, a loved one who died and left this world (being far), but was still kept alive in someones hart en memories (being near).
    But how long can/will someone be remembered by someone? How long can they be kept alive in someones memories, generation after generation?

    So I went to an very old cemetery that isn't used anymore. There are many graves of 100 years and older. Graves that are old and battered and stained. With names fading. Does anyone still remember these people? Is someone still taking care of their graves or are they just restored as an interesting historical artifact of old times gone?

    I photographed a few graves and chose these two shots for this MSA:

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    These images made me think about an Irish song I like: Greenfields of France by The Furies. Is a beautiful song, but at first I didn't realize what it was about. Until I really listened to what the lyrics were about.

    You may not realize it, but it is 100 years ago now that the first World War started. A lot of young men died there, but for what? And in the second World War even more ... 70 years ago was D-day on the beaches of France. I visited a War Cemetary in France a few years ago, where many Chinese workers were buried in the first World War. Workers who aided the armies an lost their lives doing it. It was an impressive site!

    There were many memorials and celebrations this year in The Netherlands, remembering those men who came from all parts of the world to free Europe from war ... and gave their live so long ago so that we still have peace in central Europe. The second World War left some scars in my family too.

    A lot of normal, simple folks went to war - because they had to - on both sides. I don't want to start a discussion on right or wrong, but just want to think about these men and honor them by saying a prayer for them and their waiting loved ones - and appreciate my freedom and wellbeing even more. I wish them piece and hope we all will remember them for a log time, who they were and what they did ... for us.

    Two wars a 100 and 70 years FAR, but so NEAR if we forget about these men.

    "History is repeating itself,
    it has to .... nobody is listening ...."

    Bert from Holland
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    Thanks Bert and everyone who has contributed thus far!
    Still a few days left!

    I made this print last night:


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    One more uploaded in the MSA gallery. Seldom I had so much fun of a photo assignment. Thanks!

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    On a much lighter note than my previous post:

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    This is a test shot made with my new Hasselblad SWC (from 1965) with a fixed 28 mm Biogon lens. I made some test shots to see if the camera is all right. It works like a gem, except there may be a light leak in the film back (not uncommon for a film back this old) that is easy to fix.

    I made a shot of these flowers with an old Dutch windmill in the background. By focussing on the flowers at 30 cm (1 feet) from the lens from a low angle, the windmill looks like a tiny model not far behind the flower. In real this windmill is about 15 meters (45 feet) tall and at least 30 meters away. Due to the wide angle lens you can let something FAR make appear as NEAR.

    This is a straight, uncorrected scan from the negative (Fuji NPC160 expired 120 roll film). The color shift to purple is a nice bonus: this film expired in 2004.

    Bert from Holland
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    I will be scanning and submitting something very late tonight. FYI
    ~Stone | "...of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong." ~Dennis Miller

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    I will be scanning and submitting something very late tonight. FYI
    No problem Stone! I'm on the West Coast, so midnight here is 3AM for you.

    And really, I have to work tomorrow, so it will probably be tomorrow evening before I can even start. As far as I'm concerned, anything that's in before tomorrow afternoon will be included. If anyone is printing tonight, you can let the prints dry overnight and scan tomorrow.

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    Here's my last 2 for this MSA -
    Ferns and Lilies - I'm still trying to decide if I like this.

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    Rock Arch - the same spot I took my WPPD shot, but with the Titan this time.

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    They are both gum prints, 8x10 pinhole negs.
    This has been a very inspiring MSA - looking forward to the next one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    Here's my last 2 for this MSA -
    Ferns and Lilies - I'm still trying to decide if I like this.

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    They are both gum prints, 8x10 pinhole negs.
    This has been a very inspiring MSA - looking forward to the next one!
    Hello Sly,
    I especially like the fern print. Nice tonality. I would love to see the real print, but from this scan it looks like if the pattern of the paper itself is maybe a bit too much present in this image (not so in the Rock print). What kind op aquarel paper did you use?
    Bert
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    Beautiful shot Sly! I'm using the natural grain Fabriano Accademia at the moment, without pattern. Works for most processes better. (for me!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertus View Post
    Beautiful shot Sly! I'm using the natural grain Fabriano Accademia at the moment, without pattern. Works for most processes better. (for me!).
    I had good results with Fabriano Artisico - extra white.
    (gum, carbon, salt, albumen)
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
    Bert from Holland
    my blog: http://thetoadmen.blogspot.nl
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    * I'm an analogue enthusiast, trying not to fall into the digital abyss.
    * My favorite cameras: Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T2, Nikon F4s, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras



 

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