A depressed walk on a gray day

Recently I had a little rant on Twitter about becoming depressed from continued lockdowns. Having a child I really can not afford to be depressive. No one really can. It will be a struggle to get up every day and do something positive to re-calibrate myself again. At least I can use this mental state to create something to express the sadness within. This little series of pictures came out of it.

Seen better times

abandonded building with tree stumps
Seen better times (2021)
Fuji X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Revuenon 55mm F1.7 Classic Chrome film simulation

I do not know what this building was used for. It has been abandoned as long as I have known it. Looking at the loading crane, it was likely a workshop. Strangely enough every year someone prunes the trees and bushes on the property.

Mobility left behind

electric scooter
Mobility left behind (2021)
Fuji X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Revuenon 55mm F1.7 Classic Chrome film simulation

The city is full of these scooters. I do not like them. People just throw them anywhere when they are done with them. If you only ever rent you never appreciate things enough to take care of them. The scooters always look beat up. They are beat up. I read somewhere that the companies need to replace them every few months depending on usage. Seems wasteful to me.

Plastic Balcony

Balcony with plastic chair
Plastic Balcony (2021)
Fuji X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Revuenon 55mm F1.7 Classic Chrome film simulation

I guess this is better than having no balcony at all? I would be unable to stretch my legs out properly. Maybe the architect was contractually obligated to build a balcony and this was the lowest cost option available?

Closed

closed stall made from wood
Closed (2021)
Fuji X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Revuenon 55mm F1.7 Classic Chrome film simulation

This stall would have been part of last year’s Christmas market at a local historical site. Now it just sits there, empty and unused. I do not like Christmas markets much but I missed this one last year.

Put away

chairs and tables against a wall
Put away (2021)
Fuji X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Revuenon 55mm F1.7 Classic Chrome film simulation

Usually these tables and chairs would be spread around the adjacent bakery and filled with tourists and neighbors alike. We went there often to have a calm Sunday morning espresso before the tourists overwhelm the place in the afternoon. Now one can only get a cup of coffee to go. I never thought how important it would be to actually sit down and have a coffee.

Empty Stage

old brick building
Empty Stage (2021)
Fuji X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Revuenon 55mm F1.7 Classic Chrome film simulation

This is the “stage” where the chairs and tables usually belong. A stage where families would sit, old women would chatter away and eat cake and tourists having a rest before continuing their castle marathon. Now it is empty.

Memories of better times

an abandoned coffee shop
Memories of better times (2021)
Fuji X-T3 + Lens Turbo II + Revuenon 55mm F1.7 Classic Chrome film simulation

One of my favorite coffee shops. A place to calm down and relax, where families gather and children play around while the adults talk. They have closed now because of a construction site nearby. It will be years until they maybe reopen. Chances are it will no longer be the same special place but rather a tourist trap like everywhere else.

Photographic notes

The photos were taken on one gray and overcast afternoon with a Revuenon 55mm F1.7 lens. I used the Kodak Portra 400 recipe from Fuji-X Weekly. There a three different recipes for the same film type and it seems I have used the one for a different camera sensor. It does not matter I do like the results. I even kept the “grain” on. Get it 🙂

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4 Responses

  1. I have not thought to use Fuji X Weekly’s Portra 400 recipe in the grey days of winter. I had assumed that the recipe favoured well lit scenes, but after seeing your results I think I may need to experiment a bit. For dreary winter scenes I have defaulted to black and white and the Classic Chrome recipe. Your results were consistent between frames.

    How do you like the Lens Turbo II? I am considering that purchase to get the best from my MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 and MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7.

    • It was overcast and gray but still pretty bright…I guess it worked out. Thanks!

      The LTII is a bit of mixed bag. It has a slight wobble on the camera side. Build quality is good but not the best. I have the M42 version and lenses with an aperture follower (like my Fujinon EBC 28mm F3.5) won’t fit. Image quality is quite good. Center sharpness is almost on par with an “air” adapter, corners are a bit soft but this can also be due to the lens used. I can’t compare it with an FF camera. A small crop of 1,1x remains. However with some lenses problems with field curvature become quite pronounced and sometimes it can introduce distortions. I have a lens review coming up soon where this is a bit of an issue.

      That being said. I got mine for about 80€ on Ebay and I enjoy it very much. It really brings out the character of these old lenses and I can use Fuji’s wonderful jpegs. It just won’t work perfectly with every lens. Hope this helps…

  2. I am sorry to hear you are struggling, but glad you can find an outlet in your photography. Love the images here, especially the first one and the last two. Take care!
    ~ Marie

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