"Fjäderfajten", The Feather Battle..

Last October 2015, my friend Philip organised a badminton competition among a group of friends. Ten of them were to play against each other to crown the champion! The winner was to get a secret trophy only shown at the end. He asked me and Jesper to shoot the competition but only on film in whatever way we wanted. Also he would pay for all the film :) 

At the time I happened to own a Nikon F100, so the choice of weapon was very easy. Along with it I had a 50/1,4 AF-D for the portraits and a 24-85/2.8-4 AF-D for the action. The lighting was a bit tricky and a lot darker than I imagined. To capture the action I pushed Ilford Hp-5 in X-tol, shot on ISO 2500 and developed as ISO 3200. Pushing Hp5 with stock Xtol is the best way to push bw film, according to me and many others. Pushed to 1600 is my favourite way to do it. Here are some of the 216 shot taken (6 rolls). All scanned on the Pakon.

Nikon F100, 24-85/2.8-4, 50/1,4 Ilford hp5 @2500 dev @3200.

© 2016 Photography by Joel Foo

The old paint factory

Photo by Jespter Yu. Cropped and Edited by me.

Photo by Jespter Yu. Cropped and Edited by me.


Last year 2015 in September my friends and I decided to explore the old abandoned paint factory. The factory belonged to the German company Beckers founded in 1865. They expanded quickly and during the late 19th century they opened a shop in Stockholm. In 1902 Beckers opened a factory and in Lövholmen where they where active for over a 100 years. In 2008 the factory was closed down and moved to a more modern factory. The old building has been abandoned ever since and many people have been exploring these areas since then. Parts of it are destroyed and most of the factory is heavily painted in graffiti. Here are some random shots.

Contax G2 28/2.8, 45/2.0, Kodak Tri-x 400.

Pentax 67, 75/2.8, Kodak Tri-x 400, X-tol.

Pentax 67, 75/2.8, Kodak Tri-x 400 @800, X-tol.

Just for fun and comparison here are som Contax G2 45/2.0 vs Pentax 67 75/2.8 shots.

© 2016 Photography by Joel Foo

Random shots August + September 2015

Some random shots from a test roll of Kodak T-max 100 shot on the Fujica GS645 Professional Wide 60. Developed in X-tol 1+1. Very handy and fun camera indeed. Built in lightmeter, parallax correction, light and very compact.

At the time I had just bought a Nikon 35/2 Ai. These are some random shots from the test roll shot with a Nikon FE2 on Ilford Hp5 at 1600 developed in X-tol stock solution. This area is called "Slaughter house area", direct translation. It's a industrial area dealing with all sorts of meat products. Sadly there are no shots inside the factories. Maybe someday they'll let me in :)

Voightländer R4M, Voightländer 28/2, Ilford Hp5 @1600, X-tol stock solution. Random shots. Really liking this lens! Stay tuned for more everyday random shots! :)

Some words about the CONTAX G1 and G2

Hi everyone!

I had heared a lot about the Contax G cameras on youtube and other medias. Before I began my trip within the compact camera realm I wasn't too sure about the Contax G system. Mostly because of the general idea that the AF on compact cameras weren't that good. After some reading and research on the web it seemed people were very pleased with the system and the Contax glas has always had a good reputation. BTW check out Mike Thomas review of the G-cameras on you tube. 

Anyway several months after, as the GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) had been laid to rest, my friend Ola Billmont popped the question if I was interested in buying a G2 kit he was selling. The Contax G2 with 28/2.8, 45/2 and the 21/2.8 with external finder! All for a very good price. So.. I felt the GAS coming back and thought that I should try this camera. I later found a very cheap G1 on ebay for dual wielding of course :)

Don't worry I won't bore you with the same old facts you find everywhere :) There are so many thoughts about this camera, and some many really nice things.. First of all the autofocus system was better than I expected, on both cameras! The G2 actually has two systems that operate side by side. The first one is contrast based and the other one uses infrared technique. As it focuses it uses the contrast based one first and then confirms it with the infrared light, which is not visible to the eye. In low light where the contrast based system may struggle it uses the infrared one to focus. I have never found the camera hunting focus at any time. It focuses almost instantly. This autofocus system works really well! The G1 only has contrast based focusing and a striped red assist light that helps it in low light. Honestly its hard to tell a difference in good lighting. They both work very well. 

There are some small differences between the cameras other than the autofocus system, size and the maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 vs 1/200 on the G1. But all in all they are very fine cameras. Personally I find the G1 a bit nicer. It fits my hand better and weighs a bit less too. One thing I didn't find too good was the viewfinder. This is a very relevant opinion. The size of it is perfectly fine, but the thing is that even if it is a rangefinder camera it doesn't show anything outside the fames lines in the finder, like say a Leica. Having used a lot of rangefinder cameras I am used to seeing the frame lines and outside them to help me compose and anticipate what's going to come into my frame. The G-cameras only show what you are going to get as a SLR would do. Outside the parallax adjusting frame in the cameras is only black masking. This took me some time to get used to, but now I don't think about it that much.

My final words is that this is one of the most useful cameras according to me. I love this camera! It has autofocus, it's quick, small and light! Great for snaps and street photography as well as travel photography being a compact and "light" system. Here are some random shots with the G1 and G2.

G1, G2, 28mm/2.8, Ilford Hp5 @1600, developed in Xtol stock solution. 

These photos where taken during a yearly event called "Bike in Tweed". The Tweed Run is a group bicycle ride through the centre of Stockholm, in which the cyclists are expected to dress in traditional British cycling attire, particularly tweed plus four suits. Any bicycle is acceptable on the Tweed Run, but classic vintage bicycles are encouraged. Some effort to recreate the spirit of a bygone era is always appreciated. 

G2, 45mm/2, 28mm/2.8, 21/2.8, Ilford Hp5 @400 developed in Xtol 1+1.

G1, 28/2.8 Hp5 @400 developed in Xtol 1+1

© 2016 Photography by Joel Foo

Power Big Meet 2015

Second time around my friend Jesper and I went to the one of the larges car shows in the world, the Power Big Meet in Västeås, Sweden. Every year there is a big event held there. Power Big Meet is the biggest american car show in the world actually. Over 20.000 cars. Street Rods, Customs, 50's cruisers, 60's muscle cars, Corvettes, Mustangs and Camaros. It's all held outdoors on a huge airport field. It's been so long since I shot these photos I'm not sure what to say about them. They show more or less what goes on during the day but it is actually at night things start to happen. Unfortunately I wasn't there to shoot it. Hoping to spend more time in the evening and night to experience the whole thing. 

If you want to see last years photos click here. I shot the first section of photos with the Ricoh GR1v on Superia 200 and developed with Tetanal C-41 developer. Scanned on the Pakon 135+. And the second one are shots from my digital Ricoh GR + Agfa Vista VSCO presets in Lightroom.

© 2016 Photography by Joel Foo

Random shots, July 2015

More random shots..

Nikon F100, 35mm f2.0. Expired Fujifilm Superia 200 developed in Tetanal C-41 Developer +4EV. Pakon 135+.
Nikon F100, 35mm f2.0. Expired Fujifilm Superia 200 developed in Tetanal C-41 Developer +4EV. Pakon 135+.

Nikon F100, 35mm f2.0. Expired Fujifilm Superia 200 developed in Tetanal C-41 Developer +4EV. Pakon 135+.

The two first shots is from a flea market held in middle of Stockholm every sunday all year round. 

Konica Hexar AF, Fujifilm Superia 200 developed in Tetanal C-41 developer. Scanned on Pakon 135+.

Konica Hexar AF, Fujifilm Superia 200 developed in Tetanal C-41 developer. Scanned on Pakon 135+.

Mamiya 7, 80/4, portra 400
Mamiya 7, 80mm f4. Portra 400 developed with Tetanal c-41 developer. Scanned on Epson V750.

Mamiya 7, 80mm f4. Portra 400 developed with Tetanal c-41 developer. Scanned on Epson V750.

© 2016 Photography by Joel Foo