"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

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

Random shots from May 2015

The Big Mini, specially the BM-302, is one of my all time favourite camera! I bought my first one a couple of years ago on a flea market. I had read a lot about it but I didn't expect to fall in love with it this much. It's quick, easy to use and the optics are good. Shooting in BW with the Big Mini is awesome. I couldn't be more satisfied. I just love compact cameras nowadays. They just make life/photography simple and spontaneous. I have had several of the other Big Mini cameras such as the A4, BM-201 and the more exclusive Big Mini F but I really like the BM-302 the best. 

Big Mini, Trix 400 developed in Xtol 1+1. Scanned on Epson v750.


Shot with Pentax 67 and 75/2.8 on Tmax 100, developed in xtol 1+1. Scanned with Epson V750.

A few test shots with the Pentax 67 and 75/2,8. Very nice lens indeed but hard to focus with that razor thin depth of field at 2,8. Using a focus screen with micro prism at the moment but I guess if you have a brighter split screen it will make life easier :)

More too come!

A small project I did last year

Last summer my friend told me about this place, Stora Skuggan. He told me every Sunday people come here and dance Lindy Hop. I thought maybe I should check it out. If anything, it was a good opportunity to take some photographs. Little did I know, I experienced something almost magical. That Sunday there was a live band playing. I later found out that this never happened before for as long as they’ve been dancing here. There’s normally just a DJ there, so I really got my self a treat!

I really enjoyed the positive atmosphere, so I decided to come back and come back again on that summer of 2014. Within a few Sundays I felt the need to create a small project. On the last Sunday of the season at Stora Skuggan I had a small one-day-exibition. Just saying thanks and giving something back. 

This event repeats every year and starts in the end of May until end of August. Please check out their Facebook page All photos below are shot on a Leica M9 with Canon 50mm 1.2 LTM or Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 Asph and edited with VSCO film presets.

© 2015 Photography by Joel Foo