Ljubljana, in Eight Grainy Photos

View of northern Ljubljana towards the Kamnik Alps

On Friday I reported from Ljubljana’s War-Free Zone that I recently shot my second roll of film in two months –and the second in ten-plus years. Here are the highlights from the rest of the roll which turned out to be an impromptu if unconventional tour of the Slovenian capital and its immediate environs taken over the course of the past eight weeks.

The shot above is the view of northern Ljubljana from castle hill towards the Kamnik Alps. For the record: the high grain in this, and most of the rest of the photos, is more a result of the low resolution scans and the film (Kodak TX400) than of any post-processing which I decided to keep to a bare minimum.

I was less pleased however with the overall performance of the camera, a Soviet-made Zenit EM, which I bought at a flea market last fall for €20. The focus points are a little bit off and I suspect that my earlier semi-praise of the light meter was a little premature – it does seem to be reaching the end of its road. If that’s the case, the novelty of this occasional visit to the analog world will wear thin quite soon. That said, I still have a small stash of film sitting in a basket of cherries in the fridge so I’m not ready to give up quite yet. I really want this old and cheap workhorse to keep working. 🙂

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 154th straight (!), is among these eight shots. Which one? You decide. 🙂

Ljubljana Moors, facing north towards the Kamnik Alps
Ljubljana Moors, facing north towards the Kamnik Alps
My Beauty, for sale or rent
My Beauty, for sale or rent
Križevniška street, Ljubljana
Križevniška street, Ljubljana
Film shoot, Evropa Restaurant, Ljubljana
Film shoot, Evropa Restaurant, Ljubljana
Dandelions, Ljubljana Moors
Dandelions, Ljubljana Moors
Boris Kidrič monument, Ljubljana
Boris Kidrič monument, Ljubljana
War-Free Zone, Ljubljana, May 2014
War-Free Zone, Ljubljana, May 2014

 

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  1. Mike Osborn says

    Great work. The graininess of the landscape shot is almost tactile. I hear you about wanting to leave analogue to one side, but it’s definitely worth persisting with, even for just the occasional foray.

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks, Mike. Exactly. Occasional being the operative word. A great part of the fun is merely the simple wait to see what was captured. 🙂

  2. janet says

    Love the shots, Bob, but you forgot to post the link in your comment. I’m going back to add it now.

    janet

  3. Jeanette says

    Loooooove these grainy black & white shots. Very nicely done, especially like the shot “View of northern Ljubljana towards the Kamnik Alps”. Wow!

  4. Michael Huxley says

    It must be a strange but novel experience shooting with film and an old camera again after (I’m assuming) getting used to modern digital cameras? Love that film shoot one!

    1. Bob R says

      It is somewhat different. But the novelty is starting to wear off. 🙂

  5. Surya Bhattacharya says

    Oh how much I love Ljubljana! Visited for a couple of days in summer 2013 and I loved it. These pictures just reminded me how much I loved it. Need to go back with my parents and sister!

  6. Erin says

    I love the “My Beauty” shot. Keep having fun with this as long as you can. I’m having fun following along.

    1. Bob R says

      I’ll try. But I think I’ve grown too impatient. 🙂 But I won’t let the stash of film I have go to waste.

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