Stephansdom at Night

Stephansdom at night – Vienna, Austria

When I accompanied Cindy on a business trip to Vienna, Austria, in 2000, I never dreamed that I would have severe jet lag – to the point that I was wandering around the Innere Stadt in the dead of night, taking lengthy timed exposures with a tripod of Stephansdom without another soul anywhere around me. It was like I had the entire city to myself. Very eerie.

Another reason for being outside at zero dark thirty… cigarette smoke. The building where we were staying absolutely reeked of stale cigarette smoke. I don’t know if that’s still the case today, but back then it seemed like nearly everyone was smoking and the stench permeated through everything – your clothes, the bedding, the furniture, everything. It’s torture for someone like myself that can’t be around tobacco smoke. The only place to get away from it was outside.

Photo info:
Stephansdom at night
Innere Stadt
Vienna (Wein), Austria
March 2000
Ilford Delta Pro 100
Voigtländer Color Skopar 21/4.0 lens
Leica M3 35mm camera

Post-Processing 35mm Film

Courtyard — Vienna, Austria

I used to shoot 35mm film… a lot of it. I don’t even know how large my film library is, in terms of images or rolls. I just know that it’s big — boxes-and-boxes big. Many-thousands-of-images big. And very time consuming. Each image that I post here from film takes at least five minutes to scan with my dedicated Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner, then I have to add however long it takes to post-process the image using a raster graphics editor — like Affinity Photo or Adobe Photoshop. From prior experience I can tell you that using Adobe Lightroom for post-processing of this nature is completely out, because Lightroom bogs down after just a few edits to the image.

In this case, post-processing of the image using Affinity Photo took well over an hour to complete, simply because the negative was old and had tons of dirt and scratches on it. But the results are totally worth it. Compare the image above (after post-processing) versus the one below (before post-processing), and I’m sure that you’ll agree — post-processing can really bring an old photo back to life. Be sure to click on the images to embiggen them for detail!

Courtyard — Vienna, Austria

This also brings to mind why I finally made the permanent switch to digital photography. As much as I love 35mm film and the ”look” that it brings to the table, film requires a huge time-sink that I just don’t care to deal with anymore — which includes buying the film, changing each roll after 36 shots (or less), the wet processing and drying, the lengthy scanning of each entire roll, the hours spent digital post-processing of each image, etc. Plus the huge expense of film and developing, which just keeps climbing and is something as a retiree that I can no longer afford to support; for example, Fujifilm Fujichrome Velvia is now $30.98US per roll. Who can afford that anymore?

However, I have lots of already shot and processed film images to share here, and will do so over time. Enjoy!

Image info:
Building courtyard
Innere Stadt, near Stephansplatz
Vienna (Wien), Austria
March 2000
Ilford Delta Pro 100
Leica Summicron 50/2.0
Leica M3 35mm camera