You remember me? Well… I’m back!

Hey you all!

It has been way too long time.
I won’t waste your time with my lame excuses but I promise that I’ll make at least one post per week.

We have finally found a suitable apartment in a perfect spot, moved again and settled in.
As one problem found it’s solution, yet another one arose. Our wedding is in 90 days and we haven’t planned anything (prolly ’cause our finance department isn’t working that well).
Would you like to support us, buy our pictures or order a calendar with our artwork? Let me know!!!

Less talk, more pictures:

Went to photograph the northern lights, found this little guy instead.

Went to photograph the northern lights, found this little guy instead.

A fisherman

A fisherman

Nature

Nature

R(W)oof

R(W)oof

Those things

Those things

Fuck you too!

Fuck you too!

Tartu Observatory

Tartu Observatory

Tartu

Tartu

Posting postponed once again

It seems like it’s time to pack up all our stuff yet again.

We’re moving out of my mother-in-law’s house tomorrow (again) since we got ourselves an apartment in the ‘city’. If you’re reading this from anywhere in the USA or any other part of the world, the ‘city’ is actually as big as a medium-sized village.

What has happened in the meantime?
Well…
We bought ourselves a table for 8€, polished, stained and varnished it once again… took two days and about three years of my life.

Today I also drove my car first time this winter. Wayyy to much power for the roads we’re having right now. I actually can’t decide if I should sell my current car and buy a ‘family vagon’ or yet another ‘FUCK YOU I HAVE MORE POWER’ car or should I just keep my precious? Driving it/her/him is so much fun…. I guess I can’t give it/him/her up.

Well. . . let the time to decide.

All my new followers – THANKS!
All my old followers – THANKS!
All the people who read and like my posts – THANKS!

Holidays

No posts in the last week? Have I stopped writing yet again? NO!

We were in Finland, Helsinki, for the last few days. Before that I had to renovate my grandmother’s armchairs (made in 1911).

I took some photos on the trip but since my computer park isn’t very up to date you all have to wait to see the pictures.

What else? Oh! Happy New Year… or in other words: Congratulations you survived another trip around the sun!

Oh… we got ourselves a new apartment… have to move all the stuff again. YAY! 🙂

Ups and downs.

Hey you all!

I’ve lost many of you since my last post – that’s what happens if you’re trying to run a photography blog and won’t upload any new photos (- 30 followers).

So why have I been so “sleepy” for the past four months?
1) We had to move a lot = no time to operate the shutter.
2) Education and stuff = same result.
3) No inspiration = every picture I took was pale and lame, no reason to upload it here.
4) Computer troubles = no HDD to import my *.RAW files.
5) I was writing a book as a Christmas present to my wife (soon to become).

Happy holidays to you all! I hope to upload some fantastic frames soon.

Fed-4 and Zorki-4 + The fucking epic trip to Tallinn

A few days ago I saw my Mum who donated her old Fed-4 and Zorki-4 to me.

YAAAAAY 🙂 Right?
As soon as I opened the Fed-4 case I could literally smell the old-school.
First things first – I downloaded the user’s manual and studied the camera. After that I went to a photo shop and bough a 24 frame film (to test it).
Then we took a short walk around the block and shot the film full.
Today I finally got my scanned images.

Not so YAAAY :(.
It seems like there is something wrong with the lens or the shutter.
Here you can see a few pictures I took:

Some double exposure going on here (By accident):
000001A local bank’s building:000026

And a drag race car on the street:000028

As you can see there is something wrong with the camera. There are unknown white spots and a lot of “fog” on the images 😦 .
Hopefully I’ll get it fixed soon.
It turns out that I love shooting on the film. It feels so different – you have to be so patient and double check everything before each shot. You don’t have any electronic widgets or gadgets to tell if the shot will be over or under exposed. No IS or USM, no auto focus, no P or auto mode. It’s full Manual. And I mean like totally manual. Until I got to use these cameras I didn’t even know that there were lenses with “DOF calculator rings” and “aperture rings”.

That’s EPIC. Shooting film makes me speechless.
I know that all the negatives and pictures that are scanned are not post-processed in any way. No color corrections, no photoshop, no lightroom, no HDR magic or NIK collection. No Filters, no electronics, no crop, no burn or dodge, no healing brush tool. There is even no histogram or EXIF data.

It all comes down to you, your eyes and the artist that lies inside you.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not some kind of hipster or shit – I wear glasses because otherwise I won’t be able to see shit… literally. I just love shooting film. The anxiety you get while waiting your pictures to be developed.

I know that the pictures I uploaded here are out of focus, doesn’t apply to any composition rules or what ever – I still love them. My first pictures shot on film.
Hopefully I’ll get the camera fixed and more photos will be added soon.

The Zorki 4 camera was broken from the start since someone had tried to fix it…
Seems like it didn’t turn out so well – the shutter curtain won’t even fully close :(.

I’m still in Tallinn so I can’t upload any pictures from my Rebel yet.
I guess we should get back to south-Estonia in a few days so then I’ll be able to import all the 2+~4GB of pictures, sort the shitty ones (most of them) out and upload the others (prolly 3 or 4) to my blog.

What about Tallinn?

It has been amazing! Oh by the way – today we went to take photos of a yacht or a “pleasure craft” (as it’s called on the www.marinetraffic.com) that costs ~50 million Euros and belongs to a mysterious multimillionaire.

By the way. If the owner of this ship is reading this post. . . Send me an e-mail. First I’d like to say you how jealous I am, secondly I’d like to get some financial consulting, then get some great shots of the insides of your yacht and to compensate – I can take you to the best parties, restaurants and clubs in the town. Of course you’d have to pay for the entrance because I don’t have any money on me.

I have promised it to myself and my wife – one day… I say one day… I will have enough money to buy a boat or a yacht or AT LEAST buy two tickets on a decent cruise.
So from this day on – I’ll be rich. I already have love (loads of it) so now it’s time to start being a rich person.

What else.

Oh …. if you’re patient then you’ll see some epic long exposure shots of the sea and waves, some shots of the Tallinn’s old town (we will probably take even more photos during our visit), a few long exposure night, cityscape and sea shots, some random short-skirts and high heels walking on the streets of Tallinn (You know what they say – Estonia allegedly has the most beautiful girls (women) in the world).

If any of my followers should ever visit Tallinn or Estonia – you can count on me. I could be your trip adviser. As a person who has traveled a lot and seen different places of the world – Estonia really is a place you should visit and see with your own eyes. Google it! It is a tiny and small country but it has a lot to offer. I mean more than some other countries.

That seems to be it for now.
I love you all!
I haven’t been posting very often for the last … many… days, but there still is intense traffic on my blog.
🙂
at some point I thought that I have a unhealthy addiction to this wordpress site, but it seems like you all love it as much as I do.

As I’m using my phone’s internet connection (Thank you Tele 2!) to surf on the web, I can’t check out the pages of my new followers. I promise to do it as soon as I get to my fair enough PC.

Epic, perfect, ideal, absolute, the very best and the greatest!

Thank YOU! Yes, YOU!
Stay tuned, follow my @iliftmirrors Twitter, follow my blog and send me fan mail! 🙂

Take care, that’s it.

Bu-bye!

An Update

Hey!

If I could say how sorry I am.
I haven’t done any new posts for very many days now. I’m kind of stuck in Tallinn with my laptop that doesn’t have enough resources to run and open nor lightroom or photoshop.

I’ve taken a lot of pictures, but I can’t share them with you – at least not yet.
I’ll upload the best shots as soon as I get back home // at my girlfriends place.

It has been wonderful – the weather has been windy enough to get some great shots of waves, sunset and landscapes.

Stay tuned, pictures will be uploaded soon!

To stay in touch, follow me on twitter @iliftmirrors

Take care!

The Repair Shop

Hey!

Today aclickatatime ran into a little trouble with her 50mm f1.8 MII.
A little piece of plastic had gotten loose and got stuck between the auto focus gears.
That meant that Andres, the tool man, had to disassemble the lens, put the little piece of plastic back where it belonged to and then make the lens and auto focus to work yet again.
Easy, right? 🙂
Here we go:

First off the lens, still mounted.

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Removing the two screws that hold the connector terminal in.
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Don’t lose the tiny screws, you’ll need them later!
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Removing the back cover.

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Here you go, That’s what’s going on behind the small back cover.

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Removing the plastic cap with MF / AF switch.IMG_9869

Removing the focus ring’s stopper.
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Removing the plastic case.
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Removing the front and rear lens and the focus ring.

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That’s it. A lot of money just laying on the table.

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This is the small plastic piece that ruined the AF gear system.

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Putting the AF gears back to their original spot.

IMG_9881All done! AF assembled!

 

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The last steps were to glue back the little plastic piece and re-assemble the lens.
I’m not going to post pictures of gluing and putting it all back together.

Final result: Auto focus works, lens’s insides are nice and clean = epic success for me 🙂 .

NB! If you’re trying to do it yourself – I’m not responsible for the damage you could do to your lens and I don’t encourage you to do it yourself. It’s important to remember to clean it all up before putting it all back together. Some dust is guaranteed if you do it on a table like me. Professional personnel have anti-static screwdrivers and dust-free, vacuum chambers to do this kind of job.

Posting my photo a day picture soon!

Take care!