Mixed emoitions is the best way to describe what I felt when I saw a picture of the Bell & Ross BR05 a couple of days ago. Bell & Ross is a prestigious and renowned brand so they will get away with what a smaller lesser knowned brand whoud not. Because the design of this watch is carbon copy from the big brands sports watches. But it looks good, it really does. The first thing that hits my eyes is the dead on copy of the Patek Phillipe Nautilus bracelet and the hands from Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. The shape and desig of the case is a combination of Nautilus and Royal Oak, with the limitation of only four visible screws to have at least one chanse to claim a heritage in design from Bell & Ross. I am actually quite thrilled in how the big web magazines like Hodinkee will be able to relate to this watch when most of the design elements is so unblemished design thefts. I give it to Bell & Ross that this category of sport watches has a lot of borrowed design elements, like the Girard Perregaux Laureto and, in my opinion not so much, Vacheron Constantin Overseas to ad to the first two I mentioned. But as I said. I like the BR05. I really do. But it does not bring much new to the table, except a smaller price tag.
Now I just wait to read a lot of reactions on the the big watch sites.
So what do you think? A genuine Bell & Ross take on the exclusive sport watch or a copy on something allready out there?
In the beginning of the year I bought a 10-pack of Berlin Kino B&W 35 mm ISO 400 from Lomographyjust on a hunch since it made me a bit curious. It took me a while before I had a chance of try the film and now when I have, I don’t really know what to feel about it. First I did not like any of the results I got. But when going through the negatives again I actually start to like some of the pictures. One thing I am all clear about is that this film is pretty much limitid to lanscapes, architecture and the sort. At least for my taste and my way of photography.
One of the things I got a hang up about is the grain. I just can’t get my head around it. That’s probably saying more about me then anything else, but that’s a fact.
I have only been able to take one frame picture anything else than landscape that is usefull at all. This photo of a very beautiful girl is been through post editing, just a bit of contrast added but the only useful portrait I got so far. Even if the picture came out a bit flat in my taste.
The pictures below are raw scanned negatives without post editing at all. I still need to test do develop the film myself. These films was sent away for development but now when I am in order in my new plce I will soon start develop my bland and whites myself again. I am still curious enough to look around and see what results other people has got developing this film to get a better grip on it.
When I was in Kenya back in July I forgott to pack my digital camera and had to shoot everything on film. Not that that is a big problem for me but since I have no chemicals at home I haven’t developed any film at home for a while. But I had packed a good portion of equipment in the form of Bessaflex a Yashica J3 and a Yashica TL Electro X with four lenses, Carl Zeiss Jena ƒ2.8/35mm; Meyer-Optik ƒ4.5/35mm; Schneider-Kreuznach ƒ2.8/50mm; amd last a Sigma Widerama ƒ3.2/18mm, so I had more than enough to manage.
Two of the three different films I had with me was all new to me and I was not at all sure what I could expect from those films. During the trip I did not wrote down any notes about what film I used with what combination och camera and lens and I just I allowed myself the freedom of changing lenses and cameras as I went along.
Well, back home and leaving the films for developing while I went to The Gambia for another photosafari but this time with both digital and analog cameras. Now I got the negatives back from development and have scanned the lot. The positive surprise was the Lomography Earl Grey B&W 100 ISO 35mm film. I had looked at the sample pictures at Lomographys site and had really not any expectations at all since they mixed some flash photography images with double exposures and what not. So sitting here with my new scans I can only say that I will absolutly buy this film again. This is really a movie with many possibilities and the grain is not the finest but it has a beauty to it.
I leave you with my first example from this film, Hellen outside our apartment in Kisumu.