A few weeks ago we took our friends from Australia, who are currently living in Berlin, out to the Soviet monument in Treptower Park. It’s a pretty incredible place, and I love coming here. Not a lot of tourists come here, and there’s usually not much going on.
I also love bringing the Polaroid 110B camera here. It’s oddly fitting given the history of this place.
It’s a place to contemplate the horror that was the World War II, as about 5000 Russian soldiers are buried here. It has an aura about it that’s hard to explain.
The weather on this Sunday was awesome. I miss those days.
Feels like it’s been ages since I took these photos, but it’s currently a nice 20 degrees outside in late October, so it feels only fitting to post them. It was a beautiful day in September, pretty much the last time we hung out in our garden for the entire day. We picked raspberries, had a barbie and iced AeroPress coffee. It was lovely. I miss those days already.
Another thing I’ll be missing: this gorgeous 600 and 779 Polaroid film. The colors are just incredible. We’re down to a just few packs in our fridge, and I’m enjoying every single shot coming out of my SX-70.
I recently got a package with three bags of the same kind of coffee beans (Kilimanjaro from El Salvador, courtesy of Square Mile), just processed in three different ways (pulped, washed, and natural). I wanted to try each with all the brewing methods I have at my disposal, and I made a video of the process. Short and painful, missing the Chemex too, but there you go.
Brewing methods shown (in order) are: Hario V60, Hario Woodneck drip pot, and AeroPress.
This year’s summer in Berlin was crap. It was nonexistent. It’s pretty sad, because we all love summer at The Germans’ house. Thankfully, in September, we had a couple of weeks of beautiful weather. One Sunday we headed out for a bike ride and ended up cycling a good chunk of the Berliner Mauerweg, a bicycle track that takes you all around Berlin along what used to be the wall.
The particular leg we rode along consist mostly of smooth asphalt, with no cars in sight, just pedestrians and other cyclists here and there. It’s perfect for workout too, I did my share of long bike rides here, it takes you straight down to Schönefeld airport, adding up to almost 50km return. If you’re curious, you can find the leg of the Wall Trail I’m referring to here. My favorite path for cycling workout for sure. Shame it’s now almost too cold for long bike rides.
While the Mamiya C33 is not a camera that you carry around lightly, because, well, it’s not light at all, I like to use it very much. It is incredibly sharp when you get the focus right, and the blur is wonderfully soft, and the bellows allow focussing up to only a few centimeters away from the lens. So I get it out from time to time to shoot a roll of film at home. Because, why the hell not?
The roll is already a bit older, because I’m a lazy bum who’s way behind with scanning film. The late summer we had in September was most excellent, and so was our little trip to London. Photos and a coffee coming up.