Europe Road Trip

A road trip is possibly the most american way of travelling. All major road trips I have done so far were in Canada and the United States. This year I decided to do Europe. Even though it’s my home turf I have left the continent unattended in a certain way.

The decision to hit the road in the first place was made within 24 hours prior to departure. So the quality of planning was not the best possible. However, spontaneous decisions have a tendency to harbour the most exciting adventures.


The first stop is Auxerre, France. A mid sized town at the river Yonne, 150 km south-east of Paris.

View of the city Auxerre and the river Yonne
View of Auxerre and the river Yonne. Agfa Vista 200, September 2018

I checked in an AirBnB a few kilometers outside the city in the small town of Monéteau. I met an outstanding nice host with a passion for gardening. Even though she did not speak any english we managed to communicate through Google Translate and with a few words we knew in each other’s language.

View of the old bridge of Monéteau. Agfa Vista 200, September 2018

Next stop was Bordeaux in département Aquitaine.

Das Podkastlabor auf Kurzwelle

Am 19. Februar 2017 wird die erste Kurzwellensendung des KAST über den Sender gehen. Wir haben dazu 2 Stunden Sendezeit bei Shortwaveservice gekauft.

Im Programm wird es unsere erste Folge von ‘Triff den Winzer’ vom Weingut Fürst geben. Im Anschluss unsere erste Folge des Amateurfunk Podcast von der Ham Radio 2016.

Es handelt sich um unseren ersten Versuch mit dem Medium Radio. Wir freuen uns über Empfangsberichte und Kommentare zum Programm. Unsere eMail-Adresse dafür ist

Wenn der Versuch erfolgreich verläuft, werden wir zukünftig öfter auf Sendung gehen. Wir werden dann auch QSL-Karten vorbereiten.

Nach unseren regulären Sendungen gibt es noch eine SSTV-Übertragung mit 3 Bildern im Übertragungsstandard Robot 72C. Zum Empfang reicht im einfachsten Fall ein Smartphone. SSTV-Apps gibt es für iOS und Android.

Alle Daten zum Empfang

Sendezeit: Sonntag, 19. Februar 2017; 10 … 12 UTC (11 … 13 MEZ)
Frequenz: 6005 kHz AM (49m-Band)

Spain. Captured on Color Implosion 100

Adox make an experimental film with modified colouration called Color Implosion. It is a 100 ISO negative film to be developed C-41 standard process. The results you’ll get are beyond the predictable. You may have a certain control over the colouring depending on how much you underexpose it. There is no DX-coding on the film cartridge. If you set your camera to 400 ISO the final images appear desaturated while 200 ISO will give you an overly prominent red. When exposing it at it’s stated 100 ISO it is likely to give you the surreal impression of an aged photograph, once taken on cheap, maybe expired film.

So far for the theory. I decided to take this truly experimental film stock to the test. It accompanied me on two trips to spain in 2015. All images were taken with an old Pentax ME super and a Hanimex MC 24 mm lens. I decided to leave the ISO setting to 100.

Parc del mar, Palma de Mallorca.

This is the first photo I took with this new roll of film. It was a very bright, sunny afternoon in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. You can very well see the overly prominent red and yellow.

The obvious pre-sunset beach scene.
The obvious pre-sunset beach scene.

Just testing how the film behaves in a contre-jour-shot. This may represent very well what the manufacturer describes as ‘toxic grain’.

View from calvari. Pollença, Spain

This, taken during slightly overcast condition is almost a perfect picture for Color Implosion’s standards. Almost ‘no’ grain and surprisingly natural.

These images have been taken in a different part of spain during the september and october 2015. Vejer de la Frontera is a beautiful hilltop town in the country’s Cádiz province.

View of Vejer de la Frontera

This view can be gained from a tower on the city’s old town wall. It can be accessed from a private property. The owners let you climb up for a voluntary donation.

Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz province, Spain
Main square, Vejer de la Frontera


It may cause confusion when taking photos of old stuff like these dated truss type wind turbines. You could assume it is a faded photograph from the olden days. Needless to say it was taken in 2015.

Color Implosion is likely not to be the film you’d choose to photograph your sibling’s wedding. However it is worth trying out for it’s truly unpredictable results. I was very well aware of this unpredictability and took a backup photo with a digital camera in most situations.

The film lab that developed the film for me uses an all-automatic processing machine. When printing, it tries to filter out the film’s strong brownish red tone. This leads to overly green-blue prints. Some first-time users may mistake this with improper development. When scanning the negatives however, you get the correct colouring.