He brought with him an old bass that, as he described, had a distorted sound which he likes.
Nesselhauf said the has a stoned look in the photos. Part of the image look is from the film negative characteristic. The negative I used to take this photo was a Fomapan 200, which has old formula to give a kind a old and very particular look. Other influences of the image look is the characteristic of the lens and negative size as described above.
I am talking here of this digital image, scanned from a film negative. When digitalized, the scanned image always looses some qualities, less dynamic range and tonal range. But we still can feel the quality that is left if we pay attention to it. The traditional prints, made traditionally with light from film negatives are of course much more rich and alive than images on screen.
For this reason, I would not call it as stoned look but more real, or more alive, look of the image.
This is the reason I like my old cameras. They are not as fast to shoot and convenient as digital cameras. No auto focus or sometimes no focusing screen, meaning that we can’t adjust the focus looking at viewfinder but by measuring the distance from the subject. No reviewing image so we can only see the result after develop the negative and make the image positive. Limited frames per negative roll meaning I can’t shoot like Rambo. But by giving up convenience I gain on the image quality of bigger negatives and old lenses quality has to offer. The convenience of a higher tonal range and latitude from film negatives, and so on. There are many advantages on photographing with film negatives and old cameras.
Many people get surprised when they see I can fire modern speed lights and flash strobes with my old cameras, with the advantage of high sync speed and leaf shutter of film cameras. Despite of that, unfortunately there are still many people who think old tool cannot deliver a good result, when actually it is the contrary. And the prejudice as “over dated” photographer goes on.
Marketing is still the most important investment that any photographer has to think of, in order to earn a living with their photography. It means that showing up to a photo shoot with a fast, impressive and modern digital camera is becomes as important as wearing a suit and nice shoes. Fortunately, in this aspect, I don’t worry much about marketing so I can focus more on the quality I am after and the tools I need and enjoy work with, which makes it harder for me to actually gain customers for my photographs and trust, but on the other hand I am way happier with the activity as creative work and particular results.
Nesselhauf as creative musician could understand my way of work and creative process, he actually told me he looked for my work because of it, which made the shooting easy and relaxed for both of us.
He just released his new album called Afrokraut. You can check out on his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/davidnesselhauf/