It’s got to be… Prefect

The Halina Prefect, what can I say.  It’s a bit rubbish – but solid with a bit of heft, easy to use and it looks nice sitting on a desk.  I paid a fiver for it just to see how bad it would be.

Prefects

It’s a metal bodied pseudo TLR.  It takes 120 film with 6×6 negatives.  It has a fixed-focus lens.  It has one shutter speed – 1/30th sec and B.  It has three aperture settings – f8, f11 and f16.  It has a shutter release.  The viewerfinder is bright-ish.  And that’s your lot.  Load the roll, wind on looking at the red window for film frame number, guess the 1-of-3 f stop, and click.

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I took it on a shoot with a few musicians (mainly digital..), and grabbed a few shots using Fomapan 100 developed in Ilfosol.

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And the verdict?  I was pleasantly surprised.  It was a bright day, so F16 was going to be used and they were reasonably sharp and maybe better than the spec deserves.  I’ll probably take it out for another shoot – on a bright day with lots of contrast – and play around with it.  Certainly worth the fiver.

Hol18: Carry On Up the Kehlstein

Visiting the Eagle’s Nest.

Eagles nest sign 2
The easier way to see the Eagle’s Nest

The Kehlstein, site of the Eagle’s Nest and the Nazis’ Bavarian getaway outside Berchtesgaden has always held a bit of fascination.  Is it a case of considering whether even the most evil of humanity needed the odd vacation or a natural curiosity to visit a significant historial site which happens to be in a spectacular location?  I’ll go with the latter.

Berchtesgaden Bahnhof
Berchtesgaden Bahnhof

The Kehltstein can be reached on foot (long and very hot in summer) or you can get the bus from the train station and use the path (about 40 mins climb) or you can get the lift via a dark and cold tunnel.

Eagles Nesttunnel 1
Entrance to the Eagles Nest Tunnel – built in 1938
EaglesNest tunnel 2
long dark cold tunnel of the Nazis

Once up, it’s time to enjoy the views from the top and have an enjoyable walk as well as a suitably priced coffee at the Kehlsteinhaus.

Eagles Nest view 2
Kehlsteinhaus
Eagles nest busker
high altitude busking
Eagles nest bloke taking photo on ledge
brave man
Eagles nest bloke
Man on a rock
Eagles nest cafe
The high altitude priced Kehlsteinhaus
Eagles Nest sign
Kehlsteinhaus
Kongisee Romy schneider
View of the Kehlstein from the Romy Schneider Haus, Königsee

Shot on the Vivitar V3000s (before it died) and Fomapan100

Hol18: auf wiedersehen goodbye

I enjoyed Salzburg – plenty to see and a great city for walking about.  I probably didn’t get the best of it not being a classical music lover or enjoying fine (= expensive) dining.  However there are a few city views that would warrant a return.

 

salzburg along the river
View along the River Salz
innenhof
Inner city Cafe – Salzburg style

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cafe altstadt
Hotel Altstadt – fixer a bit spent in developing…
salzburg viewpoint
Salzburg Spire
salzburg SoM path
Cycling from the Sound of Music tour

Kit – Ricoh KR5 and Fomapan 100

 

Hol18: Signs of Salzburg

Austria and southern Germany have really eye catching signage on hotels, cafes, shops – whatever some old building needs to identify itself with.

salzburg  apothek sign
A fancy chemist.  Engel’s
Salzburg Cafe Innenhof
Inner city cafe – Salzburg style

 

 

salzburg Gosser sign
Gösser drank here
salzburg towers
A nice bit of sign, spire and cloud

 

cafe konditorei
sweetie shop / cafe
salzburg street hats
more signage
corner cafe salzburg
Eulenspiegel bar

Ricoh KR5 with fomapan 100.

 

Hol18: Salzburg – My Favourite Things

As well as Mozart, the other big tourist theme in Salzburg is The Sound of Music.  You can get all sorts of bus tours and walking tours, but I went by bike – Fraulein Maria’s Cycle Tour.

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Of course the disadvantage of cycle tours is that it’s hard to take photos without stopping every 2 minutes, still there were a few highlights that were worthy of a photo.

First off, the guide isn’t a ‘Maria’.  We had a guy with a beard.  Good guide – and played the flute.

salzburg tour guide
non-nun guide

One of the main stopping points is the Nonnberg Conventnonnberg2

nonnberg ground pax
Nonnberg inner courtyard
nonnberg3 shadow tower
Nonnberg gardens
salzburg SoM hoaus
A von Trapp exterior
salzburg gazebo
The Gazebo (16 going on 17 …etc..)
mozart platz
Residence Fountain, Maria splashed here
gardens salzburg
The Mirabelle Gardens

 

Salzburg view 6
 Felsenreitschule – stone stage

 

and of course, a selfie…
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Ricoh KR5 and the Fomapan 100

Huawei P9

Hol18: Salzburg – Amadeusville

When you arrive in Salzburg, you know you are in Mozart’s town.  He’s everywhere in the form of 2 Mozart Houses, numerous statues, music venues and every item of tourist tat you could think of.  I have to confess to actually not liking classical music (I’ve watched the Amadeus movie a few times..) and I’ve no real academic interest but he has definitely become a bit of a tourist magnet for the city.

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One of the better Mozart statues
mozart platz
Mozartplatz
Salzburg Mozartplatz
Mozartplatz

Of the 2 Mozart houses, we visited the Mozartheim – where he grew up before going to Vienna. His birth house in the main shopping area is above a Spar and had much longer queues. There’s no photography permitted inside the Mozartheim – and it is rigorously enforced.

Salzburg Kasse Mozart
Mozartheim

One slightly dodgy statue of Wolzgang is artist Markus Lüpertz’s ‘Hommage to Mozart’ outside St Mark’s church.  The half male/female ‘lumpy’ piece isn’t overly prominent in the city tour guides and not too revered by its citizens.  It puts the Ronaldo one in a bit of perspective.

salzburg mozart statue
Hommage to Mozart. It reflects his inner turmoil, apparently

Finally despite all the keyrings, stickers, phone covers and countless other pieces of tat, my favourite item of shopping is the Mozart Chocolate Balls. (genuine Salzburg)

salzburg mozart balls
Chocolate classical balls

Kit – Ricoh KR-5 and Fomapan 100.

Hol18: The Sound of Villach

On the second day in the southern Austrian metropolis of Villach, a street music festival was taking place.  I took some photos, naturally.

Villach Drummer
drummer eye contact and a person’s feet
keys Villach
shredding keys
band shot 2 Villach
the band
Villach bass
a rather dapper bass player
Villach flamenco guitar
a thoughtful guitarist
Villach flamenco dancer
traditional Austrian flamenco
Villach flamenco band
The Full Spanish

Hol18: Villachers

A few more shots taken while lurking around the quiet yet delightful Austrian town of Villach.

There’s the usual source of nutrition by the river

King of Bratwurst Villach
The Bratwurst King

A cliched shot of object-obscuring-head

flowerhead Villach
flower in place of head

Some decorative cafe/hotel decal – something you see a lot of over here

Post cafe Villach
An Post
Villacher
a few locals..
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… a few tourists
Villach church
going by the church to the Biergarten

Ricoh KR-5 and Fomapan 100 providing the imagery.

Hol18: Villach – Austrian surprise.

This part of the trip was a bit unplanned.  Trying to get a cheap train north from Ljubljana resulted in a few nights staying in Villach, a town in the Gailtal Alps in southern Austria on the river Drau.  I hadn’t heard of until I checked the direction of the railway line on Google Maps.  And it turned into quite a nice stopover.  We got a good value AirBnB in a residential area overlooking the town and spent a nice 48 hours around the river, churches, statues, squares, beer and food.

A bit like Ireland, there’s no shortage of places to go for a drink.  Villach has its own brewery  – Villacher beer – and a splendid Brauhof.

Villach Brauhof
Villacher Brauhof

 

Villach Brauhof 2
and Biergarten

Also like Ireland, there’s the church for each bar.

Villach St Jakob side
Church of St Jakob
Villach St Jakob
Church of St Jakob
Villach rathaus fish
On the site of the old Rathaus, there is a commemorative fish..
Villach Centre
the main shopping street has a splendid fountain

And there’s a statue of the most famous Villacher – painter and sculptor Hanns Gasser

Villach Gasser
Hanns ‘Two N’s’ Gasser

Down by the river, you can get a splendid 2 hour beer cruise with a nice backdrop of bridges and mountains

Villach River 3
River Drau
Villach river 2
River Drau

Kit – Ricoh KR5 and Fomapan 100