Got a click on Gotland – the Kodak Ektar
The Kodak Ektar is designed for analog film production in Hoolywood and currently the finest-grained color film in the ISO 100 class. He is considered very colorful. We have the different places on Gotland with the Leica M7, the Summilux 1.4 / 50 asph. and the Elmarit 2.8 / 28 asph. exposed on Kodak Ektar.
In the selection, we find that 36 pictures are pretty much to present the cross-section of this island. At a time when some photographers shoot a good 1000 pictures in one afternoon for whatever reason. But we do not shoot pictures, we catch them. This takes more time, but also gives more time: for the corresponding motif.
Stone Museum Kettelvik in the south of Gotland and the Kodak Ektar
For some hundred years, Gotland has been known for the value of its most important natural resource, limestone and limestone. To this day, limestone and calcareous sandstone are mined on Gotland and further processed into lime and cement. We have the picture with the Leica M Summilux 1.4 50 asph. photographed on an open aperture on Kodak Ektar to concentrate the focus on the crane roll alone. On Gotland we visited the small stone museum Kettelvik and Kettelvik described here.
Dark clouds over Gotland
All over Gotland there are traces of lime processing. Whether old lime kilns or modern industrial plants, we encounter them again and again, sometimes dramatically, sometimes with reserve. As varied as the shooting situations of the subject and the light, the Kodak Ektar can be used so reliably.
It subtly nuances the finest color gradations and ensures a harmonious contrast even in dim weather. In the previous picture the clouds are dark and heavy, but the lime dust in the finishing process reflects the little bright light. An almost mystical mood arises. The photo looks almost like in duo-tone, the red road sign provides a subtle splash of color.
Gray sky, white clouds – shadowless days on Gotland
Furillen, Gotland, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 | © mare.photo
If you think you need blue skies and bright sun to take pictures, you should try high-resolution lenses and a professional film like the Kodak Ektar. For the previous photo we drove into a former lime processing on the peninsula Furillen on Gotland.
The old factory, the huge lime pit, lorries, tools, everything is somehow in the place, as if the same shift would go on. The day is gray, but the sky shows structure. Delicate shadows form for a moment on the limestone mountain.
Again, the Kodak Ektar unfolds its almost three-dimensional contrast and brings the bright tones discreetly even in a shadowless environment to light up. The image gets a deep rest through the restrained colors.
But we are by no means on a lost place on Gotland, here, in the former quarry, has become from the factory a unique hotel complex, which is also pivotal for television and advertising or photo series. Swedish photographer and entrepreneur Johan Hellström has recognized the potential of the Furillsen factories and bought them. A look at his website is worthwhile
Grobe Steine, feine Körner – der Kodak Ektar auf Gotland
To get to the hotel complex “Furillen-Factiken”, take the only access road. It leads straight through the disused quarry of the Furillen on Gotland.Still but it is only conditionally, again and again arise here the chases for international and Scandinavian thriller series. The pits are filled with emerald green water, the rugged edges of the quarry produce just about all the grays that you can imagine.
In the interplay of the high-resolution Leica lenses like here the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. and the equally high-resolution and extremely fine-grained Kodak Ektar, the structures of the rock are wonderfully visible, the diffused light once again emphasizes the mood of seclusion. We have the entire facility descirbed here.
Watercolor photos – Kodak Ektar
Sometimes the former quarries for lime removal are not recognizable at first glance. This is how we visit Blå Lagun in the north of Gotland, the blue lagoon. Once there was a huge crater here after the open pit mining near the Kalkfabrik Bläse (today’s museum). This crater has filled up with water over time. The Blue Lagoon / Blå Lagoon on Gotland is today a popular and crystal-clear bathing lake, which shows itself in the most beautiful blue green and turquoise colors.
Also, when the Kodak Ektar tends to warm shades, it shows here all the colors of the sky, as reflected in the water, due to its color intensity. The different depths of the pit also reflect the different color depths. We have the Blue Lagoon descirbed here.
Old but not yet calcified – with the Kodak Ektar in Kyllaj / Strandridaregården on Gotland
Limestone and limestone form the landscape and the coast of Gotland. Almost continuously we discover this fairy-tale Raukar, designed by wind and waves. They are up to eight meters high and sometimes they are quite far from the coast. Here, where they are today, for example in Kyllaj at Strandridaregården, was the sea in the early Middle Ages, since then, the sea level has dropped by about four meters or the island of Gotland has lifted accordingly.
To one of the most beautiful inland areas for Raukar we drive to Kyllaj to Strandridaregården, one of the numerous historic buildings, now in private ownership. The property is littered with the rock formations that are so famous for Gotland, the soil is correspondingly barren. Cattle can graze here, because of the long drought the grass is very dry.
With the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., This classic wide-angle lens, we capture the beauty of Gotland without exaggerating without dramatizing it. The landscape is beautiful enough that she needs to be distorted. Again, the fine-grained Kodak Ektar shows its wide spectrum, from the warm earthy tones to its bright summery blue. The Kodak Ektar exaggerates as little in its color intensity as the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. does in his perspective.
For example, we have more information about these unique rock landscapes described here..
At the height of Gotland, at the height of time
The journey into the Stone Age on Gotland continues. We do not mean an early epoch of the island, but rather its geological nature. On the one hand, the opencast mines in many places have created crater landscapes, which have largely returned to nature, on the other hand, there is a diverse landscape that today leads us to a simple and yet so touching high plateau, the Grogansberget.
We’ve been here before, but this time we want to stay awhile, on this ridge between Katthammarsvik and the sea. Up to 40 meters are such plateaus on Gotland above sea level. At the edges you should not dare to the last, there are often demolition-prone transitions. But even so these places on Gotland exude a very own peace. The restrained colors in the early evening mood are given back in a slightly warm neutral colorway of the Kodak Ektar. And even the hazy bright sky gets a fine outline of the faint clouds. We have the environment of Grogansberget described here.
Our motif on Kodak Ektar: Stones along the Raukar route on Farö / Gotland
We now head to the northwestern and neighboring Gotland Fårö island. Here is one of the most beautiful narrow coastal roads on Gotland, which runs along a diverse Raukargebietes, the Raukargebiet Digerhuvud. The world-famous director Ingmar Bergman has found numerous film locations of his famous films here. Ingmar Bergman fell in love with his ruggedness and drama on his first visit to the landscape, that he remained forever.
Our picture was taken with Kodak Ektar in the early morning of August. At this time, the light is quite soft. The Kodak Ektar is not a movie for drama, but emphasizes the Kodak Ektar the soft and gentle side, without losing clarity. Despite the brand’s legendary warm shade, the Kodak Ektar transports the freshness of the morning. The photo we have with the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. illuminated on Kodak Ektar to illustrate the vastness of this landscape on the coast of Fårö. We have the route of this coastal road described here..
Dramatic under a blue sky: Kodak Ektar meets Kodak Tri X
Ingmar Bergman produced some of his most successful films on Fårö / Gotland, which would never have been expressed without the unique landscape of Fårö and Gotland. We devote ourselves in other articles to this extraordinary artist.
The films of Ingmar Bergman also got a special expression through the partially used Kodak film material, which is very similar in its characteristic in the monochrome segment to today’s Kodak Tri X. Now we have photographed numerous pictures of the original filming locations of Ingmar Bergman himself with the Kodak Tri X, in the above image of the Ingmar Bergman Center on Fårö but the character opposite color film, the Kodak Ektar, used. The Kodak Ektar ideally reproduces the colors of summer on Gotland.
The blue of the sky shows, as it really is. The edges are sharply displayed without being exaggerated. In a high proportion of digital photos today, the sharpness is clearly exaggerated, but this is hardly perceived by changing viewing habits. With the Kodak Ektar, which is very easy to scan, the contours are pleasantly recognizable. Above shot we have with the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. added.
If you are interested in the work of Ingmar Bergman, you will get hints how committed Ingmar Bergman has for his new home. Everywhere you will find his tracks. We have his farewell and his survival described here.
Gotland is the paradise for color films – and for the Kodak Ektar
Very few people know that the famous Villa Villekulla really exists. And on Gotland. For this we drive a few kilometers south of Visby located Kneippbyen. Because, as few people know, who have never been to Gotland, many sequences have been produced by Pippi Longstocking, also in the island’s capital, Visby. The photo of Villa Kunterbunt was created with the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.
Since the park in which the villa is located is very busy and the people are close to the Villa Kunterbunt, I have set just above the heads of the audience and photographed diagonally upwards in both directions. By the sky right all colors get the maximum intensity. Without being striking, the Kodak Ektar gives all colors powerful and identical. The sky blue works with the Kodak Ektar as if you had used a polarizer. Equally fascinating is the dynamic range of the Kodak Ektar, despite the enormous brightness of the illuminated surfaces, the dark shadows are still drawn through.
What’s up with the Villa Villekulla, we have described here..
Charm of the past with a medium of modernity: The Kodak Ektar
The island of Gotland is full of potential locations without having to build them. For example, the old Fiskeläge, which formerly served the fishermen as storage and overnight accommodation. These fishing sites often have a small smokehouse to process the caught fish quickly. The picture above shows the Kodak Ektar with the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. exposed to Kodak Ektar in dull weather. The interaction of the high-resolution Leica M lenses with the Kodak Ektar brings the naturalness of the weathered wood in harmony with the gray of the sky and the sea. Although the day of the photo is without any contrast, with the Kodak Ektar the shots get an enormous plasticity without having to be artificially sharpened.
The place where this picture was created, we have described here..
Gotland and its old huts: the dawn of modernity – the Kodak Ektar
The yearning for yesterday remains. And it is exactly this yearning that the 150 or so Fiskeläge on Gotland receives. In many cases they are similar and yet none is like the other. There are still quite active fishing spots with restaurant and smokehouse or overnight accommodation for tourists.
We are in the process of portraying the Fiskeläge on Gotland, be it with the Kodak Tri X as a classic black and white film or with the Kodak Ektar. With the modern analog color film Kodak Ektar and the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. we have also photographed this picture.
The location of the shown shot we have described here.
Gotland: Writing stories – with the Kodak Ektar
The life of the fishermen on Gotland was hard and dispensable. Today we like to transfigure these circumstances romantically, perhaps because we want to hide our own dissatisfied state for a moment. The fishermen in particular had little time for romance, they had to go out in the wind and waves or in the freezing cold and they did not come back again and again. Or they became sick and vulnerable to the rigors of the weather. To describe this situation, I have photographed the picture shown above, the lifebuoy as a symbol of the danger of the fishermen and the colorless hut as an indication of the barren life.
The photo was taken on Kodak Ektar with the Leica Summilux 1.4 50 asph. This motif once again shows how well the Kodak Ektar handles light-dark contrasts. In all areas, the Kodak Ektar shows excellent tracing.
Sjöräddnungsmuseet Ekeviken Gotland, Fiskeläge Gotland, Kodak Ektar, Fårö, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.| © mare.photoThe small Sjöräddningsmuseet Ekeviken on Fårö / Gotland (Sea rescue museum Ekeviken) impressively tells the story of the dangers of seafarers and fishermen and the modest ways to rescue them in an emergency. In addition to the often unpredictable sea, there are dangerous currents off the coast all year round.
The picture was taken in the late afternoon in early August in the backlight. It was illuminated on the shadows and still the bright areas are not overexposed but cleanly mapped. Photographed with Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. on Kodak Ektar. The Kodak Ektar has as a professional film an extremely high dynamic, without negatively affecting the naturalness of the situation.
We have it with his story described here.
Colors of contrasts on Gotland: with the Kodak Ektar between heaven and earth
The people of Gotland have always been aware of the risk of fishermen, but they needed fishing for food. To express the danger of the fishermen and to pay them respect, they do so until today in the small fisherman chapels. The young fisherman’s chapel belonging to the Fiskeläge-Museum Kovik near Klintehamn we have with the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. similarly photographed on Kodak Ektar. The Kodak Ektar manages to bring the warmth of the browns back to life, capturing the sky with its clouds despite its slope to warm tones in clear blues.
We have a service in such a fisherman’s chapel described here
Historic places on Gotland in today with a movie of today: the Kodak Ektar
Today, the former fishermen’s lodges, the Fiskelägen on Gotland, have become popular holiday destinations in some places. In the approximately 10 square meter rooms are then two beds. But on Gotland you just want to be outside, if possible in wind and weather. However, there are plenty of sunshine in summer. We have the above pictures of the Fiskeläge Ljugarn with the moderate wide-angle Leica M 2.8 28 asph. captured on Kodak Ektar, which beautifully recreates the colors of summer. We have the place Ljugarn described here.
Photos of Gotland are always memories of the vibrant colors of Gotland – perfect for the Kodak Ektar
Photo opportunities are more than enough on Gotland. And just as many postcard motifs. It is often the old objects that lovingly find their place. On Gotland you cultivate the beauty and confess color to the history. For us photographers a matter of course: Everything stays in its place as it is found. We will take a picture of it. In this case, photographed with the Kodak Ektar and the Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.
Gotland and the colors of the sea – captured with the Kodak Ektar
Gotland is also very popular on the water. Sports and motor boats are just as much here as the small motorboats or rowing boats. For a long time they have not been dragged ashore, today modern sport and leisure harbors are available. Most fishing boats have given way to recreational captains.
The picture shows the marina in Kyllaj on Gotland, recorded with Kodak Ektar and Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. Whether with or without Kodak Ektar, whether with wide-angle or telephoto lens, it is important in such recordings that the waterline is being imaged.
Herrvik Gotland, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo
Where there are ports, there are also small shipyards. So here in Herrvik. In the small fishing port there is next to the fishing a small boatyard, which offers the workers even over the short holiday season of about 10 weeks of employment. After the season, Herrvik will look extinct. Because even in the main season there are hardly crowds here. The picture above was analogous to Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph on Kodak Ektar.
Lighthouses on Gotland
Store Karlsö Fyr, Gotland, Store Karlsö, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photoAn island needs a lighthouse. At least one. And so on Gotland there are numerous lighthouses and all of these landmarks draw us almost magically. The most beautiful lighthouse we have discovered on Gotland’s neighboring island of Store Karlsö. The lighthouse Store Karlssö not only wants to be admired from the outside, meanwhile there is a small hotel inside the lighthouse house with a magnificent view. However, you have to be ready to hike here. Cars and roads do not exist here.
Over the garden fence of the lighthouse Store Karlsö one should not fall, here it goes 45 meters vertically into the depth. We spend a whole day on the small island Store Karlsö and portray it with the Kodak Ektar and described them here.
Kodak Ektar reflects stories on Gotland carved in stone
Gotland has a lively and tragic development behind it. Because not only peace-loving people came across the sea. time and again, the people of Gotland had to protect themselves from pirates and armed forces from other countries. And the people in the island capital Visby even in front of their own rural population. So you built around Visby a large continuous city wall with many outbuildings.
The walled city of Visby has made Visby a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The picture shown was taken with the Leica Elmarit analogue on Kodak Ektar. The Kodak Ektar brings out in this photo the blue colors of the summer perfectly, especially the blue tints that tend towards turquoise are a special achievement for the Kodak Ektar. For although the penchant for earthy tones is attributed to the Kodak Ektar, the intensity of the blues remains fully intact. If you want to make a magnification of 40×60 cm from this picture, you will hardly notice a film grain of the Kodak Ektar, the Kodak Ektar is the finest-grained color film with a nominal sensitivity of ISO 100. For example, we have the city of Visby described here..
The downsides of the churches on Gotland and the Kodak Ektar
Everything is preserved in Visby, even the broken buildings. The numerous church ruins of all sizes attract people magically. Some of the church ruins in Visby are used for worship and cultural events.
In the summer heat building parts often fall into deep shadows. One has to weigh whether one wants to make the shadows visible or wants to reproduce the light parts. The Kodak Ektar once again shows its aperture range. Because if we were to tweak the shadows in post-processing (we’re not working on analogue imagery), all the details that lie in the shadows would be visible. But we love shadows and the Kodak Ektar helps to make photos of subjects as we actually see them. On site, the bright areas were so illuminated that we actually perceived the shadows as black.
The ruined church of St. Olof Kyrka ruin, which we described with Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. and Kodak Ektar photographed, we have described here..
Above the roofs of Visby
Visby is one of the most beautiful cities we have ever seen. And we have seen some cities. Historic and urban life combine here on Gotland in Visby as in almost no other city. However, Visby on Gotland is so manageable that you park your car outside the city gates. It is a privilege to live in the center of Visby, because every building within the city wall is a listed building.
The analogue photography is certainly younger but not less historical. Kodak is one of the pioneers of the movie, the Kodak Ektar is derived from modern footage. Thankfully there’s the Kodak Ektar in Hollywood, and it’s a little reminiscent of the color adaptation of Pippi Longstocking, which was actually filmed partially here on Visby’s city wall. We use the Kodak Ektar for a comprehensive portrait of the city Visby, again shows the enormous color spectrum of the Kodak Ektar from the earthy reddish to the refreshing blue tones, opposites are ideally united.
The above motive we have with the Kodak Ektar and Leica Summilux 1.4 50 asph. photographed.
Gotland – of stones and ruins
Gotland is full of sights, even in the countryside. So we meet unexpectedly again and again on ruins that we for our island report u.a. photograph with the Kodak Ektar. The ruins fit harmoniously into the landscape of Gotland and tell their own story.
The ruin Gunnfjauns Kapell we have with Kodak Ektar and Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asp. photographed and described here.
Gotland – the island of churches
We’re introducing the churches individually and understandably, and photograph them with the Kodak Ektar or Kodak Tri X. This is how we capture the present with the Kodak Ektar and the history with the Kodak Tri X. The picture shown here is with the Kodak Ektar and Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. emerged. The churches are described here..
Search for clues on Gotland in the realm of the dead
Long before the Christianization, there was religious life on Gotland. Again and again you can find traces up to the Iron Age. Striking are the large ship settlements on Gotland, which represent a single grave of a former authority. This photo was taken with the Kodak Ektar and Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. The content of the photo we have described here..
Everything stays as it is on Gotland and in photography: analogous to the Kodak Ektar
On Gotland, something is rarely torn off or thrown away. And so there are some of these “Lost Places” like this old and forgotten gas station on the wayside. Gotland is a storyteller, even the stories of the last hundred years can be experienced in these little oases like this historic petrol station. How nice would it be to stop here in Gotland with an old Beetle convertible and revel in the time when there was still a gas station attendant.
After all, we are here with our old Bulli, take the analogue Leica M in hand and take a photo as in times when this gas station was still in operation. We took the picture with Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. on Kodak Ektar.
Old vehicles are found again and again on Gotland, but this fire engine is part of one of the figureheads of the beautiful seaside resort Ljugarn. In Ljugarn, the tourism of the island of Gotland began by the curative princess. Ljugarn is well frequented in the summer, but scrum rarely occurs here. Ljugarn is one of the central locations on Gotland, has everything you need. This corresponds to the size of a middle village in Germany. The picture was taken with Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. on Kodak Ektar.
Alone, without being lonely: home on Gotland
Outside the central locations it becomes quiet on Gotland. Unimaginable as it is out of season. As relaxed as here we have never been traveling by car – for cyclists as an Eldorado. Sometimes there are large buildings in the small towns, which are usually churches, schools or farms. In the picture isr a former school pictured, it serves today as a restaurant. The picture was taken with Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. on Kodak Ektar.
But it is even quieter, as here on the peninsula Faludden on Gotland. You hardly meet a person here. Rather, a landscape that resembles a savannah. On it are partly over 100 years old buildings, which are sometimes left to the forces of nature. Others are lovingly received. The Kodak Ektar surprisingly reflects the mood as we actually experienced it. The picture was taken with Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.
The few people who live here in the south of Gotland try to make ends meet with agriculture. But more and more people give up. Some farms exist since the Middle Ages. First and foremost sheep and livestock are part of existence. For arable farming, the barren and calcareous soils are generally insufficient. We have the Faludden with Leica M 2.8 28 asph. Photographed on Kodak Ektar and described here..
Man and nature on Gotland
Gotland has many nature reserves. Many of these areas are used for agriculture and maintained. Typical for Gotland are the eternally long enclosures with stones piled up walls. Mills or their remnants are also on the whole island, among other things, with their help, groundwater was promoted. To show the spaciousness in all its naturalness, the classic wide-angle Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph, for example, was used in the photo above, using the Kodak Ektar, which is so popular among nature photographers.
The paths are short on Gotland. It is so fast outside in the lonely landscape, as fast as you have reached the next central location, as here Burgsvik in the south of Gotland. Social life of the inhabitants is very important. You meet every opportunity for cultural events or for a coffee in the former gas station. Burgsvik is the southernmost way to do its errands on Gotland. The image of the gas station was created in dull weather with Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. on Kodak Ektar. We have Burgsvik described here..
Sky blue and sea blue on Gotland – fine thing for the Kodak Ektar
Gotland has many opportunities to live and relax. Along the approximately 800 kilometers long coastline there are numerous bathing spots and footbridges. In summer, the sea is mirror-smooth. In many places there are fire pits and sometimes the firewood is already ready. The image of this jetty at Visby was created on a June morning with Leica M Summilux 1.4 50 asph. on Kodak Ektar. Because the batteries of the camera failed me, I estimated the exposure time and let the pure mechanics of Leica do the rest without electricity.
The forest is sometimes enough
In addition to a long coastline Gotland has extensive forests, which, however, are very vulnerable to fire in summer. Beautiful hiking trails lead through the forest, partly along the coasts.
The above photo was taken in the early evening twilight at 1/30 second from the hand. No more sunlight fell into the forest, so there were no forming shadows. Thanks to the excellent sharpness and resolution of the Leica objective LÖeica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. In conjunction with the very fine and sharp Kodak Ektar, the contours are perfectly reproduced even under the circumstances.
Gotland is alive. And has a lot to offer. We will come back and continue to portray this enchanting island. And maybe one day we’ll just take a movie with 36 pictures to Gotland. With such an idea, it does not matter if the 36 images are created analog or digital. It is important that one is willing and open to discover and perceive motifs. Then it does not take many pictures to take the deep impressions home.