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so I came back from my two and a half weeks stay in the states with 101 exposed films (mixed 120 and 135). I’ve met many, many great people, experienced some otherworldly shit and since my to-do list didn’t shrink while I was absent, I probably won’t find the time in the next days to start developing my black and white films. That’s why I decided to post a blog with all the colour I’ve shot, since the C41 got developed by the lab already and the few digital frames obviously don’t need my attention in the darkroom.

so this will be the first post of a couple I’m planning. Knowing there is colour film in my camera, i definitely shoot different. So the following photos are mainly frames I would probably not have taken on BW film. hope you’ll enjoy some.

starting with digitals from Leica M9.

  1. Great post!

    Comment by Anze Osterman — March 19, 2011 @ 1:11 am
  2. A nice change of pace with this one. Love the portraits and the wide open shot on that Contax. I was half expecting to see an HDR :(

    This the new Portra 400?

    Cheers from Manila

    Comment by Sonny Thakur — March 19, 2011 @ 2:06 am
  3. Wow. Those 645 pictures are fantastic!

    Comment by Kyle Batson — March 19, 2011 @ 2:32 am
  4. great post as usual, though devoided of color :)

    wanted to ask, how did you get those saturated colors on that portrait when the light looks more-or-less flat in the photo of you taking her portrait? is that the film alone, or you helped the colors in pp? great portrait independent of how you achieved it!

    Comment by domagoj — March 19, 2011 @ 12:06 pm
  5. I guess your question is legitimate, especially nowadays..

    but it is also simple to answer. you’re comparing someone’s digital SLR+zoomlens snapshot to one of Zeiss best lenses ever made on 6×6 and the latest Kodak C41 film.

    you can see the obvious difference there and also why I’m shooting a film 6×6 rolleiflex for photos and not a digital SLR..

    and yes, I try to make the best scans in that short amount of time and I do this and that on photoshop – why wouldn’t I. I didn’t really “help” the colours, these are a product of film, exposure and the lens.. I did not “create” them.

    So to answer your question why this looks so much better than the other shot, it’s everything, from the camera, to the lens, to the film and the processing.

    (I’m spending time and money on shooting film, for a reason ;) )

    Also a dgital file will almost always look flat compared to film, because of the smaller range of colours. It’s not about saturation.

    Comment by Severin Koller — March 19, 2011 @ 2:06 pm
  6. thanks for your answer! i’m a devoted reader of your blog and always very happy when i see that you have a new post up and look forward to seeing your photos.

    i didn’t mean to compare the two shots (they are both photos, and that’s all they have in common ;) i was just puzzled if the lens+film+exposure could make such a big difference and your answered that. it’s the final result what matters and the path to it is far less important – if at all, and it’s just the question of the artist using his tools. and your results are always exquisite and very inspiring!

    keep ‘em coming, i’m,/we are looking forward to them!

    Comment by domagoj — March 19, 2011 @ 3:43 pm
  7. Awesomeness! The photos from Dlai’s are incredibly vivid!

    I also hate when, in my case, kodak “professional” center Gdansk screws up a roll… or, almost worse, sells you uselessly old film…

    I must say your work inspires me like that of few others. Looking forward to seeing the b/w!

    Comment by Johan Lindén — March 19, 2011 @ 6:36 pm
  8. Severin Colour.


    Comment by Alex Bach — March 19, 2011 @ 7:40 pm
  9. Definitely looking forward to seeing the b&w too.

    Its an interesting change-up from the usual stuff you post on the blog.
    btw. I hope you have a bulk supplier for all that film. 100 rolls aint cheap.

    Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Thomas Kadlek — March 19, 2011 @ 8:02 pm
  10. Great pictures as always!

    Comment by Joacim Sc — March 19, 2011 @ 10:36 pm
  11. Amazing pictures! I cannot stop looking at them for all the wonderful tiny details. I shoot only analogue. Today was my first digital day. Not one good photo :(. Well. I should stay analogue ;)

    Comment by Bella — March 20, 2011 @ 12:57 am
  12. Colour is definitely the new b/w! I like how you spelt it with a ‘u’ too ; )
    This cracked me up:

    Looking forward to your signature b/ws.

    Comment by Tanya — March 20, 2011 @ 1:00 am
  13. I’m a Singaporean who’s been following your photoblog for a long time. Love your street shots and people shots; what’s captured. Noticed that you’ve been to some different countries like the US. One day if you ever can or want to, do come to Singapore. Will be interested to see what’s the view like through your photos ;)

    Comment by ting — March 20, 2011 @ 2:48 am
  14. Junge Meister – Farb-el-haft! Can’t wait to see the black and white -

    Comment by Mike Hacker — March 20, 2011 @ 6:00 am
  15. American cup still standing, AMERICA WINS.

    Comment by jono — March 20, 2011 @ 8:15 am
  16. Colour isn’t usually my thing, part of what attracted me to this blog, but this is all really excellent.

    I didn’t know you had an M9, and I certainly never thought you’d have a Nocti. That’s like half my yearly wage right there. I really wish I could have come to a workshop like this, you guys should all come to Australia.

    Comment by Josh — March 20, 2011 @ 8:31 am
  17. inspiring post as always! I’m a little bit jealous that you spotted this amazing ‘desert-art’ at salton sea – it was done by belgium street artist roa, check http://www.flickr.com/photos/roagraffiti/ if you’re interested. hopefully this guy shows up in vienna soon… cheers, a.

    Comment by Andy — March 20, 2011 @ 1:37 pm
  18. Hi, checking your page for a longer time and this time decided to write you. Today I shot my first 2 rolls of portra NC and as I saw your MF NC pictures just now, I am sure tomorrow I will run to the lab to get them developed :) Different pictures from you but certainly enjoyable, film and MF just rocks! good luck from the closest capital ;)

    Comment by vikeed — March 20, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
  19. come to Chicago why don’t you and teach me a trick or two!
    Nice to see color every once in a while. Very crisp photos.
    Always excited to see your work.

    Comment by james — March 21, 2011 @ 5:24 pm
  20. Awesome post Sev

    Comment by Dwayne — March 22, 2011 @ 4:17 am
  21. @ james (chicago): great idea! I’ll co-sponsor a Severin Koller workshop here in Chicago.

    C’mon Severin, what do you say? I have an extra room.

    Love your blog and your work.

    Daniel S.

    Comment by Daniel — March 22, 2011 @ 4:47 am
  22. Always a pleasure to check your posts! I think you’re developing an excellent style with the medium format shots. Plus, the “end” frame is an instant classic! :)

    Comment by Agelis Tsotras — March 22, 2011 @ 10:33 am
  23. Oh the irony:

    Glad that you could find the time to update your blog.

    Comment by Scheff — March 24, 2011 @ 3:58 am
  24. Sev,

    You’re totally right about HDR being ridiculously disgusting these days.

    People don’t know how to control the crap out of it. And it’s seriously over-rated anyway for what it’s worth.

    Comment by timothy-sim — March 24, 2011 @ 3:54 pm
  25. Very good Sev, as always, even in color ;)

    Comment by Pedro Cardigo — March 24, 2011 @ 9:54 pm
  26. Great work Severin. Love your compositions. Wish, though, you all will have a street photography workshop in new york city.

    Comment by rufus mangrove — March 24, 2011 @ 10:07 pm
  27. I think it’s time to start thinking about trading in my M8 for an M9 ! great post lovely images, And Severin you are so right film owns digital ! thanks for another enjoyable read …..

    Comment by Ryan Peacock — March 25, 2011 @ 11:44 am
  28. Love the colours in your colour photography. Nice.

    Comment by Thomas — March 28, 2011 @ 6:51 pm
  29. Funny to say that today I just unloaded an exposed roll of Portra 160 NC (expired in 2003 btw) after a long time I hadn’t shot a single MF color neg. Then I take a look at good ol’e Sev’s blog and what do I find? a whole lotta NC shots!
    Amazing. I’d say “as usual” but this time I say “As I couldn’t expect”.
    Very nice work, and I obviously wait for that huge amount of b/w negs. OMG, your next post will be huge!

    The half-burnt armchair is maybe my fav but dunno, I should meditate about it.
    Gonna share immediately.

    Nice to see your work, thanks Severin. ^_^

    Comment by Ale- — March 28, 2011 @ 10:59 pm
  30. Wonderful colors and tones on those images (you can’t beat medium format) that’s why I still use my film cameras !!!

    Comment by Konstantinos Besios — March 29, 2011 @ 8:03 am
  31. I am in love with that squares. Awesome!
    Its nice to see some colors at your blog sometimes :)

    Comment by Žan Kuralt — April 5, 2011 @ 12:38 pm
  32. WOWWW the colours of the hollywood pictures are fantastic … and the Lens flair WOWWWW .. love the pictures

    Comment by Rüdiger Gohr — April 10, 2011 @ 6:24 pm
  33. Ich verfolge deinen Blog jetzt schon eine ganze weile und bin sehr beeindruckt, oft haben deine Bilder oder verschiedenen Sichtweisen mich bei meiner Arbeit beeinflusst. Immer weider gibt es Bilder die einfach Symbolisch oder auch einfach nur der Moment sehr wertvoll ist. Mach weiter so ! ich warte gespannt auf deine neuen Posts, die wunderbar anzuschauen sind und man für kurze zeit ein bisschen in deine welt eintauchen kann. In diesem Sinne :
    Take a Photo,
    save a memory.

    (ich hoffe das ist ok das ich auf deutsch geschrieben habe, da hier alles auf Englisch ist, ich aber davon ausgehe, das du Deutscher bist)

    Comment by Tim — April 12, 2011 @ 2:13 pm
  34. Your photos, as always, are friggen amazing; colour, no colour, black, white, green, who cares. Thanks again for sharing with us your visual awesomeness, you’ve made my day.

    Comment by Jono — April 14, 2011 @ 7:19 am
  35. In some pictures can feel the heat of the desert.

    Comment by Filipe — April 21, 2011 @ 10:56 am
  36. servus,

    Farbe gibt den Bildern eine ganz andere Qualität! Die 6×6 Portraits sind von der Komposition und von der Farbgebung her sehr natürlich- gefallen mir aus der Serie am besten. Klasse Arbeit!

    btw. anal sex is not for pussies :)))))

    Comment by Peter — April 23, 2011 @ 10:55 am
  37. What I wouldn’t do for a severin post right now.

    Comment by Benjamin Bisson — May 8, 2011 @ 2:43 pm
  38. Ah, Severin, you’ve made me miss the US… I’ve only had two very brief visits there, but I did gain an appreciation for the country and it’s citizens. I should get back there soon. thank you so much for sharing some amazing and beautiful images.

    Comment by Paul C — June 13, 2011 @ 12:03 am
  39. Wonderful post. Your film work is so much better though. I love the color work, but I truly love the B&W the best. I love digital too, but I just love the look of film SO much better.

    Comment by Lainer — October 26, 2011 @ 6:50 am

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