CineStill @ Oktoberfest

CineStill @ Oktoberfest

It’s that time of the year, when tourists and business travelers come to Munich to visit the “Wiesn”: Fun rides. Drunk people. And me in between, with a Hasselblad loaded with CineStill 800T on a shaky tripod. What could possibly go wrong?

Preparing my walk, it took me a while to figure out what to take with me — you haven’t been allowed to bring back packs this years, so everything had to be portable. In the end, I’ve chosen my Hasselblad with a 80/2.8 lens, assuming that I will need every single f-stop that I might get from my gear. The back was still loaded with a Portra 400 that I had to finish, but the real motivation for going out that nicht was a brand new roll of CineStill 800T which I’ve never tried out before.

There’s a lot to see and it took me quite a while to get used to it. Of course, photos of the fun rides as long exposures look cool. There are a lot of interesting people but, damn, they keep all moving. Nobody respects a tripod and slow speed film these days.

Also, being in crowds is not my natural habitat.

Emptiness. Negative space. If this is what you like, then Oktoberfest might be a challenging location for you.

After a while I’ve noticed that also the Oktoberfest has it’s own quiet and empty moments. This was what I was eventually looking for and trying to capture when suddenly the party stopped and Oktoberfest was over.

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