A Coffee with…No. 2 – Kiril Miloshev

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Today I have special guest here, It’s Kiril Miloshev from Sophia, Bulgary. He is a very nice chap and a group administrator of the caffenol Facebook group. He uses a good mixture of a Leica Rangefinder, a Nikon DSLR and a Nikon J1 Mirrorless camera. And I guess his office has the lovely smell of that caffenol developer floating around.

Can we start? Sure we can!

Caffenol: Hi Kiril, nice to have you here on the site. Please introduce yourself.

Kiril: Hi, my name Is Kiril Miloshev and photography is my favorite hobby.
I mostly shoot musical performances, but also like to shoot kids portraits, some weddings and all other stuff I come across.

Caffenol: Anything else you want to add about you as a person?

Kiril: I have lots of hobbies, but photography is the one that I always go back to. My latest hobby is HAM Radio and now when I go to take pictures I have to carry radio equipment also. That’s why I enjoy the Nikon J1

Caffenol: What do like about photography in general?

Kiril: I like the moment when I feel the emotion of the scene that I shoot. That’s the moment when the real photography happens for me.

Caffenol: How did you get into caffenol?

Kiril: I was looking around internet for film developer info and got to caffenol.org. I liked the look of the samples in the site and decided to try it by myself.
One day I was mixing Caffenol integridients in a 500ml bucket at my office desk and one of my colleagues passed by and exclaimed – “Wow and you will be drinking all that coffee” 😀

Caffenol: What kind of gear do you use? (You can include a picture of your gear if you like) Do you have digital stuff as well?

Kiril: For film I use a Leica M5 with some nice lenses.
For digital I use a Nikon D300 and a Nikon J1 (most of the time these days)

Caffenol: Which is your favorite camera/lens combination at the moment? Why?

Kiril: My favorite Camera/Lens combo is my Nikon J1 -> J to M adapter -> Voigtlander 50/1.1.
With this combination I get 135/1.1 lens with dof like 4, so it is perfect for shooting Blues concerts in dim light.

Caffenol: Which caffenol recipe do you use? Why?

Kiril: I mostly use the C-M recipe as I don’t have Kbr around. Maybe the next time I will buy some to test it

Caffenol: Where do you buy your ingredients for caffenol?

Kiril: I have found a Chemistry wholesaler near my office, so its easy to get the chemicals. The only issue is that most of them are sold in 1 kilo jars 🙂

Caffenol: Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?

Kiril: The only gadget that I regret buying is an RC Nitro Truck. It turned out to be a huge disappointment.
I like all my photo gadgets and in latest time I mostly enjoy my new Voigtlander 50mm/1.1 M-mount lens, which Dirk was so kind to sell me 🙂

Caffenol: Do you shoot Auto-Mode, A-Mode, S-Mode, P-Mode, M-Mode? Autofocus or manual?

Kiril: With my Nikon D300 I shoot A-mode autofocus, with my Nikon J1 I shoot S with the kit lens or M with M-mount MF lenses.
With my Leica M5 I shoot M & MF (no other options there)

Caffenol: How do you scan your Pictures? What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your workflow. Do you have a darkroom?

Kiril: I Scan all of my film pictures with Reflecta CrystalScan 7200 and I am quite happy with it. My workflow consists of  direct RAW scan and then process all files in Lightroom.
No dedicated darkroom for now. I develop all my negatives at my office.

Caffenol: How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Kiril: I do a lot of reading. This summer I have found http://www.lenswork.com/ site, which belongs to  photographer Brooks Jensen and it is my source of inspiration these days.
There are several good books about photography there and “Letting go of the camera” is a must read for every photographer.

Caffenol: Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

Kiril: This is a tough question. From the pictures I take there are several which I like a lot, but I can’t quite tell that I have a favorite one

Caffenol: Any other shots you want to show?

Kiril: Here are some of my favorite shots:


Caffenol: Whose work has influenced you most?

Kiril: Ansel Adams, Cole Thompson and many other.

Caffenol: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

Kiril: That camera equipment is the less important thing in picture-taking process. I have lost lots of time reading equipment reviews and tech-geek forums.

Caffenol: Where can we find your work?

Kiril: Most of my work worth showing is on my facebook photography page: facebook.com/TheMusicPhotography

Caffenol: Kiril, thank you very much for this very interesting Interview! And I would like to thank you for all the efforts you do in accepting members in the group and giving them a warm welcome. I hope the next time we will have a proper coffe (and maybe a couple of beers) together.

Kiril: Thank you too, always a pleasure to talk with you 🙂

You know, that you can be featured on caffenol.org, do you? Just mail meMessage me or DM me and we get your stuff on the site!


Dirk Essl is the founder of caffenol.org And has done a tremendous amount of coffee development in the past.


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