Lake Cuber – Mallorca’s emerald jewel (Leica & Lubitel, Kodak Portra)

The island of Mallorca is an arid place. Rain is rare, especially during the summer months. There’s probably more beer and other forms of alcohol spilled during the holiday seasons than water.
Still, farming, wineyards, plantations and animal herds are widespread, and a secured source of fresh water is indispensable.

In the Traumuntana mountain range of Western Mallorca, one of Europe’s best destinations for hiking and cycling, lies Lake Cuber – or Embassament de Cuber (catalan for ‘Cuber Reservoir’). A man-made emerald-coloured jewel among dusty rocks, constructed in 1970-71. Together with nearby Gorg Blau, the two reservoirs are a crucial freshwater source for many of the surrounding villages.
To the north of the lake is the Cuber peak, rising 979m above sea level. To reach the lake, whether in the comfort of a car or insanely enough to go by bike, an almost endless winding road through forest and along mountain edges eventually leads to this hidden gem.

The tranquility and remoteness of the lake, especially compared to the mass influx of tourist by the coast, makes for a great day (or few more) out.

I used both my Leica M6 and Lubitel 166u to take photos. 3000 bucks versus 100 bucks.
The differences are remarkable. The Leica’s sharp, brilliant depiction of detail, and the wide rectangualar format of 35mm film, give the landscapes a sense of vastness. Something grand. The Lubitel’s square format, while no match to the Leica’s image quality, offers great compositional play, putting certain objects in focus of the viewer. The vignetting and slightly off sharpness give the images a timeless feel.
In any case, there’s a certain sense of beauty in both camera’s results.
Which leads to the conclusion: It doesn’t matter, which camera you use, how expensive it is or cheap materials it is made of, as long as you get the results you’re aiming for.















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