I am thankful and grateful for the peace we enjoy here. Today was a great day of rest and spending time with my family. Also spent some time hunting for our new pets!
Happy 53rd National Day Singapore!
May God bless the years to come with happiness, progress and prosperity to all of us!
It was an honor to meet a professional film photographer who was passionate about film and listening to him share about his story and the way things were during at pinnacle of his time was indeed precious to me. Thank you Paul for your time spent with me. I hope to learn more from you in the days to come.
Met up with Kim and the rest of the pano outing friends at esplanade and sat down for a quick drink and chat.
A short walk about with Kim was fun.
Here are some photos taken with my phone (Samsung note 8)
Hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Yes, It has been a while…
I have been off the grid for a while, not really posting or taking the time off to get some photos done. I was a little affected by the closure of the Mount Faber Safra Photography club, therefore, putting a sudden halt on my analog photography printing. I honestly miss it. Getting lost in time when in the darkroom. The beauty of seeing your captured image, appearing right before your eyes, just like home developing the negatives that you took with your trusted film camera (be it 35mm or 120 format) I miss it all.
There have been a few readjustments in my life and priority has been shifted towards spending more time with my family more (my wife and son of course) On top of that, I need to work on alternate Saturdays now, so my Saturday mornings are half cut off.
I also posted on Instagram recently that I ran out of Ilford Fixer solution, so my 120 film has to wait. I have yet to send off my Provia 120 as well. Gosh, I’m so procrastinating myself. There are so many films in my fridge (that was mistaken for chocolate) that are screaming my name to be used and I keep telling them to wait first.
My good friend was kind enough to allow me to join him in shooting a wedding recently. I had a lot of fun and some experience in capturing moments as important as this and having used my Fuji XT-1, I managed to snap more that 1000 shots!
Since then, I had caught the flu bug. Temperatures rising up to 39.9 degrees Celsius and I had body aches, I had to lay in bed for 2 days with no appetite and feeling fuzzy. I had lost 4kg just like that, alongside lots of coughing and phlegm, runny nose added to the symptoms just as worse as a leaking tap, I was running alright…
I have recovered from the fever, runny nose thanks to my Abba Father who healed me and my dear wife who took great care of me during this time. I still have a bit of cough (yes, it’s irritating) but having it has led me to a new liking, (drinking tea) funny how it all began as I thought coffee wasn’t really that good for me, and with that bad cough of mine, a hot drink definitely made it better.
So now, I have a cuppa with my wife in the evening/ towards the night, just to keep my throat warm and I drink a lot less of cold drinks now. Did I also mention that I am taking tea with soy milk? Not a favorite for a lot of people but yeah, it’s nice!
Back to my film, I have a roll of TMAX 400 I shot my family with, I am so looking forward to developing it. So look forward to it yeah? I also owe my friend his photos of which I shall give him by this weekend. Otherwise, I am looking forward to a few things that will be upcoming.
- I am finally gonna meet someone for the first time (it’s a guy who shoots lovely landscape photos) That should be in early August. Of which I will be learning from him the tips on how to take lovely landscapes like him
- I’m gonna develop my TMAX 400 roll (late july 2018)
- I’m gonna visit the zoo with my wife, son aunt and mother in law (long overdue family outing)
- I will be reviving an old item (So looking forward to that)
- More Singapore landscape photos (film and digital) to come (definitely need to visit more SG places)
- Perhaps more wedding shoots? (WINK)
- I would like to try videoing the shoots I go out for… (a project long overdue)
How is everyone? Do drop a note and lemme know how you all are doing! I’d love to hear from you!
I was once again blown away by Jon Chiang’s cityscape photos when he recently posted on fb. That lit the flame in my fujifilm XT1 and the not so often used 12mm Samyang lens. So i asked where he was heading today. Kranji Beach he said. Can i join you? Sure he said. Let’s meet 0630hrs there.
Long ago, i joined him and a few landscape hunters from SG and i totally forgot how far they would have gone to get a shot. In this case, it was close to half a leg deep.
Guess what i wore? Jordans. Yes you read me right people. Jordans to the muddy waters it was. Go hard or go home i told myself. Where Jon was far out getting all the good shots, here i was slowly taking foot by foot further out.
Yes, i managed to get a few shots. I guess shooting from the same point would not really be useful right? Afterall, we all want our own shots to be special. So here are mine.
Fujifilm xt1, 12mm samyang lens
Cute branch for my foreground. I also had my Haida 3 stop filter.
Silhouette is also beautiful don’t you agree?
Even my hasselblad 500cm needed some exercise.
This was taken using my hp. Edited with instgram.
So these are my beautiful Jordans.
I had fun even though it was all muddy and wet. I will come back again with better preparation. Always a next time isn’t that right Jon?
I believe many people have asked me this question, Why film photography? We have advanced in technology so much that film has become time of yesterday.
I did ask myself this question as well. These are my opinions:
- It’s really all about the Journey.
I told myself that I would want to complete the journey. From taking the image, to developing the negative and finally to printing it onto paper. So far I have done all this and I must say that I have made friends during this journey who also enjoy this process as well. It’s very rewarding as it involves a lot of hands on, time but it really pays off because the end result is priceless.
- Film makes you think through your shots
Indeed, one would counter and say I can take endless shots with my CF card/ SD card/ hp storage capacity. True, but out of the 1000 shots you take, how many do you have to delete or edit? Of course if you are shooting a wedding or some important occasion, feel free to press the digital shutter till you finger drops but film to me really makes you think a lot more than just pressing the shutter. Everyone can press a shutter, not everyone can take a good picture. You can say a downside is that I am limited to 12 shots on my 6×6 or 24/ 36 shots with my 35mm film. I’m also glad I am limited as well as I know I have done enough for what I’m shooting and it’s time to head home to develop the negative.
- You can actually save money!
Yup, for those who like to try their hands, you can actually do a comparison between buying digital and film. The is no lie when you have to send your film to the photo labs to have them process your negatives for you. What if I told you that you could save money developing the negatives at the comfort of your own home. (No, you don’t need a darkroom to just develop negatives) All you need it just a dark bag, a lightproof tank and the necessary solutions to develop your negatives. That’s all!
- It’s Exciting!
When was the last time you really opened your mouth wide enough to put a can of beans in? You now can when you bring your negatives into the darkroom! Yes, this step is not really for everyone I believe. Thanks to Safra, which has a darkroom, I can now go there to turn my negative into a print. You do need to sign up as a member though (safra members pay less than $40sgd for 2 years, non safra members pay less than a $100sgd). If you think it’s wow-derful (wow and wonderful) [Did I just create a new word?] to see the negative come to life from your own home, wait till you try your hands printing them into paper. I am thankful to learn it from a good friend. I am still learning to improve my printing process but so far, I am blown away from what I have printed so far.
So why not challenge yourself, put down your digital camera and give film a shot. Feel free to ask me any questions, if I can answer them, I would. Afterall, I am no expert. I am just a passionate film photographer who loves to share.
I’ve recently picked up darkroom printing and have never looked back. Unfortunately, the location is all the way at Safra, Mount Faber which is quite far from my residence.
Then came the notice that they would be moving over to Safra Toa Payoh and I jumped for joy! Sad to see this lovely place for the last time so here are some photos just to remember this quiet but wonderful place.
Thank you for the memories!
See you in Safra Toa Payoh!