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Shooting Kentmere 400 @ 200.

A big shout out to Ray for blessing me with this roll of Kentmere 400 film during out first meet on Hari Raya Haji @ Marina South Pier.

Story:

I went back into Geylang with Frank to get some more captures and this time the sun was really out, unlike the morning shoot with Chester where the clouds were out to play and the sun was blocked with drizzling rain. This time round, I managed to capture 27 and 3 quarter images. Yes, 3 quarters…

Method:

Developed using Kodak HC-110 @ 6 mins @ 20 degrees, stopbath was water at 20 degrees, fixer was Ilford and Ilford wash as well. Finishing with 5 minutes of final rinse. Hung to dry for 1 hour.

Without any delay, here they are straight out of the hanger:

Results:

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From across the street, I wanted to capture this man pushing the cart.

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Frank brought me to this shop that sold impossible film. It is also a barber.

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Unsure about the sale, I like this image with the two men looking both ways.

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The chair called out to me despite the structure below it.

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Pushing the 50mm F1.4, sharp bicycle (or whats left of it)

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I was waiting for someone to walk past. Snapped.

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This guy’s camera is really the state of the art.

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What an interesting association don’t you think?

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In the back alley, this place was very much in a mess.

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This guy was keeping his equipment and the lady at the back looking on.

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Uncle was waiting for the bus.

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As always, we are all guilty of sticking our faces to our phones.

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This guy crossed the road and I quickly took a shot.

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Cool uncle at the  magazine stand. Another favourite from the lot.

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Interesting place to be.

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Interesting thing about this. What is dragon cash?

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A modern harry potter bike?

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Welcome 🙂

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Frank with his Leotax.

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I was excited to see this building, historical and beautiful. So excited that I chopped off the top. Silly…

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Auntie was walking slowly.

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I liked the buildings here. A back alley. Waited for someone to walk by.

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Cable man making a call.

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This chair was rather inviting. Outside a hair salon.

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Many headless bodies around

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A walking past gentleman who was delivered

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And my final shot, the riding auntie.

Photos were taken using my Nikon F3 and 50mm F1.4 lens.

Hope you enjoyed them!

God bless!

Finally results!

I was blessed with 4 rolls of PolyPan F asa 50 from Ray recently and I screwed up the first roll. if you have not read about it, click here and you can have a quick read 🙂

The day I screwed up

So I had to try again because giving up now would be such a waste wouldn’t it? Thanks to Chester who walked with me through Geylang in the cloudy morning with mini bits of light drizzle along the way. We also managed to see rays of light which was a beautiful sight one won’t see on a daily basis.

25 exposures was a little more exciting to shoot with than 36. Sometimes, you can’t really shoot that much unless you shoot blindly. Anyone can waste 36 frames just like that. Not everyone can capture each shot with beautiful subjects or composition. I’d like to try my hand at that.

Once again, thank you Ray for the films and the opportunity to enjoy them.

I shot these images with a rollei35 made in Singapore. 40mm F3.5. I shot at F5.6, 1/60s.

Photos are unedited, straight from the hanger.

Here are some of the images:

 

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Crossing the road, this motorcyclist turned left and right before he took a left turn.

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An elderly sleeping on three chairs. A sad sight, but it is however, reality.

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This moving dump truck worker actually smiled at me when I nodded at him. I actually enjoy capturing them.

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Aiming at motionless resting people are good for practice for now.

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Another favourite subject, the mobile focused person who was sitting at the back of a pick up. It’s a whole lot easier when you just lift up the rollei35, take a snap and move on. No one really notices you nor the shutter sound.

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This was the driver of the pick up truck, also focused on his mobile device. If you took a closer look, you’d actually find me in the reflection 🙂

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Walking past a playground, out came 4 young children on their bikes and push wheelers. Very cute kids who enjoy themselves in the open, unlike many kids these days who stay at home in front of their televisions or computers.

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A young man walking through the back alley.

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Only reason why I took this image was because of the EZZE bath & lights

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Capturing a moving subject is not as easy as I thought.

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A reflection and the beautiful rollei35 in my hands. Small right?

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A passing cyclist with lots of plastic bags.

 

Some images stuck out beautifully. I’m not sure it’s because of the correct estimation but there is much to learn from using the rollei35. I should pop the last roll into the Nikon F3 and see how that works.

Good thing about the rollei35, it’s a small camera, many would not notice it. The F3 however, is a huge monster.

Should I? Lemme know your thoughts.

The day I screwed up.

Don’t we all have days like this? I say this to really comfort myself for the stupidity of my actions.

I was blessed 4 rolls of Pan 50 35mm film by Ray and I was excited to use it in my smallest setup, the Rollei35. After the meet up, I walked around Geylang with Shawn and TJH to finish one roll and was excited to get good results because my eye saw very nice compositions and being the 1st roll, I also wanted to see how it would turn out.

This is how it turned out…

No prizes for guessing it right.

I screwed up. Period.

Trying out the Leotax Rangefinder camera- My thoughts.

I was blessed to have borrowed the Leotax rangefinder camera from my friend Frank, an avid film photographer (poisonous but friendly guy) for a roll on Saturday afternoon. Without hesitation, he handed it over to me with a VCII light meter and a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens.

Loaded was the Kodak Eastman Double X film, placing the ISO to 200, I started out at Bugis, the place I promised to shoot for another person who requested for it.

It took a little hands on to getting the hang of the double viewfinder, which I found very interesting, left one, a close up and the right one the ‘bigger picture’. What I did was to look at the left one first to get the image aligned in this beautiful and slightly weighted rangefinder, then I composed the picture and took the shot. Mind you, this is all manual and there isn’t any auto focusing here. You have to be swift and accurate. That’s part one.

Part two was facing my fear of shooting subjects up close. This setup indirectly forces you to be very near your subjects in order to fill the frame right. Frank promised me that people wouldn’t notice that I was even there taking a photo. (I honestly beg to differ as many a times, people did notice that I was there and taking a picture) Perhaps size does matter when it comes to stealth photography.

Here are some of the photos that came out. Others didn’t turn out well as in under exposed or blurred due to my poor judgement or slow shutter speed which happened in about 4 exposures.

 

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My 1st shot was tough as I had to quickly focus and I was very near him. He did look up at me a few times and finally managed to focus and capture him.

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This shot was also kinda close up but a little easier because he was not looking up at me. He was busy looking at his phone. Yes, he did look up once, I guess it’s because I’m a big guy who is standing right in front of him. Who wouldn’t sense me?

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Shooting people from their backs is a whole lot easier than shooting from the front.

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Even I got the focusing off. Practice Eze, practice makes you better.

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This was better wasn’t it?

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I was trying to shoot the nice guy who was holding the signage when his supervisor started walking up to me and asking me to stop, by that time I had already taken this shot, said sorry and walked off.

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This was a planned shot. I aimed my camera at the wall and took a reading. Then I waited for a passerby to walk past and took this shot. Thank God it came out pretty okay because as you can see, there is some darkness right after him.

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Isn’t it nice to share.

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I love images like this, grandparent and grandson. I was thinking of my son when I took this photo. Sadly, not super clear eh?

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I noticed this guy walk past me and I followed him to the traffic light hoping to get a side profile shot of him. Who knew he’d turn around and I snapped it. Nice?

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This was another shot that was taken where the lady was eating her ice cream. Then she noticed me as I pressed the shutter. It’s times like this where I lower my camera and quickly walk away.

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In the end, I forgot to take a picture of the camera and its lens. So, what better a way than to just take a self reflection?

 

My overall impressions of this camera:

Weight:

The weight of the body quickly took a toll on my hand as you can see the body is small, and because of that, my big hand needed something to grip onto. Yes, I was warned about the weight by Frank and hell yeah, I’d still take it for a ride. When olden cameras were ‘built like a tank’, they really meant it.

Size:

It’s really small despite the weight. Unlike the huge DSLRs you have, this camera is small and not very noticeable, which is a good thing because people won’t really spot you, therefore allowing you to capture more natural pictures.

Functions:

The shutter allows you to shoot to 1/1000 of a second and thanks to the VC2 light meter, it made shooting a whole lot easier. I’m not at that stage where I can run around without a light meter yet, so having one really helps. The button placement for depressing is a little further in so if I took off my finger from it and placed it back once more, it would usually go to the film advancement knob/film counter knob instead of the shutter itself.

Focusing on the canon 50mm f1.8 lens proved to be a challenge for me. Frank was right, you can’t master a camera using one film. Being a rangefinder camera, you’d have to bring two images into one and that would be in focus already. So it took time for me to bring them together, and then I had to move my eye to the right side to compose.

Overall:

This is a beautiful setup to have and Frank was right when he told he it could be loaned out but not sold. Despite the weight, everything else works well and with the help of the VC2, it made life a whole lot easier. Would I try another camera with the similar setup? Probably not. I guess it would be so much easier with just one viewfinder. Trying it out alone was a fun process. Having a RF camera also kinda forces you to be more up close to your subjects (yes, I’m not a fan of zoom lenses). Then again, that might be the beauty of photography, capturing life, up close and personal.

 

Follow me next as I try to use my Rollei 35 camera with a film that has been blessed by a fellow film friend, Ray.

Analog film #2- Nikon F3 & Kodak Eastman Double X film.

I finally managed to test a roll of Double X film. Along with that, it also became a reason for me to test out the converted 50 1.4 lens that David (The camera whisperer) did for me, and to add it on the whole, for me to take out my Nikon F3 for a walk.

I’m not sure if it’s the cheap film scanner I have or my lack of practice with this setup but I feel that my photos are not really sharp. Perhaps you could tell me in the comments section.

I developed using the Kodak HC-110 developer, stop bath was water, fixer was Ilford, and wetting agent was Ilford’s Ilfotol.

Enjoy