A Couple by the Singapore River at Night

Camera: Minolta CLE
Lens: Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f/2
Film: black and white Kodak TMax 400

Shot at night, wide open at f/2. Exposed to the highlight on the ground which gave me a shutter speed of 1/30 sec if I remember correctly. MORE +

Playing Ceki

Ceki is a card game popular within the Peranakan and Hokkien community. I don’t know how to play it though. This was taken on the night before my brother’s wedding in January 2003. Family members gathered for dinner and then played this ceki card game. Small amount of money were involved just to make it more attractive.

This was shot using my first SLR camera, Minolta Dynax 5, that I bought more than 10 years ago. I believe the lens was Sigma EX Macro 105mm f/2.8. I re-scanned the film to show the film information, Kodak TMax ISO 3200 and the frame number. I love the grains.

And last but not least, last three days of public voting for the Singapore Best Photography Blog Awards 2012. So, if you have a moment to spare, kindly vote for this blog if you like it. MORE +

A Boy and his chinese flute

Shot on black and white Kodak TMax 400 film. It was pushed 2 stops to 1600.

I met this boy practicing his Chinese flute at the Stamford Arts Center last weekend. I first heard the loud sound the flute produced when I was inside the compound, hence I walked around to track where it came from. The  boy was sitting alone on the staircase. I stood there enjoying his music before I took a few shots of him practicing. I love these three frames.MORE +

Film is not dead

Film photography is not dead. Not now at least. Some believe that it will still be around for a long time. Many hope it will be. Me included. I will not give up digital photography, but it’s just fun to shoot film every now and then. I miss the unique sound of the shutter of film camera. Not to mention the agony while waiting for the film to come back from the lab, hoping that the exposure setting was correct.

The first photo above was not taken using a film camera, but my iPhone 4s converted to black and white using FilterStorm app. I just wanted to show that “Kodak Film”.

The one below was shot last weekend with Voigtlander Bessa R3A and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2. It was shot on black and white Kodak TMax 400 film, pushed 2 stops. I scanned the entire negative because I wanted to have the original border that show the film information and the frame number. This one is 18A. I scanned it using my old Epson 2450 film scanner that has been with me for almost 10 years now. I unfortunately don’t have the matching film profile when scanning this, hence the output may not be accurately showing the characteristics of this film. But I think it’s close enough.  MORE +

Look what I have

Look what is in my “possession” now. A beautiful, fully mechanical TLR camera, a Rolleiflex 2.8F. This one was probably made in late 1960 or early 1970. It is a medium format film camera. It’s currently loaded with Fuji Pro 400 120mm film. I am going to shoot with it this coming weekend. Excited!

OK, this is not mine. A friend of mine, actually a boss of mine, lent this to me to try out. This is a very dangerous try out if you know what I mean. I might xxx xx.

Photos will be posted once ready. This is film, it will take sometime before I can have them posted here. Be patient. Ha!

Another photo with the viewfinder opened at the top.MORE +

Binondo at Night

Binondo or the Chinatown of Manila is very lively at night, especially the streets near the Binondo church. You will find calesas (horse carriage), decorated pedicabs and jeepneys, food vendors selling varieties of snacks on the streets and even a roadside karaoke station. I was shooting with my Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2 that night. A great lens for low light. That f/1.2 can suck in lots of lights.

According to Wikipedia, Binondo was established in 1594 during the Spanish era and it is now the oldest Chinatown in the world. The Spanish Dominican fathers made Binondo their parish and succeeded in converting many of the residents to Catholicism. The Binondo church, also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, was built in 1596. One of its altar boys, Lorenzo Ruiz, who died in 1637 was canonized in 1987 to become the first Filipino Saint.

You can see part of the church in the photo below.MORE +

Happy Father’s Day

A little boy needs daddy
For many, many things;
Like holding him high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!

Like being the deep music
That tells him all is right
When he awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in his heart
And shows him how he might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving him the love
That is his sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
He’ll always find him there.

(Author: Unknown)

To all fathers, Happy Father’s Day. May you all have a good time with your loved ones today. Let us all remember to always count our blessings, whatever they are. You have them!

The above picture of a pedicab driver holding his son was taken on the street of Binondo, Manila, at night, during my trip there recently.

Lomography – Sprocket Rocket

I decided to try out this lomography after ignoring it for so many years. But I decided to try out the unusual one, hence I bought the Sprocket Rocket panorama camera. It takes 2 frames per picture. And the cool thing about it, you can shoot the image on the entire film including those where the sprocket holes are. See above. It was shot on a no-brand ISO 400 film which I am not happy about. I had to tweak it a little bit in Adobe Lightroom. I still have two rolls in the lab now. The rolls I shot when I was in Bandung, Indonesia. One roll of black and white Kodak TMax 400 and one roll of color Kodak Ultra 400. I shall collect them on Thursday night.

The camera is made of plastic and has simple functions. You just need to decide the followings:MORE +

On the Streets of Bandung – Follow Me On Instagram

Howdy everyone!

I am in Bandung, Indonesia now and will shoot a lot using my iPhone. I do bring with me my Leica M9, Bessa R3A with few rolls of film and my Sprocket Rocket lomo camera. But you will see photos taken with them later when I am back in Singapore next week.

So, to see photos from my iPhone as I wander the streets of Bandung, follow me on Instagram @dshooter .

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Panning Photography with iPhone – Part 2

Panning photography with iPhone, even though it’s lacking some control, is very fun. Like I mentioned in the previous post, I used an app called Slow Shutter Cam to create these panning images. They are not perfect, but at least they give you the sense of movement in the images. So, here are more panning images created with iPhone.

I am off to Bandung, Indonesia in few hours. Will try to update from there when I get a chance.

Last but not least, voting is still open. I am still in the running for the Si.gapore Best Photography Blog 2012. So, vote now, if you have not. Thank you!