The First Flip Over

I was just browsing some of my old photos when I found these photos. It’s a series of images of my daughter doing her first flip over on June 2, 2005. She flipped over from her back to her tummy. I was lucky that I was with my camera then. They were shot with my Canon DSLR. I need to check the EXIF of the individual photo whether it was my 20D or my 1Ds Mark II. The photos have been archived on DVDs. I don’t archive my photos on DVD anymore due to practical reason and the dropping price of hard disk. MORE +

In the dark alley of Little India

I shot these images at night in Little India using the Canon P rangefinder camera and Canon 35mm f/2 LTM lens. The film was the black and white Kodak Tri-X 400.

Canon P is a fully mechanical rangefinder camera. No battery needed to operate the camera. This makes metering a little tricky. But if you are an iPhone user, you can download this little app to use as an exposure meter. My Canon P was probably produced around 1960. Bought quite cheap locally here in Singapore.MORE +

Chopsticks – Holistic

The guy was in pain as the Chopstick man was giving him the treatment on his leg. His expression says it all. Shot with Canon P and Canon 35mm f/2 LTM lens on Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film. I cropped it to have a square format.

Durian Seller

Durian seller at night near Bencoleen street. Shot with Minolta CLE and Minolta Rokkor 40mm f/2 on Kodak TMax 400 black and white film. I cropped it so it has square format. MORE +

Singapore Diminishing Trades

Some of the Singapore diminishing trades are shown in the images here.  All these were shot with the 645Pro app on iPhone 4s using the H5 black and white setting.

The first trade above is the roadside cobbler. It was shot in Chinatown. You can still find quite a lot of roadside cobblers around Singapore, but they may not be around for long as many of them are already old.

The next one here is the fruits seller in Chinatown. I am not quite sure about this one, but I saw a sign saying “Diminishing Trade” near her stall before. The sign seemed to be an official one from the government. MORE +

A Simple Village Life in Rajashtan

These images were shot in a small village off the highway from Ajmer to Jaipur, Rajashtan, India last year. All were shot with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5, except for the last one.

These people were very friendly, inviting me and my friend for afternoon chai and I was free to walk around including going inside their houses. You probably can’tktell, but cow dung was used to build their houses, especially for the wall and the floor. They mix the cow dung with clay, mud, sand and water. The image below shows the woman painting the wall made of this mixture. Can you see the little boy standing on a chair with a pail of paint on his head?

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Little India at Night on iPhone 4s

Lately, one of my favorite  camera apps on iPhone, the 645Pro, has seen a lot of clicks from me in both color and black and white modes. I love it’s H5 black and white mode that has good contrast and nice grain for low light images. All the black and white images here were shot using this app in H5 mode. The color was shot in C42 mode.

Just like few other camera apps, the 645Pro can lock focus and exposure separately, which is very useful when shooting a scene with extreme highlight and shadow. Simply choose the area where you want to take the exposure reading from, lock it by pressing the AE-L button, and then recompose to focus and take the shot. Another feature that I really like is the ability to save the JPEG file in higher quality and the option to save in TIFF too! But it seems to slow down the saving process due to bigger TIFF file size. I will check it out again later. The app comes with a very good user manual too. Just press and hold the Display/Playback button to launch the user manual and you are ready to go.

In case you are wondering, no I am not paid to review this app. I just like it.   :)

This series of images of Little India at night were shot somewhere near Desker Road and Buffalo Road which is only a small fraction of Little India. I will go back there to shoot more.MORE +