Rainy Morning at City Hall

I was stuck with no umbrella at the junction of Stamford Road and North Bridge Road when the rain was pouring few mornings ago. I stood and watched people crossed and ran, hoping that one kind soul would offer to share his/her umbrella with me to cross the road. While waiting, I snapped some photos using the 645Pro app on my iPhone 4s in black and white mode.

I did finally get the help I needed.  :)

Enjoy the photos and have a great weekend ahead.MORE +

Street Fashion Show at Orchard Road

Finally, some shots from my Canon DSLR here. I still use my DSLR for all my paid jobs over at Masakecil but I know lately, for my personal works, I have “slowed” down myself by using manual cameras, rangefinder and film. But, my DSLR is here to stay.  :)

I was at Orchard Road last night with my family when I shot these images of people walking in front of the headless mannequin as if they were doing a fashion show on the street. Since the lighting was constant, I set the exposure metering to Manual. It was ISO 4000 at f/2 and 1/160 sec. The lens was the Canon 135mm f/2L, hence I needed a fast enough shutter speed to minimize the handshake effect.

I love the prominent red color in these images. Enjoy!MORE +

Sprocket Rocket Fun

I loaded a roll of black and white Kodak TMax 400 film into my Sprocket Rocket lomo camera about 2 months ago when I was in Bandung. Didn’t finish it until last week when I brought it to Geylang Serai at night. In between I shot few images in Bugis and City Hall areas. I love the panoramic format of this plastic camera, but watch out for the lighting though. It needs a lot of light. I only got few keepers from this roll.

The above was shot in Bandung from outside of Texas Fried Chicken restaurant through its glass window, hence you can see some reflections in the photo. The one below was shot somewhere along the Waterloo Street. It was a hot and bright day, hence the better exposure as you can see.MORE +

The Rituals

Shooting action at low shutter speed can add a sense of movement in the recorded images. The above photo was shot at 1/4 sec. Depending on the lighting condition, generally you can get low shutter speed by using low ISO and small aperture. MORE +

I am watching you – 3

The third image of my “I am watching you” series. This one was shot using Canon Canonet QL17 FIII on Kodak Portra 400 color film. This version of Canonet has 40mm f/1.7 lens. The entire frame of the negative was scanned using Epson 2450 scanner. MORE +

The beauty of creation

A little different from what I have been posting lately, here are some shots of nature taken back in 2010 with my Canon 1D Mark IV and Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS Macro. All of them were taken at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Have you slowed down and watch the beauty of creation around you lately? Have you been too busy lately that you forgot little things can actually make you happy? Touch the leaves, the flowers, smell them, watch the butterflies flying and feel blessed. You are indeed blessed. Enjoy this beauty of creation.MORE +

The Boss

The Boss at Geylang Serai Night Market, shot with Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm at f/2. Here is another one without the two ladies in the foreground. MORE +

Romance by the Bay

“I love you honey!”
“I promise that I will always be with you.” (“hihihi … promise?”)

Leica M9 and Zeiss ZM 50mm f/2 lens.

Shadows and Highlights

Shot with Canon P and 35mm f/2 LTM as part of my darkroom processing lesson. I was looking for shadows and highlights when I was shooting these. Film used was the black and white Kodak TMax 400. Enjoy the rest of the photos below.MORE +

Geylang Serai Night Market

Geylang Serai comes alive during the month of Ramadhan with many vendors selling foods, snacks, fabrics, carpet, clothes and many others. Temporary tents were set up to host these vendors and you should really come to enjoy the atmosphere of the bazaar. Forget Orchard road. Get sweaty and have fun. To cool you down, find the ice cream man above and enjoy his little tricks entertaining the customers while he is serving you.

The photos here are from the first roll shot with my new old film camera, the Olympus OM-1N and Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 which I bought from eBay recently. Majority of them were shot at f/1.4 due to low lighting condition. The film is the black and white Kodak Tri-X 400. Enjoy the rest of the photos below.MORE +

Olympus OM-1N and Zuiko 50mm f/1.4

I recently bought a film camera, the Olympus OM-1N with Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens, from eBay. Was lucky because the nice guy let me bid even though he would only take US bidders initially. Thanks again! And honestly, I got a steal. The camera is still in a very nice condition. And it comes with the cool looking strap too. I have not had it checked, but it seems to work well. I shall know when the first roll of film comes back from the lab.

The Olympus OM system was first introduced in 1972. The OM-1N MD version was released around 1979. I am not sure when exactly mine was manufactured. Mine seems to be a bit later judging from the serial number. It is a joy to use the compact camera body with great timeless design. Mine is the silver version as you can tell from the photos here. Should I be looking for the black version for collection?  :)

Oh, by the way, I wasted one roll of memories, when the first roll of Fuji Neopan 400 I used was not properly loaded, which I didn’t know until much later unfortunately. I was more careful when I loaded the second roll. It was Kodak Tri-X 400. I finished it last night when I brought the camera out for a night shooting at Geylang Serai. Sending the roll for processing soon and will share again here. Have a great weekend, everyone! MORE +

Just Woke Up – A Medium Format Portrait with a Rolleiflex TLR

Ola, have you seen those big 6×6 cm negatives lately? I shot this using the Rolleiflex 2.8F which I borrowed from a friend. I like the big negative. It doesn’t curl as much as the 35mm, and since I scan the entire negative by simply placing it on the scanner surface, this is a good thing.

The film used as you can tell from the scan above is the Fuji Pro400H 120mm.

And just for your viewing pleasure, here is the black and white version after I converted the scan result in Adobe Lightroom and removed the film information on the black border.MORE +