Film Photography

Kodak Ektar 100 in Bencoolen


I went out to shoot with my Olympus OM-1N loaded with Kodak Ektar 100 film this afternoon. Spent some time around the Bencoolen area and then sent the film for processing and scanning at Konota. I opted for a no-correction scanning so I can see how the original look. Not bad, I like the colors.

Enjoy the photos. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 25

100 Strangers Project - by Hendra Lauw

I met these two lovely ladies when they sat down along the Bali Lane, viewing the photos they took using a Leica digital compact camera. Vera (left) and Kiki (right) are studying in Singapore. They are both from Zhejiang province in China. Kiki said she got that Leica camera from her dad. They are my stranger no. 25.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 24

100 Strangers Project -

This cool gentleman is Craig. He has lived in Singapore for about 32 years now. He was originally from the southern part of New Zealand. He and his son own and run a barber shop and tattoo parlor called Hounds of the Baskerville in Bali Lane, near Bugis. He is my stranger no. 24.

When I met him, Craig was standing in front of his shop, having coffee and smoking. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 23

100 Strangers Project - by Hendra Lauw

His name is Darren and he is my stranger no. 23. Darren is from Singapore and works in a shop called KIN (Know It Nothing), a multi label boutique in Haji Lane. KIN is selling mainly men’s clothing. When I met him, he was having a break sitting on a bench in front of the shop. After agreeing to be my stranger, he asked if he could go inside to take his hat and wear it for the photo shoot. I think the hat and sunglasses make it cool.  :)


100 Strangers Project – No. 22

100 Strangers Project - by Hendra Lauw

Stranger no. 22 is Yok Chiang and Sok Hui. They are both university students in and from Singapore.  They are friends of Gyllan, the stranger no. 21. Yock Chiang (left) was doing some street photography when I met her in Haji Lane on 15th June 2013.MORE +

The Unexpected – a Film Photography Project

The Unexpected - a Film Photography Project by Hendra Lauw

I am starting a new photography project, a film photography project. I call it “The Unexpected”.

I will shoot a roll of film, either color or black and white, and when all the 36  frames have been used, I will rewind the film and load it again into the camera and shoot something else using that same roll of film. So, each frame will be exposed twice and the frame for the second shot may not be fully aligned with the first shot. I obviously can’t control what I will get, but I hope I will get one or two nice double-exposure images per roll. Let’s see.

The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations. ~ Eli Khamarov

What you see in this post are the first batch of images from this project, shot on black and white Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film at the beginning of this month using the Olympus OM-1N camera and Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens. Enjoy and come back again to check more images from this project.

Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience. ~ Masaru Ibuk


100 Strangers Project – No. 21

100 Strangers Project - No. 21 - by Hendra Lauw

Her name is Gyllan. She is a university student from Singapore who likes photography. She was doing some street photography when I asked her to be my stranger no. 21. We met last Saturday, 15th June 2013 in Haji Lane.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 20

100 Strangers Project - No. 20 - by Hendra Lauw

My stranger no. 20 is Joey from Negros, the Philippines. He was on vacation with his family in Singapore when I met him on Saturday, 15 June 2013 along the Haji Lane. He had Olympus E-PL5 with him and shared with me a little about his 19 year old daughter who is into photography and just recently bought a film camera.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 19

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw

My stranger no. 19 is a couple. They are Paula and Myx from the Philippines. They are both working in Singapore. Paula is a recruiter and Myx works in a design company. I met them while they were strolling along the Haji Lane on Saturday, 15th June 2013. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 18

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw - no. 18

Her name is Ann. Ann was on vacation in Singapore for three days when I met her in Haji Lane last Saturday, 15th June 2013. Ann came from Zhejiang province in China and she is my stranger no. 18.MORE +

Don’t discard the elderly

Canon P

For the past three years, I have found myself drawn to old cameras. There is something about them that is timeless. Maybe the style, the shape or the sound of the shutter curtain. Or maybe it’s just me who is bored of the current modern styles and just want to go back to basics.

Though not a lot, I have started collecting some old camera. Working and not working. One of them that I really like is the Canon P, a rangefinder camera that Canon first released in 1959 and continued until 1961. Mine was a ‘late’ model. Upon researching, based on the serial number, I believe mine was manufactured in mid to late 1961.

The camera is a solid and pure mechanical machine. It does not have battery and it uses film! In this current fast moving world, sometimes it’s good to slow down, enjoy the moment and just shoot a roll of 36 exposures.

So, if you have any old cameras that your grandparents or parents owned, try to clean them up, buy a roll of film and have fun shooting with it. But if you are really thinking of getting rid of them, email me first.   :)

And, here are some of the photos I took using this camera:MORE +

Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

I bought a Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner yesterday and played with it to scan my old slides and some recent black and white negatives. Definitely not a perfect film scanner but it’s fun to use and fast.

Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

Here are some of the scans I did. MORE +

Multiple Exposure

Fuji X100s - Multiple Exposure

I like playing with multiple exposure function in a camera. While I know combining images in Photoshop can yield the same result, but I like doing it in the camera. The above was shot with Fuji X100s’ multiple exposure function switched on. The camera was shot first and then followed by the box of Ilford PANF Plus 50. That’s my Olympus OM-1n film camera. A cool way to tell what film inside the camera now.  :)

Below are two multiple exposure images shot about ten years ago when I was still shooting only negative and slide films. There were shot with Minolta Dynax 5 film camera. The first one was on Kodak EBX slide film and the second one was on Kodak E100VS slide film. I need to find the original slides to rescan them to get higher resolution files. I used the double exposure function of the camera to shoot two exposures so I could position the full moon where I wanted it to be.


Johnnie Walker and Chivas

Canon P and Canon 35mm LTM f/2 on Kodak black  and white film Tri-X 400.

Keep walking, Johnnie. Go find the Black Label.

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 +