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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 +

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 +

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 +

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 +

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 +