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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.

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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

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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 +

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 +