voigtlander nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2

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 +

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 +

Binondo at Night

Binondo or the Chinatown of Manila is very lively at night, especially the streets near the Binondo church. You will find calesas (horse carriage), decorated pedicabs and jeepneys, food vendors selling varieties of snacks on the streets and even a roadside karaoke station. I was shooting with my Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2 that night. A great lens for low light. That f/1.2 can suck in lots of lights.

According to Wikipedia, Binondo was established in 1594 during the Spanish era and it is now the oldest Chinatown in the world. The Spanish Dominican fathers made Binondo their parish and succeeded in converting many of the residents to Catholicism. The Binondo church, also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, was built in 1596. One of its altar boys, Lorenzo Ruiz, who died in 1637 was canonized in 1987 to become the first Filipino Saint.

You can see part of the church in the photo below.MORE +

Happy Father’s Day

A little boy needs daddy
For many, many things;
Like holding him high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!

Like being the deep music
That tells him all is right
When he awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in his heart
And shows him how he might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving him the love
That is his sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
He’ll always find him there.

(Author: Unknown)

To all fathers, Happy Father’s Day. May you all have a good time with your loved ones today. Let us all remember to always count our blessings, whatever they are. You have them!

The above picture of a pedicab driver holding his son was taken on the street of Binondo, Manila, at night, during my trip there recently.

iPhone Pacifier

pacifier |ˈpasəˌfīər|
a rubber or plastic nipple for a baby to suck on.

But hey, this is 2012. How many times have you seen or experienced yourself, that what it takes to pacify a baby or a little kid is a mobile phone? :)

By the way, you probably can’t see it clearly, but I like the quote printed on his t-shirt, which is a quote from Charlie Chaplin:MORE +

f/1.2 at 112 Katong

Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2, shot at f/1.2 in front of 112 Katong Mall. Do they rhyme?  :)

I tried to convert the original color version to black and white and I like both, so here it is the black and white version.MORE +

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 ASPH V2

I am currently testing the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH Version 2 on Leica M9. The images here were shot in RAW and then converted and resized to JPEG for web viewing. No other post-processing done. All were shot at its largest aperture of f/1.2 and closest focusing distance of 0.7m or close to that and under tungsten light. I will do some more test today or tomorrow. Have a great weekend everyone.MORE +