Hey everyone! On 15th June 2018, Muslims around the world commemorated the end of the Ramadan Festival, completing their 30-day fasting cycle for the year. At the same time, the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar was… More
So Damian recently travelled to Japan for a family trip, and took the opportunity to use take some (hopefully) memorable shots with a 35mm film camera! The camera of choice was the Pentax MX, coupled with a f/2 50mm manual focus lens! Wary about the supposed woes of carrying film through X-ray scanners, he had read up about some suggested tips, including carrying the film onto the plane (instead of checking them in), getting the film hand-checked (where possible) and bringing low ISO-speed film.
However, hand-checks were not possible at all customs checkpoints, and therefore the Fujifilm 35mm film (ISO 800) had been exposed to 2 or 3 X-ray scanners. When we processed the film in Singapore, the results were a surprise:
Initially, we had assumed that the X-ray scanners (for carry-on luggage) might have been the culprit for causing the apparent ‘fogging’; however, we have since spoken to some learned professionals, and discovered that the film was simply underexposed. This was likely due to the camera failing to capture shots at a shutter speed of 1/1000, which was unknown to Damian when he shot it.
As a result, we are able to share only the ‘surviving’ shots, and this has taught us a valuable lesson: get your cameras checked before travelling!
Clearly, some of the developed photos were still pretty good, which indicates it could not be the X-ray scanner which caused most of the film to be ruined. However, a valuable lesson would be to request for hand-check when possible, anyway!
Thankfully, our SLR 680SE was working fine, and Damian managed to capture some glorious photos of his time in Japan:
Do you have any unfortunate experiences when travelling with film? Do comment to let us know! We would love to hear from our readers! Happy holidays to one and all!
Till next time,
It’s Polaroid Week again; this time, it’s occurring during the Autumn season! Other than portraying our usual snapshots, we thought of showing our readers not only the photos taken (& shared) during Polaroid Week, but also the “behind-the-scenes” moments! This week we trotted around Chinatown in Singapore (as we have done so on many occasions before!)
This week we decided to share some of our shots taken with our Mamiya Universal Press (“MUP”)! This amazing medium-format rangefinder camera (with interchangeable lens and film backs) have been mentioned numerous times in our previous entries visiting the iconic Rochor Centre, reviewing the original MUP when we first got it, and at the National Day Parade 2017 (Rehearsal)! This time, we decided to dedicate a post to our test shots, using a modified electronic Instax Wide back!
We decided to share this special mid-week entry (which we acknowledge has been coming for some time from our last entry – we do apologise for being busy!) as this special gallery feature is ending in a few days time. The special Gallery Feature by Yayoi Kusama at the National Gallery has been going on since early June, and is set to wrap up on 3rd September 2017. We decided to share our experiences visiting the gallery, learning and appreciating art through the eyes of Yayoi Kusama!
Our yearly tradition on our website is to wish our amazing country a Happy Birthday and to share about the National Day Parade and the famous fireworks display at the end! We were blessed with tickets to watch the National Day Parade (Preview), and brought along our camera gear to capture the parade and the sights that accompanied it. Furthermore, we were with many, many people as we caught and captured the impeccable fireworks display on National Day itself!
We’re sure that everyone appreciates a beautiful, colour-streaked sunset that inspires optimism and admiration for nature! That being said, in Singapore we have quite a number of iconic spots to catch sunsets, and there is really no better place than at Lower Peirce Reservoir! We had previously spoke about our adventures along the Lower Peirce Reservoir Trail, which links up to MacRitchie Reservoir, and this large nature reserve is well-known and populated with hikers, joggers and casual visitors during the weekends.
Of course, it is sometimes hard to predict the weather (even with apps on our smartphones), and in our visits to capture the sunset at Lower Peirce Reservoir, we had differing experiences and outcomes with our photos…
This week is Holga Week, and in tribute to the iconic ‘toy’ street camera, we have dedicated this week’s entry to our experiences with the Holga camera! Previously, we shared about Holga’s history and encounter with the Holga 120 GCFN; this time, we used the specially-developed instant film back for the Holga camera!
The Holga camera used to capture shots for Holga Week 2017 is the Holga 120GTLR! This model allows the user to look downwards through a separate viewfinder (as a homage to older twin-lens reflex cameras), but retains the unique noisy vignetting that the Holga camera is well known for. Interestingly, the “viewfinder” does not actually focus the lens which exposes the image. However, the viewfinder turned out to be pretty useful as it helped us to compose our image!
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