Earlier in 2020, we had an opportunity to go to the relatively new river-themed zoo and aquarium in the Mandai area in Singapore… the River Safari! It is one of the “newer” themed zoos in Singapore, having opened in 2013; for context, the Singapore Zoo was opened in 1973 (wow, that’s a long while ago!) and the Night Safari was opened in 1994. Further, due to the Covid-19 situation (and reduced footfall), the River Safari had a fantastic 1-for-1 promotion at the time we visited; it was an opportunity to visit this tourist attraction for the first time ever! And in case you are wondering, the featured photo for this entry… features a capybara!
The River Safari is a 12-hectare river-themed zoo, featuring many land and water-based creatures! It is divided into different zones, with each zone highlighting the various animals and sea creatures unique to a particular era or territory (such as the Amazon, the River Nile, the Mississippi). It’s a family-friendly attraction with loads of events and performances, and we did see people of all ages walking about, taking the chance to spend a weekend in relative peace and quiet than was normally the case.
This time, we did not opt to use a digital camera, instead relying on our trusty analog and instant cameras! We had used a 35 mm film camera and will feature some of the shots here; otherwise, our instant camera was the Polaroid Spectra Imagepro. It had been a while since we last used the Spectra film, and with Polaroid Originals stopping production of the film since October 2019, it had been a treasured film of ours (despite the reported difficulties with it). As such, we were keen to use it at a location which is equally unique!
First, we recently acquired a Leica M6 TTL, and shot it with the Kodak Portra 400! We’ll have our thoughts on this beautiful camera soon, so enjoy the photos!
On to the Polaroid Spectra film, in B&W and color; to be honest, the B&W shots were super dark, possibly due to production defects. As such, the B&W photos here are brightened post-scan:
Eventually we switched to Spectra colour film, which fared much better despite the hot and humid weather:
All in all, we had such a good time; had we known there would be a global pandemic/lockdown in the next few months, we probably would have stayed there till it was closing time! The Spectra B&W film was quite disappointing, and we have had encountered the same issue with different B&W film packs. Since the Spectra film is no longer in production, we can only hope that our own stash of Spectra film will stay consistent for as long as possible.
We hope that our readers are safe and staying healthy in this difficult time. How are you taking photos during this lockdown/quarantine period? Do let us know!
Till next time,