To usher in the new year, we decided to go to the Singapore Botanic Gardens to see what we could capture at Singapore’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site! We armed ourselves with a number of cameras, including the Fujifilm X-T10 (with the Kamlan f/1.1, 50mm lens), a modified Land 180 Camera (with a Lomo’Instant Wide back) and a Seagull TLR (for 120 film)! Although it may seem a little overwhelming to possess so many cameras for a single trip, the key is to use the right camera for the right occasion!
2017 is quickly coming to a close, and with Christmas and New Year’s coming and going, we treated ourselves to a fun night out at the Marina Bay Carnival, ongoing until 1 April 2018! We specifically decided to go in the night as we wanted to capture some long-exposure shots, so we brought out the trusty tripod and our Fujifilm X-T10 and the Polaroid SLR 680SE!
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!
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!)
If you are a tourist or a local who wish to explore the sights and sounds which make Singapore Singapore (and you also wish to engage in quite a lot of walking!) then we would highly recommend the Jubilee Walk! The government-initiated trail consists of over 20 landmarks, spanning 8 kilometres in the heart of downtown Singapore. It took over 3 days for us to complete (owing to the fact that the weather has been pretty unpredictable recently), and having done so we decided to share our images captured at these iconic landmarks.
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!