Singapore Photo Walk – Jan 2015 – Pulau Ubin (1 on 2)

All the rituals are starting again with the new year and the “Singapore Photo Walks” organized by Bernard Goh are part of them.
My son loves them because of the lunch that follows in local eateries; they are quite informal and Bernard makes his best to bring us to interesting places of Singapore; we go some new places and we also revisit some. This is not very technical outing, but discussing gear and techniques is always part of the outing. I realized I am no more the only film shooter ; some ladies came last summer with some Canon or Olympus SLR and last month Mano turned up with a Leica M4-P.
So January was time to go back to Pulau Ubin; Ubin is  small island at the north east of Singapore, 10 minutes from the cost, in the middle of the straight between Singapore and Malaysia. This is my 3rd or 4th time there but the first with the group. Taking the boat is already an adventure, they are some oldish style motor boats that take a dozen people for the ride from Changi Village.
The walk was actually a ride, as Ubin is known as a cycling place among Singaporeans, there is not traffic apart from a couple of local cars and taxis; the island is flat. This is the first time I cycle there, I normally prefer to walk.
Cycling implied that the gear is kept to a minimum. My son took his Nikon p7100, I took the folding Agfa loaded with TMAX100 and the Leica M4 with some Rollei Slide film.
The discovery of the day was the Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple ;it really made us feel like being on holidays in one of the surrounding countries.
 
The kitchen inside a village (Kampong) house on the island of Pulau Ubin. The man leaving there is selling drinks to tourists cycling by; I think he cooks just for himself.
Singapore is so small we also managed to bump into some friends I have not seen for a while; we dropped out of the group for lunch back at Changi Village and had some Ipoh hor fun (noodles with chicken) at the hawker center.
The  rangefinder of the Agfa is not fixed nor is the winding knob, but the guessometer works just fine thank you.
Second part to follow with the slides soon as they take a good two weeks to process and this week most business were closed for Chinese new year.
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Singapore Photo Walk – Jan 2015 – Pulau Ubin (1 on 2)

Carnaval de Nice – Nice – France

Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice

Last month I went to the “Carnaval de Nice” with the Hassie and the second roll of Rollei Digibase CR200.

Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice

Nice is just 30 km from my hometown of Cannes, but this is just the second time in my life (about 48 years) that I go there. I have an excuse because I have been away since 1985. I went with my son Noé who also made some nice pics with his Coolpix.

Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice

Not so easy to catch action with the Hasselblad, I was also not very well positioned so there is a bit of back-light. I still think this film is great; the colors are very realistic and it is quite relaxed regarding exposition.

Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice

 

Camera::Hasselblad 500CM, Planar 80mmF2.8
Film::Rollei Digibase CR200

Carnaval de Nice – Nice – France

Hassie travels to Angkor Wat

I’ve been too busy sorting the pictures from the trip to Cambodia for posting here, but I can;t delay anymore what will be the last post of the year. So here are some pics done in Angkor Wat and downtown Siem Reap in Cambodia last November.

As for my last trips I carried around the Hasselblad witht 80mm and two backs and an assortment of color (new Portra) and Black and White (Rollei RPX) film.

The Bayon

Inside the Bayon
Ta Promh
Ta Promh
Eggs Seller in the streets of Siem Reap
Street Food Stall – Siem REap
Street Drink Stall – Phnom Penh
FCC Hotel Siem Reap

Of course I also brought the d700+50mm+17-32F2.8+80-200F2.8 and a tripod, you can have a look at the set on flickr Cambodia 2012

Do I need to say I love this place? It was our second time in Siem Reap and the second in Phnom Penh as well.
We stayed at FCC hotel in Siem Reap and Le Royal in Phnom Penh both worth checking if you travel around there.
November is the beginning of the good season in Cambodia so Siem Reap / Angkor Wat are not crowded yet, or not so crowded yet.

Hassie travels to Angkor Wat