Taoist ceremony in Dihua old street – Taipei – Taiwan

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I was very lucky last march in Taipei to stumble upon this Taoist ceremony while visiting the Dihua street area with my family and local friends.

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I must admit my ignorance of Taoism, so I will not comment much here. Teh following blog post contains quite interesting information on Taoism in Singapore :

http://weecheng.com/singapore/9eg/index.htm

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Various groups are parading their idols or images of gods around the area of Taipei Xiahai City God Temple.

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Most of the groups as below have musicians, Taoism is noisy and colorful, I learned this a long time ago when I arrived in Singapore.

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This group has gods puppets dance in front of the temple.

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Another group was composed of young people dressed as what looks lie warriors.

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This group traditionally rock the sedan chair when the image of the god is carried, portraying their struggle with the superhuman force possessing the chair once the god has come to posses its image.

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Taipei Xiahai City God Temple

All shots with Leica M262 and Summicron 50v4 or 35Asphv2

 

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Taoist ceremony in Dihua old street – Taipei – Taiwan

Saint Patrick Day – Circular Road Singapore

Shot during Saint Patrick Day in Circular Road in Central Singapore.

This is my best shot for a lot time. Done with the badly battered Kiev IV and the 35mmF2.5.

This has motivated me to finally change the skin of the Kiev. I have a set of blue leatherette on my desk for 6 or 8 months, it is time to use it.

Below the naked Kiev.

Kiev IV- NakedKiev IV- Work in Progress

The final look below…. awesome

Kiev IV- Back   Kiev IV- Front

A not very gifted for DIY so I wonder how much this will last, but for the moment it looks good.

Next time I have to sand paper and paint some metal parts as well.

The leatherette was ordered from Aki-Asahi.com for 19USD, they are nice enough to send me also a black leatherette

Saint Patrick Day – Circular Road Singapore

The Leica IIIc is back from the shop

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The Leica IIIC has shown some defects in the summer after 6 or  rolls shot. One of rolls was showing a white line 3/4 horizontally and one roll from Taiwan was half black. Both defec

ts were characterized by the web and the repair man as issues with the curtains. The repair man was quite frank and told me that well this was a nice camera, but not as much though after as a IIIf, so I may consider if I want to repair it or not. But after much thoughts and a bit of walking into various shops I finally decided to have it done.

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I am not sure I would dare give the price of the repair; but let’s say that it is more than what I paid for the body. 2 long weeks to wait (Time ) and here is the beast. The old curtain sure shows some holes and the new one looks …. like new. The body is uber clean and the guy has cleaned the rangefinder and the viewfinder and it’s a pleasure to peep through them.

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Now for the story I went to my lab next door and bought a roll for test (Kodak trix, what else) but when I started asking for a pair of scissor to proceed with cutting the lead, one “specialist” showed me the proper way to load the film without cutting … 2 hours and 36 shots later I realized the operation failed ! Damn’it

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Also after 36 missed shot and two films (including these pictures) the trigger is locked in depressed position and I have to bring it back to the shop (still waiting for the verdict, but I suspect this may be either something that went wrong during the repair or related to the savage loading).

Anyway, I did a bit of way around with the Summitar 50mm F2 for the first roll and here are some shots.I really like this small camera, but I hope I will get it in a better shape soon.

Below taken wide open at dusk, probably 1/60s F2.2

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First picture in Chinese Thanks Giving on orchard road in Singapore

Three next are taken during the night at a restaurant in Chinatown Singapore

The Leica IIIc is back from the shop

“I want my picture in your magazine”

 

So I was standing in Joo Chiat road with a friend and her children with the Hassie in my hand and this young chap came to me and said something about the camera. I took me a couple of exchanges to get that he thought I was taking pictures for a magazine and he wanted his portrait in there. I did not want to disappoint him but, hey bro, I have no magazine, but I can put your picture on Flickr, my blog and maybe even Facebook, so here you go.

After all this guy had the good taste to associate Hasseblad with professional-magazine-photographer and not with crazy-middle-aged-Ang-Moh ( white guy in local dialect).

I did not use the Hassie since the holidays in Sri Lanka in march but I am frankly amazed by the quality of this roll.

Camera:Hasselblad 500cm
Lens: 80mm F2.8 Planar
Film:Kodak Tri-x 400 ISO
Digifilm:Epson v500+Adobe Lightroom 3.6

“I want my picture in your magazine”

Digital can wait

Valérie through Hasselblad magic

Yes, digital can wait! My 500 and so pictures from Indonesia taken with the D700 will have to hang around a temporary folder for a while : I collected 2 rolls of films from the shop Monday and I am amazed. How can these 24 shots, painfully taken over a couple of weeks which costs me nearly 1 EUR each please me so much? Well I don’t know really. Probably because of the pain and the cost. Nothing perfect here just 24 shots most of which I have no shame to show; pretty good hit ratio compare to the D world.

Paradox of the day: I had to use a bit of lightroom magic to make film looks nearly as good as digital!

Camera: Hasselblad 500CM, Planar 80mm F2.8
Film: Kodak Portra 400 NC
Scanning: EPSON V500, Lightroom 3, PSP Elements 4

Digital can wait

The old man at the well – Borobudur – Indonesia,

Around Borobudur temple, in one of the small temples outside of the city, we strolled in the surrounding village and this guy talked to our guide then showed us how his well was working.

Time for a shot I said.

Camera: Hasselblad 500CM, Planar 80mm F2.8
Film: Kodak Portra 400 NC
Scanning: EPSON V500, Lightroom 3, PSP Elements 4

The old man at the well – Borobudur – Indonesia,