A Chinese Thanksgiving – Singapore


There was a Chinese Thanksgiving in front of Ngee Ann City on Orchard road in Singapore. That was a good occasion for the test roll of the The Leica IIIc which is back from the shop with a new curtain.





A Chinese Thanksgiving - Singapore

These are small sculptures on a boat, I am not too sure (how Singaporean) of the meaning.



Uncle watching the musians



Old people folding joss paper to be burned later in offering to the ancestors. I asked once about the significance of the folding and was told it is to make it easier to burn. But there may be another meaning.



Camera:Leica IIIc
Lens: Summitar 50mmF2
Film:Kodak trix 400ISO


The return of the Hi-Matic (2)

So the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s, is out of the box. I find out a suitable Duracell battery in my magic cupboard and a roll of TMax from the fridge and off we go. As I said elsewhere I am not a mass shouter, I picked up photography in the old days of film when we were taking one shot at a time because well it costs. I don’t care too much about the cost nowadays but still I kept the habit, so unless there is a special event it takes me a few weeks to shoot a full roll of film. This is something I like with the Hasselblad or 120 film cameras in general, 12 shots per film is pretty good for a week end if nothing special happens. Hey also remember that this is not digital so ISO is fixed; there’s just so much time in the day where you can use your camera. Back to the cost, 1 TMax = 8 SGD, processing 6.5 SGD, 4 bus rides to the shop 3 SGD = 17.5 SGD for a roll so 50 cents per shot; 4 shots per EURO.

We are the rrobots

A Robot in a toy store (N’gee Ann City, Orchard Road, Singapore), shot wide open (F1.8) probably 1/30s handheld

Shark Aid 2012

There is always something happening on Orchard Road, that day it was the Shark Aid 2012 campaign to save sharks from Shark Fin soup

Walter by Dwan Ng

This is WALTER: A Big Bunny by artist Dawn Ng, in front of SAM (Singapore Art Museum)

Low Kee Hong and Jeremiah Choy,

Singapore Arts festival 2012 presentation in Kinokuniya bookstore by Low Kee Hong and Jeremiah Choy, interesting and funny.

Shot wide open F1.8 at 1/30s handheld, a bit blurry… duh!

Ok that was funny, but I’m not  sure my practice of photography have made a big leap forward. I think I have to get rid of the leather case whose strap comes in the middle when framing vertically,  also the  shutter-release button is not that soft, you have to press it with some strength before it actually fire, causing some shake; very unlike my Leica M4.

The return of the Hi-Matic (2)

Girl by the road side – Udaipur – Rajasthan – India

The girl on the side of the road

Sorry, as I said yesterday, I have loads of pictures from Rajasthan so I think i’ll keep posting them until I am done with sorting them out and publishing a small book on Blurb.
Actually as follow up of my post of yesterday, I think I’ll do 2 books, one with the pictures one with the pictures interesting a more general audience, and why not try to sell this book. He he, maybe I can get enough money to by a couple of rolls of film? So I have starting to tag the family pictures as “Family” in Lightroom, so I can export them all on one go. Oh yeah, I’m using Lightroom 3 for post processing and an old version of Photoshop Elements for which I have a license. I have loaded all the pics, digital and film in a “India 2012” collection, and that’s where I’m working from, rejecting pictures that are not good enough for publishing and lightly touching up the others as I go along.

Oh yeah, the girl by the road side was standing by the road side (amazing !) with a lot of other people on the way from downtown Udaipur to our hotel in a quite busy cross-roads. At that time of ate afternoon the sun was on her back but without too much touching-up the results is show-able, note that this was shot from inside the car with the 50mm, but I’ll come back on this later.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikkor 50mm F1.8D App: F.4 Speed:1/4000s
Processing: LR3+PS Elements 4.0

Girl by the road side – Udaipur – Rajasthan – India