SOFT LOCK-DOWN WEEK 7

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It is hard to believe this “new normal” has already been in place for 7 weeks. A quick heads-up for the near future : a phased “unlock” will start from first of June, the only sure thing is that schools will reopen on on a rotational basis. So it looks I will be able to write a few more of these posts.

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I did not take the camera out of my bag this week, or did not even took a bag. Finally today, I decide to put the M262 + 28mm Cron around my neck on my walk to Chinatown to collect my dinner.

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Excellent light when crossing from People’s part to Chinatown

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The old Samsui woman seems lonely without any tourists around. I hesitated taking pictures of the stalls of Chinatown, all curtains pulled down, but the light was not great.

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On the area in front of Chinatown Complex a few old folks were hanging around in relative self distance.

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In front of the Buddha tooth relic temple, the incense burner was covered with a cloth, an unusual sight,

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Finally I think I managed to capture the new life of the F&B outlets adapting to the crisis by offering take away and delivery, Above in front a a Korean BBQ, delivery men waiting on social distanced chairs.

And below patrons waiting outside the popular  Kok Sen local eatery in Keon Siak Road.

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Or a Japanese restaurant spelling out loud.

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It seems that the female figures will be masked for a while on the pictures

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So long…

 

All shots Leica M262+28mm Summicron Asph V1

SOFT LOCK-DOWN WEEK 7

SOFT LOCK-DOWN WEEK 3 and 4

The soft lock down was extended two weeks ago until 1st of June, so all in all that will be 8 week of lock-down.

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No swing!

Conditions are a bit more strict, but all in all I cannot complain. I can work from home, we have plenty of hardware here so we don’t fight over PCs, and we can within reason go out if we wear a mask.

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Fort Canning at dusk

We are allowed to go out for shopping in the neighborhood or for exercise, which is flexible enough and can be used without abuse. We generally walk an hour at the end of the afternoon, go for our food shopping and go home.

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Anderson bridge

The photographic practice is a collateral victim of the lock-down, I am quite busy with work, so I have no leisure to (re) invent a “shoot at home” activity, and while going out, there is not so much happening and we always roam the same aeras.

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The Summitar Swirly Bokeh

I have stopped shooting film after the first week : I do not process at home so there is no incentive until the labs open again. I am carrying the Leica M262 Body (Coming to its 4th birthday soon)  and some vintage lenses : the Summaron 35mmF3.5 ltm on the first two shots and the Summitar 50mmF2 for the others.

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Exercise by the Merlion

The Summitar is back focusing a bit, but its quite easy to adjust after a couple of shots. Wide open it gets this “swirly” Bokeh, which is funny.

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The colors for both lenses are quite nice, but unfortunately the weather is also pretty nasty, it generally rains lightly when I can go out.

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The philatelic museum

What to shoot to show the emptiness and halted activities? Not much really. Although activity is very quiet and the traffic is noticeably smaller, it is rare to be able to picture a usually busy street that is empty.

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Singapore Management University

But surely there are a lot of signs like the public areas where seats are blocked as above.

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Window shopping at Camera hospital (not for sale)

Or below, bar areas who are wrapped away.

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orchard road
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Chinatown

Empty parking places in the city center are definitely a sign that something is going on.

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This seating area seems to be still functionning

 

 

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Hairdresser

Hairdressers which were ordered to close two week ago, will now reopen before the rest of the businesses.

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Circular road was pretty quiet today

 

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Finally when reaching the river on the way back home today, there was a very nice light on the buildings of the city center.

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Central
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Court of justice
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Once George Street
SOFT LOCK-DOWN WEEK 3 and 4

Singapore road side market

L1009624I was a bit surprised when I was invited by my friend KC Eng to a night outing starting in the a “road side wholesale market” in the center of Singapore.

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The market is located in Toa Payoh area which is in the central part of the city, it is open six days a week from around 11pm to 6.30am. It is closed on Sundays.

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From 11pm the stalls are set-up, the vegetables align of tarpaulin.

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… and customers start to gather

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This is supposedly a wholesale market, so you sea the hawkers sorting and preparing big packs of vegies, probably for smaller merchants.

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Sorting bhindies (or okra or lady-fingers) at the light of torch light.

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dreamy green leaves (Summilux wide open)

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More greens.

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Chives for our guide.

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For this challenging light, I picked up the Summilux 50mm V2, not the fasted lens to use, but the widest I own. Combined with Iso set to 2000 on the M262, I can shoot between 1/30 and 1/125.

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Some wide open shots are very soft and the dark areas can show some banding.

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and now its past midnight and time head to the Senoko fisheries port, but this is another story.

Singapore road side market

A wet day in chinatown

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A small write up today, and I will avoid the temptation to make another complete roll review (although in fairness I was tempted).

The flea market that use to seat in Sungei Road east of the city center has been closed for building a MRT (the local term for underground). What used to be coined as the “thieves market” has slowly moved to Chinatown in the heard of the city.

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I am not sure what the authorities think of it, but here is another attraction in one of the tourist hubs of the Lion-city. These guys sell mostly old junk, and it’s rare you will find anything you might want to bargain for … actually as odd as it seems I bought for 2$ a record of Industrial Music, and one of the sellers (not sure how to call them) actually has a few interesting cameras.

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You will find old watches and Buddhist artifacts and amulets, and for the rest … you’ll see for yourself.

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Sure this will come a popular spot for street photography.

The 4 shots above were taken in a rainy afternoon,  with Ultrafine Xtreme 400 iso with the Leica IIIc and the Summaron 35mmF3.5, probably 1/60 second and f3.5.

As I am here I also add as a bonus three earlier shots done on the same film with the Leica M4 and teh modern Summicron 50mm v5.

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I hope you enjoyed the visit

A wet day in chinatown

Urban renovation – Cannes – France

Urban renovation - Cannes - France

One of the rare examples I have seen in Cannes or urban renovation of an old industrial building.

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From what I could find on the web these are mixed habitations and offices usage.

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Camera:Hasselblad 500CM
Lens:Planar 80mm F2.8
Film:Rollei RPX 100ISO

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Hungry Ghosts Festival – Singapore

Generally around mid August starts the 7th Lunar month, this is the month where the dead’s are back on earth and they should receive offerings so they can go back in peace a few weeks later. Singaporeans burn offerings in the form of incense and joss paper and papier-mâché form of material items. You can see these bonfires in many places around the country from “heartland” areas to the city center and shopping districts.

Hungry Ghosts Festival – Singapore

Walk around Jalan Besar in Singapore

The film of the latest walk around with the Leica is back from the shop. There are a few shots from the Jalan Besar a bit outside the center of Singapore; 3 MRT stations from the city center; supposing that the shopping and business district is the city center. It is quite a popular area with coffee shops at the corner of streets, old folks sipping coffee, small hidden, karaoke bars and semi-industrial workshops. Very “last time” as we say here.

I am a victim of a GAS attack ! Never hear of Gear Acquisition Syndrome ? Well the name says it all. Suddenly with no particular need you feel the urgent need to get a new piece of gear. C’mon you know what I’m talking about. The worse is that you don;t need anything do you? Don’t I? Well after a couple of sleepless nights I think I found something that I can direct my lust to… wait and see, Ouch that’s a nasty attack!

Camera: Leica M4
Lens: Summilux 50mm F1.4
Film: Kodak TMAX 100ASA
Processing: Epson v500+Lightroom 3.3

Walk around Jalan Besar in Singapore

The last two film shot from India or when 12 shots are more than enough

Everything comes to an end. I post toguether the last two shots done with the Hasselblad of the Indian trip.
I realized I posted here 4 shots of the last film a good ratio.

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These were shot in the New Delhi old town between the Red Fort and the Friday Mo-sq.

Bike repair in the street New Delhi  (India)
Bike repair in the street New Delhi (India)

Anyway this is not the end of the Indian pics; I have already discarded half of the digital pics; there is still a long way to go to get to the 200 keepers; you’ll probably see some here soon.

The last two film shot from India or when 12 shots are more than enough

Hotel Royal International – Jaipur Rajasthan – India

Hotel Royal International - Jaipur Rajasthan - India

I think the old Opel has been parked in from of the Hotel Royal International or Jaipur for little while now. I’m not to sure how the two folks on the left are related to the car if at all. Anyway I spotted the old wreck on my way to lunch and could not resist walking back and take a shot. When I was complimenting them, one of the guys spotted I was was french and started speaking the lingo.
Amazing !

Camera: Hasselblad 500 CM
Lens: 80mm F2.8 Planar
Film: Rollei Retro 100
Scanner: Epson v500

Hotel Royal International – Jaipur Rajasthan – India

Bring your Hasselblad on holidays, don’t leave him home alone!

Chole Stall - New Delhi India

And you will get nice captures that will fill you with joy after a bit of waiting and scanning and lightrooming… and people may even smile at you in the streets of New Delhi.

Camera: Hasselblad 500 CM
Lens: 80mm F2.8 Planar
Film: Rollei Retro 100
Scanner: Epson v500

Bring your Hasselblad on holidays, don’t leave him home alone!