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 popularĀ  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

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

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!

Udaipur Market – rajasthan – India

Udaipur Market
Udaipur Market

One of my favourite pictures so far; Udaipur Market – rajasthan – India
What’s in a picture really? People, action, color, here you go. maybe a bit of light is missing, but I did not say it was perfect, did I?

On the street 50mm rules, it’s fast, small, does not frighten your subject.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikkor 50mm F1.8D
Processing: LR3+PS Elements 4.0

Udaipur Market – rajasthan – India

How I ruined the rest of the film

No Parking (Sadri close to Raknapur, in Rajastan India)

I was very happy to walk around the small town of Sidri close to Raknapur in Rajastan. When the color roll came to an end I switched the back of the hassie for the black and white on,e to the wonder of two nice kids who were following me. I even managed not to drop one of the backs on the ground as I did in Borobudur not so long ago.

Evening comes, I take the color back and rewind the film, take it out put a new one in, switch the backs, take the black and white back and …. rewind !!! Donkey !!! There was only two shots in the film ! Worse were the ten worrying seconds where I had the feeling something was going wrong without being able to tell what. Yes there are pretty worse things than rewinding an unfinished film.

Camera: Hasselblad 500 CM
Lens: 80mm F2.8 Planar
Film: Kodak Tri-x 400
Scanner: Epson v500

How I ruined the rest of the film