Shades of green

Who designed this? I mean really, It is an old building and i have no idea when was it painted, but good job planning  the colours. The different shades and the addition of whites. Carefully selected areas from dark to lighter shade then back to dark green again.It is really so nice to look at.

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Oslo on film

So I developed a 35mm film roll that was taken in September 2016.The shots were taken in Oslo.

Where is OSLO?

In case if you are wondering. Oslo is a city in Norway. A very beautiful city that have lots of nice buildings and museums. I did not get to explore it as much as i wanted to. But i did enjoy my short stay over there.

What film did i use?

I used the lomography 400 iso film. It was just to reuse the current films that i still have in stock.

Which film camera did i use?

At this point of time i only have my olympus XA with me. Which is a great companion for the size and weight.

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One of the reason i want to be here is to check out the mountains and waters

 

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If im not wrong this is to pay tribute to the people involved during word war.

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I love this picture because of the position of the flag.

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I really like their uniform. Looking sharp!

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Is this one of their retired naval ships?

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The road looks like there’s giant pieces of paper on the ground.

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I do wonder what the markings on the road means. The circles especially.

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Im not sure what this is. Photo is a little blur.Very bright greens in the background.

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The main subject is the little white birdy.

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This whole mix of cars and boats is really cool

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This is another one of my favourites. The boat on the left, the details of the wooden parts.Pretty sharp to me.

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If i remember correctly, this is the city hall area. They have nice statues around the city. Wanted the lady in black to be in the middle. Got what i wanted but i think if it is without the second person it would be nicer.

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I saw this chrome looking diver and of course i knew it is worthy to be captured.Against the off white colour of the boat it does look good.

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The Nobel peace centre. I did not go in but pretty nice to see this place in person.

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Previously i shared this photo but on digital. Now is the the one on film.

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It was about to rain if im not wrong.The waters looks good in this picture.

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Royal palace.

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I still have a few rolls left from Oslo that i have yet to develop. I did not take any transport from my hostel to all these places. I walked around this area and walking is one of the best ways to explore a city, it is very tiring but it is really nice as you get to slowly take your time. I am glad that the roll turns out fine. It is grainy due to the film iso speed.

Olympus XA

What is the Olympus XA?

The Olympus XA is a film camera that is compact and at the same time it has a great design. It shoots 35mm film and you can set the ASA from 25-800. The aperture is from 2.8 to 22 and the focusing starts from 2.8,4,8 feet till infinity.

It is a clamshell design and the size fits my palm. I always do a thorough research on cameras no matter how much cheap the camera may be. Thankfully there were lots of good reviews about this camera. I bought it for about $80 Singapore dollars at that time.

It is still consider a rangefinder camera.One of the tiniest actually. 70’s camera  with solid body that fits well in your pockets.

 

What made me buy it?

My only film camera at that time was a lomography sprocket rocket and it shoots and exposes two frames. Out of 36 exposures i will get 18 shots. So i thought i needed a film camera that shoots 36 exposures too. I needed something  that does not feel like a toy and all plasticky. At that point in time i did not know much about cameras and the terms. But the price was right and not too expensive. At that time the Lomography LCA was the alternative and that cost $500 plus and it makes more sense to get this instead. To read reviews where it is described as the pro’s go to camera when they are on holiday sounds good to me.

How is it over the past few years?

I can’t recall exactly when i bought this, but i’ve brought it with me to my trips from NYC, Boston, London, Oslo,Bangkok,Dubai and Malaysia. The size is wonderful and i bring it with me on a daily basis wherever i go. It fits in your pocket and it does not feel like a burden to carry it everywhere  i go. It is very dependable. It uses a very common LR44 batteries which last a very long time.

Pictures wise, i have quite bit of films that are not yet developed. The ones i develop for New York was alright. I was experimenting with the ASA and didn’t quite match it with the iso speed of the film. I did like some of the shots. The ones i like the most was the London trip in 2015 where i used the turquoise film from lomography.

What is the ideal job that it can do?

I think this camera is great for anything. I would even use it for shots of wedding. But where it excels is the fact that it is small and the shutter is nearly silent, people will not hear anything. Therefore it is a good street photography camera.

Would i recommend it?

I would recommend it for anyone who wants a sharp camera that they can carry around anywhere they go. I absolutely love this camera. The viewfinder is small, but most of them recommend to just set it to one setting and just go and shoot pictures in the streets. If you are starting to get into film, you can get this camera. They set the shutter speed for you. All you need is to set the aperture and the focusing.So chances are that you will have a good success rate.

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Why i still shoot film

While everyone is busy snapping photos with their mobile phones and their digital camera which i still do of course. Film cameras have something special about them that makes me appreciate the slower process that it requires. I love digital for giving me that convenience to see the results instantly. But value wise i would still lean towards film.

Being involved

The thing with digital is, it keeps on evolving. Gadgets keeps on getting better. Lenses can do a lot of things for the price of one. It will keep on improving, which is great and i have no complains about that.

But using film, you have to focus yourself, select the right settings. You have more control and not so many buttons like on digital.When you press the shutter, the sound you hear is satisfying and it is a pleasure every time you press it down.

While with digital you can keep on snapping and just hope that out of every 10 that you snap you can at least get about 3 or 5 that is really nice.  For film, every frame that you expose will cost you some money. Each time you press the shutter you can imagine yourself depositing money into the photo lab assistant’s account. So it is indeed precious and you want each shot to be right.

Looking through the viewfinder to frame the subject instead of looking at the lcd screen gives me that shiok(awesome) feeling which i rate the highest when it comes to being involve with the camera.

The idea of film

I find it cool, the thought of preserving and using a tool before digital photography came in. It something that you get to hold and feel. The idea of still using film feels cool to me. It is the same concept of people still listening to vinyl instead of hearing music from digital format.The fact that get to hold that record and place it and put the needle on it. Same like film. Loading the film, unloading it, getting to look at it after it has been process.

Quality of film

This is my own opinion. I enjoy looking at my photos from my film more than my digital photos.

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I know that these two are different subjects. But im not going to say which one is digital but i hope you can tell. With film, i would scan every part of the photo and my eyes enjoy scanning through the details. But with digital i can honestly say i do not bother looking at each part of the photo. So that is on my end.

In general, from what i learn from other experts. Full frame digital cameras gives you the quality of 35 mm camera. Quality wise it depends on the individual i suppose.But that is only 35mm film, medium format and large format films offers crazier photo quality. But each photo cost more which i am happy to accept.

Developing film

People complain that film takes a longer time to develop and you can’t see the photos immediately which is a bummer to a lot of people. But as for me, i have film rolls that i took from years back that i haven’t even develop yet. Im really not in a rush to develop them. They are like time capsules to me. If you’ve watched Harry Potter and there was this moment when Dumbledore have this bowl that contains some sort of water and there inside contains memories for him to extract whenever he needs it.

So film is like that for me, i snap those photos which a lot of them i can’t recall right now but i know that once i develop it it will give me that nostalgic thrill.

Conclusion

This is just some of the few reasons i can think of right now as to why i still shoot film or why i choose it in the first place. It is an art form that i respect so much that i am loving more and more as each day goes by. I love both digital and film photography as both are still photography, but i would definitely choose film as my choice of format.

london on film

After 10 months i decided to process my first film from the london trip. 10 months of marinating. I’m not sure if it is going to affect the film in any way. But it has been awhile since i last process a film and i just want to check if the camera is still working fine.

i used my olympus XA for this project. This is my first time playing with the lomochrome turquoise from lomography and i must say that i love the effect. Here are all the shots from the roll. Some are blurry. Sharing all the perfectly imperfect photos with you guys. Enjoy

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rectangles everywhere

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abbey houseee

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here it is, beatles abbey road

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abbey road again

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abbey road recording studio

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WEST HAM’S UPTON PARK!

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loving the purple bus

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time travelling bus

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big big ben

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too lazy to rotate it

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buckingham palace

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