Ninh Binh, Vietnam was amazing. Small villages, farmers working in the rice fields, little kids waving and yelling “hello” as I passed by on a bicycle one day and a scooter the other. Just a couple of hours outside of Hanoi and welcome change of pace. I brought allow my Olympus Mju2 and a roll of Lomo XPro 100. As you can see the contrast is very strong. The darks are dark and the brights are very bright. There isn’t as much of a color shift but more saturation of the colors. It reminds me alot of the old Agfa CT precisa, one of my favourite films that sadly does not exist like that anymore.
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Pros: 1) No typical Xpro color shift 2) Saturation 3) contrast
Cons 1) Expensive 2) Really hard contrast easy to blow out highlights
I’m surprised the Lomo marketing department didn’t do anything more excitement with their container design. I like their other designs and I’m kinda surprised they kept this one so simple. I like minimalistic (check out this blog design) but this is bordering almost on the boring. But in the end it does not effect the photo’s in any way, shape or form, so I don’t know what I am babbling about.
The only photo in this series not taking in Ninh Binh but in Hanoi. I loved these daily used train tracks going through busy parts of the city.
My fellow travel mates I met in Ninh Binh; Two French guys and a German girl.
I shot this roll of expired Fuji Provia 400 with the intention of crossprocessing it but thinking back to the heavy green tinted images of those xpro images I decided to develop it as slide film. These were shot in my Olympus mju2 camera. The results were quite underexposed with a tint of blue to them. This was not what I had expected and I wasn’t really impressed with it. It could be due to the fact that the roll was expired and I never refrigerate my film. I did some photo editing on them, but it still wasn’t what I was expecting out of slidefilm.
Singapore Chinatown Beer Lady.
Prosthetics store in Seoul, South Korea
Samgyeopsal in Jejudo South Korea. Grilled pork belly.
Bored at Chinatown Hawker Center
My girlfriend gave my a bunch of these film she found back at her home. Kodak 200 Gold Korea color negative expired film. I quickly ran through a roll with my SLR and I was surprised at the vibrant color this expired roll was able to give me. The only downside is that this roll is for 27 exposures and at the photolab they charged me for 36.
These were all taken in a place called Bugis. My favorite photolab is located there, so the last few shots of most rolls are taken there. Its a vibrant area with an interesting atmosphere, I like it more than the usual big brand fancy shopping malls in Orchard. Where else can you see a older dude practice caligraphy with his feet while upside down?
The following were taken during a trip to Bejing with my parents. Again the film delivers. This was not expired film, but a fresh roll, straight from the oven.
I love how vibrant the blue of her coat is.
These were taking in the 798 art district in Bejijng. An awesome place to walk around and sicover. I wish every city had a place like this.
This was a gift from my girlfriend. ( seriously, if you need to buy a gift for somebody who is into film photograhpy just buy him/her a bunch of different types of film, its fun to experiment). So the camera/marketing company brought out their own types of branded film and this is the 400 color negative version.
I took this film and my Canon SLR 500 along to London. It was winter (its fun when the pilot announces that the airport at your destination is closed due to snow and having to take a 4 hour cramped bus ride after 25 hrs of traveling). Now where was I? Oh yeah, London.
Colorwise I thought this film was fine, it was just much noisier then expected. I don’t know if it was this particular roll or the scanning method, but having shot 400 color film before I didnt expect the amount of grain.
This ain’t no avatar.
I got this camera a few years ago, put 2 rolls through it and they came back blank. Nothing, nada. I threw it in the bag of my closet and forgot about it. Now with this blog, I decided to have one last look at it and give it a final spin. I took it to a pinhole camera gathering in the Singapore Zoo. I filled it up and my expectations were nice and low. After picking up the scanned images I was impressed. I had to put the gifs together in Photoshop which resulted in pretty nice images. Now I am thinking of all the possibilities this camera has.
After my review of the Golden Half I realized I hadn’t used it in a while and I threw in some Agfa 400 color film, promptly forgot about that and mistakenly believed it was 100 film and went to Little India to shoot.
When you get of the Farrer Park subway station and head north along Serangoon Road you will come across 2 Indian Temples in close proximity to each other. Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is the larger of the two and the starting point of the annual Thaipusam ceremonies.
I remember when shooting with the Golden Half that only the center image will be sharp and there will be a sharp dropoff in term of sharpness near the edges. This forced me a bit to center my subjects.
Overall I was happy with the images, it was just a bit frustrating not knowing for sure which images were paired together.
Kodak Black and White 400 Tmax. Shot with my Canon 500 and 50mm 1.8. A smooth grain black and white film. Not as much contrast as I am looking for in Black and White film, but easily remedied in any editing program.
Friend of mine
Thaipusam image I shot to finish this roll. Look for other thaipusam photos on the rest of my blog.
Peaches in concert in Singapore and yes thats an outfit made of breasts.
Outside at Clarke Quay.
My favorite image from the roll.
I bought my Sprocket Rocket 2 weeks ago and finally got my first roll back. And I am impressed. Impressed enough that this will replace my Holga as my new sprocket creating mayhem wonder. No lightleaks, no overlapping images, not dealing with gaffers tape, no liquids pouring out, this camera has it all.
It is also very wide. Wider than I expected. The lens is nice and sharp and the focus mechanism is nice and simple. I’m loving it.These were shot using Solaris 200 film by Ferrania. They give the distinct “plus” “minus” look around the upper sprockets.
Next is to try to some night shots in bulb mode. I am also waiting for a flash from Ebay so I can try out some flash photography with the Rocket. But this is probably the best first roll of film I’ve ever gotten back. Congratualtions Sprocket Rocket, you just made the team !
The following images are shot with negative film Agfa Vista Plus 400 in my Olympus Mju2, aka MjuII aka Stylus Epic.
Mural of the fearsome TigerBunny in the Korean neighbourhood of Hongdae. This was taken on new years eve 2010.
Chinese Korean dish called Jajangmyeon consisting of wheat noodles topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste), diced meat and vegetables. Delicioso.
Korean streetvendor in Hongdae, Seoul.
Pretty versatile film. I like it allot. Almost all my shots came out properly exposed with nice colors. Works well at night combined with a fast lens. Will consider this film for sure in the future. I do wonder if the Plus is just a marketing gimmick. I guess I could google it to find out, but why spoil the mystery ?