Monday, September 30, 2013

Malacca with my Canon AE-1

Most of our short trips are impromptu, including this one. We've decided to check out the new boutique hotel Quayside Hotel by the Melaka River. We paid more than our usual hotel stay in Malacca for the sake of a balcony and the river view and the beautiful Casa del Rio.

I've missed the opportunity to snap some photos of popular landmarks in Malacca on my previous trip. (psst... actually I did load the film properly coz it's a new camera) And so, I insists on doing a photowalk around A Famosa (St Paul's Hill).

All photos below are taken with Canon AE-1 SLR with Efiniti UXi 200. This is my one and only roll of this film. I bought it through recommendation from Ms Gladys of Photocrafts, Kota Damansara. I like the resullts but have to be very careful with the weather. I guess it works better on a cloudy weather. Some of my photos look over exposed. I noticed that in darker lighting condition, the details are more defined and prominent.

This was taken at the foot of St Paul's Hill. Opposite of the Museum of Islam.

Part of the park with models of old transportation.

A pregnant looking tree spotted nearby.

A resting cat awaits its mate. Halfway downhill from St Paul's Hill.

I wish that I have a zoom lens.

A little bit of old and new.

Not too defined reversed bokeh.

This photo looked burnt and dreamlike. I guess it would work better with a Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 film. 

Praying hard that my friend can manage to get me 6 rolls from Singapore soon. Heard that it's a bargain there. I would really like to try more of this film in darker lighting condition and hopefully the results come out better.

 This roll of film is also my fastest to finish and developed. This fun fact was pointed out by my husband. Who had to tagged along with me, climbed up the hill under the hot sun and wait until I'm done. Then drive me to the lab to get this developed. He fell asleep a couple of time and try to stay awake by playing Candy Crush.

*I really need to buy a wide angle lens soon
*The current 50mm lens is driving me nuts
*Limited space, I need bigger and wider space

Friday, September 27, 2013

Random shots with the Olympus Mju II

I loaded a roll of Lomography Color Negative 400 into my Olympus Mju II back in July and only managed to finished snapping the 36 exposures in early September. Reason ? I am not confident with the film. I have my reasons. Previously, I loaded a couple of those onto my La Sardina and shit did not come out right. Maybe it's me (the snapper), the hardware (camera) or the software (film) ? Who really knows. Film cameras and humans are temperamental.

This time around though, the results are acceptable but I would blame myself for the inconsistent results. My analogue guru KY asked me, "Did you snap as though you're using a digital camera?" and I said "Yes, boss".

"No wonder your photos turn out like this. You have to take your time and look throught the viewfinder, allow enough light to enter and compose your photo before snapping. These things are old, take it slow."

I will remember this for life. It is actually good advise. I've been too kan cheong.

Kafe Mews at Lebuh Muntri, Penang. We stopped here for drinks and cakes after our visit to the nearby Camera Museum.

Consistency is what Antipodean Cafe Bangsar is all about. Love the coffee here. Kao like how I like it.

Maritime Museum in Melaka. Ahoy! It was a cloudy weekend.

I can't remember the name of this building despite working nearby and pass by this place every single work day. I call this photo Plant vs Building inconjunction with the now popular Plants vs Zombies II.

The pool area of The Westin KL. My friend's husband and her son was swimming at that time. It was good fun!

Toy Soldiers by Martika comes to mind when this photo was taken. Mr Jones' Orphanage in Bangkok is a place for indulgence especially for ladies.  They specialises in milk drink products (both hot and cold) and cakes, cakes, cakes....

Barricade me, baby! was taken outside of MBK Bangkok.

Colorful taxis awaiting for customers outside of Siam station in Bangkok.

It's nice sometimes to have a variety of photos from different destination in and out of Malaysia. I will keep taking photos from different cameras to further understand them.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cameron Highlands with my Canon AE-1

We recently took a trip with 12 of our closest friends to Cameron Highlands for Merdeka. Not very patriotic, eh? We booked a bungalow on top of a hill of Tanah Rata called Jim Thompson Cottage. This was where Jim Thompson (the Thai silk tycoon menghilangkan diri while visiting friends there).

Just so you know, the place is not spooky at all. In fact, I love that the bungalow we booked was 93 years old. Full of history and have a fireplace installed in one of the room. Flora is abundant there.

Photos are taken with Canon AE-1 and Kodak Colorplus 200.

Sebatang pokok.
Plant arrangement.
A healthy looking one.
An almost dead one.
Some are over exposed but it still looks good in my opinion.

Photos are taken with Canon AE-1 and Agfa Vista Plus 400.

Taken on top of BOH Tea Plantation. I almost died climbing up the hill. Shows how unfit I was and still am.

This turned out worst that I imagined. I wanted this to be darker so that the sampahz can be seen. A dustbin is labeled and ready to be used and yet people still choose to throw the rubbish everywhere but the bin.

White orchid. The purist.

Yellow rose.

Morning glory. Almost got attacked by a nearby bee.

From Jim Thompson cottage before departure.

Bamboos under low lighting.
Stumbled upon a new place in Cameron Highlands.

Vines under low lighting. Get tangled in my web.

I prefer the colors of Agfa Vista Plus 400 compared to the Kodak Colorplus 200 as I feel that the former has less green undertones. Planning to try B&W next after I'm done with Fujifilm Superia 200.

Monday, September 9, 2013

My second vintage SLR : Canon AE-1

I would like to introduce my second vintage SLR via my blog. I bought this back in July as an early birthday present for myself. I named her Stella and almost forgot about it. I'm suffering from pre-Alzheimer's disease.

This baby is older than me for sure. But I did not buy the program version because it was not available for sale when I had the money. It was manufactured and sold back in 1976 - 1984. 35mm SLR that requires a 4LR44 6V battery to work.

All pimped out with motor drive and a big ass Canon flash. Courtesy of Koon Yik from Bang Bang Geng, Publika.  *For photo shoot purposes only*

My camera with a simple National flash. Also courtesy of Koon Yik from Bang Bang Geng, Publika.
*For photo shoot purposes only*
Stella on her first trip with me to Malacca. And I had a pretty fucked up time coz I did not load the first roll of film properly. I am now very careful when loading the film.

Because of this, a lot of historical shots were missed and I kick myself everytime I think about it.
Instead, I simply shoot some random places to have a feel of how the photos will turn out. Here are some sample shots of the first roll.

This sour-ish plant has always been interesting to me. I never know its name and did not find out.

What's left of a plant at my parent's backyard.

 Waste and moss. 

Backstreet boys.

Same same but not quite the same.

My sister the ever digital camera user.
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