Location Scouting

One thing I love the most as a part of my job is that I get to travel around and I love to have my camera with me. This time we travelled to Pattaya and Kanchanaburi, here are a few photos I took while others were busy working and I was just strolling around with my camera. 

I've recently got rid of all my digital cameras and now solely work on film (nothing against digital, I just prefer to use film for my personal enjoyment). 

 

taken with nikon f6 on portra 400

Shooting film

I recently did a graduation photoshoot gig,  The client demanded that I use slides with a few rolls of negatives and b&w so I took my Nikon F6 out with old ai-s lenses. The 85 f2 produced nice and creamy bokeh that I like. 

Shooting slides required one to be spot on with exposure unlike shooting negatives. So I asked my mate, Pat to assist me on the job, metering all the shots. 

I majority used 81A filter to warm up the colour a bit on slides (add 1/3 of a stop on top of metered exposure for the photo to be correctly exposed) and due the lack of discipline I did manage to leave it on while shooting negatives. I also shot 3 photos bracket for every one of them (+1 stop, normal and -1 stop) 

Below are taken with Kodak Portra 160. In sequence 1 under, 1 over and normally exposed.  My favourite stock ever. 

I found that shooting against the light can be quite challenging on film, sometime it worked out fine and some other times, it punishes you without mercy.  As an example below, the first photo is actually 1 stop under, the second one is 1 stop over and the last one is normal. Notice that the one under produced a reddish skin tone while normal exposed shot rendered the skin nicely. These photos were shot with Velvia 100F. 

here are some more from the day. 

Here and there

I just got back from Singapore's GPP popup workshop. 

It was amazing and very inspirational, met with Zack Arias and Joe McNally, unfortunately couldn't get to meet Greg Heisler personally. 

Just found these photos that were developed before I went away. 

I believe that I used tmax pushed to 3200 for the first photo and delta 400 for the rest. 

a photo of a friend while preparing to get onto the stage. 

a photo of a friend while preparing to get onto the stage. 

construct me, Bangkok 

construct me, Bangkok 

so apparently someone started to compose music from birds on wire. 

so apparently someone started to compose music from birds on wire. 

pretty flowers. 

pretty flowers. 

Siam TLR interview

I had a chance to interview Khun Surasak, the owner of SiamTLR last week and it was rather interesting. 

Khun Surasak started out SiamTLR nearly 10 years ago as a hobby and an online resource for Thais who were interested in old cameras. 

"At that time there weren't any online resources regarding old, vintage cameras at all and I could only find resources from farang's (foreigner) website." he said. "plus I was interested in web developing as well so I decided to start up SiamTLR as a hobby, then after a while people started to ask if they could buy some of my old cameras from me" He shifted his glasses a bit. "The next I knew, I would meet up with all sort of vintage camera enthusiasts during my lunch break or after work, at McDonald's or coffee shop. This happened about the same time as when the company I worked for got taken over during the recession, I had two choices, to keep working for this new company or quit. I took the risk and quit." 

Khun Surasak

Khun Surasak

"After quitting my job, I rented a space in Chidlom, it was just to be a small office where I can work on the website. It was not supposed to be a shop but after a while my customers wanted to come and have a look at the products prior to purchasing them so after a while I moved to where I am now, Mahatun Plaza in Pleonchit, as it has more space." 

fixing an old SLR

fixing an old SLR

Khun Surasak told me he never was a photographer even though he has knowledge to but he prefers to fix and learn about the mechanical side. 

"The first camera I ever had in my life was my family's point and shoot. It was simple and get the job done, the thing is I was never paid attention to photography until my late 30s. I started to document my trips" 

"I was always curious about TLR (twin lenses reflex) cameras so I bought a Yashica D and tried to fix it hence why my shop is called SiamTLR. Up till now I can say that I can fix TLR and old compact camera without any sweats therefore I have moved on to SLR camera." 

pondering over an old SLR

pondering over an old SLR

"What makes my shop stand out from others?" He paused. " There are a lot more shops selling similar products that I offered nowadays, some are started up by my friends I accumulated through my career and some are just started up purely for quick money grabbing. For my friends' shops, I do not mind and do encourage them as i don't see them as competitors. They are there because they share the similar passion towards old cameras like me but you have to be careful with the other shops that purely there to grab quick cash. I have talked to a few people who came through to my shop to get their cameras fixed as they have purchased them from those shops, the condition of these cameras may look quite appealing from the outside but the inside, you don't wanna know." He chuckled.

"I don't want to sound arrogant or anything but the truth is at SiamTLR, i fix all of these old things and I pride myself on my work. If they are not good enough as they can be then I would not sell them period"  He gave a prideful smile to me and carried on with an old SLR on the table. 

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"The future of SiamTLR?" He nudged his glasses up a little bit and removed a mechanical part from the camera. "There are a few problems I can see, one is finding a replacement for me and two a good help is hard to find" He delicately picked up a small screw with his tongs. "There are a lot of young kids who came here and wanted to help but expected me to teach them everything. that's not gonna work. They need to understand that thirst for knowledge is very important, when you have that, you can learn anything." 

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"Why film and not digital? Well film cameras are antique and digital cameras are more like normal consumer goods that depreciate so quick that you didn't even know you already lose half of its value while you were sleeping" He smiled. 

"Buying the right vintage camera and you can re-sell them at a much higher price, plus film offers something digital cannot imitate. I am an antique collector as well so I guess I am quite bias towards old film cameras" He laughed. 

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"my top three cameras?" he raised his head up and pondered for a few seconds. "I guess the Rollei 35, Yashica 635 and the russian made panorama Horizon camera. Let me put it this way, I like the quirky ones" He laughed, I thanked him for his time and departed his store with an old mint condition Polaroid 230 automatic land camera, smiling. 

Life in Bangkok #2

Delta 400, pull 1/3 stop on Bessa r3a 40mm voigtlander 1.4 nokton classic 

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. - Henri Cartier Bresson

 

wait for the moment, don't rush. 

 

Pose for me, you sexy beast and your human master. 

Pose for me, you sexy beast and your human master. 

surf away

surf away

constructing Bangkok in progress, please wait.

constructing Bangkok in progress, please wait.

meanwhile, he's sweeping....something. 

meanwhile, he's sweeping....something. 

metaphorical bangkok

metaphorical bangkok

BTS ( be there soon) 

BTS ( be there soon)