Alisa and Krissi

According to a research, people tend to hang out in a group consisted of those who share the similar level of attractiveness. Is this a fact or an alternate fact? Anyhow, I like to think that I am quite a good looking bloke because I have quite a few friends that are professionally attractive, i.e. being attractive is a part of their job. I wish I could utilise my good look to bring in some money but usually they give me a paper bag or a mascot suit to cover myself up before giving me compliments and money. 

Alisa had a little sore neck.

Alisa had a little sore neck.

As I had a little free time and I love to shoot portraits when I can to develop my skills. I asked two of my dear friends to step in front of the camera for me, Alisa and Krissi, both whom I knew from uni. They are both very successful in their modeling career, being casted many times for commercials and printed on various local community newsletters advertising anything from local kuay teaw shops to local moonshine (this part is fake, just like CNN, FAKE! only watch Fox & friends folks, best show, tremendous show!).

I shot these two projects using petzval 58 and petzval 85 on my digital cameras either the lovely Fuji xt2 or the Nikon d810 with the new 64mm daguerreotype on a Canon eos5 film camera. 

I think I should do a test/review video of these Petzval lenses. I love them very much but they tend to get a tad too contrasty for my liking. 

 

 

 

Nepal and my Fujifilm X70 part 4 aka iPhone the saviour

Alright, you made it this far so you might as well read this while you're in the loo and finish it off (both the business you're up to and reading this conclusive decisive, most tremendous part of this trip! period!) 

Check out the prequels here. 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

The first day of 2017.

The first day of 2017.

So my X70 died because it was too cold and I should have kept it somewhere much warmer. Then came along the trusty iPhone7 plus, I'm not a big fan using my iPhone for photography even though I should as the camera on this thing is just a pure savage beast but it's way too sharp for me, no good! Everything is just razor sharp especially on the iPhone screen. It makes my eyes bleed. 

Hence why I use VSCO to help soften and dirty it up.

Hence why I use VSCO to help soften and dirty it up.

My work flow goes like this, Snapseed for tuning and cropping then I use VSCO to apply a little bit of character to the image. I don't like a heavy tarnish but rather pick a filter and drag it all the way down to just get a slight hint of whatever that filter tries to emulate then upload it to instagram. 

This one was left untouched but I adjusted it to 16:9 crop.

This one was left untouched but I adjusted it to 16:9 crop.

I will put up a few photos taken with the iPhone down below. Now let's get back to our trip! Once we got out of the mountain, we went back to Pokhara to stay for a night before our departure to another cool town called "Bandipur". At this point, my X70 is back and ready to take some more photos. I didn't want to risk losing my photos on my first SD card so I bought an 8 GB card from a vendor in Pokhara who guarantee that it's the fastest card on Earth (it's not). 

A massive dog in Bandipur.

A massive dog in Bandipur.

After another lengthy car ride we got into the beautiful town of Bandipur which lies in a mid-way pointish between Pokhara and Kathmandu. It situated up in a hill and it used to be a major trading post back in the day.

In case you need a spark in your classroom.

In case you need a spark in your classroom.

OGs

OGs

The salon

The salon

One thing that I noticed is that the lighting has been supremely kind to me during my trip. The angle of the winter sun does help a lot and how the architecture creates a good sharp cookie cutting the light, acting as a natural flag. 

After a day in Bandipur, we are on the road again to check out an old city called "Bhaktapur". 

A ride through misty mountains.

A ride through misty mountains.

We drove through Kathmandu to reach Bhaktapur. The traffic through Kathmandu was quite congested as a protest was being held through out the city. Apparently the bus drivers weren't happy with something so they decided to take a day off and hang out with fully geared riot police, quite a sight, they were just sharing smokes and chat. 

These ladies were really sweet.

These ladies were really sweet.

Once we got to Bhaktapur, we went out to check out a few things. 

We spent our last night in Kathmandu before flying back to Bangkok on the next day. Nepal is a beautiful country and a place worthy of visit. My recommendation is minimize your stay in the cities but do enjoy the architectures and soak it in as much as you can before you get out to the trek. This country nature's will take your breath away and never stop to do so as this place is so bloody high up from sea level. If you want more info regarding this awesome country, flick me a message as I can possibly hook you up with my local contacts. 

Up to this point I had my Fuji X70 for about 3-4 months and I've been carrying it with me wherever I go. Before this camera I've never used a camera without a viewfinder before and I thought that without one I would struggle. I'm more of a 50mm man as I used to roam around with a Leica m3. Before that the widest I used for my everyday camera was a Voigtlander 40mm nokton. The 28mm range was a bit of a challenge as you do have to get super close to your subject to really utilise the 2.8 and get a nice bokeh out of this camera but with how quiet this camera is, getting close to your subject and sneaking a shot in won't be a problem. The autofocus on this camera is exceptionally good, pairing with a good responsive touchscreen is a match made in heaven.

It's a camera for the iPhone generations. We are so used to our touch screens and Fuji understood this. It's a great camera for those who wants to get into photography after they got bored of taking photos with their cellphone or have enough money to afford a actual camera. The bottomline is that if you're looking for a small camera to travel with or you're looking for a fun camera to shoot with, this camera is for you. It has wifi app thing so you can get a reasonably compressed JPEGs from it onto your phone or you can use a SD card dongle to get photos from it. I didn't really utilize the SD dongle as much because the wifi is so easy to use. I then use Snapseed and VSCO for post-processing then post my photos on Instagram. 

Oh! the video function is an after-thought so don't expect much from it. My iPhone is a much better video camera than this thing. 

Lighting is a lot more important than your camera. 

Lighting is a lot more important than your camera. 

How about the iPhone? it's good, really good but I started of my photography with a camera and I am quite a dinosaur when it comes down to photography. I like to have my knobs to adjust this and that. Here below is a collection of photos I took with the iPhone when my X70 died in the mountain. These are raw from the phone, no post-process was done to them. 

Thank you so much for sticking around. My next post I will be covering a trip that I recently came back from. It involves climbing a few volcanoes and a Nikon D810!

Nepal and my Fujifilm X70 part 3

So here we are, part 3, If you haven't read my first and second part, you can do so here with these links 

Part 1

Part 2

So on our second day, our guide/good friend Santos told us that it would be the hardest day out of all. (even though that very same evening he would tell us that the third day would be less steep but harder due to a few descents, and my dear friend Suman told us we could trust him.)

Our alarm clock was giving us a weird look.

Our alarm clock was giving us a weird look.

Some were not so keen on the climb that day. 

Some were not so keen on the climb that day. 

We did manage to climb up steadily and take a few breaks in between. The point is not to rush and just take it easy but being a stupid man, I just wanted to get there as quick as possible therefore I was pretty knackered by lunch time. 

take a break in style. 

take a break in style. 

Up to this point my X70 has been performing superbly, no glitch, no hiccup but I did notice that due to the cold weather my battery doesn't last as long as it was in a warmer climate which was to be expected. I was stupid enough to travel with one battery and one SD card as I thought to myself I would be clever about how I shoot and I was confident enough that I could definitely go through the whole trip with this set up, so far so good. 

finishing the "first hill"

finishing the "first hill"

After a massive meal and a few snicker bars later we made our way through a few "Nepali Flats" which took us through a nice little forest walk before we got to Ghorepani 

A view from our dining hall.

A view from our dining hall.

On the next day we climbed from Ghorepani in the dark up to Poooooonnnn hill to catch the sun rise. If you want to get a good spot for your camera, do get up about 30 mins before what the guide suggested as the way up does get super congested. The view was breathtaking, literally. 

The red glow only last for so long so bring your high speed continuous burst camera. 

The red glow only last for so long so bring your high speed continuous burst camera. 

After enjoying a good amount of Poon......hill, we then had a quick breakfast back at our ice block lodge before setting off for more walking. At this point after much charging and possibly too much Poon, my camera decided to die, well not dead dead kinda dead but it stopped itself from reading of the card and I wasn't really sure whether it was writing or not so I didn't want to risk losing all my photos, queue the iPhone 7 plus.

one of a few last photos it managed to take before it died. 

one of a few last photos it managed to take before it died. 

For the next part, I will cover the rest of my trip and a little review of my iPhone 7 plus and how it saved me in the mountain.