Nepal and my Fujifilm X70 part 1.

During the end of last year, I went to Nepal to do a little trek in Annapurna region. I have always been fascinated by the mountains and apparently Nepal has quite a fair few famous one. Before the trip I could name one and that's the Everest but after trip I can name two so that's a progress. 

Due to my ignorance and having zero knowledge on Nepal, I decided to ask my facebook friends if any of them traveled there before. Among many that replied, one of them was Suman, a friend from my uni years. He told me that he's now running a travel company there and would love to help me out. He suggested that I should try the Poon hill (which I told him I have had quite a few though out my teenager years up till now but not too many that might come across as a disgrace) which I agreed to. 

For this trip, I was thinking about taking my film camera but I decided against it and opted for my little compact Fuji x70 instead. I also brought along my Lee filter big stopper, a crappy soft grad 2 stops, a remote for bulb mode action and my trusty Manfrotto be free tripod. 

I got in on the 26th of December and spent two days in Thamel, Kathmandu which was really nice but a little too dusty for my liking. At first I thought it was from all the ongoing constructions from the earthquake damage but Suman told me that Kathmandu has always been like this.  

Massage mister.

Massage mister.

Lady in red

Lady in red

After a quiet day one, we got up early to try to go to all the touristy places in one day. We jumped on a cab outside our place and we hit up Swayambhunath which isn't that far from our place. 

A lady touching her forehead in Swayabhunath.

A lady touching her forehead in Swayabhunath.

This lady was kicking up so much dust and the sun was at the perfect position while monkeys just being monkeys

This lady was kicking up so much dust and the sun was at the perfect position while monkeys just being monkeys

Next place on the list was Kathmandu Durbur square, a beautiful place but the damage from the quake can be clear see. 

Quite a fair few pigeons here, get here early to capture some epicness and some respiratory diseases. 

Quite a fair few pigeons here, get here early to capture some epicness and some respiratory diseases. 

A lady looking up

A lady looking up

And then we went to Bouddhanath Temple which was cool but we got there during mid day so it wasn't photogenic plus all the surrounding buildings got some sort of a Disneyland renovation to them. We hopped on another cab after a nice afternoon tea and got to Pashupatinath Temple, which is a Hindu temple therefore we couldn't go in because we are believe in Jesus Christ, his dad and his holy spirit mates so we took a little walk around the temple instead. 

Beautiful dogs.

Beautiful dogs.

A shadow figure

A shadow figure

Hello

Hello

After a whole day of traveling around the bustling town of Kathmandu and many shots after, the x70 was still alive and well. I am super happy with the battery life and the 35mm equivalent 28mm lens allowed me to get up super close to my subject while being wide enough to let me capture the background. The colour is super nice and created great raw files that I can work with in post, a great little camera indeed.  

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. 

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) 

some more from last month BangSaen's festival

shot with Bessa r3  on Kodak 400 Tri-X pulling 1/3 stop, normally developed. 

I guess what I should have done would be to shoot normal then over develop one stop.

Then the shakiness and blur would be more controlled but then again, it's the story that matters :p 

scanned with my home average scanner then colour correct a little bit to get true black on screen. 

my tour guide for the night, Nong :p 

my tour guide for the night, Nong :p 

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these ladies and gents have been doing voice over since I was a little kid.

these ladies and gents have been doing voice over since I was a little kid.

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A blast from the past in Bang Saen

A friend of mine invited me to visit him in Bang Saen, Chon Buri which is about an hour drive down the east coast of Bangkok.

There was an event in the theme of Blast from the past going on that night which included the old Thai cinema with live voice over from the most famous voice over crew in Thailand, snake dude with three lethal cobras and a lot more. Here are a few photos from the night

Shot with Leica M with 35mm summicron 

Ballroom dancers

Ballroom dancers

ladyboys in Thai Traditional costume, quite a juxtaposition 

ladyboys in Thai Traditional costume, quite a juxtaposition 

Nong, my local guide and Ms.Phuncita photo bombing.

Nong, my local guide and Ms.Phuncita photo bombing.

midnight art class

midnight art class

lovely couple from the area taking a night stroll through the market

lovely couple from the area taking a night stroll through the market

waiting area

waiting area

child labour? 

child labour? 

bullet proof but not zipper proof

bullet proof but not zipper proof

Second night out with Leica M

At first I felt a little pressure that may be I am not worthy of this camera and the photos that I capture would possibly be utterly hopeless. But after I started to take a few photos, I felt right into the groove again (minus the full mobility of my right shoulder, she's still a bit sore and stiff).

What I realised is not that I am not worthy of this camera but rather, what an amazing camera I have in my hand that allows me to capture my ideas easier and introduce me a few new things that I usually do not try to do. 

At the end of the night, I felt bewildered and blessed.

I felt like I can achieve anything with this camera and she would not let me down.

I felt more connected to this camera than any others that I have used before.

PS: the price tag possibly have some sorts of psychological effects on me and causing me to be more delirious than usual, that or the painkillers I am on  :p 

night time traffic 

night time traffic 

sukiyaki restaurant, founded in 1955

sukiyaki restaurant, founded in 1955

taxi break

taxi break

construction site does get pretty busy at night in Bangkok

construction site does get pretty busy at night in Bangkok

night time travellers

night time travellers

my companion for this street session

my companion for this street session

Bangkok fireflies 

Bangkok fireflies 

Bangkok city cleaner

Bangkok city cleaner