Monday, November 17, 2014

My 28mm Journey of Bangkok feat Nikon FG

Yet another time I'm visiting Bangkok for a short trip. However, this is also the first time I'm visiting Bangkok purely as a tourist. The feeling is great! Feel like home. The hotel I'm staying is also relatively affordable(around RM120 per night without breakfast) and it is quite clean and near to Phloen Chit BTS station. Getting around is not a problem. We spend most of our time walking anyway.

This trip is also the trip that I take least photos. For a 4 days 3 nights trip, I have only taken around 300 photos. Out of this 300 photos, 95% is portrait shot of my love one. Post processing is killing me nowdays. I used to shoot RAW + JPEG but I end up editing the photos anyway. so now I shoot only RAW.

I will divide my photos to 3 sections, Landscape & Architecture, Streets, and Portraits.

Landscape and Architecture:

If you have not visited the Royal Palace or Wat Phra Kaew, you must do that at least once in your lifetime. Tickets is 500 Baht per person. Try to avoid weekends, as it will be flooded by tourists. Take your time appreciate the architecture and history behind these magnificent monuments. Make photos that matters. Watch out for dress code before visiting the place. Respect their cultures and practices.


Usually I prefer night street photography where it is more colorful and lively. However, usually we were exhausted after dinner and we have no choice but to go back to hotel. By the way, the place that I'm staying is really quiet at night. It can be good, but that means there is nothing happening on the streets.

On monday morning, only we manage to see few more street vendors beside the road. The rushing pace of white collars getting to work, and busier road. Most of the shots here I shoot without looking at LCD and at waist level. It might not be the perfect subjects but its good for practice.

Lastly Portraits:

Having a small compact to travel around is a blessing. Most importantly it has to be capable to capture the moments you feel worth keeping. Practice makes perfect. Predict what will happening around you but most importantly don't over shoot. 

By the way, all these images were captured by X100S. I have only took 26 shots with the Nikon FG which have yet to be finish. I will share here once I finish the roll and sent for processing.

Thank you for reading. Enjoy your trip!

Nikon FG Film got developed already. You can see it here!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Animals in Black and White

During post processing of the photos I have taken during my visit to the Afamosa Safari, I have noticed some animal photos stand out more in black and white. The coloured background often produce unpleasant distraction of viewer eyes instead of focusing on the animal itself.

Below are few of the photos as example:

In this case, after convert the image to black and white, the eyes of the monkey stands out more, compared to the coloured version where by the green foliage have caused the distraction.

However, not all the animals looks better in black and white. So, it is really depends on what you are shooting. For example a colorful butterfly looks better in colors together with the green background.

Monday, November 3, 2014

My First Film Camera - Nikon FG

I got a used film camera from Mudah earlier when I decided to try out film for the first time. It's a Nikon FG with a 50mm E series lens. The previous seller not sure if the camera was working so I went on and get a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 to try it out.

My Nikon FG feat Fujifilm X100s

Loading the Kodak Tri-X B&W film...
I was feeling kind of mysterious and insecure as you are using this camera to take photos, you can't see what you get immediately. The joy came after you have develop and got back the jpeg. I'm feeling like a kid opening the Christmas present! Although the image looks grainy and not really sharp (due to my bad focusing), the camera basically works!

I shoot in Aperture priority (that's was among the first entry level SLR that offer this feature!, Beside the professional F3), and it got the exposure all right most of the time. The only things I din't do is to take down the exposure details when I took these shots.

Many thanks to Bang Bang Geng @ Publika for developing the film, scan and emailed to me. I'm definitely going to visit them again! Here are some of the images I got from the camera. 

This is the closest the 50mm can focus, 60cm

Shot in good light and moderate aperture (f/5.6 I think)

Wide open bokeh action

Wide open again...

This paper flowers is from my beloved girlfriend 5 years ago...

What you see is what you get?

abit off focus

Overall I am satisfied with the output it produces, and with the right techniques, technology is not to blame for making a bad picture!