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Film Soup + Double Exposure + Xpro
For a detailed story about my film soups, check out http://theanalogdork.com/category/film-soup/ (by izadrazi on Lomography)Source lomography.com
Pink Dot SG is an annual event which started in 2009, in support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore. Attendees of the Pink Dot SG events would gathered to form a giant pink dot in a show of support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love. (source: Wikipedia)
I ought to organize an outing with my friends to join in this great cause instead of telling myself that I’ll go every year. I think it’ll be a great celebration regardless of sexual orientation. Also, I may just be in a gay enough mood to shoot with a pink Lomography camera. We shall see.
Camera: FED 5B
Film: Lomography CN 100
Location: Haji Lane, Singapore
Credits belong to theanalogdork
- Camera: Fujifilm SLP1000SE
“I firmly believe that a girl with an analogue camera hanging from her neck is instantly attractive”. Perhaps that’s the secret to everlasting love? Let’s chat with another LomoCouple from Singapore, Izad and Fiqa!Source lomography.com
18 Feb 2012, Saturday.
Darkroom Army finally opened its doors to citizens at large in conjunction with The Cotton Candy Machine Pop-Up Store opening at Peek! featuring head honcho, Tara McPherson. That’s 3 quality events in one. Thanks to Peek! and Fever Avenue, I got wind of this major undertaking a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I’ve been toying around with a FED 5B (not unlike the one Tara designed), saluted the Russians for their contributions to analogue photography, and on the recent Saturday, played witness to the official Darkroom Army’s camp (which is grungy, cool, and full of DIY goodness), scored the Tara McPherson x Kidrobot Swatch (of which I got Tara herself to sign; thanks Peek!), payed homage to the artist by purchasing some stickers, and immersed myself in what I believe would be history in the making for the local art/analogue photography scene.
Hold on to your guns, analogue soldiers. The war has just begun.
Straight out of the box, the Fed 5B proves why Russian cameras are analogue heavyweights. Physically, this 35mm film shooter does not own the negligible weight of most analogue/lomography cameras I’ve had before. It definitely makes its presence felt when I was holding it or even when it’s snug inside the Billingham. Yes, it’s considerably heavier than the cameras I possess, but truth be told, I love the fact that it’s chunky.
The rangefinder was also a significant departure from my standard arsenal of lomo cameras. The Canon Rebel 2000 was perhaps the closest comparable camera I have, in terms of adjustable settings like ISO, aperture and shutter speed. However, the similarities end there; the Fed 5B is as manual as you can get. Therefore, to use it properly, you better have more than just a superficial knowledge about the technical aspects of photography. Without jumping into the tech specs of the camera, I can safely say that the manual in the box and Google are sufficient sources of information to get yourself started.
What I like about the Fed 5B:
- Loading film. The Advance Crank and the take-up spool works efficiently, and each roll I put in fits tightly at first try. A plus point really, since I’m forever frustrated with loading the LC-A.
- Every sound it makes. Advancing the film, releasing the shutter, rewinding the film…eargasm.
- Its heavyset body. Makes shooting seem important.
- Fully manual operation. A challenge at first, but effortless once I got the hang of it.
- Timer function. Ok, I didn’t try this at all. These photos from Sasha, a fellow lomohead, makes me regret not trying it out.
What I do not like about the Fed 5B:
- The Diopter Adjustment/Viewfinder. It’s metal, and it scratches my new Ray-bans. Heart pain.
- No strap holes. Absolutely necessary since I always find myself holding on the camera for dear life. And I’m not talking about mine.
2 more days till the Cotton Candy Machine Show and the soldiers behind the Darkroom Army are kicking things into high gear! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for their inaugural Darkroom Army Lecture Series featuring none other than the famed Tara McPherson at S$10 (for Students), S$15 (for Early Bird) and S$20 (at the door) at darkroomarmy.com.
BUT, if you wanna score some free tix, there’s a cool contest happening here: http://bit.ly/woNOlJ
I am by no means a pro in the realm of photography. Far from it. But, occasionally I like to challenge myself just to see what I’m made of. Two Saturdays ago, I got inspired to shoot a couple of lovers. It wasn’t pre-planned at all; the whole idea transpired over several Whatsapp messages in which the location and time were set. No prep, no rules, no concept. See what happens after the jump.
The couple I had in mind was Hadi and Leila who recently got engaged to each other. Hadi was an old barista friend from my Starbucks days, and Leila is undeniably the love of his life. We met at Fort Canning Park, a cliche place for a couple photo shoot but again, I stress that I’m no pro so the more familiar the place, the better for all parties involved. We can just focus on recording the moment.
At the beginning, the couple appeared nervous (which I expected), having been the subject of a similar shoot before myself. And to be honest, I was just as nervous if not more. I’ve never shot anything like this before. Fortunately though, as we progressed from one location to another, we settled comfortably. The lovers responded casually to each other while my shutter clicked continuously.
For an amateur, I think I did ok. I’m not particularly fond of tungsten film as the deep tones made the mood seem overly dramatic when it was in fact, very lighthearted. Then again, I expected the results to be as such since tungsten was meant to be used indoors. And the couple? From the feedback I received, they seemed very pleased. That’s good enough, for now. :)
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