Hong Kong in sprockets

I brought my sprocket rocket along to Hong Kong packed with some Fuji Superia 200 film. Took it out for day time and night time pics. I normally count about 2 to 3 seconds when taking a long exposure at night. Negative film is pretty forgiving. Some of the photos were underexposed due to my flash not firing ( have since fixed that issue).

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The famous view from Victoria’s peak. We didn’t take the tram but the bus instead which gives you a nice view of the other side of Hong Kong. It takes a bit longer but the line waiting for the tram was huge so maybe time wise there isn’t that much of a difference.

 

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Guy in a spacesuit in Mong Kok. It must have been so hot in there.

 

 

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Looking at Hong Kong from Tsim Tsa Tsui.

 

 

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The view from TST during the nightly light show.

 

 

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Underexposed shot. It’s darker between the tall building than I expected hence the underexposure.

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3-D in Osaka

 

When I visted Osaka during the summer I took along my Nishika and some Fuji film. There was enough sun (maybe too much because it was very hot). I threw on the flash and took photos of the famous local festival, the Tenjin Matsuri. I’ve been playing around trying to embed the gifs on gfycat but was unable to do so. So for now these are still fullsize gifs, so be patient when they are loading.

For more Nishika shots, please check out posts one, two and three.

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Got my thumb in of the frames, covering one of the 4 lenses of the camera.

 

 

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I liked the hats these guys were wearing.

 

 

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This performer was very much into it and smiling all the way in the heat.

 

 

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These guys were dancing to some traditional music and drumming. The songs were at least ten minutes each and they would make these expressive movements with their hands and fingers.

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Kyoto, Osaka and Nara in sprockets

This summer I took a trip to Japan. I visited Kyoto, Nara and went to the Tenjin Matsuri (major summer festival) in Osaka. One of the cameras I brought along was my sprocket rocket. The cheap small flash I use it with didn’t fire a couple of times so some images were very underexposed. I used a roll of Fuji Superia 200 (which always have the colourful lines between the sprockets) and a roll of expired Fuji NPH 400 professional film.

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Here are the photos taken with the 2 different rolls of film. The first batch were taken in the ancient city of Kyoto.

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I then took a train and went to Nara for a daytrip. I was crazy hot. Just my luck I was in Japan during a heatstroke. It got up to 38 in Kyoto.

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My last stop in Japan was Osaka. Just in time for the Tenjin Matsuri.

 

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Lubitel failed comeback

I tried my lubitel again after a couple of years. My first roll I shot with it was unusable. That was due to using an expired roll of lucky black and white film. This time I put in a fresh roll of Lomo 100 color film. I taped up the Lubitel in order to reduce lightleaks and downloaded a lightmeter app and put it on my phone.

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The end results wasn’t great. The light leaks are still there. I need more than just tape and maybe next time I will cover the lubitel  in a roll of aluminium foil. Also the exposure slide is loose and moved down a couple of times leading to very exposed photos which don’t fix up well in post processing. I still have a roll of 120 film left but unsure if I wanna use the lubtiel again.

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Amsterdam–Seoul Double Exposure

I had a 10 hours layover in Amsterdam on my way to Seoul and took the chance for some double exposures. I made sure to take all my photos in landscape orientation and underexposed by 1 stop. My Canon EOS SLR 500 auto rolls the film and always puts it at the end of the roll so the frames always match up, this is not always in the case in other cameras. I tried to combine high contrast images with local text and landmarks.

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This was my first time combining two cities. For more double exposures, click here and here.

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Compressed Time in Seoul

I went out on a sunny day and took along my welding glass filter and tripod. For the first time I decided to also take a photo of the scene without the filter to show the difference times makes to the exact same place. In the red box are the exposure times I used when taking the photos. There were taken in the center of Seoul, South Korea.

 

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Amsterdam Then and Now

When I was in Amsterdam I came across a book from a street photographer Bernard Eilers of photos he took from 1896 to 1936. I looked at the images and recognized most of places. The wonderful thing about a lot of major European cities is that they have remained unchanged for most of the time. I revisited the locations in the photos and put the original beside it. If you are interested, I’ve done a similar project before in Singapore and Aruba.

 

One the left of the images is the original taken by Eilers.

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This is in the middle of the red light district. In the right image in the left windows there working girls. I had to be careful not to have my camera out since they don’t appreciate being photographed.

 

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Again right in the middle of the red light district. In the background is the Oude Kerk (Old Church). Sailors would frequent the red light district then visit the church for forgiveness and then ship out the next day. At one point you could visit the church and confess your sins before you were about to commit them, and off course payment was involved.

 

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