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Analogue Ecuador and Sprockets

The mighty sprocket rocket in Ecuador packed with some fresh Kodak Portra 160 film. Unlike Superia the sprockets have no cool color or patterns but its still a great film. Especially when you have enough light.

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View over the capital of Quito.

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Near the equator. Llama or alpaca or vicuña. Sad I forgot how to look for the differences. I guess I would wiki it, but that would require actual effort.

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Fun buggy. A bit scary when big trucks and busses pass you, plus the sound system wasn’t great. Lack of bass.

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Valley of waterfalls near Banos. Great drive in our mini buggy.

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It helps to throw on a flash on the sprocket rocket. There often isn’t enough light for close up portraits. Also remember to change the focus settings. Well if you care about things being in focus and all, I’m not judging.

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The start of the rainforests in Ecuador.

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View of the lovely Banos. (too lazy to look up to put the squiggly line on top of the “n” of banos)  The city in South America we probably spent the most time in. Also once we found this great restaurant, we never ate anywhere else. Pretty amazing place.

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Partying with Sprockets

Return of the sprocket rocket loaded with some bright Fuji Superia film. It was Halloween in Guayaquil, Ecuador so what else to do? Go online, find a party on couchsurfing, throw on some freshly purchased wigs, bring along local rum and party on.

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Kodak 160 VC Film Review

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The following images were shot with Kodak 160 VC in my trusty Holga modified to create sprocketholes. They were taken in Seoul, South Korea.

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Ride at Seoulland in South Korea. This was taken during the winter time and it was very cold, not the best timing to go on fast moving outdoors ride.

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Lonesome tree looking overneath a parking lot.

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On the roof of Leeum, Samgsung Museum of Art in Itaewon, Seoul. Unfortunately, due to snow and ice this part was inaccessible. This was as close as I could get. These are Spider sculptures created by Maman. I have seen other spiders before in Tokyo, Japan.

See here for the whole list. It would be nice to travel around and photograph them all.

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I do not scan my own film. On the left is how I get the scanned negatives from a local film lab here in Singapore. I then post process the images myself. I use curves to establish white point and black points, this normally takes care of the blue look I had on all my images that I shot outside. Maybe due to the snow or snow, but most of my outside images shot in the sun where blueish. The images I should outside without the sun were all underexposed. The Holga doesn’t have manual settings and 160 is not a fast film especially in the winter time where the sun isn’t as bright.

Conclusion

It’s a decent film, but more suitable to use in a camera with more manual controls. I don’t think shooting this film in a Holga is doing it justice.

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