Another raging sky

Another raging sky

Well. I finally got a batch of Ilford Delta 100 (50 rolls to be precise) and am now trying to get the hang of it. I am still trying to get the best combination for developing purposes. Ilford ID-11 is great value for money but I’ve read that Ilford Perceptol gives better results in terms of grain and sharpness.

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Vegetarian Food Corner of Brickfields

My Little Corner Restaurant

I love this picture. If you go to Brickfields there is a little corner which has a small tiny little vegetarian restaurant. The kitchen, sink, counter, cutlery, pots and pans are all contained within the one wall. Ikea would have been proud of this effort.

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Building confidence with the Leica M6

Boy at KLCC
Leica M6 50mm Summicron f/2.0 Kodak BW 400CN at f/2

I spend the afternoon at the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) Park today. I wanted more time with the Leica M6 as part of my efforts to get to know it better. My pictures have not been all that good since I got it 4 weeks ago. I must have shot 20 rolls since I got it and my success rates is less that 10% (not good). I’m going to Thailand in a couple of weeks time and I’m considering not lugging my Canon dSLRs with me. This time I brought my Canon Powershot G7 which acted as a reference for metering and exposure. The flow was simple. Meter with the M6 (or use the sunny 16 rule) and use the G7 to check it. Using this method I was able to make sure that I get the correct exposure based on the effect I wanted. I shots 2 rolls of Kodak BW 400CN and 1 roll of Fuji Pro 400H.

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Pasar Ramadhan

Pasar Ramadhan at Taman Melawati

Leica M6
50mm Summicron f/2.0 wide open
Fuji Superia X-Tra 400
Converted to BW in CS3

Taken at the Pasar Ramadhan of Taman Melawati. During the month of Ramadhan, Pasar Ramadhans (or Ramadhan Bazaars) mushrooms in all housing areas in Malaysia. Something about not eating or drinking the whole day makes us famished. The problem is that most of the time, I’d be suffering from hunger pangs by the time I go to the bazaars and I end up wanting to eat everything.

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On Films and rangefinders….

It’s been nearly a week now since I got my Leica M6. I have shot a total of about 15 rolls of film in my efforts to master the type of photography that rangefinders can give. My initial impressions still remain the same. When I cannot depend on technology to make my decisions for me, I have to be more aware of what’s going on and have to think. What aperture? What’s the distance? What’s the shutter speed? Am I metering correctly? All this has to happen in about 3 seconds before I lose the moment. In essence, I have to do what a camera does (with all its processing power) in about as short a time. Pretty tough but that’s what photography is all about.
My first few pictures were so bad that I had a nasty feeling that I add the wrong decision. Focussing was off. Metering was off. Too little dof or too wide. But I made some images the other day which absolutely convince me that it was the right decision and I experience first hand the might of the Leica lens.

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Me and My Pentax LX

One of my dear uncle who was an avid photographer (he passed away 4 years ago) gave me one of his old camera many years ago. It was a Pentax LX with an assortment of lenses like the Pentax SMC 50mm f/1.2. The Pentax LX is a classic camera brought out by Pentax to compete with the Canon F-1 and the Nikon F3 which was the top of the range cameras at that time. This is a camera that was built to last. I am not sure when my uncle bought his but I’m pretty sure that it must now be at least 20 years old. Apart from the sturdy construction, it also boasts a revolutionary metering technique which allows the camera to meter directly off the film plane which makes for truly accurate metering.

I decided to dig up the camera and sent it for servicing and am now taking pictures with it.

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