Cameras and battery life

One morning, I was out shooting with my Nikon fm3a, set to Aperture priority mode with a fast lens, on the first shot, the mirror went up, the shutter opened and stayed like that. Even when I knew from experience there was enough light to warrant a fast shutter time (at least 1/125).

This was troubling, but I quickly turned the knob on the shutter speed from ‘A’ to one of the fixed shutter speed and sure enough, the shutter and mirror closed normally. Upon setting it back to ‘A’ mode again and taking another photo, the camera performed as normal with no further incident

Over the next few days, this would happen on every first shot. I decided to investigate the problem.

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Last roll — Remembering the first and last one.

A beautiful symphony of red could be seen — signally the arrival of autumn and with it, all its glory. I felt the sun’s ray cast it warm glow, it felt wonderful even as the cold wind blew against my face. Its warmth filling my heart with such joy. The sky was finally clear after 2 days of gloomy weather — Today was special.

It was November in Kyoto, Japan.

It was special for other reasons too, not only was it the first break in poor weather, today would be the end of a story of mine. One that started many years ago, with pains and anguished but ultimately rewarded with joy and satisfaction. Tried as I may, there would be nothing stopping  today — both good and bad.

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Gear Review: Nikkor AF-S ED 70-300mm VR

The Nikon 70-300mm VR AF-S

Not too long ago I owned a Sigma HSM 70-200mm f/2.8, it was fast, silent and light considering the level of quality though now there are cheaper lenses with comparable features.

But even with all of that it was a burden to carry around, heavy on the shoulders and terrible on my back. After many years of use I just couldn’t bare the burden anymore and decided it was time for a change. I sold the lens and use the proceeds to buy its smaller brother while pocketing the difference for a rainy day.

Here is my review of this lens and what I think of it so far.

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Tips to visiting Nairobi, Kenya.

I know this article is rather late and perhaps even outdated considering the situation in Kenya but keep in mind the hotspots at the moment are in the coastal towns and villages of Kenya. That being said, Nairobi can still be a scary place even in peaceful times especially when one is not familiar with the tricks and ways of the city.

I’m not sure how many of you may actually want to visit Kenya or Africa, unless it’s solely for a Safari in which case all bets are off, but I do know when I first got the assignment I was terribly scared unlike my co-worker. Though now when I think back, I am glad I did go as it showed me a greater world than I ever knew. Plus it offered some terrific photographic opportunities and helped to enlighten on what I should really focus on in life.

So let’s begin, the real point of today’s article a simple let helpful list of “tips”  while in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Aodai shoot in Saigon.

To many of you- my apologies for not blogging for so long. I had been busy with work and getting my life in order. Many things should have done long ago, have now all been settled and with that, I am returning to my blog and hopefully clear out the articles and stories that have been piling up on the side since.

Though this absence was not accidental nor was it a lapse of memory- that there was even a blog to update; Instead I wanted to try out an advice from some photographers- To allow my photographs to “marinate” for a few months before coming back for a more objective and critical review without any of the bias of emotion at the time. I think it is a good idea, provided I had kept well detailed notes of my thoughts at the time, allowing me to recall what I had been trying to do then.

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Kodak Portra 400- Fun film to scan.

I’ve been scanning all the film I took in Vietnam. So far everything is looking alright, while some shots turned out great, others have not becoming missed opportunities. One shouldn’t dwell on disappointment for long less it becomes regret. Chances come and go and whether you captured them or not is a matter of luck and experience.

Though I’m glad I shot mostly with Kodak Portra 400, this film has some great latitude plus it scans really well especially when used with the Epson V700 I have- never regretted paying RM2k for it, best scanner I’ve used it and I would buy another one if this one broke down as well.

 

 

I have RETURNED!!!

Hi everyone! I’m back in Malaysia! It was a fun trip and definitely worth the time and effort to set it all up. Right now, I’m just resting from all the craziness I have been through.

For stats, I have shot 37 rolls of Kodak Portra and 15 rolls of Ilford HP5+. I’ve already sent the Portra for development while the HP5+ will have to wait as there is a draught going on here in Malaysia and water rationing is in effect at the moment till the draught ends.

Once I have everything developed and scan, I’ll start posting them up here.