Hi everyone, I know I haven’t been blogging lately but I only recently found some time to finally do an entry about the April trip to Kenya. I still have heaps of backlog to work on, I’m trying to clear through the as fast as I can.
As I was in Kenya for 5 weeks instead of 3, it would be natural that I would again take this chance to visit some place especially the hectic week when we got there. Although it was a only a weekend but at least it was a fun one.
13th April 2013
For today we only went around Nairobi for a nice walkabout with Stella and Dylan since Dylan was only here for a week for his part in the golive and would be actually going back later that day so we paid a visit around town and did some light shopping.
Decided to start things off with my review for Kodak Portra 160. Similar to Kodak Portra 400 but tuned for portraiture shooting rather than general purpose, this film captures incredible skin tone.
I’ve been using this film for many shoots since earlier this year just to see what it can really do. So far this film doesn’t disappoint but your experience might vary depending on environment conditions. Its not something you can pick up and expect great shots right off the bat especially when you’re not familiar shooting with color negatives. Color negatives offers the wides latitude for incorrect exposures, but what it really means you have more room to maneuver when you have made an exposure mistake unlike slides.
Portra 160 does indeed have an incredible latitude to work with plus according to Kodak, its best used for digital scanning. Although that seems a rather weird statement since all labs these days scan the negatives before printing since its too much hassle to print it using analog methods, but anything that means better images quality when scanned is a plus.
No doubt some of you are wondering where the hell have I been? Well it’s a long story but it involves going back to Kenya for the golive and then coming back. That is another story I hope to do a blog on later.
Though as a result of that assignment I managed to get a nice week off and guess where I decided to spend it? I’ll give you a hint, “Culture Japan Penang”.
Okay, that wasn’t really a hint but a dead give away as I couldn’t come up with something witty.
Yes, I know none of you are even reading this part are you? Go straight for “Read the rest of this page.”
Right, at the risk of sounding like a sleaze (Risk? I do believe we have pass that point), last year December, during my year end trip to Japan, my friend helped me arranged a model shoot.
I have photograph other models before but this would be my first in Japan especially when language is an issue (this problem didn’t happened during my model shoots in Thailand), but luckily CrossChannel was there to assist in any language barrier related issues.
To answers everyone’s question, yes I am back. I have been back since the 15th of May but because of the bucket load of work waiting for me, I hadn’t been able to blog about anything until now.
10th April 2013 :
When we arrived at the client’s site, we discovered it was a public holiday as their new elected president was being sworn in today. We thought we had caught a lucky break so we went back to the hotel to either work on the golive plan or rest. Though it was shortlived, we got a call from our client while it was a holiday but we were expected to come in and work with the skeleton crew there.
Finally now that we were there our worse fears were confirmed, in the six months since we had left, client had done no UAT nor did they do any of the mandatory certifications with the other systems meaning none of the possible issues that would have been uncovered by UAT have yet to be fixed. Golive is only possible once the UAT had uncovered all the issues and client was comfortable with using the system, none of these conditions had been satisfied at all even though our PM had informed us everything was ready to go on client side.
They were neither comfortable or ready and we knew high hell there would be heaps of issues since this system was very new and because of cost cutting measures at our company, there was no QA done for this product and the PM instead relied on the client to help uncover them- sort of like how Microsoft got their customers to test their flagship product for free.
I have finally arrived in Nairobi, Kenya and while would like to say the trip was pleasant like before but it wasn't this time as the flight from KL to Dubai was delayed for over 30 minutes and to make matters worse, we landed late at Dubai because of poor weather condition (haze). Making it impossible to get to our connecting flight.
So emirates arranged for us to be on the next flight tomorrow to Nairobi instead and booked us into a nice apartment hotel for the night inclusive of dinner and breakfast. Though this means we are now one or two days behind our planned go live schedule but those are the breaks, we will have to make it up by working this weekend or even extend our stay here as the client has yet to carry out the UAT.
As usual, the Nairobi safari club rooms was utter shit as
- The phones weren't working.
- Not all the power points and lights were working at all.
But even after we changed room, the door didn't locked properly and aircond again is not working, but luckily the weather is very cooling so no lost there.
Managed to get Internet up and running and oddly, it seems to be faster than the last time I was here. Although the smell hasn't changed either.
But I guess there are always a first for everything, even for me. So what has happened?
Well for starters, I have for the first time forgotten to actually make a post about me going this Kenya again this Sunday morning for another onsite assignment.
Secondly, my exhibition took place on Saturday night! It was a very tiring night, my brother and his wife came along with my sister as well, all of my friends at the print room were there of course. Even the head of the Japanese consulate was there with his wife! They were the first people to arrive and I had the honor of walking them through my exhibition. They simply loved it and even bought a copy of my book but a last, an urgent matter came up and he had to leave early before he gave his opening speech leaving it once again to Lilian to later on do that.