Fujichrome Trebi 100c

I don’t know what to make of this film, it doesn’t seem like any of the other film though I have read reviews saying it’s like sensia 2 (I never tried that so I can’t comment  on it). The colors so far are soft and not very strong, while the contrast is is above average. Sharpness is very good while grain is really fine! I’m not kidding when I say they are fine! But what I like about is that it’s slide and I always prefer slide over negative film any day!

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Ilford HP5 plus 400 some of Pudu prison

Here is my next installment for HP5 I recently had developed. I only get all my film developed after a while. Due to the hassle of bringing them to the shop and then picking them up follow by scanning and editing. How many of you do your own b&w film development at home?

I know I can probably do the same thing and it’s not hard but since I’m staying with family for now still I can find a better place, I’ve decided to hold off doing my own development till then.

Though what I really want to do is have my own dark room and hand print my own photos but it’s still too cost prohibitive for me. I could just get a printer but I’ve always wanted to do it the old fashion way since it seems a lot more fun and you appreciate the artwork you produced as well as the work of other people who similar hand printed their own photos.

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Fujifilm Superia x-tra revisited

When I last used this film, I swore I would never used negative ever again until I came across Kodak Ektar 100. Which forced me to reevaluate whether or not color negative provide a cheaper and effective film solution aside from the more expensive and difficult to find slide film, I decided to look back again at the many roll I had cursed into the box of despair and see if all of the shots were shit. Most of the shots were actually good but the color and sharpness were completely shit, and I know it was not the gear or skill because at that very same shoot, I used slide and they turned out quite well. Hence my reluctance to use color negative ever since.

So I decided to rescan the same roll of film carefully this time and maximise all the details I could obtained from the film and some unsharp masking, see if I could wring out any usable shots at all. Sadly I could only wring out 2 “passable” shots. Though whether or not this will change my opinion about using Superia ever  the jury is still out on that one. But at least I know my scanning skill has improved if I could wring out something this time when compared to my previous efforts.

Some of you may remember this is from my Leng Yein shoot so pardon me if this bores you.

Though I have admit, the colors are much nicer this time around.
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Fujifilm Neopan (Presto) 400

I started shooting b&w with this film since I bought a batch from my first trip to Japan back in 2007. In Japan, it’s called Neopan Presto 400 while it’s just Neopan 400 every where else. I don’t think it’s a different film as there doesn’t seem to be any difference at all.  Anyway here are some of the latest shots using it.

Some of the shots I’ve posted previously as part of a composite photo so here are the non-composite version.

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Kodak Ektar 100

First up, I finally had the opportunity to get some of this film which many have claimed to be the color negative answer to Fujifilm’s Slide velvia. So far though I not sure if this assertion is true or not as my test of this film have yet to yield nothing coming close to slide level though I’m not saying it’s rubbish at least until I can do some more test with this film. Though I will say one thing, the grain on this film is really good so far and the colors are actually very pleasing and avoids the one main problem I faced when using velvia and that is it’s use under artificial light. Ektar performance is much better so far from what I’ve seen.
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I’m finally back online with my imac!

Finally found the time to do anything personal! My imac had been repaired a week ago but work was still very heavy and any free time I had was spent making changes to the way I stored data on my imac. You see, like everyone, I had stored all my data all over the place on my imac and when it it developed some problem I had to bring it back to the apple shop. This posed a number of problems, because I didn’t want the apple staff or anyone else going through my personal data so I copied all the data from my imac to an external harddisk and the deleted them from the imac.

Once I got the imac back, I decided to centralized all my data into a truecrypt drive making backup and security very easy, if I want to backup my data, I simply copied the truecrypt container along with all my data in one step, instead of looking for them all over (in docs, in photos, and etc). This also has the main benefit of ensuring that even if my computer were stolen, they couldn’t get to any of my personal info because it would be encrypted. This truecrypt archive is mounted at all times and programmed it in such a way that whenever the imac rebooted, it would ask for the password in order to mount the truecrypt container. So if they would to steal my computer, they would need to unplug hence shutting it down and unmounting the container file. Though had this been a notebook, then I would have a problem with them just stealing the notebook and being able to access all my data since the truecrypt file would still be mounted.

This took a while to setup since I needed to reroute all path for programs into the truecrypt container instead. Hence why I haven’t made any updates even after getting back my imac as I was busy setting it up and ensuring it worked properly, this is especially true with rerouting all my folder locations for lightroom which was a pain in the ass to do correctly.

Now I am just working on editing the photos and etc. So yeah! This is one hell of a backlog >_<

UPDATE: I soon found out later that OS X has it’s owm built-in encrypt folder function called FileVault. It encrypts your home folder with your user password and its completely transparent. Also, if you’re apple computer goes to sleep, it will automatically lock it so anyone who steals it won’t be able to get the data even if they extracted the hard disk and use it on another computer or try to mount it as an external because the home folder is encrypted and decryption is handled in memory (*this of course has its own problems but unless you’re guarding top secret info, it will serve most conventional purposes).

So the point of the lesson? Explore your OS’s built in security else you might end up recreating the wheel again. Though FileVault has it’s drawback, it only encrypts the home folder and you cannot select the level of encryption but encryption and decryption is done seamlessly with only a small performance penalty but it’s the perfect solution for apple notebooks! Another advantage of FileVault over truecrypt is you don’t have to worry about space usage since FileVault is actually a sparse disk image that can grow and shrink. Although I think I’ll continue to use truecrypt for my imac since it’s already set up.