What I would take into the past…

One day while sitting at a cafe having breakfast, I overheard the topic next table over.

“What would I bring if I could travel into the past?”

An interesting question if I could get pass the first obvious one, “How would I even travel back in time?”

But for the argument’s safe, lets say I have mastered time travel backwards and returning to my own timeline at my leisure. The first thing I would bring are books of what is going to happen to the past and give it to either my younger self to exploit – and why not?. Or go back further in time with a camera to document history – we mustn’t change history now ?😛

Do you know what they chose?

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Don’t turn your passion into a career

Take it from someone who did.

I regretted the decision – mostly

I loved working with computers and I still do, but when I made it into a career it went downhill from there. I supposed it might be because computer jobs in Malaysia are a total waste because of low pay and poor conditions.

The original idea for this article was to list down all the usual bullcrap in following your passion, but then I stumbled across this article that really captured what the pure undistilled meaning I wanted to convey.

Nikon SB-27 and SB30

A few years ago I picked up a Nikon SB-30 for a spell on Ebay – a small useful flash for either my Nikon F6 or Nikon FM3A (the camera I paired it often with on outings).

Nikon SB-30
Small and light you would think little of it, using only 1 CR123A battery it proved me wrong by meeting all my flash needs while also offering many features only found in bigger and heavier flashes like the Nikon SB-800 and above like commander/slave, TTL, manual mode. The only things it lacked was faster recycle time and a flash test button -the most common feature on flashes – but not essential, how many of you actually use it

Bottom line if you can find one for cheap  (I got mine for USD38 inclusive of shipping) then you have found a bargain.  It fits nicely into small corner of any decent camera bag while packing features usually found on bigger models.

Nikon SB-27
I saw a great deal for a SB-27 and quickly snapped it up. From the photos I saw, I had thought the unit would be more or less be as compact just like the SB-30 – was I ever wrong.

When the package finally arrived it was bigger and heavier than the SB-30 teaching me an important lesson – nothing is ever what it seems on the Internet unless there is scale reference.



The the left, SB-27 while on the right, SB-30. The body cap is for reference. 

My favorite film

If you are frequent visitor of this blog then you no doubt know that I shoot mainly with film and were you to guess, most of you would say it’s Kodak Portra. In truth, my favorite film is actually Instant film @ Polaroid film. In no particular order:

  1. Fujifilm Instax mini
  2. Fujifilm Instax wide
  3. Fujifilm FP-3000B

Ever since I started shooting film I enjoy the feeling, but nothing still beats Instant when I want some fun with film. Sure the colors and exposure are not spot on, but the opportunity for fun and mayhem cannot be rivaled. Plus saving pictures into my journal/notebooks or as gift to friends or strangers leads to heaps of fun.

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Enlarger issues

Decided it’s time to actually show some printouts instead of scanning the negatives directly.

I won’t be the first to admit it, I don’t always like to print in the darkroom. It is like trying to enter a meditative state while walking blindfolded into a minefield, I am unable to calm my mind and instead ends up a futile attempt. But there are occasions where the stars to align and printing  in the darkroom using an enlarger feel great.

This was one of those times.

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Maybe now and then we give it some thought especially if some event transpire that forces to face the topic we dread most – death.

Example, in the hospital for a surgical operation. Many people always have this inherent fear that once they go under the anesthetics, they won’t wake up again and tell themselves “Walk away from the light” over and over in their minds as they slowly succumb to the anesthetics.

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