Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia – With only 2 weeks before golive and handover, I decided to go sight seeing around Jakarta. I tried to find many reasons to like the city, but I have to say this, it was rather similar to Malaysia and didn’t really find anything interesting or worthwhile.

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Scanning softwares (Silverfast 8, Epson scan) – Use it or not is entirely up to the workflow.

Whenever I have new developed film to scan, I would quickly fire up the Epson scan software that came bundled with my Epson V700, never giving another thought to it and proceed to scan my film.

Occasionally though I find myself thinking of using the other software that came bundled with the scanner as well – Silverfast 8 (actually, it was Silverfast 7, I was given a free upgrade to it when they offered a limited time upgrade for their bundled Silverfast 7). It is not that I haven’t tried it, but every time I have, the results were less than I had hoped.

Disclaimer: This is not a exhaustive review of Silverfast 8 – this is just to show why my film scanning workflow is setup to still use Epson scan instead of Silverfast. I know of many others online who have mastered Silverfast, and I do hope to eventually learn how to use Silverfast. 

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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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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.