Shooting Singapore

Shooting Singapore

I held a photowalk while in Singapore last week.   I am trying to do this more and more as I travel I think it is a great way to see the cities I am visiting.  It is also a great way to catch up with friends.   I typically have a crazy schedule when I travel so I can kill many birds with a single stone.   I always end up meeting people I have only known virtually but I always end up connecting people who live in the same city as each other.    About 25 people showed up for this walk…now onto the walk!

I need to go to ‘Advanced Photo School’…

Leica M Series Book

I asked the driver to wait while we ‘walked’…

Rolls Royce in Singapore

Old Firehouse in Singapore

Meet Nathan…

Nathan Liusvia

Nathan Liusvia

Singapore Photowalk

Me in the mirror…

Me in the mirror

Meet Danny…

Danny Teoh

Meet Charles…

Charles Koh

fun back story:  The owner of this dog is a famous DJ in Singapore so he was a little taken back by everyone charging him with cameras but quickly learned that we were all more interested in his cool looking dog than him.

Cool Dog

Singapore Photowalk

Singapore Photowalk

Boat Quay…

Singapore Photowalk

A very cool old film camera…  I am serious considering picking up a film Camera.  My friend Charles sent me this great article today; What Slide Film Taught Me.   It talks about the discipline that comes with shooting film.   I love the feel of my Leica and shooting it with such minimal options. I image that is only improved with film.

Exa

If you shoot film I would love to hear your recommendation on which to get…

Which Leica Film Camera do you recommend?

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Singapore Photowalk

Singapore Photowalk

Singapore Photowalk

Singapore Photowalk

Singapore Photowalk

Singapore Photowalk

Singapore Photowalk

Danny Teoh

Singapore Photowalk

I love playing with ‘no depth of field’…

Singapore Photowalk

Singapore Photowalk

Dave Powell of ShootTokyo

Singapore Skyline

The Marina Bay Sands…

Singapore Skyline

When shooting at sunset its always helpful to have a tripod but more importantly wait for the right balance of light.

Singapore Skyline

Singapore Skyline

It was a little dark by the time I got to Marina Bay Sands but still think these are cool shots.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Me in the mirror

Thanks to everyone who came out for the walk…

Singapore Photowalk

Thanks for stopping by today…

 

15 Comments

  1. Ahhh…the draw of film. You should shoot film. I think it will really help! You start to look at things more carefully and, even though I don’t see you as a “spray and pray” shooter, you will definitely find yourself shooting less and keeping more after a while. If you want a rangefinder, an M6 is a nice one. You don’t need batteries to keep shooting unlike the M7. But if you do have batteries, there is a decent center weighted light meter. Personally though, even though lugging around a heavy camera might not be your thing but…I think you will enjoy medium format. For lightweight, I recommend the Fujifilm GF670. A great rangefinder at around a 50mm equivalent. Sure it only goes up to 1/500 and f/3.5ish but it’s super SUPER sharp and ridiculously quiet (though people will notice the bellows). Or you can go Hasselblad with an 80mm f/2.8 lens and enjoy that fantastic “CLUNK” sound as you hit the shutter. Anyway, lots of fun! I hope you try it out! And besides, Popeye Camera is in your town!! They are always happy to help and they do a great great job with film development!!

  2. If you get a film camera, Nikon will no doubt be less expensive than a Leica. Here is a quote by Jay Maisel on Nikon’s website:
    The Big Switch
    “I didn’t want to have anything to do with digital. I was used to film. I don’t like to change anything. I hate learning new equipment. My transformation to digital was due to, one, I didn’t like what happened to Kodachrome—it changed; Kodak said they had to respond to the EPA. Two, I didn’t like any of the replacements for it. And three, Sam Garcia [Nikon professional markets tech rep] said, as he forced a D1 camera into my hands, ‘You’re going to like this. Trust me.’
    “From that day ’til now I shot three rolls of film. So my change has been complete. I’m delighted in every way shooting digital, and at the same time I hate the entire thing because I don’t have a finished product after I shoot it, in the sense of a slide or a print.”
    Dave, although I don’t often make comments, I visit every one of your new posts & enjoy them. Keep up the good work.
    Damon

  3. Tim – Film does have a massive draw for me… I am sure I’ll go with Leica simply due to the size and the fact that I don’t need to buy all new lens. I can drop a second body in my bag and I am good to go. Stay posted for my Film debute. I am leaning towards the M7.

  4. Damon – Exactly why I want to shoot film. I am not sure Jay would be supportive of my desire to shoot Leica film. We had this debate last year. He said the difference between my Leica and his two Leicas is that his are much more valuable as they never get used… As someone who doesn’t comment frequently – Thanks. I only get a few comments a day so I have to check my hits to see that there are actually thousands of readers. Thanks for saying Hi…

  5. Gorgeous photos! I especially liked the one taken at the Helix Bridge. I’d loved to have join you guys too!

  6. Great article on slide film you linked to. I’m really glad to see you are seriously considering shooting film. Stock up right now on as much Kodak Ektachrome as you can. Sadly, Kodak killed off all their lines and only about 6 months supply til it’s gone.

    I think going with a Leica film camera like the M7 makes the most sense for you as you can use your current lenses, but I like what Tim had to say about medium format as well. Both his recommendations are great cameras. I shoot a Mamiya 6 which is the square format and the lenses get sharp results that are astounding. A Mamiya 7II can be found on B&H new.

    I’m telling you though, when you look at slide film on a light table, the results are breath taking. Looking forward to seeing your results on film.

  7. Thanks Tom. I think Film will be a great addition. Leica is just the logical choice. I really don’t want to buy, and carry, another set of lenses. I’ll let you know how I progress…I’ll go camera hunting this weekend.

  8. Dave, you should definitely read this: erickimphotography.com/blog/2012/03/10-tips-on-how-to-cure-yourself-of-gas-gear-acquisition-syndrome/ :)

  9. I know but I love looking at and buying gear. It’s part of the joy of photography for me.

  10. Nice photos Rocky… I like the timeless processing on them.

  11. Ahhhh, how did I miss your Singapore photowalk last December?! I must be dreaming. Now that I am looking at this post of yours again, I spot one of my ex-bosses in your photos!

  12. Darn, I meant last March, not last December. Dreaming again.

  13. Maggie – I do them every so often so you can catch the next one…

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