Monday, October 31, 2016

Camera (Equipment) Hunting: Kako Auto 300S Series Cut-Off System flash.

It's been awhile and a couple of months since I started talking about blogging more regularly. Yeah, I know. What's new right? I'd talked about several film photography projects I had in mind but I wasn't really able to push through with those, or rather I hadn't found the time to have the film developed. Until recently. More on that in another post later this week.

I visited a Japan Surplus Warehouse today and found several items of interest. But since I wasn't sure about the other items as they're all usually sold “as is”, and because I was low on funds, the only thing I went home with was this Kako Auto 300SSeries Cut-Off System Flash.

It was a bit of a gamble, as it is with these places. I'm glad to find out though that it works! Now if only it came with a manual. There's only a dial guide on the back and I believe I understand how to use it, but it would be nice to have some confirmation. Before I do wind up using it on / with my film cameras, I think I'll it out on the DSLR... which I left in Metro Manila. 

This isn't my first Japan Surplus purchase, however it is my first flash. It's a bit bulky to be honest, not as portable as I'd like, but I'm jazzed just to have been able to buy something that works.

My first Japan Surplus purchase was this:

Canon Demi half frame camera, which I wrote about in this post.

Analogue / Film camera hunting in the Philippines involves trips to these kinds of stores, relying on cameras sourced mainly from Japan. Since the proprietors of these kinds of shops usually don't have much of a photography background, you could, in theory, get a camera for a song. You could also wind up with an expensive paper weight if you're not sure what you're looking for. You can also go online, via and similar online sites, however nothing beats the thrill of discovering a diamond in the rough.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Time Lapse: Sunrise and Clouds

I've been wanting to take video of the sunrise and the sky for awhile now but I haven't been able to get up early enough. I was up on the roof deck a bit past 6am so not quite sunrise anymore, but early enough in the morning I guess (particularly since they only open the roof deck at 6am anyway).

Two separate shots molded into one here. Two different vantages from the roof deck. The first features a bit of the Ortigas CBD skyline, and the other of Makati CBD.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Time Lapse Post: Ortigas Center Skyline

Here's my second attempt at an edited (music, titles, credits and transitions added) time-lapse.

I've fallen in love with the time-lapses that Casey Neistat posts on his vlog. I haven't been able to achieve any sunrise or sunset time-lapses due to time constraints in the evenings, and being mostly on the ground amidst high buildings in Makati. :-)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Film Photography Post: Half Frame Photography

Pedestrian Crossing Stop light. Solid Gold ISO 200 Film, Canon Demi

Before restarting my film photography life, the only film formats I'd ever been exposed to was 35mm and 110 film. I'd owned a small 110 instamatic, used my parent's Canon AE-1P, and had, once upon a time, owned an EOS camera (the model of which I can't recall, and a body I can no longer find).

My current place of work also has some medium format cameras on hand that I'd love to try out, not to mention some instant film cameras. The thought of using some of the former excites me,

Megamall Arcade

I'd only discovered half frame cameras during my first month at Lomography as well. I'd done a little online window shopping and found myself enamored with the idea of effectively doubling a roll's capacity by taking half of a regular 35mm frame with each shot. I'd seen several Olympus Pen units being sold at 2k and up online, as well as in Hidalgo. Encouraged by a friend's story, I went on a little adventure at one of the more accessible Japan Surplus shops that carries old film cameras and found this little beauty.

Canon Demi

My first couple of rolls, from which the Megamall Arcade shot above was taken, wasn't particularly successful. It was pretty much over exposed everywhere as the body lining was thin in several parts. Had to fill it in with the hairy half of a velcro strip. :-) The next rolls were better exposed.

Dive n Trek Summer 2016

Roofdeck Sunrise

The interesting thing about the half-frame format is that, since you get two shots in a 35mm frame, you can use it to tell a story in two successive shots. You really have to be conscious about it though. Something I'm not always good at. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Anya!

I haven't covered a party in awhile. Partially because my last camera was starting to show its age, and partly because there hadn't been a work-party during my last few months at the previous company.

Recently though we got invited to a birthday party and I took some photos there. Can't say it was proper coverage though. It was quite a party! There were booths for food, and games where kids could play to win play money they could then exchange at the redemption booth.

Just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYA! 

I've noticed however that the aperture on the 14 to 42mm lens is getting sticky. It, together with the E410, is showing its age. I was using it on an E520, a recent acquisition, and shots would get progressively darker as the aperture got smaller and stuck with every shot. It would reset itself with a power-off and on cycle. Not something I like doing. Might need to have it fixed, if at all possible. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Film Photography Post: Ortigas CBD Skyline

Like I previously posted, I've been re-exploring film. It takes me awhile to go through a roll though.

Just wanted to post this one here. I haven't been able to post it on my lomohome as of this moment, but I've used it as my cover photo on Facebook.

Ortigas Skyline. Solid Gold ISO 200 Film, Lomo LC-A+

For this shot, I used two strips of electric tape to cover half of the lens for the first exposure, move to the other half and flipped the camera for the 2nd exposure.

One of the challenges of contemporary film photography is sourcing film. Aside from relying on some old stock I'd managed to keep over the years (which is dangerously running low), and getting a few rolls from work or friends, I've had to rely on expired film rolls that people have been selling online. We were lucky enough to see an ad on OLX.Ph from a person who used to own several Kodak stores up north who was selling off their old stock. So the folks at work decided to purchase en masse.

current film stock

Some enterprising folk had the same idea and purchased their own stock, only to resell them (tsk tsk tsk). Personally, I have nothing against free enterprise, but really, if you're not gonna use it, don't buy it eh?

If you don't mind hunting online, the 2nd hand market may have what you need. Otherwise, be a little more adventurous and go check out the stores in Hidalgo.