March arrived quickly and stayed for a bit longer than how the last few months felt; I enjoyed that. I am also kind of glad to see it go, too, because we have some really awesome plans lined up for the next three months, starting with a week-long trip to Bali in the middle of April. I’m still not completely sure if I want to pack the LC-A+ or the Ultra Wide and Slim but I’ll definitely be bringing my new baby, the Pentax K1000.
I’ve had a few emails asking how I compare the Pentax K1000 to the Canon FTb – although I am not entirely ready to say that I won’t change my mind but the Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 lens really does produce the kind of muted saturation I’ve always tried to achieve with the Canon (FD 50mm f/1.8). Also, I find it sharper than my Canon lens but that could just be a difference in condition, they are after all second-hand lenses. Camera-wise, they basically work exactly the same way (both very, very easy to pick, that’s for sure) except that the mechanics of the FTb feels smoother and generally more well-made. However, the K1000 is a little bit smaller, which is a great size for girls.
I usually prefer to post pictures chronologically but decided to throw some made by the K1000 into the mix – I’m just still really stoked about the fresh point of view using a new camera gives and wanted to share some thoughts. I can’t wait for this camera to go to Bali with me! I’ve shot six rolls on it so far but definitely need a few more before deciding if it’s going to be my new go-to camera.
Lomography CN 400, Pentax K1000
Every winter, my friends from university get together for a dinner of ginger duck hotpot (薑母鴨) at least once – it’s always a fun night full of laughter and food that warms our bodies and hearts. I didn’t think I was going to take many pictures at the badly lit restaurant but I brought my camera along anyway – my friend Cindy had fun playing with it, she took the first and third photograph and makes an appearance in the last on the right.
Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400, Canon FTb
I don’t go to the MoCA (台北當代藝術館) as much as I’d like to – mostly because although I am intrigued by contemporary art, I cannot say I understand it very much. If I made it a point to find out what kind of exhibition currently sits in the museum, I’m afraid most times I can’t drum up enough interest to go at all. So one afternoon, I picked up my camera and headed over with zero information and, what you do know, had a really good time. Museums aren’t the best of places for photographs but I enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with darkness and shadows.
Kodak ProFoto XL 100, Canon FTb
Fujifilm Superia 200, Canon FTb
Back in September when I got back my first couple of rolls on the LC-A+, I mentioned that I was really keen on using slide film with the camera for strong contrast in my pictures. I was debating on which slide film to start with when I found the amazing work done with Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 by the lovely Rhianne and Michelle. It’s a shame that this film has been discontinued by Lomography but apparently it is rebranded Kodak Elite Chrome 100 which, fortunately, I can still get my hands on.
These were taken at the Luzhou Lee Family Historic Estate (蘆洲李宅古蹟), a historic house that was built in the 19th century, crossed-processed for the incredible contrast I’ve been looking forward to seeing in my pictures made with the Lomo LC-A+.
Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 (cross-processed), Lomo LC-A+
Kodak Gold 200, Zenit TTL
I was speaking to a Spanish guest at the hostel about using film exclusively when he asked me, “Why are you such a purist?” – not the least bit rude but perhaps a little amused. It’s funny because I have never and would never consider myself a “purist” – let’s not argue about the definition of the word here – simply because the term suggests possessing a great deal of knowledge on a subject or skill. Incidentally, around the same time the conversation happened, I was doing a little bit of research on medium format photography and learning both big and small ways in which its quality is unparalleled (by 35mm photography, obviously). There is just so much professional knowledge out there that surely it is unacceptable for myself or anyone else who doesn’t possess that knowledge to call me a purist just because I own a few analogue cameras.
This was not meant to be a rant; it wasn’t meant to be anything at all, really. I’ve just had a lot of thoughts on taking pictures lately, mostly about being amateur, being better and being happy with it.
P.S. That is a picture of a picture of the resident cat at Zabu, which slipped through the cracks the last time round.