In memory of one year from the start of our first lockdown (Covidversary) here are some light pictures I took during that dark period.
I was introduced to film photography by a colleague turned friend, Pri.
In the late 2019 I scored my first film camera (second hand on eBay) and started practising shooting film.
Shooting film teaches you many things.
My most significant learning though was humility. Especially when some of what I thought would be “winning shots” came out blurry.
This was the first camera-selfie shot I took that was not blurry. It was taken during our Meletos stay late last year.
Fingers crossed there will be more coming with more practice and learning.
Our Meletos staycation at the end of last year turned out to be so-so only.
Although the weather was gorgeous that weekend, the winery was beautiful and their books collection was interesting; the food, the service and the room could be much better.
Some of my fave parts of the Meletos stay was the beautifully decorated lobby area, this time of Christmas theme, the aromatherapy smell oozing for it and the plenty of beautiful books laying there. In the room, I love the unbelievable nice smelling toiletries ($40), the big bathroom, the two sinks and the small nice touch wooden door closet and the super-soft bed and the windows that can be opened wide.
Meanwhile, enjoy the 5 frames of our winery stay which I took with Mjuii film camera using Kodak Colorplus 400.
Now that I have developed a few disposable film cameras, used a few more rolls on my point-and-shoot second-hand film camera, and took at least a dozen acceptable film photographs I thought I would share a newbie cheat sheet of the film photography.
Or say lessons that I noted down for my own learning on using the film camera.
These film photography lessons might be basic but I hope it can be helpful for some of us newbies out there.
- Count to three and keep steady before and after clicking the shot button on your film camera.
- So far, there is no noticeable difference from using different types of film rolls, which means the cheap film camera roll can be as good as the more expensive ones.
- In contrast, a good film camera makes a huge difference in photo quality compared to the disposable one. and it doesn’t need to be expensive. I got my second-hand Olympus 35mm Film Camera Mju µ II for a fraction of its original price on eBay. It was one of the best purchases I made last year.
- Taking a selfie with a film camera is hard and most of the time is a waste of precious roll. So if you can, better keep selfie game strictly with your phone.
- Immerse yourself in the #FilmNeverDie community. Keep learning film photography lesson and be proud of being a part of the community.
- Have at least one film photography goal. It makes taking photographs more fun and pushes you to learn more things about it. My film goal this year is to print 80 of my most favorite film pictures I took. So far I have less than 20 of those (including the one I took of Little India Singapore).
- Film photographs with people in it look more interesting than the ones without people in it. But, taking people photographs in the film is so much harder than with digital.
- Lots of light, especially yellow hue, makes good film photographs.
- Start putting some money aside as film photography can be an expensive hobby to adapt. but. so far, it has been a soul-nourishing. In short, I think film photography conveys magic better than digital, and for that reason alone, it’s a great hobby to pursue.
- There is a magic in BnW film — yes, it’s less forgiving if you don’t have much clue on basic composition (like me) but it can be oh so beautiful.
#FilmNeverDie and all that.
I don’t do selfie, but I have been inspired to take selfie on film ever since I stumbled upon SelfieonFilm IG account. So far I have tried it a few times, using both disposable and my Mjuii and different film rolls. So far, the result have been pretty f-ing disappointing.
Here are some of it:
I have to keep trying I guess.
I don’t do selfie.
I realized it when I noticed that I haven’t changed my Whatsapp picture for more than a year.
Suddenly feeling the unnecessary urgency, I quickly scrolled through 38,874 pictures on my iPhone (thanks to the $2.99/month storage fee). I search by my name (thanks to Face Recognition feature) and I learned that:
- Most of my pictures have been taken by Fafa.
- My selfies, the few and far between, were taken during mask-Thursday dates with my friends.
- The rest were duck-face selfies that I am not particularly proud of.
I wonder why I don’t immerse myself in selfie culture?
Do I think I am not pretty enough? Do I think I don’t belong to the selfie-generation? Or worse, that I have self-actualized to selfie.
I think it’s just firstly I rather do other wasteful stuff. Including reading other people’s blogs and watching The Office rerun instead of taking a selfie.
Also, taking a good selfie requires time and concentration and I don’t have much of that.
Lastly, since I haven’t done many selfies, my selfie game has been way behind my friends. And that stopped me from “practicing”.
I rather smile at someone else or their camera than to smile at my own camera tilted with a 90-degree angle.
I wonder whether the selfie culture will die down one day?
I wonder about the effect on me but again it feels like selfie and I exist in parallel worlds.
I see it and it sees me, but we don’t want to see each other through the pixelated camera hole.
Do I regret not knowing how to selfie sooner? No, I guess. I don’t see the benefit of it for me.