In memory of one year from the start of our first lockdown (Covidversary) here are some light pictures I took during that dark period.
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.
…Rang in the new year in Japan for the third time in a row. We had sushi and sake as the first meal of the year.
…Went to Bali for a weekend getaway. Now reflecting back, I am grateful we had the chance to travel outside of Australia this year.
…Started a new job in a new company.
…Practice with Miko, the first (second-hand) film camera I scored on eBay at the end of last year.
…Celebrated my friend’s, Liz, 30th birthday with a stay-cation in Mornington Peninsula.
…Joined a witch coven.
…Bought my first ever indie tarot deck created by a female artist, then the second, then the third.
…Studied for CPA.
…Started liking black-coffee which no doubt is heavily influenced by Fafa.
…Finally enjoyed a good sandwich. It’s from Tivoli bakery on Toorak road which was introduced to me by Liz.
…Lived in lock-down for the most part of the year.
…Had a lengthy period of sadness from the combination of Covid and seasonal depression.
…Which made me pick up running.
…and journal-ed as if my life depends on it.
…Got a tarot deck and oracle deck for birthday gifts from Fafa and Jik respectively.
…Had plenty of tarot readings.
…Deepen my tarot practice.
…Started a tarot blog then stopped because I thought I didn’t have that much to talk about in relation to tarot.
…Facetimed with my parents every single day from March onwards.
…Started this blog, a personal blog, but proceed to discuss mostly about tarot.
…Paid for a Google Photos account.
…Found out that Chiron has entered my chart since March and will stay there until the beginning of next year. Eek!!
…Finally read The Alchemist and generally read more books than last year.
…Stayed in a Mornington Peninsula airbnb.
…and in a Meletos winery in Yarra Valley.
…and in the farmhouse in Echuca where I took a boat trip along the famous Murray River.
…Went to an art gallery in Bendigo to celebrate our date-anniversary.
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.