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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Kodak Single Use Camera Series: Street Photo 7 - Lovers

Lovers
This is the seventh street photo from Kodak Single Use Camera series.

Well this is not the classic romantic kissing street shot, but I've always wanted to take it. And now I got it, time to move on. Of course by chance when I come across another one I would still shoot candidly.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!


That time of the year has arrived! I've designed this eCard and sincerely sending out to all my friends, blog readers, supporters and the people I know - wishing all a happy holidays and a great new year to come! Cheers!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kodak Single Use Camera Series: Street Photo 6 - "I Am Pissed!"

I Am Pissed
This is the sixth street photo from Kodak Single Use Camera series.

Eminent Plaza was announced for redevelopment and all tenants have had since moved out. Somehow graffiti artists were invited to create colorful artwork on the building's surrounding walls which I think it's a good deed for them to unleash their creativity.

For weeks I've seen the building and its graffiti, and finally on one weekend I visited the place with my Kodak single use camera. I came upon this graffito as shown in the photo above. I noticed the shop window glass reflection on the right, so I decided to wait for a few minutes for anyone who walks by.

A few people, young and old, both genders walked past but I found their facial expressions not right. I waited for another 10 minutes or so and my patience paid off well. I saw a person walking towards me from the camera right behind the window glasses. Because of the window reflections and low light condition behind it, I couldn't tell the person's gender. Well with much anticipation, I took squat position for a low angle shot, pointed the camera and framed the shot. When the person finally walked out from behind the window glasses, I released the shutter. Only then I discovered the person is a man. I smiled and noticed his facial expression. He was frowning but not upset about me taking his photo. Well I believe he didn't know or couldn't tell if I took his photo because of my position. He might thought I was just taking pictures of the graffiti behind him.

When I got back my negatives from the photo lab, I looked through the photos and saw this shot. I zoomed in to take a closer look at the man's facial expression, and BINGO!! I hit the jackpot! His expression does look like he was pissed. It goes so well with the graffito text on the wall. I consider this shot to be a lucky one and I am happy to be so lucky at the right place at the right time.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kodak Single Use Camera Series: Street Photo 5 - Umbrella Lady

Umbrella Lady
This is the fifth street photo from Kodak Single Use Camera series.

This is another attempt at capturing water reflection street shot. Something about this Indian lady with her beautiful warm yellow saree, long pitch black hair and red umbrella that caught my attention. I was right behind her at a distance and I picked up my pace quickly in order to catch up with her as she walked along the water puddle on the road side. Yes I wanted to capture her along with her water reflection. I stopped to compose the shot and just as she reached the spot I released the shutter.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Kodak Single Use Camera Series: Street Photo 4 - Youth Sikhs

Youth Sikhs
This is the fourth street photo from Kodak Single Use Camera series.

Deepavali - Festival of Lights was just the around the corner. I was roaming along the streets of Little India on a typical late afternoon. When I came to the pedestrian crossing right opposite the famous Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, a group of young Sikhs were chatting and laughing away, enjoying themselves. Without hesitation, I took a quick snapshot. Just as I looked through the viewfinder, the young Sikh with the red colored turban turned and looked at me with a pleasant smile. That friendly smile seem to imply a welcome gesture, perhaps for more photo shoots. Instead of asking all of them for a group shot, I looked at that young Sikh and gave him back a big smile with a little nod as a gesture of appreciation or "Thank you!". Thereafter I walked away.

Hidden and Found

SURPASS P&S SC-911

About a week ago, I found this plastic point-&-shoot camera in my closet; hidden for a long time that I have no memory of owning this camera at all, and I was searching for other stuff when I found it.

It's scarce these days to find a plastic point-&-shoot film camera with a hot shoe on it. OK here's the little specification of this camera.

Lens: 35mm Wide Angle Optical Lens
Focus: 1.5 m to infinity
Shutter Mechanism: 1/125 second
Film Advance: Manual (Gentle)
Film Rewind: Manual
1 Push Rewind Button
2 Winding the Rewind Switch
Hot Shoe: For Indoor Photo
Flash-LightGuide No.:
• 40 for ASA 100
• 60 for ASA 200

I was quite excited about it and planning to load a film to shoot, but after some tests on its shutter mechanism, the leaf shutter clicks but doesn't open at all. Sad to find out it's out of order. Well, I'm sure it would be better to get a proper high quality point-&-shoot film camera e.g. Contax T3, Ricoh GR and many others.

I had never used this camera before and therefore I could not show you photographs taken with it. But recently I loaded a KODAK Portra 400 on my Vivitar PN2011. Well I guess it's all because of the recent use of KODAK Single Use Camera a.k.a. Disposable Camera, that I really really enjoy using point-&-shoot cameras. And I love the photo quality too.

Unfortunately for this SC-911, there's nothing I can do to revive it but to dump it.