The problem with cameras such as the Superheadz Demekin, my vote for 2009 Travelomo Camera of the Year, is that the damn things use obsolete film formats. This makes it impossible to just go into any camera store and buy a few rolls off the rack. Early last month I ran out of 110 film, having only about six shots left for a trip to Negros Occidental. The pity is that Negros Occidental is a beautiful place to shoot.
This Christmas break (for you non-Filipinos reading this, this means the entire week from Christmas Eve to January 3), my family and I are going up to Kiangan in Ifugao province, up in the mountains of the northern Philippines. It’s a beautiful place – we’ve been there twice before. Kiangan features gorgeous mountain vistas, great hiking terrain, a river where you can go whitewater rafting with verdant fields and ravines on both banks. A half-hour’s drive and you’ve got the Banawe Rice Terraces, which you’ve all seen on Discovery Travel & Living as well as many of the travel books which feature the Philippines.
It would be just sad if I failed to capture this on 110.
An emergency trip to the Oh Shoot Toy Camera store before hitting the office was in order. It was a risk going there because I had no idea if it would still be open this close to Christmas break. Good thing it was. Proprietor Jill Lejano was on-hand to sell me the 110 cartridges I needed. At 80 pesos a pop (US$1.70) for Fujicolor ASA 200s isn’t bad at all. However, Jill tells me that 110 film is getting increasingly hard to come by. That worries me because I use a lot of 110 film. Time to look for other sources. Eight rolls is more than enough for this trip. I also bought a spirit level to attach to the Demekin to keep my horizons straight. It’s not as easy as you think!
Anyway, this may be my last post until after Christmas so, Happy Holidays from me and Travelomo!