October 2010


So last week I was in China, my wife and I piggybacking on the company trip of the Gallardo & Associates ad agency. Four days in Beijing was the perfect break from this October’s killer schedule at work, and even though most of the time we found ourselves at the mandatory tourist sights, it was still a blast. When traveling with crazy creative people there are hardly any dull moments; even on long boring bus rides you can still find something to do, like taking advantage of people sleeping.

That was shot on the second day, on the road to the Great Wall of China. Here are some photos, taken with a vintage Olympus 35UC rangefinder with Lucky 200 color film:

More photos on my Flickr set Barbarians at the Great Wall.

One reason why most folks have shifted to digital from film is the cost associated with shooting analog. Film is expensive, and so is developing, scanning and printing. And while digital has its own set of costs, the perception is that shooting in digital is much cheaper. In most cases that is true.

What then can we, film lovers, do to mitigate the costs of our hobby? An obvious solution is to learn to process film on our own. If you shoot enough rolls to justify a small investment, learning to develop film is the logical next step. It works out cheaper in the long run.

If you’re like me, you’re just itching to learn this skill. Here’s your chance.

Jay Javier of Fotofabrik and Rangefinder Filipinas fame is organizing a 2-day film developing workshop starting on October 30. The workshop will cover film developing theory and practice, chemistry and equipment. Both color and black & white film processing will be taught, as well as elementary scanning. Will there be hands-on? The answer is yes.

Tuition fee for this rare workshop is P3,000 per head, which already includes the chemicals you’ll need for processing. check out the poster for registration details.

Just something quick and non-camera-related.

It’s finally here! MUJI, my favorite no-brand brand has finally opened its first store in the Philippines, and just a ten-minute walk from my condo, no less! Now I don’t need to fly to Hong Kong to get my essential supplies: recycled paper notebooks, minimalist bookends, frill-free shoes and quirky Japanese snacks. I spotted a small bag I can use as a camera pouch, just need to line it with padding. Must go back for it before my trip to Beijing next week.

Here are scenes from the press launch, shot with my ever-present Kodak Playsport. Photos from my Olympus UC35 to follow next week.