Tempus fugit, or so the Romans used to say. I’ve neglected this blog for far too long (and wasted a year’s worth of domain name charges!), and I must make amends. 

I’ve been busy, far too busy than any well-adjusted person has any right to be. The professional publishing world (where I live in) does not stop on weekends, holidays and sick leaves, so I’ve had little time to pursue my, eherm, hobby. Things have started lightening up recently, thank goodness, with some new members in my editorial team to delegate to, and better processes in place. More time to shoot, fabulous!

I’ll try to keep my posts short, to give me no excuse not to update this site. Tonight I leave you with this, a photo of my wife, shot in Virac, Catanduanes, on Fujifilm Provia 120 film on a circa 1930s-1940s Zeiss Ikon Ikonta B 521/16 medium format folder. 

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I recently received a shipment of expired slide film from a seller in the States, and among the rolls of old Sensia and Provia I found several rolls of Photo Porst ChromeX100. I’d never yet shot with this film stock before, though I’d read many good things about it from local users. I was eager to try it out.

Loading a roll into an Olympus XA3, I took the film for a spin in and around Manila, Lemery and Taal. Below are some of the results.

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Sky over Taal

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Sidewalk Nap

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Ex-house

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Leggy Wife

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School Zone

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Intramuros Skate Park

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Inside Orale!

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Mother and Child

 Not bad for film that expired in 2003, no?

When you analyze the photos in Photoshop, you’ll see that the age of the film has caused it to lose image data from the low end of the red channel and high end of blue, resulting in the distinct color tint  you see in the photos. There’s almost a Mello Yello-Mountain Dew quality to the shots.

I tried to find out more about the film but didn’t learn much more. It was sold and distributed by Photo Porst, Germany’s largest camera retailer at one point but is sure to be a rebadged film stock from Japan. Some folks say it’s Fuji Sensia under all that Deutsche-ness. I can’t tell. What I can tell is that I have only two rolls left.

Gotta make those count.

For the full set of photos, go to the Travelomo Facebook page.

What a busy, crazy month its been since I wrote about wanting to post photography fundamentals here on Travelomo.com. Sorry if I’ve kept you waiting, but here we go. I’d like to start out this series with a topic that befuddles many beginners: exposure.

Details in both shadow and highlight make this a properly exposed photo

Definition of Exposure

So, what is exposure? The definition of exposure, according to Wikipedia, is “the total amount of light allowed to fall on the photographic medium  during the process of taking a photograph.” In simpler words, it’s the amount of light that hits your film to produce an image.

Three variables determine a photograph’s exposure. The first is aperture (which is just another word for “opening”). The second is shutter speed (the amount of time your camera lets in light). The third is ISO (the sensitivity of your film to light). The first two variables regulate the amount of light that enters a camera. The third determines how much light is needed to burn an image onto the recording medium (the higher the ISO, the less light needed for a shot). Understanding the relationship among these three variables is fundamental to our understanding of what exposure is and how to control it.

The Drinking Glass Analogy

The Drinking Glass Analogy

There are several analogies used to illustrate this relationship, but my favorite is the one that uses a drinking glass, a faucet and some water.  You can actually go and do this in real life, just to drive the point in.

The drinking glass represents a blank frame of film, while the water represents light. In order to create a photo, you have to fill that glass up by opening the tap and letting the water flow. Now, you can open the tap just a little bit to let the water drip out slowly. Or, you can open it wide to fill that glass up fast. The tap represents your first control, aperture. The second control is shutter speed, which is represented by the time you keep the faucet running. The third variable, ISO, is represented by the size of your glass. If ISO 50 is a huge Slurpee cup, ISO 800 is a shot glass. (more…)

Lomography's Candy-Colored Cameras

Following the launch of the four-edition La Sardina wide angle tin can cameras, the Lomographic Society has just released its Sprocket Rocket Superpop editions. Available in lemon yellow, cornflower blue, day-glo orange and gang green, the Superpops join the basic black and the special edition white Sprocket Rockets.

While I prefer my cameras not to scream “Steal me!” or “I’m a fuckin’ hipster,” I can understand the appeal, as these are marketed to younger kids who want to try their hand at experimenting with film. The Sprocket Rocket, as you might know, is a wide angle 35mm film camera which is designed for multiple exposure, its two spools capable of forward or reverse winding. As the name implies, it exposes the entire area of your frame, including the sprocket holes.

It is also known as the Bane of One-Hour Photo Labs Everywhere.

Remember my Konica C35 EF from a few posts back? I had the camera cleaned and its flash capacitor replaced last week and am quite satisfied with the results. Seems this old boy still has some legs. Here are a few test shots, but one of these days I’ll get around to using it for a project. One of these days, yeah right.

Friendly Neighborhood Gulag

Friendly Neighborhood Gulag

Friendly Neighborhood Gulag

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Well, hello there.

After a series of hints and teasers, Lomography has finally unveiled their latest star performer, the LC-Wide, sending Lomo fans into epileptic shocks of lust.

I’m not sure who broke the news first, whether it was Gizmodo or Lomo UK, but Lomo’s US official launch event is still a few hours away, poor saps.

I won’t get into detail here, just follow the links above to get the skinny, but in short, the LC-Wide is a wide angle and multi aspect ratio (full frame, half frame, square frame) film camera that makes me rethink my camera budger for the year. Much as I don’t really buy this whole Lomography lifestyle hype (despite my blog’s name), I do feel that this is one product of theirs that I’d spend a premium on.

Look at the time. 2010 is almost over, and it’s been a good year for me, not just in my personal and professional life but also in this photography hobby of mine. I was able to travel to the United States and stay there for a month, shooting as we went crisscrossing the country. I was able to shoot the Great Wall of China and Beijing’s Forbidden City.  For Christmas, I gave out framed prints, which were very well-received by my immediate family. And, I was able to acquire some very choice pieces of vintage gear.

The first one I mentioned last post: an Olympus PEN D2. I’ve been shooting with it for some time now and I can say that it is one really sweet shooter. It took a while to get used to focusing with the lever but after a few days, I could guesstimate focus fast like the best of them. Still haven’t taken it to my technician so I don’t know if the meter can still be revived, but that’s a minor niggle – I’m seldom without a handheld meter anyway.

This morning I was able to take some digital shots of the camera, just to give readers a closeup look at this cool piece of kit. Here they are, with more after the jump.

The CdS meter may be dead but at least I can go ahead and shoot manually.

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