ThroughTheLens

M.I.A February 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — saifulrizan @ 3:15 am

Sorry for not updating the blog.

I really want to, but I dont have that much time.

Right now im in a cyber cafe, just finish a 30 minutes interview with one guy from Japan. He promised to get back to me with the result in next week, but he also assure me he can’t promise if I get the job. I know.

 Next Monday I have another appointment with the offshore security. It’s a job interview.

 Ok lah, now have to take the speed boat to Menumbok, then drive for 2 hours back to KK.

 Because since Wednesday I was in KK taking course Olympic Solidarity Administrators Course (can’t confirm if that was the real name – not sure – still boatlagging)

take care everyone.

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February 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — saifulrizan @ 2:27 am

Last 17th, I thought I would have a chance to take pictures of a lion dance performed at Financial Park as part of their annual event.

 

I didn’t. I was late, and there were not much space for me and Daus. You remember Daus? The nephew I told you about sometimes ago.

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Shot this from far away

 

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Shot this from 1st floor

 

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The best I can get from that day! Sigh!!!!!

 

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Tihah looking for something.

 

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Daus having a ‘moment’ in his own style.

 

Tihah asked for the camera. She told me she want to take pictures. These pictures taken by Tihah, 5 years old.

 

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This one taken by Daus

 

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Holga 120 Flash & 135mm Film Adapter February 24, 2008

Filed under: Holga 120N — saifulrizan @ 2:44 am

Another package arrived from Hong Kong. A big grin welcomes the package – of course.

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I bought a flash and 135mm film adaptor for my Holga 120N. For a cost around USD 30 (including shipping), it’s worth it – considering there are no 120 film available in all photo shops in Labuan. My next purchase will includes a box of 120mm film.

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I like the humming sound the flash produces. The ready lamp indicates if the flash fully charged to trigger a flash – of course. It needs one AA battery to operate it.
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The Exposure table at the back is really helpful. The horizontal column shows distances in feet and meters. The vertical column specifies film speeds in ISO standard.

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The 135mm film adapter has a track set to direct the film straight. It’s useful to avoid the film from moving up and down. But I didn’t take off the rubber band to keep the film winding up straight.
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This is how it looks like.
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The package includes a back cover without the film counter window. It works to avoid lights leakage.
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According to the manual, after every shot, wind up the Film Advance Knob about 24 clicks. From what I learned on the internet, some peoples recommended 34. So, I decided to mark the wasted film to mark where about the 24 and 34 clicks ended. It doesn’t create much difference, except for the interval that might separate one picture from another.

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This is going to be fun!!!!

 

Random February 23, 2008

Filed under: Labuan,Photography — saifulrizan @ 3:13 am

I took all these pictures before the LOC gathering last 17th. Enjoy!

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I DIY MY Holga February 21, 2008

Filed under: Holga 120N,Photography — saifulrizan @ 2:55 am

When I bought the Holga, I thought 120 film is not possible to find at any shop. Hell I should do my homework first.

After looking through at some websites and blogs, I learned how to use 35mm film with this camera, provided there was some rough modification to do to your Holga if you don’t mind.

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Basically, this is how it looks like after I did some addition to the camera.

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The green tape contains cotton inside, to hold the film in place. 120 film should fit the film compartment perfectly, but not the 35mm film. So the thing should hold the film roll a little bit accurate this time.

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I wrap the upper part and the bottom part (not shown here) of the Take Up Spool with rubberbands to hold the film in place when I turn the Film Advance Knob. I learned that if I don’t do this, the film will moving up and down.

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I use part of the film box and slide it in under the take up spool to provide much needed tension when turning the Advance Knob.

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I purposely tape the Film Counter Window to prevent light leak to the film. 35mm film don’t have what the 120 film has – a sort of layer at the back with a number of it for indication purpose. Meaning, the 35mm film is so sensitive to light you have to tape the entire possible gap which would let light leak into the camera.

 

Some people would mummify their Holga.

 

Anyway, I am still waiting for the film adaptor and the flash for Holga 120N. I will have more fun with this camera soon!!!!!

 

Flower Power February 19, 2008

Filed under: Photography,Uncategorized — saifulrizan @ 2:13 am

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My first time! February 17, 2008

Filed under: Photography — saifulrizan @ 3:11 am

This is my first time taking photos for my friend, Piji on his engagement day with his fiancé, Fiza. I wasn’t convinced at first, knowing that the DSC H5 wouldn’t perform very well when the battery not charged to the fullest. Besides, I never shoot for engagement and wedding ceremony before.

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But with the current business plan I’m working on, I encourage myself to take the chance. There’s no harm trying, Plus, I can improve my public relation and communication skills through this one.

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However, this is the time when I pushed my knowledge and patient to the maximum. The themes are pink and blue. While taking pictures of everything in pink, there goes the White Balance again. Juggling with the aperture did swing my head to left and right. I was trying to get the correct exposure – when the subject is no longer in focus.

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Congratulations to Piji.

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My fault. This image doesn’t tell any story. It is simply because there was no engagement ring on sight despite the obvious gesture.

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The man should be in focus instead of the subject that appears to be sharper. Unless the subject at the front taken in full scale with the man at the back in blur – that would be something better to tell.

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My pictures compositions were not great either. Maybe I can do some cropping to the images. FYI, I set the image size to 5M (approximately the size of an A4 paper). But still I know I didn’t do well for this one.

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I remember some photographer will tell their subject to hold still and pose for the camera. Perhaps I should do that. But I want my pictures to tell the story naturally. Sometimes the subject would fake a smile, or pose awkwardly for the sake of thoughts that they will look good with that kind of pose. This is when I realize I need more than a ProSumer camera.

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However, I learnt something new today. Mingling with people on the scene would be easier if you decide not to be ‘transparent’ to everyone sight. People would react to a guy with camera very well. Besides, it’s a ceremony which fills with excitement and happiness, thus happy people on my photo would make me happier.

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I would forgive myself for the flaws on my first try. Practice makes thing better right? Besides, I got RM 50 per hour for doing this.