first foray into film [part 1]

I’ve always thought that all those old analog cameras look really cool. Like:

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A month or two ago, I randomly did some research and found out that film photography was actually still alive! So I decided to ask my grandfather about his old cameras and told him I was interested in trying film photography. He dug out a bunch of equipment from his dry box and ended up giving me his no-longer-used Canon A-1 and manual focusing 50mm f1.8 lens! I was amazed that he still had the camera’s battery (which, even more amazingly, still works) and user manual.

(Some background on the A-1: it was a very advanced SLR when it was first produced 40 years ago, eg. it’s the first SLR to have full program mode. And it’s better than the AE-1 pictured above but I guess more people like the AE-1 nowadays cos it looks more vintage.)

I went to Triple D, one of the last few film photography shops in sg, and bought two rolls of 35mm film – since I’m just trying out film photography for a bit and not sure how good my shots will turn out anyway, I chose the cheapest films. The first film that I loaded my dad helped me load into my camera is the $7 Kodak 200 Gold. It’s not expensive, but knowing that each shot costs money made me shoot very conservatively hahaha.

Ok enough backstory, here’s how my first roll of film turned out! (all photos were not edited after scanning)

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i light u light

Wow wordpress changed the new post screen again?? And it now uses the apple font hmm I like how everything looks v clean but like a bit boring/ no character leh lol. At least this posting field still uses an interesting font (got curious and went to check, it’s called Merriweather).

Anyway I went to i light at marina bay last night, it was quite nice but tiring – we walked one whole round from esplanade to MBS and back to raffles place whew. Sadly I didn’t have my camera cos I went from school :( but I guess it doesn’t really matter cos I just used my phone and the quality was surprisingly good!

(wow much minimalist, there isn’t even a button for adding media anymore lol. seems like you have to drag and drop?)

Using a different layout for fun, click to view the whole photo with captions!

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the president’s office

On 初二 my family decided to go to the istana! Apparently we went before but it’s probably really long ago so I don’t remember at all. Uh I have not much to say so here are some photos I took there

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the queue was some long snake near the entrance of the istana and it stretched all the way to outside plaza sing!! we queued for around 45min I think
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the istana gates :O
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the inside is just a huge open space! the actual istana building is further in, on the left side of the photo
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it’s like the president’s private botanic gardens haha there’s even a pond
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really nice blue sky and the flag flying in the distance!
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yay symmetry
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look at the crowd!!

Sorry the last three photos are just typical symmetrical uncreative shots haha but I still like them! We didn’t get to see inside the building cos it was near the closing time already D:

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sunset-ish haha
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there was a whole bunch of guards having some phototaking thing? then they marched off
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view from the istana x)

Overall nothing much lah haha but it’s interesting to go and see at least once!