Western District Public Cargo Pier / 西區公眾貨物裝卸區

I don’t know why one would name a place after a social media. Who is that stupid person? I want to find them and shoot them in the face… with my camera. It is called “Western District Public Cargo Pier” after all.

Shot with Nikon FE2 on Ferrania P30, developed in Kodak HC-110B

#FilmFeb 2018

#FilmFeb is a twitter conversation initiated by Jason Avery, every day in February 2018 a new film photography-related question is posted. I thought it would be a great idea to put all my answers in this post. It will be updated throughout the month.

1) What are your top 3 goals with film for 2018?
  • create a dedicated darkroom/printing space at home (current one is a makeshift space on a small desk, it is also my bedroom)
  • try out cotton rag photo paper
  • develop E6 slide film at home
2) What film are you excited about using the most?

Rollei Infrared 4×5

3) One camera, one film, one film; which three would you choose?
  • Camera: Mamiya RB67
  • Film: Ilford HP5+
  • Location: Amadiya (Amedi) in Iraqi Kurdistan
4) Any tips for first time developers?
  • bring scissors into the changing bag
  • label your chemicals
  • chemical/temperature measurements can be approximate (b&w)

Inevitably you will mess up, just remember you are not alone, like I did with the above ones. Have fun!

5) What’s your favourite instant film & why?

Fujifilm FP-3000B – it is pure magic. On the other hand I can’t wait to (save some money) and shoot some 8×10 Polaroids!

6) Do you use the zone system? Any tips?

No, as I mainly shoot 35mm and medium format, incorporating zone system might be too much. It is more feasible when shooting large format. I will look into it when I shoot LF!

7) What cameras are on your 2018 wish list?
  • Nikon S3
  • Pentacon Six
  • Graflex Speed Graphic 4×5

Very ambitious I would say, but you gotta think big!

8) Light meter or spot? Why?

Light meter because I don’t have a spot meter. I use in-camera / phone light meters.

9) Do you have camera conventions in your area?

Not that I know of, though I don’t actively reach out to/search for conventions. There is the camera gear market, it is gear-centric though. Wish there were more film camera communities and photo clubs here.

10) Would you give a camera to a friend to get them started in photography?

Yes, disposable film cameras, they are a casual and fun way to start photography. Olympus OM / Nikon FE(2) would be the serious choice.

11) Share your best image from 2017

I don’t usually pick the best images from a year but discovering wet markets in Bangkok is the most memorable.

12) Are you trying a new format for 2018?

Yes, I have barely shot a few sheets of 4×5, but I am gonna shoot 8×10 this year. Hopefully!

13) Are you film only or you have digital too?

Film only!

14) Do you have a darkroom or plans to build one?

Whenever I need to print, I clean up my desk first. I plan to make it a dedicated space this year. Here is a photo when not in use.

15) Recommend a fabulous photography shop.

I really want to recommend a local shop in Hong Kong but I can’t. Mine goes to KHB Photografix in Canada. They are specialized in enlargers/accessories and I got my Omega from them. A lot of info on their site! http://www.khbphotografix.com/

16) What is the weirdest thing you have ever photographed?

My great-uncle’s funeral, it was quite different and weird.

17) Top 5 Films
  • Fujifilm Velvia 50
  • Fujifilm Acros 100
  • Kodak Ektar
  • Ilford HP5+
  • Ferrania P30
18) Have you built your own camera?

No. I would probably make some pinholes out of shoeboxes and cans, but really I can’t be bothered

19) Have you ever used chromogenic film?

I have shot 1 or 2 rolls of XP2 and didn’t like it.

20) What style of photography would push you out of your comfort zone?

Fashion and wildlife, both I have never done.

21) What film developing chemicals do you recommend and why?

I recommend HC-110 as a general purpose developer. HC-110, T-MAX, Rollei Rodinal are the only ones I have used; I have not tried enough developers to make more intelligent advice.

22) Who would you spend a day shooting with?

Sebastião Salgado or Ted Forbes, both of them are very passionate about educating the next generation. I can probably learn a lot by just talking to them.

Darkroom Notes – Russian A125 Black and White Film

A while back I found this A125 black and white negative film from Russia, bought 10 rolls of them.

As far as I can gather, it is developed and made in Russia, and bulk-loaded in Kodak film canister. It is not DX coded as the sticker cover the original DX codes on the Kodak canister.

It is recommended by the shop to develop this film in D-76 1+1 for 15 mins. While I only have HC-110 and R09, I did some research on the massive dev chart and translated the developing time to the following:

  • 10 minutes for HC-110B
  • 12 minutes for R09 1+25  (I have not tried it yet)

The grain is not very fine for a 125 film, but it is not ugly nor distracting. It performs pretty well on the streets. Here are some photos developed in HC-110.

Pushing this film is no problem, the grain is definitely more present in midtones and shadows, which is to expected. The contrast is not noticeably higher than when shot at ISO 125.

Here are some photos shot at ISO500 and pushed 2 stops, developed with HC-110B for 22 minutes.

From the result you can get, the price of this film is fair, if you don’t count the shipping fee. I will certainly buy more from them, and they offer another original black and white film: Type-D 200, I need to check it out.

Unboxing Silberra Films!

After the indiegogo campaign, Silberra Film from Russia finally delivered the first batch of perks! Specifically the PAN200 and ULTIMA200 black and white films. I did a janky unboxing video…

As an avid film photographer, I am always excited for any new films in the market! One interesting point to note is the film canisters do not have DX codes. I recall Silberra has done a poll on twitter asking people whether DX code is important, I guess most of the photographers don’t really care.

I sure hope Silberra will go into full mass production soon. For now I have 2 rolls waiting for me to shoot.

After shooting the 2 rolls, I will probably do another video showing my shooting, developing process and of course the photos!

Green Hub / 綠匯學苑

Green Hub was originally the Old Tai Po Police Station, built in 1899. It was then re-purposed by Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden. Today it is a place promoting local organic farming, vegetarian and history showcase of Tai Po Police Station.

Shot with Nikon FE2 on Washi S, developed in Kodak HC-110B.

Man Mo Temple, Tai Po / 太和市文武二帝廟

Shot with Konica 現場監督28HG on Fujicolor Natura 1600

More info:
Man Mo Temple, Tai Po – Declared Monuments

Kuk Po / 谷埔

Kuk Po is not far away from the north eastern corner of Hong Kong, along the shore of Starling Inlet. It is only accessible by boat or an hour walk from Luk Keng. Most villagers moved out because of the inaccessibility, left with only charm and food stalls serving casual hikers.

Shot with Mamiya M645 1000 on Cinestill 50D