Tag: Street Snap

Manila City Scanner 001

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Country: Philippines
City: Manila
Camera: Ricoh GR

I went on a 4 days business trip in Manila. I took some time wandering in the Taguig city area with my Ricoh GR to do some night photography. At first I was just walking around the Market Market area but then I found this amazing bus station fulll of the signature “Jeepney” public transport in Manila. So I spent almost an hour in this station trying to capture and get to know more about this place.

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AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 400

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Name: AgfaPhoto Vista Plus

ISO: 400

Film type: Colour Negative

Character: Sensitive to red colour, saturation is high

 

Brief Summary

ISO 400 is the perfect box speed to shoot under different conditions. Since my beloved Kodak Super Gold 400 has already been discontinued. I need to find a replacement for it. I tried Kodak Portra 400 but we didn’t really work out. I always have the impression that the Agfa Vista 400 is cheap with low quality reflected on its price tag. But I was totally wrong to have this impression to it. Why? Let me explain with the follow points.

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Sharp colour and fair sharpness

“RED” is the first impression of Agfa Vista, at the same time it is the signature. It has great skin tone reproduction which I am quite surprised. I love how it can enhance my presentation on street snaps. When I do photo walk in Hong Kong, I always wanted to bring up colour as one of the key matter in my content. Agfa Vista 400 helps me a lot with bringing up the sharp colour rendering. Also, it is great to use under different weather as other film cannot really bring up the right mood when the weather is bad. And normally I will just shoot with black and white film immediately when I knew it is going to rain on that day. Frankly speaking, I like it more than X-tra 400 or Superia Premium 400 because it doesn’t has the Fuji green tint. I like it presented in warmer tone like the Kodak film and it is cheap in price. Sharpness is fair, not so sharp compare with Kodak Portra 400 but you couldn’t ask for more with such price.

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Grain

Even though they stated it has fine-grain structure on their website. But I think their grain formation is a bit coarse. When you compare other film with ISO400. Agfa’s grain is less appealing. I find Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and Portra 400 are much better in grain structure with more consistent and smooth grain particles.

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Why do I prefer Agfa Vista 400 than Kodak Portra 400, Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and X-tra 400?

Based on my experience of using these films. The main reason I love Agfa is that it has wide exposure latitude that makes me achieving consistent result under different lighting environment. Whether it is sunny or cloudy, it maintains great grey balance. However, for Fujifilm Superia Premium 400 and X-tra 400, when you use it on cloudy day and lack of sunlight, the mood will be more depressed. So I would describe Agfa Vista as a happy film, it absorbs colour and present it in high saturation. On the other hand, the thing that I like Agfa Vista more than Kodak Portra 400 is that I can get better tone in various environment, such as landscape, portrait even though the grain is not as fine as Portra 400. But all these characteristics shape the Agfa Vista 400 to be an all -rounded film.

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Agra City Scanner 001

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Country: India
City: Agra
Camera: Fujifilm XE-1
Len: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 v2

A day trip to Agra, visited Tajmahal and Agra fort. Weather was so nice and Taj is absolutely stunning. It was like a movie scene, everything was kept like in the old days and nothing has changed except hundreds of tuktuk in that area. Horse cart, dress code and peoples’ facial expression are all blended in nicely.

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Chandigarh City Scanner 001

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Country: India
City: Chardigarh
Camera: Fujifilm XE-1
Len: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 v2

I travelled to Chardigarh for a business trip and spent only 2 days here. They brought me to Rock Garden which is similar to Park Quell in Barcelona. And also I followed them to two temples and took some pictures of the local people. Surprisingly all of them are so friendly to me.

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father-and-son-posing-outside-temple-in-Una-India-fuji-fujifilm-xe1-35mm-portrait-city-scanner-cities-snapLike father like son
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The temple provides free food and they asked if I would like to stay there for dinner. After playing around with the children I headed back to hotel. It is certainly an unforgettable experience for me and totally different from what I thought.

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Ella City Scanner 002

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Country: Sri Lanka
City: Ella
Camera: Sony A7II and Ricoh GR
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH

I spent two days in Ella in total. Originally planned to visit Lipton seats and other places near Ella, but due to the heavy rain, I stayed in town and revisited the Nine Arches Bridge and walked around the local suburb.

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lady-same-train-to-ella-from-nuwara-eliya-vibrant-colour-school-break-finish-sku-local-shops-chatting-togetherStudents are standing in front of stores near hostel
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baby-cat-with-snacks-ella-sri-lanka-local-snack-storeTook pictures for the store owner with her baby cat (Sony A7II with Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)
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After having a late lunch in the restaurant, weather was bad and started raining again. So I quickly rushed to the Nine Arches Bridge. Luckily the train was delayed and I got myself a seat and chat with other visitors and wait for the train to arrive.

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waiting-for-the-train-pass-through-nine-arch-bridge-famous-attraction-ella-sri-lankaTop view of Nine Arches Bridge, Raining (left) After Rain (right). Taken with Ricoh GR
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nine-arch-bridge-train-crossing-the-place-under-rain-long-wait-delay-ella-sri-lankaTrain passing through the bridge (Taken with Ricoh GR)
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school-children-finish-walk-under-rain-to-home-muddy-road-heavy-rain-ella-sri-lankaChildren were walking back home under rain (Taken with Ricoh GR)
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kind-man-let-me-stay-there-until-rain-stop-garage-car-repairer-ella-sri-lankaVery kind man letting me stay in the shades under heavy rain (Taken with Ricoh GR)
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I went back to hostel earlier than usual. Spent some time alone and had dinner with other backpackers. The dinner was delicious and prepared by our hostel owner. The next day I headed to Tissamaharama for Safari and cycling around the city.

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walking-alone-back-hostel-before-heavy-thunderstorm-misty-mist-mysterious-scary-black-and-whitekind of pooky when there is no sunshine and under heavy rain (Taken with Ricoh GR)

Hong Kong Night Tide 001

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City: Hong Kong
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH
Film: CineStill 800T Tungsten

After the heavy rain is always the best time to take your camera out and go for a walk in Hong Kong. City Night Tide is fabulous with different neon lights in the most condensed District – Mong Kok (All images were taken with CineStill 800 Tungsten pushed to ISO2400) For detail of this film, you may refer to CineStill 800T

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