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Why Film?

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I was suppose to finish this post before I left for Hanoi but I got caught up with all the packing and last minute preparation work. I’m back from Hanoi and it was yet another amazing and challenging trip. Look out for the photographs soon!

I saw a friend on facebook asking why film and I thought I should write about my own reasons for shooting film. I wrote an article on travel photography for ubersnap.com (launching soon) recently and surprisingly 2 out of the 3 key photographs that I chose were taken on film.

Why film?

The choice of digital/film medium, large/medium/35mm format, camera and lenses are merely tools a photographer uses to create his images. My reluctance to give up film is simply because I cannot replicate what I get from film with digital in terms of the colours and the 3D effect. A film image is distinctively different from a digital image and hopefully someday digital technology can replicate what I can get on film before film dies out.

Another key reason for shooting film is the deeper appreciation for each image as compared to digital. From the process of loading the film, making the exposure and finally developing the film, there are many areas where it can go wrong resulting in the loss of the image. Everytime I receive the negatives back from the lab or seeing them for the first time out of the developing tank, there is a great sense of appreciation of how much has gone through in order to create that particular image.

For those who love film, do check out this great article by Nelson at Why I (Still) Love Shooting Film

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Bloodscapes

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It’s officially a year since the first post marks the start of this journey of this website. Looking back how it was like in the begining, the profile picture is still unchanged, but the camera and lens have all moved on. I’m getting older in age and the portfolio link has not been updated at all. A total of 56 posts and a total of 2473 unique visitors from 48 different countries have visited my website but I wonder how many people were inspired by my photographs. I feel I have so much more to learn and to improve on my photography, so much more that I need to know in terms of technical knowledge and even more so to train my photographic eye and to see creatively. It seems like I been so long on this journey already yet it seems I am only still at the tip of the iceberg with regards to my photography skills and knowledge.

I was told that the only guarantee for failure is not trying at all. In landscape photography, it’s a numbers game, some days you get a good sunrise/sunset and some days you wont get any good sunrise/sunset. The only thing that I can do is just to keep going and showing up to shoot and see what I’ll get in the end. You just got to keep trying and I always believe that I will get rewarded in the end so I kept trying no matter what. I thought it was not going to be a good sunset as the sky looked dull on 5th May. My journey to Punggol Beach took much longer than expected and I wanted to switch to a nearer location, thankfully I did not as I thought I should just give it a try anyway since Punggol Beach is a new location for me. It was already sunset when I reach and I was in a haste to setup before the light dies off.
And out of nowhere, the sky lit up, burning almost the entire sky, burning red. It was an amazing sight which totally caught me by surprise. A pleasant surprise indeed. I’m glad that i followed through with my plan to go punggol beach after all. I wished I had done better with the composition though, was about knee deep in water and decided not to change my tripod position as I was afraid the light will die off anytime. The burning red sky lasted for less than 5 minutes and it went away as quickly as it came.
This post is title bloodscapes because I literally shed blood for this. Pure recklessness on my part, went in barefoot and assuming that the beach was safe, as it became dark and I was walking back to shore my feet were just feeling their way back and I stepped on some pretty sharp rocks and got multiple cuts trying to get a gripe on my balance. Finally reached the shore with bloodstains on the sand and it was super painful. It was quite a walk back to the nearest toilet to wash my wounds. In a way Punggol Beach made my first experience there highly unforgettable. Definitely will wear my shoes into water no matter where I go next time. Lesson learnt: There are more important things than keeping my shoes dry.

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7th Ngee Ann Photographic Exhibition

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As I approached the one year mark since the first official post of this photoblog on 8th May 2011, I am truly thankful for all the wonderful opportunities that have come my way and also all the people who have a play a part in helping me to where I’m am today. I am extremely honoured to share with you guys another piece of good news. Two of my photographs have been selected and are currently exhibited at the 7th Ngee Ann Photographic Exhibition 2012. The exhibition is open from 26th April till 7th May, 11am to 7pm daily at 97 Tank Road Teochew Building (Main Exhibition Hall) S(238066) with many other amazing photographic works from other accomplished and talented photographers. Do drop by to check out the exhibition if you are free! My photographs will be made available for sale as well through the exhibition and this is limited to a single print and I will not make any more prints of this two photographs for sale in future. You can get in touch with me at ken@kenchuaphoto.com if you wish to enquire more details with regards to the sale of the prints.

Finally went done to see my prints in person on sunday as I wanted to make sure everything was nicely in place before I share about this. The whole process took quite a while, I submitted four photographs and the above two are the ones that got selected. Making the prints was harder than I thought as I went to a well renowned printer but I was not pleased with the print and I had to make another reprint at another shop before I got a print that I was satisfied with. The whole process of this exhibition had me making three trips to Teochew Building and another four trips on different occasions to get my photographs printed. After looking at my exhibited print, I wished that I choose a larger size of 12 x 18 instead of the 10 x 15 as it looked kinda small when placed in the big frame. The exhibition was lovely and the many other photographic works were inspiring as well which gave many insights and things to learn about from. I will definitely strive to get better works exhibited next year and hopefully find buyers who are interested in buying my prints.

I’ve seen a influx of visitors to my website recently but I don’t know who you are, so if you like to get in touch or just say hi to me do drop me an email to ken@kenchuaphoto.com as I will really like to get to know more about the people that visits my website. I promise I wont bite 😉