Last week I did some happy go lucky shots in Fitzroy with the cheerful Ara. These place is such a perfect hobo setting <3 We saw an abandoned supermarket cart and stole it for our impromptu series. Like the results so much! We also go to the vintage clothes store around Fitzroy. Have never really dig into them before, but hey, they really do have some serious bargain going on. I got myself a blue denim jacket from Design a Space. I tell you, they are worth checking out. Anyway, some inspiration surge keep coming lately. I really really want to do a hobo themed photoshoot soon. With the long beaded necklaces, headpiece and face paint... omg let's do it! Anyone keen to join? ;)
Hey, how y'all doing? This coming week is going to be busy as hell with the pre-mid semester horror lingering. But before all that coming, I'm gonna share my first film roll as I promised a few weeks ago. I shot them with Agfa Vista 200. Frankly, my first roll looks pretty bad, if not very, haha. Not sure how people do with their first rolls, but acquisition from digital to film is harder than I thought, even with a point and shoot camera. Perhaps even, point and shoot is harder for me, because when I shoot with my friend's Nikon, I don't produce much shaky and fuzzy results. In this first roll, among 80% is blurred in the wrong part or sadly shaky. But yeah, I learned so much about this camera. There are so many aspects to consider because there is more limitations, like unable to change the ISO and shutter speed, two things that I rely on the most. I realized once again that I have A LOT to learn about photography. But hey, the challenges are what make it so interesting, and addictive. Hope you enjoy this few 'acceptable' shots of my beloved Cloudy Melbourne, and feel free to give critic. Hopefully I don't burn too much money on film after this.
PS: there's a camera market in Abbotsford Convent this Sunday 21 August at 10 AM. Perhaps not the cheapest, but maybe worth checking for the curious?
This following post is kinda personal, I hope you don't mind. I have thought to write this post through this past year, but only now I find the courage to do it.
For a long long time (specifically 12 years), I've been holding back to tell people that I am suffering from hearing loss. I feel that I owe it to myself to be able to confidently say that: yes, I have hearing problem and I am okay with it. The reason why I have kept quiet for so long is because I'm afraid that once I exposed myself, I will be even more vulnerable to rejections, or heartbreaks. However, I've come to learn that the worst rejection can only come from myself. It is part of my selfishness that I want to feel free and open about this hearing loss, instead of frequently dealing with my insecurities. Before I can talk about this openly, I feel that I am tied to an imaginary ropes, holding back myself from things that I want to achieve.
Just so you know, I am not born with it. It started when I was 9 y.o. and has gradually worsen ever since. I've tried all kinds of methods of survival so I can still study in normal school, even go to university. I wear hearing aids, although they don't completely solve my problems. I learn to lip read. I asked for a note taker at lectures so I don't miss out the information.
It has created impacts my social life in some ways. I consider myself quite easy going and I am lucky enough to have a bunch of great friends who likes me no matter how weird I can get. But people are not always nice about it, especially when I was in high school, and they just don't understand why sometimes I can't hear what they say or respond when I'm called (Some guy even thought that I have a focus problem. Guaranteed you, it's not the case. Lol). Some people talked about me behind my back. I don't blame them, I think it's normal. Probably I'd do the same thing if I am not the one who experienced it.
Processing to uni, it can be more lonely sometimes, because I study abroad, and lip reading a non-native language is INCREDIBLY hard. I increasingly dislike going out in big groups because trying to lipread 10 people at once is not only impossible, but makes my neck hurts. I can't phone people, because my hearing don't allow me to. I'm afraid to go to high noise level places like bars and clubs, because I don't want to lose more. As a young girl who just wants to live my life fully, this is extremely tough.
I know that I am not alone in this, so I want to spread my perspective, as someone who has had hearing loss. I just hope you can understand better what people like me are dealing with everyday.
My hearing loss is profound, so I cannot even hear my alarm buzz. In not-so-important days I take off my hearing aids during sleep, but if I don't want to miss out work or class, I would wear them to sleep.
Buying food or coffee is a ridiculously easy task, but for me, it has made some unforgettable embarrassing moments because I misheard what the cashier/ waitress/ waiter said. For example, when I was ordering Boost, I once misheard that the guy is asking me for a fist bump (when he was actually asking for my name). You guess it, I give him my fist confusedly and he looks extremely horrified. This is real.
Lecture is a hell on earth for me. It is a 4 hours long talk in which every word coming from the lecturer is impossible to absorb. I tackled this by hiring a notetaker (free from RMIT. yay!) and doing some other things while she takes notes for me, like reading books or important stuffs such as checking Facebook.
Going out with friends
I prefer to go out with one to three people because I feel tired trying to adjusting myself in big groups. As a consequence of hearing loss (and architecture school), I have accustomed myself find joy in the solitude of eating alone too. I have good days, where I can hear better, perhaps influenced by the surrounding too. But in some other days I have no idea what are you laughing at or what gossips you all talked about. It's hard to not feel as a burden when you have to ask people to repeat what they say a lot lot lot of times, but what can I do?
What can I say. Thank God for live captioning. And thank God for Subtitles. My dream is all video in youtube and the movies in cinema have a freaking subtitles.
Not sure if you can call it "calling". Usually it includes me ranting about what I want to say, and then asking them to text back because sorry, I just can't hear you. Thank God for Skype tho. It's still possible for me to call when I can see the face of the person on the other end.
I think you got the idea. That's a short glimpse to how a day with hearing loss feels like. If you ever meet me and wonder why I answer your question with a whole different set of answer, now you know why. I hope that as you now know that solving hearing problem is not as easy as wearing glasses to minus eyes, you can grow an understanding and patience for all of your friends who are dealing with hearing loss.
To sum up, I want to quote Marlee Matlin, a deaf actress who has showed me how to be brave in embracing my obstacles. She said:
"Who said I have limitations? I can do ANYTHING except hear. Yes, I can't be singer, or a telephone operator, or piano tuner but there's a whole heck in life I can do. Why dwell on my perceived 'disability' or 'limitations' when I can show them that life is full of possibilities for everyone."
Thanks for reading! It means a lot for me.
If you open my instagram or snapchat lately, you will know that I'm currently kinda crazy about film photography. I've spent days and night googling through articles about film cameras, looking at the film results in tumblr, and stalking people in Australian Film Photographers facebook club for some weeks now. Before you call me obsessed, I have been interested at shooting film for years, but my parents had always turned me down on it. They always look at me in horror each time I'm asking for money to buy $400 20 years old analog camera which I don't even know working or not! So now in 21 years old of age, I am finally, confidently, taking a big big step by getting a Contax T2 (Oh yeah).
Probably among you guys, many are interested to start shoot film instead of digital. So I want to share from my personal experiences, how to take your first baby steps on film. Let's roll!
1. Choose the right gear for you. It must be a camera that you know you'll love. You have to have butterflies in your stomach when you look at it, or whatever.
There are so many options to choose, yet for a beginner, this can be super intimidating.
I think, a classic SLR like Nikon F3, Canon AE-1, Olympus OM-2 or Minolta SRT 101 are great options. They are super easy to use, produce great quality images and they are perfect for learning! So as either one is good, don't contemplate too much!!! Just find one that is working and grab it!
I choose Contax T2 as my first film camera because I just love point and shoot camera. It's a perfect cam for street photography because it's so silent and small. It goes nearly undetected by your subject and easy to bring everywhere. Plus point, it looks super duper cute on girls.. (lame reason I know)
Bargain Guide: For Canon AE-1, you can find one in Very Good condition as cheap as 150 AUD, while Nikon F3 body + Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens can be bought from 230 AUD. That price is quite a bargain tho. It should not cost you more than 400 AUD, except if you are looking to get something in mint or limited edition condition. Finding cheap stuffs is a skill itself, which I will tell you in the following chapters.
2. Join local film photography club in Facebook
I joined Australian Film Photographers club several weeks ago and I'm regretting why I didn't find this group earlier. This group ROCKS! The people are always posting their latest film frames that keep me motivated and informed. Many knowledge on good camera, lenses, and types of films can be learned just from stalking this page. Now I know what is the difference of shooting in Kodak Portra, Fujicolor, Agha Vista, etc. Every several days there will be some random strangers selling cheap films, camera, lenses, or asking for barter. It'll definitely cut the cost on your camera gear expenses and find some real bargains.
I met the guy who sold me Contax from here, and it's such a bliss! I called out in the group if someone have a mint Contax T2 and this guy appeared. If it wasn't for him, I would spend 50 to 100 more bucks on a camera with worse physical quality than what he sold me.
3. Make a watch list on ebay and watch the price for a week or so.
So if you've decided what camera you want to buy, go to ebay and start to look at the available listings. Remember. Always, always buy from seller who offer return options. We don't want any heartbreaks here. Also, always check the details.
There's fungus in the lens? Skip.
Dust? Red light, but it's okay if it doesn't affect the photo. You can clean it.
The level of appearance depends on how much you are willing to spend. If you don't get eye itch by looking at the scratch and wear marks, then go for the cheap one, as long as it is technically working. "You don't buy camera to look at it, but to use it", one camera seller said to me.
But still, hold your watch list for a week or so to see how much does people usually spend on that type of the camera. It can help you to judge better and land a bargain.
4. Go to local op shop
Sometimes you can get a point and shoot camera for as low as 5 AUD. Sick.
5. Learn the basics
Film is expensive, so you can't take each click for granted like you always do with your digital camera or smartphone.
Know how exactly shutter speed, metering, and aperture works! It seems obvious, but trust me, shooting in film is so different with digital. You ought to know how to properly use camera to be able to shoot with it. Think twice, shoot once. Always.
6. Invest in a film scanner
It's too bad that good film scanner from 2000s like Pakon is gone for good. Or you can buy the second, but it needs old Microsoft Software to operate as far as my knowledge go (I haven't researched enough on this and my IT knowledge sucks). Probably buy Epson v300 or.. maybe just scan in your school scanner. This will help you to reduce the expenses because holycow, scanning one roll of film cost freaking 10 AUD. So approximately....
15 AUD for film
10 for developing film
10 for scanning
Cost 35 dollar to shoot 36 frames. At least with scanner you can cut it down to 25.....
7. Be bold and experiment!
Photography is art not science, so just go out and take some shoot! Film photography is really exciting because you take more control in your shoots, but at the same time, it can surprise you when you see the results. Try different range of films and see what you like the most. It will come with a lot of trials and errors, but I guaranteed you, it's really worth it.
So that's it! Thanks for reading. Hope this post inspired you to go analog. I know that film is expensive, and it's not for everybody. It's not convenient, obviously. But film helps me to slow down and really think on my composition, so in some ways, I think it is more relaxing and educating than my pro digital camera. There is just great feelings I can't explain when seeing those film rolls after it gets developed. Something about nostalgia I guess. See you in next post to see my first roll results.
Sydney is really a great city, and it's very different with Melbourne. While Melbourne is more well known for its coffee tradition and hipster culture, Sydney is beachy, trendy, and synonymous to chic. The city has so many fascinating architecture projects, great museums and art galleries, plus, finding good food here requires zero effort. The suburbs are promising and they have islands that can be reached shortly with ferry. The drawback is the size itself. When you are travelling in Sydney with public transportation like the bus, metro or train, it can get a little bit frustrating. Going everywhere is far and you have to race with time when you are travelling, so make sure you manage your time well.
Ok so I will try to help you narrow down your choices if you ever want to ask me "What's the must go places in Sydney?" It is not an itinerary though, but it'll help you to plan yours. There we go!
1. A classic. Sydney Opera House
The most Sydney experience you can get in a short time. From here you can go to the Museum of Contemporary art in no time, take ferry to Manly, go to Royal Botanic Garden, or climb Sydney's Harbour Bridge.
Do more than just taking photo in front of this icon. Go inside the building and take a tour to know the great human behind the design of SOH, Jon Utzon. Eat or have some tea in the the Sidewalk Cafe. Go to one of the opera events. The history of SOH and Utzon is a tragic story. It's definitely worth knowing.
Don't wanna be mainstream? Probably see this building by Frank Gehry in The Goods Line, a must go if you are an archi nerd. The Goods Line itself can be quite fun. It connects Ultimo (China Town) and Darling Harbour by walking and cycling. Eat ribs Hurricane's Grill in Darling Harbour or Cream Puff in China Town later.
2. Lunch in The Fish Market
No one come to Sydney without paying a visit here! (Random facts: a lot of Indonesian work here. I know this because my mom is being kepo to one of the Indo worker)
3. Dessert in Black Star Pastry
The world's most instagramed cake, they said. Try something else than just the watermelon cake! I gave the salted caramel panna cotta a try and it's glorious.
4. Museum of Contemporary Art
A really cool place for contemporary art lover. G o h e r e.
Skateboarder utopia, eternal sunshine, and the famous bondi iceberg. Call yourself lucky if you can immerse yourself in Bondi lifestyle, even for just a day.
6. Dinner in Munich Brauhaus
Previously called Lowenbrau Keller. I always visit this restaurant each time I come to Sydney. Must try the Pork Knuckle and the apple strudle. I just find out last week that they are open in Melbourne now! I must say I'm not disappointed with their recent rebranding and renovation because the place is now feels more modern and trendy, but the much loved Bavarian style is still there and going strong. Their fun musicians always liven up the night and pull some drinking games for the customers. It's very authentic and I haven't find such experience anywhere else in Aussie.
Going to Sydney with family can be a real challenge.. especially because my family always opt Chinese food over Australian brunch. After a lot of disagreement over restaurant selection.. I kinda give up trying to take them to places because they simply not into it. So, this time I decided to separate from the bunch with one of my sister to finally, FINALLY try this famous brunch place. They seriously miss out because this place is so much more than just a cafe. It is a charming combination of cafe, bakery, garden, and urban farm. It transform the old factory into a rustic wonderland. You just have to come here, even if you don't like brunch!! I feel like a little Disney princess again in this place.
Inside of the Grounds, bakery carts and small cafes are sprawling just like in a farmer's market. Living up to its urban farm concept, there are a vegetable garden, rustic flower shop, and animal shed complete with chicks and its pig mascot Kevin the Bacon. The newest addition to The Grounds is The Potting Shed, located in front of the fountain. It looks more secretive behind the hanging plant pots, which makes it a great choice for private party/ dining events.
I make an amateur mistake to arrive quite late, around noon and it's unsurprisingly crowded. It's like a house party full of children and couples! I suggest you to come early so you can take as long as you want to pose in one spot. I have to wait for an hour to get a table, but it's not a problem because we can wander in the gardens first. Although I'm annoyed with this crazy crowd (taking photo without people in the background become extremely hard!), everybody seems to have their happy ever after here. They understand really well what people like. And boy, they know that a lot of their visitors are photo junkie like me, cause they install an automatic photo printer that prints you photo once you upload it to instagram with their hashtag #groundsgram.
I order a Bonsoy Cappucino, Chef's Breakkie Pan and South Australian's Smoked Salmon. The menu is humble and hearty, you will definitely won't leave hungry. Although it's delicious, if you are looking for a more unique food selection, The Grounds is not my first choice. However, as I said, the atmosphere is very pleasant and it make the food tastes better!
A few days ago I finally booked a proper photo studio to get some shot of my friend Karina. We didn't have much time to prepare clothes and props so we ended up bring everything we have in three big bags to the studio. Beside of the brief internship in NPM studio last month, I have never ever shot in studio before, because um, the whole lighting thing used to weird me out haha. But while doing this the 'why didn't I do this before!' came to me for real. Oh well, better late than never, right?
I hope you guys like these photos! Critics and comments are always welcomed
Outerwear from HnM Guys. Lip by NYX soft matte lip cream.
Loving that necklace as a headpiece <3
Off Shoulder Dress by Cottonink
City hustle can be exhausting sometimes, and I'm so lucky that Melbourne provides a quick escape that I can reach without getting out of town. In Tuesday, Collingwood children's farm look so different than weekends. I only met several small families or single goers, and the road is surprisingly empty. The brunch place offered humble countryside menu; we order the sweet and sticky banana bread with pecan, mushroom pie, and farmer's breakfast. The jam scone that made up 90% of my decision to come here is totally gone, though!
flower collage by anneten.nl
On a perfect sunny day like this, picnic is always a yes! With some good friends, I made my way to Daylesford to eat sandwiches and skewers over the uber calm lake. It's been a while I haven't really used my beloved camera to photograph something other than food and archi jobs as well, so I'm pretty pleased to finally make some portraits again! thanks my photo victims for being so patient when I keep slowing down the walk to action the snap button. Anyway, we headed over Macedon Ranges after finished off our business (took endless shoots around the lake) in Daylesford. There is this mysterious Hanging Rocks that is sooo good to see. Everything there is extremely photogenic. But seriously, idk if this is safe enough. the giant stones really looks hanging and stacking lightly on top of each other. however we did't think much about the 'safety issue' when we're there. We still go crazy and took pics in every corner we found, even if we have to climb the stones or stand near the cliff edge.
Ultimate stationary retail therapy
Wilkins and Kent
Photobombing every graffiti
Rose, Brunswick and Gertrude St
Fitzroy has definitely become one of my favourites since today. This is not my first time, but I've never realised how exciting it is. Along the way, me and Cici can't help to stop so often and take tons of photos, because the houses, walls, graffiti, and all the little things of Fitzroy can never get us bored.
Among the many chic cafe in Fitz, we decided to try Industry Beans, because it won an impressive Australia's Best Cafe and Restaurant Design Award last year. It is quite crowded when we come, but the overall atmosphere is very laid back. Around Rose Street there is few other brunch spot such as Breakfast Thieves (which I tried just the day before) and Young Blood (There is Rose St Market there every Sat and Sun).
For the foods, I enjoy the Say ABCD and The Legend of Breakfast Thieves more than Industry Beans' Wild Mushroom and Avocado Mash. But, Industry Beans definitely won my heart by the amazing attention they have to the details (oh I luurve their teapot and salt+pepper shakers), the perfect service, and their amazing selection of single origin coffee.