Only 1 week left of me living in Sydney, it’s a little unreal to imagine right now, many things i’ll miss but it’s all for the best hopefully.
September 26, 2011
September 24, 2011
Got back from Thailand last week where I was truly amazed by the photo opportunities over there, and people are so friendly and generally like having their photo taken. Sydney street life seems bare in comparison, in Phuket and Bangkok I refused to be without my camera at any moment and had to literally purchase new batteries whilst there to be able to achieve this. Walking out the door you were greeted by many street vendors doing various tasks, it was dream like for street photos. I even bought a tripod there to take advantage of some night street work with it, something new that I haven’t tried and worked really well, I managed to get some great shots at night though i’d loved to have more practise at this and it works best with the street packed full of people that no one seems to pay attention.
Lets just say it was amazing, I seriously would advise anyone in the vicinity of Thailand who is looking for somewhere to enjoy a great holiday and get some street stuff done to go there. I went to Vanuatu a few months back which was almost polar opposite with looks of suspicion (same here in Sydney), whereas point the camera at someone in Thailand an they either didn’t notice or beamed a smile or the peace sign, very relaxing attitude.
Well after all that, this is from Sydney, it’s going to take me a while to look through the 36 gig I took..
Edit: Here’s another photo, taken in Australia.
September 2, 2011
At a Bondi Pharmacy a customer waits for their order to be served.
I finally got my Canonet GIII ql17 rangefinder back from being serviced, I bought it off e-bay for quite a bit because it came with the original flash and a set of coloured filters and promised to work. As someone who often believes you get what you pay for, e-bay is tricky. I have bought 3 film cameras off it and they all have had problems, firstly I bought a Yashica Electro GSN which worked for literally 25 seconds until the focus became fully rigid, thankfully the seller took it back and apologised. Next it was my Yashica 124G which has been the best, thankfully, it had a few hickups as the light meter doesn’t really work which was promised but reading up on these they rarely do and are poor at giving correct exposure anyway. Finally got this little beauty, the Canon Canonet rangefinder from someone in the US, of course they said it worked perfectly, I paid roughly 3 times the normal price and it didn’t work one bit.. but it’s too expensive to send back and the flash and filters were nice. So I took it in to be serviced – $245, remembering the dollar is higher than the US right now and the whole thing cost me $215 including postage. But I figure it’ll be nice to get a fully working beast like this, and it’s a delight to use, i’ve squeezed off about 12 frames so far, all completely underexposed i’m sure and blurry as I try to come to terms with it. I’ve bought a range of films and can’t wait to experiment, I think I might quite like film, and 35mm is fairly cheap and easy to get processed too. I’ve already read quite a bit on pushing and pulling the film which seems to render some very nice results.
Here goes nothing.