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Indonesia in analogue
Old 09-19-2014   #1
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Indonesia in analogue

I've always carried some sort of digital, but decided to do this trip more different - take only analog cameras and a stash of film with me, both 120 and 135 rolls. I didn't want it to be the usual single-trick-poney film tour the photographers tend to do with just one or two favourite films they know throughout. In the dying age of film variation I decided to push my limit and took all sorts of films with me for experimentation: color negatives, slides, b&w and infrared and see how I would cope under very wide spectrum of analog "pressure".

I'll post most with edges to see what film I used.

Here it goes.

First stop was actually Singapore, with it's exovert and showoff layout, it's got a decent metro system though:




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Then another airy dash to Indonesian islands. Felt good flying over the equatorial Indian ocean dreamland:


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And then came Indonesia.


It's third time here already, and our choice of transport: a small motorbike to dash around the narrow mountain roads and chaotic traffic. Good thing my wife loves it too.



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The nature is beautiful:









And there's so much culture to see:







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I'm very impressed both, by your photos ( I really like the colors in the funky bottom) which are excellent and by your desire, capacity to take risks and push your limit! It's a good lesson not to forget!
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PS: you posted more photos when I was typing this, great monochromatic photos !
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Indian Ocean seascapes posess that poetic beauty:



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The negative edges are distracting.
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The negative edges are distracting.
My apologies that you don't like the pics, it's simply how I work and see my pictures presented. I reckon I'll stop from here then.
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I like your pictures but I personally find the presentation garish. I dont think you need to show off that they are film, that is apparent in the tones and the feel.

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For me the medium format shots, both colour and b&w, work best but have to agree with previous post about the film borders. Might be better just to make a note in the thread of which film was used.
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if theres no offense intended, i personally dont see any reason for the original post, especially when it was devoid of any other thought, comment or perspective. i love the presentation, am a big fan of doing the mundane differently and enjoyed the series. i hope the author will not be deterred by gratuitously nasty posts--its unfortunately the cost of doing business at a time where the mantra is 'if you have nothing good to say go ahead and blurt it out anyway'.

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if theres no offense intended, i personally dont see any reason for the comment
I can't see anything wrong with a comment like this. It's a personal opinion honestly expressed and that surely is the point of a forum such as this? How bland things would be if we were restricted only to 'good', 'great' or 'fantastic'!
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I like the raw, naturalistic 'scrapbook' feel the frames give. It reminds me of the thrill you have while flipping through an old-fashioned book you made when you were a kid.

Oh yes, as I am from Singapore, that first shot is far from our 'rush hour'. Sometimes during rush hour, you may not be able to even lift your arms for such a shot
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Margus, beautiful photos, and the way you present it with the film edge makes it unique. Please continue doing it.

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if theres no offense intended, i personally dont see any reason for the original post, especially when it was devoid of any other thought, comment or perspective. i love the presentation, am a big fan of doing the mundane differently and enjoyed the series. i hope the author will not be deterred by gratuitously nasty posts--its unfortunately the cost of doing business at a time where the mantra is 'if you have nothing good to say go ahead and blurt it out anyway'.

of course, no offense intended.
The thing about honest and accurate feedback is you need to be as forthcoming with the negative as you are with the positives....that way when tsiklonaut sees me say "I like your pictures...." hopefully he trusts that is how I really feel and not some empty compliment.
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I for one like originality. Different strokes for different folks.

With regards to the imagery - tsiklonaut, I like how you see your subjects.

Kudos, keep them coming.

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I feel like you brought me along with your trip looking at these beautiful photographs.
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QUOTE ''The thing about honest and accurate feedback is you need to be as forthcoming with the negative as you are with the positives....that way when tsiklonaut sees me say "I like your pictures...." hopefully he trusts that is how I really feel and not some empty compliment.''

i agree. however, you didnt do that. you first expressed a single one sentence negative thought. had there been some context or other thoughts expressed i probably wouldve had no reaction, nor i surmise would the author.

i look at a post like your first one and i wonder is the thought behind it that this single sentence will cause the author to question what obviously was a very considered decision? that he'll say 'wow, X person simply said he hated the presentation so i,ll change it instantly'? what effect were you trying for with that single sentence?

to me, if one wants--actually and really wants--to contribute something of value, they must go beyond simply saying 'i hate it'. to me thats a troll comment, not a meaningful constructive criticism.
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If there're at least one person who like the way I present the pictures, I guess it's reason enough to post some more.

I'm hoping those who hate it or are put off will notice it immediately and close their browser window or click back - the thread title should give one a hint on what's inside as well.

It's analogue, and I present the film material as it is and as close to analogue as I can get in the virtual world of the internet where you can't smell or touch things despite the film is real. Being in this environment in that sense the original borders and uncropped raw filmstrips visualized bring me closer to the feel of true analogue and a sense of the place seen through a film camera - a window of picture opportunity - in many levels, both artistically or technically, where all the hard work from the moment of time, composure, click, developing, scan & edit chain fuse together into a single system - the similar feel whether to look them from here or to go back to see them in my negative sleeves. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but this is how I work and how they work for me.


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Always enjoy viewing your work Margus. My favourites so far are the Portra MF, and Ijen Rising.

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Lovely colour shots. Those night shots are just great.
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I'm retired and I'm still busy. Perhaps it's because I'm slowing down and don't realize it! On the phone, visiting with a car buff friend who is now in his 90s I asked, "Howard! How is life going for you?" He immediately said, "Bill, things are so slow that by the time I get the breakfast dishes done, I'm ready to eat lunch!"

I make photos but it's the process stage I put off. I need to get charged up and get things done. When I had my business really cooking, I farmed all that out!

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Love the photos and the way they're presented with the film borders. I recently acquired a Pentax 6x7. GAS =( I can't wait to see how the negatives will turn out.
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penelokan?
If you mean the one on Bali? No, this is Bromo, East-Java island.

The one you mean is probably behind this (for someone's happyness, those two shots w/o borders - it's on Rollei ORT25 orthochromatic film):

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I simply adore simple people with a good will, not that I hate the rich, but there's something special about the former. A javanese lady who made me some decent home brewed Java coffee. Fortunately or unfortunately I only got a lo-fi shot from her, and I hoped to return this printed picture to her someday...

The red line's from a messed up roll of Kodak Aerochrome by the Fuji GA645i infrared film-spacing sensor (which of course is registered by an infrared film!). Oh why o why Fuji engineers had to put the infrared sensor in the centre, and not into the corner. I should have known better! I guess we live and learn - the GA645i is a fantastic camera, but it's NOT a camera for infrared films.





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Love the photos and the way they're presented with the film borders. I recently acquired a Pentax 6x7. GAS =( I can't wait to see how the negatives will turn out.
Thank you! You'll love the P67.

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I'm loving these shots. I don't care how you present them I think they are just superb, Pentax 67 right…?!

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I'm loving these shots. I don't care how you present them I think they are just superb, Pentax 67 right…?!
Thanks Simon,

I had the following kit with me: Pentax 67ii with TTL prism, Pentax 67 with WLF, Fuji GA645i & Horizon 202, each to their own function considering their strenghts & weaknesses - from arty shots to documenting to panoramas. First two trips was there with Pentax Spotmeter V, third trip was with Gossen Profisix meter.

You can see my review of them by clicking on the links.

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I admire the way the P67 renders!

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Lombokian people

This is where the Sasaks store their rice for the year - they do not use irrigation methods on farming so they only get rice once a year. It's placed high up on poles so the rats don't get to eat their rice. Sasak live mainly on the island of Lombok, Indonesia, numbering around 2.6 million (85% of Lombok's population). They are related to the Balinese in language and race, although the Sasak are predominantly Muslim while the Balinese are Hindu.




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As told before, I'm fond of simple people with good will. Also sasak food is very simple, but tastes superb! They make it on a live fire.






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QUOTE ''The thing about honest and accurate feedback is you need to be as forthcoming with the negative as you are with the positives....that way when tsiklonaut sees me say "I like your pictures...." hopefully he trusts that is how I really feel and not some empty compliment.''

i agree. however, you didnt do that. you first expressed a single one sentence negative thought. had there been some context or other thoughts expressed i probably wouldve had no reaction, nor i surmise would the author.

i look at a post like your first one and i wonder is the thought behind it that this single sentence will cause the author to question what obviously was a very considered decision? that he'll say 'wow, X person simply said he hated the presentation so i,ll change it instantly'? what effect were you trying for with that single sentence?

to me, if one wants--actually and really wants--to contribute something of value, they must go beyond simply saying 'i hate it'. to me thats a troll comment, not a meaningful constructive criticism.
I must remember that only positive comments can be posted here and anything contrary is "trollish'. I'm sorry I said anything.
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Just an unbelievable montage of travel experiences and a talent for pushing the boundaries, no pun intended.

The scene below is a treasure trove of material for a photographer - which you managed to capture it in one exposure.






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