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Friday, April 24, 2020

Street Panorama – Remember Me as a Time of Day

Remember Me as a Time of Day
© 2009 Martin Liew Photography
First of all, I apologise for the heavy moire patterns or Newton's Rings in this panorama photograph. What is Newton's Rings? Based on Wikipedia explanation, Newton's Rings is a phenomenon in which an interference pattern is created by the reflection of light between two surfaces: a spherical surface and an adjacent touching flat surface. It is named after Isaac Newton, who investigated the effect in his 1704 treatise Opticks. So it could be the thin film surface, similar to a 0.15mm PVC sheet material, or the emulsion side of the film that caused such interference pattern during the scanning process.

I've searched online on how to fix this issue and have tried all methods but all in vain. Photograph was made in 2009 and negatives was scanned circa 2014. I've just got it post-processed in Photoshop today. Yes I would have done a re-scan which I will, but for now I'm eager to show it to you all.

A little brief story behind this photograph. It's the same multi-storey car park with spiral drive way (I've shown a couple of panorama photographs in my previous blog posts). This part of the spiral drive way leads towards the open space roof terrace. I found this vantage spot for this composition where the light and shadow created such nice contrast upon the otherwise symmetrical spiral structure. It looks like a portal in the sunny blue sky.

I don't know what title suits this photograph hence "Untitled". Until I do a re-scan and re-editing, I might have a good title for it.


Photo Info:
HORIZON PERFEKT | 28mm | settings not recorded | Kodak Tri-X 400 Film developed in Kodak D76 1:1 dilution for 9 minutes | Negatives scanned on EPSON V700 | Post-processed in Photoshop

Street Panorama – Drive Way Up

Drive Way Up
© 2009 Martin Liew Photography
Here's another spiral drive way panorama I made of at the lower storey car park where I found the right vantage spot for this composition. Several vehicles drove right up and I waited for the right one to come into the scene. And there it was, I released the shutter and hence this photograph was made.

Photo Info:
HORIZON PERFEKT | 28mm | settings not recorded | Kodak Tri-X 400 Film developed in Kodak D76 1:1 dilution for 9 minutes | Negatives scanned on EPSON V700 | Post-processed in Photoshop

P.S. My apology for the moire patterns/Newton's Rings appear on the photograph. Will do a re-scan and update a better image quality in the future.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Street Panorama – Spiral Drive Way

Spiral Drive Way
© 2009 Marin Liew Photography
Another lovely sunny Sunday morning as I explored this multi-storey car park in Little India. I took the elevator to the top floor open space car park and it was deserted. Well, mostly on the upper storeys. Most vehicles were parked on the first three storeys. I walked down the spiral drive way and found this vantage spot for a good panorama shot.

After a few light readings, I set my HORIZON PERFEKT swing lens camera, composed and made this shot on Kodak Tri-400. Film was developed in Kodak D76 1:1 dilution for 9 minutes. Negatives scanned on EPSON V700 followed by minor retouching and contrast adjustment in Photoshop.

P.S. My apology for the moire patterns/Newton's Rings appear on the photograph. Will do a re-scan and update a better image quality in the future.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Street Panorama – Riding Through The Padang

Riding Through The Padang© 2009 Martin Liew Phoography
A sunny Sunday morning on 8 November 2009, I headed out to Singapore Flyer and walked down to The Padang when I saw this oncoming trishaw rider about 50 meters away. I took a quick light reading and set my camera ready. Looking through the viewfinder, I waited for the old trishaw rider to ride into the spot in the frame. The shutter was released and this is the shot made with a HORIZON PERFEKT swing lens panorama camera on Kodak Tri-X 400. Film was developed in Kodak D76 1:1 dilution for 9 minutes. Negatives scanned on EPSON V700 and post-processed in Photoshop for enhanced contrast.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Street Panorama – Ubin Artist At Work

Ubin Artist, Terence Si Peng Tan
© 2018 Martin Liew Photography
It's been almost 4 months since my last street photograph posted here. So many things had happened during this time especially the outbreak of Coronavirus in January 2020. Currently it's a lockdown situation in Singapore with heavy restrictions to stay at home and to wear face mask whenever heading out to buy daily essentials. Social distancing is closely observed and supervised by the Government assigned ambassadors and the Singapore Police Force.

While staying safe at home, I took time looking through my photo archives and found that I have some night and street photographs which I've never shown before on my blogs. I could have probably missed out or forgotten. Anyway here's one of them. A portrait photograph I made back in June 2018, with a HORIZON PERFEKT swing lens panorama camera on Kodak Portra 800.

Here's how I came by to make this photograph. One weekend, my friend and I went to Pulau Ubin for some event which I could not remember what it was. After alighting at the island pier, we walked towards the main village Wayang Stage area. We noticed this bespectacled man with a thick black beard was painting a portrait of an old man. I lifted my panorama camera and took a frame before he turned around and smiled at me. He took notice on my "weird" camera and a light conversation started. I asked about the old man in his painting and he told us the old man was the previous village chief, the late Mr Lim Chye Joo.

The black bearded painter is Terence Tan, the Ubin Artist. I asked for his kind permission to make another picture of him at work, and he gladly approved. So that was how this photograph came about.

We continued our conversation about his work and life living on the small island before his friend came along to greet him. Without further ado, I made my departure. If you're interested in Terence's painting work, click here to his Facebook page.

Photo Info:
HORIZON PERFEKT | 28mm | settings not recorded | Kodak Portra 800, rated at 500 | Developed and scanned at Triple-D Mini Lab | Further post-processed in Photoshop