Walking down memory's lane

April 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Yashica Electro 35N was my first camera.  It was a hand me down camera from my sister. I lost that camera when I moved to Australia. After some searches on the internet with 2 dud purchases, I finally found one that is working on eBay. It brought back a lot of memories when I was using this camera. It took me some time to get used to rangefinder manual focusing. It didn't take long for me to realise how we take auto focus for granted. However, I do enjoy the slowness of getting the focus right.  

This time, I loaded my camera with Adox Color Implosion film. It has the 70's look with a bit of grainy look. I pushed the film to increase the contrast of the images. According to the Adox website, this film is "an experimental film design to give unpredictable results".  As the name suggests, implosion is the opposite of explosion, that means less colour on the images to give them a "vintage" look. One may argue that post production can simulate the "vintage" look, however, the unpredictable results are "organic" and cannot be produced easily. The film developer which I sent my film to has to outsource the development to another place which does push development which takes longer than the normal turn around time. Part of the experience of film photography is the wait and anticipation of how the images will turn out to be.  Here's what the images of Color Implosion! look like: 

This time, I was shooting around Melbourne city capturing some stories as well as trying out on different subjects.  

Morning Catch upOutside of barber shop on Degrave street Platform 4After peak hour at Flinders Street station

Light and shadows on Swanston StreetMorning sun

And the dead shall rise firstAn old car parked on the driveway waiting to be resurrected.

Looking for the sunA favourites seedling plants in summer

I also went to shoot some photos at the Moomba festival in Melbourne. It's an annual event that held during Labor Day long weekend in Melbourne along the Yarra river in the city. It has watersports activities, rides for the kids, food, music, parade and others. I shot some photos using different cameras in the past. But the memory's lane is reliving the experience using the camera.  

Waiting for friendsKilling time looking at smart phone while waiting for friends to arrive. Brazillian DrumsLatin percussion jamming session at Moomba Spectectors Couple watching water skiing on the Yarra riverbank Poetry in motionFollow the text and you'll be moved Free parking for the familyMum and dad chose to ride to the city along the river.
The overall experience of shooting with the Yashica Electro 35 was enjoyable. The expectation of the 70's look on the images is kind of hit and miss. I have another 4 rolls of this film and will no doubt shoot with the film again using a different camera. 

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