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Morning Orchard Road!!!

I’ve cleared a couple of days leave after my resignation from present company.  Since I worked in Orchard area for the past 2.5 years, I’ve decided to do a quick walkaround and explore the Orchard Road we seldom see before the start of  heavy human and vehicle traffic.

Saw this scene while I was walking along the main street.  A courier bike parked there and yet the owner no where in sight.  Perhaps, since there’s hardly any people walking around he had this false sense of security, it’s safe to park the bike here.


2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

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Nov 5 2011 – Little India, Singapore

Taken on Leica M9 and Noctilux 50 f1.0 ver 4.  B&W conversion with Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

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New Leather for my digital M

I’ve been using my M9 without any half case for awhile since I am never a big fan of the smooth textured original skin that’s used on both M9 steel grey and MP.  I ordered two pieces of leather from Cameraleather.com earlier but the after payment service from them has been huge disappointment!!!  No timeline or response after you’ve made payment to them.  The shop has simply stopped responding to any enquiry in regards to delivery date!!! I was basically at the mercy of the shop and it’s up to them as and when they feel like it’s time to deliver the leather.  Many folks online has commented on long waiting time stretching as long as a year.  I find it simply disgusted that such service still exist in this time and age!  Anyway, to put the long story short, I’ve managed to get my money back and cancelled the order.

Was looking around for alternatives, and I found this guy, Aloysius from Hong Kong Leica forum (www.hklfc.com) who has started making leather skins for our M bodies.  I’ve contacted him (email : Aloysius Ng <ng.aloysius@gmail.com>) and received my two skins within 3 wks period.  A blue snake skins for my steel grey M9 and a black snake skins for my buddy’s chrome M9P.

In fact, I’ve just finished releathered my M9 with mixed result…

A word of warning!!! Don’t try to releather when you’re tired and can’t see well.  I did this at 4 am in the morning.  Big mistake!!!

First of all, my initial impression on the leathers.  Very nicely made and seems to have a good fit around the body.  The hardest part I’ve found myself facing when putting on the new leather is the area around the lens release button  and  the frame selection lever.  I find that it’s easier to cut off a bit of the leather when slotting it into those tight spots.

A friend of mine recommended using wet method when putting on the new leather.  Meaning spraying water on the adhesive so that it’s easier to re-adjust the leather.  I should have listened to that and would have avoided a major mistake on the leather.  Oh well…

Here’s some photos taken during the change.

Before the change…










































Original skin easily peeled off…





















Time to clean off those residue adhesive using nail polish remover.
















































Ok, this is when I made the mistake!!!  The adhesive is pretty strong but you can still lift it up to readjust the position of the leather.  However, while trying to get a perfect fit on the right side of the body where the frame lever is, I’ve lifted the leather too hard and managed to tear it into half.  You can see the result on this photo.

I guess it’s beginner’s mistake.  Oh well, I can always order another leather next time to replace this one.  For the time being, I got a feeling I will be enjoying this new leather for awhile.  I prefer the slightly better grip on this over the original skin.

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Medium Format TriX400

Just bought an original Blackpaint M4 in addition to my Chrome minty M4.  Here’s maiden shots in B&W on TriX 400. Tmax developed in 6 mins.

BP M4 with BP 50 Summilux f1.4 E46

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M9 shots

Got my M9 back from Solms.  The camera has problem reading most of my SD cards brand new in box.  Had to send back to Solms one week later and waited 1 mth for it to return.

Here’s some shots with Canon 50 f1.2 LTM. Now it reads all my Sandisk SD cards.

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First time pushing Ilford HP5+ films

Bought some Ilford HP5+ B&W films to try for the shoot last nite at the Deevapali light up parade at Race Course Road, Little India.  11 mins on HC110 (B).

Leica M6 Millennium BP with Voigtlander 75 f1.8 lens again.  I am liking this combo very much for streets.

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Nite City @ SIN

Leica M6 Millennium BP with Voigtlander 75 f1.8. TriX pushed to 1600.

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Leica IIIG with 50mm Canon Sonnar f1.5 LTM

Taken on my screwmount camera. TriX400 self developed @28 degree, 5:17 mins.