So my first ever film SLR camera is a hand-me-down Canon FTB QL that I found while going through some old things in Bacolod back in 2012. I was so excited when I saw it especially since it was in such good condition! I asked my Dad about it and he said that the camera was first owned by my Great Uncle who then gave it to my Dad when he was in college. Since my Dad has lost interest in film photography, he said that I could have the FTB. However, since I was young and naive, I didn’t anticipate the difficulty of using a film SLR with no proper training in photography at all! You can imagine my dismay when I had my first couple of rolls developed and they turned out blank. I tried reading the manual online (there are a lot of scanned manuals of vintage cameras that you can just google search) but to no success. Eventually, I got really busy with school as well as discouraged to continue film photography so my collection including the Canon FTB stayed on the shelf for the next two years.
Fast forward to today, it’s been 2 years since the last time I held a film camera of any kind. It was only when my best friend Iza got her Olympus OM-1 that I felt inspired to give film photography another go. After another failed roll of film (HUHUHU), I decided to really go back to the basics of photography. I had to relearn how to load the film or how to use my Diana F+ which uses 120 mm film, how to get proper exposure, and a whole bunch of other things.
Finally, after intense research and downloading a light meter on my phone, I decided that it was time to practice for real. Using the Canon FTB QL, a light meter app i downloaded for free from the App store, and an expired roll of Fujifilm c200, I headed to the open deck in my condo building on an extremely sunny Sunday afternoon and gave it a whirl.
These are some of the photos I was able to take.
You can say that I am extremely happy with the results! Intense studying really does pay off! lol After getting this roll developed and buying a cheap film scanner from CDR King, I was finally able to see the awesome results and the magic of using the Canon FTB. For a camera that’s a bit over 40 years old, not bad. Not bad indeed.
Last June, Sir Dan asked me to drape this dress for him since he was swamped with beauty pageants and weddings. I did 75% of the dress in less than 2 days. It was definitely hell since I didn’t expect the time pressure but I think it came out pretty well overall. :>
Since I haven’t gone to school in months, I haven’t gotten the actual photos yet. Will be posting the step by step process in the coming days.
My birthday was actually last Feb 11 but one month prior, my best friend Timmy asked me to save Feb 21 for my surprise birthday celebration with our barkada from DLSU. So that night, I got dressed extra fancy and headed to Fort for dinner and dancing.
I spent an awesome night with these people! Timmy brought us to this bar/pub called Relik where (surprise, surprise) there was an open mic night. I already had suspicions that their surprise would be something singing-related so I already had a song in mind (I want to break free by Queen); however, open mic night was Acoustic versions of 90’s to current music so they didn’t have my song 😦 I sang Alone by Heart (Celine Dion version) instead because that’s Timmy’s favourite song for me to sing. I was shaky and flat at one point since I don’t sing Acoustic so it was difficult for me to adjust. I did enjoy Smith’s rendition of Breakeven as well as Ysa and H’s awesome acoustic version of Ignition (R Kelly).
Stole this photo from Timmy’s instagram account. Finally an updated photo of our awesome friendship! Everything about this night was planned by this gorgeously OC girl. Timmy was my first friend in DLSU and we’ve been there for each other through almost everything. Can’t imagine what I would have been or how my university experience would have been like without her.
We walked to Aracama from Relik. We reserved a table (P3500 for a small table for 8) and we were there from 11:30pm to 4am. No one got super wasted nor caused a scene which is not normal when we’re all together so ACHIEVEMENT! It was my first time there too. My overall impression of the place was that there are a lot of people there that were in our age bracket so not bad. There were definitely alot of students and there were some familiar faces.
Ended the night at my place where everyone crashed. I had school the next day (Saturday class, ugh.) so I really needed to get some sleep. This night is definitely one for the books especially since I never celebrate my birthday. I promised myself that in 2014 I would put more effort to making more memories so this is definitely putting me on the right track.
Iza and I got asked by our friend Tal, owner of Risque designs, to help man her booth during Manila Fame. This happened last Oct 17-20. Be prepared to be bombarded with pictures of shoes, shoes, shoes!