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_X8J9940Woot! My name is Jason. I am a full time pharmacist. Photography started out as a hobby  to document memorable moments in the family. It eventually evolved into a part time job. I have been shooting for about 3 years now. Started out with my first ever camera Nikon D80, I have now progressed to Canon 5DMkII as my main gear. I have tried various genre of photography from portraiture, events, landscape and weddings. I also love to shoot using the traditional film medium. I cant resist the magical moment of producing a print using traditional darkroom method. This blog is the place where I ll share my work and rants. Hope you guys will enjoy the stay here.

BW Film Developing Refreshed!

April 8, 2010 | | Posted in Film BW

Last week, I paid a good friend of mine a visit. Torben from Denmark is one of the most well versed Leica-guy that I have ever met. I first met him during a Leica outing organized by Photomalaysia sometime in 2008 ( If I am not mistaken). He has in his collection some really mean Leica gears 🙂 Now he uses the best Leica M ever produced. That s another story. Anyway, I believe Torben shot film for most of his life. So here we have me, I needed a refreshment or rather, a guide to show me how to dev BW film. It s not that I have not done it before but I wanted really consistent results.

So here are some steps which I would like to highlight in this entry. It will also serve as a reminder to me as well. Hehehe. During the demonstration session, I noticed one thing. Eliminate all possible source of errors. Torben uses one developer only. I asked him why not try other developers. He said this is to achieve consistent results and he can expects or predicts the outcome of the film. I hereby need to stress that all developers has their own characteristics.  Temperature is the next important factor during the developing process. Torben actually has a separate tray filled with ice water bath with the developing tank in the tray. He checks the temperature every now and then and pops in a cube or two of ice to maintain the temperature at 20 degree Celsius. He says..If the formula says 20 degree Celsius, make sure it 20 degree Celsius during the 12 mins of developing time.

We used water as Stopper. It works the same. Fixing is interesting. Torben used the same temperature theory as the developer. We kept the temperature constant at 20 degree Celsius. Fixing time is from 2-5 minutes. But you can check easily by looking at the negatives. If it appears cloudy and hazy..Fix again. Last step, instead of using wetting agent, Torben flushed the negatives for half hour. And the last step is the easiest..Dry it. O..I forgot. Instead of the up and down agitation. We actually used the spindle that came with the developing tank. We swirled the negatives slowly for every 10 sec of the minute. I can see that the negatives came out less contrasty and it s better than mine LOL. Here are two pics to share with you guys. Cheers! Happy BW Developing. Thanks Torben 😀

Yee Woon
My dear wife..Yee Woon 🙂

My dear Cousin..Anderson 🙂

Photo data:
Year: 2009
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Developer : D76
Lens: 50 mm Summilux

Must Blog…Must Blog!~

March 20, 2010 | | Posted in Event

Hello Hello!~ I know I have not updated my blog regularly. My bad..My bad. I tried. I do have a couple of draft saved up. But I m having a ‘writer’s block’ LOL. I love to write..Yes I do. I cant write material like what you see in the magazine, no. But I always try to write from heart. Anyway, had a lovely yumcha session with Brother Edwin two nights ago. He was telling me, ‘Update your blog la..”. I said I m having a writer’s blog. He said..You can still post pics. LOL. So I got back and went through my archive to see what I have worthy of posting on the web. Oh yes I did. A gem or two. Nothing fantastic. But it s something from the 1 Utama Countdown Concert last year. Hahaha. This time there is a pic or two in colour. Kekekek. So here you go Edwin bro. Some pics lar. KEkekek

1 Utama 2010 Countdown Concert

988 Radio Deejay

1 Utama 2010 Countdown Concert

I forgot his name 😛

1 Utama 2010 Countdown Concert

I forgot his name too 😛

I love Flare

I love flare!~

Joe Flizzow

Joe Flizzow

Joe Flizzow

Joe Flizzow

Happy Holidays and Gong Hei Fat Choy

February 12, 2010 | | Posted in Uncategorized

Hi all, Chinese New Year is two nites away. I would like to take this opportunity to blog  and to wish all reader a very very very Happy Chinese New Year. This year, we (Wife and me) will spend CNY a little bit different this year. Why? Coz we are now married. Got to find time to spend with both families 🙂 Yes..It s no longer my side only. I ll spend the 1st day of CNY at my wife’s place. Yeah, no Lion Dance this year. It s kinda weird. But most of us (HapKuendo) are now married, therefore, our association decided to give the members 5 days off and Lion Dancing activities will officially start on the 6th day of CNY. I know I will feel pretty weird coz for the last 18 years, I have been away during CNY for lion dance performances.

Got all my holiday planned out for these few months. For CNY, we will be taking about 8 days off. Yeah. Time to rest. I have collected way way too many days of AL. Tired of bringing forward every year. We will be spending the 2nd day of CNY at grandma’s place. I like to gather as family members will spend time to catch up and minum 😛 3rd day of CNY will be interesting too. Hehehe. All day long gathering at Anderson and Joy’s place. Cant wait to spend some time on Texas Hold’em and BlackJack. Kekekekeke. Hopefully this year, I ll WIN WIN WIN WIN!!~ 🙂


Happy New Year 2010

January 1, 2010 | | Posted in Event

Woot! Before the day end, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Gosh, 2009 passed by swiftly. I was assigned to shoot at One Utama 2010 Countdown concert yesterday. I got there after work to avoid the traffic madness. Still..the traffic was still quite daunting. I hung out at StudioV with Patrick, Maggie, Erin and Leomini while waiting for the concert to start. 988 did a quick interview with Paul and Yip Sai Wing and I missed it!~ Dang..Else I would have gotten some exclusive shots. Anyhow, it was really an eye opening experience to witness a LIVE 988 broadcasting from StudioV. Now I know how the whole DJ-ing is about. It s pretty interesting. Okok. By 8 pm, the event started. They had about 6-7 artistes performing but what the crowd was waiting for was…BEYOND.. Wait wait..Not me k..It s both Paul and Yip Sai Wing. Crowd went crazy when they came on and they did rocked the nite. We were also treated to some really awesome fireworks last nite. Here are some pics from the nite. Cheers!

Paul Wong
Paul Wong warming up

Paul Wong
Paul Wong shredding the fret

Paul Wong

Paul rocking the nite

Yip Sai Wing

Yip Sai Wing used to be a drummer. Now he sings..;)

Weddding: Wayne Lee and Jewel

December 18, 2009 | Tags: , , | Posted in Wedding

Hi all. Yesterday my cousin, Wayne Lee married Jewel. Congrats to them. It was a joyous occasion. Cousins and close friends were part of the ‘heng dai’ entourage. My car was assigned as the roast pork transporter. For that, I received a cool angpow from Jewel’s mom. Thanks Aunty. I got to Wayne’s place around 7 am and by 7.30 am we were off to Kota Damansara to pick up the bride. Took some quick shots as the photographer was at Jewel’s place. We were 45 minutes late to Kota Damansara as we had to endured the morning traffic rush. When we got there, the ‘chi mui’s requested us to do a 45 push ups. Hahaha. The young and fit was given the task to complete it!

After that, we were required to participate in the games. The first game was to wear disposable underwears with graffiti 😛 Now..This is not your regular graffiti. Each underwear’s graffiti makes up the work I ‘heart’ u Jewel. It was worn throughout the games session. Next session was our regular sweet, sour, bitter and spicy session. Hahaha. For sweet session, we treated to soda biscuit laced with condensed milk. Kacang putih lar..The heng dais gobbled them down in no time. Lemon were used for the sour session. It was also kacang putih to us coz..We love sourish stuffs! Hahaha. Raw bitter gourd or ‘fu kuah’ was served for the bitter session. Hahaha. Can you belief us tucking them in as though they are guava fruit? Now, the chi muis were thinking, hmm..Why the guys are like no reaction to all these. So..They did a double dose of wasabi soda biscuit to really spice things up. Now..this became a problem. Mr Wayne decided to take this..Tears of joy nearly came out..Hahahaha!

Next game was, we had a paper with several lipstick marks. We had to guess which was Jewel’s lipstick mark. Now, I asked Wayne, did you asked Jewel prior to this to give you a mark as guideline. He said no…Aiyah. How to guess lar. And we decided to follow the size of the lipstick..Hahaha. The first guess was wrong and we had to do some yoga posses. But guess what, we made the correct guess at the 2nd guess. Hahaha. Door had to be opened. But not before some haggling of the fee. Kekeke. Money were passed over and voila..Doors opened.

Now, at this stage. We cant help wayne anymore. He had to sing a song by David Tao. I think the title of the song is ‘I love you’. Now, being English educated, we dun understand a word of mandarin. Wayne had a good portable Karaoke handphone that played out the song. All he had to do was ..Sing along. And we did too..At the Chorus part, where we sang I love you and did some wave LOL. And he did it well lar. He had one last bit to be done before the door ‘s finally opened. He had to sign a contract. Kekekeke. Anyway, Wayne receives Jewel the bride form the father in law and the tea ceremony commence. And after that, we headed back to Jinjang using a shorter route this time. Hahahah. I took the opportunity to take some pics and here are they. Nothing special..But the least I can do for my cousin brother.


Jewel the Bride




Joy and Happiness

Wah Chan!~

Wah Chan Jeweleries


Respect for the Elders



Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

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