I went to Tai Chung, Taiwan in March. It’s been a few months and finally got my films developed. During the trip, I used only three films, of which two were developed in Tai Chung and the final one in Hong Kong SHOWA.
Again, what I like about film photography is the anticipation. I let the films sit for months simply because I was lazy to send them for processing. Then, when I do send them, I anticipate the photos. The moment I look at the photos when they come back, it’s like a walk down memory lane.
For this roll of Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400, it reminds me of my time spent in Cing Jing Farm in Tai Chung- the foggy weather, the freezing temperature, the entertaining tour guide and the sheer disappointment of not seeing any mountainous scenery due to the fog….
Anyway, let’s look at the photos from Superia Xtra 400 shot with Leica M6, Carl Zeiss Biogon f2.8 35mm lens:
Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400
Look at the intensity of the fog! It was drizzling every now and then so it was difficult to zip between shooting mode and off-camera mode. I got to protect my Leica! If I was using digital it would not be an issue because SLR nowadays is somewhat water-resistant.
Actually the photos turned out pretty okay and they have a sense of dreamy look to them. I think I was shooting with aperture f4-f5.6, shutter speed 1/125.
My overall experience in Cing Jing was okay. Glad that there wasn’t swam of crowd like how you would experience in touristic places in Japan. For this trip, we booked our tour with Klook. The tour guide was very passionate and entertaining. As mentioned, I was very sad for not being able to see the majestic mountain views that I am deprived of in my country haha!
The following photos were not taken in Cing Jing but in Tai Chung. If you search ‘What to do in Tai Chung’, the two places will definitely pop up: Gao Mei Wetlands and Rainbow Village. They are very far from the heart of town.
So we hopped on to a taxi and basically booked the driver for half the day. Unfortunately, the weather for the two days that we were in Tai Chung was rainy and foggy. Once again, I did not shoot much and that explains why I only used 3 rolls of films for the entire 5 days, which is not a norm for me!
Gao Mei Wetlands. Extremely cold and windy. Just hoped I came prepared with my cold wear.
Perhaps due to the heavy rain that there wasn’t a lot of tourists around. I was able to get a quick shot (while holding umbrella in one hand) without any human in it. I even managed to take photo with the man behind these cute drawings.
I came to this bus stop because I got nothing to do. My parents judged me. Haha….
If you compare the photos I posted in where to develop films in Tai Chung, you might realise the difference in the warmth of the photos. I sincerely believe it is due to the scanning and not the film itself.
The photos that were developed in Tai Chung’s Shi Guang lab has a lot of richness in colours, whereas the photos by SHOWA HK are very “pale”. So, it shows that the lab you choose to process your photos are very important in achieving the outcome you envisioned. Because each lab has their own presets.
I still can’t decide which style I like better…. Maybe the pale ones…