Back in April this year I had the opportunity to go to the Philippines for the first time with Zab. Despite it only being April it was already hot and humid compared to what I’m use to with days usually being in the 90’s (Fahrenheit) with over 80% humidity. It also went to show me how out of shape I am when it comes to hauling my gear around, but even still it was a great time as we adventured around Manila and shot and ate a lot of great food. I think I still managed to gain weight while there even though I was sweating all the time just because there was so much to try eating. Hopefully next time we’ll get out to see other regions or islands.

Prior to this trip I really hadn’t shot much in the way of slide film in a while, but the colors there I feel really complimented the film tonality. I ended up shooting a few rolls of Fujifilm Velvia 50 with my Rollei and I am really happy with how they all turned out. Below are shots I ended up getting and some are duplicates because I wanted to test different shutter speeds or filters with the film. They’re also the first shots I’ve scanned with my DSLR and lightbox combo, since I’m trying to maximize my image resolution, but more on that another time. Perhaps I’ll end up printing some of these in the near future.

Walking through the heat in Makati in Manila in the Philippines.

Brightly colored building of Andy's Canteen in Makati Manila in the Philippines.

Almost sunset looking out over Metro Manila in the Philippines.

Blue lights reflecting off the buildings in Metro Manila in the Philippines.

The oranges and purples come in for sunset over Metro Manila in the Philippines.

Sun is almost completely down looking over Metrol Manila in the Philippines.

Decaying buildings at Fort Santiago surrounded by trees.

Terrace at Fort Santiago

Looking toward the old church at Fort Santiago

Decaying brick walls at Fort Santiago

Grates over the jail cells at Fort Santiago

Tugboats moored on the side of the Pasig River

Interior wall in Fort Santiago

Near the cell of Jose Rizal at Fort Santiago

Looking up at San Agustin Church

One brightly colored building next to a drab building in Intramuros

Beautiful old colorful wooden building in Intramuros

The windows and surrounding details of a colorful old building in Intramuros

Beautiful old colorful wooden building in Intramuros

The windows and surrounding details of a colorful old building in Intramuros

Old stone center of Baluarte De San Diego

Part of the fortifications at Baluarte De San Diego

Looking out of the wall at Baluarte De San Diego at the Philippines flag

An orange sunset among the clouds over Intramuros

Deep oranges fill the sky as the sun is almost gone

Skyscrapers are all over central Manila

High rises in Manila for as far as you can see

What is the purpose of the triangle roof

Traffic all the time in downtown Manilla

Clouds are building up far in the distance of the city at sunset

Intense sunset colors blocked by a building near me

Long exposure shot of cars and people rushing by in the red light district


19Jun

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War


With Fujifilm discontinuing Acros I’m starting to test other B&W films I haven’t worked with much to see how they fair in caffenol. I have been hoping to find a film as flexible that could be shot from 100-1600iso on the same roll similar to Acros, though that is a tall order. For this roll I shot Kodak T-Max 100 from 100-800iso and developed it in caffenol c-h for 15min at 68f. The 100-400iso shots came out pretty well, though a little thinner than I expected. The 800iso shots were totally unusable, I’m not sure if increasing development time would even fix that, but I might try again and also try caffenol c-l and do that as a semi-stand method. To get the recipes, check out this book.

Looking west on 6th street as cars drive by

Hanging underwear turned into lights

It's just here to raise your rent

Secret Nightcore meet stopped in a foggy spot on Angeles Crest Highway

The Evo 7 and FRS shining their lights into the fog

Moonlight only highlighting the cars

My dirty engine bay on the Evo

Looking down the side of my dirty Evo