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male (55) from Paranaque City, Philippines

Freedom to photograph what I want, and how I want to photograph it. I will be on my 3rd year, in my '35mm film slr camera' photography this March. I always thought that sunsets are always bright, colorful, and happy to look at. But a number of the sunsets I photographed were dark sunsets. It has something to to with the clouds, they keep on blocking the sunlight, just when I am about to take photographs. For old people and single and alone (like me), sunsets are sad. It is like 'closing time' ? " Time to go, back ". " But, that is the way, it will definitely turn out to be. " For me, a photograph is painting with the use of sunlight on a negative film. When I was younger, I always want to own a painting by a great artist. But, the way my life went by, I do not think it will be possible. Then, on March 8, 2012, my aunt gave me an old BELL & HOWELL FD35 (35mm film) slr camera. It is almost a piece of junk, it can not take a picture, even if you force it to. The next day, I brought it to COLUMBIA PHOTO to have it checked and if possible, 'just bring it back' to 'photograph taking' condition. COLUMBIA PHOTO tried their best to clean, lubricate, and make adjustments to the camera and lens. No parts were replaced, except light seals. I tested this camera with 7 frames only. That was the first time I used a 35mm film slr camera. It is so heavy and my hands were trembling holding the camera. Fujifilms SM Megamall processed and developed the negative film. The photographs (8x12 inches) of the 3rd and 4th frames, past the reviews of the printing personnel and an art gallery. No corrections on the photograph. After the camera/lens testing, I gave the camera back to the son of my aunt (who gave me the camera).*@:-) So, it is not how long you have been into photography or what your camera/lens and accessories are. But, it is if, you will be given a chance to photograph a masterpiece of your own. My second '35mm film slr camera' is a brand new, old stock/unit, and with lots of fungus, debris materials, and dusts inside. I saw, and then, I bought this at Hidalgo, Manila. I read the instructions manual of this camera many times while waiting for COLUMBIA PHOTO to clean, lubricate, and make adjustments to the camera and lens. Yes, COLUMBIA PHOTO again, because I trust them in their work. I tested the camera/lens with 3 negative film rolls on 2 family occasions only. I decided to give this camera/lens to a nephew (who has a NIKON D90) as a wedding gift. It is a SIGMA SA-5 with a 100mm-300mm DL lens. This SIGMA SA-5 can take very good photographs. The 3 negative film rolls were damaged on the 2nd & 3rd developing. I do not know about negative film scanning, then. And yes, I was able to photograph a sunset on ANVAYA COVE, Morong, Bataan (that's April 2012). I gave away, all the limited 4R & 8R copies made. A KONICA FTA (fitted with a 52mm f/1.8 lens) is my third '35mm film slr camera'. I bought it from a Japan surplus shop, Avenida, Manila. I entrusted it to COLUMBIA PHOTO for the CLA. I used this camera/lens from Nov.25, 2012 (#05 negative film roll) up to Aug.5, 2013 (#36 negative film roll). The #19 - #36 negative film rolls were not scanned on the advice of Ms. Jhoy of TRUE COLORS, Sta. Cruz, Manila. The reason she gave me was for the negatives, not to sustain further scratches & damages. She suggested that 3 copies of each frame would do. But I had the 4 frames of #34 negative film roll scanned last year at PHOTOLINE, Alimall. I am planning to print the photograph on an ART CANVAS (4x6 feet). This 'photograph ART CANVAS' medium concept started with #05 - #09 negative film rolls. At that time, I am unhappy with the scratches and damages my negative films suffered during processing & developing at different photolabs. The photolabs I go to, are in the photography business for decades and among the best, here. I tried to select around 21 frames from these rolls. The resulting photograph ART CANVAS of each frame, looks like an ART PAINTING on canvas to me. This gave me the 'drive' to continue to photograph. Before Christmas of 2013, I gave the KONICA FTA to Ms. Jhoy, 'as a token of my appreciation' to her, for teaching me her hands-on knowledge in film processing & developing. She also reviews my photographs at that time. My 4th '35mm film slr camera' body is the mamiya/sekor 500DTL. I bought this camera body from a man named Dong, in Hidalgo, Manila. I am using a ZENIT HELIOS-44M-4 single-coated lens which I bought from a man, on the sidewalk of C.M. Recto Ave., Manila. COLUMBIA PHOTO was again instrumental, in the CLA of the camera body & lens. I started using this camera/lens from Oct.31, 2013 (#39 negative film roll) up to the present time. I am very happy with this camera/lens. My 5th '35mm film slr camera' is a ZENIT 12SD with a HELIOS-44M-4 MC lens. I am looking around for a HELIOS-44 lens for my mamiya/sekor 500DTL camera body (then), when I just happened to pass by this camera/lens at a sidewalk along C.M. Recto Ave., Manila. I inspected the camera & lens before buying it. I had the camera/lens checked at COLUMBIA PHOTO, to be sure. My purpose for this ZENIT 12SD is to serve as my 'reserve camera/lens'. I tested the camera/lens on 2 Kodak Gold 100 (12 exposures) on a storm (at a birthday party) overlooking Taal Volcano, Tagaytay City, Batangas. The photographs taken by this camera/lens looks different from my other photographs. Definitely: Made in U.S.S.R. is different from Made in Japan. .*@:-) show more show less

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