A few months ago I bought a Olympus XA2 film camera from eBay for a decent price. This camera is light and compact, and I can easily bring it with me everywhere I go. I find that film photography is still a bit challenging for me since I only have 24-36 exposures, and I won’t see the end result until it’s developed. Overall, I’m somewhat happy with how some my photos came out.
Camera: Olympus XA2
Film: Fujifilm Genuine Superia X-TRA ISO 400 35mm Color Film
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Last Sunday, my sister Wendy and I joined our friend David in a hike through Hermit Falls trail in Arcadia, CA at 6:00 am. Because we were all meeting up for lunch with some friends at 11:30 am, we decided to go on Hermits Falls trail which is supposedly easier than Sturtevant Falls trail. Similar to Sturtevant Falls, this trail starts at the top, and you hike down into the canyon, cross 2-3 streams in order to get to the waterfall at the end.
In my opinion, this trail was not easy. Yes, the trail is shorter that Sturtevant, but it’s a bit more treacherous and will take a little bit longer. The trail can get very narrow to about 2-3 feet wide. This includes trails coming along a hill slide, so we had to be very careful not to slip off the trail. I wouldn’t recommend small children to go on this trail. The waterfall at the end isn’t as picturesque as the waterfall on Sturtevant Falls trail, and the amount of graffiti on the boulders was a bit unpleasant.
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2017 was another wonderful year with great happy memories! Here are some of my best moments of 2017 🙂
- Birthday celebration with Disneyland’s Afternoon Tea
- Meeting One Ok Rock
- Attending Pixar Exhibition at the Los Angeles Science Center
Continue reading “2017 Highlights + Happy New Year 2018!”
On Saturday, I went hiking with my friend, and this is my first hike of 2017 (yea, really late). It was my first time at Sturtevant Falls, and everything is gorgeous. We woke up at 5:30 am, and arrived at the trail at about 6:35 a.m. It’s gets really crowded on weekends, and we were surprised to see there was a good amount of cars in the parking lot already.
In southern California, you’ll find that most of the tress are still green because we don’t really have winter here. This is a 3.1 mile hike, which we did not finished. Why? because a little over a mile into the trail, I asked my friend if he put up his parking permit (you have to pay for parking here). And, he didn’t. So, we had to hike back up the trail. This trail is mostly downhill, and the way back it’s up-hill. By the time we got back to the car, we were exhausted and hungry. So, we decided to call it a day, and go back next week or next month (depending on our schedule) to finish the trail. We’ve made a commitment, and we’re going to finish it. Also, there’s a waterfall at the end.
Here are some photos that I took with my Canon EOS M3.
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A while back, I started film photography. There was a lot of trial and error, but I enjoyed every moment of it. I hope to continue improving my skills, and learn from my mistakes. Here are some shots from my first roll.
Photo at my University:
On Sunday, we took our dog Chibi to our university campus. We thought it would be nice to give him an extra-long outing, and a bath before Thanksgiving. Chibi is a 4-year-old Maltese, and he’s very photogenic. Of course, during the walk, my sister Wendy, her boyfriend Danny (travelingwithtech.com) and I, had our phones and film cameras ready to take photos of him and the campus.
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A few days ago, I attended a conference for work. It was long and tiring, but on the last day I finally had a chance to explore a bit. I stayed at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, since the convention was held there. It’s located on the Las Vegas Strip next to Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. It was my first time staying at this hotel, and I have to say that I enjoyed it a lot.
Okay, story time: Like always, upon entering the casino, all the security guards stared me down every time I passed by. At the registration desk for our conference, I was asked if I was my vice president’s daughter. I have to admit we do look-alike. My VP told me to wear heals and makeup the next day to look a little older. She kept asking me if I brought my heels and makeup haha.
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During my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to be a student assistant in my professor’s film class. I learned a lot about film photography, especially developing black and white film in the dark room. Being a student assistant in that class, gave me a new perspective in photography. When enrolled in the class, students were able to borrow a film camera for the entire quarter. This class really got me into film photography, but I never really went through with buying a film camera of my own. Two-years later, I finally bought my first film camera. When taking photos, I usually use my iPhone 7, and sometimes my Canon T5i (when traveling). Starting film is a bit nerve-wrecking because I won’t really know how my photos will turn out until it’s developed. But as a beginner, I’m not that afraid of making a mistake because every mistake I make is a lesson. I can’t wait start shooting, and learning more about film.