This will be my first attempt at a blog post, so here it goes!
Just last month I went on a business trip to Myanmar. And man, did it live up to its nickname, the "Land of Gold". Almost every religious building there is covered with gold. It amazed me that an entire country is so strongly built upon a religion. Truly an eye-opener.
On the trip I bought along my newly acquired X100T, from Fujifilm. It was the perfect opportunity to test the camera to its limits, and street journalism capabilities.
Rumbling along the road to our filming location straight from the airport, I noticed that most, if not all the locals had some brown paste smudged across their nosebridge and cheeks. Later I found out that it was actually sunblock to help protect against the harsh sun there. Some of the kids had pretty cool designs I gotta admit.
All images below are taken with X100T, in Classic Chrome mode, with slight tonal adjustments.
One of the many alleys that forms the city of Yargon, the former capital of Myanmar.
The streets were just bustling with activites, with vendors selling everything from boots, books, watermelons, to phonecards.
This warm uncle offered me a drink for free, encouraged by the smiling locals around me, I went ahead and took a sip. In such a blistering hot weather, the ice cold sweet syrup was like an oasis in the desert. It tasted like a mix of coconut juice and sprite (seriously). I went ahead and took this snapshot of the uncle working afterwards, immediately printing a copy on my Instax SP-1 printer. With lights flashing on the device, all eyes were on me as I handed the copy over to the vendor uncle. His face immediately brightened up as he realized it was a photo of him, developing before his eyes.
He thanked me over again and again as I waved back at him. The thought of him showing his family the photo later in the day brings a smile to my face.
The X100T was quick to focus, inconspicious and lightweight. I find myself hardly missing any shots as I walked around the city. With images looking fabulous straight out of the camera, I could send them straight to my phone to upload on instagram or facebook. That alone is a huge plus as compared to my DSLRs. What use are great images if no one sees it?
I knew a little monk was following behind me curiously as I was walking in the streets, so I sneaked a shot behind me, not even certain if I had him in frame properly. I laughed when I finally reviewed the photos after I got back to Singapore, and saw this photo.
The country was mesmerizing in many little ways. A night sky filled with stars is just something you don't see in Singapore. The people are all so warm and friendly in Myanmar. They don't hesitate to point you in the right direction, sometimes even going the extra mile to guide you. During one of the held event's mealtime, an old lady came forward to the table I was seated at. She thanked us for the meal, saying that they never could have the luxury to eat at such an expensive restaurant. It was unreal to them.
Listening to her was really heart-warming, and definitely made me remember not to ever take simple pleasures for granted - because it could be someone else's dream.
The camera performed perfectly, I loved how it really does feel like an extension of my eyes. It didn't attract any unwanted attention like how my big Nikon SLRs usually do; It was silent, quick, and made me feel like I was really doing photography as a passion all over again.
That sums up my first ever photo blog post! Let me know if you'll like to see more of such post by commenting below! Thank you for reading!