X-Pro1 Diaries: I’m Going Down, To Chinatown!

By March 22, 2012Fujifilm X-Pro1
pretty girl waiting at the bus stop chinatown singapore

Considering Singapore is filled with Chinese people, I wonder if any one else finds it strange that we have a Chinatown. (well technically, the demographical breakdown is as follows: Chinese 76.8%, Malay 13.9%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4%, according the CIA Factbook). In any case, there’s a Chinatown in Singapore, and apart from the usual deluge of restaurants (no Chinatown is complete without the requisite offerings of food), the rest is more Chinoiserie than Chinese, mostly an oriental show put up as a tourist offering, tacky souvenirs at every turn. But despite my misgivings, it provided an interesting enough subject to shoot.

The Camera

This is my 5th day of shooting with the X-Pro1, and now that I know the camera likes to set a shutter speed of 1/52 with my 35mm lens (sometimes resulting in camera shake), I chose a shutter speed of 1/250, manually selected my aperture, and let the camera deal with the ISO. This worked a treat, and until Fuji decides to update the firmware to allow users to set a minimum shutter speed, this will be the way I shoot.


couple walking along smith streetCouple walking along Smith Street

fellow photographerTourist toting a big camera

hanging on the doorHanging on the door

roasted chestnuts for saleRoasted chestnuts for sale

chinese opera masksChinese opera masks

medicines and remediesMedicines and remedies

Temple Street singaporeAlong Temple Street

thai sailors and trinketsThai sailors on R&R perusing trinkets

Friendly chefFriendly chef

The Photo manThe Lomography man

rush hour trafficRush hour traffic

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