X-Pro1 Diaries: I’m Going Down, To Chinatown!
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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.
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 Street
Tourist toting a big camera
Hanging on the door
Roasted chestnuts for sale
Chinese opera masks
Medicines and remedies
Along Temple Street
Thai sailors on R&R perusing trinkets
The Lomography man
Rush hour traffic
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Now that someone’s mentioned it - yeah, it is actually kind of weird we have a Chinatown! But only if you think about it as the Chinese being the majority group. Once upon a time, we were something like a minority too. We were once immigrants too.