About a week ago, a stranger added me on Facebook and asked me for the recommended place to develop film and digital scans in KL. Since I have almost zero knowledge on film photography, I asked around some of my friends (amazingly many of them) who do shoot film, and I gave the preferred shop for film development to him. On late last Saturday, he messaged me again through Facebook, saying that he went to Chow Kit earlier on the day, and he has sent his film for development. I was shocked when I found out he was at Chow Kit, because on that very same Saturday morning I was also shooting there with my friends !!
Shaun (now no longer a stranger) from Brisbane, Australia is a very dedicated Olympus shooter, he has been shooting with Olympus, starting from the OM4-Ti days, and when Olympus went digital, he has had almost tried and owned all the incarnations of 4/3 system DSLR bodies, going all the way back to the first generation E-300. It was indeed very refreshing to see another person so crazy into Olympus stuff. He also had recently acquired the OMD, which unfortunately had to be sent away to Olympus Service Center for servicing (something is wrong with the sensor, producing only horizontal lines), but the good news was, Olympus Malaysia was very kind to offer him help, though the OMD was purchased in Australia. Another great fact that I found out about Shaun was that his favourite gear setup was the Olympus DSLR E-5 and the beautiful Zuiko Digital 50mm F2 macro, which happens to be my staple weapon of choice these days on the streets. He strongly commented that he has spent about ONE full year shooting with just the E-5 and the 50mm, and he had produced many amazing photographs with the setup during his travel, as well as his underwater adventures.
Knowing that Shaun loves street shooting and he is an Olympus fan much like myself, we met up at Pavilion last night, together with some of my usual shooting friends, Luke and Kelvin, and of course, we had a brief shutter therapy session at Bukit Bintang streets.
All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital 50mm Macro F2
Shaun's sexy OM4-Tii
Bak Kwa, sinfully delicious, some of the food samples at Jalan Alor.
Hiding behind a fresh pile of Bak Kwa
Beauty and Cigarettes.
Lost in the city
Bikers on a break
The land where my blood was spilled
For the love of satay
Orange hair 2
Shaun molesting Luke's Nikon
I also found out that Shaun has been to Malaysia very often during his work trips, and he has spent a great deal exploring the local places and food. That saved me a lot of trouble introducing him around, and we went right on to shooting. He carried around with his two camera bodies, the PEN E-PL2 and the film OM4-Ti (since his OMD was in service center). It was my first time seeing an Olympus OM4-Ti, and my goodness, it looked so much like the OMD E-M5, which based its design largely on the OM4-Ti.
Shaun shall be away but he will return again next week, and I look forward to bringing him into some of my usual street hunting grounds. Thanks Shaun for being there with us, and we shall attack the streets again soon.