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  • Writer's pictureDean Gagliardi

Chi Lin Nunnery (Film) - Nikon F100 / Kodak Ultramax 400

Updated: Aug 24, 2020


Date - July 25, 2020

Camera - Nikon F100

Lenses - Tamron 35/1.8 VC, Tamron 45/1.8 VC & Tamron 85/1.8 VC

Film - Kodak Ultramax 400

Developed @ - "Dotwell" PhotoLab

Scanner - Nikon V-ED

Software - Vuescan / NegativeLabPro / Lightroom

Location - Hong Kong (Chi Lin Nunnery, Diamond Hill)

Comment - I felt like shooting something other than street photography for a change and headed down to the Chi Lin Nunnery in Diamond Hill. About the only good thing to come from this virus from China is that Hong Kong is unusually quiet, with most doing the right thing and staying home (I probably should too 😳). Usually, this complex is pretty busy, but there were only a few people around, which added to the serene feeling you get when wandering around these impressive structures. Initially erected in the 1930s as a retreat for Buddhist nuns, the entire place was pretty much rebuilt in again 1998. It's a stunning setting. The temple's official website is here.

I got there at the opening time around 9 am, but even then the light was pretty bright and harsh. The F100's matrix metering did a decent job in the conditions though, considering the bright lit sky and shadows everywhere. Not sure if Ultramax 400 was the right film to use for these shots. I wanted to use CineStill 50D, but the camera store doesn't seem to be stocking it anymore. I've ordered some online which should arrive this week. Perhaps next time. 

I was going to cross the road and head over to the Nian Li Gardens and take some shots after finishing up at Chi Lin, but I'd already shot two rolls, and by 10:30 the light was horrendous. Hopefully I can get down to the gardens next week.

The Maitreya Hall at Chi Lin Nunnery.

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