Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Chinese Opera

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Chinese opera (Chinese: 戏曲/戲曲; Pinyin: xìqǔ) is a popular form of drama and musical theatre in China with roots going back as far as the third century CE. There are numerous regional branches of Chinese opera, of which the Beijing opera (Jingju) is one of the most notable…clicks here for more info about Chinese Opera in Wikipedia.

This set of Chinese Opera photo was captured in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia. In the Chinese calendar of July, this is the Hungry Ghost Month where the Chinese believe the “ghost” is being release from hell. The Chinese are praying the “ghost” with food, fruit, clothing, and “hell money”. Meanwhile, the “ghost” is enjoying the Chinese Opera…

I was using Nikon FM3a Film SLR, Nikon AF 35mm f2D, and Fujifilm Superia ASA 1600 to capture these photos. The photo presented here is a little bit soft and grainy due to the following reasons:

1)   I have missed focus in most of the photo.

2)   I added the noise reduction in post processing because most of the original photo was too grainy with the Fujifilm Superia ASA 1600.

Here, I present you the Chinese Opera…

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

Nikon FM3a, Nikon AF35mm f2D, Fujifilm Superia 1600.

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3 thoughts on “Chinese Opera

  1. Very good set, Kelvin !! I am curious how the digital files from OM-D turned out.
    Do not worry about the grain, I think it adds character to the film files. If you really do not like the grain then might as well stay with digital only. Those film lovers “raved” about how their grain looks like. I am surprised you do not like it, but to be honest neither do I haha.
    Do shoot more Chinese Opera, we need to preserve this culture. Our generation (or next generation) no longer appreciates this tradition and culture. I do think it is very unique and indeed, great opportunity for photography !!

    • Robin, the grain shown here is after I added noise reduction during post processing. The photo is not usable if I did not post process it. It was too grainy with lot of white grain. I do like the grainy feel, but not the one came out originally. I think I have done something wrong about the metering, it shown a lot of noise on the shadow when under expose a lot. I should have increase the compensation at least to +1. But, I learned the lesson from here. We should do more photography especially at night, in order to get better use of the exposure under dim light condition. I think we done too much shooting at day time.

      I will upload the other set of photo from OMD soon, but don’t expect too much from the digital. I only manage to shoot some when I was about to leave the stage that night.

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