La Sardina El Capitan, Fritz the Blitz Flash
These were taken with the new Kodak Portra 400 on the plastic toycam by LSI: the La Sardina during our illegal exploration of the now abandoned Pudu Prison in Kuala Lumpur. As I’ve mentioned earlier, it has a small aperture of f/8 with a wide angle 22mm plastic lens, designed for use under bright sunlight.
We managed to break into the prison grounds at 5.30pm when it was already getting dark and the damp prison loomed ominously. I didn’t have any other camera with me that’s suitable for low light photography and the only fast film I have was the Portra 400. Since this 1895 built prison was scheduled to demolished soon, we felt that we had to get in no matter what, and I took the chance that my expensive Portra won’t be wasted in a toycam.
All photos were taken with the flash fired and fyi, the 3rd last picture was taken in a totally dark corridor! Pitch black! I was surprised to see that the pic even appeared, thought it would be ruined.
Oh, btw the prison was purported to be severely haunted, we were even warned by the construction workers to come back in the morning if we really want to explore the place…hehehe. Luckily we didn’t meet ANYTHING although I swear when we were in that dark corridor, I felt an unnatural chill and just KNOW that we had to get out of there, no matter what. That was one the scariest moments I’ve had in my entire life.
With that said, yes the Portra had proven itself to be a crazy film with so much tolerance to light that it can shoot and produce beautiful results in ANY SITUATION!
Thank you, Kodak!
p/s: That’s me, Didy & Yovie…hehe. We can’t resist, although we felt like screaming while taking the shot, imagining if we’re gonna be trapped there and the gates will get bolted shut!