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Testsie Roll: Expired Centuria 400

Hi! It’s me. Just writing this post to let you know that I’m still alive. I’ve been really busy most of the year. I know, the pandemic could’ve brought countless blog posts but can you blame me if it’s easier to watch Netflix than to write about my thoughts? So yeah, I will be continuing my Testsie Roll Series where I get to share my … Continue reading Testsie Roll: Expired Centuria 400

Testsie Roll: Kodak Portra 400

Can you believe it? My first film roll ever is a Kodak Portra 400 that I bought from B&H and shipped to Uganda by an overpriced third party shipping company. I also bought my first film camera since its prime around this time. I picked a Canon-A1 with 50mm f1.4 lens because based on the reviews and countless Youtube videos that I watched, it’s a … Continue reading Testsie Roll: Kodak Portra 400

Through the Lens: Revival

I started a series a while back entitled “Through the Lens” which mainly covers the stories of my photographs using different film cameras. I experienced burn out so I stopped posting blog posts altogether. I’m still very active on Instagram though so if you want to be updated with my film photography journey, please follow my Instagram account (@thegeekmechanic). I also have a secondary instagram … Continue reading Through the Lens: Revival

Through the Lens: Malaria in Africa

Two years ago, I wrote this blog post about my near death experiences in Burkina Faso. I got sick with Malaria, missed a coup d’etat and a terror attack. That’s why this photo is very important to me. Malaria changed me. I borrowed a couple of paragraphs from that post but you can always check out the blog post here. Mike two years ago: So … Continue reading Through the Lens: Malaria in Africa

Through the Lens: Rolex (not the watch)

Rolex is a famous Ugandan street food which is made out of an egg or two sandwiched in a roll of chapati. Chapati or roti is a type of flat bread which originated from India but it is widely popular in this part of the globe because of the huge Indian population in East Africa. It’s called rolex because the chapati and the scrambled egg … Continue reading Through the Lens: Rolex (not the watch)

Through The Lens: Overcoming my Stage Fright

I’m very lucky to be part of the three out of four operator trainings in Uganda. I was supposed to just assist but they asked me to be a trainer. It’s weird that I’m still a trainee myself but I don’t have any choice. Also, I’m not much of a talker actually so speaking in front of this crowd gave me an anxiety. This experience … Continue reading Through The Lens: Overcoming my Stage Fright

Through the Lens: First of the Roll

This photo was taken with my very first roll of film. Literally the first frame of the roll as you can see with the frame burn. I didn’t know that this is a thing until I read a post from our Facebook Film Group. There’s even a dedicated instagram page (@f1rstoftheroll) for this beautiful thing. After that, I started to appreciate this phenomenon and I … Continue reading Through the Lens: First of the Roll

Through The Lens: Hopia, Mani, Popcorn

Uganda has a very centralized system. Majority of the malls/outlets can only be found in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. I’m currently based in Mbale. Roughly three to six hours from Kampala depending on the mode of transportation but I normally take the bus so it’s six hours of travel for me. I love to travel but traveling in Uganda is so stressful. There’s … Continue reading Through The Lens: Hopia, Mani, Popcorn