Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + JCH 400
One of the amazing things with the xpan’s wide format shots is their cinematic quality. Scenes that would look bland in standard 2:3 format acquire a certain quality through the width alone. Case in point: the eye here is drawn to each individual because there are so many in this narrow strip.
I hadn’t been to Amsterdam in a long time and if I’m honest I never managed to take shots of the city center I was truly happy with. Of course the weather was lousy, otherwise it’s no fun. Still, I suppose that’s Amsterdam too (I finally understood why Dutch men always wear a T-shirt under their shirt…) One of the big challenges in shooting the canals is that even with a wide angle there are only a few places where you’ll have enough space to properly shoot. I’m quite happy with this one. It was super windy, so the (light) x100f swayed even low on the ground, which means out of six shots this is the only one that’s sharp!
Despite its modernity, Hong Kong still shows many sights that you would rather expect in a less cosmopolitan city. Singapore is sanitized, mainland China is often backwards, Hong Kong sits somewhere in between and I love that.
Headphones, mask and mobile phone : all of the Chinese ingredients to a safe isolated life.
Not far from the shared office space I occasionally use is a street with several garages. But Hong Kong being Hong Kong, there’s no space for a yard or even inside shop, so the cars are fixed in the street. But it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a model like this. To be honest I have no idea what that mini-car is, I just thing it’s well suited to the narrow streets of HK !
*Bonzes don’t jaywalk*
To be fair, few people jaywalk in Hong Kong anyway, but when I saw this Buddhist monk quietly waiting in front of the crossing, I had this funny notion about respecting the rules (or not).
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Pro 400H
One of the limitations of the XPAN is that its widest aperture is f/4. That makes shooting at dusk tricky at best… But when it works, boy is it great !
Shooting the lanterns in long exposure at Senso-ji after dusk was comparatively easy (although I hadn’t realised that despite their size the lanterns would sway with the wind) but finding a way to shoot the pagoda was trickier. Thankfully I had my Platypod with me and was able to strap it to a tree. Shooting it through the branches, I thought would give it a different feel, and I’m really pleased with how it came out.
Fuji XT2 (XPAN) + Fuji Pro 400H
I’ve already professed my love (and regret) for the defunct Dongtai Lu antique market in Shanghai. This is a shot I took that has people in it and not just antiques.
The Fushimi Inari shrine is an impressive place literally covered with massive orange shrines (and covered with tourists as well). When we went there, we half deliberately took a wrong turn and ended up walking a narrow dirt path into the woods for a couple of hours. In several places along the path were fantastic shrines to the fox protectors or Fushimi Inari. A multitude of small Torii with these male and female fox statues wearing red aprons. This is my best approximation of what these felt like.