*Pont des Arts*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT 100
I had initially planned to do a long exposure shot of the Pont des Arts to capture the cloudtrails, but when I saw the massive (and ugly) iPhone advert in front of a building being renovated I decided against it. Still, I took an eye level shot, and the Agfa CT 100 slide did its usual magic : great colours in the sky, capturing that violet tinge of the stormy clouds, and the sharp Institut de France on the other side… This works !
*Checking Your Social Media*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
I had a meeting near Fitroy Square in London, and since I was a little early I decided to check out said square. The facades were very British (well, very posh British) and as I prepared to shoot (perfect alignment for the XPAN), this guy walks out in a white t-shirt and starts clicking on his phone. Perfect.
Fuji XPAN + Fuji Portra 160
How the light hits a particular scene, especially on a sunny day, changes the scene complementely. What first attracted my eye here was the row of scooters (they look like guns!) and then of course the bearded guy engrossed in his sports newspaper…
*Luxembourg in the Sun*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
I have never loved Paris as much as since I don’t live there anymore. When I go back there I’m free to see the good (and it is a beautiful city) without the bad. I carried the XPAN with me the three days I was there recently, and got some really great shots (I think). I particularly liked how the subdued colours of the Portra 160 worked on this shot of the Luxembourg palace.
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).