Smiling in the Sunset
I recently noticed that some of the streets on my route to and from work are perfectly aligned with the sunset. I stood there for a while and tried to snap people walking towards me. It’s still work in progress as I figure out the opportunities, but this lady’s smile made the picture for me, so this is the one I’m sharing first.
Beach & Tags
What caught my eye here was the combination of bathers on one side of the frame and the heavy urban feel of the street art on the other side. I wish the dinghy hadn’t been there bobbing on the water, but hopefully it’s not too distracting.
Akihabara by Night
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/16, 8s, ISO 200
My original intent with this was to shoot light trails in front of the Akihabara lights. Unfortunately, I had not anticipated that the pedestrians crossing on my left would block the cars turning just in front of my lens. So instead I shot a long exposure in between cars, and was quite pleased withe the result (and surprisingly little ghosting).
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/30s, ISO 200
As I was going around Tokyo I was looking for little glimpses of the city, things you wouldn’t see anywhere else, and I felt like this was one of them. I wish the woman on the right hadn’t been there, but I’d rather not edit her out…
Fuji x-Pro2, 50mm, f/2, 1/160s
I have been doing some disturbing shots lately, as a pitch to illustrate a no less disturbing role-playing game called Unknown Armies. I hope no one finds this shot offensive, it’s supposed to emulate a school of modern magick in Unknown Armies that fuels itself through ritual scarification. I tried to contrast the cuteness of the model with the gruesomeness of the scars (not real, obviously.)
Canon EOS 7D, 310mm, f/3,2, 1/500s, ISO 400
Nalle Colt is the guitarist of Vintage Trouble, a blues/soul revival band that packs a ton of energy. In my early days of shooting concerts I would use a lot of dutch angles, then I stopped doing it. But once in a while, it works quite nicely.
Westminster on Thames
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400
Kodak T-Max 400
I’ve been to London many times, but under a nice sun it’s a city that never fails to charm me. I was staying at a hotel near Westminster and that morning went to a meeting at Victoria station on foot just for the chance to take advantage of the sun. By the time I got back form the meeting, said sun had gone…
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Fuji TX2, 45mm, F/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 100
Film: Fuji Velvia 100
Most of my street photography these days is done in locations that most Europeans consider « exotic », so it was fun to walk the streets of Geneva and shoot what most Asian tourists would probably consider quaint. This barrel organ player, complete with hat and beard certainly fit the bill! It was my first ever roll of Velvia, and I loved the colors. I’ll be shooting more slide from now on.
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
Most diatonic player stick to one brand and model harmonica once they’ve found the one they like. Until recently, I never settled on a single one, but I think I’ve found my holy grail now. It’s not on this shot!
Through the Veil
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100
Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be one of the official photographers for a costumed ball entitled « Dans les Bas-Fonds de Chicago » (which I guess one could translate as ‘Seedy Chicago‘). I shot attendees for over 4 hour straight assisted by my good friend Thomas, which was exhausting, but very gratifying as well. I had proper studio lighting and a black backdrop, and although the venue imposed some tough constraints, I had a great time. Great learning experience as well. I’ll be sharing my favourite shots from that marathon session in the coming days. In this shot, what really appealed to me was Vanessa’s veil and tattoo (although the tattoo was featured more prominently on another shot.