Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Ilford FP4+
Model : Lara
One of the conclusions I drew from the first two sessions is that plant textures with small or haphazard leaves makes the portraits difficult to read. This is even more true when the textures are shot in the sun, creating harsh contrasts. Yet sometimes that business conveys an interesting, chaotic feel to the portraits.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
Light does interesting things inside a forest, or at least it certainly did in Nuuksio. The environment is so dark that despite the overcast sky, when there’s a small clearing it looks sunny. That’s what I wanted to capture here where this huge rock formation created a no-tree zone, letting the light in.
*Kingdom of Moss*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra160
Having gone to Helsinki in November for work (apparently, according to the sign at Helsinki airport, that makes me a hero) I took advantage of a sunday off to head out to Nuuksio National Park, about an hour from the city center by public transport. I walked for a few hours in the wilderness, overcome by greens, moss and more trees and logs than you can shake a stick at. Oh, and boulders. Good thing I had my tripod with me because there was clearly not enough light for handheld photography.
XPAN + Kodak Ektar 100
At the very end of my half-day stroll in Vienna, I had only a few shots left in my Ektar roll, and I tried to use them, but I couldn’t. Still, I went for some pure street shots as opposed to the architectural stuff I had tried before. This was one of these shots.
*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.
*Angels & Crosses*
Whenever my travels for work give me an opportunity to get away from it all, I try to grab it, as a compensation for the hours of flight and discomfort. I recently heard about Highgate Cemetary in London and I wanted to walk around there. I was lucky that on the day I went there, a few hours before my flight home, it had snowed and some of the snow remained. Anyway, the angel statues and the derelict state of the cemetary both appealed to me.
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…