Diagonal of Light
Early morning light is the best. And sometimes, as you walk past a place that the evening before looked as nondescript as could be, you stumble upon a shot. I love this one. Not only the diagonal of light, but the shadow of the walking subject and the London Brick backdrop…
As I was walking towards a meeting in Pall Mall I walked passed St Martin in the Fields, and never having gone inside, decided to give it a try. It may look sober compared to the churches and cathedrals I’m used to in Paris, but there’s something soothing in that, even to an atheist like me. Anyway, I decided it was worth a shot. Only later did I notice the man silently praying on the right hand side of the shot.
Very close to Covent Garden, there was this building in the process of being renovated. Massive space, beautiful ceilings, no idea what it was before. Love the oval windows…
*Waiting for the Tube*
I’ve been roadtesting my newly acquired Fuji XT3 these last few weeks, and I did a lot of low light shots in the London tube to push the limits of the Fuji’s light sensitivity (this is ISO 3200 for what it’s worth). The London tube is colourful and recognisable of course which makes this a quintessentially London shot.
I can’t remember when I first saw ‘Les Horloges’, the statue by Arman that stands in front of St Lazare train station in Paris. I do know that I’ve been fascinated by it from the start, and have tried to shoot it in interesting ways repeatedly. The pigeon couple and the wide-angle shot make it more interesting, don’t they?
*Matter and Anti-Matter*
Powerful sunlight low on the horizon will create these deep projected shadows that I love. As I mentioned in a previous post I’m starting to experiment with how to capture them in an esthetic way, and this is one of those attempts.
*On a Break !*
Paris has more old stone and churches than you might think. I like it when old and new clash in interesting ways. I think these guys were renovating a nearby church or something…
One of the things I love about winter light, besides the soft quality of the light itself is the fact that you get long shadows for a long period of time in the afternoon. I haven’t done much with them, but this is an example of what I’d like to do better going forward.
*The Portal of Shadow and Light*
I love winter light. I know it’s only October, but in Paris the light felt like winter already. I was walking around North of Les Halles when I stumbled upon this church. I think it’s Saint-Nicolas des Champs. Anyway, this door, half in light, half in shadows had the most wonderful detail, and felt like something from a mysterious movie.
Most of the spectacular doors I saw and shot in Rome were square, but this round door in a narrow street near the center appealed to me…