Most of the time when I travel for work, I travel light. That means a small camera (usually my x100f these days), and even if I take the mirrorless, I only take one or two lenses. But occasionally, I’ll go crazy and take the big zoom lens with me, as I did this one time in Istanbul. And boy was I happy that I did. This shot was the best to come out of a morning of strolling around the sites, making the most of the compression of the zoom for (I think) great effect.
*Squared and Rounded*
La Villette in Paris is a great parc, very modern, with industrial buildings including La Géode, this spherical cinema that is all shiny from the outside. The main building reflections into it in a really interesting way.
I really loved visiting Humatun’s Tomb in New Delhi all these years ago. I loved this stone lattice with the two people sitting on the other side. It would have been fascinating to do the same shot a little earlier or a little later to see how the light penetrated the room. Guess that’s an excuse to go again.
I love those tiny shrines on the curb in Hong Kong. If you’re not on the lookout, you just might miss them. I love the idea that size is not what matters to worship…
*Ferry in the Sunset*
One of my favourite things to do in Hong Kong is just to take the ferry accross from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. It’s only ten minutes, but these rickety old ferries have so much character and the view is spectacular. On this particular evening, we were on a tourist boat to show some family members around, and one of these spectacular stormy sunsets that we have in early summer occured. Not bad !
*Enter the Dragon*
The Tin Hau Fire Dragon Walk is an annual celebration dating back to the XIXth century. The Dragon is a massively long rope coil with a wooden dragon head at the front. It’s spiked with lit incense sticks on its entire length and local volunteers carry it around throughout the festival. It’s a really fun and really local thing, and this year we were lucky enough to be able to attend. I didn’t manage to capture any really good shots of the head, but the length of the body is a sight to behold!
*At the Temple Gate*
The A-Ma Temple is a wonderful hillside religious complex in Macau, very old and very atmospheric. In front of the Temple gate this old lady was begging and she looked like something out of a folk story with the stone lion on her side…
*Central Park in Blue and Gold*
I got up brutally early that morning in NYC (jetlag sometimes helps) and made my way to Central Park before sunrise. I had targeted the reservoir, had the tripod ready and was trying to warm my hands while waiting for (hopefully) glorious golden light. I didn’t get it. Since the skyline on the eastern side of the reservoir isn’t all that exciting, I wasn’t happy with the test shots I was getting until I spotted this tree overlooking the reservoir. It allowed me to frame the skyline and add foreground interest just as the sun was rising amidst the clouds.
*The Glitter of the Fake Tower*
I love doing long exposure shots and light trails, so when I saw the fake Eiffel tower glittering at night I knew I had to find a spot to do such an exposure. I had to give it six or seven try outs before I got this one (not matter what they say, a gorillapod on a lamppost is not a very stable setup) but I finally got this one and I was happy. Added bonus: unlike photos of the real Eiffel tower lights, this one is probably not illegal.
*Macau from on High*
At the top of the Studio City hotel there’s a ferris wheel of sorts actually built into the hotel structure. This is the view from the top of the wheel.