*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.
There’s a lot of « fake American » in Asia: things (places, objects, foods) that look superficially American, but are in reality what Asian restaurateurs or entertainers think the American thing is when quite often it’s not. Not necessarily a bad thing, and rather fun provided you don’t expect the real thing. This diner though was so over the top that it made us laugh real hard. Only in Macau.
Studio City is one of the massive hotel and casino complexes in Macau, this one themed around movies. I was immediately struck by the gigantic statues at the front which made me think at the same time of retro-futurist designs and of a classic comic metropolis. I hope there’s no copyright on Ultraman, but I felt that was a good name for this guy.
*Paris-Venise à Macao*
A couple of week-ends ago we went to Macau for the first time. I’d been to Vegas (once) so I kind of new what to expect, at least as far as the kitsch side of Macau was concerned. Still, the clash of the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop to Venetian buildings with tropical greens at the forefront is not something you see everyday!
As I was being driven back from Copacabana to La Paz, the car stopped in the middle of nowhere, and I couldn’t figure out why. Finally, the driver said there might be a Morenada ahead as this was a saturday. Upon understanding what he was talking about, I grabbed my camera with the lens that was on it (a 50mm, it turned out, which in APSC meant 80mm) and ran towards the festivities. In between the harsh light and the excessive focal length, I had a hard time framing this wonderful dance but a few of the shots were keepers still. This one I like, in part because the woman at the forefront looks so serious about it.
Under the Deep Blue Sky
The Altiplano is so high that the sky is a deep deep blue and the light is super harsh. This makes lit whites super white (as on the left here) and shadows super dark (as in the middle and the right). Our Lady of Copacabana is all whitewashed, but when I got there, late morning, not all of it was lit, causing these stark contrasts that I like.
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.
Boatload of Boats
Marseille is a really interesting city in that it stretches along the coast for miles. This means that virtually anywhere in the city, if you head towards the sea you find tiny harbours or calanques (rock beaches). I really liked this one and only disturbed a few beach goers to shoot it.
Until my little Roman escapade, I had never really shot urban facades wide angle. Sure, my go to lens (when not shooting a 35mm fixed lens) opens at 27mm which is pretty wide, but often insufficient for narrow streets or high facades. In Rome I had my 10-24mm lens (equivalent 15-36mm) and really discovered how cool that was to shoot high doors in narrow streets. This photo is an example of that.