The hours leading to dusk in Luang Prabang are fascinating as monks gather towards the city’s temples for evening prayers. I liked how this particular monk was framed by the side door of the house he was praying in.
One afternoon in the Luang Praband heat I did something I rarely do (but maybe should do more often): it took some street shots with the zoom lens. In photography circles many will tell you that street is in your face 35mm or nothing. This shot was shot at 210mm. But I like it a lot, the compression from the zoom lens creates nice detachment, and the scene was quite cute…
*Monk on the Bridge*
There’s an old Eiffel style bridge that crosses the Nam Khan river in Luang Prabang. Appropriately, the locals call it the old French bridge. The road is for two-wheelers only, and there’s a rickety wooden platform attached to the side of the bridge for pedestrians. I managed to dodge the mopeds to take this shot that I quite like.
*Peel St. Shrine*
Fuji GW690iii + Cinestill 50D
At the top of the lower portion of Peel St. just below Staunton Rd. there’s a little shrine that I’ve always found beautiful. I took advantage of a decent afternoon light and a tripod to shoot this photo. I took a couple of shots, one at f/4 and one at f/11. As an illustration that my 135 reflexes are still strong I assumed f/11 would be end to end sharp, but as you can see it wasn’t. I do like the slight blur on the foreground though, it makes the wisps of incense more of a central fixture.
Fuji GW690iii + Cinestill 50D
I’ve taken many photos of Tin Hau Temple in the years that we’ve lived just around the corner. There’s a certain charm about it at dusk, when the lanterns are lit and the doors are closed. I thought it would be a good trial of the new camera with Cinestill 50D which gives subdued, pastel colors. What I hadn’t anticipated is that the (fixed) focal length of the 690 wouldn’t let me take the whole scene in. All that’s left is the doors, which still look very cool (I find) but obviously I’ll have to revisit that shot with a different camera.
*Father & Son*
Spotmatic F + Ilford Pan F
My first film camera was a cheaply procured Spotmatic F. It had the advantage of using an M42 mount for which many good lenses could be had on the cheap. It was a good, sturdy camera and I’d like to shoot it again someday, when it comes out of storage. This, I think was the last roll I shot with it in Istanbul on a short business trip. I was then given a Canon A2 which has autofocus and autoexposure…
Fuji TX2 + Fuji Velvia 100
While seeing elephants was one of our goals going to Luang Prabang, we wanted to make sure these elephants were well cared for, which involved no rides. What you see here is the handler of each elephant riding them bareback (the harnesses are what harm the elephants) when crossing the river. Magnificent beasts, a very moving family moment and something memorable as well.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill 800T
In early January I headed out to Shanghai for work. I had a half day off at the tail end of the trip and headed out to the Jade Buddha Temple where I’d been only once on the very first week we moved to Shanghai. Despite the gloom and rain, it was even better than I remembered. I had thankfully packed 800 ISO film, and while the light wasn’t exactly the best, I got a few good shots including this one of one of the larger buddhas.