Angkor on the Horizon
Fuji XPro-2, 80mm, f/4, 1/640s, ISO 200
Phnom Bakheng is a derelict temple at the top of a hill overlooking Angkor Wat. Seeing the famous three spires emerge through the foliage was something quite unique.
Canon EOS 7D, 32mm, f/11, 1/4s, ISO 100
Recently, while discussing potential prints of flowing water with a client, I realised that I had never posted this photo on my blog. This was shot in the Jura mountains, and I love the near painting quality it has. It was during this session I realised that with rushing water I didn’t need long exposure times to get the amount of motion blur in the water that I like. I used a variant edit of this shot to illustrate my Long Exposure Tutorial.
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Phu Quoc Sunset
Fuji TX2, 45mm, 1/100s, f/8, ISO 100
Slide Film: Agfa CT 100 Precisa
I first used Agfa Precisa slide film this summer and I was stunned by the quality of the colours. In preparation for Vietnam this winter I purchased 10 rolls and brought about half as many with me. In the end, due to weather constraints, I could only use one of them. I was stunned again and how gorgeous the colors were, and this sunset particularly stood out. It’s very classic in feel, but the slow fade to black on the right is just magical (I think). I strongly recommend you enlarge this one to really catch the glory of it.
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It’s hard to do good landscape shots at any time, but it’s especially hard when the light isn’t interesting. On my first day in Auckland a friend toured me around and took me to Piha Beach, which on a bright day would have been fantastic for photos. As it was, I only took a few shots and thought nothing of it. Turns out they were rather more interesting than I thought.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 500
I’m not a landscape photographer. I just don’t have the skill for it and I can only admire the masters from afar and, once in a while, shoot what to them would be a snapshot but at least brings me nice memories of something I saw. We recently spent a few days as a family in Ping An, North of Guilin in China. The region is known for its remote villages and terraced rice paddies. Not since I went to Bali when I was 13 had I seen such verdant green, and I was compelled to shoot many landscapes, few of which are any good. I had high hopes for sunset, but it turns out the nearby mountains hid the sun very early, and sunset wasn’t what I expected. Still, I tried to make the most of the slight haze of pink on the horizon, and this is the result.
Canon 7D, 27mm, f/9, 1/160s, ISO 1000
In my (limited) landscape photography experience, I’ve always found that mountain sunrises or sunsets were the hardest to get right, because the contrast between the fiery sky (when you’re lucky) and the unlit mountain is so harsh. Sometimes though, it works as I think is the case here.
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Geyser in Geysir
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Superia 400
A short business trip in Iceland let me at least understand the appeal of this harsh looking country for photographers. Next time I go there, I’ll be better equipped, but in the meantime, here’s a shot of Geysir, the geyser that gave all geyser’s their name. It doesn’t look that spectacular here, but a few microseconds later and the whole place was white with exploding water drops. In other words, when it’s at its highest, you can’t see it up close.
Mosque on Stilts
Canon 7D, 185mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 800
Not very far from the so-called James Bond Island (featured in the Man with the Golden Gun) is a village on stilts called Panyee. The most impressive thing about the village is the Mosque standing tall above the rest. I doubt if it’s actually on stilts, but it made for a good photo title!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5,6, 1/125s, ISO 800
On one of the islands we visited, we got to explore some natural caves. In Thailand, unlike in France, you can just walk in with headlamps. No security, but a sense of freedom that we found exhilarating (although having to navigate a three year old girl through the caves was an interesting challenge. At the end of the cave were two ‘windows’ onto a lagoon inside the island. We couldn’t get there, but just the sight was amazing.
Long Tail Waiting
Canon 7D, 110mm, f/11, 1/250s, ISO 400
On the morning of our boat excursion, I got up at dawn (like most mornings when we were in Ko Yao Noï) with tripod and zoom lens in the hope of capturing gorgeous pictures of the sunrise. Alas the cloud cover was simply too thick, although we did have a bit of gold about half an hour after sunrise as you can see here. To think I lugged all of this heavy gear for nothing…