The Mangrove’s Mouth
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200
Langkawi’s Bat Cave doesn’t feature sleek black automobiles or bat-shaped weaponry, just hundreds upon hundreds of bats. The cave mouth open’s directly on the Mangrove, and the stalactite there caught my eye. I like the contrast between the stone and the vibrant green of the mangrove itself.
Overlooking the Islands
Fuji XPro-2, 80mm, f/8, 1/300s, ISO 200
From the top of the cable car station, you have a stunning 360 view on Langkawi and the surrounding islands. It was dusk when we were there, but there was something wonderfully melancholy about this blue on blue landscape.
Looking at Paradise
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/600s, ISO 200
As soon as I set foot on Pasir Tengkorak Beach on the Northern shore of Langkawi I knew I had to take a shot using those two branches to frame the island out at sea. I did several attempts, but the photo was missing something, I felt, so I asked my son to sit on the branch. I think this balances the composition nicely.
The Sun Setting Over Happy Valley
Fuji XPro-2, 38mm, f/13, 1/170s, ISO 200
I live just south of Happy Valley and had already staked the area along Taï Hang road. Yesterday I took advantage of a clear day and went all the way up the road by cab so I could walk all the way down while the sun was setting. My battery died halfway down, but I got some good shots before the XPro2 sucked the juice out of it. I love the mix of buildings and vegetation here in Hong Kong.
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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Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
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.