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…
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/200s, ISO 200
Despite the lackluster weather, we were able to do a day’s worth of boating in the bay east of Phuket in a long-tail fisherman’s boat. It was fun, hopping from island to island and discovering wonderful coves, beautiful lagoons and even caves! This rock protected a tiny natural lagoon where we stopped to dip in the waters and just generally play around in the water. We even had a couple of sunrays while we were there (but it didn’t last…)
Andaman Storm Brewing
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/900s, ISO 200
I spent a few days on an Island near Phuket in Thailand. Unfortunately for us, the generally clement weather was anything but. I made do with what I have though, and this week I will share a few shots I took there, mostly seascapes. Here is probably the most successful, showing the numerous islands peppering the Andaman sea (and the heavy weather).
Farm in the Rice Fields
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/500s, ISO 640
The three things that struck me the most about Bhutan were the architecture, the costumes and the rice fields. This, as a consequence, is my most comprehensive Bhutanese shot since it features all three. I will be posting nothing by Bhutan pictures this week.
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/8, 1/1000s, ISO800
The Buddha Dordenma is probably the most impressive manmade thing I saw while in Bhutan. It overlooks the capital city of Thimphu, and actually isn’t finished yet (the insides will ultimately be a temple, but that’s not done yet). I took this shot from a moving bus and was quite please it came out so well. In fact, I suspect it’s my best shot from Bhutan. If you’re interested in a print, get in touch!