Water & Rocks
The last shot I took in my Marseille outing. It was in a part of Marseille called Les Goudes that honestly doesn’t feel like it’s in the city anymore (but it is). It was very peaceful there, and beautiful too. I really like these little pockets of sea water that get trapped in the rocks, and this is what I tried to capture here, and exercice in comparative textures.
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.
The combination of transparency and motion blur is one of the things I love in seaside long exposures. Of course, the contrast between the harshness of the rock and the softness of the water also contributes greatly. The bricked up sewer pipe and the green algae also caught my eye in this one.
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.
I was lucky enough to spend a day in Marseille this summer. A friend of mine walked me around the coastline, and I took some long exposure shots in the morning light. Sure, there’s something touristy about some of these shots, but that light is so gorgeous…
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/11, 6,5s, ISO 200
The last time I’d been in Rome I had spotted those fountains in front of the Borghese Gallery but the light was all wrong and the photos I got weren’t very interesting. This time the light was right, and I had the tripod and ND filter. I quite like how this looks. In particular the rusted stone (is that a thing?) which I guess is fungi of some sort came out real nice. Oh and I know it’s not an imp, more likely some devil out of Dante, but Slow Imp sounded nicer.
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/16, 15s, ISO 200
For a long time I’ve been meaning to take a long exposure shot of the coliseum with traffic light trails in front. When I got there thanks to my friend Lori, I found that the angle I wanted to shoot from was occupied with scaffolding and a crane. So I went to the other side, and shot this. To be honest I’m not super happy with the angle, but I still think it works. Will revisit at a later date.
Slow Sea Horses
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/13, 12s, ISO 200
Walking around the Villa Borghese with tripod and ND filter, I realised there were more photo opportunities than I anticipated. I tried to find the right angle for the Fontana dei Cavalli Marini, with the sun behind me and was quite pleased with the results.
Aesclepius Wakes Up
Fuji xpro-2, 60mm, f/13, 8.5s, ISO 200
When I was in Rome for work last year I discovered the Temple of Aesclepius in the Villa Borghese, by the side of a little lake. Back then I had neither tripod nor zoom lens, so this time I came prepared. I went there early morning, after the sun was up, but not too high on the sky. I used an ND400 filter to get this 8 second exposure, and I’m very pleased with the result, basked in glorious morning light.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/16, 12s, ISO 200
In many ways, Tokyo is even more of a vertical city than Hong Kong where I live. Hong Kong mostly grew overground, which makes sense when you realise that most of the high-riser areas are on reclaimed land. Tokyo on the other hand seems to me as much underground as overground with multiple layers of commuting, shops and walkways superimposed. That means lots of colonnades and interestingly graphic things to shoot with a wide(ish) angle lens!