Cold Urban Jungle
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 17s, ISO 1000
In Tokyo I was in the Shimbashi area by accident, but I loved the vertical nature of the city around there. Cold, to be sure, but multi-level with elevated pedestrian platforms everywhere and great perspectives…
Quiet Shimbashi Road
Fuji, x100f, 28mm, f/11, 26s, ISO 400
I went to Tokyo fully determined to do lots of light trails, but I realised that you rarely stumble upon the right locations without knowing ahead of time what might look good. Also: pedestrian overpasses: good. Glass railings: bad. This was the best I managed, with a tripod precariously perched on the tip of a glass railing…
Sham Shui Po Highway
Fuji x100s, 35mm, 1/26s, f/16, ISO 200
About two years ago I came over to Hong Kong (when I was still living in Shanghai) and stayed in a really high up hotel room in Sham Shui Po. The view by day was nothing to write home about, but at night I immediately saw the potential. I did two long exposure shots to capture the light trails, one vertical (Slow Hong Kong) and this one. I really like the contrast between the cold tones of the building lines and the warm tones of the highway.
Brussels in Colour
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/11, 15s, ISO 400
Brussels is a beautiful and fantastic city, cosmopolitan, architecturally and culturally exciting, great to walk around and full of lovely and interesting people. This week I will be posting only photos of Brussels. This is the Grand Place. I didn’t have a tripod, but I had my beanbag with me so I set it on the curb and shot a 15s exposure. It doesn’t normally look that empty!
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.
Slow Hong Kong
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/11, 85s, ISO 200
50mm telephoto extension + in-built ND8 filter
I always meant to explore Bulb mode for really long exposures, but have rarely found the opportunities to do it. Monday night I realized my 21st floor hotel room overlooked a highway amidst tall Hong Kong buildings. I set up my tripod against the window sill and voila! This is a rough version as I’m posting this from the airport and haven’t had time to really tweak the colour temperature, but it’s interesting (I think).
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 30s, ISO 500
There’s a certain amount of Disneyland artificiality to Singapore. It’s not quite Las Vegas levels of it, but still… One of the most famous hotels is the Marina Bay Sands which I managed to shoot one night on my way back. It was a tricky long exposure (without the in-built ND I was getting too short exposure times due to the ambiant light, but with the ND it was too long so I had to up the ISO!) Still, it’s quite representative of some of the architectural madness in Singapore.
San Giorgio at Dusk
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 18s, ISO 200
Obviously, for the lover of Long Exposure that I am, Venice is a godsend. I wish I’d had a proper tripod (there’s only so much a Gorillapod will do) and more evenings and mornings to find cool locations to shoot, but I did get a few shots I liked, including this one.
The Three Towers
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/16, 30s, ISO 200
A few years ago I went to Shanghai on a business trip and took a photo that I entitled The Two Towers (in a not so subtle reference to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings) featuring the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Tower. Going back to a similar location last week, I realised that even if I’d wanted to, I couldn’t do the same shot again: there’s a third tower now, the nearly finished Shanghai Tower. Still, I stabilized my gorillapod, screwed on my ND 400 filter, activated the internal ND 8 filter (for a combined ND 3200) and fired for 30s in plain daylight. I quite like the results.
San Giorgio Maggiore
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 20s, ISO 200
Venice is a honeytrap for the amateur photographer, and despite only having my x100s and gorillapod, I was able to make some really great low-light long-exposures while I was there. This is one of them.