Buddha in the Clouds
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 200
This is another shot of the Buddha Dordenma in Thimpu, Bhutan. A truly impressive piece of architecture. One of the most surprising aspects to me was the notion that this would be built today. I can’t imagine a cathedral being built in France today in the style of the medieval cathedrals, yet this is, in essence, what it is. It’s one of those moments when I realize that spirituality truly means something else in Asia.
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.
Fuji x100s, f/11, 30s, ISO 200
Another early morning shot in San Francisco. This is the view of the city from Pier 14. I like how the top of the Transamerican Building peaks above the skyline at the back. Processed with X-Equals XeL 2.0.
Sunrise Under the Bay Bridge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 14s, ISO 200 w. ND 64 external filter and ND 8 internal filter
It’s surprisingly difficult to do sunrise shots of San Francisco. The city is nearly always lost in fog until close to mid-day, and on my first day there last week I didn’t realise how lucky I was to catch this much of a sunrise, which is admittedly not much. Still, I quite liked the composition, with the wooden piles at the forefront and what little of the morning sunlight is visible directly under the bridge. I remain amazed at my x100s’ capabilities and am seriously thinking about ditching the Canon system altogether…
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 640
Walking through Gamla Stan in Stockholm near dusk I found this marvelous statue with the latin text backdrop. I wish I’d had a telephoto lens and a high vantage points for a really shallow depth of field shot, but failing that, this will do.
Fuji X100S, 35mm, 27s, f/8, ISO 200 (in-built ND filter)
Last night I participated in a photowalk in Paris near the Seine, and I was reminded by one of the other participants, also an X100 user, of the in-built ND filter. I set it up in camera, put the camera on the rail of the Pont D’Arcole and kneeled on the ground, clutching my strap for fear of the camera falling in the water. The result seriously astounded me. It may not be the best long-exposure shot ever, but considering I expected nothing of that in-built ND, it’s pretty astounding. Next time I’ll remember to take my gorillapod and my beanbag…
Curvaceous Southern Belle
Canon A2, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 100
Film: Adox Color Implosion
This is another photo from Chattanooga, something I didn’t expect to see there (I guess the Simpson episode where Michaelangelo’s David is censored for being naked gave me the wrong impression on US prudeness). It’s very grainy, like all the pictures I took with the Adox film. I have another roll, but I’m not convinced I’ll ever use it…
Cleveland on the Horizon
Horizon 202, 28mm, f/5,6, 1/50s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
While in Chattanooga in December I found a second-hand film camera I’d been eyeing for a while, the Russian Horizon 202 that shoots 120° panoramic pictures. I took it for a test-run in the streets of Cleveland before it (unfortunately) froze on me. Now I need to get it fixed, which is all the more frustrating since I really liked how some of these shots came out.
Across the Tennessee River
Canon A2, 20mm, f/13, 1/50s, ISO 200
Film: Fuji Experia 200 (Expired)
The Walnut Street Bridge I walked accross to get to the North Shore passes a massive roadbridge accross the Tennesse River. The morning light was gorgeous, and I just had to shoot. I tried a couple of long-exposures as well, but I was too far from the water for it to make any difference.