The Front Door
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
I have an unwavering fascination with doors, especially when they are ornate or derelict or a mix thereof. I took a lot of photos of doors in Venice, most of them half-rotten canal doors. This one probably is the most representative, but I may do a « door » series in the not too distant future.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 800
Limoncello is a staple lemon alcohol from Venice. It’s not unpleasant, but it really is an acquired taste. Still, the bottles look so cool that the photographer in me doesn’t care how it tastes!
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.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/300s, ISO 200
Venice is ripe with street photo opportunities, and when I saw this couple seated under the statue of a saint alongside Santa Maria del Giglio, I knew I had a good shot despite the high contrast.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/120s, ISO 400
The theme for this week’s photos is Venice. I was lucky enough to have to spend three days in Venice for work last year and spent all of my free time walking the streets and losing myself in the labyrinth. I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface, so the selection this week will be only a little bit of what I think I could shoot if I went back. Anyway, here’s the first shot, a view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge, with the obligatory gondola. I wasn’t exactly plagued with beautiful weather, but there was enough texture in the sky at most times that it didn’t look completely bland.
Nostalgie de Paris
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Agfa Scala 200
Just before the summer I finished a roll of one of my favorite slide film: Agfa Scala 200. I remember walking back to St Lazare, past Trinité and thinking the alignment of the Metro sign with the Trinité Church bell-tower would make an interesting composition. Months later, after scanning the film, I have to agree with my past self. I’m in two minds whether the slight aperture blur of the Church is too much, just right or not enough, but I guess it’ll give me an excuse to experiment further next time I’m in Paris.
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.