Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 1600
Film: Fuji Superia 1600
I have something of an obsession for this statue just outside the St Lazare train station in Paris. It’s called « L’Heure pour Tous » (Time for Everybody) and I shot it a lot a few years ago, trying to find interesting compositions and integrating the pigeons when I could. With the vertical panorama, I had to fill the foreground, which these two passers-by kindly did for me. Since the statue was refurbished, it’s now golden, which I don’t like as much as when it was black. But I have to say, with a bright color film, it certainly sparkles!
Cycling in Paris
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
Shooting horizontal panoramas with the Fuji TX2 is comparatively simple and fairly similar to traditional framing (although you have to be extra careful with focal plane and horizontal lines) but knowing what to do with such a massive piece of image real estate in vertical is a real challenge. I was therefore quite pleased with this shot because the cyclist provided me with the foreground subject I needed to make it come alive. Admittedly, the differences in lighting of the foreground and background make it less than perfect, but still, I think it works.
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Superia 400
There is a certain irony in coming back from China to Paris for a few days and stumbling upon a French restaurant nested in between two Chinese restaurants. This is what gave me the inspiration for the shot and the title. I guess it’s a classic use of the TX2′s panorama function.
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Je Suis Charlie
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/5,6, 1/60s, ISO 200
Film: Kodak Ektachrome 200 (Expired)
Paris still bears signs of the traumatic events of early January and the upsurge of public support for freedom of expression. The slogan « Je Suis Charlie » can still be seen more or less everywhere, and I wanted to capture that. What I didn’t realize was how bad expired slide film could go. This is color slide film, believe it or not. Most of the shots in that roll were worthless and not worth working on, but this one had something. This is a heavily processed version to bring back contrast, but it retains the weird colour cast. I’ve also produced a B&W version below, but I think I actually prefer the weird purple.
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Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4; 1/60s, ISO 1000
The first evening, at dusk, I was struck by the possibilities offered by the bright shop windows before closing time to do silhouettes. I have it a shot and was quite pleased with the results. Unfortunately, it requires time and patience, and with kids in tow I had neither, so this is the only attempt. Definitely something I will try again.
Hong Kong Verticals
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/17s, ISO 3200
There are some areas in Central where the sky is so far out due to high buildings that it feels like night anyway. This is especially true in really narrow alleyways such as this one. What grabbed my eye was the green light reflected on the tile wall, and then this guy walked passed me.
For the God of Knowledge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s; ISO 3200
The first time I went to Hong Kong 7 years ago I was walking around Central and I kind of stumbled upon Man Mo temple on Hollywood Street. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and is really tiny inside, but the huge incense spirals as far as the eye can see are a truly impressive sight. This place has a mood all of its own and this time I took my wife and kids there so they could share that experience.
No Rest for Street Vendors
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/100s, ISO 2000
If ever a city deserved the nickname City that Never Sleeps it’s Hong Kong. Even late at night there are still plenty of street vendors plying their trade (mostly in fake electronic goods, watches and food). I captured this one because the light struck me as interesting, outlining the customers as it does.
HK Taxi Stand
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/500s, ISO 3200
I spent a short week in Hong Kong recently, and went out nearly every night to try and capture the particular atmosphere of the city after dusk. I was mostly on Hong Kong Island around Central (my favourite part of HK anyway) and this week I will share photos from a series I entitled Hong Kong Mood, trying to express what makes Hong Kong what it is visually. I was greatly helped by the incredible low-light performance of the Fuji x100s with virtually no grain at ISO 3200. Liberating.
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.