Pont de Bercy
Canon A2, 20mm, f/13, 1/40s, ISO 125
Film: Ilford FP4+
The Pont de Bercy is a very visible landmark in Eastern Paris, since it crosses the Seine along the famous modern building that hosts the Ministry of the Budget. But few people know that under the bridge is a bike track with wonderful columns on the sides…
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 200
Model: Aurélie / Film: Agfa Scala 200
A few months ago I did a session with models dressed in 1930s style. At the end of the session, I decided to do a roll of Agfa Scala, a film I love despite the fact that I can’t print it (it’s a positive slide film). This is one of the resulting photos. It was ever so slightly out of focus, but Aurélie’s smile was so nice that I thought it would make a perfect vintage shot. I post-processed it in Snapseed and I think the result looks decidedly vintage.
The Mighty Horn
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/4, 1/50s, ISO 1600
In all my years of concert attendance, I have only ever seen a bass saxophone played three times. The third and most recent was the Madd Vibes Brass Band concert I attended a few weeks ago where frontman and Fishbone founder Angelo Moore whipped out (so to speak) his bass sax for a few bowel-churning solos. The photo was edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0.
Vintage Camera Porn #2: Moskva 5
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/16, 3.2s, ISO 100
I started working on this Vintage Camera Porn series last year, and tried to shoot and post-process all of the cameras as consistently as I could, but I’m only now rediscovering them and tweaking them in ways that truly satisfy me.
Banishment, Polish Style
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/40s, ISO 125
Walking around Warsaw’s Old Town I tried to capture some interesting street scenes. Of course, the contrast between the religious statue on the side of one of the many churches and the urban style clothing of the man in front caught my eye… Shot on Ilford FP4+.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/16, 1/50s; ISO 1600
You’re going to start thinking I’m obsessed with sousaphones, considering how many shots of sousaphone players I post relative to the rarity of the instrument (see Kirk’s Work, Rebel Edward and Joe’s Rainbow). You wouldn’t be all wrong, although obviously it’s helped by the fact that a lot of the music I love features sousaphones and that it’s a very graphical instrument. Anyway, this was my first time live seeing the guys of Ceux Qui Marchent Debout, aka CQMD and their sousaphone player Roufi. It was actually a gig by the Madd Vibes Brass Band which is a combination of CQMD and Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore. Anyway, I tried to do something a little different here and outline only Roufi’s silhouette and that of his instrument. Quite pleased with the results, I must say.
Vintage Camera Porn #3: Dana 120
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 0.8s, ISO 200
To say that the Dana 120 is not a good camera is not criticism, it’s stating the obvious. Its cult status is mostly the result of a niche love for blurry pictures. And it looks funky and weighs nothing…
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 125
Whenever I have a little bit of time travelling, I’ll aim for two things besides interesting spots to photograph: jazz concert venues if it’s evening and second-hand record stores if it’s daytime. In Dublin I found directions to Freebird Records, a great find. But I got a photo out of it too! Shot on Ilford FP4+ film.
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
I’ve seen the Dirty Dozen Brass Band five times now, but only twice with original sousaphone player Kirk Joseph, and last week was one of those two. Kirk Joseph is an imposing gentleman, and a very modern player (he has a rack of pedals in front of him when he plays that would make many a guitar player drool). I was quite pleased with this shot of him in the middle of a solo.
Cashless in Cobacabana
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 100
Cobacabana in Bolivia is a small city by the shores of lake Titicaca that is famous for the church of Our Lady of Copacabana. Poverty there though is as visible, if not more than it is anywhere else in Bolivia, and even on the wholy grounds you see many women begging. Heartbreaking… I don’t normally do much colour street photography, but in this case the contrast between the bright colors and the misery seemed to call for a colour treatment…