Gustaf III & Company
Fuji X100S, 35mm, f/7.1, 1/75s, ISO 200
This week I’ll be posting daily street shots from my Stockholm trip two weeks ago. This was shot in front of the royal palace, where the statue of King Gustaf the Third cohabits with tourists and… junk. This is the pre-processed B&W from the camera, by the way, with only some minor tweaking.
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…
Bowler vs. Stovepipe
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/4s, ISO 2000
Models: Guillaume & Achille
Another shot from that strange and (if I say so myself) wonderful session back in October. Street lighting forces some off compromises on you, especially regarding exposure lengths, but it does have its atmospheric results! This was processed in Snapseed to accentuate the strangeness a bit.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/13, 1/250s, ISO 100
I’ve started using my proper studio lights to do a new series of camera porn. First I wanted to shoot the Horizon 202 which isn’t quite as spanking new as it looks. It’s a very cool camera even though I’ve only been able to shoot half a roll before the Curse of Lenin’s Mummy locked the camera on me. Now I’m looking at a steep revision cost, but I don’t care, it’s that cool. These shots are processed in Lightroom with a light filter in Snapseed.
Guns & Frills
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/10, 1/250s, ISO 100
This is another shot from the session I did at a costumed ball a few weeks back. I love the contrast between the gloves and pink frills and the gun.
Put Your Junk In Your Trunk
Canon A2; 50mm, f/5,6, 1/125, ISO 100
Film: Adox Color Implosion
This is a sign inside a parking lot in Cleveland that really made me laugh. I briefly spoke to the Parking Manager who told me that there was one night a couple of years ago during a Superbowl match when dozens of cars were forced open to access electronic gear that was lying on seats or in the glove boxes. That’s when they put up this sign.
Figures of Tech
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Fuji Experia 200 (Expired)
A nice mural on Chattanooga’s North Side…
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…
Canon 7D, 80mm, F/11, 1/250s ISO 100
We had more martial accessories as well for the « Seedy Chicago » ball shoot, including those wonderfully accurate replicas of Thompson Guns, aka Chicago Organ Grinders. To my surprise, quite a few of the girls insisted on doing photos with the guns, occasionally creating some wonderful contrasts. This one is probably my favourite, with the sober, quasi-puritanical clothing and the gun being strangely… coherent? Edited with W-Equals’ XeL 2.0 in Lightroom.
Through the Veil
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100
Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be one of the official photographers for a costumed ball entitled « Dans les Bas-Fonds de Chicago » (which I guess one could translate as ‘Seedy Chicago‘). I shot attendees for over 4 hour straight assisted by my good friend Thomas, which was exhausting, but very gratifying as well. I had proper studio lighting and a black backdrop, and although the venue imposed some tough constraints, I had a great time. Great learning experience as well. I’ll be sharing my favourite shots from that marathon session in the coming days. In this shot, what really appealed to me was Vanessa’s veil and tattoo (although the tattoo was featured more prominently on another shot.