Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT100
I really like Agfa CT100 slide, I think it’s probably my favourite colour film. Of course, its dynamic range is limited, but the colours are just gorgeous, as (I think) this seconds before sunrise shot shows. Makes for a beautiful yet quiet scene.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak T-Max 400
The parks of Shanghai are a marvel to walk through on a week-end: there are numerous social gatherings, with people playing cards, mah-jong and other games, people doing tai-chi or practicing kung-fu, and people dancing. When I walked in Xiangyang park that particular sunday, I saw the pavillion at the back and the naked trees with everyone dancing in front and I knew I had my shot.
Lots of interesting angel statues at Highgate Cemetery, and I think the snow really enhanced some of them visually…
*Circle of Lebanon*
At the top of Highgate Cemetary West, there’s a beautiful Lebanon Cedar Tree under which a circle of crypts were dug, hence the name, Circle of Lebanon. Quite spectacular place.
*Through the Trees*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT 100
It’s not enough to have a beautiful sunset, you need something beyond just the sun and the sea. Here I experimented with radical backlighting. Because I was using slide film, the blacks are very black, but I really like the end result.
*There’s no getting out*
In Highgate Cemetary West you can visit the Terrace Catacombs, which are underhill but nowhere near as deep or creepy as the Paris or Rome catacombs. Still, it’s quite atmospheric, and this little iron gate overlooking the outside world spoke to me…
I had to do a bit of illegal trespassing to get to the Makapu’u Lighthouse although unlike others I didn’t risk my life scaling the cliff to get there. The sight was well worth it though, perched as it is in the rocky shores of Eastern Oahu. I felt like a wide shot was a good way to do it justice, and in any case my digital camera had run out of battery!
*Angels & Crosses*
Whenever my travels for work give me an opportunity to get away from it all, I try to grab it, as a compensation for the hours of flight and discomfort. I recently heard about Highgate Cemetary in London and I wanted to walk around there. I was lucky that on the day I went there, a few hours before my flight home, it had snowed and some of the snow remained. Anyway, the angel statues and the derelict state of the cemetary both appealed to me.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Rollei Redbird 400
After what I felt to be a dissapointing sunset in Hawaii, I didn’t pack my x100f for the next evening but had my XPAN with me with a roll of Redbird which I hoped to use for « street » on the beach that morning. Of course the sunset turned out to be spectacular, so I shot with what I had. Most of that Redbird roll turned out to be way too grainy, probably because despite rating at 400 ISO it doesn’t deal with low light all that well. There’s only one shot that’s not too grainy, but thankfully it’s pretty spectacular, and it’s the one above.
The minutes before dawn can be bland, or they can be fantastic. When there are clouds and the sun is just about to peek above the horizon, you often get marvelous colours, as it was that morning in Hawaii. I decided to try this very sparse composition with lots of featureless sea due to the long exposure, and I find it very soothing.