Quiet Shimbashi Road
Fuji, x100f, 28mm, f/11, 26s, ISO 400
I went to Tokyo fully determined to do lots of light trails, but I realised that you rarely stumble upon the right locations without knowing ahead of time what might look good. Also: pedestrian overpasses: good. Glass railings: bad. This was the best I managed, with a tripod precariously perched on the tip of a glass railing…
Inside the Crypt
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/140s, ISO 200
It’s not easy to capture the inside of a crypt, especially on a sunny day. You have to find one with the proper orientation to the sun so that the outside isn’t blown and the inside isn’t black. I quite like this shot for that reason.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/150s, ISO 200
The statuary in cemeteries is rarely joyful, but often offers great opportunities for compositions. This is what I tried to do here, framing the statue of the weeping widow in context.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/220s, ISO 200
What I really liked in the Père Lachaise cemetery compared to others I have visited is that parts of it are not nicely laid out and manucured. There are wild areas, where the tombs seem to jut from the ground, the vines have invaded the stones, etc. It feels much more like what I expect a cemetery to feel like, a place forgotten by the living.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
Despite living over 10 years near or in Paris I had never walked around the Père Lachaise Cemetary. I strongly recommend it, it’s quite spectacular, in a low-key an occasionally macabre way.
Sham Shui Po Highway
Fuji x100s, 35mm, 1/26s, f/16, ISO 200
About two years ago I came over to Hong Kong (when I was still living in Shanghai) and stayed in a really high up hotel room in Sham Shui Po. The view by day was nothing to write home about, but at night I immediately saw the potential. I did two long exposure shots to capture the light trails, one vertical (Slow Hong Kong) and this one. I really like the contrast between the cold tones of the building lines and the warm tones of the highway.
Choose Your Meat
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1250
For me as a Frenchman used to mostly aseptic butchery stores, the naked meat on display in Hong Kong is both weird and strangely appealing. I have a lot more meat photos to share, but let’s start here.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
There are a few pedestrian streets in Wan Chai, in between Johnston Road and Queen’s Road East where street stalls have taken over. While most of them are a food or dry goods (or junk from over the border), there’s a nice enough flower stall there, and the owner seems fairly relaxed.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
I often walk past this seafood stall in the Causeway Bay wet market. That evening, the seller had this stance that reminded me of a dancer’s, so I pressed the button.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 s, ISO 2000
There are not many open air wet markets here like you expect to see in France. But there are a lot of indoor markets with tiny stalls one after the other. This stall stood out because it was so small, paradoxically.