San Giorgio Maggiore
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 20s, ISO 200
Venice is a honeytrap for the amateur photographer, and despite only having my x100s and gorillapod, I was able to make some really great low-light long-exposures while I was there. This is one of them.
Fuji x100s, f/11, 30s, ISO 200
Another early morning shot in San Francisco. This is the view of the city from Pier 14. I like how the top of the Transamerican Building peaks above the skyline at the back. Processed with X-Equals XeL 2.0.
Canon 7D, 80mm, F/2, 1/40s, ISO 1000
While I was preparing my business trip to San Francisco a few weeks back I found out that Charlie Hunter was playing in Mill Valley on the one evening I was free. I booked tickets and was treated to a wonderful light-hearted duo gig with Charlie on his weird bass-guitar hybrid and Scott Amendola on drums. I wasn’t close enough to the stage for repeated shooting, so I just soaked in the music and laughed at the stage banter and interaction between these two wonderful musicians. Still, I managed to capture this shot which exemplifies the trademark Charlie Hunter face contorsion in the middle of a solo. Processed in Lightroom with X-Equals’ XeL 2.0
Sunrise Under the Bay Bridge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 14s, ISO 200 w. ND 64 external filter and ND 8 internal filter
It’s surprisingly difficult to do sunrise shots of San Francisco. The city is nearly always lost in fog until close to mid-day, and on my first day there last week I didn’t realise how lucky I was to catch this much of a sunrise, which is admittedly not much. Still, I quite liked the composition, with the wooden piles at the forefront and what little of the morning sunlight is visible directly under the bridge. I remain amazed at my x100s’ capabilities and am seriously thinking about ditching the Canon system altogether…
Bass in the Dark
Canon 7D + Lensbaby, 80mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 800
When I revisit old concert shots, I occasionally stumble upon some under-exposed ones that seem to have potential. Instead of trying to get the exposition corrected, I sometimes go deeper into underexposition to try and get a mood out of them. This is a photo of bassist Gilles Coquard at a Sébastien Charlier concert. It was shot with the lensbaby, and I like how the silhouette is picked up by a tiny bit of backlighting. I think it works, but I’m not quite sure and I’d certainly like to hear what you think.
The Griot’s Hand
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2.2, 1/160s, ISO 1000
Pedro Kouyaté is a fantastic musician from Mali and a concert photographer’s dream, being so photogenic. I was lucky enough to shoot one of his concerts from up close back in 2010, and I still extract gems from that session three years later. This is one of those. It’s different from my normal fare, but I really like the framing and action. Pedro has recently launched a crowdfunding initiative to finance his next solo album Tramontane. Head over here to find out more about it.
Canon 7D + Lensbaby Composer, f/4, 1/125s, ISO 500
I’ve started working on a book project showing my favourite B&W concert shots and talking about the musicians and why I love their music. I was sorting through the photos of an Avishai Cohen gig from 2010 when this shot came up. It was in color, but I tweaked a nice B&W and I think it works a treat. Edited in Lightroom with x-equals’ XeL 2.0.
Le Hérisson Canon 7D, 32mm, f/11, 1/4s, ISO 100 A while ago I published a series of tutorials on long-exposure photography over at the x-equals website (x-equals is a company that sells wonderful pre-sets for Lightroom that I use very often when processing my photos). The tutorials were published in three installments, so I thought it [...]
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
Last night I went to see Zachary Richard live at the Divan du Monde. I took my x100s on the off chance I managed to stand close to the stage, which ended up being the case. I took a few shots. These are my first concert shots with the x100s. Obviously, being restricted to 35mm was extremely limiting, and only a few of the shots are framed properly. But the quality is absolutely there. The above photo is a crop to about 2/3 of the original RAW file, shot at 3200 ISO. It was edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0, and the noise is nearly imperceptible. Amazing. I can’t wait for Fuji’s 50mm extension lens to be released: that will make me versatile with a high quality solution even at concerts where DSLRs are not allowed!
Fuji x100s, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 4000
Nowhere do I see how old my Canon EOS 7D is than in comparison to the low-light performance of my recently acquired x100s. Photowalk Paris recently organised a photo outing after sundown, and even the shots at 6400 ISO are fine, if a little grainy. Astounding performance (not to mention that shooting at 1/30s with a small camera is a lot easier than with a big SLR!) This is a RAW file edited in Lightroom with xequals’ XeL 2.0.