Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/5s, ISO 2000
Today’s shot requires a little more explanation than I normally give, but bear with me a moment and all will be made clear. About 18 months ago, I had a conversation with the good people at Pelgrane Press about a role-playing game supplement they were working on based in Surrealist Paris. I did a series of shoots with models costumed as the period dictated, but they weren’t surreal enough, so I started experimenting with collages and double exposures. The book, entitled Dreamhounds of Paris is being released next month, and some of my pictures are featured. I thought I would share some of my favourite, both those that weren’t used and some of those that were. This is one of the ones that didn’t make it.
Nostalgie de Paris
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Agfa Scala 200
Just before the summer I finished a roll of one of my favorite slide film: Agfa Scala 200. I remember walking back to St Lazare, past Trinité and thinking the alignment of the Metro sign with the Trinité Church bell-tower would make an interesting composition. Months later, after scanning the film, I have to agree with my past self. I’m in two minds whether the slight aperture blur of the Church is too much, just right or not enough, but I guess it’ll give me an excuse to experiment further next time I’m in Paris.
The Softer Side of Eric
Canon A2, 50mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, Agfa Scala 200 film
Eric is not only a good friend and a super-talented writer, he’s also a fantastic model. Every time I go to Dublin, his beard has grown longer and bushier and I cannot help but do a few shots. Last time I was there I shot Eric (The Viking) with my x100s, but I also had my film camera with me, and my favourite B&W film, the Agfa Scala. I’ve only managed to scan the results recently, and I absolutely love this portrait of his, a much softer one than the digital version.
The Three Towers
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/16, 30s, ISO 200
A few years ago I went to Shanghai on a business trip and took a photo that I entitled The Two Towers (in a not so subtle reference to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings) featuring the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Tower. Going back to a similar location last week, I realised that even if I’d wanted to, I couldn’t do the same shot again: there’s a third tower now, the nearly finished Shanghai Tower. Still, I stabilized my gorillapod, screwed on my ND 400 filter, activated the internal ND 8 filter (for a combined ND 3200) and fired for 30s in plain daylight. I quite like the results.
Mother of Pearl
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 100
Another shot from the 1001 Nights session, possibly my favorite of the evening. Half-faces is really something I need to explore some more.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 1/250s, ISO 100
Another shot from the 1001 Nights session. There were some truly magnificent costumes that night…
Lady in White
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 1/200s
A few weeks back I was invited to shoot another costumed party, this time with a 1001 Nights theme. The diversity of costumes was great, and I experimented with high-key or approaching. This is one of the interesting white on white shots of the evening.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/10, 1/250s, ISO 100
One of the fun shots I did at the costumed party I was hired to shoot back in January.
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.