Qibao Food Stall
Fuji TX2 (XPAN), 45mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 50
Film: Ilford Pan F
I used a roll of Pan F recently in Shanghai. I love that film, but at 50 ISO it’s bloody hard to use, especially on the TX2 which at best will open to f/4. I do plan to do a project on people and motion using Pan F with a tripod but this wasn’t it. I had a few shots left on the roll, so one sunny lunchtime I headed out to Qibao, a water town really close form the center of Shanghai. Probably two close and consequently overcrowded, but I got this shot of the (numerous) food stalls which I quite like.
Westminster on Thames
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 400
Kodak T-Max 400
I’ve been to London many times, but under a nice sun it’s a city that never fails to charm me. I was staying at a hotel near Westminster and that morning went to a meeting at Victoria station on foot just for the chance to take advantage of the sun. By the time I got back form the meeting, said sun had gone…
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Floating Gas Station
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 125
Film: Ilford FP4+
As you sail up and down the Mekong, you cross a lot of motor boats, so it makes perfect sense that their would be gas stations along the way… and yet when you see one you can’t help being surprised! I guess this qualifies as a street shot in a weird sense…
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Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
It’s hard to do good landscape shots at any time, but it’s especially hard when the light isn’t interesting. On my first day in Auckland a friend toured me around and took me to Piha Beach, which on a bright day would have been fantastic for photos. As it was, I only took a few shots and thought nothing of it. Turns out they were rather more interesting than I thought.
Jakartan Street Vendor
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
One of the greatest joys of shooting film is the « lost roll » mystique when you process a roll with little to no idea what’s on it. This happened to me earlier this month when I sent through a roll I’d started in May in Indonesia and finished in November in New Zealand. I had no idea I still had some Jakarta shots on there, and one of them at least turned out to be really great. This is the one. I know, another street vendor you say, but I can’t help it if they fascinate me: we have so few of them in Europe, you see…
The Jugged Hare
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 500
This is one of those times when I wished I’d had the 28mm converter for the x100s. I always argued that I didn’t see enough difference between 35mm and 28mm to justify buying it, but in this case it would clearly have helped. My back was to the wall, I couldn’t frame any better. Still, I kind of liked it, not just because of the brick façade but because the biker is so off center it makes for an unusual composition.
The New Recruit
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 640
When I was in London for work a couple of weeks ago I decided to do most of my traveling by foot: it wasn’t raining, the distances weren’t massive (the most I walked between two meetings was an hour) and it felt healthy. As long as I was close to the river, in the area where most buildings are brick, there were a ton of photo opportunities like this one. I don’t know what it is about brick buildings that gives them so much photographic appeal, but it’s a reality. As soon as I moved into the posher areas, photo opportunities just died down it seems…
The Good Shot
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 400
As I was walking towards Westminster Cathedral, with little in the way of good light, I asked myself whether I would even be able to make a decent shot. It turns out that as long as you’re shooting the other photographers, you’re good.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 800
I guess there was a time when street photography shots of people on their phones were new and different. Now the challenge is to shoot people not on their phones. Still, once in a while it works, maybe not as original, but as interesting nonetheless. I think that’s the case in this London moment, edited with XeL 2.0.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 2000
It’s that Yangshuo food market again. You never realize the incredible variety of vegetables in the world until you visit a food market on another continent. The number of unknown vegetables you’ll see is astonishing. Things that you have never seen, have no idea what they’re called, and most of all no idea what they taste like. There’s a French charity here in Shanghai called APM that released a number of trilingual cook books (French/English/Chinese) to raise money. Their next project is a book on local fruit and vegetables and how to prepare them. I can’t wait to read that!