There was a strong natural side light coming into the living room yesterday and I decided to experiment with some harmonica related still life shots. At one point, after I’d painstakingly built a pyramid of harmonicas, a cloud came over the sun, and I noticed that the shadow of the pyramid became indistinct in a graphically interesting way. This ended up being the best shot in the session.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Pro 400H
Walking the streets of Yaowarat towards the middle of the afternoon definitely felt like the calm before the storm. The streets were quiet, street food vendors were smiling and not very busy. A few hours later, once the sun set, it was an entirely different story with crowds of locals and tourists alike sampling the wares (although which tourist in his right mind would want to try durian, I’m not sure…)
Some of the hotels in Luijazui is Shanghai are downright crazy. This one is inside the Jin Mao tower, which is only the third highest tower in Shanghai. There’s an inner shaft, and from the 80th floor, this is what it looks like (the lobby is only the 35th or 40th, can’t remember exactly.
*Roufi in the Spotlight*
Ceux Qui Marchent Debout is a live experience like few I’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, their records are great, but the live energy is just something else. Roufi is the sousaphone player, in charge of the low low end.
Sylvain Luc is one of the most amazing jazz guitarists alive. The stuff that comes out of his brain and fingers puts most other musicians to shame and yet he seems like a very humble guy. He wasn’t actually alone at that gig but rather in a duet with pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. Still, I don’t normally do wide shots of musicians like this, but I felt this worked really well.
Going up this escalator, I noticed the way that the ceiling tiling was reflected in the shiny metal divider between the up and down escalator. I struck out my arm and shot as flat as I could (this is corrected for tilt). What I did not expect was that visually the tiling and the reflection would create such a compelling cylinder.
I had just arrived in London by the Eurostar, and walking towards the subway I stumbled upon this backlit corridor. I crouched down and waited for the right silhouettes to be aligned. Since then I’ve seen a number of other shots of this corridor. The fact is that is is really photogenic.
*Waiting for Godot*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + JCH400
Sham Shui Po is full of life, and there are certain spots where you will always see people waiting (and often smoking as well), like the MTR exits.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT100
On that glorious sunset in Honolulu, I first took a long exposure shot with the x100F, but I thought that alignment of buildings was just perfect for the XPAN. The shot is slightly underexposed which brings out the blues and purples in the Agfa CT100 slide, but ultimately, I think that brings a really different thing to it that I love.
A good sunrise in Hawaii is worth a lot of sunrises elsewhere. I only saw a few of these, but boy were they impressive. This one, from Lanikai Beach was particularly stunning and I nearly missed it, because at beach level you couldn’t see the sun on the horizon…