Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Bigre! is the funkiest Big Band I’ve ever heard. It features a veritable army of trombones, and far be it from me to suggest that one is better than the other, but this guy, Sylvain Thomas, sure sounded amazingly raw! Check out their latest album To Bigre! or Not to Bigre!, well worth a listen.
Roger Lewis Shines
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/4, 1/25s, ISO 1600
Concert photography is my first photographic love even though I have previous little opportunity to practice it here in Shanghai. So I revisit old series. This is from a 2013 concert of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Roger Lewis is the baritone player in that stellar band, and he’s the kind of player that will make your insides churn when he blows. And I like that! Check out my favourite album, Buck Jump or their latest, Twenty Dozen.
Mah Jong Jr.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/340s, ISO 200
I’ve been wanting to learn Mah Jong for ages, and I might buy a set in Dongtai Lu the next time I go there, so it was fun to watch this little kid play with the tiles, killing time.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 200
Everyone has noticed how Asian tourists seem to pose with some sort of V sign whenever they’re being shot. Well it’s not just tourists, and to be honest it ruins most photos. But I like this one because the woman’s smile is genuine and amazing despite, or maybe because of the V sign.
Chinese Chess Champions
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/280s, ISO 200
One of the fun aspects of street markets is watching what the sellers do to kill time. These guys were playing Chinese Chess and seemed to be having a lot of fun doing it. In the summer months it’s frequent to see people playing games in the street here, but it’s the first time I see a winter game.
Kettle Market Down
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 200
The Chinese are generally not camera shy, and if they don’t want their photo taken, they usually just let you know without being excessively aggressive. Sometimes though a shot works because the camera is not seen, as (I think) is the case here. Most sellers in Dongtai Lu will push their wares on you in a friendly way with cries of « cheaper, cheaper ». This lady didn’t, she seemed utterly depressed although it’s probably just the tiring nature of street selling in the cold on a quiet day.
Beads, Brushes and Masks
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 200
Dongtai Lu is a street antique market in Shanghai that I’ve already been to once, but on the day after New Year we decided to take the kids there and let them pick local stuff to decorate their rooms with. I’ve always loved street markets, and I tend to shoot a lot of repetitive patterns of whatever is for sale, but this time I decided to focus on people, so this week it will all be shots of the sellers and the stalls, the passers by or just people seen in Dongtai Lu. Hope you enjoy this more street style of photos.
Mosque on Stilts
Canon 7D, 185mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 800
Not very far from the so-called James Bond Island (featured in the Man with the Golden Gun) is a village on stilts called Panyee. The most impressive thing about the village is the Mosque standing tall above the rest. I doubt if it’s actually on stilts, but it made for a good photo title!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5,6, 1/125s, ISO 800
On one of the islands we visited, we got to explore some natural caves. In Thailand, unlike in France, you can just walk in with headlamps. No security, but a sense of freedom that we found exhilarating (although having to navigate a three year old girl through the caves was an interesting challenge. At the end of the cave were two ‘windows’ onto a lagoon inside the island. We couldn’t get there, but just the sight was amazing.
Long Tail Waiting
Canon 7D, 110mm, f/11, 1/250s, ISO 400
On the morning of our boat excursion, I got up at dawn (like most mornings when we were in Ko Yao Noï) with tripod and zoom lens in the hope of capturing gorgeous pictures of the sunrise. Alas the cloud cover was simply too thick, although we did have a bit of gold about half an hour after sunrise as you can see here. To think I lugged all of this heavy gear for nothing…