I love waterfalls, and the first time I managed to traipse around New Zealand, I made sure to go to Waiau Falls in Coromandel. The place is magical, very few people there (at least in early spring when I went) and a great scenic view. This was my best shot.
Most of the time when I travel for work, I travel light. That means a small camera (usually my x100f these days), and even if I take the mirrorless, I only take one or two lenses. But occasionally, I’ll go crazy and take the big zoom lens with me, as I did this one time in Istanbul. And boy was I happy that I did. This shot was the best to come out of a morning of strolling around the sites, making the most of the compression of the zoom for (I think) great effect.
*Squared and Rounded*
La Villette in Paris is a great parc, very modern, with industrial buildings including La Géode, this spherical cinema that is all shiny from the outside. The main building reflections into it in a really interesting way.
I really loved visiting Humatun’s Tomb in New Delhi all these years ago. I loved this stone lattice with the two people sitting on the other side. It would have been fascinating to do the same shot a little earlier or a little later to see how the light penetrated the room. Guess that’s an excuse to go again.
Driving one morning on the winding roads of East Coromandel, I saw this stunning vista. I had to park and get out the camera. I love it when the sun and clouds make a patchwork of the sea.
*Alternate Port Mélite*
Last week I reposted on social media this photo Port Mélite which I took in 2011. The version I posted was an HDR: back then I was experimenting with the technique and although I quickly dropped it, that picture stayed one of my favourite. As I was looking through my collections to publish new long exposure shots this week, I found this alternate shot of the same location (just before and a very slightly different angle) and wondered if with the changes in Lightroom since 2011 and my changes in taste and editing skill I might produce a satisfying photo from the single shot. I’m pleased to say that I did, and I actually prefer the softer, more subdued tones of this alternate version.
Let me tell you about my late beanbag. For nearly five years I used the same beanbag made of a packet of dried chickpeas in two sealed ziplocks. It was fantastic and allowed me to do these kinds of really low on the ground long exposures. Sadly, it was confiscated when I went to New Zealand on holiday since it was considered a food import. Oh well, it’ll cost me $2 to get a new one using the same method! Anyway, sunset, a puddle of water captures in the rocks but also the sea in the background, and a great kind of metallic rusty look on the rocks themselves. It was bound to work.
*Bir Hakeim Bridge*
Sometimes you don’t do long expos for specific effects like freezing water or light trails, sometimes you just do them because it’s dark and you want pin sharp focus and low ISO. This was the case here. In fact, looking back, I’m so lucky to have had this shot: this spot is very favoured by wedding photographers and it’s very rare that there isn’t some sort of shoot going on. There was that night, but they were behind me!
*The Quiet of the Blue Hour*
Lately I’ve been revisiting some old photos I never published. This is a very long exposure (60s) from 2011. I haven’t experimented with super long exposures as much as I should have, as this shot proves (I think). Also, the blue hour is really interesting: once the sun has set there’s still some light (depending on latitude) for a while, but it turns blue, hence the name. Quite evident here, the picture looks split-toned but it’s not, these are slightly tweaked colours as they were captured by the sensor.
The charango is a wonderful little guitar like instrument with lots of strings for its body size. I wanted to buy one in La Paz for my son who plays guitar, and so walked into this store. I asked the salesguy if he would demonstrate the sound differences between the various models, and he seemed more than happy to be photographed in the process.