Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + JCH 400
One of the amazing things with the xpan’s wide format shots is their cinematic quality. Scenes that would look bland in standard 2:3 format acquire a certain quality through the width alone. Case in point: the eye here is drawn to each individual because there are so many in this narrow strip.
I hadn’t been to Amsterdam in a long time and if I’m honest I never managed to take shots of the city center I was truly happy with. Of course the weather was lousy, otherwise it’s no fun. Still, I suppose that’s Amsterdam too (I finally understood why Dutch men always wear a T-shirt under their shirt…) One of the big challenges in shooting the canals is that even with a wide angle there are only a few places where you’ll have enough space to properly shoot. I’m quite happy with this one. It was super windy, so the (light) x100f swayed even low on the ground, which means out of six shots this is the only one that’s sharp!
In the Shintoist shrines in Kyoto (and, I’m assuming, elsewhere in Japan) there often are these beautiful little basins with wooden ladles in front of them that worshippers use to clean their hands. When I walked into this temple near Gion after nightfall I was struck by the contrast between the clear wood of the ladles and the dark surroundings. I shot from above, not really seeing what I was framing. It turned out to be more interesting than I thought, in a quasi abstract way.
Canon A2 + Agfa Scala 200
I’m exploring old rolls of film/slide that I didn’t really publish in the past. This is a street shot from Dublin.
Wandering around Gion at night, I stumbled upon this large temple complex (I think it’s the Yasaka Shrine.) In particular, the numerous paper lantern on this dance stage illuminated the area in a really cool way. I waited for some passers by and got this shot out of it, which I find really moody.
Spotmatic F + Ilford Pan F
My first film camera was a Spotmatic F that I purchased for a pittance on ebay. Because it had an M mount, I was spoilt for choices of lenses, and probably this was shot on a 50mm, but I couldn’t tell you which, now. It’s one of my earliest film shots, and it depicts a slew of posters calling for French left-wing protests against European policy, An odd reminder that what is happening in France today has its roots from older times (well, 2012 in this instance…)
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + JCH400
Didn’t have much time for photography on my last London trip, but I wanted to try out JCH400 film. I was staying at Marble Arch so I walked around Hyde Park at lunchtime until I stumbled upon this bird invasion. I quite like the contrast on this film, it’s good for 400 ISO film, although I think I still like Tri-X a little bit better.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Ilford FP4+
When you have this kind of vista in front of you is when the xpan truly shines. I wish I’d had time to go and explore the beaches and coves shown here, but alas traveling for work rarely offers that option.
Another shot from Bordeaux’ Cimetière de la Chartreuse. These two stark parallel crosses appealed to me.
*Resting in the Shadow of a Tree*
When you shoot cemeteries, as a photographer you’re conflicted: you want moody shots because of the subject matter and that suggests overcast light or rolling clouds. But generally as a photographer you tend to crave directional light, especially sunlight at dawn or dusk. This shot is the latter, in Bordeaux’s ‘Cimetière de la Chartreuse’. The shadow of the tree over the crypt seemed ominous and I decided to frame it as such.