Science Fiction Bokhandeln
Fuji x100s, f/5,6, 1/18s, ISO 1600
The first time I went to Stockholm I managed to find an hour or so to walk around Gamla Stan. To my surprise, I stumbled upon a fantastic book shot selling sci-fi and fantasy novels, graphic novels and roleplaying games, amongst other things. Finding Science Ficition Bokhandeln by chance was unbelievable enough, but were it not for Swedish prices, this would be on the top of my list of such stores anywhere in the world. I’ve made sure to drop by there every time I go to Stockholm, and last time was no exception. The difference is, this time I had a camera.
Walking Down Gamla Stan
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1000
This is a style of black & white photo that I love (backlit character in a paved street) but I need to practice to get better. I didn’t know really what I was doing and though I managed an exposure balance that perhaps couldn’t have been much better, I still feel I could improve on it. Still, I like the shot, again straight out of the X100S’ black & white pre-sets.
Under the Cherubs’ Eyes
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5,6, 1/60s, ISO 640
If you follow me you know that this type of composition is a classic for me, a moving subject under an interesting background. Some of the doors in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan are quite fascinating, this one being an example of that. Also straight of the X100S with minor post- tweaks.
Gustaf III & Company
Fuji X100S, 35mm, f/7.1, 1/75s, ISO 200
This week I’ll be posting daily street shots from my Stockholm trip two weeks ago. This was shot in front of the royal palace, where the statue of King Gustaf the Third cohabits with tourists and… junk. This is the pre-processed B&W from the camera, by the way, with only some minor tweaking.
Plucking the Strings
Canon 7D, 110mm, f/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 1600
This is one of those shots that you may find underexposed, but that I deliberately shot this way. When shooting jazz, increasingly, I find that trying to get as much detail as possible is counter productive if the goal is to set mood. I detail that approach in an article published on the X-Equals blog entitled Embracing the Shadows. That article, incidentally, shows another shot of bassist Thomas Brameria from the same session.
Half a Pinecone
Canon 7D, 95mm, f/13, 1.3s, ISO 200
Still experimenting with Weston inspired still lives. I really like the texture of the pinecone, I’ll no doubt be doing more of those in the future. This was edited in Lightroom using X-Equals XeL 2.0‘s Scala 200 emulation.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/4s, ISO 1000
This is another shot in my series of experimentations for the Dreamhounds of Paris book by Pelgrane Press. I tried to imagine how surrealist photographers might have experimented with form, and came up with this idea of using a negative as a positive and scratch the negative for added deconstruction. It was all done digitally of course (the processing is a mix of Lightroom and Snapseed). I quite like the result, though I suspect it’s not surreal enough to make it into the book.
Bowler Hat Army
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/15s, ISO 400
Photoshop Composite / Model: Achille
Lately I’ve been working on some photos evocative of 1930s Paris with a surrealist edge for the upcoming book by Pelgrane Press »Bookhounds of Paris« . I will publish a few although I should stress that these are works in progress. For this one I was trying to put together two motifs of surrealist art: bowler hats (through Magritte, mostly) and repetition of characters (also Magritte, but others too). These were my first attempts at cloning in photoshop and I was quite pleased with the results. The three shadowy men remind me of Marc-Antoine Mathieu’s Julius Corentin Acquefacques for some reason. The photo was processed in photoshop and then Lightroom with XeL 2.0 emulations for the black & white.
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Agfa Scala 200 / Models: Anaïs & Guillaume
Lately I’ve been doing a number of photo sessions with models dressed in 1930s fashion for a project that may or may not come to fruition (more on that later if it materialises). At the end of the first session, since both me and the models had a little time on our hands, I asked the models if they wanted photos for themselves, and took this lovely portrait of Anaïs and Guillaume. I think the dynamic range and the tone of the Agfa Scala really do wonders here!
Canon 7D, 96mm, f/8, 1/3s, ISO 200
In many ways this shot is the polar opposite of Pinecone in Darkness posted last week. It’s harder to light a subject over a white background than over a black one, I think, but I managed to pull off something that works here, I think. Edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0