Fuji x100s, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 4000
Nowhere do I see how old my Canon EOS 7D is than in comparison to the low-light performance of my recently acquired x100s. Photowalk Paris recently organised a photo outing after sundown, and even the shots at 6400 ISO are fine, if a little grainy. Astounding performance (not to mention that shooting at 1/30s with a small camera is a lot easier than with a big SLR!) This is a RAW file edited in Lightroom with xequals’ XeL 2.0.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 400
A fun little shot of kids in the Square des Batignolles which overlooks the very busy St-Lazare railway station. This isn’t a straight x100s jpg (for a change), it’s a raw edited with x-equals’ XeL 2.0.
Next Stop: Gamla Stan
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/25s, ISO 1600
And the last shot from that stroll in the streets of Gamla Stan fittingly brings us to the train station. I wish I’d had a chance for a second shot here, to make it less symetrical, but the second shot (about 2 seconds after this one) features a train… All in all I was very pleased with both the x100s and the black & white pre-sets. I’ll be doing street that way again, that’s for sure.
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.