Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 2500
In one of the numerous AirBnB rooms I stayed in last year, this mask was hanging in the back wall of the toilet room. The gold on red thing and the way the shadow from the lamp was hitting the wall struck me and so I shot this minimalist shot.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 200
I have a thing with symmetry, it appeals to me. And so does contrast. This has both.
Fuji x100s, 35mm
Reykjavik’s Hallgrímskirkja is very impressive on the outside, massive and modern, standing at the top of the city. I’d never been inside. With the harsh sunlight the contrasts were fantastic, and the huge church organ stood out to me. Snap.
A Woman and a Bike
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/3.6, 1/1600s, ISO 200
The sky was unusually clear and bright in Reykjavik a couple of weeks ago. I only had a few hours to walk around, but enough to do a bit of street photography with sharp whites, long lines and dark shadows. This is the wall from the massive Hallgrímskirkja, a great backdrop for this kind of shot.
One Way Conversation
There’s entirely too many street photos with mobile phones, but this one also has a smile, and an interesting color contrast. I hope you will forgive me.
Too much going on
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 400
Readability is considered a great virtue in photographic composition: if the viewer understands what’s going on, he’s much more likely to be engaged with the photograph. There is another school of thought though that argues that the more the viewer needs to immerse himself in the photograph, the more he is engaged. I guess this photo is of the latter sort, with at least three, possibly four separate things happening.
(Click to Enlarge)Scooter Army
I have already shown a little of how crazy the scooter thing is in Saïgon. This shot taken from a rickshaw as we were overtaking the cross-road shows the scooter army poised to depart.
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A street photographer has more control over what features in his frame and how it’s composed than most people think. But one thing remains entirely down to luck and that it exactly what the subjects are doing. Getting great unprovoked facial expressions is down to pure luck. On this one, I was very lucky!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 500
Over the last few years I’ve developed an approach to street photography that I like to partake in when possible: shooting from the back of a moving vehicle. Be it tuktuk, taxi or bus, I find that while challenging it allows me to get in real close without people reacting to me. And while in Asia people are generally OK with you taking pictures up close, the pictures are not the same when they know you’re shooting. On this particular occasion, I was visiting Saïgon’s Chinese Quarter on a rickshaw, which was perfect for such photos: not too fast and no window. Vietnamese Coffee (drank cold) is a treat and this was (I believe) what they were drinking.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 1600
I think it was in The Photographer’s Eye that I first saw words put to the importance of color contrast in photography and it’s role in composition. Not that this one is particularly anything to write home about, but it’s certainly one where I tried to put that in practice.