The Three Towers
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/16, 30s, ISO 200
A few years ago I went to Shanghai on a business trip and took a photo that I entitled The Two Towers (in a not so subtle reference to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings) featuring the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Tower. Going back to a similar location last week, I realised that even if I’d wanted to, I couldn’t do the same shot again: there’s a third tower now, the nearly finished Shanghai Tower. Still, I stabilized my gorillapod, screwed on my ND 400 filter, activated the internal ND 8 filter (for a combined ND 3200) and fired for 30s in plain daylight. I quite like the results.
Fuji X100S, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
My wife and I spent a few days house hunting in Shanghai in preparation for our move there in August. On Sunday, since we couldn’t visit any houses, we walked around the general area where our accomodation was likely to be, and stumbled outside of the main arteries in an area that felt (to us) like the « real China ». Shanghai is easy to view only as a modern city, forgetting that people there don’t live lives focused on delivering services to the tourists and expats. It was a well needed (and much appreciated) segment of our trip. I took some photos, and this one I liked quite a lot, it feels like a daily life kind of scene.
San Giorgio Maggiore
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 20s, ISO 200
Venice is a honeytrap for the amateur photographer, and despite only having my x100s and gorillapod, I was able to make some really great low-light long-exposures while I was there. This is one of them.
Fuji x100s, f/11, 30s, ISO 200
Another early morning shot in San Francisco. This is the view of the city from Pier 14. I like how the top of the Transamerican Building peaks above the skyline at the back. Processed with X-Equals XeL 2.0.
Sunrise Under the Bay Bridge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 14s, ISO 200 w. ND 64 external filter and ND 8 internal filter
It’s surprisingly difficult to do sunrise shots of San Francisco. The city is nearly always lost in fog until close to mid-day, and on my first day there last week I didn’t realise how lucky I was to catch this much of a sunrise, which is admittedly not much. Still, I quite liked the composition, with the wooden piles at the forefront and what little of the morning sunlight is visible directly under the bridge. I remain amazed at my x100s’ capabilities and am seriously thinking about ditching the Canon system altogether…
Eric (The Viking)
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5, 1/4000s, ISO 3200
My friend Eric has a new, scruffier look. When I met him in Dublin last week I took a few shots, and bizarrely the one that came out the best was the one I took having inadvertently knocked the shutter speed dial from A to 4000 on the x100s. I did have to massage it in post quite a bit, but I like the result!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 640
Walking through Gamla Stan in Stockholm near dusk I found this marvelous statue with the latin text backdrop. I wish I’d had a telephoto lens and a high vantage points for a really shallow depth of field shot, but failing that, this will do.
Strings in Châtelet
Fuji X100S, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 6400
In the Châtelet metro station in the center of Paris you will often find these string formations, who I suspect are music conservatoire students, playing the standards of classical music. I was strolling past last time when I stumbled upon them and decided to take a few shots. I’m still amazed at the quality of the x100s shots in low-light. I only noticed while processing that it was ISO 6400 and I couldn’t believe it…
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
Last night I went to see Zachary Richard live at the Divan du Monde. I took my x100s on the off chance I managed to stand close to the stage, which ended up being the case. I took a few shots. These are my first concert shots with the x100s. Obviously, being restricted to 35mm was extremely limiting, and only a few of the shots are framed properly. But the quality is absolutely there. The above photo is a crop to about 2/3 of the original RAW file, shot at 3200 ISO. It was edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0, and the noise is nearly imperceptible. Amazing. I can’t wait for Fuji’s 50mm extension lens to be released: that will make me versatile with a high quality solution even at concerts where DSLRs are not allowed!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1600
Another street shot from Stockholm, in color this time. I’m really amazed at how little noise the x100s produces even at high ISO…