Dusk on Gotham City
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/50s, ISO 6400
Singapore under heavy clouds can look surprisingly like Nolan’s Gotham City at dusk. I shot this from one of the boat buses that cross the city on my way to a work dinner. I am once again stunned at the low-light performance of the Fuji x100s. Can you believe this is 6400 ISO ?
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 250
Reykjavik’s Hallgrímskirkja is a truly impressive modern building overlooking the city. You can’t help feeling dwarfed by the sheer size and greyness of it. I shot this at dawn when there was no one around (unsurprisingly considering how cold and wet it was) and I felt the grimness of it all matched the weather perfectly.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 30s, ISO 500
There’s a certain amount of Disneyland artificiality to Singapore. It’s not quite Las Vegas levels of it, but still… One of the most famous hotels is the Marina Bay Sands which I managed to shoot one night on my way back. It was a tricky long exposure (without the in-built ND I was getting too short exposure times due to the ambiant light, but with the ND it was too long so I had to up the ISO!) Still, it’s quite representative of some of the architectural madness in Singapore.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 400
Over the years I have repeatedly tried to do panned shots, with a relative lack of success. But sometimes, just sometimes, it works as intended. This was shot by a big artery in Bangkok one early evening, simply as an expertiment.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 200
A good friend commented on yesterday’s shot that the colors reminded her of Cuba. Clearly the body types are different, but I think this shot proves her right. Maybe all the run down places with once-white walls in the world look like Cuba?
A Short Break
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1600s, ISO 500
When shooting street I mostly try to shoot parrallel to the buildings. It’s an efficiency thing, you get better shots that way, but you miss a lot of opportunities as well. In this instance, of course, I would have gotten nothing, so I shot at an angle, and it worked!
Exiting the Store
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 250
Another one shot by the side of the bus. The biggest challenge when you do that is that you need really high speeds to avoid motion blur, and therefore are wholly dependant on AF speed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I like how here the man exiting the shadows is captured by chance.
Fuji x100s, 45mm, f/2, 1/1600s, ISO 320
While circling Jakarta we got a little lost, and hopped on a taxibus kind of thing. The problem was we didn’t know where it was going and the driver didn’t understand where we wanted to go. But I got to shoot a lot of street characters from the back window while driving through the traffic. Like this fruit seller. Doesn’t this just make you want to eat what he’s selling ?
The Seller of Blades
Fuji X100, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200
One of the delights of street photographies in remote countries is that you stumble upon so many activities that we no longer see (or never existed) in the west. In Jakarta I had great fun shooting lots of people in the streets, especially since there’s no reluctance to be photographed there. But the best was undeniably this itinerant knife, scissors and assorted blades seller with a contraption at the front of his bike to display his wares.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4; 1/60s, ISO 1000
The first evening, at dusk, I was struck by the possibilities offered by the bright shop windows before closing time to do silhouettes. I have it a shot and was quite pleased with the results. Unfortunately, it requires time and patience, and with kids in tow I had neither, so this is the only attempt. Definitely something I will try again.