Beads, Brushes and Masks
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 200
Dongtai Lu is a street antique market in Shanghai that I’ve already been to once, but on the day after New Year we decided to take the kids there and let them pick local stuff to decorate their rooms with. I’ve always loved street markets, and I tend to shoot a lot of repetitive patterns of whatever is for sale, but this time I decided to focus on people, so this week it will all be shots of the sellers and the stalls, the passers by or just people seen in Dongtai Lu. Hope you enjoy this more street style of photos.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5,6, 1/125s, ISO 800
On one of the islands we visited, we got to explore some natural caves. In Thailand, unlike in France, you can just walk in with headlamps. No security, but a sense of freedom that we found exhilarating (although having to navigate a three year old girl through the caves was an interesting challenge. At the end of the cave were two ‘windows’ onto a lagoon inside the island. We couldn’t get there, but just the sight was amazing.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/4, 1/200s, ISO 200
Despite the lackluster weather, we were able to do a day’s worth of boating in the bay east of Phuket in a long-tail fisherman’s boat. It was fun, hopping from island to island and discovering wonderful coves, beautiful lagoons and even caves! This rock protected a tiny natural lagoon where we stopped to dip in the waters and just generally play around in the water. We even had a couple of sunrays while we were there (but it didn’t last…)
Andaman Storm Brewing
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/900s, ISO 200
I spent a few days on an Island near Phuket in Thailand. Unfortunately for us, the generally clement weather was anything but. I made do with what I have though, and this week I will share a few shots I took there, mostly seascapes. Here is probably the most successful, showing the numerous islands peppering the Andaman sea (and the heavy weather).
Farm in the Rice Fields
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/500s, ISO 640
The three things that struck me the most about Bhutan were the architecture, the costumes and the rice fields. This, as a consequence, is my most comprehensive Bhutanese shot since it features all three. I will be posting nothing by Bhutan pictures this week.
Buddha in the Clouds
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 200
This is another shot of the Buddha Dordenma in Thimpu, Bhutan. A truly impressive piece of architecture. One of the most surprising aspects to me was the notion that this would be built today. I can’t imagine a cathedral being built in France today in the style of the medieval cathedrals, yet this is, in essence, what it is. It’s one of those moments when I realize that spirituality truly means something else in Asia.
One Night in Bangkok
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 1250
I was in Bangkok for work this week, first time there in 25 years. I had way too little time for photography, sadly, but I managed to catch this photo from the back of a tuk-tuk and even though it’s slightly blurry and very grainy, I think it perfectly translated the night atmosphere of Bangkok. I hope you like it too, don’t hesitate to comment if you do!
Ben in the Light
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/2,8, 1/125s, ISO 1600
I haven’t posted a concert photo in ages. Truth be told, I haven’t been to a concert in ages. This is the last gig I attended in Europe, Monophonics at the Nouveau Casino in Paris. Since the Monophonics band backed Ben L’Oncle Soul (a French soul singer with a pretty decent voice) during his French tour, he paid them a visit during their gig. To be fair, the photos I got with the x100s and the 50mm extension weren’t great overall. 50mm isn’t close enough for most shots, and the AF performance was seriously hampered by the extension, but there are a few good shots, including this one of Ben. Not the kind of shot I normally capture, but I really like the light display here.
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/8, 1/1000s, ISO800
The Buddha Dordenma is probably the most impressive manmade thing I saw while in Bhutan. It overlooks the capital city of Thimphu, and actually isn’t finished yet (the insides will ultimately be a temple, but that’s not done yet). I took this shot from a moving bus and was quite please it came out so well. In fact, I suspect it’s my best shot from Bhutan. If you’re interested in a print, get in touch!
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.