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.
Fuji X100S, 35mm, 27s, f/8, ISO 200 (in-built ND filter)
Last night I participated in a photowalk in Paris near the Seine, and I was reminded by one of the other participants, also an X100 user, of the in-built ND filter. I set it up in camera, put the camera on the rail of the Pont D’Arcole and kneeled on the ground, clutching my strap for fear of the camera falling in the water. The result seriously astounded me. It may not be the best long-exposure shot ever, but considering I expected nothing of that in-built ND, it’s pretty astounding. Next time I’ll remember to take my gorillapod and my beanbag…
Stamps & Coins
Fuji X100S, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 500
I guess this is a really classic shot (for me), someone walking in front of an interesting shop or stall. It was shot in Ghent, and proves to me that the X100S really works for these types of street shots.
Portrait of Mister L.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/40s, ISO 800
One of the most frustrating things I experienced with my previous high-end compact cameras was that despite a lens that would open-wide, there was no way to get the shallow depth of field I like for portraits. This is because usually the sensor is so small that you get very sharp images all the way through -, whether you like it or not. So the first thing I did when I took the x100s out of the box was to shoot a portrait of one of my sons at f/2. And I must say the results look pretty pleasing to me: not only is the depth of field shallow enough that I get a real foreground / background difference, but in addition the sharpness wide-open is quite amazing.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/170s, ISO 200
I do a lot of traveling, and some of these photos have interested potential clients, so I decided to buy a lighter camera for those short trips that I do: I rarely lug the big DSLR for those occasions. I’ve only shot a few photos so far, trying to get to grips with the camera, and this week I’ll be sharing some of those. Keep in mind imperfections are likely to be connected with my lack of mastery of the camera’s subtleties rather than the camera’s own capabilities. Anyway, I was in Ghent last Friday and a friend introduced me to Werregarenstraat, a street devoted to (legal) street art. It seemed like both a great location to shoot and a good test of the camera’s dynamic range. I’m quite pleased with the results. Would have been better with a human subject, but no one was tagging that day.