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…
Fuji x100s, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 4000
Nowhere do I see how old my Canon EOS 7D is than in comparison to the low-light performance of my recently acquired x100s. Photowalk Paris recently organised a photo outing after sundown, and even the shots at 6400 ISO are fine, if a little grainy. Astounding performance (not to mention that shooting at 1/30s with a small camera is a lot easier than with a big SLR!) This is a RAW file edited in Lightroom with xequals’ XeL 2.0.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 800
I don’t usually do these kinds of abstracts, but there was something fascinating about the way the reflected branches of this ancient tree reflected in the pond as my son threw pebbles in the water.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 400
A fun little shot of kids in the Square des Batignolles which overlooks the very busy St-Lazare railway station. This isn’t a straight x100s jpg (for a change), it’s a raw edited with x-equals’ XeL 2.0.
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.