Kettle Market Down
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 200
The Chinese are generally not camera shy, and if they don’t want their photo taken, they usually just let you know without being excessively aggressive. Sometimes though a shot works because the camera is not seen, as (I think) is the case here. Most sellers in Dongtai Lu will push their wares on you in a friendly way with cries of « cheaper, cheaper ». This lady didn’t, she seemed utterly depressed although it’s probably just the tiring nature of street selling in the cold on a quiet day.
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.
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!
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.
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/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.