*Stop Killing Us*
Fuji TX2 + Kodak Portra 160
This shot was taken during the third Hong Kong protest march on June 16th. The European press has not covered much beyond that protest, but the protests are still ongoing, even if on a smaller scale. There was such a protest yesterday, that ended with a small siege of the Police HQ in Wan Chai to protest the arrest of protesters on June 12th. I rarely use the 90mm lens on the TX2 but this called for it.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Pro 400H
Walking the streets of Yaowarat towards the middle of the afternoon definitely felt like the calm before the storm. The streets were quiet, street food vendors were smiling and not very busy. A few hours later, once the sun set, it was an entirely different story with crowds of locals and tourists alike sampling the wares (although which tourist in his right mind would want to try durian, I’m not sure…)
*Waiting for Godot*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + JCH400
Sham Shui Po is full of life, and there are certain spots where you will always see people waiting (and often smoking as well), like the MTR exits.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT100
On that glorious sunset in Honolulu, I first took a long exposure shot with the x100F, but I thought that alignment of buildings was just perfect for the XPAN. The shot is slightly underexposed which brings out the blues and purples in the Agfa CT100 slide, but ultimately, I think that brings a really different thing to it that I love.
*Want a bite?*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 400
One of the wonders of street photography is that no matter where you are, if you are on the lookout there will be great opportunities. I was walking down a narrow street near Yaowarat in Bangkok when I saw this man eating something (no idea what it was.) The little kid walked forward and the man made him taste his meal. I couldn’t catch the kid’s face, obviously, but the man’s face was just fantastic.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill 800T
My good friend Jules le Moal is keen to explore how seemingly failed photos can convey something powerful. I think it’s definitely the case with this one. The multiple lights tricked the sensor, auto-metering underexposed, and yet it completely transforms the scene into something a little scary. No longer is the guy with the hat a humble sweet seller, but rather a creepy butcher with a stained apron…
*50 Baht Soup*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill 800T
Ever since I went on that night photowalk in Mong Kok and shot Cinestill 800T I’ve been exploring the possibilities of night street photography. While it’s technically constraining, it’s also amazingly rewarding. I was in Bangkok for a conference this week and decided to take my XPAN with me and load it with Cinestill for a night foray into the Chinatown street food market. Quite pleased with the results!
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill BWXX250
I must admit I wasn’t overly impressed with the Cinestill BWXX250. The film was not contrasty enough for my taste, and very grainy for a 250 ASA film. Still, from the roll of BWXX I shot in Paris, I kept that one because of the composition, the pantheon at the horizon and the long afternoon shadows of the trees over the Jardin du Luxembourg.
*Over the Bridge*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Velvia 100
They say that slide is not very good at resolving broad dynamic range, and they are right. Still, sometimes the deep shadows look interesting, and the highlights are not too blown. The magenta cast of the Velvia is out in force here, but I find the result interesting enough.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill BWX250)
I got some gorgeous weather in Paris for a February month when I was there, and had my XPAN with me at all times. I walked a lot and this shot of the Panthéon in the 5th arrondissement was one of my favourites.