Jumble of Harps
iPhone + Hipstamatic
One of the things that many (musicians and non-musicians alike) will ask you if you’re a diatonic harmonica player is why you have so many harmonicas. Because it’s a diatonic instrument, each harmonica is in a different key, and unless you’re Howard Levy or one of his ilk, you need more than one to play along the various keys the band will play in. The secret truth is that most diatonic players are collectors as well and they have way more than they need!
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
The diatonic harmonica is a more graphic instrument than is often given credit for. Not that the aesthetics matter much to the music, but anyway… To celebrate my starting a new band here in Shanghai I did a series of harmonica photos that I could use for social networks whenever we’re rehearsing or (soon I hope) gigging. For this one I used a stark black & white combination of « lens » and « film ». I like how it highlights the Hohner brand (no endorsement intended).
Canon 7D, 96mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 800
I’ve always loved flea markets, and the pleasure of discovering completely different flea markets here in Shanghai is even greater than back in France. One of the things I love about them is repetition, the accumulation of identical (or similar) objects which makes for interesting photographic patterns. I was intrigued by those coins that have Chinese markings on one side and the US motto on the other. Probably from the colonial concession era.
A Thousand Buddhas
Canon 7D, 96mm, f/4, 1/6400s, ISO 1600
Now that I’m more or less settled in Shanghai I can start sharing photos again. Many, though not all, will be from Asia, as you can imagine. This is from a wonderful ‘antiques’ market in Dong Tai Lu, Shanghai.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/13, 1/250s, ISO 100
I’ve started using my proper studio lights to do a new series of camera porn. First I wanted to shoot the Horizon 202 which isn’t quite as spanking new as it looks. It’s a very cool camera even though I’ve only been able to shoot half a roll before the Curse of Lenin’s Mummy locked the camera on me. Now I’m looking at a steep revision cost, but I don’t care, it’s that cool. These shots are processed in Lightroom with a light filter in Snapseed.
Half a Pinecone
Canon 7D, 95mm, f/13, 1.3s, ISO 200
Still experimenting with Weston inspired still lives. I really like the texture of the pinecone, I’ll no doubt be doing more of those in the future. This was edited in Lightroom using X-Equals XeL 2.0‘s Scala 200 emulation.
Canon 7D, 96mm, f/8, 1/3s, ISO 200
In many ways this shot is the polar opposite of Pinecone in Darkness posted last week. It’s harder to light a subject over a white background than over a black one, I think, but I managed to pull off something that works here, I think. Edited in Lightroom with XeL 2.0
Pinecone in Darkness
Canon 7D, f/13, 1s, ISO 200
Still life is as much an exercice in technique as it can be an artistic endeavour. I’ve long been fasinated by Edward Weston’s Pepper No. 30 and without any illusion of getting anywhere near his mastery of light, I’ve been experimenting with similar in the studio still life concepts. I did a fair amount of work on pinecones, and this one is one of the most interesting results, I think.
Vintage Camera Porn #2: Moskva 5
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/16, 3.2s, ISO 100
I started working on this Vintage Camera Porn series last year, and tried to shoot and post-process all of the cameras as consistently as I could, but I’m only now rediscovering them and tweaking them in ways that truly satisfy me.
Vintage Camera Porn #3: Dana 120
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 0.8s, ISO 200
To say that the Dana 120 is not a good camera is not criticism, it’s stating the obvious. Its cult status is mostly the result of a niche love for blurry pictures. And it looks funky and weighs nothing…