Until my little Roman escapade, I had never really shot urban facades wide angle. Sure, my go to lens (when not shooting a 35mm fixed lens) opens at 27mm which is pretty wide, but often insufficient for narrow streets or high facades. In Rome I had my 10-24mm lens (equivalent 15-36mm) and really discovered how cool that was to shoot high doors in narrow streets. This photo is an example of that.
Shelob’s Roman Abode
I always had this image of Rome being a historical center surrounded by a modern city, but last time I was there I realised that there’s a whole lot of old stone even outside the historical center. It may not be roman time stone, but it still looks fantastically cool. What first attracted me to this facade was the face, and then I saw the spider…
Rome is a marvel of old stone, and walking around on a sunny day you will find tons of interesting things for photographic material. My obsession with doors was fed, and then some. This one is one of my favourites.
Fuji xpro2, 35mm
Hong Kong is littered with tiny temples. There are three within walking distance of my house and many many more I’ve been to. The scenes are often red and gold, and lit with numerous candles or lights. This one was the first entirely gold colour icon I saw though.
Fuji xpro2, 75mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 320
Villa Borghese, early(ish) morning, hundreds of dogs being walked. What more needs to be said ?
Fuji xpro2, 53mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1000
Street musicians make for great photos. I was walking down the streets near the Jewish Quarter with my friend Lori who got us promptly lost. She was concerned about it, I wasn’t: what’s more fun than getting lost in the narrow streets of Rome at dusk? That’s when we stumbled upon this guy. A living piece of yesteryear.
Fuji xpro2, 20mm, f/4, 1/350s ISO 200
I have only had my 10-24mm lens (15-36mm FF) for a few months, and it’s so wide that sometimes I don’t quite know what to do with it. In Rome though I shot a lot of street with it and loved the versatility that such a wide angle offers in narrow, crowded streets. It also allows shooting « unsuspecting » targets like this policeman (who may or may not actually be a Carabinieri, but I like the name too much not to use it…)
Cycling from the Law
Fuji xpro2, 45mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
The Rome courthouse is a rather grand building, and I was getting ready to take a shot of it when these two cyclists came around and generously enhanced my composition.
Out the Door
Fuji xpro2, 25mm, f/4, 1/140s, ISO 200
I have this fascination for old doors, and so walking around Rome and enthused by the wonderful light, I was on the lookout for nice doors and door related scenes. I was standing in front of this door just as it opened and this lady came out. Magical moment.
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Lettuce is a hard hitting modern funk band whose bass player, Jesus Coomes is nothing short of a stage imp. Not only does he play wicked bass grooves, but he jumps up and down like a madman and wears the silliest socks. Go check Lettuce if you can, it’s a guaranteed evening of fine music and booty shake.