Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/2, 1/200s, ISO 6400
I’ve said it in the past: in my now sizable experience shooting jazz concerts, framing pianists is the hardest job. Getting meaningful shots from the front is virtually impossible, and getting a facial expression and at least part of the instrument from the back is no trivial affair. I think I tick most of the boxes here with David Torkanowski although to be fair it’s far from my best concert shot.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.6, 1/80s, ISO 1250
Shooting bassist James Singleton on that Stanton Moore Trio gig was quite tricky: he had a music stand just in front of the bass. Thankfully after a while I managed to move a bit and the 24MP capability of the X-Pro2 allowed me to do severe cropping. The hair and the hand make the photo, I think (I hope ?)
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO 2000
Last summer I had the incredible luck of arriving in Paris just the day that the Stanton Moore Trio had been playing the Duc des Lombards. I was there, first row, with Stanton not 3 meters away from me. It wasn’t an easy set-up for photos, but the music was fantastic, and I did get a few interesting shots anyway.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 200
For this last shot I went pretty far on the grungy post-treatment, using lots of scratching and dirtying in Analog Efex 2. Some might thing it’s too much, but I quite like it.
Fuji X-Pro2, 56mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 200
There’s a fishman character in the Hellboy comic called Abe Sapien. When I was processing this shot I couldn’t help thinking it looked a bit like him, so I called it Abe…
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/750s, ISO 200
There’s a roleplaying game called Apocalypse World that has a woman with a red gas mask on the cover. Dogan wanted to emulate that and he had a red T-Shirt so he wrapped it around his head. We took a few shots and then I told him to drop the T-Shirt and do a shot bare-chested. This one is my favourite.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/280s, ISO 200
When I shot this series I was worried that everyone would look the same (since the faces are not exactly visible). So it becomes about other things: accessories, postures, post-processing, etc. In the end a fair number of the 29 photos are interesting in their own right.
Fuji X-Pro 2, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/900s, ISO 200
In July I usually take part in a friendly game meet-up. There’s about 30 of us there, sharing a house and playing role-playing games for a few days. I usually do portraits and this year someone had brought a gas mask, so I decided that would be the theme for the portrait session. Julien wanted to wear his hoodie over the gas mask and I thought he looked like a dead ringer for the more violent protestors who had been walking the streets of France only a few weeks before, hence the title of the shot. The whole series was shot outdoors with no gear apart from the camera itself.
Where the pigeons perch
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800
Throughout my canal excursion I found the houses fascinating, especially the ones on stilts. It’s hard to imagine that this is in the heart of a 6 million inhabitant metropolis. Not to mention the birds: they live there too!
Fishing by the temple
Fuji x-Pro2, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 320
When I booked my canal excursion in Bangkok it said nothing about a temple and yet alongside the canal sits Wat Wayrurachin, a 19th century Buddhist temple. As we were cruising along I noticed these boys fishing, and thought that was certainly worth a shot (I don’t think I’d eat fish from the canal waters, but then I can afford to, which is probably more than can be said for these kids…