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…
Itinerant Souvenir Shop
Fuji X-Pro2, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1250
If tourists visit by boat, then naturally souvenir shops must be on boats as well. We met quite a few of those during our 30mn exploration of the canals.
Will the clothes dry?
Fuji X-Pro2, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 1250
I’m kind of fascinated with canal side living. We saw a lot of dingy habitat alongside the Mekong in Vietnam, and things are no different in Bangkok proper. You can’t help wonder about the hygiene and the humidity (in countries where humidity is a problem everywhere) and yet there’s something fascinating about this entirely different way of living to the one we’re used to in the west.
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 3200
Last March I had to go to Bangkok for some work meetings. I had an afternoon free before work started in earnest so I decided to go boating alongside the canals. On my way to the boat I found this cop or security guard napping in a sidestreet. It was too good a photo opportunity to pass.
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/4, 1/20s, ISO 6400
One of the things I find truly wonderful about the Fuji XPro-2 is how it allows me to do shots that I just could not do with previous cameras. At ISO 6400 the noise is so fine it looks like fine grain from the film era, and with the optical stabilisation on the 18-55 I can shoot as slow as 1/10s without issue. Combine the two and you get these kinds of night shots where the dark areas are clear, and the contrasts nice.
Down to Earth
Fuji XPro-2, 45mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 2500
In street photography contrast is generally a good subject matter. Here I was after not only the actual light contrast of the store vs. the streets but also the contrast between those massively expensive cars and those driving in front of them.
Fuji X-Pro2, 45mm, f/4, 1/13s (IS), ISO 6400
I love wandering the streets of Hong Kong at night. I haven’t been out in the rain yet, and I bet it could produce really cool shots too, but my outings so far were dry. This is the Olympic Stairs, not too far from where I live in Causeway Bay. Self-explanatory, really.
Münchausen in Montparnasse
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/8000s, ISO 200
There are many interesting statues and busts in the Cimetière du Montparnasse. This one struck me with its resemblance to the Baron Münchausen in Terry Gilliam’s movie.
Rest in Peace
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/240s, ISO 200
This is one of those shots that would probably benefit from being pure B&W: there’s very little colour to begin with. But I think B&W would give it more harshness than what I was looking for, so I kept it in these super low-key grey/pink tones. Tell me what you think.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/1100s, ISO 200
There is something soothing and peaceful about the Cimetière du Montparnasse, and I spent a few hours there last Saturday morning just walking around and trying to capture that softness through a wide open lens. This is one of the most interesting shots (I think).