The launch party for Ceux Qui Marchent Debout‘s new CD Don’t Be Shy was a blast musically. Photographically speaking it was a double challenge: it was the first gig I shot with my new Fuji xpro2, and the New Morning in Paris is not the best scene for photos. It took me a while to get my settings right and get a feel for the camera in low-light. The Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 is a stunning lens in general but its AF is slow, especially in low light (whereas the Fujinon 35mm f/2 performed flawlessly). Anyway, all this to say that I really started getting good shots once the guests showed up on stage. This is the fantastic singer Ounsa Mébarkia, and probably my favorite shot of the evening, even though it doesn’t feature any of the members of the band I was there to listen to.
Fuji XPro-2, 85mm, f/2, 1/160s, ISO 200
Anaïs was an absolute trooper that evening, ready to try every crazy idea I had for deranging shots, and even suggesting a good few herself. This is one I like a lot (again, an outtake from the main thing, but one that gives a very different feel from the submitted shot.) This is also the only shot that I submitted without any texturing or grunging up, the light was just so great naturally.
Piles of Cash
Fujifilm XPR2, 90mm, f/10, 1/15s, ISO 200
One thing you quickly realize living in China is that in a (mostly) cash based society, you end up with a lot of loose change in your pockets. I put 1Y coins in a couple of bowls in my office, and they’re pretty darn full by now. But it’s nice if you want to shoot money…
Hot, hot, hot!
Fuji xpro2, 90mm, f/13, 1/5s, ISO 200
I’ve been doing a fair bit of still life photography lately, particularly for a book on Chinese fruits and vegetables to be released this summer. When we were buying the subjects in a wet market near my home, I couldn’t resist buying a bunch of really red peppers. This is one of the shots of these peppers.