Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 400
From the top of the San Catalina tower in Valencia, the view is magnificent, but the best thing is looking down into the narrow staircase. Looking back at this picture, I find it verging on the abstract, and it reminds me of the graphical world of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas…
Hand in the Shadows
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 1600
As one would expect, there were a lot of churches in Valencia, but my favourite was clearly Santa Catalina. Unlike the fancier cathedral, it felt like having macerated for a while, with bordeline creepy iconography. This statue (and the resulting shadow) struck me.
Wood & Stone
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/75s, ISO 200
The weather wasn’t glorious during my short stay in Valencia, but you make the most of what you have. That’s why I went for a somewhat bleak processing of this old palace entrance near the Central Market. Goes with my series of Père Lachaise shots from a few months back.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 200
This cabin was set up so close to the water I imagine it was a boat cabin. Anyway, it looks great in the winter sunlight…
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 640
This tiny but beautiful chapel in the middle of Seurasaari surprised me. The light was starting to fade (it was 1:11 PM, the EXIF tells me) so I had to be content with shooting it backlit, but I think it works.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1250
In the Seurasaari forest are a collection of wooden buildings, a lot of them very pretty, with a sort of delicate rusticity. This one stood out as something you might find in a old fairy tale…
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f.4, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Towards the end of my walk in Seurasaari I stumbled upon this little lake upon which a log, covered in moss, had fallen. I felt that there was a interesting composition to be made, and so I tried. Not sure I succeeded (you tell me), but I kind of like it anyway…
Summer House (in Winter)
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 250
It was in Finland last December that I truly experienced the beauty of the winter sun for the first time, this golden light during all the (short) hours of the day. There are a few summer houses on Seurasaari that I would really have liked to see the inside of…
Tokyo Night Life
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 3200
In Akihabara there’s a sharp contrast between the main arteries, full of light, tall buildings, gaudy colours, and the back alleys. I spent a good while in those back alleys, trying to capture the slightly seedy feel of them. I think this shot did it.
Akihabara by Night
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/16, 8s, ISO 200
My original intent with this was to shoot light trails in front of the Akihabara lights. Unfortunately, I had not anticipated that the pedestrians crossing on my left would block the cars turning just in front of my lens. So instead I shot a long exposure in between cars, and was quite pleased withe the result (and surprisingly little ghosting).