Banishment, Polish Style
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/40s, ISO 125
Walking around Warsaw’s Old Town I tried to capture some interesting street scenes. Of course, the contrast between the religious statue on the side of one of the many churches and the urban style clothing of the man in front caught my eye… Shot on Ilford FP4+.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/16, 1/50s; ISO 1600
You’re going to start thinking I’m obsessed with sousaphones, considering how many shots of sousaphone players I post relative to the rarity of the instrument (see Kirk’s Work, Rebel Edward and Joe’s Rainbow). You wouldn’t be all wrong, although obviously it’s helped by the fact that a lot of the music I love features sousaphones and that it’s a very graphical instrument. Anyway, this was my first time live seeing the guys of Ceux Qui Marchent Debout, aka CQMD and their sousaphone player Roufi. It was actually a gig by the Madd Vibes Brass Band which is a combination of CQMD and Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore. Anyway, I tried to do something a little different here and outline only Roufi’s silhouette and that of his instrument. Quite pleased with the results, I must say.
Vintage Camera Porn #3: Dana 120
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 0.8s, ISO 200
To say that the Dana 120 is not a good camera is not criticism, it’s stating the obvious. Its cult status is mostly the result of a niche love for blurry pictures. And it looks funky and weighs nothing…
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 125
Whenever I have a little bit of time travelling, I’ll aim for two things besides interesting spots to photograph: jazz concert venues if it’s evening and second-hand record stores if it’s daytime. In Dublin I found directions to Freebird Records, a great find. But I got a photo out of it too! Shot on Ilford FP4+ film.
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
I’ve seen the Dirty Dozen Brass Band five times now, but only twice with original sousaphone player Kirk Joseph, and last week was one of those two. Kirk Joseph is an imposing gentleman, and a very modern player (he has a rack of pedals in front of him when he plays that would make many a guitar player drool). I was quite pleased with this shot of him in the middle of a solo.
Cashless in Cobacabana
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 100
Cobacabana in Bolivia is a small city by the shores of lake Titicaca that is famous for the church of Our Lady of Copacabana. Poverty there though is as visible, if not more than it is anywhere else in Bolivia, and even on the wholy grounds you see many women begging. Heartbreaking… I don’t normally do much colour street photography, but in this case the contrast between the bright colors and the misery seemed to call for a colour treatment…
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 30s, ISO 400
Shanghai’s Pudong, though not very representative of Shanghai is an impressive architectural mass, and seen from the Bund opposite it’s quite a photo opportunity. I did a whole series that evening, and will be publishing a few more in the coming weeks.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2.2, 1/80s, ISO 1250
Pedro Kouyaté is an intense musician in all meanings of the word intense. There are magical moments in his live sets where he seems to lose himself in his music, which I suppose is the whole point about transe music in the first place. Check him out live if you ever get the chance! The photo was edited in Lightroom 5 with XeL 2.0‘s Agfa Scala emulation.
Canon 7D, 320mm, f/3.2, 1/800s, ISO 400
It’s been way too long since I posted a concert shot, but the fact is it’s been way to long since I attended a concert… This was from the Soul Rebel Brass Band’s infectious gig in Paris La Défense last July.
This is the third and last installment of my Coromandel Travelogue. Feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already. Please leave comments if you enjoy this so I know whether to show similar travelogues in the future! The next morning I got up before dawn, hoping for a glorious [...]