The Front Door
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
I have an unwavering fascination with doors, especially when they are ornate or derelict or a mix thereof. I took a lot of photos of doors in Venice, most of them half-rotten canal doors. This one probably is the most representative, but I may do a « door » series in the not too distant future.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 800
Limoncello is a staple lemon alcohol from Venice. It’s not unpleasant, but it really is an acquired taste. Still, the bottles look so cool that the photographer in me doesn’t care how it tastes!
San Giorgio at Dusk
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 18s, ISO 200
Obviously, for the lover of Long Exposure that I am, Venice is a godsend. I wish I’d had a proper tripod (there’s only so much a Gorillapod will do) and more evenings and mornings to find cool locations to shoot, but I did get a few shots I liked, including this one.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/300s, ISO 200
Venice is ripe with street photo opportunities, and when I saw this couple seated under the statue of a saint alongside Santa Maria del Giglio, I knew I had a good shot despite the high contrast.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/120s, ISO 400
The theme for this week’s photos is Venice. I was lucky enough to have to spend three days in Venice for work last year and spent all of my free time walking the streets and losing myself in the labyrinth. I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface, so the selection this week will be only a little bit of what I think I could shoot if I went back. Anyway, here’s the first shot, a view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge, with the obligatory gondola. I wasn’t exactly plagued with beautiful weather, but there was enough texture in the sky at most times that it didn’t look completely bland.
Canon 7D, 150mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 1600
Michael League is the bassist, band leader and principal composer/arranger of the increasingly renowned band Snarky Puppy. Unlike most jazz bassists (although I don’t quite know why), he’s upbeat and nearly always smiling on stage, which is why I picked a slightly more sober picture of him. If you’re not too fond of jazz, pick their Family Dinner vol. 1 record, full of soulful singing guests. If you’re happy with (modern) instrumental jazz, check out We Like it Here.
Canon 7D, 320mm, f/3.2, 1/200s, ISO 1600
Tommy Emmanuel is a guitar player extraordinaire, dragging the art of picking to new heights, kicking and screaming. He’s quite the showman as well, and while I manage to take a few more spectacular shots of him, I picked this one because of its crisp quality. I’m actually quite amazed I pulled off a shot that crisp from that far away in the audience. I don’t own any albums of his yet, but I don’t think you can go wrong with a Greatest Hits.
Contrebasse en Ombres
Canon 7D, 110mm, f/3,2, 1/160s, ISO 1600
I find the double bass not only a beautiful instrument when I listen to it, but also when I take photos of it. Thomas Bramerie is the fantastic bass player in Eric Legnini’s Sing Twice! project and this was shot at the release party of their album in 2013. What a night!
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Bigre! is the funkiest Big Band I’ve ever heard. It features a veritable army of trombones, and far be it from me to suggest that one is better than the other, but this guy, Sylvain Thomas, sure sounded amazingly raw! Check out their latest album To Bigre! or Not to Bigre!, well worth a listen.
Roger Lewis Shines
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/4, 1/25s, ISO 1600
Concert photography is my first photographic love even though I have previous little opportunity to practice it here in Shanghai. So I revisit old series. This is from a 2013 concert of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Roger Lewis is the baritone player in that stellar band, and he’s the kind of player that will make your insides churn when he blows. And I like that! Check out my favourite album, Buck Jump or their latest, Twenty Dozen.