Put Your Junk In Your Trunk
Canon A2; 50mm, f/5,6, 1/125, ISO 100
Film: Adox Color Implosion
This is a sign inside a parking lot in Cleveland that really made me laugh. I briefly spoke to the Parking Manager who told me that there was one night a couple of years ago during a Superbowl match when dozens of cars were forced open to access electronic gear that was lying on seats or in the glove boxes. That’s when they put up this sign.
Figures of Tech
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Fuji Experia 200 (Expired)
A nice mural on Chattanooga’s North Side…
Curvaceous Southern Belle
Canon A2, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 100
Film: Adox Color Implosion
This is another photo from Chattanooga, something I didn’t expect to see there (I guess the Simpson episode where Michaelangelo’s David is censored for being naked gave me the wrong impression on US prudeness). It’s very grainy, like all the pictures I took with the Adox film. I have another roll, but I’m not convinced I’ll ever use it…
Canon 7D, 80mm, F/11, 1/250s ISO 100
We had more martial accessories as well for the « Seedy Chicago » ball shoot, including those wonderfully accurate replicas of Thompson Guns, aka Chicago Organ Grinders. To my surprise, quite a few of the girls insisted on doing photos with the guns, occasionally creating some wonderful contrasts. This one is probably my favourite, with the sober, quasi-puritanical clothing and the gun being strangely… coherent? Edited with W-Equals’ XeL 2.0 in Lightroom.
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 1/250s, ISO 100
We had a few accessories for the Seedy Chicago ball shoot, including a period Voigtlander brought by Thomas. It gave us a number of good shots, of which this one is my favourite. This was processed in Lightroom with XeL 2.0 using my favourite preset by far, the Agfa Scala 200 emulation.
Through the Veil
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100
Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be one of the official photographers for a costumed ball entitled « Dans les Bas-Fonds de Chicago » (which I guess one could translate as ‘Seedy Chicago‘). I shot attendees for over 4 hour straight assisted by my good friend Thomas, which was exhausting, but very gratifying as well. I had proper studio lighting and a black backdrop, and although the venue imposed some tough constraints, I had a great time. Great learning experience as well. I’ll be sharing my favourite shots from that marathon session in the coming days. In this shot, what really appealed to me was Vanessa’s veil and tattoo (although the tattoo was featured more prominently on another shot.
Stamps & Coins
Fuji X100S, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 500
I guess this is a really classic shot (for me), someone walking in front of an interesting shop or stall. It was shot in Ghent, and proves to me that the X100S really works for these types of street shots.
Portrait of Mister L.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/40s, ISO 800
One of the most frustrating things I experienced with my previous high-end compact cameras was that despite a lens that would open-wide, there was no way to get the shallow depth of field I like for portraits. This is because usually the sensor is so small that you get very sharp images all the way through -, whether you like it or not. So the first thing I did when I took the x100s out of the box was to shoot a portrait of one of my sons at f/2. And I must say the results look pretty pleasing to me: not only is the depth of field shallow enough that I get a real foreground / background difference, but in addition the sharpness wide-open is quite amazing.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/170s, ISO 200
I do a lot of traveling, and some of these photos have interested potential clients, so I decided to buy a lighter camera for those short trips that I do: I rarely lug the big DSLR for those occasions. I’ve only shot a few photos so far, trying to get to grips with the camera, and this week I’ll be sharing some of those. Keep in mind imperfections are likely to be connected with my lack of mastery of the camera’s subtleties rather than the camera’s own capabilities. Anyway, I was in Ghent last Friday and a friend introduced me to Werregarenstraat, a street devoted to (legal) street art. It seemed like both a great location to shoot and a good test of the camera’s dynamic range. I’m quite pleased with the results. Would have been better with a human subject, but no one was tagging that day.
My recent shots of Chattanooga came to the attention of a local news editor of Nooga.com. They did a brief interview of me about the context for these photos and published an article entitled Seeing Chanttanooga for the first time. How cool is that?