Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 1/400s, ISO 400
The view from the rotating top of the Auckland Skytower is stunning, especially on a bright day like the September day I went up there. It is however surprisingly difficult to take a good shot of that view in between the unusually high vantage point and the color cast from the windows. Still, I managed to produce this one. It’s not a work of art by any means, but it shows downtown Auckland, the harbour in action and Rangitoto. Better than nothing…
The Music School
Canon A2, 20mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
I recently went to Aarhus in Denmark for work. Aarhus is a small town on the western coast of Denmark, full of those red bricks that you see everywhere in Northern Europe. I had a little time to walk through town and took this photo of the Music School which was quite characteristic of the atmosphere.
Half a Pinecone
Canon 7D, 95mm, f/13, 1.3s, ISO 200
Still experimenting with Weston inspired still lives. I really like the texture of the pinecone, I’ll no doubt be doing more of those in the future. This was edited in Lightroom using X-Equals XeL 2.0‘s Scala 200 emulation.
Canon A2, 20mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
Walking the streets of Warsaw’s Old Town (Stare Miasto) on a late afternoon, I steeped into this side street to find this fantastic wall covered in scratched graffiti. I really love this photo, and the colors of the Fuji really shine here.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/2.8, 1/320s, ISO 1600
When I went to see Monophonics at La Java in May, it had been a long while since I hadn’t shot a concert in the truly atrocious conditions that you sometimes face in clubs with limited to no lighting, no stage and no space. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out how to deal with the results of that shoot. And then, perhaps because Monophonics is in France again but I’ll miss them this time, I revisisted the photos and decided to embrace the grunginess of it all instead of trying to erase it or tame it. The clutter I normally do my best to avoid shooting or to edit out, I left in. It’s a different kind of energy, and I’m not sure I’ve got it right, but I’d be interested in your feedback!
Canon A2, 20mm, f/8, 1/50s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
When you fly to Aarhus in Denmark as I had the opportunity to do a few weeks ago, you have to walk through a mile-long corridor between the vast international terminal of Copenhagen Kastrup and the minuscule national terminal. It’s a boring walk, but architecturally that corridor is very interesting. Since I had time to kill, I did a number of shots, but the most intriguing in its abstractness is this one.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/4s, ISO 1000
This is another shot in my series of experimentations for the Dreamhounds of Paris book by Pelgrane Press. I tried to imagine how surrealist photographers might have experimented with form, and came up with this idea of using a negative as a positive and scratch the negative for added deconstruction. It was all done digitally of course (the processing is a mix of Lightroom and Snapseed). I quite like the result, though I suspect it’s not surreal enough to make it into the book.
JJ in Action
Canon 7D, 125mm, f/4, 1/160s, ISO 1600
Jean-Jacques Milteau is one of my favourite musicians, a paragon of taste and tone. As always with harmonica players, it’s hard to frame a shot that works because you cannot see the instrument and the hands hide half of the face. Here however, I like how the dark-tinted glasses still let some of his decisive expression show through. I’m seeing him live with a new band next Friday, expect some very different shots from that gig!
Kevin as a Young Man
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
One of the things I love about shooting the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is the often improbable way that they dress. That night at La Batterie in Guyancourt, it was cold and they all seemed to be suffering from it as several in the band were wearing winter hats like the one Kevin is wearing here. The lighting that evening was gorgeous, and the shots are all drenched in great colors (that match the shirt so well
Bowler Hat Army
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/15s, ISO 400
Photoshop Composite / Model: Achille
Lately I’ve been working on some photos evocative of 1930s Paris with a surrealist edge for the upcoming book by Pelgrane Press »Bookhounds of Paris« . I will publish a few although I should stress that these are works in progress. For this one I was trying to put together two motifs of surrealist art: bowler hats (through Magritte, mostly) and repetition of characters (also Magritte, but others too). These were my first attempts at cloning in photoshop and I was quite pleased with the results. The three shadowy men remind me of Marc-Antoine Mathieu’s Julius Corentin Acquefacques for some reason. The photo was processed in photoshop and then Lightroom with XeL 2.0 emulations for the black & white.