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.
Mah Jong Jr.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/340s, ISO 200
I’ve been wanting to learn Mah Jong for ages, and I might buy a set in Dongtai Lu the next time I go there, so it was fun to watch this little kid play with the tiles, killing time.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 200
Everyone has noticed how Asian tourists seem to pose with some sort of V sign whenever they’re being shot. Well it’s not just tourists, and to be honest it ruins most photos. But I like this one because the woman’s smile is genuine and amazing despite, or maybe because of the V sign.
Chinese Chess Champions
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/280s, ISO 200
One of the fun aspects of street markets is watching what the sellers do to kill time. These guys were playing Chinese Chess and seemed to be having a lot of fun doing it. In the summer months it’s frequent to see people playing games in the street here, but it’s the first time I see a winter game.
Kettle Market Down
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 200
The Chinese are generally not camera shy, and if they don’t want their photo taken, they usually just let you know without being excessively aggressive. Sometimes though a shot works because the camera is not seen, as (I think) is the case here. Most sellers in Dongtai Lu will push their wares on you in a friendly way with cries of « cheaper, cheaper ». This lady didn’t, she seemed utterly depressed although it’s probably just the tiring nature of street selling in the cold on a quiet day.