Sometimes what’s interesting in a potential shot is not the subject (or not only the subject) but the way the light hits the subject. In Kyomizu-dera in Kyoto there were many interesting subjects, but this one combined traditional Japanese architecture and interesting light…
Most of the time when I travel for work, I travel light. That means a small camera (usually my x100f these days), and even if I take the mirrorless, I only take one or two lenses. But occasionally, I’ll go crazy and take the big zoom lens with me, as I did this one time in Istanbul. And boy was I happy that I did. This shot was the best to come out of a morning of strolling around the sites, making the most of the compression of the zoom for (I think) great effect.
*Silver and Gold*
iPhone 6 + Hipstamatic
The Lippo (silver, on the left) is one of the most distinctive buildings in Hong Kong, but the proximity to the Far East Financial Center (gold, on the right) makes a shot with the two of them at the right time of day a compelling proposition. I quite like the contrast they make.
These arches at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park truly are a photographer’s dream: the light, the contrast, the symmetry, and the people all contribute to make great pictures. I was very pleased with the colour rendering of one of these (Walking the Dog in Style) but also found it really worked in black and white.
Fuji TX2 + Fuji Pro400H
In the heart of Old Macau lies Mandarin House, an old Chinese merchant’s home. It’s wonderfully evocative and, unlike what you find in Hong Kong is a piece of actual Chinese history. Round doors, magnificent woodpanelled rooms, it’s a tiny labyrinth. That is, of course, when the battery on my x100f decided to say bye-bye so I switched to film, obviously less versatile in low light, but still good for exterior shots.
Despite over 100 years of British presence, Hong Kong has very little architecturally that points to Britain. Old Macau on the other hand is an absolute blend of Chinese and Portuguese. Some streets look so Portuguese it’s astounding, especially when the sun is shining like in Lisbon.
*In the Shadow of the Bridge*
I knew that you could walk the Brooklyn Bridge but had never had a chance to do it. What’s really cool is that you’re above the cars and on a purely pedestrian plane. What’s even cooler is doing it on a glorious early morning, with the dawn light hitting the Manhattan side at a low angle. At one point, I turned back, and wow!
I didn’t get to see much of Berlin, and certainly didn’t get to see the « pretty » parts. But the Messe, where the conference I was attending was, was interesting in an austere kind of way. I think the masts and their shadows make the picture as much as the building, but that building has the austere 70s look that many people probably associate (wrongly, I’m sure) with Germany.
As I was walking towards a meeting in Pall Mall I walked passed St Martin in the Fields, and never having gone inside, decided to give it a try. It may look sober compared to the churches and cathedrals I’m used to in Paris, but there’s something soothing in that, even to an atheist like me. Anyway, I decided it was worth a shot. Only later did I notice the man silently praying on the right hand side of the shot.
*On a Break !*
Paris has more old stone and churches than you might think. I like it when old and new clash in interesting ways. I think these guys were renovating a nearby church or something…