Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill BWX250)
I got some gorgeous weather in Paris for a February month when I was there, and had my XPAN with me at all times. I walked a lot and this shot of the Panthéon in the 5th arrondissement was one of my favourites.
*Weeping for Notre-Dame*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT100
We tend to take so many things for granted that are, in fact, fickle and fragile. I woke up this morning to the news that Notre-Dame had burnt during the night. It makes me more sad than I can say. This is the latest shot of Notre-Dame I took a few weeks ago when I was in Paris. It’s not the best shot, and it certainly doesn’t do this magnificent monument justice, but it is a memory of something that is no more. Let us all enjoy what we have to the fullest : while we might think these things will always be there, that is just not the case.
Spotmatic F + Ilford Pan F
The Church of the Trinité near St Lazare is one of my favourite Parisian monuments. I always felt it had a little bit of a moghul palace look, something Indian in the spire. Parts of it have been covered in wraps for years now, but this photo was taken in my early days of film photography in 2012, when it was still visible.
*Checking Your Social Media*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
I had a meeting near Fitroy Square in London, and since I was a little early I decided to check out said square. The facades were very British (well, very posh British) and as I prepared to shoot (perfect alignment for the XPAN), this guy walks out in a white t-shirt and starts clicking on his phone. Perfect.
*Luxembourg in the Sun*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
I have never loved Paris as much as since I don’t live there anymore. When I go back there I’m free to see the good (and it is a beautiful city) without the bad. I carried the XPAN with me the three days I was there recently, and got some really great shots (I think). I particularly liked how the subdued colours of the Portra 160 worked on this shot of the Luxembourg palace.
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.