Gamla Stan Photobomb
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 2500
I was walking early in the morning in Gamla Stan looking for interesting photo opportunities. I spotted this bike with a front carrying case made to look like a Swedish house and I thought, « that’s cool ». I stood looking for the best angle to shoot the bike when the door on the top of the stairs opened and this lady walked out just as I was pressing the shutter. I thought she’d be cut off, but it turns out she wasn’t.
Itinerant Fruit Seller
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
One of the things I love in Asia is that people tend to be happy to be photographed. They smile, sometimes they stop to give you a chance to really capture them. It’s a change from Europe, I can tell you. I have two shots of this vietnamese fruit seller, one where she looks straight at me, and one where she looks on the side. I prefer this one. Tell me what you think !
Cycling the Streets
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/450s, ISO 200
Many people have a fantasy view of Shanghai (or China in general for that matter) with bicycles everywhere. Sadly, while this may have been a real sight at the time The Blue Lotus was drawn, and still true when I first came to China in 1995, it no longer is. Electric scooters have replaced bicycles. Still, occasionally you see old people going down the streets on bikes, so it’s not all lost to modernity.
The Seller of Blades
Fuji X100, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200
One of the delights of street photographies in remote countries is that you stumble upon so many activities that we no longer see (or never existed) in the west. In Jakarta I had great fun shooting lots of people in the streets, especially since there’s no reluctance to be photographed there. But the best was undeniably this itinerant knife, scissors and assorted blades seller with a contraption at the front of his bike to display his wares.
Fuji x100s, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 4000
Nowhere do I see how old my Canon EOS 7D is than in comparison to the low-light performance of my recently acquired x100s. Photowalk Paris recently organised a photo outing after sundown, and even the shots at 6400 ISO are fine, if a little grainy. Astounding performance (not to mention that shooting at 1/30s with a small camera is a lot easier than with a big SLR!) This is a RAW file edited in Lightroom with xequals’ XeL 2.0.