When in Rome, expect Roman columns…
Until my little Roman escapade, I had never really shot urban facades wide angle. Sure, my go to lens (when not shooting a 35mm fixed lens) opens at 27mm which is pretty wide, but often insufficient for narrow streets or high facades. In Rome I had my 10-24mm lens (equivalent 15-36mm) and really discovered how cool that was to shoot high doors in narrow streets. This photo is an example of that.
Shelob’s Roman Abode
I always had this image of Rome being a historical center surrounded by a modern city, but last time I was there I realised that there’s a whole lot of old stone even outside the historical center. It may not be roman time stone, but it still looks fantastically cool. What first attracted me to this facade was the face, and then I saw the spider…
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Lettuce is a hard hitting modern funk band whose bass player, Jesus Coomes is nothing short of a stage imp. Not only does he play wicked bass grooves, but he jumps up and down like a madman and wears the silliest socks. Go check Lettuce if you can, it’s a guaranteed evening of fine music and booty shake.
Pattern and ‘Bone
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 6400
I love shooting trombone players at the best of times. Because of the length of the instrument it has a potential for strong diagonals, and from the right angles there’s a lot of different potential shots to be had. But when I saw the pattern on Reut Regev’s dress (playing ‘bone with Hazmat Modine) I knew the potential had just gone up tenfold! This is one of my favourite shots of her that night.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2.8, 1/50s, ISO 1000
It’s quite a common occurence to see wedding photos taken in public places. This was very true in Shanghai, and it’s just as true here in HK. I suspect a lot of photoshopping goes into it down the line, but for me it was just fun to snap at these future bride and groom in the stairwell of Central MTR station. The best is that they were smiling at me more (I felt) than they were at the official photographer. I know street theoretically works better when the subjects are unaware of the camera, but I really like this little moment of joy.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/4, 1/15s, ISO 1600
I remember spending a fair bit of time in the NYC subway shooting passers by at shutter speeds of around 1/10s or 1/15s. You get a lot of blurry shots, but when you manage to stay steady, you capture some of the motion. With a wider angle lens (a 28mm in this case) it’s a bit easier and I find that at 1/15s I can more or less consistently shoot a sharp shot. I liked those columns and the contrast produced by the black band of tiling, that’s why I chose this Tokyo underground spot.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 1250
Compared to the Paris metro, the Tokyo metro is clean as a hospital. I wanted to capture all this white and thought that doing it in a mirror would be a little more original. I guess it would have been more effective at rush hour, maybe an idea for the next trip…