Not all bridges are made equal. Two bamboo bridges cross the Nam Khan river in Luang Prabang, and by our western standards they don’t look too reassuring. But to these young monks they were not scary at all, one of them was even running the length of it…
*Cycling on the Bridge*
Canon A2 + Ilford Pan F
In late 2013 I went to Chattanooga, Tennessee for work. I had a half day to walk around town and really loved the feel of the place. I got a few good film shots out of it, including this one of the Walnut Street Bridge. Looking at my old photos recently I realised I’d taken a black and white shot of the same location that was really interesting too.
*Over the Bridge*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Velvia 100
They say that slide is not very good at resolving broad dynamic range, and they are right. Still, sometimes the deep shadows look interesting, and the highlights are not too blown. The magenta cast of the Velvia is out in force here, but I find the result interesting enough.
*Bir Hakeim Bridge*
Sometimes you don’t do long expos for specific effects like freezing water or light trails, sometimes you just do them because it’s dark and you want pin sharp focus and low ISO. This was the case here. In fact, looking back, I’m so lucky to have had this shot: this spot is very favoured by wedding photographers and it’s very rare that there isn’t some sort of shoot going on. There was that night, but they were behind me!
Robes vs Kilts
Canon 1000D, 115mm, f/4.5, 1/800s, ISO 200
Wandering nuns is one of the staples of Rome, but when they cross wandering scottish rugby fans, you know you have a shot. Part of the fun of street photography is capturing these odd moments of life, more frequent than we think.
Sunrise Under the Bay Bridge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 14s, ISO 200 w. ND 64 external filter and ND 8 internal filter
It’s surprisingly difficult to do sunrise shots of San Francisco. The city is nearly always lost in fog until close to mid-day, and on my first day there last week I didn’t realise how lucky I was to catch this much of a sunrise, which is admittedly not much. Still, I quite liked the composition, with the wooden piles at the forefront and what little of the morning sunlight is visible directly under the bridge. I remain amazed at my x100s’ capabilities and am seriously thinking about ditching the Canon system altogether…
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.
Across the Tennessee River
Canon A2, 20mm, f/13, 1/50s, ISO 200
Film: Fuji Experia 200 (Expired)
The Walnut Street Bridge I walked accross to get to the North Shore passes a massive roadbridge accross the Tennesse River. The morning light was gorgeous, and I just had to shoot. I tried a couple of long-exposures as well, but I was too far from the water for it to make any difference.
Walnut Street Bridge
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Fuji Experia 200 (Expired)
Walnut Street Bridge is a very long footbridge across the river Tennessee, linking downtown Chattanooga with the North Shore. It’s a very pleasant walk and has a fun history (it was slated for demolition, but the locals pitched in to get it preserved instead).
Pont de Bercy
Canon A2, 20mm, f/13, 1/40s, ISO 125
Film: Ilford FP4+
The Pont de Bercy is a very visible landmark in Eastern Paris, since it crosses the Seine along the famous modern building that hosts the Ministry of the Budget. But few people know that under the bridge is a bike track with wonderful columns on the sides…