I hadn’t been to Amsterdam in a long time and if I’m honest I never managed to take shots of the city center I was truly happy with. Of course the weather was lousy, otherwise it’s no fun. Still, I suppose that’s Amsterdam too (I finally understood why Dutch men always wear a T-shirt under their shirt…) One of the big challenges in shooting the canals is that even with a wide angle there are only a few places where you’ll have enough space to properly shoot. I’m quite happy with this one. It was super windy, so the (light) x100f swayed even low on the ground, which means out of six shots this is the only one that’s sharp!
*Macau from on High*
At the top of the Studio City hotel there’s a ferris wheel of sorts actually built into the hotel structure. This is the view from the top of the wheel.
ICC at Dusk
Fuji xpro2, 105mm, f/11, 0,9s, ISO 200
If I stand on the far left of my balcony and lean out, I can see the ICC. I had to jury rig my tripod to get this shot and prevent my camera and zoom lens from falling down 22 floors, but I’m really happy with the results.
Behind the IFC
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/13, 1/1800s ISO 5000
In the fall, the sun sets behind the IFC from my place, which makes for some truly spectacular views. This is when incidentally I see how good the ISO is on the xpro2: the camera was stuck on a night setting, which explains the super high ISO and yet the picture is useable!
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 2500
In moving flats last summer, we lost some space, but we gained a pretty awesome view. The only downside is that it’s framed by two buildings larger than ours. Still, it makes for some great sunsets, and I shoot from the balcony more often than not.
Cold Urban Jungle
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 17s, ISO 1000
In Tokyo I was in the Shimbashi area by accident, but I loved the vertical nature of the city around there. Cold, to be sure, but multi-level with elevated pedestrian platforms everywhere and great perspectives…
Quiet Shimbashi Road
Fuji, x100f, 28mm, f/11, 26s, ISO 400
I went to Tokyo fully determined to do lots of light trails, but I realised that you rarely stumble upon the right locations without knowing ahead of time what might look good. Also: pedestrian overpasses: good. Glass railings: bad. This was the best I managed, with a tripod precariously perched on the tip of a glass railing…
The Three Towers
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/16, 30s, ISO 200
A few years ago I went to Shanghai on a business trip and took a photo that I entitled The Two Towers (in a not so subtle reference to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings) featuring the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Tower. Going back to a similar location last week, I realised that even if I’d wanted to, I couldn’t do the same shot again: there’s a third tower now, the nearly finished Shanghai Tower. Still, I stabilized my gorillapod, screwed on my ND 400 filter, activated the internal ND 8 filter (for a combined ND 3200) and fired for 30s in plain daylight. I quite like the results.
Fuji x100s, f/11, 30s, ISO 200
Another early morning shot in San Francisco. This is the view of the city from Pier 14. I like how the top of the Transamerican Building peaks above the skyline at the back. Processed with X-Equals XeL 2.0.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 1/400s, ISO 400
The view from the rotating top of the Auckland Skytower is stunning, especially on a bright day like the September day I went up there. It is however surprisingly difficult to take a good shot of that view in between the unusually high vantage point and the color cast from the windows. Still, I managed to produce this one. It’s not a work of art by any means, but it shows downtown Auckland, the harbour in action and Rangitoto. Better than nothing…