Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 5000
Trams are a new subject for me, I never lived or stayed long in a place that has trams before. So I’m trying various things inspired by trams. This is one of them, playing on the different planes formed by the garish advertising on the one hand and the passengers on the other. It creates a funny sense of disorientation.
In the Tram
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/800s, ISO 6400
The Island tram in Hong Kong is a delightful way of traveling: it’s fast, frequent and deliciously quaint. I love to go upstairs and just watch life go by from above.
Tai Hang Ramen
Fuji Xpro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 500
Tai Hang is a little area just around the corner where I live that used to be mostly garages and body shops, but it’s in the process of gentrifying, so you get a combination of garages and cheap hip restaurants everywhere. It’s a real pleasure to walk around, very colourful. I haven’t tried this Ramen place yet, but I will!
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 200
For this last shot I went pretty far on the grungy post-treatment, using lots of scratching and dirtying in Analog Efex 2. Some might thing it’s too much, but I quite like it.
Where the pigeons perch
Fuji X-Pro2, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 800
Throughout my canal excursion I found the houses fascinating, especially the ones on stilts. It’s hard to imagine that this is in the heart of a 6 million inhabitant metropolis. Not to mention the birds: they live there too!
Fishing by the temple
Fuji x-Pro2, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 320
When I booked my canal excursion in Bangkok it said nothing about a temple and yet alongside the canal sits Wat Wayrurachin, a 19th century Buddhist temple. As we were cruising along I noticed these boys fishing, and thought that was certainly worth a shot (I don’t think I’d eat fish from the canal waters, but then I can afford to, which is probably more than can be said for these kids…
Ounsa’s Golden Voice
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600
The launch party for Ceux Qui Marchent Debout‘s new CD Don’t Be Shy was a blast musically. Photographically speaking it was a double challenge: it was the first gig I shot with my new Fuji xpro2, and the New Morning in Paris is not the best scene for photos. It took me a while to get my settings right and get a feel for the camera in low-light. The Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 is a stunning lens in general but its AF is slow, especially in low light (whereas the Fujinon 35mm f/2 performed flawlessly). Anyway, all this to say that I really started getting good shots once the guests showed up on stage. This is the fantastic singer Ounsa Mébarkia, and probably my favorite shot of the evening, even though it doesn’t feature any of the members of the band I was there to listen to.
When I’m an Old Man
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 2500
My friend Steve recently introduced me to a wonderful poem by Jenny Joseph entitled Warning. It’s about a woman describing all the wild things she will do when she is old. I thought about that when I saw this man in his boxer shorts in the middle of Danshui road with a fire in front of him when it was 32°C outside. Oh, and in case you wonder why this was shot at 2500 ISO it’s because I’m stupid: three weeks ago I shot portraits of my daughter in blinding sunlight and I had to switch the in-built ND filter on to cut some of the light out. I forgot to switch it off, and only realised after that whole set of photos on Danshui Lu. You can see the full set here, if you’re interested.
Exiting the Store
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 250
Another one shot by the side of the bus. The biggest challenge when you do that is that you need really high speeds to avoid motion blur, and therefore are wholly dependant on AF speed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I like how here the man exiting the shadows is captured by chance.
Under the Cherubs’ Eyes
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5,6, 1/60s, ISO 640
If you follow me you know that this type of composition is a classic for me, a moving subject under an interesting background. Some of the doors in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan are quite fascinating, this one being an example of that. Also straight of the X100S with minor post- tweaks.