Fuji x-pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/4s, ISO 200
When you have the appropriate filters, there’s always a temptation to do really long exposures over rushing water. In my experience though, it doesn’t really work to render the flow. Exposure times around 1s or less work best in my experience, and this is what I did here at Huka falls, probably the most impressive rush of water I’ve seen in my life to date.
Fuji x-Pro2, 38mm, f/16, 10s, ISO 200
I arrived in Wellington in late December (so early Summer) to abysmal weather (although the locals told me it wasn’t all that bad…) Still, the coast south of city was such a perfect spot for long exposure that I decided to brave the rain. This is the result, which I think made it worth it!
Back to Reality
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/100s, ISO 200
There I was, wandering around Seurasaari feeling like city and civilization were far away and then… I came back to reality.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 200
With the sun so low on the horizon during the (short) daytime, Finland forests let you experiment with backlighting. I quite like how this one came through.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/1250s, ISO 200
I think my time in Finland was the first time I was truly exposed to a winter sun this low (and in the sky for so short a period). I made many attempts at shooting directly into the sun, using trees and branches as partial covers. This one (I think) works quite well at evoking what it felt like (ie. damn cold!)
House in the Frost
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 200
I really wanted to do this shot in long exposure of at least a few seconds, which would have frozen the water, but despite the embedded ND8 in the x100f and a polarizing filter, I would only bring it down to 1/5th of a second. So I shot this straight instead. Still pleased with the results although I really have to find a good source for ND1000 filters.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 640
I was worried that Helsinki wouldn’t give me a real taste of Finland, but fortunately, minutes from my hotel was a wooded island called Seurasaari: forest, seashore, winter sun and no cars, it felt like the rest of Finland (to me).
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 800
Anyone living in Asia is familiar with this posture that I have taken to calling the Asian Squat. It’s mostly men that squat like that in China, but occasionally you’ll see women as well. I’ve seen this in China, in India, in Malaysia. Most of the time these days there’s a mobile phone involved, but not here.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Shooting from the hip makes for different compositions. I spotted those two girls leisurely leaning on the lamppost and knew I had to get close to capture the expressions naturally. I’m happy I did, I think it makes for a good shot.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 1600
There are a lot of smokers here in Hong Kong and I’ve been trying for a long time to get some good street shots of people smoking, but shy of sticking my camera in their face – which I’m loathe to do – it’s hard. This one is the first shot I really like, not only because you see the subjects is smoking but because you see the smoke.