Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak T-Max 400
The parks of Shanghai are a marvel to walk through on a week-end: there are numerous social gatherings, with people playing cards, mah-jong and other games, people doing tai-chi or practicing kung-fu, and people dancing. When I walked in Xiangyang park that particular sunday, I saw the pavillion at the back and the naked trees with everyone dancing in front and I knew I had my shot.
Cycling in Paris
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
Shooting horizontal panoramas with the Fuji TX2 is comparatively simple and fairly similar to traditional framing (although you have to be extra careful with focal plane and horizontal lines) but knowing what to do with such a massive piece of image real estate in vertical is a real challenge. I was therefore quite pleased with this shot because the cyclist provided me with the foreground subject I needed to make it come alive. Admittedly, the differences in lighting of the foreground and background make it less than perfect, but still, I think it works.
I’ve recently begin to purchase old cameras at flea markets to use as photographic subjects. I’ve tried a few, but my fun is really in looking at them as objects of a bygone era. This one was the first shot in that series and (still) is my favourite.