XPAN + Kodak Ektar 100
Inside St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna was a candle board. I decided to try and shoot a decent shot with 100 ISO film. Three attempts, and the last one came out not bad. It’s really tricky shooting in such low light at the best of times (the XPAN only opens at f/4) so I’m really happy it worked.
Diagonal of Light
Early morning light is the best. And sometimes, as you walk past a place that the evening before looked as nondescript as could be, you stumble upon a shot. I love this one. Not only the diagonal of light, but the shadow of the walking subject and the London Brick backdrop…
Fuji xpro2, 35mm
Hong Kong is littered with tiny temples. There are three within walking distance of my house and many many more I’ve been to. The scenes are often red and gold, and lit with numerous candles or lights. This one was the first entirely gold colour icon I saw though.
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/16, 15s, ISO 200
For a long time I’ve been meaning to take a long exposure shot of the coliseum with traffic light trails in front. When I got there thanks to my friend Lori, I found that the angle I wanted to shoot from was occupied with scaffolding and a crane. So I went to the other side, and shot this. To be honest I’m not super happy with the angle, but I still think it works. Will revisit at a later date.
Snarky guitar drenched in light
Canon EOS 7D, 85mm, f/3.2 , 1/250s, ISO 1600
Last week-end I was lucky enough to attend the JZ Festival, an annual jazz event in the heart of Shanghai. It featured a ton of talented artists but the one that had me the most excited was Snarky Puppy, a band I discovered recently and fell completely in love with. I was standing very near the front with a good 70-200 zoom and took a ton of cool shots which I’ll be sharing this week (for those who cannot wait, the full album is on Flickr here). Guitarist Bob Lanzetti was standing a little bit to my right and at times he was literally bathed in light. I managed to capture the picture above in the middle of a cool solo.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 400
The other evening, as I was waiting for models on the left bank of the Seine for a 1930s shoot I noticed that Notre-Dame was wonderfully lit by the impending sunset. It’s kind of a corny shot, but it’s still a beautiful building…