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.
Sunrise Under the Bay Bridge
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 14s, ISO 200 w. ND 64 external filter and ND 8 internal filter
It’s surprisingly difficult to do sunrise shots of San Francisco. The city is nearly always lost in fog until close to mid-day, and on my first day there last week I didn’t realise how lucky I was to catch this much of a sunrise, which is admittedly not much. Still, I quite liked the composition, with the wooden piles at the forefront and what little of the morning sunlight is visible directly under the bridge. I remain amazed at my x100s’ capabilities and am seriously thinking about ditching the Canon system altogether…
Le Hérisson Canon 7D, 32mm, f/11, 1/4s, ISO 100 A while ago I published a series of tutorials on long-exposure photography over at the x-equals website (x-equals is a company that sells wonderful pre-sets for Lightroom that I use very often when processing my photos). The tutorials were published in three installments, so I thought it [...]
Fuji X100S, 35mm, 27s, f/8, ISO 200 (in-built ND filter)
Last night I participated in a photowalk in Paris near the Seine, and I was reminded by one of the other participants, also an X100 user, of the in-built ND filter. I set it up in camera, put the camera on the rail of the Pont D’Arcole and kneeled on the ground, clutching my strap for fear of the camera falling in the water. The result seriously astounded me. It may not be the best long-exposure shot ever, but considering I expected nothing of that in-built ND, it’s pretty astounding. Next time I’ll remember to take my gorillapod and my beanbag…
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 1/10s – 1/20s – 1/40s- 1/80s – 1/160s, ISO 100
Shooting Cathedral Cove was a goal of my Coromandel expedition, and it was a tough job to take on, not only because of the trek to get there but because of the light conditions. I now hope that I’ll be able to go back there with hindsight to helm me decide on the best course of action, but in the meantime I still have this 5-exposure HDR shot that, hopefully, gives a sense of the majesty of the place. The photo was edited with HDR Efex Pro and Lightroom using XeL 2.0.
Three Monkeys in Top Hats
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/8, 1.3s, ISO 1000
Model: Guillaume Levillain
The session which I finished by shooting series of 3 monkeys with the models (see Three Monkeys in the Thirties) was really one of the best photo shoots I ever did, both in terms of having fun shooting and in terms of the results that came out of it. This photo of Guillaume was tricky because the three shots superimposed each other quite a bit. It forced me to do some very careful work in Photoshop, but I got there in the end. The photo was processed in Snapseed.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 30s, ISO 400
Shanghai’s Pudong, though not very representative of Shanghai is an impressive architectural mass, and seen from the Bund opposite it’s quite a photo opportunity. I did a whole series that evening, and will be publishing a few more in the coming weeks.
This is the third and last installment of my Coromandel Travelogue. Feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already. Please leave comments if you enjoy this so I know whether to show similar travelogues in the future! The next morning I got up before dawn, hoping for a glorious [...]
One of my earliest attempts at « ghosting » silhouettes. Same session as Les Fantômes du Pont des Arts.