*Monks in the Headlights*
Every morning in Luang Prabang around 5:30 AM, processions of monks walk down the streets as locals give them sticky rice for their day’s meals. It’s quite a sight, and of course in the summer it happens at dawn. But in December, it’s still night, which meant I had to expand my bag of tricks to get some interesting shots. I didn’t want to disrupt the scene, so I used a zoom lens. I cranked up the ISO to a whopping 25600, first time ever. I’m surprised at how good and usable the results are. This silhouette shot of a young monk backlit by the headlight of a motorcycle is my favourite.
Yaowarat Rd. in Bangkok is the heart of Chinatown, although it looks very, very Thai. At night there’s tons of street food to be found and amazing neon lights. Because it’s touristy, there are also a lot of tuk-tuks waiting for clients. I loved everything about the place.
Canon A2 + Cinestill 800T
More Mong Kok in the rain. I love how suddenly the tarmac becomes an unpolished mirror
*Wet in Hong-Kong*
Canon A2 + Cinestill 800T
With neon lights such as those in Mong Kok (and many other places in HK) reflections are a strong possibility. But when it’s raining, it becomes more than a possibility, and sometimes it’s everything! During this Cinestill 800T film photowalk, we were all looking for interesting reflections, and I was really please capturing this one.
Shooting the lanterns in long exposure at Senso-ji after dusk was comparatively easy (although I hadn’t realised that despite their size the lanterns would sway with the wind) but finding a way to shoot the pagoda was trickier. Thankfully I had my Platypod with me and was able to strap it to a tree. Shooting it through the branches, I thought would give it a different feel, and I’m really pleased with how it came out.
Shinjuku’s red light district really has that « where the hell am I » vibe. It’s not so much that the kinky stuff is overt, it’s that everything is weird. There are robot shows advertised everywhere (not sure I want to know what that is) and some of the displays (like this one) are really strange… Talk about lost in translation…
*Bir Hakeim Bridge*
Sometimes you don’t do long expos for specific effects like freezing water or light trails, sometimes you just do them because it’s dark and you want pin sharp focus and low ISO. This was the case here. In fact, looking back, I’m so lucky to have had this shot: this spot is very favoured by wedding photographers and it’s very rare that there isn’t some sort of shoot going on. There was that night, but they were behind me!
Pier 7 on Embarcadero is an old fashioned wooden pier lined with metal benches and lamplights. At night it’s nearly empty and offers a very cool symmetrical perspective which I was quick to take advantage of. I wanted a low vantage point, which was tricky because my handmade beanbag (ziplock + dried chickpeas) was confiscated last time I went to New Zealand. So this was precariously balanced on my photo bag…
Very close to Covent Garden, there was this building in the process of being renovated. Massive space, beautiful ceilings, no idea what it was before. Love the oval windows…
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.