*The Old Tower*
XPAN + Kodak Ektar 100
Lyon is a beautiful city to walk at the best of times, and when the weather is that gorgeous, the photographer is happy. I was walking along the Rhone river opposite Bellecour when I saw this tower, apparently part of an old hospital building. The sky was fantastic, looked like the skies in Toy Story. And the Kodak Ektar did a bang on job to capture those summer colours.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT100
On that glorious sunset in Honolulu, I first took a long exposure shot with the x100F, but I thought that alignment of buildings was just perfect for the XPAN. The shot is slightly underexposed which brings out the blues and purples in the Agfa CT100 slide, but ultimately, I think that brings a really different thing to it that I love.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
There are certain cities that can be expressed through specific visual elements that you know everyone will associate with said cities. London’s red buses are one such visual clue to where you are, so imagine when there’s 6 buses in front of you and you have colour film loaded in the XPAN…
Fuji XPAN + Fuji Portra 160
How the light hits a particular scene, especially on a sunny day, changes the scene complementely. What first attracted my eye here was the row of scooters (they look like guns!) and then of course the bearded guy engrossed in his sports newspaper…
*Luxembourg in the Sun*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
I have never loved Paris as much as since I don’t live there anymore. When I go back there I’m free to see the good (and it is a beautiful city) without the bad. I carried the XPAN with me the three days I was there recently, and got some really great shots (I think). I particularly liked how the subdued colours of the Portra 160 worked on this shot of the Luxembourg palace.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Ultramax 400
Unsurprisingly, one of the things that’s great to shoot with the XPAN is wide buildings (when you can back enough, that is, 45mm is no wide angle…) This one was shot one dreary morning in Warsaw, I don’t even remember the place or where it was, but looking back on it, it’s a nice architectural horizontal, I think.
*Expired Dawn in Paris*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Ultramax 400 (Expired)
Shooting expired film is a crapshoot. You never know what will come out of it, and you can get wonderful results, or entirely useless shots. It’s especially true with colour film. This photo of the Parc Monceau at dawn came out real nice, with lovely warm colours.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + JCH400
Didn’t have much time for photography on my last London trip, but I wanted to try out JCH400 film. I was staying at Marble Arch so I walked around Hyde Park at lunchtime until I stumbled upon this bird invasion. I quite like the contrast on this film, it’s good for 400 ISO film, although I think I still like Tri-X a little bit better.
*Confucius Temple Inside Out*
Fuji XT2 (XPAN) + Fuji Pro400H
Confucius Temple in Shanghai is one of the religious edifices that moved me the most. I was lucky that I went there on a sunny and quiet day (apparently it can get really busy on weekends), and I particularly liked the contrast between the inside wood-pannelled parts and the outside paved courtyards. This is what this photo was attempting to capture.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Ilford FP4+
When you have this kind of vista in front of you is when the xpan truly shines. I wish I’d had time to go and explore the beaches and coves shown here, but alas traveling for work rarely offers that option.