Fuji xpro2, 20mm, f/4, 1/350s ISO 200
I have only had my 10-24mm lens (15-36mm FF) for a few months, and it’s so wide that sometimes I don’t quite know what to do with it. In Rome though I shot a lot of street with it and loved the versatility that such a wide angle offers in narrow, crowded streets. It also allows shooting « unsuspecting » targets like this policeman (who may or may not actually be a Carabinieri, but I like the name too much not to use it…)
Cycling from the Law
Fuji xpro2, 45mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
The Rome courthouse is a rather grand building, and I was getting ready to take a shot of it when these two cyclists came around and generously enhanced my composition.
Out the Door
Fuji xpro2, 25mm, f/4, 1/140s, ISO 200
I have this fascination for old doors, and so walking around Rome and enthused by the wonderful light, I was on the lookout for nice doors and door related scenes. I was standing in front of this door just as it opened and this lady came out. Magical moment.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 5000
Zachary Richard is an Acadian singer/songwriter with roots in blues, folk and zydeco. When he sings in English, he’s just another folk-rock singer to me. When he sings in Acadian French, there’s a poetry and pulse to it that is absolutely unique and wonderful. I particularly recommend his album Lumière dans le Noir if you’re interested in exploring. I saw him live in Paris a few years ago, and I only had my Fuji x100s with me, but this shot stood out.
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Lettuce is a hard hitting modern funk band whose bass player, Jesus Coomes is nothing short of a stage imp. Not only does he play wicked bass grooves, but he jumps up and down like a madman and wears the silliest socks. Go check Lettuce if you can, it’s a guaranteed evening of fine music and booty shake.
Pattern and ‘Bone
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 6400
I love shooting trombone players at the best of times. Because of the length of the instrument it has a potential for strong diagonals, and from the right angles there’s a lot of different potential shots to be had. But when I saw the pattern on Reut Regev’s dress (playing ‘bone with Hazmat Modine) I knew the potential had just gone up tenfold! This is one of my favourite shots of her that night.
Fuji xpro2, 110mm, f/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Cory Seznec is a wonderful guitarist whose band is full of wonderful talents. But there is something about double bass players that makes for great compositions, I find. I really like the intensity in Thomas Garoche’s expression here. Incidentally, this was my first gig shot with the 50-140 f/2.8 OIS lens, and my first gig ever shot with stabilization. It’s wonderful! I haven’t pushed it to extremes yet (I was still shooting at a speed faster than the focal length) but I will try pushing it in the future.
Ounsa and Crowd
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Ounsa Mébarkia is a fantastic and spectacular singer who occasionally plays with the wonder French brass band Ceux Qui Marchent Debout (CQMD). I saw them live at New Morning a couple of years ago, and revisiting those photos I found this one which I liked a lot. The pattern on the dress, the expression on her face and the crowd in the shadows below…
Good Night, Aesclepius
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/13, 9s, ISO 200
As you might have figured out by now, I really like this little temple in the Villa Borghese and decided to go shoot there both at sunrise and at sunset. The results are dramatically different as the sun going low behind the trees creates a wonderfully golden backlit scene.
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/11, 6,5s, ISO 200
The last time I’d been in Rome I had spotted those fountains in front of the Borghese Gallery but the light was all wrong and the photos I got weren’t very interesting. This time the light was right, and I had the tripod and ND filter. I quite like how this looks. In particular the rusted stone (is that a thing?) which I guess is fungi of some sort came out real nice. Oh and I know it’s not an imp, more likely some devil out of Dante, but Slow Imp sounded nicer.