*The Temple and the Pinetree*
The weather wasn’t exactly the best when I visited the Kinkaku-jin, also known as the Golden Temple in Kyoto. But maybe that overcast subdued light contributes to a certain atmosphere that a blazing temple in the bright light might not have conveyed. It was overcrowded when we got there, but I immediately spotted the pinetree on its little island as a possible call and response to the temple itself, hence the title and the composition.
*Squared and Rounded*
La Villette in Paris is a great parc, very modern, with industrial buildings including La Géode, this spherical cinema that is all shiny from the outside. The main building reflections into it in a really interesting way.
Scrapers within Scrapers
Minox 35ML, Ilford FP4+
High risers are so dense in Hong Kong that with the right light you can see them all reflected within each other. This is something I was fascinated by early on when I arrived in Hong Kong, and I did many such shots. This is one of the best despite (or maybe because of) the minimalist setup of the Minox.
Buildings within Buildings
Fuji xpro2, f/2.8, 45mm, 1/100s, ISO 2500
So many skyscrapers in Hong Kong means that with the right angle, you get refllections of buildings in the facades of other buildings. I love that. It’s so Hong Kong.
Aesclepius Wakes Up
Fuji xpro-2, 60mm, f/13, 8.5s, ISO 200
When I was in Rome for work last year I discovered the Temple of Aesclepius in the Villa Borghese, by the side of a little lake. Back then I had neither tripod nor zoom lens, so this time I came prepared. I went there early morning, after the sun was up, but not too high on the sky. I used an ND400 filter to get this 8 second exposure, and I’m very pleased with the result, basked in glorious morning light.
Canal Grocery Store
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 500
There’s a whole parallel economy going on on the canals of Bangkok. More often than not it seems you’re not going to the grocery store, the grocery store is coming to you. But they’ve got to stock up somewhere…
Fuji, x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/110s, ISO 200
The temple of Confucius in Shanghai is one of the quietest and most beautiful places I’ve visited there. It’s one of those surprising places that is very near the busy streets and yet at the same time completely cut off from the rest of the world. It was a beautiful day, a late winter afternoon, and the reflections were fantastic…
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 1250
Compared to the Paris metro, the Tokyo metro is clean as a hospital. I wanted to capture all this white and thought that doing it in a mirror would be a little more original. I guess it would have been more effective at rush hour, maybe an idea for the next trip…
Fuji xpro-2, 85mm, f/5,6, 1/100s, ISO 800
I only saw a couple of sunsets in Bali, but both were quite spectacular. The added bonus for this one was the fisherman in the water to his thighs, which made for a nice (and local) anchor point for the composition.
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/1600s, ISO 25
Last time I was in Rome I took the time for a long morning stroll in the Villa Borghese, and I stumbled upon this artificial lake (I’m assuming) with a tiny roman temple in the middle. The reflection in the lake gave the impression of two temples, and so I snapped it right up!