Rotten in NYC
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 1/250s, ISO 100
Post-Processing: Snapseed and Lightroom
I don’t normally use partial desaturation, but since I was going for camp in this series I decided it would be worth a shot. It seemed to fit particularly well in this black & white shot where only the eyes have colour (and greatly enhanced colour at that…)
Canon 7D, 96mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 800
I’ve always loved flea markets, and the pleasure of discovering completely different flea markets here in Shanghai is even greater than back in France. One of the things I love about them is repetition, the accumulation of identical (or similar) objects which makes for interesting photographic patterns. I was intrigued by those coins that have Chinese markings on one side and the US motto on the other. Probably from the colonial concession era.
Le Retour de Landru
Canon EOS 7D, 35mm, f/8, 1s, ISO 1000
Models: Aurélie & Guillaume
This week I’ll be posting photos from a couple of series I did recently with 1930s models. This first one is suitably creepy, the title refers to the infamous Landru, our French equivalent to Jack the Ripper (except he was caught and executed). The photo was shot with street lighting (hence the long exposure) with two great (and immobile) models. It was edited in Snapseed to accentuate the yellow night glare.
Bowler vs. Stovepipe
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/4s, ISO 2000
Models: Guillaume & Achille
Another shot from that strange and (if I say so myself) wonderful session back in October. Street lighting forces some off compromises on you, especially regarding exposure lengths, but it does have its atmospheric results! This was processed in Snapseed to accentuate the strangeness a bit.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/15s, ISO 1600
A pub in Dublin, shot at dusk. I processed it in a faded spirit with Snapseed.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/4, 1/4s, ISO 1000
This is another shot in my series of experimentations for the Dreamhounds of Paris book by Pelgrane Press. I tried to imagine how surrealist photographers might have experimented with form, and came up with this idea of using a negative as a positive and scratch the negative for added deconstruction. It was all done digitally of course (the processing is a mix of Lightroom and Snapseed). I quite like the result, though I suspect it’s not surreal enough to make it into the book.
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 200
Model: Aurélie / Film: Agfa Scala 200
A few months ago I did a session with models dressed in 1930s style. At the end of the session, I decided to do a roll of Agfa Scala, a film I love despite the fact that I can’t print it (it’s a positive slide film). This is one of the resulting photos. It was ever so slightly out of focus, but Aurélie’s smile was so nice that I thought it would make a perfect vintage shot. I post-processed it in Snapseed and I think the result looks decidedly vintage.
Vintage Camera Porn #3: Dana 120
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/11, 0.8s, ISO 200
To say that the Dana 120 is not a good camera is not criticism, it’s stating the obvious. Its cult status is mostly the result of a niche love for blurry pictures. And it looks funky and weighs nothing…
This old till was sitting in the basement of a local community center. I love those old machines where the rivets are apparent and the patina on the buttons tells you how infrequent it was for people to buy stuff that cost more than 200 Fr.
As I was walking alongside a run path on the western short of Manhattan I stumbled upon these old wooden piles and thought that the old and new contrast with the Jersey City waterfront would be interesting…