Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/120s, ISO 400
The theme for this week’s photos is Venice. I was lucky enough to have to spend three days in Venice for work last year and spent all of my free time walking the streets and losing myself in the labyrinth. I feel like I haven’t scratched the surface, so the selection this week will be only a little bit of what I think I could shoot if I went back. Anyway, here’s the first shot, a view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge, with the obligatory gondola. I wasn’t exactly plagued with beautiful weather, but there was enough texture in the sky at most times that it didn’t look completely bland.
Mah Jong Jr.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/340s, ISO 200
I’ve been wanting to learn Mah Jong for ages, and I might buy a set in Dongtai Lu the next time I go there, so it was fun to watch this little kid play with the tiles, killing time.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 200
Everyone has noticed how Asian tourists seem to pose with some sort of V sign whenever they’re being shot. Well it’s not just tourists, and to be honest it ruins most photos. But I like this one because the woman’s smile is genuine and amazing despite, or maybe because of the V sign.
Chinese Chess Champions
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2,8, 1/280s, ISO 200
One of the fun aspects of street markets is watching what the sellers do to kill time. These guys were playing Chinese Chess and seemed to be having a lot of fun doing it. In the summer months it’s frequent to see people playing games in the street here, but it’s the first time I see a winter game.
Kettle Market Down
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 200
The Chinese are generally not camera shy, and if they don’t want their photo taken, they usually just let you know without being excessively aggressive. Sometimes though a shot works because the camera is not seen, as (I think) is the case here. Most sellers in Dongtai Lu will push their wares on you in a friendly way with cries of « cheaper, cheaper ». This lady didn’t, she seemed utterly depressed although it’s probably just the tiring nature of street selling in the cold on a quiet day.
Beads, Brushes and Masks
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 200
Dongtai Lu is a street antique market in Shanghai that I’ve already been to once, but on the day after New Year we decided to take the kids there and let them pick local stuff to decorate their rooms with. I’ve always loved street markets, and I tend to shoot a lot of repetitive patterns of whatever is for sale, but this time I decided to focus on people, so this week it will all be shots of the sellers and the stalls, the passers by or just people seen in Dongtai Lu. Hope you enjoy this more street style of photos.
One Night in Bangkok
Fuji x100s, 50mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 1250
I was in Bangkok for work this week, first time there in 25 years. I had way too little time for photography, sadly, but I managed to catch this photo from the back of a tuk-tuk and even though it’s slightly blurry and very grainy, I think it perfectly translated the night atmosphere of Bangkok. I hope you like it too, don’t hesitate to comment if you do!
Fuji X100S, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1000
My wife and I spent a few days house hunting in Shanghai in preparation for our move there in August. On Sunday, since we couldn’t visit any houses, we walked around the general area where our accomodation was likely to be, and stumbled outside of the main arteries in an area that felt (to us) like the « real China ». Shanghai is easy to view only as a modern city, forgetting that people there don’t live lives focused on delivering services to the tourists and expats. It was a well needed (and much appreciated) segment of our trip. I took some photos, and this one I liked quite a lot, it feels like a daily life kind of scene.
Strings in Châtelet
Fuji X100S, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 6400
In the Châtelet metro station in the center of Paris you will often find these string formations, who I suspect are music conservatoire students, playing the standards of classical music. I was strolling past last time when I stumbled upon them and decided to take a few shots. I’m still amazed at the quality of the x100s shots in low-light. I only noticed while processing that it was ISO 6400 and I couldn’t believe it…
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1600
Another street shot from Stockholm, in color this time. I’m really amazed at how little noise the x100s produces even at high ISO…