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The Streets of Jakarta
Fuji TX2 (XPAN 2), 45mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Agfa Scala 200
There are shots that you just know are going to come out right when you take them. With film, the time between shooting and reviewing is especially long (and even more so with the hard to process Scala B&W slide) but this one stuck with me for 3 months before I could get it processed. Believe it or not, I didn’t see the metal bar on the top left when I shot and obviously the picture is a little less powerful for it, but still, I’m happy with the results.
Sneaking by the Side Door
Canon 7D, 35mm, f/7.1, 1/200s, ISO 100
I’ve been to India three times, but two of these were so brief that I had no time for photos. The first time though, I’d taken a day off and convinced a very friendly tuk-tuk driver (Surinder) to show me the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, the biggest Sikh place of worship in New Delhi. After the visit, I was impressed by this magnificent silver door, but just as I was putting the camera up to shoot, this man came in and sneaked by.
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Fuji TX2 (XPAN 2), 45mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak Ultrachrome 400 (Expired)
There are parts of Shanghai where you can walk all day and find new and wonderful things to shoot every minute of it. One of the things that I find fascinating is how much the Chinese like to play games, cards, mahjing, chess, etc. It usually attracts a lot of onlookers, which makes it hard to shoot, but when there’s an opening, you have to go for it. Which is what I did here.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 400
Over the years I have repeatedly tried to do panned shots, with a relative lack of success. But sometimes, just sometimes, it works as intended. This was shot by a big artery in Bangkok one early evening, simply as an expertiment.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 200
A good friend commented on yesterday’s shot that the colors reminded her of Cuba. Clearly the body types are different, but I think this shot proves her right. Maybe all the run down places with once-white walls in the world look like Cuba?
A Short Break
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1600s, ISO 500
When shooting street I mostly try to shoot parrallel to the buildings. It’s an efficiency thing, you get better shots that way, but you miss a lot of opportunities as well. In this instance, of course, I would have gotten nothing, so I shot at an angle, and it worked!
Exiting the Store
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 250
Another one shot by the side of the bus. The biggest challenge when you do that is that you need really high speeds to avoid motion blur, and therefore are wholly dependant on AF speed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I like how here the man exiting the shadows is captured by chance.
Fuji x100s, 45mm, f/2, 1/1600s, ISO 320
While circling Jakarta we got a little lost, and hopped on a taxibus kind of thing. The problem was we didn’t know where it was going and the driver didn’t understand where we wanted to go. But I got to shoot a lot of street characters from the back window while driving through the traffic. Like this fruit seller. Doesn’t this just make you want to eat what he’s selling ?
The Seller of Blades
Fuji X100, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200
One of the delights of street photographies in remote countries is that you stumble upon so many activities that we no longer see (or never existed) in the west. In Jakarta I had great fun shooting lots of people in the streets, especially since there’s no reluctance to be photographed there. But the best was undeniably this itinerant knife, scissors and assorted blades seller with a contraption at the front of his bike to display his wares.
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The Shy Fruit Seller
Fuji TX2 (XPAN 2), 45mm, f/5.5, 1/250s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Superia 400 (Expired)
Jakarta isn’t exactly a great tourist destination. On my first day there, I decided to head out with some friends into what our guide called a « quaint » market. It looked more like a fake market mall than anything, but there were a few fruit sellers around, which I dutifully shot. This one, when I asked by showing the camera if I could shoot him, hid his face with a leaf, thus making the shot all the better!