Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/170s, ISO 200
I do a lot of traveling, and some of these photos have interested potential clients, so I decided to buy a lighter camera for those short trips that I do: I rarely lug the big DSLR for those occasions. I’ve only shot a few photos so far, trying to get to grips with the camera, and this week I’ll be sharing some of those. Keep in mind imperfections are likely to be connected with my lack of mastery of the camera’s subtleties rather than the camera’s own capabilities. Anyway, I was in Ghent last Friday and a friend introduced me to Werregarenstraat, a street devoted to (legal) street art. It seemed like both a great location to shoot and a good test of the camera’s dynamic range. I’m quite pleased with the results. Would have been better with a human subject, but no one was tagging that day.
Cleveland on the Horizon
Horizon 202, 28mm, f/5,6, 1/50s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
While in Chattanooga in December I found a second-hand film camera I’d been eyeing for a while, the Russian Horizon 202 that shoots 120° panoramic pictures. I took it for a test-run in the streets of Cleveland before it (unfortunately) froze on me. Now I need to get it fixed, which is all the more frustrating since I really liked how some of these shots came out.
Only in America
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 100
Film: Adox Color Implosion
One of the things that draws my eye when I’m abroad are the little details that show me that I’m really not at home. This is one of them: only in America is divorce seen as just another product to be sold!
No Time for Shopping
Canon A2, 20mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
If you follow this blog regularly, you probably know that I enjoy this kind of street shot with one person walking parallel to the plane of the shot. In fact I probably abuse these kinds of shots, so recently I’ve tried to engineer a bit more relevance between the walking figure and the background. I think I may have succeeded with this shot of Old Town Warsaw.
Canon A2, 20mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
Walking the streets of Warsaw’s Old Town (Stare Miasto) on a late afternoon, I steeped into this side street to find this fantastic wall covered in scratched graffiti. I really love this photo, and the colors of the Fuji really shine here.
The Old Music Shop
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 400
This old music shop in the middle of modern Dublin caught my eye, probably due to the greens and red, mostly. I stopped on the other side of the road from it and waited for someone to walk by…
Banishment, Polish Style
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/40s, ISO 125
Walking around Warsaw’s Old Town I tried to capture some interesting street scenes. Of course, the contrast between the religious statue on the side of one of the many churches and the urban style clothing of the man in front caught my eye… Shot on Ilford FP4+.
Canon A2, 50mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO 125
Whenever I have a little bit of time travelling, I’ll aim for two things besides interesting spots to photograph: jazz concert venues if it’s evening and second-hand record stores if it’s daytime. In Dublin I found directions to Freebird Records, a great find. But I got a photo out of it too! Shot on Ilford FP4+ film.
Cashless in Cobacabana
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 100
Cobacabana in Bolivia is a small city by the shores of lake Titicaca that is famous for the church of Our Lady of Copacabana. Poverty there though is as visible, if not more than it is anywhere else in Bolivia, and even on the wholy grounds you see many women begging. Heartbreaking… I don’t normally do much colour street photography, but in this case the contrast between the bright colors and the misery seemed to call for a colour treatment…
Lady in Red
Canon A2, 20mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO 400
This is one of my favourite shots from a roll I took in early July in London. This is film, more specifically Fuji Pro 400 color film. I rarely do color film, but I really like that particular film and love the results.