The Sun Setting Over Happy Valley
Fuji XPro-2, 38mm, f/13, 1/170s, ISO 200
I live just south of Happy Valley and had already staked the area along Taï Hang road. Yesterday I took advantage of a clear day and went all the way up the road by cab so I could walk all the way down while the sun was setting. My battery died halfway down, but I got some good shots before the XPro2 sucked the juice out of it. I love the mix of buildings and vegetation here in Hong Kong.
Sunset over Causeway Bay
One of the things I quickly noticed upon arriving in Hong Kong is the quality of light. In Shanghai the light was mostly flat, in France it often is too. Here the light is powerful and direct when the sky is bue, different but no less interesting when there are clouds. It’s a photographer’s delight as this sunset shot taken from the window of my son’s room hopefully shows.
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Phu Quoc Sunset
Fuji TX2, 45mm, 1/100s, f/8, ISO 100
Slide Film: Agfa CT 100 Precisa
I first used Agfa Precisa slide film this summer and I was stunned by the quality of the colours. In preparation for Vietnam this winter I purchased 10 rolls and brought about half as many with me. In the end, due to weather constraints, I could only use one of them. I was stunned again and how gorgeous the colors were, and this sunset particularly stood out. It’s very classic in feel, but the slow fade to black on the right is just magical (I think). I strongly recommend you enlarge this one to really catch the glory of it.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 500
I’m not a landscape photographer. I just don’t have the skill for it and I can only admire the masters from afar and, once in a while, shoot what to them would be a snapshot but at least brings me nice memories of something I saw. We recently spent a few days as a family in Ping An, North of Guilin in China. The region is known for its remote villages and terraced rice paddies. Not since I went to Bali when I was 13 had I seen such verdant green, and I was compelled to shoot many landscapes, few of which are any good. I had high hopes for sunset, but it turns out the nearby mountains hid the sun very early, and sunset wasn’t what I expected. Still, I tried to make the most of the slight haze of pink on the horizon, and this is the result.
Canon 7D, 27mm, f/9, 1/160s, ISO 1000
In my (limited) landscape photography experience, I’ve always found that mountain sunrises or sunsets were the hardest to get right, because the contrast between the fiery sky (when you’re lucky) and the unlit mountain is so harsh. Sometimes though, it works as I think is the case here.
San Giorgio at Dusk
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 18s, ISO 200
Obviously, for the lover of Long Exposure that I am, Venice is a godsend. I wish I’d had a proper tripod (there’s only so much a Gorillapod will do) and more evenings and mornings to find cool locations to shoot, but I did get a few shots I liked, including this one.
San Giorgio Maggiore
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 20s, ISO 200
Venice is a honeytrap for the amateur photographer, and despite only having my x100s and gorillapod, I was able to make some really great low-light long-exposures while I was there. This is one of them.
Fuji X100S, 35mm, 27s, f/8, ISO 200 (in-built ND filter)
Last night I participated in a photowalk in Paris near the Seine, and I was reminded by one of the other participants, also an X100 user, of the in-built ND filter. I set it up in camera, put the camera on the rail of the Pont D’Arcole and kneeled on the ground, clutching my strap for fear of the camera falling in the water. The result seriously astounded me. It may not be the best long-exposure shot ever, but considering I expected nothing of that in-built ND, it’s pretty astounding. Next time I’ll remember to take my gorillapod and my beanbag…
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 400
The other evening, as I was waiting for models on the left bank of the Seine for a 1930s shoot I noticed that Notre-Dame was wonderfully lit by the impending sunset. It’s kind of a corny shot, but it’s still a beautiful building…
One of my earliest attempts at « ghosting » silhouettes. Same session as Les Fantômes du Pont des Arts.