Smiling in the Sunset
I recently noticed that some of the streets on my route to and from work are perfectly aligned with the sunset. I stood there for a while and tried to snap people walking towards me. It’s still work in progress as I figure out the opportunities, but this lady’s smile made the picture for me, so this is the one I’m sharing first.
Good Night, Aesclepius
Fuji xpro2, 27mm, f/13, 9s, ISO 200
As you might have figured out by now, I really like this little temple in the Villa Borghese and decided to go shoot there both at sunrise and at sunset. The results are dramatically different as the sun going low behind the trees creates a wonderfully golden backlit scene.
ICC at Dusk
Fuji xpro2, 105mm, f/11, 0,9s, ISO 200
If I stand on the far left of my balcony and lean out, I can see the ICC. I had to jury rig my tripod to get this shot and prevent my camera and zoom lens from falling down 22 floors, but I’m really happy with the results.
Behind the IFC
Fuji xpro2, 85mm, f/13, 1/1800s ISO 5000
In the fall, the sun sets behind the IFC from my place, which makes for some truly spectacular views. This is when incidentally I see how good the ISO is on the xpro2: the camera was stuck on a night setting, which explains the super high ISO and yet the picture is useable!
Half a Sun
Fuji xpro2, 210mm, f/11, 1/105s, ISO 200
One interesting thing about the passing of seasons is where the sun sets every night. In the fall, it’s behind the IFC (from my balcony) but in the spring it’s straight in the middle between the IFC and the ICC. This is what it looks like, tourist sampan included.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/60s, ISO 2500
In moving flats last summer, we lost some space, but we gained a pretty awesome view. The only downside is that it’s framed by two buildings larger than ours. Still, it makes for some great sunsets, and I shoot from the balcony more often than not.
Fuji xpro-2, 85mm, f/5,6, 1/100s, ISO 800
I only saw a couple of sunsets in Bali, but both were quite spectacular. The added bonus for this one was the fisherman in the water to his thighs, which made for a nice (and local) anchor point for the composition.
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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.