Beijing and Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8

Beijing thoughts and the Fujifilm 16-55 f/2.8
Beijing thoughts and the Fujifilm 16-55 f/2.8

I  have been traveling for the last six weeks. I have shot very little. I been around the globe and have few images to show for it.

Luckily I had some time in Beijing last weekend during the P&E show to shoot a few images. Inside, outside, anything candid. I used the Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8 with my X-T1. I scorned the models on the tradeshow floor, I’ve shot enough models, thank you very much. Beijing is not my favorite city (understatement). I go once a year and that’s enough. I’ve seen all the sites, the Forbidden City, various temples, the hutongs, everything famous you think of in Beijing. Continue reading “Beijing and Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8”

Street Photography Assignment: Couples

Street Photography Assignment: Couples

I decide this past Saturday and Sunday go give myself a street photography assignment. I would shoot couples. Couples only – no kids in the mix. As it always seems to go, when you’re looking for something you never find it. And if you do, blink and it’s gone.

Shooting street photography in Hong Kong is not easy. The speed of Hong Kongers is the stuff of legend. The hustle, the bustle. Sidewalks, at some times of the day are a sea of people, a tide of humanity. You don’t so much walk down the sidewalk as are swept along with the masses. Imagine trying to shoot into this – more clunkers than you can shake a stick it. Continue reading “Street Photography Assignment: Couples”

Street Photography and the days you can do no wrong

Candid on the MTR West Rail Line
Candid on the MTR West Rail Line

We’ve all had the days: You go out to shoot Street Photography and get a single image you’re happy with. You get disappointed, frustrated. You see a thousand would-be photos but can’t capture them correctly. You want to put the camera away and start a new hobby, like knitting or river dancing – both of which are more socially acceptable than street photography (maybe not river dancing).

But then there’s the days when everything is gold. Every time you press the shutter you get pure gold. The sun is shining, the shadows are perfect, subjects are abundant and you are one with your camera  in some strange symbiosis. I’ve had a couple of days like that. There the days that keep you going when your sensor records only useless shite during an afternoon spent on the streets.

It started with the image above on a trip from Hong Kong to Shenzhen via MTR train. This little sweetie sitting across from me in first class was dozing. It took several shots, from the hip using the LCD, to get a nice pattern in the window beside her. I holster the camera and thought nothing else of it. Continue reading “Street Photography and the days you can do no wrong”

Telling different stories with depth of field

DoF on the MTR
DoF on the MTR

I have a lot of luck shooting on the MTR East Rail Line. In the first class car there are big windows, few people and quiet. It’s a great place to shoot candid street photos. Rarely do a have a ride to or from Shenzhen, China that doesn’t net a couple of sweet photos.

The odd couple sitting beside me just after Christmas last year were grist for my photographic mill. She, younger, attractive and hip, played on an iPhone 6. He, older, bespeckled, looked occasionally at his phone and stared absently out of the window.  Continue reading “Telling different stories with depth of field”

X-T1: A few days of shooting

X-T1 on the street

I’ve been shooting more, taking my Fuji X-T1 where ever I go. It’s small enough not to be a burden. The was the role of my Fuji X100, but it’s eccentric focusing and fixed 23mm f/2 lens were a little bit of a drawback. Photography is again becoming something I’m starting get passionate about.

I’ve posted a lot of my flickr steam in the last week. I’ve we’re not connected there, please follow me and I’ll follow you back. Are my photos good? Not especially, but I am able to capture what I mean to, most of the time. The above photo was not a fluke. I have no idea what the guy in the vulgar t-shirt is doing. Did he spot me and my camera and think, “See no evil” ? Continue reading “X-T1: A few days of shooting”

Hong Kong Rain and Luck

No Spray and Pray in the Hong Kong Rain

I’m not one to proclaim my photography skills from a mountain top. There’s not many photographers I know that act like all-knowing Gods. Those that do, I usually avoid. While I am not laden with obvious skill – I will admit to a lot of luck. Some of the best photos I have taken have been sheer luck: Right place, right time, that split-second chance of pressing the shutter button at that the perfect moment in time. Or, the luck of having a vision for a shot, reading the light, and then being blessed by the previous. I have never subscribed to spray and pray. Continue reading “Hong Kong Rain and Luck”

Get over here!

Come with me! Fuji street camera, Mongkok, Hong Kong
Come with me! Fuji street camera, Mongkok, Hong Kong

I’ve been shooting with my Fuji X-T1 (aka my Fuji street camera) but I haven’t kept up with the blogging. Being on the road for three weeks – first Beijing, then Singapore, then Manila – hasn’t left a lot of time for blogging. I’ve thought about it, but that’s not the same as doing it. My Fuji X-T1 has been a companion, as has my 5D MIII. The Canon has stayed in the gear back for the most part. Go Fuji. Continue reading “Get over here!”

Travel Photography: Dubai Airport Lounge

Waiting at Dubai Airport
Waiting at Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport – how did I get here? You wake up and have no idea where you are. This happens to me often. I travel a lot, this happens. You don’t know where you are or how you got there. Once upon a time I saw a jet setting career as one that was super-cool. Now that I have it? Not so much. Be careful what you wish for…

Ah, Dubai Airport. I shoot a lot of photos in airports. Mainly because I spend a lot of time in airport. I don’t shoot in security or customs, I don’t want to end up in a jail cell. Airports are an international melting pot, a huge social experiment. People from all over the world, lost in their own little world. Dubai Airport more so than many. As Emirates hub it a bustling airport – as busy as the city itself. Continue reading “Travel Photography: Dubai Airport Lounge”

GPP and Getting back into the groove

Colorful wall in Mongkok
Colorful wall in Mongkok

I’m using GPP as a spring board. Getting back into the swing of things, photography-wise, is a challenge. I pick up the camera then put it down for a month. Regaining that passion, that drive, isn’t easily done. I have been reading The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great by Steve Simon. I was lucky enough to meet Steve at GPP in Dubai two years ago. Wonderful guy. I am hoping his book of wisdom will assist in getting me back on the path. Continue reading “GPP and Getting back into the groove”