Snowfall in New York City
In a world in which cameras or at least camera-equipped phones are ubiquitous, in which travel has become cheaper and easier, in which no corner of the world seems undiscovered, in which everything seems to have been photographed and in which we are bombarded with dozens or even hundreds of images daily, it is very hard to find a new perspective on a familiar place – particularly a place as familiar and photographed as New York City. Snow visually transforms both the air it passes through and what it falls upon, and its presence in the air and the reflectance it brings to the ground also modifies the light illuminating a scene. It thus has the power to transform the familiar into something unfamiliar, interesting and magical. Which is why I was hoping for snowfall in New York.
One hour before I was due to leave the city to fly to London, the snow started to fall...
A One-Light Self-Portrait (Bringing the Sun back)
I am in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, and it's raining outside. Raining very hard. I decide to pass the time by shooting a hotel-room self-portrait while waiting for the rain to stop. I want low, late-afternoon sunlight streaming into the room. The reality is a dark, thundery sky and rain lashing the window in torrents. Now, if only I could make the sun come back...
Posted in Travel
Postcard from Bangkok
I arrived yesterday in Bangkok to a torrential downpour. Sometimes things look more interesting when you can't see them clearly - for example, when they are viewed through something else - be that water, plastic, netting or simply a dirty window...
A Quick Two-Speedlight Self-Portrait
With a “round-number” milestone birthday tomorrow, I thought I’d mark the occasion and the passing of time by turning the camera on myself. Like most photographers, I am much more comfortable on the other side of the lens. However, every now and then I feel compelled to put myself in the position of my subjects.
Once I had the camera on a tripod and the lights in the rough position I wanted them, the whole shoot took between five and ten minutes. That was about as long as I could stand it. It was pretty hot to be standing in the midday sun in a suit, but I was naked from the waist down which helped keep things cool :) ...
Posted in Gear
Living with the Fuji X-E2
It’s ten o’clock in the evening, and the sun still has not set. I am sitting outside with a cold beer on a balmy evening watching the sun sink imperceptibly towards the horizon. It’s close to the summer solstice in Denmark – midsummer, or ‘Sankt Hans’ as the Danes call it - and I am currently grounded, recovering from an operation on my shoulder. Neither the sun - nor I - are in any rush.
Denmark is a wonderful place to be at this time of year, with long, light evenings which seem to go on for ever; there is a glow in the Northern sky the entire night as the sun creeps eastwards, hidden only a few degrees below the Northern horizon. It never truly gets dark around midsummer here. The pay-back for these long days of summer are the short, grey, frequently gloomy days of winter when the sun staggers like a concussed prize fighter into the sky some time after nine in the morning and hangs low for a few short hours, punch-drunk against the ropes, before plunging back below the horizon mid-afternoon, out for the count for another seventeen hours or so. Such is the Yin and the Yang of life in the higher northern latitudes.
As a result of being unable to fly, I haven’t been doing much travelling recently, and haven’t posted much here for a few weeks. It’s now been six months since I switched mirrorless camera systems from Sony Alpha NEX to Fuji X, and being grounded and unable to travel seems like a good opportunity to take stock of my thoughts on the Fuji X system and write a few words about it.
Having lived with the camera for six months, I can tell you that there is a lot to like about the Fuji X-E2 - and the Fuji X lenses. Here's why...