I’ve been super busy traveling and shooting and not blogging too much lately. It’s easy to think that as photographer’s we need to visit exotic locations around the world to get good pictures. But there are always photo’s to be made wherever we are, it’s just a matter of seeing them. Returning home to my apartment building from a shoot recently I noticed some decent cloud around the Landmark 81 building, the tallest building in South East Asia, which was recently completed opposite my building and perhaps a kilometer away. I dropped a tripod and shot a long exposure image (below) with a 10 stop neutral density filter. The process took all of five minutes from the ground floor of my building. There is always a picture to be made!
I particularly enjoyed making some long exposure pictures in both Portugal and Paris earlier this year. Paris, in particular, using the Seine River as a setting yielded some pleasing results. In an effort to keep my gear and travel weight to a minimum all of these shots were made with a Canon 5D Mark iii body and a Canon 24/105mm f4.0 L series sense. For camera stabilization I mounted onto a large Gorilla Pod with a ball head. This set up worked fine provided there was a stable object nearby to set the tripod on. A selection of my favorite longs are below.
Last stop on my inaugural European Tour 2018 was Paris. Before I left on this trip my daughter told me that Paris would change my life, and it did. To call a place a "shooting gallery" as some photographers do I find distasteful, but in Paris there is a picture EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK. From the sublime architecture expressed in its monuments, museums and notable buildings and parks to the stunning yet every day street scenes to the people with their Parisienne style and openness, to spend time in Pais as a photographer is to be in nirvana. I had a week there and wish that it was longer, in fact, like a lot of people who visit the city of light I'm plotting on how I might live there! I stayed in a hotel in Montparnasse which was a short, downhill ten minute walk to Saint Germain, the Seine River, the Louvre and all that the Ile de la Citi has to offer. I have chosen more photographs then usual and I'm not sure that my selection still gives a cross section of my experience in this beautiful city.
My next, and last, blog post from this trip will include some long exposure photography in both Paris and Portugal. Stay tuned.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is an easy city to love. Straddling the banks of the Tagus River just inland from the coast, it is a city brimming with character and history and charm, and did I mention that the food and the light is to die for?
I spent a blissful week in Lisbon wandering the cobbled streets of this wonderful city, stopping for a coffee or a pastel de nata here and there (and everywhere). Despite the seven hills Lisbon is a great walking city and when your legs finally do give out it is never far to one of the city's atmospheric trams. Who does cities like this?
Next stop on my Portuguese journey was the quaint little town of Tavira, in the Algarve region, a few hours by fast train from Lisbon. This was my first small town experience in Europe and it will be a hard act to follow. With a population of around 25,000 people this beautiful little town straddles the Gilao River with the opposing sides of the town connected by an ancient Roman arched bridge.The town is home to many beautiful churches and prototypical colored buildings. Nearby there are beautiful beaches and islands. I just loved this peaceful and picturesque little place and can't wait to return.
Coimbra is a delightful riverfront city in central Portugal and was once the national capital. It is a beautifully photogenic city that is famous for one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as for medical facilities that draw patients from all over Europe. It is an architecture and street photographers dream.