52 Week Challenge – Week 5

The weather conspired against me this week, so this image pretty much sums up my experience, shooting a landscape through the windshield of the car. Classic Chrome film simulation and edited in Lightroom.

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Fujifilm X-T1 | XF23mm f2 R WR | ISO 640 | 1/60 sec. @ f8

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52 Week Challenge – Week 4

I hadn’t really shot anything this week that I felt was worth posting. I’d had this idea of shooting abstract reflections on a wet street for weeks now, so here at the very end of my shooting week are some samples. These are all jpegs using the Velvia film simulation and shot with Fujifilm X-T1 | 50-140 f2.8 R LM OIS WR

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My 52 Week Challenge

I haven’t been shooting enough, period. Yes, I take plenty of photos on my vacations and at cycling events, but there are periods of time where I’ve shot nothing. Lately I’ve read some blogs notably by Patrick La Roque, Olaf Sztaba, Thomasz Trzebiatowski (Fujilove) and Ian MacDonald and they have collectively inspired me to get out and shoot every week. I thought about a 365 day challenge but decided on “baby steps”. I live in a beautiful city with visual opportunities at every turn, and as Patrick La Roque and many others have proven, one can find inspiration very close to home. So, here goes:

Week 1 – A Pile of Rocks

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Fujifilm X-T1 | 16mm f1.4 | ISO 200 | f8 @ 1/5 sec.

I found this little stream amongst a jumble of rocks  The driftwood logs tossed on the rocks during a winter storm frame the stream as it makes it’s way to the sea.  See image below:

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Cementerio de la Recoleta

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La Recoleta Cemetery – Buenos Aires, Argentina

In November 2016 we travelled to Buenos Aires, and our accommodation afforded a view of Recoleta Cemetery. It is set on 5.5 hectares and contains over 4000 vaults/crypts, all above ground. There are many mausoleums, elaborately designed in marble with statues and in a variety of architectural styles from Art Deco to Baroque to Neo-Gothic. Many Argentine presidents and statesmen/women were laid to rest here including Eva Perón, First Lady of Argentina.

I started by photographing the changing light of the cemetery from our balcony over several days, then moved inside the cemetery to discover some of the amazing vaults. As it was the beginning of the Argentine summer, the light was usually hard and direct. I had originally thought an overcast day would make the images more pleasing, more textured, but I was drawn to the bright highlights and deep, delineated shadows.

I began to see that most of the entrance doors to the vaults were secured in some way. Many had shiny locks, rusted locks or chains, and yet others were secured only with a wilted flower or a piece of wire, pushed through the clasp. Some doors were broken at the hinges, an act of vandals, but were still secured with a lock. These locks were there surely to prevent theft but I began to think that perhaps the locks were also used to keep the souls of loved ones inside…safe.

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All images were shot with a Fuji X100s. RAW files were converted in LR then exported to Silver Efex Pro2 (except colour images)  Slight adjustments were made back in LR including subtle split toning using a formula that Fuji X photographer, Kevin Mullins shared on his blog.

Buenos Aires

One year…and 4 minutes

Going through some of my files at the end of 2016, I noticed I went out on December 30th, 2015 and 2016 and shot these two images 4 minutes apart….and one year.

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December 30th, 2015 – 4:39:59 PM PST

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December 30th, 2016 – 4:35:57 PM PST

Both images were taken with a Fuji X-T1 and XF 10-24mm f4 R OIS lens