We spent a few days in the coastal city of Valparaíso in Chile to view the famous street art and murals. The old neighbourhoods, set into the steep cerros (hills), are covered in this amazing work. I’m planning to post a gallery of this art in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!
We are still in Seville, enjoying a cappuccino and pastry in a little square off the main shopping street. I managed to squeeze off one frame as this scene unfolded in front of us. Click on image to view large.
Fujifilm X-E2 | Fujinon 35mm f1.4 | 1/550 sec. @ f1.4 | ISO 200
Metropol Parasol in the Plaza de la Encarnación in the old quarter of Seville is composed of four wooden “mushrooms” and is reputed to be the largest wooden structure in the world. Completed in 2011, it measures approximately 150m x 70m and 85m high.
Fujifilm X-E2 | Fujinon 10-24 f4 R OIS | 1/160 sec. @ f8 | ISO 400
The ARoS Kunstmuseum in the city of Aarhus is an amazing modern art museum, not only for its collections, but for the building itself. Rebuilt in 2004, this 10-storey building houses one of the largest collections in Europe. The highlight is the 360º multi-coloured circular walkway along the top of the building with views of the city. Click on image to view large.
Fujifilm X-T1 | Fujinon XF16mm f1.4 | 1/180 sec. @ f7.1 | ISO 200
We drove from Oslo to Bergen through the fjords spending a night in Vossevangen or Voss. Our accommodation, Store Ringheim Hotell was situated above Lake Vansvagnet and had beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Caught this light hitting a farm across the lake just before the sun dipped below the mountains
Fujifilm X-T1 | Fujinon XF55-200 f4-5.6 | 1/250 sec. @ f10| ISO 200
If you’ve been to Stockholm, Sweden you’ve probably seen their amazing subway stations. They are a very popular tourist attraction and it can by quite busy during the day. If you go off-peak hours many of them are virtually empty. Be warned, tripods are not allowed for photography so you’ll need to be creative.
Fujifilm X-T1 | Rokinon 12mm f2.0 | 1/2 sec. @ f5.6 | ISO 200
Platypod Ultra camera support
There is a long bay with an amazing sandy beach in Orewa, a small beach town just north of Auckland. The waves are small but the surfers get out after work and surf until the sun is gone. This evening we were presented with one of the most vivid sunsets of our trip, right outside our camp.
Fujifilm X-T1 | XF50-140 f2.8 | 1/50 sec. @ f5.6 | ISO 400
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.
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.