Wanchai, Hong Kong April 2017
Wanchai, Hong Kong April 2017
Poblacion, Makati, Manila 4/23/17
Riot being the name of the band playing at the Rio Club in Wanchai, Hong Kong. Here’s some shots of them in action – getting used to shooting with my Fujifilm X-T2, taken with the Fuji 23mm and 56mm lenses.
(This is one of those places where the stage lighting changes color every second, washing out photos with deep reds, greens, blues, purples, oranges. I wonder if one day they’d let me shoot the band with just “normal” lights in the club.)
Are you following me on Instagram yet? I’m there as SpikeHK8. I’m posting more often there now, and lots of stuff that never makes it to here. I’ve got 248 followers on Instagram, as opposed to over 4,200 on Twitter. (I’ve just added the Instagram icon/link to the “Follow Me” box on the upper right.)
Who should I be following? When you look at what’s in my Instagram feed, the pictures seem to be mostly food and Filipinas in bikinis. The discovery feature on Instagram is mostly useless – it seems like most of the recommendations that I get are for Facebook friends (no surprise) who have accounts but haven’t posted anything. Sometimes I even get recommendations to follow accounts that I’m already following!
I have this love/hate relationship with Instagram because they try to force you to use it on a mobile device – and by that I mean that it is much more feature-rich when viewing on a phone than on a browser on a desktop or laptop. Lots of features are non-existent on the desktop, not the least of which is the ability to post photos.
Which kills me because the photos that I most want to share are photos that I’ve taken with my “real” camera and processed on the desktop. So far I have just two work-arounds for this – the sane option is to transfer the photos to my phone when I sync; the insane option is to post them to Facebook, bring up the Facebook app on my phone, go to the photo, save it to my phone, and then post to Instagram.
There’s gotta be a better way! But I have yet to find it.
I’ve found options in the Google web store that make it easier to save Instagram photos to your computer (I just right-click, select view source, find the direct URL for the photo, open that up in a tab, right-click and save as).
As for why I’m on Instagram, there are a couple of reasons, one of them sane, one of them not so much.
The sane reason is that I like to get my stuff seen as widely as possible. I’m not trying to earn a living from photography or social media, I harbor no illusions about doing so, but I like to get my stuff seen and get some feedback.
The stupid reason is that one day I was at BGC High Street and went to the Nike store. There was a huge line inside of people picking up the latest Jordans they’d pre-ordered. They looked cool but I was told they were all sold out. Outside, there were people sitting there putting on their new Jordans. I asked one guy how he knew about it in advance so that he could pre-order. “Instagram.” Not Facebook, not Twitter, Instagram.
So I figured I needed to get on there and as long as I’m there, might as well post stuff too. So, if you’re on Instagram, please think about following me … and leave me some comment somewhere about some of the accounts you follow. Thanks!
My buddies in the band Subculture played a Sepultura tribute show at B-Side and I tagged along, quite happy that I would finally have a chance to shoot a band with my Fujifilm X-T2. When I arrived there, I saw the bands were setting up to play in an area that had zero lighting – just the ambient lighting from the surrounding bars and the almost-full moon above. But I was there, I had the camera with me, I bit my lip and got on with it. Everything was shot with the Fujifilm XF 23mm F2.0 lens, most shots were at ISO 10,000.
Part One – Manila Taxi Drivers Suck
Saturday night I wanted to go out and find some bands to shoot with my new camera. I was talking to an American friend and he said he’d come with if we went to the Hard Rock. Since drinking would be involved, we both left our cars at home and took a Grab over to Makati.
We got to the Hard Rock waaaayyyyy too early. It was 7:30, there was practically no one else there, they told us the bands don’t start till after 9:30. We sat in the bar and had dinner and then it was 8:00 and still time to kill so we went for a walk – Cafe Havana where we had some drinks and admired the view, then Spicy Fingers, and then back to Hard Rock. It was boring cover band night, I kept hoping for something better, but by the time the band on stage decided to torture us with Toto, I said it was time to leave.
I’ve had the Fujifilm X-T2 for almost two weeks and the more I use it, the more I get used to using it, the more I’m convinced that I made the right decision in selling off my Nikon.
My initial fear was that this camera was going to be too small for me to comfortably hold but that didn’t turn out to be the case at all. It’s a great fit, almost as if they had my hands in mind when designing the camera.
My next realization was that with easily accessible and clearly marked dials for ISO and shutter speed, and aperture rings on the lenses I purchased, plus the “assist” I can get from the two command dials, I’m possibly thinking about settings more than I did in the past, and manually bracketing a lot of my shots as I continue to try to find out what works and what doesn’t work with the camera.
Yes, I bought the Fujifilm X-T2, as promised. (I bought the graphite edition because the price difference was less than I expected and the guy in the shop told me that in HK, the graphite versions generally have higher resale value, not that I’m planning on selling this any time soon.) I also like the retro look of the graphite edition vs. the all black:
(not my image)
Along with the camera, I purchased 3 lenses.
I never really took any vacation last year. At least not the “going to a resort” or “going to a great city” kind. I took off a week when my mother first came to Manila in March – and then bookended the year by taking off a week in December to deal with her death. I’m taking off all of next week, and while I’d rather be spending that time in Bangkok or Penang or Vietnam, I’ll be in Hong Kong (for reasons that I won’t go into). It will at least function as a vacation – I won’t be going into the office, I’ll be staying at a nicer hotel than the one my company puts me in for business trips, I’ll see lots of friends and eat lots of good food … and I’ll buy a new camera.
So I’m expecting a pretty good week. And as a result this week feels as if it’s taking forever. How can it only be Wednesday when every morning I wake up convinced that it’s Friday?
One of my “thinking by writing about it” posts ….
Many photographers suffer from G.A.S. I myself suffered from it for many years. G.A.S. of course stands for Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
I cured myself of G.A.S. by not looking at gear review web sites and not reading photography magazines. But lately I’ve been thinking …. I may not need to buy a scooter (for reasons that I won’t go into) so maybe I would have the money to finally upgrade my camera.
My Nikon D800 is now 5 years old. It has served me well. But it’s big and heavy and the lenses are also big and heavy and imaging technology has moved forward by 5 years.