An eery stairwell

Other than working off the Christmas paunch, this I guess is another reason why taking the stairs can be more profitable than using the elevator.   
Actually I took this while in Nantes just before Christmas.  I was staying a few nights in Hotel Graslin which I can highly recommend if you are looking for a small but centrally located hotel.
I never really thought much of this picture until I played with the levels a bit.  It’s yet another example of just how much the X100 can capture in low light.  I’m quite pleased with the end result.  There is not a great deal going on in this shot but I think it’s interesting nonetheless.



Christmas is coming

We are into December and Christmas is looming. So far I have to say, I haven’t given Christmas much thought. I should, it’s the first Christmas for our daughter (although she will be too young to know any different), and it is the first Christmas ever that I will not be a home for Christmas day. Instead I’ll be going to my wife’s parents and then travelling to the UK to visit my parents after Christmas. That’s breaking a 34 year tradition and yet still I haven’t given it much thought. Just too busy I guess.  
That is until today.  
I’m visiting one of our factories in Nantes (western France located on the Loire river). I had some time to before meeting a friend for dinner so I though I would have a quick walk around and see if I can find anything interesting to photograph.  
I stumbled into a fantastic shopping alley called le Passage Pommeraye. I don’t know why but seeing this just woke me up to Christmas. A traditional old shopping alley preserved in it’s original architecture and decorated splendidly.  
It looks better in real life but I hope you enjoy these shots. 


A few more shots of Paris by night

Having looked again at the shots from last Monday in Paris, I decided to post a few more. I’ve worked on these a bit and I’m really happy with them.

I’m still amazed at how the X100 handles low light. I could never dream of getting these shots with my good old D80 unless I’d used a tripod.

It’s quirky and it needs time, but so far, I’m far from regretting my X100 investment.

Eiffel Tower meets X100

When travelling for business, which I often do, rarely do I get a chance to take stop and have a look around. Well I’m doing things differently today. Rather than staying at the airport, as I usually do, I’ve booked a hotel in Central Paris instead. Cambronne to be exact in the Ibis Paris Tour Eiffel. It’s far from flash but it is walking distance to the Eiffel Tower and that means I can finally give my new X100 a go in low light.

I’m really impressed. I had read a lot about how this thing was suppose to perform in low light but I had no idea it would be so good. It blows my LX5 out of the water and that was also hyped as being great for low light. I would say it is even better than my old faithful D80 but perhaps that needs more substantiation.

With ISO limited to 1600 and aperture wide open I had only a few shots that I thought were too noisy to be usable. What’s really impressive is the shutter speeds that this thing can maintain despite the low light.

Ok, so no great photography to get excited about here. I’m impressed non-the-less and inspired to try and fit more hobby time into my business travel.

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