Back to GPP in Dubai



Waiting in DBX
Waiting in DBX


Later this week I’ll be at GPP 2015, that’s Gulf Photo Plus for those uninformed. It’s a yearly workshop series and photo festival in Dubai, where the best-of-the-best meet for 8 days of photography-related mayhem. 

I attended last year in an effort to jump-start my creativity and get back into shooting, With classes by Zack Arias, David Hobby, Joe McNally, David Nightingale, Peter Hurley, Lindsay Adler and a host of other superstars it is an amazing event. This year will see me there in a more professional capacity, my workshop participation as a photographer will be limited. I am hoping to attend RC Concepcion’s seminars on website development. 

I have always managed to shoot great photos in Dubai airport. This year was no exception. On my way to WPPI in Las Vegas, I had a 4 hour layover in good old DBX. Using my Fuji X-T1, 28mm f/2.8 pancake and the Fuji Remote Camera app I managed to grab some cool images (sample above). Please see others in my Flickr photostream.

If you’re going to GPP 2015, I hope to see you there. Mark it on your calendar and plan to be there in 2016 if you can’t make it this year. 

Fuji 18mm f2 Review – or – How I’m learning how to like shooting wide

Shooting with the Fuji 18mm f2
Shooting with the Fuji 18mm f2

Can I learn to like shooting wide? Here is my Fuji 18mm f2 Review I make no qualms about my love of shooting telephoto lenses. I’ve never liked shooting wide. Trying to force myself to like my Fujifilm x100 was a challenge. I was happiest when I learned Fuji would release a 50mm tele-adapter for the x100. I was born with a Canon SLR equipped with a 50mm lens in place. I know that length (and longer) better than anyone else. Continue reading “Fuji 18mm f2 Review – or – How I’m learning how to like shooting wide”

Street Photography Assignment: Couples

Street Photography Assignment: Couples

I decide this past Saturday and Sunday go give myself a street photography assignment. I would shoot couples. Couples only – no kids in the mix. As it always seems to go, when you’re looking for something you never find it. And if you do, blink and it’s gone.

Shooting street photography in Hong Kong is not easy. The speed of Hong Kongers is the stuff of legend. The hustle, the bustle. Sidewalks, at some times of the day are a sea of people, a tide of humanity. You don’t so much walk down the sidewalk as are swept along with the masses. Imagine trying to shoot into this – more clunkers than you can shake a stick it. Continue reading “Street Photography Assignment: Couples”

Street Photography and the days you can do no wrong

Candid on the MTR West Rail Line
Candid on the MTR West Rail Line

We’ve all had the days: You go out to shoot Street Photography and get a single image you’re happy with. You get disappointed, frustrated. You see a thousand would-be photos but can’t capture them correctly. You want to put the camera away and start a new hobby, like knitting or river dancing – both of which are more socially acceptable than street photography (maybe not river dancing).

But then there’s the days when everything is gold. Every time you press the shutter you get pure gold. The sun is shining, the shadows are perfect, subjects are abundant and you are one with your camera  in some strange symbiosis. I’ve had a couple of days like that. There the days that keep you going when your sensor records only useless shite during an afternoon spent on the streets.

It started with the image above on a trip from Hong Kong to Shenzhen via MTR train. This little sweetie sitting across from me in first class was dozing. It took several shots, from the hip using the LCD, to get a nice pattern in the window beside her. I holster the camera and thought nothing else of it. Continue reading “Street Photography and the days you can do no wrong”

Fuji Camera Remote App for Street Photography

Shot with Fuji Camera Remote App
Shot with Fuji Camera Remote App

I’ve said before, I like to shoot street candids like a ninja. I’m not all “In your face.” I’m like the wind, completely unseen. When I heard about the Fuji X-T1 and the Camera Remote App I was intrigued. Being able to shoot photos through my iPhone or tablet? I would be a complete ninja.

My successes have been hit or miss. The Fuji Camera Remote App is a well-crafted utility. You can change ISO, EV, shutter speed and aperture. You can complete control the camera and focus by touching the live view preview on your device screen. All good. Continue reading “Fuji Camera Remote App for Street Photography”

Telling different stories with depth of field

DoF on the MTR
DoF on the MTR

I have a lot of luck shooting on the MTR East Rail Line. In the first class car there are big windows, few people and quiet. It’s a great place to shoot candid street photos. Rarely do a have a ride to or from Shenzhen, China that doesn’t net a couple of sweet photos.

The odd couple sitting beside me just after Christmas last year were grist for my photographic mill. She, younger, attractive and hip, played on an iPhone 6. He, older, bespeckled, looked occasionally at his phone and stared absently out of the window.  Continue reading “Telling different stories with depth of field”

Fujifilm 50-140 Review

Very crisp, the Fujifilm 50-140 Shot at f/2.8
Very crisp, the Fujifilm 50-140 Shot at f/2.8
Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8
Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8

I added the Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8 lens to my X-T1 arsenal.  Let’s be correct for those that are completely anal: I bought the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR. It’s a big lens, but not as heavy as you would expect (although Louis Pang thinks differently). At 3.26 x 6.93″ and 2.19 pounds it dwarfs the lithe body of the Fuji X-T1. I’m not an overly techy guy.

From Fuji’s press release back in September 2014 the Fuji 50-140 is touted as:

  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-resistant design with more than 20 sealing points
  • Triple Linear Motor for high-speed, quiet AF and nearly silent operation
  • Comprised of 23 glass elements in 16 groups with five ED lens elements and one Super ED lens
  • Seven rounded aperture blades for smooth, circular bokeh
  • Uses new Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology, that alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
  • Powerful optical image stabilization minimizes shake and blur in low light

Continue reading “Fujifilm 50-140 Review”

X-T1: A few days of shooting

X-T1 on the street

I’ve been shooting more, taking my Fuji X-T1 where ever I go. It’s small enough not to be a burden. The was the role of my Fuji X100, but it’s eccentric focusing and fixed 23mm f/2 lens were a little bit of a drawback. Photography is again becoming something I’m starting get passionate about.

I’ve posted a lot of my flickr steam in the last week. I’ve we’re not connected there, please follow me and I’ll follow you back. Are my photos good? Not especially, but I am able to capture what I mean to, most of the time. The above photo was not a fluke. I have no idea what the guy in the vulgar t-shirt is doing. Did he spot me and my camera and think, “See no evil” ? Continue reading “X-T1: A few days of shooting”

Hong Kong Rain and Luck

No Spray and Pray in the Hong Kong Rain

I’m not one to proclaim my photography skills from a mountain top. There’s not many photographers I know that act like all-knowing Gods. Those that do, I usually avoid. While I am not laden with obvious skill – I will admit to a lot of luck. Some of the best photos I have taken have been sheer luck: Right place, right time, that split-second chance of pressing the shutter button at that the perfect moment in time. Or, the luck of having a vision for a shot, reading the light, and then being blessed by the previous. I have never subscribed to spray and pray. Continue reading “Hong Kong Rain and Luck”