I have always dreamed about visiting Mongolia. Ever since I was young boy and I first time read stories about Genghis Khan. I watched every documentary about this remote exotic country. With eyes glued to the screen I promised myself that one day, I definitely make the trip. My time came in fall 2015 and I visited the country twice! During my first trip I climbed Khüiten, the highest peak in Mongolia. I also attended the annual Eagle Hunting Festivall in Bayan-Ölgii province. Couple of weeks later, I had to unexpectedly relocate to different part of the world for work and with few months to spare in between the jobs, I decided to travel. Mongolia was the obvious choice again since I was so impressed first time. As before any trip, I usually do my research about destination, people, customs etc. Still to this day, more than half of Mongolian population lives nomadic lifestyle. Country is the 19th largest and distances are vast. There is so much to see and good planning is essential………
Its been a very busy month with travel, multiple workshops and a brand new Fuji X-Pro 2 to test! I’m finally getting a moment to post before we run out yet again. Today I’m going to be talking about how the mirrorless camera systems are changing the way photographers approach the photo workflow, and I’m suggesting that we can re-evaluate the traditional raw-file workflow. Now, what I’m talking about here can apply to many mirrorless cameras, but I am most excited about the Fuji X system cameras and specifically Fuji’s latest camera, the X-Pro 2, which I feel is the ultimate expression of the mirrorless approach to photography today……
In February I wrote an article about the Fuji Instax SHARE SP-1 Printer called “A photograph needs to be real: The beauty of the Fuji Instax printer“. In that article I shared my thoughts about “growing up” in the era of digital photography and how, recently, I had come to realize the value of the printed photograph. I discussed the impact an amazing printed photograph has on me, and also my desire to print more often. While thinking about some upcoming photography projects I was planning, and a photography trip I was about to take, I realized how valuable the Fuji Instax SHARE SP-1 printer would be. Thankfully it worked out that I could receive one before I left for my trip. I have to admit that I was like the little kid on Christmas day waiting for the courier to deliver the printer. I will always be the guy who nerds out on new gear, but this time it had special meaning to me……..
I was taught the basics of photography by my wonderful Uncle who had a successful photography business in the City of London in the 70s; he was very well respected within the photography community and made his name for his Architectural photography, he had this amazing eye for capturing buildings and interiors, he always spoke about converging lines that drew the viewer into the image. He was a true master and taught me to take a moment and step back and really look at the scene in front on the lens. Another important lesson he taught me was, if I see something that catches my photography eye, just before firing the shutter let those emotions register as he believed (as do I) that those feelings and emotions transfer onto the censor! When I visited him in the big city, we would spend long hours photographing the cityscapes but also walk through the busy London streets photographing the people, capturing the lives of strangers on film, bringing those moment’s to life on film, yes film! ……
One of the most rewarding things about what I do is the fact that I get to become friends with strangers from all over the world. Isabelle, Florent and I met in person for the first time 3 years ago, just one day before their wedding and we’ve remained friends ever since. During that period, we’ve shared some fun moments together including celebrating a friend’s wedding, Bastille Day under the Eiffel Tower one summer evening and helping Florent put their kitchen together. In fact, their home has become my home whenever I am in Paris. And as fate would have it, I happened to be in Paris at the “right time” on various occasions – one during the latter stages of Isabelle’s pregnancy and the other around Yaelle’s first few months. However, doing a maternity and baby shoot was not something we planned in advance, they just happened, right there on the spot ; “my flight is in a few hours, should we grab some frames before I head out?”…….
I am an amateur photographer who has been an avid reader of your website for three years. Thanks for the great service you provide to the community of photographers. Recently, my wife and I returned from an REI trip to Peru where we hiked the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, and I would like to share our experiences with the readers of your site. I brought two cameras on the trip: Fuji X100s and Sony RX100III, both of which are great for travel photography. My go-to camera was the Fuji because of excellent image quality and ease of use. The Sony was kept in my pants pocket and came in handy a few times. We arrived in Cusco, where we spent three days acclimatizing to the altitude, since the Salkantay Pass is at 15,200 feet. Cusco has the population of about 450,000 and it was the historic capital of the Incan Empire until it was conquered by the Spanish in 1532. Nowadays, Cusco is a growing city, and it is a tourist hub for trips to Machu Picchu…..
Bhutan has been lauded by many as the happiest country in the world.Curious travellers are very much drawn to very notion, despite the high daily tariffs imposed on visitors. Some take a reprieve from the daily stress of everyday life and work; wanting to discover for themselves the secrets to the fountain of bliss. Why are people perceived to be the happiest in this small inconspicuous Himalayan Kingdom where wealth, resources and technologies needed in modern society are clearly not in abundance?Scholars and government officials from various countries visit Bhutan for a very different reason altogether. They are surgical in the analytical dissection of the famed Gross National Happiness (GNH). One of the strangest barometer of national success ever institutionalised in the modern world, GNH de-emphasise material wealth and broadens its indices across four development pillars. In short, they are hunting for the elixir of good governance – the ability to attain, measure and implement happiness at a national level………
Hey my friends and readers,
for the next 4-5 weeks I’m traveling through New Zealand and Australia for work and holidays. During this time, I will stop curating news and articles about Fuji relevant stories on www.tomen.de and www.scoop.it/fuji-x-pro1. Sorry for that but it would become difficult for me to organized.
I wish you all the best and I promise to deliver in addition all interesting articles after my journey :-)
Here is a short review of the Fuji WCL, I don’t bother with charts and all that so it’s just a few photos of the kit, what I think about it and a healthy dose of sample images, all images are shot RAW and edited in Lightroom. I’M WORKING WITH THE ORIGINAL X100. The Fuji WCL will turn your X100’s 35mm field of view into a 28mm [full frame equivalent] whilst keeping it an F2 lens and retaining the fuji quality, it screws on nice and simply, you then tell the camera it’s there and away you go. Its a nice small attachment that adds a good bit on length to the X100’s lens, allowing you (as with the TCL) to hand hold it with the left hand and have a bit more support. Here is a comparison between the 18mm F2 and this WCL I’ve set them up the same so you can see the difference, they are both shot RAW and edited in Lightroom, apart from a bit of colour difference [not sure whats going on there] they are very similar…….
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Landscape Photography by Thomas Menk. Travel Photography. Fine Art Prints. Landscape, Architecture and Urban Landscapes.