This past July, my wife and I and our 5 month old son took a canal cruise in Amsterdam. Armed with a Fuji X-Pro 1, 18-55mm lens, and a couple shoulders worth of baby and associated paraphernalia, we found our dock, waited in the shade, and boarded a large, flat, and disrespectfully orange canal cruiser. Passing the friendly yet dispirited looking skipper, I noticed how crowded the boat was. The only available seats were under glass. Damn! The glass which protects tourists from the notoriously unpredictable weather of Amsterdam was stubbornly blocking any breeze that was desperately needed on that muggy July day. It was also doubling as a seriously neglected 1″ thick Chinese knock-off Tiffenesque quality lens filter. We sat down. Annoying thoughts began to surface… Maybe the glass will add a trendy patina to the photos?… Man it is hot… We paid to sit in a floating greenhouse… I turned around. Look at those lucky people in the back with their hair flowing in sync with the cool Netherlandic breeze… Good thing this is a Hop on Hop off boat…
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He’s thinking of Saul Leiter in a New York blizzard, of dripping shadows brushed across a fedora & women sprawled in their apartments, pale hearts dissolving in the twilight.
He drinks light like liquor & he paints & he paints
& vapours burn his face & stretch his mind.
He sees atrocities in the deep, the white magic of dark corners;
& he sees beauty.
He speaks in nude technicolor echoes
calling mad horses with a long black tongue;
inside/outside, it’s all the same —
All a moving canvas,
stilled within a captured frame.
Text and photography by Patrick La Roque
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S-21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was one of 150 execution centres spread across Cambodia. The site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. All photographs taken with Fuji X-Pro 1 & X-E1 with 14mm, 35mm & 18-55mm lenses.
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I shoot fujifilm exclusively; I use two X-Pro 1’s and a X100s for my wedding work and travels. This set up works for me, however there was a learning curve involved, as the concept of these X-Cameras were different from the D-SLR’s that I was used to. The biggest challenge I faced was learning how these cameras acquired focus, I spent hours online seeking relevant information and even more time applying what I read and testing things out. YES, they actually do focus, they just do it differently to my old D700 and a friend’s 5D2 I had right next to it for comparison. As a result of the information I gathered and my personal experience over the last 8 months, I decided to put this article together and I hope that fellow X-Photographers out there and those considering buying one of these cameras might find it useful. Like Zack Arias, I believe that the Optical Viewfinder is a big deal on these cameras. The hybrid viewfinder is innovative and each mode serves a purpose, i.e for close ups where the Electronic Viewfinder is the better option. Nevertheless, I find myself using the Optical Viewfinder 90% of the time, I truly love it. The focus on this article will be focusing with these cameras (X-Pro 1 & X100s) with the Optical Viewfinder…….
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Recently the Fuji X pro 1 and I have been working with the fantastic girls at Models 1 curve . As the fuller figure becomes increasingly more popular in the fashion industry with Vogue and Elle frequently using curvier models on their covers, Debenhams finally introducing plus size mannequins and H & M launching their summer plus size campaign it’s no wonder these girls are so popular. It’s only a matter of time before they are each gracing the billboard of some major campaign…
I recently had the chance to take the Fuji X-Pro 1 with me on a workshop I was co-leading up above the arctic circle in the far north of Norway. I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to see how the camera performed in extreme conditions. I also had with me a newly delivered 23mm f1.4 Fuji lens to try out too. The images in this article were all made on the trip and all but the aurora shot are jpegs straight or virtually straight from the camera. If you followed my trip reports from the expedition you will have seen most of these images before (sorry!), but the aurora image with the 23mm lens is new, as are one or two of the others. The idea of testing the lens here was to see how it performed shooting the “Northern Lights”, the Aurora Borealis, if we had a chance to see it. In theory the fast f1.4 aperture would make it ideal but I was also interested to test the sharpness of the lens and also to get a feel for its width, which although 23mm works out at about 35mm as a full-frame DSLR equivalent…..
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On this weekend that just past, I visited Stockholm for some work at the ”Stockholm International Horse Show”. It’s a big show every year held in the Globe Arena, right in the middle of Stockholm. Riders and people from all over Europe visits and it’s always good vibes. Here is some of my documentary from my trip back and forth to our capital. Enjoy! All photos below are captured with X-pro1, Fujinon 35mm f/1,4 and Jupiter-8 50mm f/2. RAW-files processed in LR4.
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An intimate portrait of northern India captured on a Fuji x pro 1 at 6fps because it helped to capture India’s chaotic and bustling atmosphere. So much of what you see while travelling in India is astonishing and often quite bizarre. This is only because it’s being seen from a western perspective; the locals don’t see it in the same way at all, because it’s life as they know it. The aim of the video was to play on the sense of the ‘unexpected’ by slipping in short flashes of surreal footage: quirky objects and actions so the viewer is momentarily confused with what is real and what is fake….
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I know this is quite late to write the review on X-Pro1. But I had a lot of enquiries since i owned one. Rather than replying every time people asking about it, why not i put in my blog so it can benefit everybody. First of all, I just want you to know that I’m not really into gears. Before having the X-Pro1, I only owned Nikon D60 (new) & D90 (2nd hand) with 18-55mm kitlens & 35mm F1.8. Besides of that, i’m a fan of film camera too, so i had a TLR Yashica 635 and SLR Minolta SRT101 with 58mm Rokkor Lens…..
If I could change a thing on X-Pro1, What is it?
Personally, I would like to change the front lever to its original function in film camera as timer. The switching between EVF & OVF can be programmed in LCD/Eye sensor button. The mechanical timer is good (do you remember the sound of the mechanical timer?, thats “retro” if you could understand me) , but not really reliable for long time run (my minolta has this kind of timer, it still working after about 30 years in the market). However, digital timer will do just fine too. But I’m sure people will love the long forgotten “mechanical timer”……
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