Had a wonderful first day in Paris – lovely weather, friendly people (wasn’t expecting that!) and an atmosphere only found here I guess. Did a lot of street shooting which I always find most enjoyable in new cities that I visit. Also trying to find interesting and different angles when photographing truly iconic sights – such as Musée du Louvre and La cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris etc. Obviously I will have more time when I get back to go through all the photos and hopefully present them in a fashionable way…..
Let’s face it, shooting architecture and landscapes is not something I feel comfortable with. However I’ve always been attracted by long exposure and sunset shots. Three things were missing so far in order to start an long exposure architecture project and I managed to get two of those already:
- the will (yep, got it eventually)
- a proper lens. The Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 has been delivered!
- filters (still missing those babies but it doesn’t prevent from training and shooting)
Unfortunately for me the 10-24mm I ordered came with dust between two lenses and I could only play with it for half a day before sending it back. The pictures below are a tiny set of what I could quickly shoot in the morning before going to work and during my lunch time in Paris…..
Every time before I pack my travel photo bag, I try to envision what kind of photos I expect to take on location for the job or portfolio work. In my early days of photography I was prepared for every possible photo situation by bringing most of my gear. I recall one time where I lugged 20 kg (40 lb) of DSLR gear in a backpack through Paris. That was an awful experience! Since my switch to Fuji X cameras 3.5 years ago, thankfully my travel photo bag has become a lot lighter. The night before this trip to Paris I decided on the following gear to bring:
- Fuji X100S
- WCL-X100 (wide conversion lens) for the X100S
- Fuji X-Pro 1
- Samyang 8mm f2.8 fisheye lens
- Fuji XF 14mm f2.8
That’s 2 camera bodies plus 4 fast prime wide angle focal length weighing around 1.6kg (3.5 lb)!!! Add spare batteries and ND filters and you’re still well below 2 kg (4lb) in your bag. That is only 10% of the weight of the gear that I took along a few years ago…….
Ende Mai ging es für 4 Tage nach Paris. In unserer kleinen Fotogruppe sparen wir monatlich 20,- € an, um gelegentlich davon Fototouren zu planen. So kam es dazu, das wir dieses Jahr mit unseren Lebenspartnern über das lange Christi Himmelfahrt Wochenende in die Stadt der Liebe fuhren. Morgens erst mit dem Auto bis nach Leverkusen, dort sicher geparkt ging es dann per Regionalexpress bis zum Kölner Hauptbahnhof, von dem wir mit dem Thalys direkt zum Pariser Bahnhof “Gar du Nord”starteten. Ich hatte lange überlegt, welche Objektive ich zu meiner X-T1 mitnehmen soll. Die Zooms 18-55 und 55-200 zusammen mit dem 14er, oder nur Festbrennweiten? Letztendlich habe ich mich dann für die 3 Festbrennweiten 14-2.8, 35-1.4 und dem 56-1.2 entschieden. Allerdings hatte ich Angst, das mir die 85mm des 56 Objektivs am langen Ende nicht reichen würden, und so nahm ich vorsichtshalber noch das 55-200 mit. Nach kurzer Zeit (vielleicht 2 Stunden), wurden mir alle Objektive dann doch zu schwer, so das ich mich dazu entschloss, das Zoom mit den knapp 640 Gramm im Hotel zu lassen. So sind nur 2 Bilder in den 4 Tagen mit dem 55-200 gemacht worden. Ob ihr sie wohl findet !?
When I lead one of my photo safaris to Tanzania, I’m used to taking a lot of heavy gear. By the time I put more than one DSLR in my bag along with several big lenses, it’s common to take over 30 pounds of it. Because of this, I’m always on the lookout for ways to reduce baggage size and weight. I’ve been following the development of Fujifilm’s X system because of its reputation for being small and light but with high image quality. When I had the chance to travel again to France a few weeks ago, I knew it would be a perfect opportunity to leave the big gear behind and try using the Fuji system for street photography. The X-T1 is significantly smaller and lighter than a full-sized DSLR and that extends to Fuji’s lenses as well. I brought a kit with the X-T1 plus 4 lenses: 14mm, 35mm, 18-55mm, and 55-200mm. All performed beautifully and even though the 18-55mm is a kit lens, it showed excellent sharpness. The entire kit weighed 7 pounds including a few extra batteries and other accessories in my bag. A far cry from my safari gear!……
The photo workshop continues. We are all having so much fun roaming the streets of Paris for miles every day. Spending a week with people who share the same passion for photography is so awesome. I don’t shoot much when I teach a workshop but I grab a shot here and there with my little Fuji x100s whenever the opportunity arises. Do you have any favorites in the series below? Please leave a comment :)
I just got back last week from an amazing 11 days in Europe, mainly in Paris and Amsterdam. When you get to do what you love time passes quickly and sometimes you look up and it’s been 2 years since you’ve been able to take a vacation. So was my wife and my situation. So after a snap decision we booked our plane tickets. As any obsessive photographers might admit, when planning a trip, one of the biggest anxieties is what will I need ? How much gear can I squeeze in my carry on?. This was my first time out of many trips to Europe where I brought a small kit, and left my DSLR at home. For this trip I packed one of my favourite cameras I’ve ever owned the Fujifilm X-E1 and the brand new Fujifilm X-T1, 3 batteries, and for lenses the XF 18mm f2, XF 14mm f2.8 and the beautiful 35mm f1.4. All this fit into my small shoulder bag, versus the backpack I used to have to lug around. Outside of my fashion, beauty and commercial work I consider myself a documentary photographer, not for any other reason other than telling my story to the world, and making photographs of things that move me, sadden me, and enlighten me. Having spent almost 4 years living in Paris, and being the birth place of my love and now lifelong obsession of making photographs, I was excited to see the city through new eyes after not visiting for almost 3 years. At the end of 11 days spent in Paris and Amsterdam I shot about 400 photographs with my X-E1 and X-T1, and 2 rolls of film with my little Canon Canonet, all photographs were processed with VSCO presets for Adobe Lightroom…….
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What a question. Well to be honest I cannot answer this question for you. But I can tell you what I like about black and white photography and how I post process my photographs to give them “my” look. Why do I like black and white photographs? It´s all about the motive! It is not the color that is catching the eye, it is the motive. It is the story the photographer is trying to tell us. Reduced to black and white! What I want to show you with this post is how easy it is to get stunning results out of a picture that in color looks good but is nothing that spectacular. Motives that you have seen many times before but this time the catch your eye. It´s simple! You can use Adobe Lightroom if you have this software. Or as I do most of the time Nik Silver Efex Pro2. I love the Nik software tools. They are so simple to use and the results are awesome……
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I was in Paris for work and we finalized our meetings around 3pm. That left a few hours of great light on a gorgeous day in France. I grabbed my Fujifilm X-Pro 1, a 8mm, 35mm and 85mm lens a got moving with a few colleagues…….
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