Patrick La Roque

Take a walk on the wide side… | Patrick La Roque

When Fujifilm Canada asked if I’d be interested in shooting images for a book project (an internal publication I believe), I said sure. When they requested street photography? Awesome. With the XF 14mm lens? Uh oh. The XF 14mm f/2.8 R is fantastic—a lot of photographers have shot the hell out of this lens and wouldn’t be caught dead without it in their bag (my friends Bert and Flemming have both done some seriously amazing work with it). But I tend to use it very sparingly, only in very specific situations: when I need a larger field of view (obviously); when I want to accentuate lines and play with geometry; close-up, using distortion as a visual statement of some kind. When it comes to street however…It’s never been in my toolbox……

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X-PRO2, Acros & SOOC… | Patrick La Roque

I’m not done with the Six Days in Tokyo series just yet, but I’m sidetracking it for today. I’ve been intrigued by the new Acros film simulation in the new X-Pro2 ever since I got my hands on the prototype and have experimented on and off with it for months now. In fact I’ve based my X-Pro2 BW in-camera preset on it. When I was in Japan I had a conversation with one of the engineers who asked me what I thought of it. I replied that my initial side by side comparisons with standard monochrome showed visible but subtle differences, but that I’d noticed some much more interesting results when using the new expanded push/pull capabilities (which I wrote about in our collective review on KAGE). I told him it seemed very intentional, as if the simulation was meant to be tweaked this way: he smiled and confirmed it was. Yesterday morning I stumbled across Donovan Bond’s analysis (on Fuji vs Fuji) of the company’s official post on this new film simulation and I followed the link to that article—this is a long excerpt but it’s extremely interesting……

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Six Days in Tokyo | Travels with the X-Pro2 | Patrick La Roque

I’m home. The cold, the snow…winter in all its frigid glory. Takes some getting used to, even after just a single week of travels. Because it quickly becomes an addiction—travelling, I mean. Being immersed in a constant flow of new sensations, sights and sounds vying for attention…it’s easy to come down hard once it’s all over and normalcy has reclaimed lost ground, to become disenchanted with mundanity, eyes losing focus as we dream of distant worlds. I need to remember that. I need to keep on seeing. Tokyo was an incredible experience and I now have a serious crush. I’ve been going through my images—there’s a lot of ‚em—slowly realizing this infatuation stems from this city allowing me to shoot images I’ve always wanted to shoot . Needed to, actually—as if they’d always been there, waiting for me to catch up. It’s hard to explain because it’s not just subject matter I’m talking about…it’s setting, mood, noise and silence. Chaos and symmetry. All of it together in one giant perfect storm of sensory assault. Starting Monday I’ll be posting a new series entitled Six Days in Tokyo, something similar to what I’ve done in the past, going all the way back to France in 2011—a travel journal in hindsight……

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From Leo to Revelation | Not an X-Pro2 Review | Patrick La Roque

As I write this post—on January 7 2015—I still have the X-Pro2 prototype on my table, right beside me. It’s been two months since the day I picked it up and I’ve never stopped shooting with it. Needless to say I’m smitten. In a few days I leave for Tokyo and intend on documenting my trip with this camera, along with the XF 35 f/2 that’s been its almost constant companion since day one and feels like a natural extension. Nothing else. So what is it about the X-Pro2 that makes it so compelling? It feels right. For me this means it feels like a documentary camera, something made to disappear and embrace its surroundings—just like the X100 series. The immediate reflex will be to compare the X-Pro2 to its older sibling the X-T1. We ARE talking flagships here after all. And it’s obvious to everyone that this crown will probably be passing from one line to the other for the foreseeable future; but these are two very different cameras, philosophically speaking. I know it’s a strange thing to say about gear where spec sheets are pondered over and the minutiae of technology tends to supersede everything else. But there’s no other way to express it: the X-Pro line differs from the XT line in its aura. And in turn this changes our relationship with it and with the world we intend to capture……..

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From Leo to Revelation | Journey with the X-Pro2 | Patrick La Roque

Friday November 6, 2015. The traffic is horrendous and I have no idea why—it’s a lovely, warmer than usual November afternoon, long before rush hour. I’m heading out to meet Billy Luong, world famous Fuji Guy and my closest contact at Fujifilm Canada. Today’s the day: I’m picking up Leo, a code name we’ve been asked to use when referring to this special project—100 photographers from all over the world, selected to shoot with a prototype camera. I’m one of them; I feel privileged as hell. At the restaurant we choose a booth, for privacy. Billy hands me a bag with a black, unmarked box in it. I open it, careful not to break anything…and unwrap a brand new, pre-production X-Pro2……..

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A Gift: Under a Vagrant Sun | Kage Collective

Some of you may have noticed recent cosmetic and organizational changes on the site, but there’s a lot more coming—all starting in January. In the meantime we wanted to give a little something back, to thank all of you for your support throughout the years. Besides: ’tis the season, right? We mentioned a group project in a post last May but at the time we weren’t exactly sure of the form it would take. Well, now we do: Under a Vagrant Sun is our first collaborative work, a book of images shot during the winter and summer solstices, the shortest and longest days of the years 2014-2015…….

It’s a 95 pages PDF eBook…and it’s free. You can grab your copy here. On behalf of all of us at KAGE: Happy Holidays! Have a great one and we hope to see you all in the New Year :)

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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Ready for anything | The FUJINON XF 35mm f/2 R WR | Patrick La Roque

The old XF 35mm f/1.4 carries a lot of history for me. It’s the lens that made me switch from Nikon to the X system after taking that leap of faith with the X-Pro1 (and after falling head over heels for the X100). Of course, back then we didn’t really have much choice: it was either the 35, the 60 or the 18, and in terms of ticking all three boxes (IQ, rendering and performance), the 35 was by far the best lens in that initial crop (the 60 was/is fantastic but…slooow). Since then Fuji shooters have been completely spoiled, not just by the sheer number of lenses available but by the quality of the optics and the refinement of the technology behind each successive release. We’ve come a long way baby. But even today, even with all these lenses I now own…That venerable 35 f/1.4 remains a staple of my workflow; I really never stopped shooting it. Until about 10 days ago.

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2.0 R WR

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Lightroom CC & the Ghosts of Aperture | Patrick La Roque

So Lightroom CC is out. Yes, CC not 6; although there is or will be a 6. Which will be the same… I think. Frankly, it’s confusing as hell and I’m pretty sure it’s Adobe’s way of slowly getting folks psychologically ready for the inevitable total cloud switch. But, having hopped on board the Photography Plan last year I guess I can’t really bitch about it anymore. And unless the prices change, I still believe the arguments that made me decide to subscribe still hold true. I’ll be honest with you, I’m ambivalent about this release. Not because there aren’t nice additions and fixes but because I can’t help but find it lacking in imagination, given Adobe’s immense ressources. And because even at version 6, the reality is that it still trails behind the now defunct Aperture in way too many departments, even as it adds “new” Aperture inspired features. So while I started writing this post as a short overview of what was new in CC, it devolved into a re-examination of the application as a whole—something I haven’t done publicly in a long time……

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Lightroom CC

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Hands-on: X-T1 and Lightroom Tethered Plugin. Yessss |
Patrick La Roque

Back in those halcyon days of Photokina, I stood on stage and shot two wonderful models with an X-T1, my images freely flowing through the miracle of USB, tethered to a PC laptop with… Beta software; there were hiccups. The hiccups were eventually fixed. I eventually got rid of those cold sweats and had a wonderful time. All of it was dependent on a PC-only application that was officially released a few months later. Good stuff. But I’m a Mac guy and I was still chomping at the bits… Until yesterday when Fujfilm announced what many of us had been waiting for with bated breath: Lightroom tethering plugins. Yes plural, as in Mac and PC. Folks, for the past 45 minutes I’ve been playing with a beta version of that plugin and I’m just giddy. I mean, I’d tried everything: Eye-Fi cards with Ad-Hoc network (shudder), the wonderful but limited (for this) Remote app, Lightroom Mobile (nope)… None of these could to the job properly and I had resigned myself to waiting, fingers crossed. I can tell you this: it may be in beta, but it just works. The plugin is installed like any other plugin, the easiest way being to open Plug-In Manager, click Add and navigate to the plugin file. Lightroom will install and enable the plugin right away, no restart required……..

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Fuji X-T1

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The X100T: a review in five pieces | Patrick La Roque

That was me, waxing poetic during the intro of the X100S review almost two years ago. It may have seemed strange to some that a camera, a simple capture device, could elicit such a high level of emotion; but I believe objects can become more than the sum of their parts. These tools can become an extension of ourselves and when they do, something else happens: they inspire us. To this day when I see an X100 I have an almost Pavlovian response, something I can only describe as photographic withdrawal syndrome: it makes me need to shoot. Anything. It also infects me with a serious case of wanderlust, which I imagine is a byproduct of these cameras being my constant travel companions since the very first version hit the scene; I still own that original model with all its beautiful infuriating faults. The X100S was a no-brainer in terms of upgrades: miles ahead in almost every single aspect but form factor which, let’s face it, Fuji nailed on day one. But as great as it was, my close association with Fujifilm Canada as an X Photographer had a strange side effect: I never bought one. I had a review unit for a good while, then I wanted to buy my own but there was no stock available so they graciously sent me another loaner… Then the X-T1 came into the picture … Long story short: eventually it only made sense to wait for the next version which I knew was on the table……..

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Fuji X100T

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