Podcast: A look at the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and more…

Piet, (foreground) and Rene with the camera and the SMDV Speedbox Professional 70cm and a Cactus RF60 in the alleyway of Varanasi, India.

Piet, (foreground) and Rene (camera to his face) and the SMDV Speedbox Professional 70cm and a Cactus RF60 in the alleyway of Varanasi, India.

Every year after our workshop in India, Piet Van den Eynde and I spend an hour or so talking about this years new Fujifilm gear. Because we do it in the field it sometimes becomes difficult to find a good location to record these discussions. It is India after all, things are noisy. One year we even made a tent out of blankets and recorded the show under it. Not to worry, this years was a breeze. Piet and I only had to deal with noisy bellhops and stray dogs,  all of this served as a background to an amazing hour of looking at the latest gear from Fujifilm.  For this episode we invited camera geek and photographer Rene Debar, host of the Fuji Xtras blog to help us with our yearly overview and to discuss the new Fujifilm X-Pro2. Continue reading

A Tribute to Hollywood Glamor


Humphery Bogart by George Hurrell

Humphery Bogart by George Hurrell


Hedy Lamarr, 1940, byGeorge Hurrell.

Hedy Lamarr, 1940, by George Hurrell.


Our family is sort of obsessed with the Hollywood film classics of the 1930’s and 40’s. Even as a kid I had old movie stills of Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart on my walls. I am sure this is part of why I am so into fedoras. I always thought the glamor shots of those classic Hollywood beauties were amazing. But for some reason I never tried to emulate it until this week. Maybe because of the British drama Indian Summers, for which I have been shooting. The drama takes place in the 1930’s, so I thought it might be fun to make some stills of the actors in the style of George Hurrell. Continue reading

Faces of Jogja

One of the many Buddhas at Borobudur.


We finally were able to see Borobudur, though it was cloudy. Not the puffy white clouds on blue skies, the completely overcast gray white blanket kind. Great for portraits but not so hot for anything with a sky in it. So here are a few gray looking shots of the ruins of Borobudur.




After Borobudur spent took to the streets of Jogja. The people here, like most everywhere in Indonesia I have been, are friendly and open to having their photos made.


A young lady from Lombok, Sumatra, taking our photo. "Turnabout is fair play."


A Javanese vender on the street selling food.


A becak driver.


One of Jogja's unique becaks ply's the streets.


Speaking of folks having their photos made, our becak (cycle rickshaw) drivers stationed in front of our hotel all had theirs made today. I brought my Phottix Odin wireless TTL trigger, my Phottix Easy-Pop up Softbox (60cm X 90cm) , a small light stand as well as a small umbrella (hand held) and two 580 ex flashes with me. We set up a makeshift studio in front of the hotel and had all the drivers come though for a portrait session.


A little off camera flash with a Phottix Odin and softbox.