Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pic(k) of the week 46: STREET HUNT DUBAI - Street photography workshop at Xposure

One of my favorite Photofestivals in the UAE is without a doubt the International Photography Festival "Exposure"; a relative new event  in the emirate of Sharjah, bordering Dubai. 

Like last year, I'll we holding an "Introduction to Street Photography"workshop followed by a photowalk during the event, for the fine guys of Fujifilm Middle East. Called "Street Hunt", the free workshop will start at 1pm sharp, on Thursday 22 November 2018 at the Sharjah Expo center. Pre-registration is required and shall be done through Fujifilm Middle East; check out their Instagram account for more info here or click here for registration.

The workshop will address the why, where and how of Street Photography; especially around the region. On a first come first serve basis, Fujifilm X-series cameras can be lend for the duration of the afternoon. A perfect opportunity to test out what all the Fujifilm excitement is all about!

This weeks Pic(k) of the week, is a silhouette shot I shot last week from a pedestrian bridge in Dubai just before sunset, is the banner used for the workshop/photowalk. 

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF100-400 lens
  • 1/640, f8, ISO 160, 252mm
  • RAW development in Lightroom CC; main editing was a creative use of White balance for a more impactful image
Shooting Street Photography with a long lens like the XF100-400, is of course somewhat controversial... Since I was shooting across a 10 lane highway, a long focal length was the only way of getting the shot. Unusual for Street Photography, I also shot in high speed burst mode (CH 20fps) using the new Pre-Shot function of the Fujifilm X-T3 (review here). Doing so made picking the best shot when it comes to gesture, very easy. 

I do plan on blogging about these two controversial Street Photography techniques, somewhere in December. 

Remember: "Sometimes you need to milk the cow a lot before you get a little bit of cheese" - Henri Cartier Breton

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Early September, I attended a World War I, remembrance airshow in the North part of France at Cambrai Niergies. Also known as the Great War, which lasted from 28 July 1914 till 11 November 1918, WW I took more than 16 million casualties on both sides of the frontline. This Sunday, NOV 11, people will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, so it is only appropriate to use an image that is related to this event!

The image below of a German Fokker Triplane Dr. 1 at Cambrai, is close to my heart as one of the airfields the WW I fighter was based at during the war, was close to my homecity in Belgium; Markebeeke. 

The Dr 1 was flown by many of the German aces (pilots who have shut down more than 5 enemy aircraft), such as Manfred von Richthofen (Red Baron) and Werner Voss. This beautiful replica aircraft is  registered in France and flies in the colours of the Jasta (squadron) 6, with 527/17 markings. 

Cambrai Airshow 2018

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF18-135 lens
  • ISO 500, 1/400s, f14, 55mm
  • SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) jpeg using the Velvia Film simulation
The Cambrai 2018 airshow had one of the longest flying airshow programs, I've ever seen, non-stop from 12 to 6pm. Unfortunately the display line was facing south, which let to shooting into the sun for most of the afternoon; far from optimal. More images of the airshow can Cambrai can be found here

Remember: "The murder of a man, is still a murder. Even in wartime." - Manfred von Richthofen.