Dubai :: Day 01

March 3, 2012 | Misc. Photos

I love Dubai. The people are amazing. The food is amazing. The cars are ridiculous. I saw a yacht today that had two helicopters on it. This place is unreal. This is the fourth year that Gulf Photo Plus has brought me out to teach at this week long event. It is hands down one of the best photography events I’ve ever seen. I always have mixed emotions about teaching here because as I look at each year’s roster I really wish I was a student instead of one of the teachers.

This year I am doubly honored and excited because I am participating in the Fuji X-Pro1 launch here. I’ve had the camera in my hand for about a week and I am loving it more each day. I’ll have a full post about that soon enough. Since I’m speaking at the event I figured I better get out in the real world and take some photos with it.




I’ll be doing a post each day I’m here. I leave Dubai on the 12th and head to India for three days of adventure with the X-Pro1. Color me stoked.





  • Andrew G said on March 3, 2012

    Great set of photos Zack, Its hard to believe that such high quality images come from something so compact. x-pro1 looks amazing.

  • Patrick said on March 3, 2012

    Rock that fuji and can’t wait to see ya work in the gulf and india. b safe and god speed

  • Matthew Carter said on March 3, 2012

    I ways look forward to seeing your Dubai work. Have fun buddy.

  • Iain Mackenzie said on March 3, 2012

    Well, someone’s gotta be the teacher, and someone the student! Can’t wait, see you in your class(es) this week! Nice pics! The souhks are great places for photos!

  • Javier said on March 3, 2012

    It’s amazing. What about AF?

  • Joe Gunawan said on March 3, 2012

    Those photos were taken with the X-Pro1?They look incredible! I really thought you used a FF camera! Now, I got a chance to play with them at WPPI and one thing I noticed is the noticeably slow and stuttering autofocus, particularly with one of the primes. Do you notice that, too? Stay safe and stay creative!

    Joe |

  • Cyclopedia Brown said on March 3, 2012

    Great set of portraits Zack. The X-Pro1 seems to be an awesome camera. Can’t wait to see what you deliver us from India and especially can’t wait for the UPS guy to deliver one to my doorstep.

  • claude etienne said on March 3, 2012

    Hi Zack,

    Ever since you’ve been on the roster of instructors at Gulf Photo Plus, I’ve looked forward to seeing your images from Dubai, and reading about your experience. I would love to go one of these days. I hope you keep going for years to come.

  • Michael Sebastian said on March 3, 2012

    Zack, I’m looking forward to hearing your impressions of the camera. I have one on order with the 35mm lens. I could see this becoming my main, if not only, camera. Assuming the dog-slow AF of the X100 has been fixed! :)

    Enjoy your time in Dubai. Travel safe.

  • Pedro Cardoso said on March 3, 2012

    Have fun, sir. You gotta take some more sports car shots 😉

  • Tadu Novin said on March 3, 2012

    hi zack, if in india make it a point to visit the north-east.

  • Anna said on March 3, 2012

    Love :) Enjoy

  • Paulo said on March 3, 2012

    You MUST come to Brazil sometime man! Beautiful people, colorful places! Great shots with X-Pro1! A great event to you! Take care! AND PLEASE COME TEACH A WORKSHOP IN BRAZIL!!!!!!

  • paul peabody said on March 3, 2012

    Thanks for the great posts and the review which I read on the Fuji forum,interestingly I am going to India at the end of the month,with x100,x10,and xpro1 (i know sounds piggy) but I really love these cameras.Something about the color balance and luxuriant warmth of light in your photos and I have said this to others that have posted xpros results,,,this is the closest of ANY digital cameras results to something which I have been longing for from the film days.Have a great trip!

  • Mike Devlin said on March 3, 2012

    You Lucky lucky ba·–ard ! Enjoy

  • Girish said on March 3, 2012

    Fantastic portraits Zack. The man sitting between the fabrics would be the best for me. Wonderful. Look forward for more.

  • Ankur said on March 3, 2012

    Hey Zack amazing post. Glad to know that you’ll be visiting India. Are you coming to Mumbai?

  • Andrew said on March 3, 2012

    Very Nice. Can you post the settings for each photo though… Also would like to see the RAW capabilities of the Xpro1 and possibly some shots using flash which has not really been mentioned much anywhere.

  • carlx said on March 3, 2012

    Hi Zack.
    Nice pics!
    Fuji rocks. I have a budget for the x100 but now the x1 Pro is out…
    What about a workshop in Cape Town?
    Stay cool

  • Nick M said on March 3, 2012

    Wow, first thing I thought when I saw the first image was “Ho-hum, another well-composed evocative eye-popping Phase One image.”

    The X-Pro 1 is a very, very exciting camera.

    Now where did I put that extra $2k…must be in my other pants.

  • Ryan O. Hicks said on March 3, 2012

    I really want to visit Dubai at some point. I ALMOST had an international wedding scheduled in Dubai for New Years, but it fell through. I’m hoping this year or 2013 I will be able to land one.

    Finger crossed!
    Enjoy yourself, because I’m jealous.

  • Waleed Alzuhair said on March 3, 2012

    Welcome to our region, Zack.. Too bad I couldn’t make it this year, perhaps next year, Inshallah :)

  • Sean Callahan said on March 4, 2012

    I really look forward to seeing your work out there. BTW, thanks so much for being a part of creativelive. My skills and understanding have definitely improved since your workshop and I constantly think/repeat your mantra “head in a clean spot” at every job.

  • Anirban said on March 4, 2012

    India??? Where will you come and for how long? If u r coming towards the southern part (though doubt that) shoot me mail….will be an honour to show u arnd

  • Alvin Sumardi said on March 4, 2012

    These photos are really nice… Zack, for the viewfinder, did you find yourself using the optical or evf more? Do you think this will be able to replace your dslr?

  • Derrick Pereira said on March 4, 2012

    Will be at the launch! Looking forward to it.

  • Mit said on March 4, 2012

    Hi Zack, which part of India are you going to?

  • Zack said on March 4, 2012

    @Mit – Mumbai

  • Simon Atkins said on March 4, 2012

    I’m very excited about this camera for documentary photography. I’m looking forward to getting the camera on loan from Fujifilm UK later this month to try out on a wedding.

  • Ivan Boden said on March 4, 2012

    Woa, your shots are awesome! Wish I was there to!

  • Thor_Rasmussen said on March 4, 2012

    Dear Zack,

    I am curious about the third photograph here and why you framed it the way you did. Why did you leave so much space around your subject? Why just the head and shoulders and not more of the torso?


  • Zack said on March 6, 2012

    @Thor – Composition is what you show and what you don’t show. This gentleman was standing behind a wall that was too distracting so I just simply left it out of the frame and opted for more negative space above him.


  • Sharma said on March 5, 2012

    Hello Mr. Zack. Am from Mumbai- India. Was very keen to visit GPP 2012 for your and few other workshops, but couldn’t manage the Visa as my passport was expiring in 2 months. Therefore if you plan to take any workshop or may need any local help would be very glad to attend or helpout. It will help to mitigate the large disapointment for not being able to attend GPP. Look forward to your positive reply. Thank you. Sharma

  • Manson said on March 5, 2012

    Everyone wondering about autofocus…look at the photos. I’d say something is working. Its no machine gun but it is a machine. Great work Zach

  • caleb said on March 5, 2012


    I might be wrong. But I’ve been observing Zack’s images and the background is not just the background but a fundamental part of the composition. If you look at that picture, it’s is not just about the guy. There are what seem two concrete columns on the brick wall. Those columns make a sort of frame on the background and are cut at the bottom by another line whic is of the wood framing that makes a horizontal line that is interrupted by the guy and therefor integrates him with the background.

    I wonder if a bucket or something on the right side would have brought counterweight to the image, but …. Do we need it? Do we need the balance? That’s the beauty of art.

    I won’t say cool image zack, ‘cuz I know you hate it. It kinda sucks actually :) (you will say so later). …keep shooting. Many consider you a teacher, but to me you are a prophet. (…is teaching prophet possible? ….prophesying teacher? …I dunno.) Whatever the case, there ad many of us behind you, so, thank you man and we count on you to keep going. Tanks again.

  • Sree said on March 7, 2012

    I can’t wait to see what images you get in India! Super excited.

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