Dubai :: Day 03

March 6, 2012 | Misc. Photos

Taught the OneLight workshop today. There are these stairs that I try to do something different with each year.

 

So I try different angles. Different view points.

 

My assistant for the week, Kinan, is an awesome guy who stood in more than once for a subject for the workshop.

 

I was asked how the Fuji X-Pro1 does with flash. So… here you go.

 

Photographer David Burnett had an opening of his Bob Marley work to kick off the GPP event. If you’re not familiar with him give yourself 10 lashings. You should know his work.

 

There was live music. It was an amazing evening.

 

Speaking of David, to get to sit at dinner each night and listen to him, Joe, Greg, and others swap stories is the best education I could wish for.

 

I’ve seen people bitching and moaning and complaining about the Fuji X-Pro1 on photography forums. They have no idea what they are talking about.

It’s 4am. I crashed last night after dinner without making this post. Woke up at 3am. Thought I had gotten over the jet lag hump. Nope. Off to teach a studio class today and then the X-Pro1 Middle East launch tonight.

Cheers,

Zack

 

 




Discussion

  • Troy Freund said on March 6, 2012

    Very cool stuff! I got to see Burnett’s Marley work when he showed it in Milwaukee in 2010: http://midwesteditorialphoto.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/photo-community-jan-15-gallery-night/#
    Best wishes,
    Troy

  • joachim said on March 6, 2012

    dubai03_01 (first pic) gave me a good “idea kick”. thanks for that.
    um… is that some sort of “middle key”? ;)

  • Sam said on March 6, 2012

    Thanks, Zack! I’ve loved seeing the images you’ve been posting with this camera and flash was one of my big questions. Not any more. Can’t wait to get mine at the end of the month (hopefully). I’ll be putting this camera into the mix when wedding season begins.

  • Mike said on March 6, 2012

    Awesome stuff Zack!

    Love your internet photo forums comment. So true, and not just for the XPro1.

    Can’t wait to get one.

    Mike

  • james said on March 6, 2012

    I look forward to checking this out every night, thanks for posting Zack! Some day I hope to be there, either for GPP or just the heck of it!

  • Ana said on March 6, 2012

    I have learned yet another thing today – jet lag doesn’t show on (most) photographer’s work.
    Have fun!
    =)

  • roby said on March 6, 2012

    Thanks Zack, hope you get over the jet lag soon (always takes a few days}…at least you’re in good company!

  • Brian Donegan said on March 6, 2012

    Thanks for a great day Zack, the course was awesome, wish e had some clouds :-) . Hope the rest of the week goes great. Truly an honor to have met you. Cheers.

  • Zack said on March 6, 2012

    Thanks for coming Brian!

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • jsvfoto said on March 6, 2012

    After 5 lashings, I realized I did recognize his work of the politicians. Everyone wondered how he processed the images. He simply used a holga. I believe he won awards for that work. Crazy. If a man like him can win awards with a Holga, imagine what he can do with a nice little toy like the Fuji X Pro 1.

  • David said on March 6, 2012

    I totally agree with you about the moaning. I am reading lots of complainers who haven’t actually touched the camera. My own experiences are telling me that Fuji have had the X-Pro1 in development for quite some time. I love the quality even on long exposure work. Zack your photos are brilliant.

  • MikeScott said on March 6, 2012

    Curious, what camera does David have slung at the dinner table and how is it attached to him? I see the camera but not the strap..

  • MikeScott said on March 6, 2012

    OK, I looked closer and saw the thin strap.. it’s early here and I’m bed-lagged.

  • James said on March 6, 2012

    Zack, I don’t know if it’s the camera, or your process, but these X-Pro shots have a certain smooth, silky feel that I really like. Or I could just be imagining it. What’s your take?

  • Javier said on March 6, 2012

    Autofocus or out of focus? Like an entry level canon DSLR? Better? Worse? Thanks. Nice photos. Incredible country full of contrasts.

  • Paul Reitano said on March 6, 2012

    So. Cryptic. C’mon, c’mon….the camera, Zack, tell us about the camera!
    Thanks!

  • Derek Clark said on March 6, 2012

    Zack, what flash setup are you using with the X-Pro1?
    Fuji, Nikon or Canon flash?
    Sync cord or Pocket Wizard?

    Awesome shots!

    I’ve already paid for the X-Pro1, but I’m looking forward to your review.

    Derek.

  • Zack said on March 6, 2012

    @Derek – Same ol’ crap I always use. Old Nikon SB 80dx’s and/or Alien Bees/Einsteins with Pocket Wizards.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Roman Francisco said on March 6, 2012

    That first shot in B&W is beautiful. Very low key but still the details in the shadows are very clear.

  • Nikodem said on March 6, 2012

    Zack,
    “Old Nikon SB 80dx’s and/or Alien Bees/Einsteins with Pocket Wizards.”
    Does it means that x pro 1 and nikon sb 80 with nikon dedicated pocket wizard are fully compatible and support x pro 1′s e-ttl mode?

    nikodem

  • Zack said on March 7, 2012

    Nikodem – Nope.

  • Bob Carey said on March 6, 2012

    Nice work as always Zack. I’ve been interested to see your work with the X-Pro1 and hearing your opinions about it. I have one pre-ordered. Looking forward to getting it and using it for some photoj work. Very much looking forward to hearing your overall observations on the camera.

    BTW – I’ve found I can get ttl flash to work on my X-10 with a Canon off-camera cord with a Fuji EF-20 flash. I wonder if it is the same with the X-Pro1?

    Yes, people should know David’s work, excellent stuff. My students hear about him on a regular basis. Joe is another great storyteller. Never a dull moment with Joe.

  • Iden Ford said on March 6, 2012

    You’re amazing. I love the bw shot on the staircase
    I used a pepsi machine for one light….ha ha ..come to Toronto…we’ll have fun. I know all the cool places to shoot ..enjoy the rest of your trip.

  • Takki said on March 7, 2012

    Zack, I heard that you can use Nikon flashes on the Fuji XPro 1 for high sync flash. Can you confirm that? Is there a video available about the presentation you gave on the Fuji XPro in Dubai?

  • Lawrence said on March 7, 2012

    That first shot is pretty epic! Nice composition!

  • Daf said on March 7, 2012

    Ha – Going by U.A.E’s record they could well give you lashings – Seen some news items in the past where UAE have used corporal punishment for ludicrous things.

  • Michael Przewrocki said on March 9, 2012

    filename-corrections needed. wrong day.
    dubai03 wrong
    dubai01-03 right
    dubai03_02 wrong
    dubai02_03 right
    dubai03-06 wrong
    dubai02_06 right

    dubai03_

  • Jay Stebbins said on March 9, 2012

    Hello Zack,

    First: I would like to thank you for being such an incredible resource in the photography world. Thank you very much!

    Second: Would you use the X Pro-1 for a paid shoot?

    Thanks again,

    Jay

  • Zack said on March 10, 2012

    @Jay – I already have.

  • Michael Przewrocki said on March 11, 2012

    UPDATE-CORRECTION * added
    filename-corrections needed. wrong day.
    dubai03 wrong
    dubai01-03 right

    dubai03_02 wrong
    dubai02_03 right

    dubai03_05 wrong *
    dubai02-05 right

    dubai03-06 wrong
    dubai02_06 right

  • chris said on October 31, 2012

    Forgive me if you talk about this elsewhere – but can you describe how you usually shoot the x-pro 1 ?
    ie. Manual w/ focus check, AF-S, jpeg+, center weighted/evaluative, etc, etc. I’m falling in love with the camera but still trying to find my groove with it.
    Thanks so much – great shots.




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