Dubai :: Day 06

March 8, 2012 | Misc. Photos

On location at a tile factory today.









The image above is Zeke. He’s a great guy who traveled out here from Tucson to attened GPP. The place where we were shooting had us all covered head to toe in dust.

Fellow GPP’er, David Nightingale, and I were having drinks tonight and I asked him what he would do to some of my photos I shot today since he’s a master of post production. He blows me away with what he does in Photoshop and he makes it look so easy. He did the post on these images.

All shot with a new X-Pro1 that I got this morning. I was able to trade the pre-production model I had in on a new production body with the new firmware. It’s event better. I’ll blog about the camera after my India trip next week. We were out all afternoon on location and I did not once pull my Canon out of the bag. Shot everything with the X-Pro1.





  • Daniel said on March 8, 2012

    lookin forward to the X-Pro1 review. Hopefully its as detailed as the x100 review.

  • David said on March 8, 2012

    Stunning, are these with the 35mm? you make it look so easy. Looking forward to the new firmware.

  • Peter said on March 8, 2012

    Thanks Zack the journey with you is always a learning yet entertaining experience.

  • DLuker said on March 8, 2012

    “We were out all afternoon on location and I did not once pull my Canon out of the bag. Shot everything with the X-Pro1.

    That there is pretty much all I need to hear.

  • Laura said on March 8, 2012

    Would you consider showing the pre-PS images? Curious what the “before” was and what David Nightingale did.

  • Thomas Cull said on March 8, 2012

    You didn’t even take out your canon? Wow, that statement alone holds some weight in the performance of this camera. Which model of pocket wizard do you use with the X Pro 1?

  • Nasir Hamid said on March 8, 2012

    Did you shoot your medium format at all?

  • john said on March 9, 2012

    Hi Zack, really love that third shot, the tones and texture of the wall are a total contrast to the softness of the model. Still looking out for the triangles.

  • john said on March 9, 2012

    Oh and the thing that really set it off for me is the slight shadow of her facial outline on her arm. Beautiful, the shot is in your detail capture as always

  • Armanius said on March 9, 2012

    Lovely photos!!! I enjoyed starting at them very much. :) The depth of the grays on the third photo is quite nice. Are you shooting JPGs? Did you convert the photos to B&W or shoot them in B&W out of the camera? Well done.

  • David said on March 9, 2012

    Beautiful images. How is the focusing, low light or otherwise, on the X-Pro1? Are there still places you would use the Canon?

  • Patrick said on March 9, 2012

    Wow. Beautiful images Zack. I know you’ll tell us more next week but… Is this DSLR ditching territory?

    Played with my X100 in the studio this afternoon, just to get a feel for the viewfinder & AF in that type of situation. An SB-900 makes no sense perched of top of it (a little funny actually!) but the small Elinchrom Skyport transmitter feels right at home. Loved the results too – I’ve become smitten with Fuji files.

  • DP said on March 9, 2012

    Hey Zack,
    Beautiful images. I picked up the X-pro 1 in Tokyo this week. Really liking this camera. Saw that you mentioned that you have a current production camera with the new firmware. Is this the 1.00?

    One thing that is bothering me about my camera is that it is noisy (loud), when being moved from side to side.Reminds me of my Nikon lenses with VR. Are you getting any gyro-mechanical noises from yours?

  • Patrik Lindgren said on March 9, 2012

    Beautiful tones in the third one. Would be nice to know how much love you put in to this one afterwards or if it´s straight out of camera.

  • John Cavacas said on March 9, 2012

    Darn it Zack, that statement just peaks everyone’s interest in the X Pro 1! And yes, David is amazing, nice to see this collaboration.

  • pixelmixture said on March 9, 2012

    i own a full range 5DmkII equipment with a lot of L glasses ….
    and i own a fuji X100 till it was out ….

    considering the price of the new 5DmkIII (5D2 AF is a joke) and considering the joy of using the X100 i consider selling all my canon gear for a fuji Xpro1 equipment

    your photos convinced me it was the good choice to make

  • Michael Przewrocki said on March 9, 2012

    exif-data of pictureS 1-4-DAY 06. last one=no exif-data
    from top-all with 35/1.4 lens
    1. image 2 1/100-1.4 200 asa-Aperture Priority
    2. image 4 1/125-2.0 200 asa-Manual
    3. image 3 1/50 -2.0 640 asa-AP
    4. image 1 1/480-11- 200 ASA-AP

  • Frakus said on March 9, 2012

    love the images thanks for sharing.

  • Suraj Joshee said on March 9, 2012

    Love reading your posts Zack. This seems like a really capable camera. The biggest question most of us will have is, for a non pro, does it make sense to ditch my Nikon DSLR package and go with the X1. Will I ever miss my Nikon, especially shooting mostly landscapes and portraits.

    Looking forward to your review and pictures from India!


  • Noel said on March 9, 2012

    Is that 4th image taken with just natural light? I see that your shutter speed was 1/480 and spec says max sync speed is 1/180.

  • Zack said on March 9, 2012

    @Noel – All of them are available light.

  • James said on March 9, 2012

    Great photos, love that you are blogging every day at GPPI. Any chance we can see the “before” images? David is a master at post.

  • PsiModuloQuadro said on March 9, 2012

    The first and the second one are gorgeous! You are always a guide for me!

  • Michael Montalto said on March 9, 2012

    Great work Zack as usual.

    I’m going to stay out of the entire Fuji-new-camera-jitzu stuff. If you like the Fuji lineup go ahead and use it. I preordered my 5D3 and I’m more than happy to have done so.

  • Derek Clark said on March 10, 2012

    Zack, what percentage would you say you were switching to EVF to make sure your focus point was right on the face? Does it tend to be the ones that have the subject smaller in the frame?

    Have a safe trip to India….shoot loads!


  • Martin Walter said on March 10, 2012

    looks like your not using your phase one anymore… can I give you my adress? :)

  • pixelmixture said on March 10, 2012

    Ask the fuji guys for a revamped X100 menu via firmware update …. they owe this to X100 owners

  • Martin` said on March 10, 2012

    Splendid and inspirational!

  • jmbalbona said on March 10, 2012

    The 4th image right there is amazing. Thanks for all that you do Zack.

  • carlx said on March 10, 2012

    Hi Zack
    Do you use your left eye for shooting?

  • Zack said on March 11, 2012

    @carlx – Yes. I’m a left eye shooter. Have tried several times to switch to the right eye but just can’t do it.


  • Astrid said on March 14, 2012

    Hola Zack, just enjoying your pictures as always, love your work, I always refer to you as my “maestro” since CL but followed you in your blog since way back. Love David’s work too since his early posts in Chromasia. Take care and can’t wait to see your post from India! Saludos!

  • Daf said on March 19, 2012

    Lovely pictures.

    2nded – would be nice to see a before and after photos to see what David did for them.
    Guest blog maybe….?

  • dtbsz said on March 22, 2012

    Firts image FTW. Doesn’t it bother you to shoot a crop sensor after full frame or your recently purchased medium format phase one? Wouldn’t you like the fujis to be at least FF?


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