Don’t Sweat the Details but… – a non-scientific review of Iridient Developer

Disclaimer first. If you are wise enough to shoot JPEG only, if you don’t print larger than 12x18 or prefer to spend your time on what is really important in photography (light, composition, etc.) – enjoy the images below but please ignore the article. It is not going to do your photography any good. Quite [...]

California Dreaming with the X-series cameras

What a trip it was! Almost 10 days, 5,500 kilometres, three ghost towns, the Oregon Coast, San Francisco, Yosemite and lots in-between. Kasia and I had planned this trip for a long time. Some places we had visited before (Shaniko, Oregon Coast), while others (Bodie, Yosemite) were new for us. As usual with such a [...]

The Valley Of The Ghosts – Sandon with the Fuji X-Pro1 & X100s

First on our list of West Kootenay ghost towns was Sandon, where they mined galena, a mix of silver, lead and zinc. When you look at the remaining buildings it is hard to believe it once was a booming city with nearly 8,000 residents. Not only did the city have two newspapers, seventeen hotels, dozens [...]

The Valley of The Ghosts – with the Fuji X-series

The Valley of The Ghosts – with the Fuji X-series

Hidden in the mountains of the West Kootenays in British Columbia lies the Valley of the Ghosts – a once rough but vibrant cluster of prosperous settlements – which has now mostly vanished. Kasia and I recently travelled to this forgotten area to search and photograph what is left of this magnificent piece of history. [...]

JPEG?! Are you kidding me! Maybe. Definitely yes.

If there is one word that you don’t want to use while talking to a typical “pro,” it would be JPEG. However, if you were foolish enough to make such a grievous mistake you would notice typical symptoms: sudden mood change, eye rolling and dismissal, quickly followed by an extensive and in-depth lecture about the [...]

Get wide right! (shooting with the Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8)

While we continue to shoot almost daily with the X100s and gather our thoughts about this camera, we decided to take a break from the topic and present some images from our recent trip to an unknown British Columbia. Shooting with wide-angle lenses poses a challenge for many new photographers. This is not a “have [...]

From the set of “Double Bill”

Shooting a movie involves many elements of photography. Composition, lighting and subject are the most common. I am privileged to be able to work with a team of talented individuals under the direction of Thomas Kampioni – independent screenwriter and director. Working on the set allows me to apply my photographic knowledge and contribute to [...]

Family trips – great photo opportunities?

Family trips – great photo opportunities?

If planned well, family trips could provide great opportunities for a dedicated photographer. While photography-centred trips are ideal, they require plenty of time and preparation. Such photo assignments also demand 100% dedication, which, at least in my case, is difficult to achieve when accompanied by family or friends. Maybe it is just me but my [...]

To colour or not to colour?

In the last few months I have noticed a flood of strongly de-saturated imagery on the Internet as if colour had suddenly fallen out of fashion. I have even heard an opinion that using strong colour is not professional. Part of the reason could be the rising popularity of HDR-like, oversaturated imagery, which indeed looks [...]