Mall of Dubai

  After travelling through Dubai many times, I spent the first time some days in the city this month. It was mostly as I expected a Disney world for adults. There were a number of amazing feasts to look at, such as the Burj Khalifa in the background right. It is currently the tallest building in the world and fairly pretty as tall buildings go.
In the front, you see the entrance to the Mall of Dubai with I believe 1200 shops in it. If you love shopping, I guess it is a spot to explore.

The image itself is a stitched panorama as I didn’t travel with an ultrawide angle lens. This was at the end of a rainy day in Dubai and I would not have imagined that rain would play such a big role during this visit to Dubai. 

Inspiration – Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham is an inspiration for me. Yesterday was his 87th birthday. He is still very active and photographs for the New York Times. Once a week he compiles a short video as this above about fashion, mostly in New York.

There are a number of things that are worth mentioning

  • At age 87 he is actively working as photographer
  • He still shoots on film
  • His main mode of transport is a bicycle
  • He is highly independent and from what I know does not receive any payment by the New York Times, not that they wouldn’t want to pay him, but he refuse to get paid.
  • Bill Cunningham received the Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and photographed his own prize giving.
  • He is a story teller.


Travel Preparations

I am finishing the last jobs before my trip to Muscat tomorrow. Packing lists are prepared and I just need to do the actual packing. About three weeks ago I had to hand in one of my favourite Fuji lenses for repair at Orms. It is the 56mm/ 1.2. It is a wonderful portrait lens with exceptional Bokeh (that blurry background and yes, it can be beautiful). I was looking forward to use the lens and it appears that the workshop is waiting for parts to arrive to complete the job, but that would be too late for my trip. I reached out to Orms and they organised with Hein Hough from Fuji to get me a loan lens (not simply a replacement, but the 56mm/1.2 APD) for my trip. Thank you, Hein to make it so uncomplicated and customer friendly. My client will be be the beneficiary of me having the lens on this trip.

I’ll share some pics on this blog when I am back :)

Still my Favourite Personal Travelling Kit

Fuji X100s and TCL
Fuji X100s and TCL

I received a phone call this afternoon by a gentleman, who found my blog post about the Fuji X100s and the TCL (Tele Converter Lens). He was keen buying the lens from me, should I be not interested any more.

Well, I still love this setup for travelling. The X100s is still my favourite camera and the first I grab, when I go for a walk to capture some images. It has the right size and paired with the lens and image quality it is a winner for me. The TCL (Tele Converter Lens) is an interesting beast. The image quality is still great and I did not notice any major quality loss in my images, when using it. It has a few disadvantages, which don’t make it a deal killer.

  • The lens is rather bulky. It has the same depth as the camera and roughly doubles the depth of the camera when it is attached.
  • It changes dramatically the feel of the camera and makes it front heavy.
  • It is a screw on lens. You have to be careful to screw it on and be patient. You also have to remove a ring on the camera to attach it. If you are in a hurry, not the best solution. If you have the luxury of two x100 models, than you can keep one set up with the TCL.

For my personal travel trips, it is often the exclusive combination I take with me. Sometimes I add the the Fuji XT-1 with the 56mm/1.2. The combination of these two cameras and lenses fits into a Thinktank Mirrorless Mover 20 with memory cards and batteries, but not much more. It is a tight fit.

Happy travels :)


Modelling Portfolio

Leander Model Portfolio

Leandre contacted me to photograph a model portfolio for her. On Monday we met and Kristine from Kruz 4 Makeup did the make-up for the shoot.

This image is the first outtake from the shoot with more to follow. It was great to work with Leandre and I look forward to present the final results to her.