Shooting black and white for one year

What did I learn ?

In my last article I talked about the different film simulations in Fuji cameras and how beautiful their colour renditions are. Personally, it turns out that my own preference in the last year or so has been shooting everything in b&w and I’d like to explain a little about the reasons I’ve chosen to do so.

The magic of colour

As I previously mentioned, one of the reasons I grew fond of the Fuji system is their colour science and the flexibility it gives you to shoot directly in camera with the style and mood that you choose with little or no need to edit your images afterwards. In this article I will only explain a few basics about the film simulations and recipes that derive from them. If you want to have a deeper understanding of it and play yourself with the concept, I recommend you visit the “bible” of film simulations recipes which is the outstanding website Fuji X Weekly maintained by Ritchie Roesch, a true goldmine on its own on this subject.

The secret ingredients of a good image Part 1

This article is a follow-up to a previous article where we tried to explore what made for a good photo. Well actually these ingredients might not be so secret after all but I found it helps to keep them in mind when pressing the shutter.

I don’t necessarily think the example photos that illustrate this post are perfect in any way

I just chose them in the hope they will clarify my point and illustrate the text

India

Everything you’ve heard about India is true and at the same time every traveller has a very different and unique experience in this country. Of course this is a huge country, there are many different Indias. You can easily get overwhelmed by the intensity of life, the people, the honking and the streets. It is not a country that sets you indifferent. Some say either you love it or you hate it. For me it was neither of the two, I found it difficult to deal with the high levels of contamination, I am not judging as I understand is a direct consequence of overpopulation and explosive development. Nevertheless is heartbreaking to see the damage on many beautiful landscapes and nature.

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Lebanon

I had the chance to travel to Lebanon in June of 2019. It had been a wanna go destination for me for quite a long time now. I’ve been travelling to several Arab countries in the last years, and Lebanon has always captivated my attention and curiosity. I found a complex, contrasty and culturally rich country. As a Mediterranean citizen (if I may say) I felt right at home, the people on the streets physically looked somehow familiar. I experienced kindness and hospitality as it is always the case whenever I travel Arab countries. It probably helps that I can say a few words in Arabic, I try to be respectful and behave as a guest as a rule of thumb.

Lebanon is a small country, but incredibly diverse in terms of landscapes which makes it most interesting to explore even if you don’t have too much time. Beyrouth is of course a highlight but if you have the occasion roam about other parts of it’s geography. You’ll be astonished by what you’ll discover.

At the time of my travel the country was perfectly safe to travel, even though you have to assume that you are in a part of the world where things can change quickly generally to the worse. Some areas in the south, close to the Israel border are quite sensitive, and it may be difficult to get there, I would say even pointless unless you are on assignment. Even your mere presence there as a traveller could be seen as suspicious. Be sensible.

The country can be quite expensive in terms of accommodation and food specially when you’re in the touristy locations, but moving around with local transportation is affordable.

Update

This is an edited post. I had originally published it on august the 3rd. Little would I know that on the next day Beyrouth would suffer (again) the most terrible devastation following the huge explosions in the port. I was shocked and saddened. If you have been there, or know the history, this city and his people have already suffered so many hardships already! I really wish and hope this will be a turning point for the better in the forthcoming future.

Toutes mes condoléances à mes amis Libanais !

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Why I bought a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and is it still a relevant camera in 2020 ?

If you don’t feel like reading the following post, the short answer is totally !

Looking for a lighter setup

As many of you probably, I finally took the step to switch to a mirrorless system some time ago. Quite late as a matter of fact. It was back in 2019. I had been a Nikon user for quite some years, mainly mid entry level cameras like de 5100 series for those who are familiar. In the last years after saving enough money I finally bought a D750 (a full frame camera for those who don’t know) which I got to love very much and made perfectly beautiful photographs with, some of them I still very much love to the present day. In a sense I still consider that the flexibility of the files in terms of dynamic range and the cleanliness of the files, specially the colours at high isos, is beautiful. As many of you, no doubt, I got tired to lug around the amount of weight that a camera and a couple of good primes lenses represent (in particular during travel times and hiking).