Thursday, August 29, 2013


The 1st of November 2009. Using my ol' pal's Canon XTi. It's so Vogue 1938. And in other news, Der Fuhrer has invaded the Sudetenland.

These hats belong to Ottawa photographer Geneviéve Thauvette. Check out her blog

Geneviéve Thauvette. Remember, kids...if you want to shoot digitally and want to get that Kodachrome 64 look, keep your white balance on Sunny or at 5600K, underexpose by under 1é3 of a stop, use open flash, put the sun behind you, and polarize.The XTi is fantastic at this. Oh yes...check out the weather and pick your settings well. And the subject must always wear a bright red dress, high heels and lipstick. No matter who it is, that's the recipe.

Okay...yellow. Classic Kodak colours.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Montreal Street Fashion Festival 2013 Meets the Fujifilm X-Pro1

From the 31st of July to the 3rd of August 2013, I visited the Festival Mode & Design in Montreal for Marcia B of Marcia B Creative. I took my trusty Fujifilm X-Pro1. With the new focusing updates, the camera worked like a charm. The 27th picture is out of focus, but I kept it as a reminder to choose a focus point in the camera when using the Auto Focus. The runway shots were done using the C (constant) mode of AF and it worked as good as any sports camera's focus. Almost everything else was shot in manual focus mode. The new peak focusing function in manual is spectacular and it is as close to shooting with a rangefinder as anything that I have used. I gave Marcia my Canon G11 and one person wanted to be photographed with the Canon as it was not a monstrous pro camera like the XP1. For white balance I used my trusty Expodisc or I used the Kelvin temperatures on the camera. If all else failed, the auto white balance on the XP1 is almost always bang on. This was an opportunity to see how the Fuji 18-55 zoom works. Because of the nature of the X-Pro1, I was hesitant about using the zoom. After all, it has the profile of a rangefinder and physically handles like one. That said, the zoom is fantastic. The lens zooms fast, firm and with stability. I now have the 55-200mm lens and I will be shooting the Montreal Fashion Week shows with it. Thank you, Montreal. This was a wonderful show. And thank you Marcia. As an art director, you're a genius.

The background is tack sharp. I shot AF with the focus point set at the word SPRING (damn!).

Because of this gentleman, I was put on the media list for the 
Ray Ban fashion show. Great honour as I love Ray Bans. 
Yes, I have Aviators and Wayfarers.

Marcia B

Gay Pride...Montreal style.
The Gay community did a marvellous job of adding fun and beauty to
 St. Catherine Street.

Outside eatery on McGill and St. Catherines where the events took place.

From my window at Peel and Maisonneuve. I woke up 
every morning feeling like Don Draper.

10:00 p.m. ISO 3200 at 1/15 of a second wide open at f4 using
the Fuji 18-55mm X zoom set at 24mm.It boggles the mind.

My dear friends model Vanessa Myers and King Osei, owner of Bohten Eyeglasses. 
Check out Bohten at They are true works of art.