Speaking this weekend... And other news.

A very quick post on this cold December morning. It’s been a great two weeks, filled with shoots I’m rather proud of — some for a long term project I’ve yet to talk about. I did a studio session on Monday with my friend Pierre Labbé, a double exposure exploration for his next album that I’ll be sharing with you guys as soon as it’s possible to do so. Used the X-Pro1 for those because… Raw. More on that once we get to it.

Last weekend was our traditional donut-making fest, marking the official launch of the holiday season for our little family. The kids have started counting down the days. And Christmas came early for me: Mr. Purolator rang my doorbell yesterday, handing me a brand new X100T. Excited? Hell yeah.

I’ve barely touched it but I’m already blown away by the refinements I’m finding in every nook and cranny. I’ll have a full review once I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces — of course, I’m not on the starting line with this one but hopefully I’ll manage to add a modicum of valuable info. In the meantime you may want to check out my friend Bert Stephani’s extensive video shot in beautiful Leuven.

If you’re feeling the urge to part with even more hard earned money money (’tis the season!), my other KAGE buddy Derek Clark takes a first look at the XF 50–140 f/2.8. I’ve had a chance to examine several sample images and bloody hell… Fuji has again managed to push the envelope. Bigger? Yes… Unavoidable; optics are optics. But Derek’s post title It Thinks it’s a Prime says it all.

While I’m on the subject of KAGE… If you haven’t already seen Vincent Baldensperger’s first story for the collective you’re missing out. L’art et la matière is an absolutely gorgeous visual essay. It’s also beautifully written. Worth the detour.

Last but not least: I’m speaking this coming weekend at Lord Photo in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It’s a 3 days Fujifilm event and Fuji Guys Billy Luong will be joining the party as well. It’s totally free and you can sign up right here. I’ll be hanging out for awhile too so if you feel like shooting the breeze… Come on down ;)

Donut-fest images below — Holidays here we go. And btw I didn't just take pictures: I mixed most of that dough. Hard work people, hard work.

Patrick La Roque

laROQUE, 311 Lorncliff, Otterburn Park, Canada