It begins...

I. Don’t. Know. Where. Time. Goes.

We scrambled to get decorations up this weekend, most of it on Saturday...with Christmas music blaring out of every speaker in the house of course.

On Sunday we helped Jacob on his volunteer work, going door to door for the Gignolée—a tradition here during the Holidays, gathering food for the less fortunate. I was the designated driver. More Christmas music playing in the car. Yes, it’s kitsch but I’ve always loved that stuff.

And so it begins.


Shot with the X-T3 and XF 35mm f/2 R WR


Three rows, looking elsewhere.


Shot with the GFX 50S and Pentax 50mm f1.7


Friday stuff: new Capture One, new GFX...

That’s our son modeling for me. Yes, the kiddo is getting older. 

It’s an exciting week, with the launch of two products I had the opportunity to test beforehand: the GFX 50R—which is now finally available in stores— and a brand new, shiny version of Capture One Pro with their release of version 12.

I’ll be sharing about Capture One more and more on the blog...because it’s my main workhorse now, but also because using it no longer implies any sort of dark arts maneuvers (i.e GFX support). But for the time being, I’ve written a first look that’s available on the Fujifilm-X website if you’re interested.

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As to the GFX 50R: I previously published a few posts, back when it was announced in September. But because I was in Germany at the time and these had all been scheduled before the camera’s official launch date, I didn’t yet have a link to the promo video we had shot for the camera. And being who I am...I simply forgot to write about it. I’m actually quite proud of the results so I figured I’d remedy the situation today—given the camera’s real launch.

Shooting the promo was part of the overall GFX 50R project—along with capturing images that would potentially be used as promotional material by Fujifilm Japan. If you’ve seen the brochure you may have noticed a double spread in there with my name on it. Kinda stoked about that one. But the most thrilling part was the creative license we were given: we weren’t told what to do or how to do it. We knew the concept of the campaign was to revolve around the word precious...and we simply did our own take on this.

I worked very closely with Fujifilm Canada’s Francis Bellefeuille: he shot the images but also edited and graded the movie. Talented fella. I wrote the words and music, did the sound design and mixing. I shot a few stills here and there as well ;)

We filmed over two days—including splashing around in that not-so-warm swimming pool for way too long. Then it all pretty much came together over a weekend while the family was away: I was sending music mixes and images, Francis was sending back edits...we tweaked and prodded until we were both satisfied. The magic of the Internet.

Then I had a beer. Ok, ok...I had TWO.
Sheesh. Video below.
Have a great weekend.

Vancouver, when the sun did shine.

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On the day of the gallery talk the sun came out. I had sushi for lunch with Billy and Take, then we headed out to Granville Island for a quick stroll before the show. There’s gorgeous light in this city, as though it’s always bouncing or reflecting off something, somewhere. Maybe it’s the water. It’s the sort of thing you notice when you’re away...

The toning in these images is of course deliberate: the red began as a visual device for the KAGE post Rubicon, but it felt like the right direction overall. Consider these further explorations on a theme I guess. FYI: I used a layer in Capture Pro 11 to control the effect. I’m really on a quest for different ways to tone and process, and C1 is such a deep program when it comes to colour. I’m likely to overdo it while I experiment but then...ya need to break them eggs right?

All processed from Eterna JPEG files btw.
Later.


Shot with the X-T3 and XF 35mn f2 R WR


Some frames in Montreal


Shot with the X100F