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.


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.

A New Brush | GFX 50R 65:24

First off: what a privilege this has been over the past couple of months. When the GFX 50S was announced at Photokina in 2016, I never thought I’be one of the lucky few to test another medium format camera less than two years later. And yet, here we are.

I won’t be doing a technical review for several reasons: I was shooting a pre-production unit with beta firmware; my friends Kevin and Jonas will do a much better job than I ever could; I’m less and less interested in talking about specs. But I will say this: I’ve grown to love my GFX 50S, as I’ve previously written about. I’ve come to appreciate the insane attention to detail of its design, where every single button, port and door is exactly where it should be. Any new camera involves a period of adjustment, but my initial reaction to the GFX 50R was actually one of puzzlement; and for several days I found myself almost fighting against the camera. Some of this was due to bugs and not-yet-working features, but I eventually figured out the real problem: I was still shooting the GFX 50S. I was expecting a right-brain camera because in my mind, medium format was about work, first and foremost.

The GFX 50R isn’t about work. This is medium-format for poetry.
It’s not perfect—I probably would’ve done a few things differently, in terms of layout for instance. But we’re suddenly having a very different sort of philosophical conversation.

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to finally be able to share some of these images. I’ve chosen to again share a series of visual stories/essays (as I’d done with a few other models), all shot with the pre-production camera I was provided with and various GF lenses.

I’m writing these words on the eve of leaving for Belgium, before we head to Photokina. Which means nothing has been announced yet and I have no links to share. It also means I’m about to give back the camera. All good things have to end. The shots below aren’t official product images btw: just quick, gratuitous visual gear porn for my own benefit. Figured some of you might enjoy them as well ;)

Huge thanks to everyone at Fujifilm for this incredible opportunity.

Shot with the GFX 50S and GF 120mm f4 OIS R WR

Are you F$#& kidding Adobe?

I posted this on Facebook a few minutes ago but then realized I absolutely needed to post it here as well. Call this a quick rant or a follow-up.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned I had ditched my Adobe subscription and wrote a post about how they tried to bully me into keeping it (telling me I COULDN'T unsubscribe, of all things). But of course they had no choice and since then Lightroom had reverted to "reduced mode"—meaning I could access my libraries and export files but I couldn't edit or make changes. Which was fine.

A few moments ago I launched Lightroom because I needed to do just that. But guess what? I’m now locked out. I’m told the product cannot be activated and my only choice is apparently to...wait for it... subscribe again. So what's going on here? Was reduced mode on a timer? And If it ISN’T on a timer…WTF?

So again: thank you Adobe. I thought I’d keep you around, just in case, even with reduced functions. I thought if EVER I needed you again you’d be there. And maybe this is a bug of some sort…maybe I could get in touch and get this resolved. But you know what? To hell with you. I’m purging my Mac of ANY trace of your software. I’ll launch the terminal if I have to, until there isn’t a single file that begins with the name Adobe.

What an absolute sh%$ of a business you are.

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P.S It's also a gorgeous day and stepped out to take a few pics this morning—with the X100F and Instax Wide. Haven't had time to process anything yet—tomorrow maybe.

P.PS Holy shit it gets's what I get from the uninstaller—even though there are NO visible apps running anywhere

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​Adobe: Gone.


UPDATE: Right. So as John helpfully points out in the comments, this is still May. Not June. May. Boy...this probably has to do with the fact that my brain is focused on nothing but June these days. So Adobe did in fact give me a month's notice and my indignation is..err...less than rightful? But: it doesn't change the fact that I was first told point blank I couldn't cancel my membership. And it actually makes it even stranger, given I was well within the window to do so. Mea Culpa...but I'm still fine with the decision.


I’ve made no secret of my distaste for Adobe. Lightroom served me quite well for several years (following Aperture’s demise) but the company itself...I was never a fan. So after a few fits and starts, I finally moved to Capture One and had every intention of canceling my Photography Plan, once its time was up. Then of course I got this one job where I turned to Lightroom—because it was there. And I thought oh well...may as well keep this around just in’s a business expense yada yada yada.

Long story short: my renewal was due this morning, June 18th, and I’d decided to basically stay put. Until I received an email—this morning, June 18th—informing me that my “...annual membership will renew automatically on 18-June-2018 (PT). The terms are outlined below...”. Oh and it included a price hike as well. With every other service I subscribe to (and there are many), a renewal notice will come days or even weeks ahead of a deadline, as a courtesy. As a way of saying hey, we hope you’ll stick around but here’s a heads up before we take your money, in case you’ve changed your mind . Not so here. At the very least Adobe could’ve respected my intelligence and sent an email informing me that my membership had ALREADY been renewed. Which know...the actual reality. I read the message and I thought: ok...enough.



So I log into my account, go to my Plans, click on Manage Plans (as it says on their help page), look for the Cancel button (as it says on their help page)...but it isn’t there. I’m on my iPad so I figure it might be an issue with mobile, so off I go to my Mac—same deal. Then I notice my CC info isn’t up to date (I switched cards recently) so I update the info just in case...and I get a thank you for your payment! message. Great. Time to chat with support. Here’s how it goes:

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Did you get that last paragraph? I’ve hidden the agent’s name because this is clearly company policy at work and I don’t fault her/him at all. But needless to say I’m a little taken aback at this point. Here’s the rest of our exchange:

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Offering discounts when a customer wants to walk away probably dates back to Babylonian times. Every company/seller does it. Perfectly fine. But telling me I CANNOT cancel? Telling me I HAVE to buy their product when I don’t want it? Obviously the company didn’t have a leg to stand on and the agent knew this. But the tactic says a lot about Adobe and how much they care about their customers. It’s called bullying and you know what? There’s enough of that going around these days.

Good. Riddance.
Now Phase One: can you just bite the bullet and support my GFX already? Pretty please?


Happier news: we’re heading into a long weekend in Canada—sort of the official kickoff to “summer”. Héloïse has 3 ballet recitals lined up so we’ll be busy. And if you’re looking for inspiration/reading: our new KAGE issue is out.

Have a great one all :)

​Data Bracelets


In September 2016 I wrote the following about the state of physical media:

“It's crazy how much our reality has changed over the last few years: faster internet connections, higher or even unlimited data caps (at least in Canada) combined with most of our lives moving to the digital realm...all these factors have contributed to less and less reliance on physical media. In fact I have trouble remembering when I sent files to a client through anything other than WeTransfer, Mail Drop, Box or similar services.”

The paragraph was part of a post entitled Like Candy—and I was writing about personalized USB flash drives I’d received from a US-based company called USB Memory Direct. If anything the situation has intensified since then: last week I sent almost 30GB of raw images though WeTransfer Plus for the last job I shot. The idea of using a physical drive, wrapping it up, sending it to another country through postal or courrier services, waiting for the package to reach its destination on time, hoping nothing goes wrong along the way...none of it makes sense at this point. So while I still love those walnut flash drives from 2016, when the company reached out again a couple of months ago my first instinct was to thank them, but ultimately let them know I didn’t actually need anything. I’ll never feel right about accepting products I don’t intent to use.

But then I noticed the wrist drives...

I’ve always worn bracelets—leather, metal...leather AND metal...whatever. I also own an Apple Watch. All of this to say I’m basically used to wearing stuff on my wrists. So when I saw the USB Wristbands on the company’s website I thought huh...that might be fun. The drives come in either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0, with capacities ranging from 64MB to 128GB, depending on the speed you choose. The material is described as soft rubberized plastic, which feels pretty close to the fluoroelastomer Apple uses on its Apple Watch Sports band. There’s no clasp: the USB connector just slips into the opposite end of the wristband. Tough to do the first time around but you get the hang of it after awhile. And once they’re in they hold tight—I’ve had no issues at all with the wristband loosening up and coming apart.

I decided to keep things simple and go with white, but there’s a variety of colours to choose from. And of course, like all of the company’s products, these can be personalized with logo, text or whatever else strikes your fancy (I added a tag line to mine). The process is absolutely painless too: I downloaded the specs from the website, sent in a PNG and received a proof in less than an hour. Then right before shipping they sent me a picture of the actual product, just to confirm we were good to go. Class act.

I intend to keep one of these for myself and use the others for giveaways. With 8GB I’ll probably include the 1EYE series along with a PDF or ePub portfolio. Heck, maybe These Kings while I’m at it. Now, as to the question on everyone’s mind: yes, it IS a little weird to wear something with your name on it...but fortunately, it’s pretty discreet ;)

Many thanks to Taylor for making this possible. You can find more info about the product at