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John Hoare
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Accomplished WFT, former guru, former sensei, currently working in Bangkok.
Accomplished WFT, former guru, former sensei, currently working in Bangkok.

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Paris in the Springtime
Playing at HCB, Doisneau, and Brassaï...not succeeding much.  All shot with the Fuji.

Fuji X-Pro 1
Fujinon XF 14mm, 18mm, 35mm
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Paris in the Springtime
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Speed

Took in the Malaysian Grand Prix at the end of March, just to sample the new engine formula, and to practice long-lens panning with the D4, which, by the time qualifying began, I had reliable focus and tracking figured out...only took a few years.  Sebastian Vettel looks pretty racy here, but the weekend was all about the Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton.

Nikon D4
Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G
f5, 1/640, ISO200
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Brick Cutter

Sometimes, just a directionless stroll around a half-familiar town will throw out something interesting, as was the case while in Ubud, Bali.  This fellow's colours faded into the background, and seemed to obscure any sense of subject, save the distinct forms of his hands.

Fuji X-Pro 1
Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8
f/8, 1/450s, ISO320
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Heliconia
Really, I suppose the subject is the snail, not the flower...call me postmodern...but a decent showcase for what this lens can do in the slightly naff 'Macro' mode on the X-Pro1.  Shot in Ubud, Bali in February 2014.

Fuji X-Pro1
Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4
f/1.4, 1/1200sec, ISO200
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Yaowarat
Bangkok's Chinatown hugs the lower west bulge of the Chao Phraya river, along Yaowarat Road, just west of Hualumphong train station, and has quickly become a favourite district for better-than-average candids and street photography.  There was certainly some uniqueness to this woman's pose and general demeanour as I approached her on the street...the folded arms clinch it for me.  

Post-processing begins with a generic conversion in SilverEfex Pro 2, with some judicious blending, dodging, and burning of a layer of Alien Skin's Exposure 4, using a deep contrast Fuji Acros 100 simulation, which back in my film days was the most unforgiving, yet magical B&W I ever worked with.

Fuji X-Pro 1
Fujinon 14mm f/2.8
f/2.8, 1/210sec, ISO500
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Bangkok Rooftop
Looking west from my rooftop pool in Bangkok.  Trying to get a better tonality in my HDR technique with layers and vector masks.

Nikon D4
Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 G
F/8, 1/2 sec nominal, ISO100
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Kabukicho
Interesting I suppose, or a concession to vanity, to come back to an image and apply new ideas to post-processing.  This is one of those that, compositionally, is very strong, but technically, at least for me (there's that vanity thing again) just short of being there.  Of course, with Photoshop and the rest of the digital darkroom, very few images are truly hopeless and life can be resurrected into them.  Now, I'm not so sure...

This was originally shot in April of 2012, wandering through the alleys of Kabukicho, in Tokyo's Shinjuku district.  Shot from the midchest, which I prefer, since my height tends to lend a peculiar top-down view on the streets, and zone-focussed.

Nikon D4
Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4
f/2.2, 1/400, ISO 3200
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Ayutthaya
A quick trip north of Bangkok to the former capital of Ayutthaya, sacked in the 17th-century by an invading Burmese army.  Not quite the scale or intensity of Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap, but interesting nonetheless.  This is the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, notable for its three pagodas.

Took the neglected 14-24mm f/2.8 ultrawide, and the 24-70mm.  Haven't bothered much with tonemapping for a long while, but thought the rainy conditions would lend themselves to some accentuated drama.

Nikon D4
Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8
f/5.6, 1/640 nominal, ISO 320
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Wat Arun
After a long and intense year. I'm now retracing some steps through the 'sights' of Bangkok, which I visited several years ago.  Wat Arun is the Temple of Dawn, and is probably the most revered and photographed pagoda in Thailand.  The Fuji 14mm has been impressive with the level of detail it resolves and the reasonable control of wide-angle distortions.

Fuji X-Pro 1
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8
f/8, 1/1000sec, ISO320
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Ratchadaphisek
A few shots from Sukhumvit soi 21, aka Ratchadaphisek.  Was trying out the Fuji XF 14mm on the X-Pro1, which seems a bit more fit for purpose as a street-shooting lens, with depth-of-field scales and a locking collet to set your pre-focus.  Post-pro with these includes a conversion in SilverEfex Pro 2, and some masking to build up contrast.

Fuji X-Pro 1
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8
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2013-06-25
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