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Mater Dolorosa - Or: Tourism, the boon and bane

Published June 1st, 2013

Last week's Saturday started out quite nice. I actually enjoyed about an hour of shooting in the morning with my newly acquired X100S (and can't currently wait to get back to that one ;-)), but the afternoon rapidly turned sour as the skies were heavily overcast and intermittent strong rain showers marred my photographic pleasure.

"Ah well...", I thought, "time for plan B!".

I had been wanting to shoot the interior of the Basilika ( for quite some time, so I packed a tripod (Manfrotto Befree) along with the Canon (needed a zoom lens, and the X-E1 was currently getting a sensor cleaning) and off I went :-)

After about 10 minutes spent quietly and respectfully inside of the abbey, a busload of tourists entered and stared judgementally at me, like I was somehow an unwelcome intruder and violating this holy sanctuary only by my mere audacity to setup a tripod.

I tried to get a couple more shots in, but some people actually enjoyed plant ...

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Love at second sight

Published May 31st, 2013

I do believe in love at first sight. This has been the case three times so far => my wife, my son, my Fujis (I count the X-E1 and the X100S as one) ;-)

While I still appreciate the Canon 5D Mark III as an incredible workhorse and the Sony RX100 as an amazing pocket rocket (and great Urbex camera!), I turn to the Fujis for fun, quality and “soul”.

My fascination with Fuji started last December when I got the X-E1 (or sexy one, as it’s often rightly called) and 18-55mm lens. This little combo impressed me so much, that I just had to get my hands on the 35mm f/1.4 and 60mm f/2.4 primes.

While the 35mm immediately hit the sweet spot, my first impressions of the 60mm were… well… let’s just say I thought I’d resell it in a couple of weeks.

In good light the autofocus speed can be considered as slow at best, while it’s even slower than a slug in low light and does a lot of hunting. The same goes for accuracy: acceptable when the subject’s well lit, but nearly impossible to get a correct l ...

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Going wide

Published May 31st, 2013

On May, 18th 2013 we had a gorgeous day in Luxembourg and I used the occasion to break in the Fujinon XF14mm lens with my X-E1. This lens is just fantastic! Tack sharp, nicely contrasty and capable of beautiful close-ups. All of these pictures are straight from RAW w/ minimal adjustments! Yes, it's THAT good :-)

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Tim's first vegetables

Published April 21st, 2013

November, 11th 2012 was one of the happiest days of my life (if not THE).

10.11.12, the day my son, Tim, was born.

Although 6 weeks early, the little guy was already a fighter and quite strong. Weighing 2.310g and measuring 46cm, he didn’t need much special care and has since completely caught up with his little on-schedule friends ☺

I’ve tried shooting him on multiple occasions, but haven’t had much success so far. Usually he’s all smiles, but as soon as I break out the camera he starts crying. Yesterday though, he enjoyed a few spoons of carrots and potatoes for the first time in his life. I wanted to make sure we’d remember this moment in the years to come, so I set up my tripod, put my RX100 on top and just hit record. On the other hand, I finally got some nice shots of him with my 70-200 lens, as he was just completely lost in the moment. The puree seems to be a welcome addition to his diet ☺

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When One Just Isn't Enough (or: My First Wedding)

Published April 14th, 2013

A couple of months ago, my sister in law told me she was getting married. I was really happy for her and enjoyed listening to all the details such as how the proposal went, when and where the wedding was supposed to be and the usual stuff about the reception and celebration. Until… she asked me if I would like to be their wedding photographer, seeing as I really loved photography and shot such lovely landscapes and cityscapes. I immediately froze. Yes… LANDSCAPES! and CITYSCAPES! None of these involve dealing openly with people. Guiding them, telling them how to pose, being afraid to miss the important moments, sucking at shooting candids, getting yelled at by hungry and thirsty people not in the mood to get their picture taken but who would rather enjoy a nice lunch. Oh my, this was a great outlook… However, I am not one to back down easily and enjoy the occasional challenge. After considering the aforementioned, I let her know that I was honoured and would love to accept her request ...

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Where trains go to die

Published April 14th, 2013

I had this phototrip planned for months with my best friend. We were supposed to go to the "Giele Botter", which is a nature reserve in the south of Luxembourg, to shoot some beautiful beginning of Spring pictures. Alas, the weather was against us, so we decided to change our plans and headed for "Fond de Gras" instead. The covered skies and intermittent sleet showers were great to shoot this well-known industry and railway park, really adding to the mood and atmosphere. I had the Fujifilm X-E1 with me, and although I had also packed the XF35mm and XF60mm lenses, the XF18-55mm stayed glued to the body. This little wonder performed admirably well in all situations and was a pleasure to shoot with.

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