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Occasionally, I do a google search for my name to see where my photos are being used (or abused in some cases). Yesterday, I discovered this one of British pro golfer Luke Donald as the main, full page photo on his personal website. This was quite a nice surprise because I know he's photographed constantly, and there are a lot of really great photographs of him taken. Since this photo was shot in b&w, or I should say for the purpose of it being used in b&w, it seems to have set a precedence for the other photos in this gallery (none of which are mine) to also be featured in b&w. I love that. The website designers really seem to know what they are doing as the site is also beautifully made.
The photo itself was shot two years ago (2013) for Mizuno Japan on a closed set at a golf course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I was shooting the stills for a promotional video on Luke Donald using Mizuno gear. The above shot was taken with a Fuji X-Pro 1 and the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 XF R Lens. We followed up with another shoot last year (2014), but this time all the photos were used in color. Luke is a world class gentleman and a hard-working golfer. I don't follow golf (although I've shot a lot of it over the years), but after spending about 10 hours with him, I have great respect for Luke. Click Here to view one more shot of Luke Donald on my website from the same shoot.
The Best of 2014
Sometimes your best photographs aren't your best photos. In other words, sometimes the photo that you're striving for may please your client or editor, but it's not the best photo on the roll so to speak, such as this gallery below. I consider these photographs to be OUTTAKES for the most part, or more specifically, special outside observances while on assignment, or even more specifically: good old-fashioned snapshots of things I thought were cool ;-)
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The Year of the X
That is: Fuji-X. This past spring I said good-bye to my DSLR's for good by selling all of my gear and buying two Fuji X-Pro 1 bodies, the tiny Fuji 28mm f/2 (equiv.), the stunning 50mm f/1.4 (equiv.) and the amazing 28-85mm f/2.8-4 (equiv.) zoom, and I couldn't be happier about my decision. My knees thank me. My back thanks me. My wallet thanks me. And most of all, the Fuji's make photography fun again. They not only produce beautiful files, but they also turn out the most amazing color I've ever seen from a digital camera (Hmm, I think Fuji's decades of making the best film in the world might have helped with that). Most of the 27 shots in the gallery below were shot with either the Fuji X-Pro 1 or the Fuji X100s. One color shot (man in water) came out of the Leica M9, and the rest were created using the always-reliable Nikon V1.