My hot date in Dubai: Fujifilm X-T1

Friends from Fujifilm Middle East introduced me to this beauty about two weeks ago. She's very young, especially mine with her "00009" tattoo, but already very lean, sexy and with some great..ehm, features.

I love my X100 so much, but I just couldn't resist and took this new femme fatale out to the streets of old Dubai, where I'm currently residing.

Although I'm not very good in streets, we spent a great first night together..

..and next morning I woke up with a smile next to her.

And we are dating since then, it has been only two weeks so everything is pretty new/exciting and we are still getting to know each other.

I love her body, obviously. She can tilt some things to position I haven't even dreamed about and It's very handy. especially on the ground. Some of her features are unbelievably big and clear. Way better than anything I have ever seen through.  I love the new dials, although I would prefer her to be a little bit more naughty without all the locking mechanisms, and apparently I'm not the only one.

 

Some of her buttons I find too small&mushy but I guess it's the weather seal thing.

She's okay with being wet..

and I even took her to a small trip into the desert and no sand got in any sensitive place..

..but the buttons are positioned right (except for that bloody video button right next to the shutter release) and six of them are programmable which is pretty nice (I have three for WB and three for AF points set on mine:)

She has no problem with being focused and is pretty snappy (but then again, I've never had a problem with speed of any of the X-cameras)

But boy, she's hungry. 4 batteries is the minimum.

Cause of her very low age, Lightroom doesn't understand her RAF's yet, so I'm shooting JPGs and playing with the VSCO presets, I found that Fuji FP-100C looks nice on her.

(for past year most of my work was very clean,colourful and loud so I'm looking for some new paths in this never-ending search for my own unique visual style)

 

 

 

We went to shoot a portrait of Loy Machedo together. Local personal branding strategist and very controversial guy (I was the first photographer to shoot him after the Gregory Heisler. No pressure at all.)

He's portrayed by a photographers a lot, I have done my research and wanted to create something different, something more focused on his softer side (he's a dog person so he has to have some) rather on just the fact that he's full-tattooed. (And I was super excited to finally see some dogs:)

I didn't have any speedlights with me so I improvised and shot this with window as a backdrop and iPad. ISO 1000, no problem for her.

Yeah, he's a nice guy. Gave me a book from Elliot Erwitt as a gift. Thanks Loy.

She handled her role flawlessly and I'm sure it was not a coincidence.

We even share a same sense for dorky humor.

So I guess..

..that after two weeeks..

..I'm in love with her. It will be relationship lasting for years. With both of them.

As naive as I am, I'm sure they will be fine with eachother.

(..and I really hope my beloved girlfriend will not roll her eyes out of the head while reading this :)

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Have any question? I'll be happy to help you!

First three weeks of my digital nomading: How to (not just) survive in Dubai on super-low budget

We (yours truly and my partner in crime) wanted to hitchhike through Iran to Dubai to attend the most exciting photography event of the year. Iranian government didn't share our entusiasm about that idea.

So I started digging into possibility of flying to Dubai. From Prague to Dubai for 200$. Why not. But let's push it a little bit. Let's make it a 90$ flight from Budapest.

(although we had to spend couple extra bucks because of that &*#$! on the airport and send our cruisers to the other side, with unboxing them using a nail clippers I've set a bar of lameness too damn high I think:)

But it was totally worth it. Some surfaces in Dubai are unbelieveably smooth&shiny, it's cruisers heaven.

I knew I don't want (and can't afford) to stay in hotel for month. I'm not a tourist. I'm a nomadic photographer. Different breed. I want to to see how ordinary people live, what do they eat and who they are. We were lucky and after couple facebook requests in local photography groups met some great folks , who helped us to settle in very quickly.

Like photographer Jason Dalmeida who share (our first truly local) meal with us in his favourite restaurant.

We had dinner/couchsurfing/breakfast with Mr.Subodh Shetty who is real personification of "executive power"&"giving back to community." Thanks man!

Speaking of community: You gotta know&love the GPP dream team, what they do for us, photographers is beyond any words. (So I gave them a print as a sign of my grattitude)

The event itself is indescribable. So I will not. But let me tell you this, I met all the amazing legends and all the amazing photographers that I didn't know like Si or Sung to name few, and it costs only couple hundred dollars.

There's really no more excuses ladies&gentlemen. And that's a good thing.

The most expensive/exciting thing about GPP are the beers at Vista (rooftop bar). 9$ for a small Sol?! (which is not even a real beer, damn)

I was in tears during the shootout. As David Hobby said "The most exciting hour in the photography world". I'm looking forward to the video from Andrew Tomasino.

One of the highlights, was the opportunity to setup lights for Gregory Heisler's exhibition. He's the master of lightning and a big hero of mine so yeah, you can imagine what an honour it was.

And then there  was this beautiful  X-book with my picture inside. I felt like I belong here. That was nice.

 

I owe a big time to this gentleman, Preet Sagar, he's a great photographer and even greater person and thanks to him we found our "accommodation of dreams" 5 days after we landed in Dubai.

"accommodation of dreams" in this case means a bedspace in the room with 6 other roommates (Indians&Pakistanis- super generous&kind people) and a damn fast internet connection for around 175$/month.

Ok, to be honest, at first I was a tiny bit scared about living with guys from culture I know nothing about, but you know what?

I'm the loudest&messiest&weirdest guy in the room. That's surely not a good thing.

Our apartment is located in Bur Dubai, which is the oldest part of city, currently filled almost exclusively with bachelors from India ("sausage village" is the right name for this hood ..you probably get the point) but the food is great and the prices are really low so nothing to complain about.

You can get a good meal for two people for around 5$ and eat with your hands. Both is pretty addictive.

As a (tall scruffy bearded ginger) photographer , I don't fit anywhere here. That's good. I love the extremes of my life here. One day I'm sharing a cay with iranian sailors on their boat..

..and couple hours later having a fancy dinner on the rooftop with wonderful guys from Fujifilm Middle East.

From whom I have received the very new Fuji X-T1. I'm testing it intensively in the streets and did my first small portrait session with it couple days ago. So far I'm almost 100% with Z-man on his opinion about the camera.

Drinking something from the coconut was my dream since I was a little boy. Attending to GPP was also my dream for last couple years. Knowing that making this dream come true is really that easy, and it requires just a little step outside of a comfort zone I would have done it much earlier:)

First three weeks of living in the small backpack in completely unknown environment assures me that the "collect moments, not things" is very true.

Experiences like this will last forever. 

Chasing them is probably much easier than you think! :)

I know I'm very lucky to be surrounded by a great people who are wishing me the best and helping me realizing my dreams and I'm so grateful to every single one of you every single day.

Coffee fancy as fuck

Little less fancy beans, but for the 1/6 price of the fancy coffee. Have no idea how much for that Ferrari.

I wanted to shoot a project about dogs in Dubai. But I haven't seen any. Only couple of camels.

I was having my first radio interview today. I sucked at it.

..yeah, he's not impressed by me at all. And he wants his fish back.

..And I want to be more consistent in writing my blog:)

What’s in the bag: The Important Stuff

My plan was to write a blog post about "what's in the bag of aspiring digital nomad/photographer and why" but aside from the fact, that most of the things are pretty obvious and nobody is probably interested in my obsession with gaffer-taping things until they look like shit, I have today received a gift from great friend of mine, awesome all-around athlete and (alongside with his brother) my life mentor for past ten years with whom I got a chance to hangout before leaving to Dubai in next couple hours.

When we were saying goodbye to each other, he gave me this dice and told me "don't forget how to play the game"

I wasn't expecting it and it was one of the very powerful moments of my life.

Which lead me to sharing this. Something much more intimate and meaningful from my backpack: The good luck charms.

Bags can be different, gear can be different, assignments are different but these things are always with me,reminding me what's actually important even when everything else sucks and I'm busting my ass to live the dream.

Love note from my dear beloved girlfriend and a keychain with her name. Through the years, she is always with me and I still don't get why.

Wolf paw from my mom, to never forget I'm part of the pack. I have the best mom on the world. Period. Sorry.

One of the Japanese God of fortune from my sister-in-law. she's awesome and always cares about me so much.

Signed instaxes with yours truly and Mr. Heisler, Mr.Hobby, Mr.Mcnally, Mr.Arias and Mr.Peterson.

We (youngsters) are standing on the shoulders of masters and should never forget it. And try to give back.

Interesting: When something is like really important, I shoot it with Instax

My dog lady and my little brother-in-law, they teach my what matters the most in my life. Kindness.

Photography interwebz are full of "what's in the bag" sharing, some of them are super-interesting, some of them are.. well, bullshit.

I like the idea of sharing stuff that really matters.

What's in YOUR bag?

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