Canon RF 85mm f1.2 review… After a day with it.
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by Etienne
1w ago
The last month was a very exciting one. I got to spend 3 days shooting and discovering a new area. And I got to do that using the Canon RF 85mm f1.2, for one of these days. One of my previous posts is a very long-term (8 years!) review of Fujifilm cameras. Today I will do a very different thing: a review of the Canon RF 85mm f1.2 after only 1 day of using it.  I used to own an 85mm lens when I started photography. This is actually the first prime lens I bought. I used it generously over the following years (while running all my photography tours around Hoi An) on my crop sensor Canon 400D ..read more
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A scouting trip into the Central Vietnam Highlands
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by Etienne
2w ago
I am now sitting in the middle of nowhere. Literally, there is nothing to do around here, as I am in the countryside of Thai Binh province celebrating the new year. And I remember this fantastic trip I took last week to explore the mountains of the central Vietnam Highlands. A student of mine wanted to book me for some days to visit this area. She had been there several times and wanted to work on her photography while up there. I tagged along and we drive to Di Linh, a town located between Bao Loc and Dalat. I had a little bit of free time as my team is running all our day photo tours in Hoi ..read more
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ICM Intentional camera movement case study – Part 2
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by Etienne
1M ago
If you missed the first case study I did about ICM (intentional camera movement) please check it out here. To summarize, I was introducing the concepts of ICM and how it can be applied to people photography, through the eyes of Janet Powick. Janet is an Australian photographer who has been experimenting with this technique for a number of years now. Why another post about ICM? The reason I am writing this part 2 is that Janet did it again! She returned on one of my photography tours last year (the North Vietnam photo tour). And damn she did blow our minds with some of her images! Janet was ori ..read more
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Fujifilm Cameras Review after 8 years: not so good…
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by Etienne
1M ago
I am not a photographer who writes a lot of reviews. The reviews of cameras I find online are usually there to get people traffic and are so boring. “Hey look I took a cool photo with this camera! It’s a good camera!” They completely lack hands-on reviews, and tests done in the fields for a long period of time. Well, let me now bring you: the Fujifilm cameras review… After a long 8 years of shooting exclusively with them. I am a Fuji Boy If you have been following me you know I am kind of a Fujifilm boy. Yes, I do love Fuji cameras, and I can’t be grateful enough as they have helped me evolve ..read more
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Bangladesh photography tour 2022: my favourite images
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by Etienne
2M ago
There are places where you know you will end up with amazing photos! Bangladesh is definitely this kind of place. During my photography tour in Bangladesh, we always take a lot of images. And we always have a very high rate of great images. Which makes it, as you know, my favourite place on Earth for people photography. During this particular photo tour, I must say I took A LOT of images. Maybe it was because of the fact that it was my first international photo tour, after being “stuck” in Vietnam for almost 3 years! I was very excited to go back there, and so I ended up with over 100 fantasti ..read more
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Bangladesh photo tour 2022: field report
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by Etienne
2M ago
Once again I’m ending a superb photography tour in Bangladesh. And yes, Bangladesh is still the best country on earth for people photography!!!!  Instead of doing the usual and having a day-by-day recap of the 2022 tour (after all you can find that in the previous tours’ blog posts), let me tell you why you should really come and photograph with me in this incredible country. But of course, I am using images taken on this year’s trip ?  My photography tour in Bangladesh: all about people photography There are a lot of people living in Bangladesh (about 180 million!) and it is not a b ..read more
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Bangladesh diaries: traveling to Barisal division
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by Etienne
3M ago
Back on the road again after a few years of hiatus at home in Hoi An! I am about to begin my photography tour in Bangladesh, and I flew into the country earlier as I wanted to go and explore a new area of this country. This time I went traveling to the Barisal division, which is the province South of the country. Traveling from Dhaka to Barisal Being familiar with Saderghat and its giant river boats, for having done many sunrises there, I wanted to finally use one of these boats to travel South of the country. I went down to Saderghat again one morning to take photos, and I asked around about ..read more
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Commercial photography in Vietnam
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by Etienne
4M ago
Some of you were used to more regular blog posts and photography tutorials. And one of the reasons why you have seen fewer of them recently is because I have been pretty busy with my commercial photography in Vietnam.  From travel to commercial photography Even though I started photography over 15 years ago, I have spent most of my career as a photographer teaching photography. First with Hoi An photo tour and workshop, and later, as you know, with Pics of Asia.  Over the years I have been doing some commercial photography. A few hotels here and there, some food, weddings and family ..read more
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Hoi An after Noru Storm
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by Etienne
4M ago
If you follow the news, you may have seen that a massive storm, called Noru, made landfall in central Vietnam last week. It was one of the most significant storms ever recorded in the area, and the damages were quite consequent. I spent a few hours in Hoi an old town taking photos the day after the Noru storm. I didn’t venture outside my house before the storm was well ended, as I had a few things to clean and fix up (mostly in my garden, which looked like a battlefield when we woke up). But I did venture into the old town for a bit, enjoying the reflections from the flooded streets.  ..read more
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Night fishing: a nocturnal photography expedition in Vietnam
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by Etienne
6M ago
It had been something I had wanted to do for over 10 years. Spending the whole night fishing with the fishermen of central Vietnam. After visiting fishing villages at sunrise in Vietnam for over 15 years, I was always curious to see how the fishermen work at night. I had plans to go and spend the night at sea with them for many years now but never managed to materialize.  \Well, last week, I finally managed to find the time to do this. And wow, what an experience it was! Meeting our fishermen’s team Jean and I headed to our favourite fishing village in central Vietnam. This is a plac ..read more
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