Commissioned photoshoot for Asian Temple Bar & Restaurant Prague
Commissioned work for Cafe 80's in Prague.
Few pictures from promo fashion photo shoot for my friend Barbora Plesarová. It was a cold and rainy spring day and pictures were for Barbora's new Boutique in Prague.
After a quite long time i've spend last Christmas in Slovakia and it was pretty cold there i have to say at least. Europe is struggling with Arctic winter and temperature in Bratislava dopped down to minus 20 Celsius. Luckily it's not just cold and there was also few days when everything was covered with fresh snow. Here are some pictures while it was all nice white.
At the end of October @London was running a promo on Instagram with Eurostar trains and return tickets were just 39£, the only condition was that you had to return the same day. I've bought a ticket to Paris and was really looking forward visiting this beautiful city again.
One day is certainly not enough to explore Paris properly, but as I knew exactly where I wanted to go I've made most of it. My train left from London St. Pancras International at 7am and arrived at Gare du Nord in Paris slightly after 10am. It was a sunny day in Paris but Air pollution was really bad and Mayor of Paris decided to limit access for cars to the city center and public transport was free which was quite handy.
Anyway, I've had a lovely day and ten hours and over 40k steps later I was on the train back to London, tired but smiling and with the camera full of pictures. Here are some of them, hope you like them.
I think two or three years ago I wrote an article on Tumblr about what camera I'm using and what is my favourite accessories. Couple things had changed since then so here is an update on what's in my camera bag these days.
Some time after I've wrote that article, one my friend mentioned that he bought a new camera to play with, FujiFilm X-100, and he was very impressed. I went on Fuji online store to check X series cameras and decided to give it a try.
For start, I bought FujiFilm X-E1 as i wanted to be able to use different lenses and i have used that camera for a couple of months. It was really exciting and excellent little camera and lenses were great too. Surprisingly even the kit lens 18-55mm, I bought with the camera was very sharp and fast.
As i was very happy with Fuji's X- Trans CMOS II sensor I've decided to upgrade to FujiFilm X-T1.
I love this little camera even more, it's light, powerful, and much faster than X-E1 was plus as bonus it's weather/rain sealed. It has built in WiFi for Remote control and easy photo transfer, autofocus is fast and accurate. 3" tilting LCD screen is very handy feature if you shoot down at ground level or very high, but what is most important, X- Trans CMOS II produces images with stunning quality and sharpness even in low light conditions. If you shoot also to JPEG, you can apply straight in camera some of the Fuji's beautiful film simulations.
All lenses that I'm using are from FujiFilm,I love their superb quality and how fast they are. I love to shoot with primes, however lately i find myself quiet a lot shooting with "lazy" Fujifilm 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 OIS WR. It's great lens, sharp edge to edge, has built in stabilisation OIS and it's weather resistant too. Very handy in wet and rainy London. Also at full zoom offers great background compression.
Next lens always in my bag is small, very light and powerful prime FujiFilm 35mm f1.4 R. It's first version of this lens, Fuji released last year upgraded WR f2.0 version. I genuinely do love this fast lens, 35mm in APS-C is about 53mm in Full Frame with angle of view that is similar to human eye and it's great for street photography. At widest aperture f1.4 you'll get amazing creamy bokeh, :)
When I know I'm going to shot portraits, I'll add to my bag FujiFilm 56mm f1.2 R lens. It is a killer portrait lens, with great booked, super fast and sharp. Love how it does delivers stunning results outside or in studio.
My last lens is FujiFilm 16mm f1.4 WR, it's wide, weather sealed and fast too. I'm taking this lens with me to shoot landscapes or when i need to go slightly wider than 18mm while still being able to shoot in low light.
Another things that I can't miss in my bag are SD cards and batteries. I have two original Fuji batteries and i bought on Amazon another few third party ones and to be honest, i couldn't notice any different in performance yet. Also there is always battery pack for my iPhone and little SD Card to Lighting adapter for times when i can't use wifi.
So what's my bag that accommodate all that stuff? Lately I'm using ONA Brixton bag, it's reasonably sized, I can fit in easily camera and three lenses and it has slot for my iPad Pro/Macbook if needed. There are two massive front pockets that holds a lot of small stuff and two smaller pockets on the side. It's made from canvas and it's waterproof and very durable while still look very stylish. ONA has recently sent my a small Bowery bag to test and it's great bag for summer when you just need a camera and one extra lens.
Feel free to reach me with any questions here in comments or through my social media.
I've been invited to spend weekend in Brussels by Radisson RED, the newly opened fancy hotel in European Quarter. After the recent terror attacks, Belgians are going through though time and they want to showcase some beauty that Brussels has to offer. As I've never been there before and it was for a good cause I've said yes.
It was an amazing weekend, damn cold but filled with some amazing food and festive drinks and obviously chocolate as we were in Belgium. I've met some old friends there and make some new ones too as Radisson invited about 20 influencers from all over the Europe to support this campaign. My favorite place in Brussels was the Grand Place with Christmas tree and the view from between the towers of Basilica Koekelberg. If you haven't been there yet, don't wait anymore :)
Enjoy my pictures and thank you again Radisson RED
I've spent few weeks in Bratislava early in November with my family and took few shots while everything was dressed in autumn colors.