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Sailing in Svalbard: Our boat

» Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Featured, long trip, svalbard | 0 comments

Sailing in Svalbard: Our boat

After part one, you should now know where Svalbard is and how challenging life over there can be. Sailing can be dangerous but in most places, there is reasonable hope for help if something goes really bad. In Svalbard, you are on your own. The governor of Svalbard makes it really clear that help can take a long time to reach you and you should be prepared to help yourself. I’m not confident enough in my sailing skills so I chartered a boat with a crew. The boat is not a big one, it’s an Alubat Ovni 445, 45ft aluminum hull...

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Sailing in Svalbard: the Northernmost Inhabited Place in the World

» Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Featured, long trip, svalbard | 0 comments

Sailing in Svalbard: the Northernmost Inhabited Place in the World

I went sailing in Svalbard last month for a week. It was the second time, I visited the small archipelago in the arctic zone. Last time I went camping and kayaking and while it was fun it did not allow me to travel long distances. This time, I chose a sailboat, first because it allowed us to travel quite a lot, secondly it was a lot more confortable, thirdly it was small enough we could get really close to any glacier. Where is the Svalbard? Svalbard (which means “cold coast” in Norwegian) is between 78 and 81 degrees north. The main town is...

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A week with a Fuji GFX 50s

» Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Featured, location, San Francisco, short trip, weekend | 0 comments

A week with a Fuji GFX 50s

Recently I rented a Fuji GFX 50s for one week. During that week, I had scheduled a photoshoot with one model and spent a couple days camping near the Golden Gate Bridge. My goal was to evaluate if the Fuji was a possible replacement for my Canon 5D MK IV. I have heard great things about the Sony Alpha 7 R II but when I used it, I did not like the view finder and the ergonomics. In contrast, Fuji came with a lot of expectations about the natural ergonomics and ease of use. Plus a 50 megapixels camera was very interesting to me.  It is...

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New aerial images of San Francisco

» Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Featured, San Francisco | 0 comments

New aerial images of San Francisco

This post should have been posted a long time ago, but life made it hard. In early April 2016, I booked a photographic helicopter tour over San Francisco. I was waiting for the right condition to go fly, and when I could not book the time I wanted on a short notice (the helicopter was already booked), I made a bet and booked September 26th. My thinking was that September is the warmest month in the area, if I can hit a nice day it would be awesome. That was a lucky bet, because September 26th was one of the warmest day and evening of the...

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Around the Bay Area: Oakland old train station

» Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Featured, Oakland, on location, photo spot | 0 comments

Around the Bay Area: Oakland old train station

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go and photograph the old train station (on 16th street) in Oakland,CA. This train station was abandoned in 1994, when the newer train station was built. For over 50 years, this station was the main train station for the city of Oakland, CA. It connected the Pacific Railways to the local elevated electric tram. Think of this: in 1912, Oakland already had an elevated electric tram. There is almost no furniture left but the main hall is beautiful and so photogenic. The building is a private...

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Glamping in the russian river in an Airstream

» Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Featured | 0 comments

Glamping in the russian river in an Airstream

This weekend, we went glamping (short for glamour camping). I have been fascinated by the Airstream trailer forever. The aluminum-clad trailer with its mid-century modern look is incredibly beautiful, timeless and really expensive. A couple months ago, AutoCamp opened in the Russian River area. The concept is fairly simple, a luxurious campground where you can rent your own airstream on a per night basis. When I said luxurious, the shower is a no-step shower and has a rain shower head. The Airstreams are connected to all the utilities and...

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My favorite images of 2016

» Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Featured, France, havana, Nice, San Francisco | 0 comments

My favorite images of 2016

Every year, I try to look back at the past year and see what I have accomplished, what I have not done I wanted to do, what I have done I didn’t plan for. In numbers, 2016 has been an incredible year, I kept 33809 images (I probably took over 60K images knowing my kept ratio around 50%), I have traveled to Turkey, France, South Africa, La Reunion and Cuba. I did 32 headshot sessions over the year. That was the good side, on the not so good side, I have only done on aerial shoot this year, I was planning more and I did not do ANY sunrise...

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Cuba 4 years later…

» Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Featured, havana, location, long trip | 0 comments

Cuba 4 years later…

It has been almost 4 years since I have last visited Cuba and Havana. My first time around, it was harder to get to Cuba, you had to fly a charter plane, you had to travel with an officially sanctioned tour operator. This time around, we flew with JetBlue, we were still part of a group but that was a small group focused on dancing salsa and rueda. I was expecting huge changes in 4 years and that was not the case, Havana is still Havana. Everything here works on a different time scale. The main difference seems to be that there are more...

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Calendar 2017 and special offer on prints starting at $49.

» Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in business, Featured, sale, San Francisco | 0 comments

Calendar 2017 and special offer on prints starting at $49.

Happy holidays! Wait! What? Happy holidays? It’s not even Halloween yet! Yes but why wait! So for a couple of weeks you can get some of my print at an incredible discount and you can get also my new calendar. The starting price on some prints is $49. Calendar Last year, I printed a calendar for the first year and it was a success, so I’m doing another one this year. Like last year, I have featured my favorite images of San Francisco: some of them you have already seen either on this blog, some of them are completely new. Here is...

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Treasure Lands book by QT Luong

» Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Featured | 0 comments

Treasure Lands book by QT Luong

My longtime friend QT Luong has finally released his photo book about the US National Parks. QT and I have known each other for more than 20 years and I consider him one of the smartest people I know. A couple days ago, we met for lunch and he gave me a early copy of his book. My first impression was that’s a very heavy book, it’s massive, it weights 7 lbs! But then I opened it and immediately I felt drawn into it image after image, park after park, description after description. I could not stop myself to read on and virtually...

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