Post Gear Theft Update

Post Gear Theft Update

It's been a month or two since most of the tools of my business were stolen. Luckily life goes on and I've never stopped taking pictures although this unexpected setback made life even busier. Here's a little update on how I've been handling this issue and some of the other things that have been going on. 

 Photo by Siebe Morren (Fujifilm X70) Taken behind the scenes of the filming of an instructional video.

Photo by Siebe Morren (Fujifilm X70)
Taken behind the scenes of the filming of an instructional video.

1. THE GEAR ISSUE

Despite all your efforts, for which I'm eternally grateful, none of my gear has resurfaced so far. In the weeks immediately after the unwanted visit, a lot of buddies and my friends at Fujifilm helped me out and borrowed me all the gear that I needed to keep working. In the mean time I thought long and hard and there was no other way to make a big investment in new gear in order to keep the business going, however painful it is to buy gear that you already bought. 

 My second GFX50S with my second GF63mm together with my good old X-Pro2

My second GFX50S with my second GF63mm together with my good old X-Pro2

2. I'M WORKING ON A NEW INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO SERIES

My meager bank account was tortured and thanks to the goodwill of a couple of people I was able to spread out the payments for all this gear. But in the end, I'll still have to come up with a substantial amount of money. A lot of people reached out to me, willing to help out financially but although I appreciate these gestures greatly, I don't feel comfortable to just take money from you. Therefor I've decided to produce a series of instructional videos that I will be selling for a very affordable price.

The main topic of this series is about the advantages of working with limited equipment. And this time you don't have to watch just me all the time. I've invited a number of my friends in the industry to contribute a video of their own. The list of contributors is still growing and there will be big names as well as upcoming talent in there. I'm really excited about this project. Sure it started as a way to recover from a financial punch but it's shaping up to be a very interesting collaborative effort to give back to the photography community. 

So far I've already recorded a number of videos and I'm planning the rest. I also got some contributions in and a lot of great ideas. As usual with unplanned big projects, all this takes more time then I would have hoped. I want it to be really good, so I'm taking the time that's needed to ensure just that. I'll keep you posted. 

3. WHAT ABOUT THE FUJI X-H1?

Having to replace all that stolen gear, came at the same time as the announcement of the Fuji X-H1. I choose this new camera to replace my stolen X-T2 and I've been very excited about it. I've been shooting video, action and a lot of other stuff with it. I'll try to get my thoughts and opinions about this camera together as soon as I find the time. So I can give you a review. 

 Fast, unpredictable action in bad and low light - what better way to test a new camera Fujifilm X-H1 with the XF50-140 f/2.8 lens - iso 1250 - 1/500 - f/2.8

Fast, unpredictable action in bad and low light - what better way to test a new camera
Fujifilm X-H1 with the XF50-140 f/2.8 lens - iso 1250 - 1/500 - f/2.8

4. SPAIN

I just returned from a short trip to the South of Spain for a combination of relaxing, exploring and some out-of-my-comfort-zone photography. I'll share the results and my observations soon.

 Cabo de Gata, Spain Fujifilm GFX50S (the second) with GF63mm - iso 100 - 13 seconds - f/32

Cabo de Gata, Spain
Fujifilm GFX50S (the second) with GF63mm - iso 100 - 13 seconds - f/32

5. I'M AN AMATEUR

The one thing that I've learned from my Spain trip is that I'm an amateur. Don't worry my ego is big enough to think of myself as a decent professional photographer. What I mean is that I do a lot of photography just because I love taking pictures, trying new things and learning a couple of new tricks. My professional work is oriented towards portraiture and lifestyle but that will never stop me from prowling the streets to look for my Cartier-Bresson moment, document my travels, trying to express my love for the outdoors, go vintage by shooting some film and so much more. 

more to come ...