Twenty Eighteen has been a good year. And that doesn’t mean its plain sailing. There are times of calm and beauty. Strong winds that helps me build speed up a couple of knots. And sometime this same strong wind brew and became a storm that hit me hard. And occasionally some storms actually helps me steer to the right destination. That is life; I guess. And I have learned to be thankful for all things.
As a Fuji X-photographer and more importantly as Fuji Fanboy first; it’s been an amazing year. As I recollect the amount of great products that have been launch this year. Here are some photos to start with.
Another highlight for me was also a 2017 wishlist; is the revival of XF33mm F1.0. Two weeks prior to the news release I wrote a blog post on this lens knowing that XF33mm will not become a reality and I was wrong. Really looking forward to arrival to this legendary lens. https://fujifanboys.com/2018/07/05/xf33mm-f1-0/
Next, this was what I wrote on my last blog post of 2017 ” I do have one wish list that didn’t come to pass in 2017. Anyone wanna guess what that may be? And I hope 2018 will be the year. This will make my photographer’s life complete. If only I could tether GFX with Capture One.”
I could still remember Keitaro So of Fujifilm was in Photokina when he text me the
good news when he was the press conference.! Oh boy was I happy. I have been nagging to him about GFX not being able to tether with Capture One for almost two years. I believed he is certainly a happier man now when we do meet. Capture One is now able to tether with many of the newer X-series cameras too.
All work and no play makes us dull photographers. I am thankful for the first’s X-photographer 3 days retreated early this year at ClubMed Bintan Indonesia. Thank you Favian Loo for making this happened. As always a great bonding time with fellow X-photographers and staff from Fujifilm.
Having a light hearted chat with William.
Favian getting T-shirts for the whole team. Thank you Boss!
Family photo. Missing Ron……
Carmen ate all the food on this paper plate!
The cute side of Leung.
X-Men and a X-lady.
2018 is also a year of Fujifilm workshops and photowalks. It’s at such events we meet our fellow photographers. We share and exchange photography know how and also test out the latest camera and lenses.
Thank you Jere for this group shot.
A group shot before the workshop. 📷 Jere
Shooting in progress.
Group photo before the Photowalk. Thank you Jere for the shot.
Few good men. Photo by Marie
Intro to portraiture.
One light at a time…..
This year I am fortunate to bag a couple of photo awards but the one that I am most proud of is the one my daughter. We submitted a series to International Photography award 2018 and bag an Honorable Mention Award. Indeed a milestone for us. As the title says it, our photography is always “Work in Progress”. Here are the 10 photos that we have submitted. Picture on the left are shot taken by me taking a shot at Summer taking a shot. And the last 4 shots are all Summer’s.
X100F / Summer X70
X100F/ Summer X70
X100F/ Summer XP90
XP90. The joy of not understanding minimum focusing distant.
To commemorate this milestone we did a mini photo exhibition title “Summer and her PaParazzi”and also printed a small book with the same title.
As the year draws to an end; I reflect on what a great year it has been and do I have a wishlist for 2019? I actually don’t have a list. I am quite contended. I am certainly looking forward to GFX100. Middle of this year I had a job where my GFX50S didn’t meet my client requirement in term of file size. I had to rent a 100MP Phase One camera for the job while GFX50S took a backseat. Does anyone really need GFX100? I certainly do. Here is the blog post on this issue. https://fujifanboys.com/2018/07/27/the-day-gfx-50s-took-a-backseat/
Since I don’t have a wish list for 2019; I would love to hear from you. Do write on the comments below. Of course rumor line-up for 2019 includes X-T30 and X-Pro3, that would be exciting. And also a couple of lenses. Finally here is wishing all my fellow photographers a blessed Christmas and an amazing 2019. I will leave you with my personal favorite 18 photos of 2018.
Ivan Loh, A Fuji X-photographer is known for his quirky and different approach through his lens. He has received numerous accolades from the International Photography Award, New York and Photography Master Cup. Most Recently a Gold, 1st Place at the 2014 PX3 Prix De La Photographie in Paris .
Ivan started shooting since his teenage years with his father’s Nikon SLR and he hasn’t stopped since. He has lensed campaigns for clients such as Singapore Airlines, MTV Asia, Nike, Bossini, Nanyang Technological University(NTU) Tuas Power, Allianz Insurance, Manulife Insurance, HSBC Insurance, DHL. TNT, UOB, CAAS, Hilton Group, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Raffles Hotel, Diegeo, Embraer, Carlson, TATA Communication, HDB, Clark Quay, HOT FM 91.3, Kiss 92FM, JIA 88.3, Power 98, and CHIMJES.
His editorial works have appeared in magazines such as Conde Nast, Home+Living, TopGear Singapore, Her World, Cleo, Seventeen, FHM, Parents World and Home & Decor. His works have also glossed the pages of international magazines such as Asian Photography and Digital Photography(UK).
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