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Monday Photo Finds, March 12, 2012


Welcome to Monday Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week on Photo Finds, it’s all about Dubai – more specifically, about the Gulf Photo Pro expo in Dubai, where some of the industry’s biggest names congregate for a week of education, networking, and fun in what is quickly being referred to as the “City of Gold.”

David Hobby writes about the GPP shoutout

David Hobby writes about the GPP shoutout

The Shootout

Each year, GPP ends with a photo shootout between three photographers. Three photographers have 20 minutes to come up with an idea for a shot, then shoot it and process it into a final image. The photo is based on a subject provided by the conference organizers.

David Hobby, of Strobist fame, has been a regular at these shootouts, and photographers Joey L and Zack Arias have also been past shootout participants. Last year, one of the titans of the industry, Gregory Heisler, went from being the official heckler in the audience, to doing an impromptu shoot. This year, he participated in the shootout as one of the three photographers. David Hobby and Martin Prihoda completed the triumvirate.

The topic was “self portrait,” and all three photographers came up with some pretty cool stuff. Ultimately, it was Gregory Heisler’s image that won out. No big surprise there, however; as David put it, “My hat’s off to Heisler. I know when I’m beaten. As someone said on Twitter, it’s kinda like being invited to play a friendly game of horse with Michael Jordan.”

David has a great roundup of all three images and a very entertaining writeup about the shootout on his blog.

Joe McNally takes on the Middle Eastern sun

Joe McNally takes on the Middle Eastern sun

Joe McNally goes TTL in the desert

Reading about Joe McNally’s life is like looking through a window into photographic history. Only in Joe’s world would Alfred Eisenstaedt, John Loengard, and Gregory Heisler be mentioned in a single anecdote, for example. So, when Joe writes/speaks/drops pearls of wisdom, we listen.

Teaching a class on TTL, Joe pit SB-900s against the blistering Middle Eastern sun to create the image you see in the screen grab from his website. Click through to read about his thought process, the breakdown of the lights and his experiences at GPP in Dubai.

Zack Arias with a new Fuji

Zack Arias goes shutter-happy with the Fuji X-Pro1

Zack Arias goes shutter-happy with the Fuji X-Pro1

It’s no secret that Zack Arias loves his Fuji X100. He’s had a Fuji X-Pro1 for a while, too, and just traded in his pre-production unit for a production one, with updated firmware. Then, he went shutter-happy with it at GPP in Dubai.

Zack produced a day-by-day written and photographic diary of his time at GPP in Dubai and produced a number of shots with the X-Pro1. He used in in natural light, then stuck a PocketWizard on it and captured portraits with studio strobes. All throughout, his Canon barely saw the light of day, apparently.

Zack’s put together a great selection of images from his time at GPP. Go check them out – you won’t be disappointed.

That’s it for this week’s Photo Finds. If you’ve got some great images you’d like us to include in this feature, please let us know.

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Sohail Mamdani is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You can find his portfolio on his website at as well as on 500px and Flickr.

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