Saturday, October 06, 2012

Eddie Adams Workshop XXV

 This weekend I am working up at the EAW XXV.  This is THE Workshop.  For 25years The Workshop has given 100 talented photographers (2500) a chance to experience an amazing weekend of photography.  If you are not familiar with it you should look it up and see who the people are who attend and present to the students.  It's tough to explain the depth of learning and value of the experiences all who attend gain from The Workshop.
Fujifilm X-E1 and XF18-55 lens (except where noted).

Driving up to the barn I saw this stone bridge.
The barn where the workshop is held and presentations are done.
 The fabulous Gina Levay gets in motion
 I'm always on the lookout for neat setups of X series cameras.
The students arrive to the cheers of the coordinators of the event.
 Some heavyweight shooters were up early.  The legendary Bill Eppridge and Nick Ut were there to greet the students.  While the day rolled on Dan Winters, Eugene Richards, Howard Schatz and others arrived.

 Some of the women who make this workshop happen.  Mirjam Evers and Alyssa Adams.
Nick Ut known for his naked girl running down the road in Viet Nam shot - turns out I had breakfast next to her this morning.  Kim Phuc.
 Melinda Anderson who's father Walter gave an amazing welcome to the students.

 Cliff Hausner from the MAC Group who provide a ton of equipment and technical services on site.

 Arguably one of the most famous images - made by Eddie Adams in Vietnam.
 The students are all in the barn for lectures late night.  No sleep at this workshop!

 Besides 100 land based shooters we have a couple aerials as well.

 Howard Schatz does some studio portraits in the Barn!

 Chow time at the house for all the folks that make it happen!
 Someone always wants to play with the X-E1 so I get a bunch of these don't I look awkward shots.
 David Hume Kennerly hanging
 Love when I spot the old school film cameras rocking the peel-apart film.  FP3000B in there.
 Nikon has the new D600 in full force as well as the minute Coolpix S01.
Andre Constantini directs a workshop tradition.  A video of PSY - Gangnam Style.  Sorta - X100
 Gabe from B&H is in the house!  Looks like he just had some tasty country pie.
 Nikon Mark is in the viking mood as the sun sets.

 Editing begins in the barn.
 Of course there's always one PC to mess with the networking plans.  Jim tries to get it online for printing with the Fujifilm ASK machines.
 Afternoon siesta.
 Pete Hamil who has some terrific stories to share.
 Twilight falls on the barn.

The days are flying by and I'm switching between several cameras.  X-E1, X100, X-Pro1 and X-S1.  
There is a very special ceremony to honor photographers killed in action as well as the founder of the workshop Eddie Adams.  The people at the workshop are all given a yellow balloon and there are 6 red ones for photogs killed in action and 1 black one for Eddie.  The ceremony is performed by Native American Indians who are friends of the family and connected to the community.
It is very moving and in these pics you can see Nick Ut who's brother was a photojournalist killed in Vietnam and next to him is Kim Phuc who was the girl in his famous photo from the war of her running down the road naked after a village napalm strike.
These were shot with the X-S1 for the zoom capability.
 Joe from Manfrotto helps out with the balloon distribution.
 Alyssa Adams, Eddie's wife observes the ceremony with Tim Rasmussen.
Nick Ut and Kim Phuc observe the ceremony.

 The first balloon is released.  A black one for Eddie Adams.
 Then the others....

 Scott Allen leads a salute.

After the ceremony there was some brief down time to enjoy new friends.
 Cliff Hausner shows off to me that he's still shooting FILM in his Nikon SP.
The below pics from Sunday night are with theX-Pro1 & 35mm 1.4.
The MAC Group set up a photo booth and prints are hanging on the barn wall.  Output with the Fujifilm ASK 2000.
 The night came and the temp dropped and the fire logs were lit.
 The sculptor of the EAW tribute piece built the fire logs which are carved out trees with air canals to breathe.  The fires burns like a candle from inside out.

 After the Saturday night session there was an amazing fireworks show.  This easily rivaled any show I've seen before.  Not just due to the colors and environment but proximity to the rockets.
These shots were made at various exposures from ISO 500-1000 approx 2-10secs at F/8 or so.

Nothing like a quick light panel drawing with an LED from Manfrotto and Nelson working the artistry.  I exposed at 7 seconds ISO 400 @ F/8.

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  1. Anonymous2:27 AM

    Brandon, thank you very much! :-)
    Very nice event, good article and cool pictures!
    My first impression - it's awesome 18-55 kit zoom lens :-)

    What do you think about 18-55 zoom after that day? :-)

    1. Anonymous2:28 AM

      And great people :-)

  2. I am loving the 18-55. Certainly it cannot replace my 35 1.4 for the obvious reasons. But when it comes to having a general all day lens for my style of shooting it has been great. I don't mind the aperture shifting since most shooting with it has been daytime. I will also say that having come from the film world I always need to push my ISO higher since I hold back too often. This is from my legacy thinking that I must shoot at the lowest ISO for great images. Today's cameras are performing incredibly at high ISO - so I'm shooting more and more at 500-1600 and it makes life easier when doing grab shots. Of course all styles of shooting are subjective. I am confident that when the X-E1 ships, the system kit with the 18-55 lens will be a popular choice and photogs will love the lens with its optical image stabilization, smooth manual focusing and Fujifilm crisp image performance.


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