Bert Stephani@bertstephani

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Bert Stephani

Never take a shoot too seriously.

Shot at the @fujifilmbelgium #fujifilmfactoryx event with the #fujifilm #xt3 and the #xf35mm
#fuji #naturallight #naturalbeauty #portrait #fun #laughing #fun #model #woman


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Sometimes you have to look up for a good background.

Another one from the @fujifilmbelgium #fujifilmfactoryx workshops with @elle.wolfs
#fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm #model #blackandwhite #woman #coffin


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In a wave of light

Shot this image last month in Tokyo at Teamlab Borderless to test out the new #fujifilm #xpro3
This museum experience offered constantly changing light situations that triggered my love for interesting light. I actually enjoyed the randomness of the light and not having control over it. Luckily the camera kept up remarkably well with these challenging circumstances.
#blackandwhite #portrait #japan #tokyo #light

teamLab Borderless / チームラボボーダレス
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Family picture - 3 generations

The X-Pro1 changed the way I approached photography back in 2012. It was clunky, slow and buggy but it made me focus on the subject instead of the technique.
In 2016 the X-Pro2 taught me that I needed to be closer to my subjects to tell honest stories in portraits.
Now the X-Pro3 is out and for the past month it has been challenging me to keep things simple. To be in the moment instead of in the menu.
The X-Pro series has never tried to fit in everywhere for everyone. And I'm happy that tradition continues in the 3rd generation.
#fujifilm #fuji #x-pro #xpro #xpro1 #xpro2 #xpro3 #cameras #fujilove #generations

Check out my first impressions video and a set of Tokyo pictures with the new baby on my blog. Link in bio.


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When I was in Japan last month, my Fuji-friends put a prototype of the X-Pro3 in my hands. I had been involved with the development of this camera early on so I was excited to see which of our ideas made it into the final product. I must admit that I was a bit sceptical about some of the design choices. But after a couple of hours I was already completely convinced. On my YouTube channel you can find my opinion.
#fujifilm #fuji #xpro3 #x-pro3 #prototype #japan #selfportrait #mirror #light #tokyo


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50/50 - that's it

It's a wrap, 50 days of shooting with a 50mm (equivalent) lens. It was fun most of the time, challenging on some days. But it was always interesting.
I have a ton of pictures and a diary full of observations, thoughts and other fragments. I'm going to put a little distance between myself and this body of work. But I'll return to it and turn it into a book/zine.

I'd like to thank my family for letting me put a camera in their face pretty much all the time. I'd also like to thank all of you who commented, participated, encouraged and interacted about the project. I hope you've enjoyed it. I'll be back!

#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji @fujifilmbelgium #xt3 #xf35mm #fujifilmfactoryx #model #portrait #woman #workshop


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49/50 - safe hunting
I only took a couple of pictures today during the first hunting day of the season. It was wet and windy, a real fall day.
The wind cleared my mind and the rain washed away my daily worries. For a couple of hours all my senses focused on now.
#5050project10 #Fujifilm #fuji #x100f #hunting #hunt #rain #jagen #smallgamehunting


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48/50 - patience

On day 4 of my #5050project10 I posted a picture of my gf's youngest daughter right after she got her ears pierced as her birthday present. On day 48, it was finally time to switch to another pair of earrings she received on her birthday.
Time flies, 2 more days and the project is over ... at least the shooting part. But I'm looking forward to go through my pictures and journal to create something out of that raw unedited material.
#fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm #girl #child #earrings #piercing #blackandwhite #family #familylife #life #justlife


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47/50 - sun son

Yesterday I was a bit down, exhausted, empty and in a bad mood. There are external factors that contribute to those feelings but it's also a mental state and to a degree that's within my own control. I realized that my bad mood wasn't much fun to the people around me so today I decided to be happy, grateful, accept what would come my way and make the best of it.
I was rewarded by some good laughs at the office, an improvised shared meal with my gf and almost all the kids. A traffic jam only extended an enjoyable car conversation with my kids.

#5050project10 #fujifilm #xt3 #xf35mm #fuji #son #sunset #goldenhour #kids #family #mentalhealth #stateofmind


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46/50 - Freedom?

When I was a teenager a car meant freedom. I still like driving smoothly on winding country roads or at night on an empty highway with some good music on. But most of my time spent in a car is boring at best and too often stressy and exhausting.
I definitely need to figure out ways to spend less time in cars. It's better for our planet and my stress levels. Potential solutions: better planning, look for more local work, be more patient, coordinate with others to get our kids to their hobbies, ... I'd love to hear your suggestions, ideas an experiences to limit car use.

#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm #cars #driving #headlights #rain #filmnoir #night


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45/50 - vintage view

This vintage public transport bus was my ride for today. Buses sure have come a long way in comfort, noise and smell in 30 years. But what struck me the most is that it seems like yesterday when these buses toured the streets.
This project has made me think a lot about time. I know I'm 44 but I dont feel old, never have. It's just weird how such an exact quantity can be perceived so differently.
#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #bus #publictransport #delijn #vintage #time #landscape #nostalgia


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44/50 - Dawn

It was one of those Monday mornings on which the best way to cope with it is to go back to bed and wait until it's Tuesday. My car didn't want to start, my computer had an identity crisis (it thought it was a vacuum cleaner). Luckily Spotify had a good day and randomly selected "I don't like Mondays" as the first song of the day.

Both issues turned out to be software related and have been resolved. So the day ended way better than it started.

#5050project10 #fujifilm #xt3 #xf35mm #dawn #morning #grey #fuji #monday #idontlikemondays


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43/50 - imperfect

It may come as a surprise ... I'm not perfect 😜 In fact, nobody and nothing is. And I've always been fascinated with the beauty of imperfection. I aspire to master imperfection in photography. It's like in music when that slightly wrong note can make the song come to life.
Which photographers were/are masters of imperfection?

#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #GFX50R #gf50mm #selfportrait #photographer #imperfection #beautyofimperfection #real


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42/50 - joy

This picture isn't well lit, it has no composition whatsoever, basically it's a technical failure. But it's a picture of my kids, a couple of girlfriends and a boyfriend, all truly enjoying a meal together. And that's why it has great value to me.
When I look back at my 50/50 project from 10 years ago, nostalgia is never far away. The kids were still so small back then, now they are closing in on adulthood. Like every parent, letting go isn't easy to me. But it's moments like this that make me feel completely at ease with my kids growing up and me growing older.
#5050project10 #fujifilm #xt3 #xf35mm #family


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41/50 - Windows 3.0

I have a love/hate relation with cities. The sensory overload wears me out but ar the same time there's always something to see, do and shoot. You walk for 5 seconds and the scenery has changed while in nature you can walk for hours and still have the same view.
It's about balance. Today I was a city boy but tomorrow I'm planning a couple of hours in the fields and woods.
#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #blackandwhite #train #station #streetphotography

NMBS OCF Brussel Centraal
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40/50 - moon light

I've spent pretty much the whole day around cameras but still I had to take an evening walk to take a single picture.
I was teaching video today and I find it very hard to think about photography when my mind is focused on video and vice-versa.

If I had to choose between the two, I'd pick photography but I love doing video too. Currently and in the near future video seems to be the medium of choice to make most of my income. It's all fine, it's visual storytelling after all.
#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #xpro2 #xf35mm #moon #moonlight #minimalist #minimalism


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39/50 - morning coffee

If I don't start my day with a coffee or two and some time to drink them quietly, I'm going to be grumpy for the rest of the day. My kids regularly check if my second cup is finished before they ask me anything.
It's a routine that I stick to pretty much every day. Even if I have to get up at a ridiculously early time. Usually I'm on my own, but it sure is nice to share the holy coffee routine with someone who isn't too keen on getting up either.
#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #X100F #coffee #morning


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38/50 - backup

Shot this picture this morning. A couple of hours later I read that a buddy's computer crashed badly. I'm pretty strict about backing up my work but I still wish there was an easy all-in-one local/cloud backup solution.
For this project, I started using @lightroom again. I still think @captureonepro is the better image editor for me but I didn't want to sit at my computer every night. I'm pretty impressed by how far @adobe has come with Lightroom Mobile. I like how it (mostly) syncs perfectly with the cloud and the desktop version. But the cloud storage is limited and upgrading to more space is expensive. C'mon Adobe if you want us to take the cloud/subscription model seriously, you should start thinking about offering a viable, handy and affordable archive function.
#5050project10 #Fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm #umbrella #rain #backup #archive #cloud #cloudstorage


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37/50 - simple lines

I like simplicity. I aspire to lead a simpler life, run a simpler business. I even use the excellent @simplrstraps on all my cameras :-)
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But I'm nowhere near where I'd like to be. The 50/50 project reopens my eyes to what you can do with very limited equipment: a camera, a lens, an iPad and an @adobe subscription. Most of my pictures were even shot in jpeg. I absolutely like this way of working and I'm thinking about how to transfer it into making a living. .
I'd love to hear your ideas on this. Any photographers who have adopted the ultralight approach? Business ideas? ... .
#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm #tealandorange #adobe #lightroom #lightroommobile #simple #simplicity #minimalism #mobile #ipadpro #creative


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36/50 - drive

I've been spending way too much time in my car. I care about the environment, I care about the future of transportation but I seem to be condemned to the car for most of my transportation. But tomorrow I'm cycling to work.

#5050project10 #transportation #traffic #cars #road #night #congestion #trafficjam #fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm


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35/50 - Pi

We spent most of the day in a cosy cabin resting, talking, planning, laughing. But at a certain point I saw two pillars of smoke. They were still there 30 minutes later so we jumped in the car and went looking for the source of smoke. Turned out it was a nuclear powerplant just across the French border.
Sure, we could have simply stayed in the cabin and looked it up on Google maps but what's the fun in that. I've always dreamt of far away travels and I still have an ambitious wishlist. But in the last years I have acquired a new appreciation for exploring close to home.
#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #gfx50r #gf50mm #blackandwhite #clouds #powerplant #nuclear #energy


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34/50 - Empty Road

Time to slow down for a little bit.

#5050project10 #Fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm #emptyroad #road #landscape #blackandwhite #slowdown


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33/50 - track cycling

Today was one of those good hard long shooting days. I somehow got up this morning with a very painfull big toe. Don't ask my why, it just hurts like hell and made it very hard to move around to get the best angles. I shoot mostly wide-ish to standard prime lenses because they force me to work on compositions. By not being able to move around without pain, it became clear how much moving is involved in this way of shooting.
For this picture of 4 young track cyclists, I tried some panning to blur the background while keeping the subjects sharp. Panning is easy with some practice and good technique. I'd love to explain it but it's almost impossible with just words. Maybe I should kick my YouTube channel back to life and make a video about it. What do you think? Should I return to YouTube?

#trackcycling #cycling #athletes #bicycle #sports #5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm #track #youth


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32/50 - where's that little girl?

During my first 50/50, she was only 2 years old. I still look regularly at those pictures. They become more valuable each year. Family pictures have the power to start their life as a snapshot and evolve into pure documentary gold over time.
#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm #family #documentary #daughter #portrait #blackandwhite


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31/50 - Ghost Town

I was waiting for my daughter in the car when it started raining. The drops on my windshield transformed the lights and my vivid (or childish) imagination turned the patterns of light into ghosts.

I'm painfully aware that the last few pictures weren't much good. But I experienced the same around day 30 when I did my first 50/50 project a decade ago. I'm slowly coming to terms that I can't make a good photo every day. However that doesn't mean that I don't make valuable pictures every day. Some pictures will get an emotional value over time and some will spark ideas to make great pictures in the future.

#Fujifilm #xt3 #fuji #5050project10 #street #streetlights #ghost #sketch #draw #xf35mm #rain #windshield


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30/50 - slow

That's what the doctor and my body ordered, slow down for a couple of days.
I often feel that my next picture has to be better than the previous one. I know that's impossible, but I still put that pressure on myself. But not today! See, I'm learning 😉

Still hope I'll get a better picture tomorrow 😏

#5050project10 #fujifilm #fuji #xt3 #xf35mm #0 #slow #slowdown


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29/50 - stop

Like most people, I faithfully stop my car when the traffic light is red, even if I'm in a rush. But why is it that I find it hard to respond correctly when my body gives me a stop signal.
All that to say that I feel a bit under the weather tonight and I feel an ear infection coming up (which tends to come when I'm exhausted). Each morning I tell myself I'm made out of steel. Unfortunately there seems to be a giant magnet in my bed 😉

#fujifilm #fuji #xpro2 #xf35mm #red #redlight #stop #traffickight #storm #dramaticcloudes #health #5050project10


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28/50 - family

The last week was crazy: from the busy streets of Tokyo to shooting hunting and fishing pictures at the coast. I love all of it, all these different influences, cultures, activities, lifestyles and people. They broaden my view on the world in an era when single minded politicians seem to rule.
But my family is what grounds me, they are the epicenter of my world. And after being away to some amazing places, it's always great to be just home. Today I woke up next to the most lovely woman, I witnessed my girlfriend's oldest daughter come in second at the national pole vaulting championship, we had brunch with the kindest people in the world (I call them mom and dad), I watched my son win another football game, I laughed with my crazy daughters and we had a long family dinner with lots of good food and even more stories.
#fujifilm #xpro2 #fuji #xf35mm #5050project10 #family #home #grandparents


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27/50 - sunrise hunting

After yesterday's sunset hunting and a very short night, it was doing sunrise hunting pictures today. It was torture to leave my warm bed but once in the field I felt wide awake. But now I need coffee, strong coffee

#fujifilm #fuji #hunting #hunt #hunter #sunrise #xpro2 #xf35mm #lensflare


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