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Hello all,
I am just back home from 18 days in the mountains of Pakistan. I got in Muzaffarabad on day 3 after the Earthquake and concentrated on the area, both in the city and in the remote mountains, thanks to the cooperation from MSF Holland (for whom I was working) and from the Pakistani Army which allowed me to get to extremely remote places with their helicopters. I have uploaded a rather large (ahem…200+ sorry…) selection of the resulting images on my Digital Railroad archive (www.digitalrailroad.net/bruno) I am in the process of editing all this…not easy…comments welcome…on the technical front, everything was shot in digital with 2 cameras: an EOS1DII with a 17-40 f4 and…the new EOS5D with a 35 1:1,4!!! I can’t say enough good things about this new camera…it is just AWESOME! I will probably upload a ‘technical report’ here in a couple of days…

by [a former member] at 2005-10-30 08:10:02 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

My god man, 207 images, and they’re all pretty good. Editing must be maddening. Well done…

by Morgan Hagar | 30 Oct 2005 10:10 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
maddening is a feeble word…my wide edit is …500 pix…the ‘funny’ thing is that I don’t shoot that much…maybe 250 pix a day…go figure…

by [former member] | 30 Oct 2005 10:10 | | Report spam→
…I think my finger just cramped up…..

by Morgan Hagar | 30 Oct 2005 10:10 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Bruno, une série de photos incroyable. L’editing reste large, mais cela nous permet de comprendre la situation sur le terrain bcps mieux qu’une dizaine de photos. Ce fut un vrai plaisir pour moi de découvrir ton travail.

De loin les meilleures photos que j’ai vu j’usque a présent de ce désastre.


by David Azia | 31 Oct 2005 05:10 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Monsieur Stevens, pour ce qui me rivalise, je veux peux dire que le vôtre imagine donnent une face aux mille mots écoutés dans ces jours sur ce qui se sont passés !
Un incroyable document qui décrit la portée du désastre, le tout avec l’emploie de la lumière vraiment incroyable !

by [former member] | 31 Oct 2005 12:10 | Lugano, Switzerland | | Report spam→

Really nice stuff Bruno!! Very compelling.

by Ken Murray | 31 Oct 2005 14:10 | Broomfield, Colorado, United States | | Report spam→
Oui, du très bon travail. Je reprends les mêmes observations que David et Igor.  On est pris par ces regards perdus,  ces regards  affichant l’incomprehension. Tu as parlé pour eux, tu parles pour eux. Tu t’es oublié. C’est une réussite.

by [former member] | 31 Oct 2005 14:10 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
powerful photographs bruno.. must have been quite a heartwrenching experience..

by [former member] | 31 Oct 2005 23:10 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
isn’t 250 photographs a day  alot bruno???
i usually end up taking those  many photograph.. maybe 350-360 for a 10 day project…

by [former member] | 31 Oct 2005 23:10 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
250 is not even 10 rolls…. There is actually people that shoot way more. I never shoot them but always calculate 10 rolls a day when I go for a trip. But 10 rolls for 10 days seams a little short. But you know "Vietnam Inc." of P. J. Griffith was done with very little film so… No rules on that.
Keeping on technical stuff: Bruno? how did you charge your batteries? No cars, no electricity… you connected to MSF "groupe électrogène", you went back all the time to places with electricity or….

By the way the pics are good and compliments for the Libération publication! (for the ones that don’t know this newspaper: it’s one of the best use of photography on newspaper in the world! at least for me)

PS: Hi Igor. welcome to lightstalkers!

by [former member] | 01 Nov 2005 02:11 (ed. Nov 1 2005) | Metz, France | | Report spam→
Grazie, Giovanni and the others for the nice comments…Sohrab, I don’t shoot very much for a news photographer but, in a situation like that, with so many tragic moments, working 8 or 10 hours a day, shooting 250-300 images is not a lot…about batteries…good point, and a very sore one during the first week or so…being an ‘electric photographer’ is a REAL pain in a situation like that…gimme my Leicas or hasselblads anytime…however, my clients insisted on me sending pictures everyday, so no choice…I had 3 batteries for each of my 2 cameras, no problem there, you can shoot easily for 2 days with one battery charge on the 5D and 3-4 on the 1DMKII (as I don’t chimp, it helps)…I had a car adapter for my Powerbook G4, so for the first week, without any other source of electricity, I had to work at night in a car with the BGan transmitting from the car roof…then I was running around town to recharge my BGan…the Pak army had smelly, noisy but good generators (!)…this all means that I would wake up at 6am, shoot from 7am to 6pm and then edit, photoshop, caption and transmit until 2-3am…everyday…I didn’t sleep much…I need an assistant for my next trip…

by [former member] | 01 Nov 2005 02:11 | | Report spam→
Monsieur Stevens, je lui ferais volontiers d’assistant dans son voyage prochain..
Mais j’ai deux problèmes…  je ne parle pa beaucoup d’anglais (presque rien) et je n’ai aucune expérience comme assistant !! Cependant je pense qu’il recevra déjà normalement des dizaines de propositions..
Une question : travail avec un Canon 1D MKII, cependant je la trouve beaucoup qui envahit et peu discrète (cause les dimensions). Un Canon 5D peut être un valide substitut ?
Complimentes encore pour son travail !!

 Ps : Ciao Givanni, grazie mille !!!

by [former member] | 01 Nov 2005 03:11 | Lugano, Switzerland | | Report spam→
Igor, capisco l’italiano…the Canon 5D is a great great camera…in fact I am selling my 1DMKII to get a second 5D…

by [former member] | 01 Nov 2005 03:11 | | Report spam→
Parfait alors ! Il reste seul le problème de l’expérience…
Je n’ai pas encore éprouvé le 5d mais en lisant quelques compte rendu elle semble vraiment une grande camera !

by [former member] | 01 Nov 2005 03:11 | Lugano, Switzerland | | Report spam→
Ciao Bruno!

Great stuff as usual.

Have you ever tried using one of those 12V cigarettle lighter transformers to 230 volt AC power plug? I imagine you can then plug a (surge protected) outlet stip into that and charge your batteries, Powerbook, whatever, all at the same time. I have one made by Belkin (AC Anywhere) and have used it with my Powerbook and cell phone but nothing heavier than that so far.

I’m loving my 5D too but am worried about the AI Servo banding I’m getting… Canon says to hold on and see what they find out and I’m worried I might miss the opportunity to return it for a new one at the store (which doesn’t have a replacement right now) and get stuck with a chronic problem

by Dave Yoder | 01 Nov 2005 03:11 | Milan, Italy | | Report spam→
Dave, thanks…I have to say I didn’t get ANY banding on mine…even shooting in the dark…check this one: http://www.digitalrailroad.net/Bruno/gps.aspx?pid=605420 at f 1,6 with my 35 at 1600…and yes I own a small inverter as well…bought it at Heathrow on the way back from Pak! just to be sure for next time!!!

by [former member] | 01 Nov 2005 04:11 | | Report spam→

Nice picture… But it wouldn’t have happened in that situation. The banding only seems to be happening when the photo is taken WHILE the lens is trying to focus in AI servo (and at high ISO). For example when it would be tracking a moving subject in low light. You might want to give it a good test it for sure, a lot of people are getting it, though apparently not all. It might come as a nastry surprise sometime if you do have it and don’t know.

Talk soon,


by Dave Yoder | 01 Nov 2005 04:11 (ed. Nov 1 2005) | Milan, Italy | | Report spam→
La force des images, les regards des personnes photographiées,…font de ce reportage le plus pertinent de tous ceux que j’ai pu voir dans la presse. Encore bravo!
j’ attend votre " technical report" avec impatience! ;)

by julien warnand | 01 Nov 2005 11:11 | liege, Belgium | | Report spam→

Good stuff, I got back from Pakistan last week also, went with the Korean Medical Association, some of the pics are up at www.nayansthankiya.com/pakistan.html  and  www.nayansthankiya.com/pakistankma.html

by Nayan Sthankiya | 01 Nov 2005 19:11 | Seoul, Korea (South) | | Report spam→
mr stevens, je viens de remarquer que vous auriez peut -être besoin d’un assistant ?
Je serais ravis de vous aidez dans votre reportage ! ce serait super de me perfectionner sur des terrains difficiles auprès de vous! ;)

by julien warnand | 02 Nov 2005 07:11 | liege, Belgium | | Report spam→
Strong silent messages…. Excellent Bruno!

by Akhtar Soomro | 13 Nov 2005 09:11 | Karachi, Pakistan | | Report spam→
those images are exccelent stuff depicts the humanity of those people , their life after the disaster and everything… Congratulations Bruno.

by sandip debnath | 18 Jan 2006 00:01 | Bangalore, India | | Report spam→

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