Francis Vachon Photographe

September 30, 2008

James Nachtwey to unveil “a story that the world needs to know about”

That is going to be a HUGE meme on the photography related blogs. 2 years ago, world renowed photojournalist, mainly know for his war photography, James Nachtwey was awarded the TED Prize. He was awarded “one wish to change the world”, a 100,000$ price that he used to cover a story of his choosing. Now, “James Nachtwey is preparing to reveal his photographs, which highlight a shocking and underreported global crisis”.

On October 3, the story breaks. Here

September 28, 2008

Mark III at 6400 ISO

Have a look at the picture below. Notice anything special?

Mark III at 6400 ISO

Hint: The title of this post kinda give it away

Look at the 100% crop below, straight out of the camera (I did however use the in-camera noise-reduction):

Mark III at 6400 ISO

I just recently got my Mark III, and it was the first time I was traveling in this ISO range. And I’m blown away. On the sideline with my was a colleague from Le Journal de Québec, still with is Nikon D2X. With this camera, he couldn’t go above 1600 ISO, and had to shoot at 1/100. I wonder if he got some shots without any motion blur!

He fumes!


Technical: Canon EOS 1D mark III, 1/125 at f2.8 with a 300mm prime lense – ISO 3200

Canon 5200mm F14 lens

Can we afford this, Cindy? Hey, no payments until 2009 with the new eBay MasterCard!

September 27, 2008

I am (sometime) a commercial photographer too

I don’t really advertise myself as a commercial photographer, but since my Google rank is pretty good, I often get request from people looking for a commercial photographer in Quebec city. Some months, corporate jobs represent more than 50% of my income.

I rarely publish the photos and I rarely even talk about it here, because the end result is rarely interesting for anyone else than my clients.

But just because I feel like it, here is some jobs I recently did.

Sofame Direct Heating Installation:



Federation of Canadian municipalities congress:





Bombardier Transport metal cutting machine:



Christie Digital projectors in action at the image mill show (same job than those photos):


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