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(sur tout, de la photos à la spiritualité en passant par Apple biensûr.)

On prepare la rentrée

Quelques annonces sur la rentrée 2020 qui se prepare doucement.

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Session photos de 2016

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Samedi 6 Juin

12 rounds For time

Time : 12'26

Wod des Dubais online compétition il me semble ;)

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Training Vlog 2

On repart sur de bonnes bases avec les entrainements en intérieur ;)  

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Mercredi 3 juin

Amrap 6’
Result : Unbk

Emom 10’ Alt

Result : 12 / 10 /  8 /  7 / 6

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De retour à l’entrainement

Retour à l'entrainement un peu plus sérieux après 2 mois de calme et de pratique quasi uniquement poids du corps ! Ca fait du bien ;)

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Mardi 2 juin

5 rounds For Reps
Total : 11+15 - 10+12 - 10+8 - 7+11 - 10+10

Time : 4’59
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Samedi 30 Mai

6 rounds for time

Time : 12’06

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Podcast à 100% CrossFit

On retrouve john à 100% CrossFit pour un podcast entre owner et coach ! Vous apprendrez pas mal de choses sur le coaching dans une box de crossfit ;)

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Vendredi 29 Mai


Depart @70kg jusqu'a @94 kg

4 Rounds For time

time : 21'32

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Back at it ?

I haven't posted in quit some time but I've been very busy with my Crossfit affiliate and all the construction we had going on to build a better and bigger box.

I hope to have more time blogging from september onwards, as I have a few topic in mind regarding coaching.

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Alexa, Sonos, Lifx yes please

I recently made a purchase that completely change the way I interact with my house environment !

I wanted better sound for my samsung TV and after some youtubing (new word for googling or searching ) I decided to go with the Sonos Beam, not too expensive, great sound that can be enhanced later if needed with the smaller Sonos One. It's a smart speaker and that's where it gets interesting !

Alexa turn the TV on ! and that's it ! So then I started looking for smart bulb and went for the LIFX brand ! it's suppose to be as good as Phillips Hue but no need for a Hub so it's quit a lot cheaper. Got 8 bulbs and it's enough for my living room, my kitchen and my bedroom !

All in all it's not that expensive and the whole experience is quit nice ! Still have to get use to not switching the lights on manually but other than that Alexa is great for the TV and very reliable so far...

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From Canon to Sony

I've made the jump. I purchased my first 'real' camera in octobre of 2018. A Canon 80d paired with a couple of lenses, the nifty fifty a wide lens stabilized for vlogging and videos, and a Sigma 18-35 F/1.8 ART lenses for photography.

The thing is that even with the Sigma lense, when shooting inside my box at night, the noise was terrible as my shutter needs to be at least 1/350 - 1/500 for crossfit acitivities. And shooting videos was just impossible !

After a lot of research the Sony A7III, a full frame camera with great low light capabilities seemed a great fit. So this weekend I sold my Canon and got myself a Sony A7III paired with a Tamron 28 - 75 f/2.8 lense.

So from now on all the pictures posted on this site will be from the sony camera. I'll see how it performs.

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From Statamic to Getkirby

The design of this website has changed as you might have noticed, but what's under the hood as well. I've used statamic for the past 2 - 3 years and it has served me well, but I find it has become a bit like wordpress, a very complicated content management system.

So I have decided to try getkirby again and what do you know, it was the right fit for me. And things just got better when they released the third version, witch I'm not sure I will be using, I mean this version is just rock solid and suits me well.

Getkirby is simple, fast and pretty straight forward to use and to develop for. And if or when you get into a jam just search google and the answer you shall find ! This is by the way what drove me away from statamic, not the support that is great but the lack of demonstration of what people do with statamic. It feels like the getkirby community is way more share friendly. Anyway this is probably a biased article but hey ! just letting you know ...

Until next time.

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Quick Update

Hey people of the internet ! I've been so busy with my photography and cinematography lately that I haven't had the time to update the blog !

I'm in the middle of the CrossFit Open season 2019, waiting for the annoucement of the third W.O.D, and for each W.O.D, I've decided to create a small movie for Youtube and for Instagram, so if you want to check them out don't hesitate. I've also been taking a lot of picture and editing them has taken quit some time.

Anyway I'm still on track with my youtube channel the focus has just switched from a personal channel to my professional channel for my Box.

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A Night in Lyon

I went on a shooting session in Lyon, France to try out some techniques with the Canon 80D. I mostly tried long exposure photos and some of those shots came out okay.

Sous un pont ;)

The sky was pretty clear so I had no problems with the light, although I would have liked a bit of rain to get more reflection. Well another time maybe. I must have taken at least thirty photos witch is really not a lot, I need to remind myself to shoot more and change settings between shots. I had many out of focus pictures that I thought look really good in camera !

Lyon is a beautiful city but in the winter it is very cloudy and very hard to get good light during the daytime, and since it lights up every monument at night the potential for better photography arises. I shot everthing with a 18-35 Sigma F/1.8 lens.

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Upping my Instagram Game

I've decided to step up my instagram game and put myself out there ! I used to only post my Iphone photos quickly with no edits or nothing but since January this has changed.

I actually take the time to import my canon 80d shots on the computer and edit them using lightroom, exporting them specifically for instagram. It takes way more time but is also way more professional. The next step is to actually have an Instagram grid with the same tone.

Like having your photos transition from one season to the other based on colors and tones ie black / dark blue for winter and orange for fall. This might take some time as I have only started to understand my camera, and still have much work to do on composition.

You can follow me on Instagram

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Starting a Youtube channel in 2019

Okay ! So I've been really goint back and forth about this youtube channel thing. The thing I struggle with the most is beeing in front of a camera, I tend to get pretty nervous. I don't particularly like watching myself and find that I look goofy. I'm sure a lot of people that now have successful channels once thought that about Themselves, but it's a hard feeling to shake.

Secondly I don't now where to start or even what to talk about, I have a lot of ideas but all are based on very different subjects, CrossFit, reviewing stuff, I have a lot of gear that I would like to review from tech to outdoors stuff. It all seems like there will be no narrative. I always think that I have to find something that identifies me. Or do I ?

I have the gear to start my channel, camera and mic and tripod ! that's about everything you need really ! So the big questions still remains ... Should I dot it ? Should I just pick up my camera and start talking to it ? Nobody's ever going to be watching my first videos anyway right ? What do I got to loose ? Nothing really...

So ...

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Youtube videos

Youtube Premium !

Ever since Youtube offered the premium service to get rid of advertisment, I just jumped on the occasion, I haven't regretted it one bit. I watch a lot of youtube videos from filmmaking and photography tutorials to CrossFit / Fitness podcast and such. There is so much great independant content on Youtube it's crazy.

But, when you watch a something that has at least three or four advertisements in a 15 to 20 minutes video it gets annoying really fast. So paying the 12€ per month is a pretty good investment, for me at least, and it saves me a lot of time... I trully beleive that youtuber should get paid if the wish to when the take the time and effort to produce good content, so a premium plan is a great idea.

It is in my opinion a way better offer than Netflix or any other television or on-demand offers you can get. The variety of content will blow any other service out of the water. And supporting independent production just feels great !

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Moving away from Facebook

This is something that has been on the back of my mind for quite some time already. I really started hating facebook more and more, but find myself in a weird position.

On a personal note I don't need facebook, plain simple, it used to be a space to connect with my friends but has become a place to connect with the world...

I have "friends" on facebook that I don't even know and my timeline has become nothing but things I don't need or even want in my life. I know I could just stop following people and I do sometimes but when you have more than 1000 friends it gets pretty complicated.

On the business side of things, I need facebook. I own a CrossFit affiliate and I need to communicate on a regular bases with my community, and for that Facebook is a great plateform and is absolutely necessary. I'm thinking about reimplementing a blog on the website to start getting people going to the website to fetch information , but Facebook is such an easier option and you can reach way more people than with a website. Mostly because you intruduce yourself into those timelines instead of making them go to the "trouble" of actually going to the blog.

My perfect solution would be to just delete my personal account and only retain / manage my business page on Facebook but I haven't found a way to do that efficiently yet... If you know a way please let me know.

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I have decided to relaunch this website to the public. It was always out there on the web but I didn't post much and spent way more time redesigning than actually writting.

This time I'm going another way about it. I purchased a template that is actually what you are seeing in your browser, so no more designing and redesigning, pay one small ( very small ) fee and it's done. More time for actual blog posts.

And I must admit this template / theme call it whatever you like is gorgeous, so simple it just makes you want to write, just to see your post take shape. The simplicity at it's best. I have added some small personal touches to the way it displays photos mostly, but other than that keept it very much how it was originally designed. This is a first for me !

On the writting / backend site I went back to getkirby mostly because this design was made using getkirby cms, but also because of the price of the license,  getkirby is really cheap in comparison to  statamic and although the templating language of statamic is way better and straighforward in my opinion, I find that with time, it got more and more complicated, whereas Getkirby just stayed the same.

So the design and the cms are a perfect fit for each other. You can expect more posts / articles in the future. And also way more photography articles as I have become an amateur photographer. See ya around...

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iPad Pro 2018 Review

I have been waiting for an iPad that could actually replace my laptop that I carry around all the time. All this time I have kept my MacBook Pro 13’ from 2015, mostly because of the keyboard glitches apple has had with their new butterfly keyboard system.

So since 2015 I have tried all the iPad’s that came out, the 12’9 for about two days, way to big for my taste. The first generation of the 10.5’ iPad Pro witch came really close to replacing the MacBook. But every time I found something to dislike, the home button on the side when in landscape, and the fact that there was a left and right. The bezels, and of course the lack of photoshop !!

I don’t do much with my MacBook Pro, I watch a lot of YouTube videos, Netflix, I create website that are simple enough to edit on the go ( I have an iMac at home ) using the Coda App, but every now and then I need to edit a flyer for my CrossFit box and can’t wait to be home to do so. So the Photoshop app is a must have for me. I have tried many other app to replace PS but was never satisfied. So when apple introduced photoshop at the octobre keynote, I was sold.

Face ID, slim bezel, powerful like any other laptop, this iPad was for me. And it seems I was not mistaken, the 11’ iPad Pro is just perfect. The form factor and the rectangular edges remind me of the iPhone 4 and 5 both of witch I loved the iPhone 4 especially. It’s really lightweight and the folio keyboard is way better that the last generation as it protects the iPad completely.

The Apple Pencil witch I did not purchase yet will make this iPad do wonders and charging it just by putting it at the top of the iPad with the magnets, perfect.
I have purchased the Apple Pencil and it is a breeze to use, mostly because of the fact that you know where it is all the time... at the top of the IPad Pro. Just laying there, charging.
I am writing this review on the iPad and I’m in Awe with the screen, this is a perfect combo for me. what I now expect to see are Apps that actually take advantage of this powerful machine.
PS : Note that at the time of the writing not all apps have been updated to make full use of the larger 11’ display.

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Exited about the new iPad Pro 2018

I have been meaning to switch form using my Macbook Pro from 2015 to using solely an Ipad, but often found that the Ipad Pro or not was lacking a few features. Yesterday Apple unveiled their new Ipad Pro and I must admit that all thoses lackings have been adressed.

The no bezel policy Apple has introduced is making the device really appealing, the screen is now 11" for the same general size as the old 10'5 and the 12'9 has 25% less volume than the previous gen. FaceId and the A12X chip is making this Ipad more powerful than most laptops.

The introduction of photoshop is a real testimony of the power that the Ipad has underneath and makes you wonder what developpers will be able to accomplish with this kind of power.

What is clear is that for my general use it will be more than enough and will complement my Imac very well. I'll go for the 11" model with 256gig. Just enough to import my photos from my camera with the new USB-C connection.

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Tech Apple

Feeling anxious, US Navy seal breathing method

If it works in combat, it will work for what you're going through. Mark Divine is a US Navy SEAL and the founder of SEALFIT, a fitness organization for those who want to push themselves to the max.
He's no stranger to stress and extreme circumstances. And there's one practice he says has risen above others as a method of quickly and reliably helping him become centered and focused.

According to Divine, "I first learned to control my breathing while practicing martial arts during my SEAL training, and the techniques I was taught proved invaluable later during the chaos of combat."
Ancient mystics and Navy SEALs agree: your breath is the key to focus and calm. Divine recommends one particular practice when it comes to generating deep body relaxation, paired with an alert mind. He calls it "box breathing."

According to neuroscience, the state of being Divine describes is extremely valuable because it combines alertness with relaxation. Or, as Divine puts it, "[box breathing] has a neutral energetic effect: It's not going to charge you up or put you into a sleepy relaxed state. But it will, as mentioned, make you very alert and grounded, ready for action."

Here's how you do it:

Expel all the air from your chest, and keep your lungs empty for four long counts. Inhale through your nose for four long counts. Hold the air in your lungs for four long counts. (Divine adds: "When you hold your breath, do not clamp down and create back pressure. Rather, maintain an expansive, open feeling even though you are not inhaling") Exhale smoothly through your nose for four counts.

That's one "rep." Divine recommends doing the practice for 5 minutes minimum to experience the benefits. You don't have to wait for the perfect circumstance to do it, either. Divine says, "I practice it in the morning, before a workout, while standing in line, while I'm stuck in traffic and whenever else I can." He also recommends "training" with it by doing it for 10-20 minutes at a time, then doing "spot drills" during the day.

Whether it's a difficult conversation with your partner, a challenging workout you're about to do, or a major work presentation, there are circumstances in your life where you would be well-served by showing up as deeply grounded yet alert and focused.

When I perform box breathing, even just for five minutes, I am left with a deeply calm body and an alert, focused state of mind," Divine says.

The action in your life may not be a black-ops extraction, but you can learn from the best to become your best.
Breathe in. Breathe out.

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