Travel Photography

Aussie Alpine Drive – An Australian Roadtrip To Californian Forest | Noah Stammbach

We met on a special cliff near Bondi Beach. The vague destination of our spontaneous road trip – Laurel Hill, somewhere south west of Sydney. There are four of us, 18 to 28, and our journey is one where all the elements of adventure would be found along the way, and come together to form the best first road trip ever….

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Fujifilm X-T1 & Accessories

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Fuji X-T1 captures the Northern Lights in Iceland | Martin Spence

On a recent trip to Reykjavik, Iceland we were fortunate to witness the Northern Lights in full display. I say fortunate as they are also one of the most elusive and unpredictable attractions Iceland has. Before our trip we checked the Icelandic weather and forecast site to plan our itinerary. On the Saturday we knew there was supposed to be a clear sky and Aurora activity along the South Coast so decided to travel down to the waterfalls of Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss, visiting Vik the most southerly town. Our hope was then to catch the Northern Lights on our journey back to Reykjavik that evening. We left Vik about 1845, visiting the waterfalls again in the hope of getting some pictures without the myriads of tourists and continually looking for green in the sky. As we approached Selfoss we started to see a few faint streaks in the sky and shortly after followed the car in front and pulled over to witness the amazing display.  Having seen people capture the Northern Lights in Northern Ireland which are really only visible via a camera, it was amazing to actually see these scenes with the naked eye…….

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Fuji X-T1

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Chefchaouen – The Blue Pearl | V. Opoku

Somethings are forever, they stay with us. The few days I spent in Chefchaouen (pronounced Shafshawan) during the summer of 2014 is one of those. Located in Northwest Morocco. This beautiful town sits beneath the raw peaks of the Rif mountains and has an absolutely stunning Medina where almost everything in the is painted in various shades of blue, from the walls, to doors & floors. The likes of Marrakesh and Fez seems to get the nod ahead of other smaller towns by people visiting Morocco. However I am more of a traveller than a tourist and that means I often venture along the path less travelled or do activities that most people don’t do. I travel to explore and experience different cultures. After spending 5 days in Southern Spain (Seville and Sanlucar de Barrameda) visiting a good friend of mine Fran, I realised how close I was to Morocco so I thought why not? “I am going to Morocco tomorrow” I informed him. Armed with just a few Spanish phrases, I set off around 7 am on a bus from Sanlucar de Berrameda to Jerez. From Jerez, it was a train ride to San Fernando then a short taxi ride to the bus stop where I then caught another bus all the way down to Tarifa. Hours passed and I had finally completed the first leg of the trip; with just “Que autobus de Tarifa” and a  few nods, I had managed to make it to where I needed be…..

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Paris, two primes and the Fuji X-T1 | Nick Lasure

Imagine walking the streets of Paris, or any other city for that matter, with a light weight & compact camera system that is both subtle in looks and impressive in performance. Imagine being able to smartly & quickly change settings, blend in to the crowd and get the results you want. What does this camera look like? I’ll cut right to the chase and state it’s the Fuji X-T1. Having recently switched from shooting Nikon DSLRs to Fuji mirrorless I was admittedly somewhat apprehensive taking a photo intensive trip without my trusty DSLR. I’d grown quite accustomed to shooting Nikon for nearly 10 years and wasn’t quite comfortable yet with the X-T1 before hopping on our flight to Paris. This trip would be an excellent opportunity to both further my familiarity with the X-T1 and determine if it really is a replacement of the tried & true DSLR. I brought along two prime lenses, the Fuji XF 23mm f/1.4 and the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 for going wide. The simplicity and sharpness of shooting with only prime lenses would prove to be a great test of the camera’s abilities. There are several good reviews out there for the Fuji X-T1 so I won’t spend time rehashing what you may have read already, listing boring specs or worry about pixel peeping. Instead I’ll focus on what my main concerns are for real life shooting, favorite features and whether or not the X-T1 qualifies as ‘professional’ in my book. And perhaps more importantly, is it really the DSLR killer? …….

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Q+A: Fuji X on Assignment | David duChemin

You’d be amazed how many emails and comments I get that begin with the words, “I know you don’t like gear questions, but…” So to be clear, I don’t mind gear questions at all. I just don’t know why people think I’m the best person to answer them. I like gear. Hell, I LOVE some of my gear. But I ask of it some very specific, and limited things, and some of the people asking some of the questions are looking for a tool that can do the things that they themselves should be doing. Or maybe they’re looking for a justification to buy a new toy that maybe, just maybe, has the Un-Suck Filter. They don’t. My Fujis don’t, and neither do my Leicas or Nikons.  What I want my cameras to do is get out of the way as quickly as possible and let me do my job. So with that in mind, a few responses to some very sensible questions (I’ll spare you the non-sensical questions like: Should I get a Fuji? No one can answer that for you. Fuji. Leica. Nikon. Canon. All of them will make incredible photographs as easily as truly bad ones.)……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2

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Taking the Fujifilm X-T1 to Far West Texas | Steven Dempsey

Enter the EVF with the electronic level. This thing is a miracle! Gone are the days where my horizon line is leaning. Now I can confirm my compostions are correctly lined up before I press the shutter. I can’t overemphasize how much this has changed my life! In fact, having all the information, including a histogram available while shooting is a much better shooting experience than the good old days of my optical viewfinder. Even in the few short weeks I have been working with the X-T1, I’m not sure I would ever want to give up my EVF! When I first began to consider downsizing from my DSLR to a mirrorless system, I was most nervous about compromising the quality of my landscape photography. Going from 22mpx to 16mpx seemed like a lot but I’ve been very pleased so far. I would even venture to say that some of the photographs have a magical quality that I have never seen in my Canon work……

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Fuji X-T1

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To Africa with the Fuji X-T1 | David duChemin

My conversion to, and love affair with, smaller cameras is about as complete as it can be now. If the social media I’m reading is to be believed, it’s complete for many others as well. Photographers seem to be jettisoning their heavy DSLR gear in favour of smaller mirror-less cameras, and while I doubted I’d be doing so as quickly, when I get on the plane to Kenya for two weeks of assignment work tomorrow, I won’t be taking a DSLR. My transition has been slow. I took my Fuji X-E1 to Italy 2 years ago, but I was teaching and not worried about the consequences of coming home  without the images I expected and having fallen out of love with the Fuji. That, of course, didn’t happen, and there was so much I loved about it, not just the images it gave me but the way it lightened my load. Then I went to Ethiopia and Kenya, and took my Leica M(240) and the same X-E1, and that put the final nails in the coffin; so impressed was I with the performance of those two cameras I decided my days traveling with my DLSR gear for this kind of trip were over.

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Fuji X-T1

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Bali | Michael Schaake

Bali – dort wollte ich schon immer mal hin. Und da mein Onkel und meine Cousine zur Zeit 3 Monate dort sind – was lag also näher als den Flug zu buchen? Schon im letzten Jahr wollte ich diese Reise gerne machen. Diesmal sollte es klappen – und der Flug mit Qatar Airlines war schnell gebucht. Ich reise am Vorabend nach Frankfurt um den Check-In am nächsten Morgen in aller Ruhe hinter mich zu bringen. Der Flug ist ruhig – aber lang. Dazu kommen 8 Stunden Aufenthalt in Doha. Ausser in einer Lounge rumsitzen kann man dort eigentlich nicht viel machen. Ich verliere 2 mal meine Boarding Passes samt Führerschein. Na ja…ich bin wohl nicht so richtig wach ;-) Ist aber gut gegangen und ich habe es immer rechtzeitig gemerkt. “Aufmunternde” Worte des Sicherheitspersonals in Doha bekam ich kostenlos serviert. Wie kann man nur so grimmig gucken? Doha hat einen neuen Flughafen. Super modern, super teuer. Kurz vor der Landung sehe ich kleine Ortschaften unter uns hergleiten. Wir müssten doch eigentlich noch über dem Meer sein. Es stellt sich dann heraus, dass es sich um Tanker handelt, die vor der Küste beleuchtet auf Ihre Befüllung warten. Unglaublich wie viel Schiffe hier liegen. Man macht sich davon überhaupt keine Vorstellung. Aber irgendwie muss das Öl ja in die Welt gelangen………

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Fuji X-E2

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Kathmandu – 2 Days in Nepal | Ross Kennedy

A brief pit-stop in Kathmandu was a little bonus. A stepping-stone on my way home from Bhutan, the Nepalese capital is famously exotic with layer upon layer of history to explore…and a fascinating array of characters to photograph. After two weeks among the pine-clad, silent valleys of the Dragon Kingdom, where the land bears very few signs of human occupation, touching down in the lung-burning cacophony of Kathmandu’s traffic nightmare was one of those cultural somersaults that makes travel so compelling. Leisurely people-watching in the Indian sub-continent is a favourite occupation of mine but with only two days to explore the city, it was a case of hitting the highlights on the run with little time to sit back and enjoy the show. Kathmandu has been a backpackers’ favourite for more than 40 years – the final destination on the 60’s hippy trail to the jumping off point for Everest summit attempts. Centre of operations is Durbar Square, a jumble of medieval temples, multi-tiered pagodas and imposing colonial-era buildings. The square pulsates with life – on the day I visited, there was a vibrant ceremony taking place involving a parade of coloured flags, thumping music and lots of dancing…..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2

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South Pacific Sojourn – To Zoom or Not To Zoom | Patrick Leong

This is the first part of a two-part article about photography on a thirty day cruise, & related photo gear considerations as well as image capture experiences. Not quite two months ago, while checking email on my computer, I received an incredible offer from our travel agent to take a last minute cruise from San Diego to Hawaii & then to seven islands in French Polynesia.  Places with far away names like Bora Bora, Raiatea, Tahiti, Moorea, Rangiroa & Nuku Hiva conjured up images for me that are a photographer’s dream come true.  So my wife & I jumped at this opportunity.  This led to my next question of whether to take the most basic photo gear or a more capable but also more complex setup.  In my case, the former would be my Fuji X-E2 with its outstanding XF18-55mm zoom lens; the latter would be a selection of some or all of my prime lenses for this camera, with or without the zoom.  For me this is the XF-14mm, the XF-35mm, a Zeiss Planar 50mm, & finally a Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm.  I provided a prior write up on this blog of my experiences in adapting these last two Leica M mount lenses to my Fuji X-E2 using the M adapter made by Fuji (see my two-part article on this blog titled “A Tale Of Two Lenses”)……..

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Fuji X-E2

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