Maggie and I have recently returned from our Venice trip and I’ve spent the last four days editing the images, so I thought I’d share some with you. Despite still owning a Nikon DSLR kit my preferred choice for travelling is my Fuji Kit, and has been for a few years now. So I took a stripped down kit consisting of my Fuji X-E1, Fuji X-M1 and Fuji’s 18-55mm f2.8/4, 55-200mm f3.5/4.6 and the 35mm f1.4 – leaving my 14mm 2.8 and 60mm 2.4 at home. My modus operandi for daytime photography was to take the Fuji X-E1 plus the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm, these fitted comfortably into my Lowepro Passport Sling bag, with some additional dividers fastened with velcro…….
Airport security concerns aside, it’s never just as simple as jumping on a plane from Cape Town to anywhere. As DS readers in Alaska and New Zealand will doubtless concur, there’s almost always a connecting flight, transfer times and an eventual arrival at one’s destination at the least convenient moment. Making a bad situation worse, there aren’t many choices of carrier from Cape Town. My preference is Emirates. This means flying via Dubai, but the upside is new(ish) aircraft, polite, interested and helpful aircrew, halfway edible meals and a decent in-flight entertainment system. On the other side of the coin, BA can’t even manage to get it’s clapped out 747s and couldn’t-give-a-toss aircrews here and back to Heathrow without the toilets breaking down or running out of scotch on board; best not go there if you were feeling like suggesting such. So, Cape Town, Dubai, Venice it was. Nice……
All the pictures are shot by New Fuji XPro-2 + 10-24/50-140
Last week I decided to visit „The Pyramids of Giza“; the most important site on the planet. The pyramids are the first, biggest, oldest, tallest and the last standing of the seven wonders of the world. I was first shocked to see a site of such importance not crowded by Egyptians and tourists from all over the world. I’ve been to tons of places around the world and compared to the pyramids, there is none. We Egyptians never go to the pyramids or maybe once every 10 years. Maybe because of the confidence that we can go anytime we want and we consider it as “always there”. Tourism has declined 98% ratio compared to before 2010 .. its so sad seeing this place all but abandoned. I heard rumors of ugly bully sellers and people who will invade your private space but to be honest, it wasn’t bad at all. People there are desperate, they offered a horse ride for 5LE!. I also photographed the whole area without any bothering…..
Ich mag die Wüste. Ehrlich gesagt kann ich nicht sagen, warum. Ich glaube, es ist die Weite, das scheinbar Endlose und die Ruhe. Die Ruhe ist herrlich. In meinem Beruf bin ich viel unter Menschen. Ich liebe auch Menschen, aber manch einmal…..mmmh….ja, da gehen sie mir einfach auf den Geist. Ich kenne viele Menschen, die können oder wollen nicht alleine sein, sie brauchen immer Menschen um sich. Zu dieser Sorte Mensch gehöre ich nicht. Ich brauche dieses alleine sein manchmal einfach. Deshalb hatte ich mich auch sehr auf den kurzen Trip nach L.A. gefreut, denn neben meiner neuen Fujifilm X-Pro2, welche ich endlich mal auf einen Trip mitnehmen und fordern konnte, hatte ich noch die Fujifilm X-T1 IR (infrarot) im Gepäck. Geplant war ein Kurztrip von L.A. nach Palm Springs und dann in den Joshua Tree Park um Astrofotos zu machen. Die Tour bin ich so auch abgefahren, aber mit Astrofotografie wurde es nichts. Es wehte so ein starker Wind, dass an Langzeitaufnahmen bzw. arbeiten mit Stativ nicht zu denken war. Vor allem dann nicht, wenn man sich aus Gewichtsgründen extra ein Carbonstativ gegönnt hat; man spielt dem Wind damit geradezu in die Hände……
I got to know island of Cuba quite a few springs ago. First time I came out of the plane on Cuban soil, what „got“ me was the romantic smell of tropics. Once in the airport building, it felt like the „film was rewound“ to 1970’s and summers I use to spend at Adriatic coast of former Yugoslavia (my home country): the atmosphere, the scents, just one sandwich in the cafeteria, old lady at the bathroom door charging change for using facilities,… Time machine. After that, I returned numerous times for work or pleasure. I was fortunate enough to travel entire island up and down while shooting documentary project. I spent time with locals, shared their dinners, visited their homes in Matazas, mountains of Sierra Madre. And yes, I even saw the mine field dividing Guantanamo Base from the rest of the land…
I am an amateur photographer who has been an avid reader of your website for three years. Thanks for the great service you provide to the community of photographers. Recently, my wife and I returned from an REI trip to Peru where we hiked the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, and I would like to share our experiences with the readers of your site. I brought two cameras on the trip: Fuji X100s and Sony RX100III, both of which are great for travel photography. My go-to camera was the Fuji because of excellent image quality and ease of use. The Sony was kept in my pants pocket and came in handy a few times. We arrived in Cusco, where we spent three days acclimatizing to the altitude, since the Salkantay Pass is at 15,200 feet. Cusco has the population of about 450,000 and it was the historic capital of the Incan Empire until it was conquered by the Spanish in 1532. Nowadays, Cusco is a growing city, and it is a tourist hub for trips to Machu Picchu…..
This Easter some friends and I went to New Zealand for the first time which was an amazing experience! Camera wise, I brought the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera and Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 lens. We were a group of eight students on exchange in Melbourne, Australia, who flew to Queenstown where we stayed a couple of nights before renting two campervans and went off exploring the South Island. I knew on beforehand that New Zealand’s famous for it’s Lord of the Rings landscapes, but seeing it with my own eyes was actually an overwhelming experience! I have never seen a more beautiful country! The places we visited were Queenstown, Fox Glacier, Wanaka, Te Anau and Milford sound + some scenic stops on the road between the camping sites. The Landscape and the weather are ever-changing, so as a photographer, it was definitely a dream come true to visit New Zealand……
It’s not everyday I find myself trekking through the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, wearing suade shoes and black Levi’s. However, when there’s a great opportunity to be had, you work with what you’ve got. For this trip I packed an X100T that the lovely FujiFIlm Australia folks have loaned me, and my own XT-1 and XF90 for something a little different to add into the photo mix. After flying up to Sydney to present at an educational expo on virtual reality, I had a spare few days up my sleeve to suss out a little more than just the local tourist attractions. A quick recommendation from an expert rock-climbing friend to checkout Wentworth Falls, and I was on my way. The 2-hour ride from Sydney’s Central Station is very comfortable, picturesque, and best of all, extremely accessible and affordable for anyone. Simply put, if you’re ever in Sydney, a day trip here is very easy to undertake and highly recommended……..
I am sitting on the open stern of a touristy motorboat navigating the highest lake in the world. Just observing the immense blue sky reflecting in the water with the Andes as a backdrop is an exhilarating experience. This is Lake Titicaca and I am really grateful to be back. This is my second time on Lake Titicaca. One of the best things about going to the same places more than once is that you can adjust your itinerary or likings based on your past findings. While pre-research always play an important role in travel photography, there is no better way than a previous trip to give you the knowledge of exactly what you’ll need to shoot this time. Last year at Titicaca I did the classic two-day tour that’s normally arranged for visitors who wants to experience a home-stay on the island. The first stop is Uros, then you sleep in Amantani and make a morning visit to Taquile; you can check out my past experiences by clicking here. In that trip I was hooked on Taquile; I knew back then that if I came to Peru again, I’d have to stay at least one night in Taquile. Somehow the island seemed more authentic, with more opportunities to document locals and the way of life…..
Bhutan has been lauded by many as the happiest country in the world.Curious travellers are very much drawn to very notion, despite the high daily tariffs imposed on visitors. Some take a reprieve from the daily stress of everyday life and work; wanting to discover for themselves the secrets to the fountain of bliss. Why are people perceived to be the happiest in this small inconspicuous Himalayan Kingdom where wealth, resources and technologies needed in modern society are clearly not in abundance?Scholars and government officials from various countries visit Bhutan for a very different reason altogether. They are surgical in the analytical dissection of the famed Gross National Happiness (GNH). One of the strangest barometer of national success ever institutionalised in the modern world, GNH de-emphasise material wealth and broadens its indices across four development pillars. In short, they are hunting for the elixir of good governance – the ability to attain, measure and implement happiness at a national level………