Travel Photography

Vietnam 2014 – Hanoi Part 1 | Gambajo

Es ist 22.30 Uhr, ich sitze nach über 30 Stunden auf den Beinen im Hotel und kann es immer noch kaum glauben. Es schien immer in so weiter Ferne, doch die letzten Wochen vergingen sehr schnell, und der Termin für unser Abenteuer rückte immer näher. Heute, bzw gestern war es dann endlich so weit. Wir fuhren mit dem Auto nach Frankfurt, bestiegen dort den Flieger nach Taipei/Taiwan, unseren Zwischenstopp auf dem Weg nach Hanoi/Vietnam. Der ganze Weg verlief komplett entspannt und reibungslos, auch wenn ein Sonnenuntergang um 15 Uhr schon etwas komisch ist. Dennoch war der Flug einfach nur zermürbend. Irgendwann will man einfach nur noch aufstehen und sich etwas bewegen. Der Zwischenstopp war besonders frustrierend, da wir fast an Hanoi vorbei geflogen sind. Taipei ist gute 2000 km weiter im Westen. Aber das war so einfach viel günstiger als ein Direktflug. Über den Wolken schien die Sonne dermaßen stark, dass die Reflektor der Wolken einfach nur strahlend weiß war. Unter den Wolken jedoch stellte sich die Wolkendecke als sehr dicht und grau heraus. Es war zwar nicht kalt, Aber auch nicht so warm, wie erwartet. Außerdem nieselte es ab und an ein wenig. Aber wir sind ja nicht aus Zucker und Kummer in Deutschland gewöhnt………

Source: gambajo.wordpress.com

Holidaying with XT-1 + 4 lenses | Ivan Joshua Loh

Days before my trip to Taiwan with my wife and daughter; I was cracking my head on which lens to bring for this 9 days trip. On my daughter’s front; she is also cracking her head on which 2 precious stuff toys she is allowed to bring along to Taiwan. I am the type of photographer; that will hate myself if I don’t have the right lens when its needed. At the same time; I can’t possibly bring all. So my final decision; the Fuji XT-1 with 4 lenses. 10-24mm, 23mm, 56mm and 55-200mm. All this gears into a Billlingham Hadley shoulder bag plus space for 2 diapers, wet wipes, candy, 4 magic pens and 3 sheets of papers for Summer to draw when needed. We arrived at about 730pm at Madison Taipei Hotel after slightly more then 4 hours flight from Singapore. As we were checking in; to my horror, I realized I left one small luggage at the taxi stand at the airport! Inside the luggage there is one laptop and 2 lenses! The wonderful hotel staff, Irene Fang; is the person to look for when one have a dire situation to handle. She called the airport staff to trace for my lost luggage and arrange the hotel’s regular taxi to drive there to collect the luggage
back. What a way to start my holiday! When all the dust is settled down, Irene leads us to our hotel room; which is on level 12. She surprises us with a room upgrade! Suddenly I feel my holiday is really starting! A beautiful one……..

Source: ivanjoshualoh.wordpress.com
 


Fuji X-T1

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Left to rot and desintegrate… | Alain Mijngheer

Left to rot and desintegrate…

I went to France a few weeks ago, in first instance to photograph decaying naval ships awaiting their final destination cfr the scrapyard. See my previous post ” Final destination” for this : http://am-fotografie.blogspot.be/2014/10/final-destination.html. But France has more to offer of course and has also a few ship cemetaries where ships are left to rot and desintegrate. A lust for the photographic eye if you are into decay, water and clouds… Anyhow, being there I visited 3 such cemetaries : Le Fret, Rostellec and Camaret-sur-mer. In Le Fret only a few carcasses, in Camaret-sur-mer the ships a placed in such a place to be considered as a touristic attraction and then we have Rostellec that is the most photogenic place of the 3 with the biggest choice of decay. As I later saw, it was forbidden to go near the wrecks … but my French isn’t that good so I didn’t understand the sign ;) For the more adventurous “infiltration” of the Navy ships I opted for my Fuji X-E1 coupled with only the 18-55mm kitlens and my choice was just the same here, my Nikon D600 remaining in the car as merely backup camera…as it often does or not to say always these days. So much for the little story, now on to the pictures…..

Source: am-fotografie.blogspot.be

THIS CITY on Exposure | Jonathan Wilson

I haven’t put very large dent in my travel bucket list, but Havana, Cuba was most definitely on it. Living in Miami for the last 8 years, I went in with expectations in my head, most of which didn’t align with what I experienced in my short stay.Finally after a few false alarms myself, Dillon Hearns, Conall Keenan, John Mahoney and Matt Sosna joined a group from Amigo Skate. We loaded up our bikes, snorks and heavy bags of parts to help keep BMX and skateboarding alive in Cuba. All of the travel details of how this trip came to be are confusing and long winded. Travel to Cuba is somehow simple and complicated. Weight limits on all luggage. Exchanging money – US Dollars -> Euro -> Cuban Convertible Currency (CUC) to avoid the additional taxes. Having no phones once there. Questions from the TSA, German Shepherds before getting on the plane…The hours before takeoff were intense, I didn’t really believe I was going to Cuba directly from Miami until the plane was in the air.Somehow a 30 minute flight became spending half the day in both MIA and HAV airports. Finally we made through the excruciating moments of waiting for our bikes and the damage they may have incurred. Finally we made it to the exterior of José Martí International Airport, I was hit with what I could only described and some kind of sensory overload. Typically when I land at an airport I scatter to a tram or my motorcycle and I’m off. In Havana we were greeted by a few hundred locals, taxi drivers and assorted characters. It was surreal…..

Source: jjjonathan.exposure.co

USA FUJI TRAVELS | Stu Heppell

I’ve had the pleasure of owning my Fuji X-Pro1 for just over 2 years now (unfortunately I bought it when it was still ridiculously expensive) and although lots of people have talked of switching entirely from Nikon and Canon, I still have plenty of use for my 5D iii. I prefer the Canon for the odd wedding I shoot (I do use the X-Pro1 as a 2nd camera/back up) and I also use it for the odd freelance camera operating gig. The reason I bought the Fuji was pretty much the same as everyone else. I really couldn’t be bothered dragging round a massive DSLR to family things, holidays, weekends away etc but still wanted something that could shoot great quality images. When I decided to head off on a 6 week trip round the United States with 3 other people, taking the X-Pro1 and leaving the 5D was a no brainer. As well as taking plenty of pictures, I was also editing the images, updating Tumblr and creating Steller stories as I went, all without my trusty laptop. I think I had an almost perfect balance of kit and functionality for traveling so I thought I’d outline my process and the gear I took…….

Source: www.stuheppell.com

Shooting scenics on dirt roads out of moving Toyota Land Cruiser |
Stanley Leary

While in Honduras I spent a long time in a Toyota Land Cruiser on dirt roads feeling like a bobble head doll. Dirt roads like this one, we would be on for couple hours at a time. I was in the front seat riding shotgun because I was 6’2″ and the others were much smaller in the back seat. The others had been here many times before and were astonished that I was getting any usable pictures. They had bad experiences in these situations. So how was I able to get sharp photos? ……

Source: blog.stanleyleary.com

Three Months With The Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f2.0 | Ugo Cei

Three months ago, I got myself the new Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f2.0 NCS CS lens for my Fujifilm X-E2 and in the time since I’ve been using it a lot, both locally around here and in trips to Greece and Ireland. Even though I specifically selected this lens for its qualities with respect to astrophotography, I’ve been using it for all kinds of landscapes and more, including close-ups, street and even cat photos! While I don’t do real reviews and I have no test charts to shoot or any way to measure sharpness, light fall-off or distortion, I still wanted to give you my impressions of using it in the field and show some of the images I got out of it. If you just want the punch line, here it is: I like this lens, I like it a lot. If you want to know more, read on…….

Source: blog.ucphoto.me
 


Rokinon 12mm F2.0

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Vietnam – Ein Reisebericht | Stefan Schulze

Eigentlich war der Plan super. Wir fahren bis Bao Lac und steigen um in den Bus nach Meo Vac, unserem Ziel. Sieht auf der Karte aus wie ein Katzensprung. Wir kommen so spät an, dass es an diesem Tag nirgendwo mehr hingeht, denn leider gibt es keine Busverbindung zwischen diesen Orten und auch per Anhalter will uns niemand mitnehmen. Wir mieten uns ein Zimmer. Ein sehr, sehr schlechtes, denn nachts beginnt das große Krabbeln, das Fenster lässt sich nicht schließen und das Bett ist älter als wir beide zusammen. Ich schlafe trotzdem gut, aber leider niemand sonst, was nach dem Aufwachen etwas Ärger nach sich zieht. Am nächsten Tag landen wir durch Zufall im Haus einer Bauunternehmer-Familie und nach einigen Runden verhandeln, ignorieren, Schnaps und anschweigen fährt uns ein Jeep nach Meo Vac im äußersten Nordosten Vietnams……

Source: www.iamstef.de

Fuji X-T1 Goes To Vietnam | Tewfic el-Sawy

I’ve been a loyal Canon user since I’ve started photography, and I have nothing but praise for its cameras. I shall still retain my Canon 5DII and a bunch of lenses for as long as I can. However, I realized that my style of photography has evolved during the past few years…prompting me to splurge big time on a Leica M9, and not too long ago on a Fuji X-Pro1. The evolution of my way of seeing, the lightness of these two cameras and the quality of their images laid the foundation for my being ready and very receptive for a DSLR replacement. Traveling to photograph Holi in India earlier this year, and having to hold the 5DII at shoulder-length to photograph inside temples and avoid color powder/water bequeathed me a short-lived tennis-elbow like pain, but it made me realize that DSLRs are really heavy computers with lenses attached to them……

Source: thetravelphotographer.blogspot.de
 


Fuji X-T1

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Ladakh Photo Trek Part 3 | Matt Brandon

After the official workshop ended, as often, we offered an extension on the trip. The planned extension was to Srinagar Kashmir and the surrounding valley But as you might know the Kashmir region was faced with unprecedented flooding and there was no way we would be able to lead a workshop in such surroundings. So Piet, Alou and I had to put our heads together in a hurry and come up with an alternative for Kashmir. The obvious choice became the one we went with: the amazing Nubra Valley. The Nubra Valley is located Northeast of Leh over the Khardung La (Khardung Pass). The Khardung La is touted as being the highest motorable road in the world at 5,602 m (18,379 ft). Frankly I doubt that. Our GPSs all came in closer to 5,334 m (17,500 ft). Nevertheless, it is high! So much so there is a sign posted in all caps that reads, “STAYING FOR MORE THAN 20-25 mins CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH”……

Source: thedigitaltrekker.com

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