Travel Photography

8 Days in Hawaii | Ian MacDonald

We recently returned from a family vacation to Hawaii, specifically to the island of Oahu.  It was an amazing week (plus a day) of sun, shared experiences with the family and of course, photography. Like many other photographers, family vacations for me have always been a struggle between sharing the trip with my family, but also wanting to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right gear, to capture a great image.   Planning for this trip was helped greatly by a series David Hobby and Andrew Tomasino have on Lynda.com called The Traveling Photographer. In that series, David talks about striking the right balance between being a photographer and  being a husband and father. I’ll tell you right now this is not always the easiest thing to do. Creative people have a desire to…. well…. create.  The true definition of photography is to write with light, and the best light often comes right when it would make sense to schedule and plan a family activity…..

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Fujifilm X-T1 & Accessories

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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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Fuji X100S

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Trip to Rome | Luke Walker

It’s been almost a year since I’ve had the opportunity to get out and about with my X100s. I’ve shot a handful of photos and I took some when over the Christmas break when I was abroad but not enough. Not enough to feel 100% comfortable using it again. Last week I spent several days in Rome and really wanted to get some decent photos. Although I took a few I’m happy with, I feel most are too cliché and I missed some killer street shots. If you want to get the most out of the camera then you need to use it on a regular basis, otherwise the little git will play hard to get: the menu isn’t overly easy to navigate but more importantly getting the focussing to work in a way that suits your style takes some getting used to. Maybe it’s just me, but either way, I need to keep using it more so that when I do get to use it for extended periods it feels natural. I’m no expert but you can’t expect to bag those unique moments if you’re faffing around with the camera settings 90% of the time…..

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Fuji X100S

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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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Lost in White Sands National Monument | Steven Dempsey

Living life on the road has afforded me experiences I would never have had otherwise. My wife and I began our journey from Seattle through Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Our adventures continued through Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Each of these states has been unique and a few places have left an indelible mark on me. The Grand Canyon was one and so was my recent trip to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. As a photographer, this is like a child’s playground. It’s akin to being in the Sahara only the sand is a beautiful and pure white. Visually it’s what would happen if you mixed snow and sand together. I had been here a few times before so I knew what to expect and I was really excited to take my trusty X-T1 with me to capture the magic. On this day, I planned two trips; sunrise and sunset. The park doesn’t open till 7am and the sun rose at 6am so it wasn’t exactly a sunrise shoot but I was more concerned with capturing the angle of the low light on the sand ripples…….

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Fuji X-T1

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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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My favourite X photographs | Richard Simko

It was October 2012 when I purchased my first Fuji X camera.  I was after a small, inconspicuous yet capable camera and I got myself a Fuji X-E1 with 35mm Fujinon lens. This combo seemed to be the best fit at the time. Prior to Fuji, I have tried small cameras from other manufacturer but I was not completely happy for one reason or another. They were of the first generation of mirrorless cameras. At that time a new, but promising technology. I knew that sooner or later there will be a camera that would fit me. I just had to be patient. And I am not talking about megapixels or any of that nonsense. I am talking about a tool that would allow me to focus on my vision and communicate that through the photographs. That „camera“ happened to be from Fuji. To this date I owned 3 of them and I liked them all. To me they felt very natural. Quirki at the times but nothing too serious. I read many comments and complains from other people who didn’t like to use them. That’s perfectly fine. Just use whatever camera you like. I have friends who tried Fuji and didn’t feel comfortable with it. They moved to different system and guess what. They  make beautiful images. One camera will not fit everyone. Pick yours and make it work the way you like. I did……

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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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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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