I took 2 dare decisions last October. First I decided to travel to Vietnam solo and second I ditched my Canon DSLR to travel only with Fujifilm cameras x100s and X-E1. The actual planning of the trip started couple of months back. I was a bit confused where to start the trip south or north of Vietnam and whether to include the middle part of Vietnam. The thing about Vietnam is that everything is possible. Airlines were available and my options were wide open. After some serious research I decided to stick to the north for this trip and leave the other parts for another trip (yes there will be other trips!). Hanoi, Lao Cai (Sapa & BacHa) and Halong Bay were the areas I visited in this 10 days adventure……
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End of November, I left for a two week photo-flying adventure to New Zealand. While we had been to New Zealand on a similar trip before (Flying Camper trip 2006), we this time decided to limit ourselves to the South Island. Rather than carrying my normal heavy DSLR equipment, I only took two mirror-less Fujifilm cameras and a few small lenses and a lightweight tripod. More info on the testing of the pre-production Fujifilm X-E2 on the New Zealand trip, can be found in this previous blogpost. On trips like these we typically also rent a single engine aircraft beside the normal rental car to travel around the places we visit; making it a “photo-flying adventure. This gives me the opportunity to do some aerial photography of the same places I do landscape photography of. Rather than flying high wing Cessna’s which we normally rent, this time we went for a low wing Piper Warrior III. This meant I had to shoot through the plexi windows rather than an open window in the Cessna. Not ideal…
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It was Sue’s birthday. She gathered us in a big house in Llanberis in North Wales and gave us our orders. We were to climb Mount Snowdon. It was to be her final peak to climb in her list of modestly sized UK mountains to climb before thirty. My fingers crossed for the weather, I picked up my ever-so-light X100, put on my mighty-fine Brasher boots (thanks again mum!) and made sure that at least one of us was stocked up with Kendal Mint Cake. The only problem, I was labouring under a titanic hangover combined with a horribly early morning. Last night’s twin celebration of Sue’s birthday and the birth of my best friend’s first baby left me completely shattered. Or as the Welsh would say, ‘Wedi blino!’….
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I’ve just returned from spending a few weeks in Vietnam and Thailand during which I gave my Fuji X-pro1 quite a workout. It performed perfectly, even in the middle of a rainstorm. Luckily, we had clear weather for our days in Ha Long Bay. Most of these images were shot with the Fujinon 18-55mm lens, which I picked up as a carry around lens for this trip, and while it’s perfect for vacation snapshots and casual shooting, it still doesn’t beat our the 35mm 1.4 for image quality and sharpness. They’ve now released a 23mm prime that looks fantastic, but costs nearly $900….
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Als wäre es gestern gewesen. Wenn ich mir die Bilder von unserem Fjäll Äventyr anschaue, bin ich in Gedanken wieder dort. Im Reich der Rentiere stapfe ich durch feuchtes Moos – auf dem Rücken schweres Gepäck und an meiner Seite Anna, die zum ersten Mal mit mir hier unterwegs ist. Was vor vielen Wochen noch in Schweden begann, ist nun endlich fertig geworden: der Text über unsere Tour von Foskros nach Tänndalen. Draußen hält der schwedische Nieselregel seit Stunden an. Es ist die Art von Regen, bei der man sich beim Wandern ständig fragt, ob man den Regenponcho auspacken soll oder nicht. Jetzt sitze ich im Warmen und habe den zweiten Saunagang hinter mir.Der Sommer hat sich hier in Westschweden seit Tagen verabschiedet. Das Thermometer klettert kaum über zehn Grad. Doch wer im August zum Wandern nach Schweden ins Fjäll fährt, der tut das nicht wegen der Sonnenstunden. Anna und ich haben es uns im Ferienhaus meiner Eltern gemütlich gemacht und genießen entspannte Tage nach unserer neuntägigen Tour. Neun Tage, in denen wir das spätsommerliche Fjäll unterschiedlicher wohl kaum erleben konnten. Stürmisch-kalt blies uns der Wind auf den Hochebenen entgegen. Fast märchenhaft und idyllisch erlebten wir die Laub- und Nadelwälder. Regen und Sonne wechselten sich ab…..
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Yesterday I returned from an exciting 2 week photo-adventure to the South island of New Zealand. Like on my earlier photo-flying trips, they are generally a combination of traveling by car and partly by light aircraft. Typically we rent a single engine aircraft for part of the trip, flown by my wife, while I’m responsible for the aerial photography part. Even though, I’ve been mainly shooting with Pro Nikon DSLR gear over the last 8 years, I have recently developed a strong passion in using a mirror-less Fujifilm X-E1 camera as my standard travel companion for my shorter trips. To take it a step further, this trip would be the first one where I would leave the heavy Nikon DSLR and lenses home. Not an easy decision, but definitively an interesting challenge! ust before leaving for “Down under”, FujiFilm Middle East gave me a pre-production Fujifilm X-E2, to field test during the two week trip. Beside these two X series Fuji’s, my camera bag also held the following XF Fujinon lenses; 14mm, 27mm, 18-55mm and 55-200mm. For a detailed list of what exactly was in my camera bag, click here. Please be advised that I’m in no way sponsored by Fujifilm and that everything written her under is 100% my own opinion. This is not a full review of the new camera but rather a practical test-drive and test-flight (no pun intended), where I will list some of the good and not so good of the Fuji…….
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So firstly, I have to apologise for going missing for so long, a house move and a crazy few months have kept me from updating the blog. Anyway, I’m back and to kick off I’m going to chat about my trips over the summer and how I coped with the x-pro 1 instead of my dslr. My first couple of trips, one to Wales and then one to Spain, I bottled it and took the 5d with me as well, I absolutely didn’t need to, the x-pro didn’t let me down at all and the longer I use the fuji kit, the more intuitive my way of working with it becomes. This is absolutely crucial for me, I don’t even want to think about my kit when I’m working, and the fuji really lends itself to that, I can have everything mapped out on physical buttons so I’m not stuck messing about in menus instead of taking a shot. The absolute best thing about the Fuji x-pro 1 for travel is how compact yet sturdy it is. The camera feels solid, balances well in your hand and with a decent sling can be carried around all day without the usual ache from lugging a dslr with a few lenses….
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The Yamuna is one of the most sacred rivers in India. It is the river that graces the foreground of many timeless photos of the Taj Mahal. It is the river that runs through the megalopolis of Delhi and it is strangely one of the last landmarks I consider when thinking of Delhi. I find this odd. Is it possible to think of London without imagining the Thames…Paris without picturing the Seine…New York without the Hudson or East River? I’ve lived in Delhi for over 3 years and have never strolled the banks of the Yamuna. I’ve been to most of Delhi’s “Top Ten” and I’ve visited many dark corners and colorful monuments recommended by friends. This is such a huge city full of “undiscovered” places. While searching Google Maps last week for a new niche to visit, I stumbled on the blue streak that runs through Delhi. OH YEAH, the Yamuna! Let’s go there…..
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Over the last year, as I have gotten used to a downsized system I’ve grown a great deal as a photographer and I’ve come to realize that less complications really does lead to better vision. I started carrying a smaller system to protect my shoulder and so, at the end of the day, I would feel good instead of dog tired! I can’t express how much I appreciate that Fuji made this system, it is really meeting my needs, and, at least, in my opinion, my work has stepped up several levels. One thing is certain, I’m having the most fun I’ve had as a photographer! Now I will admit that I now own almost as much Fuji X system gear in weight as my Nikon stuff!! So where is the weight savings? I don’t carry all of it at one time, unless, it’s in the back of the SUV, which is th same way I carry the Nikon stuff! I have, (for now), new stuff keeps coming out, three distinct systems for different kinds of trips. The trip where I want to get great images, but don’t want to deal with even a small bag! I simply love the Fuji X100s and with the 35mm (equiv.) f 2 lens it works for 90% of what I want to shoot! It does good enough for “reasonable” close-ups, and the lens is tack, tack, tack sharp (that means really sharp!!) I carry a couple of spare batteries, a couple of chargers in my carry on luggage! A spare SD card, and I’m set! I do have a polarizer, but rarely use it on this camera, it just makes such stunning images, I enjoy not having the hassle! This is my go everywhere, shoot “almost” anything, desert Island camera!…..
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Johnny and I had a wonderful 8 days in Paris earlier this month. It was our first time there together, and we were both completely overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. The city embodies elegance and culture – from the graceful trees to the architecture to the refined cuisine and the visible appreciation for the arts. We were able to visit the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa in person (an incredible experience), hike up to the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur for a panoramic view of Paris, enjoy a boat ride on the Seine, and walk around at the Eiffel Tower. We rode the Metro a few times, met for coffee with a couple of fellow photographers, and visited a flea market to admire some French antiquities. Other than that we just walked around the 11th Arrondissement a lot, where our hotel was, and enjoyed the cafe culture, the numerous camera shops and wonderful restaurants. I really feel incredibly lucky to have been able to travel to so many beautiful places this year. And more than that, to be able to share these experiences with the man I love, who is the most wonderful companion I could ever ask for…..
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