A few weeks back as I sipped my coffee driving east toward a sunrise location on the snowy backroads of Montana I came to sudden realization. I was about to celebrate one year of making images with my Fuji X-T1. The last year of making images with my new camera system has been a bit of a revolution and creative awakening. As I’ve mentioned before, I was a bit nervous about switching camera systems from the more traditional digital Nikon DSLR that I had been shooting for a decade. It had served me well, but the bulk and heavier weight were starting to wear me down for my travels. As I started to research lighter weight systems I realized the mirrorless technology has come a long way and performance specs were up to snuff with DSLR for a fraction of the weight and bulk……..
Im ersten Teil meines Reiseberichts hatte ich schon einiges zu den ersten Stationen meines Trips durch die Toskana geschrieben. Weiter geht’s! Nach einem wunderschönen Abend in Cortona, geprägt von leckerer Pizza auf einem zentralen Platz, kam der nächste Morgen und die tägliche Frage, wohin wir als nächstes fahren wollen. Wir wollten grob in Richtung Pienza, so dass die Wahl auf einen Stop in Montepulciano fiel. Richtige Entscheidung, wie sich im Nachhinein herausstellen sollte. Denn Montepulciano ist nicht nur schön, sondern hat wohl auch die beste Osteria ganz Italiens. Wie wir sie gefunden haben? Nun, nachdem wir den Ort einigermaßen erkundet hatten, vor allem die Weingewölbe der Deutschen Musikschule vor Ort, bekamen wir Hunger und gingen in das erstbeste Lokal… DIE Osteria! Wer konnte schon ahnen, dass wir so einen Glücksgriff landen werden? Wir wurden direkt auf eine Bank neben andere Leute gesetzt, und unser Versuch, einen etwas intimeren Platz im Lokal zu bekommen, wurden klar abgewiesen. Andere Länder, andere Sitten, dachten wir uns, und bestellten Pasta und Gnocchi……..
Es gibt Phasen im Leben, da muss man abschalten, runterkommen, alles sortieren und sich neu ausrichten. Ground Control ist der sichere Hafen, aber in diesen Lebensabschnitten kann es helfen aus seiner gewohnten Umgebung auszubrechen, um den Kopf frei zu bekommen. Grenzenlose Freiheit und der Drang sich selbst zu entdecken führte Major Tom und seinen besten Astronautenfreund in die Toskana. In genau jene Region in Italien, die wohl die malerischste ist. Voller Ruhe. Inspiration. Freundschaft. Und viel Kraft und Orientierung, die man nur tanken muss. Die nachfolgenden Bilder zeigen die fotografischen Ergebnisse eines Soul Trips durch die Toskana. Die Bildsprache ist sicher anders und entspricht nicht den gewohnten Fotografien aus der Region. Aber sehe es als Chance, die Toskana mit komplett neuen Augen zu sehen. Mit meinen…..
Heads-up X100-series fans, the popular fixed-lens APS-C X-series camera from Fuji now has a younger sibling in the X70, and while the sensor size and resolution remain the same, much is certainly different about the Fuji X70. For starters, it’s a wider lens at 28mm eq, and the camera is much smaller and lighter. But of perhaps equal or even greater significance to many is that the X70 costs just a little over half the price of the X100T, and yet it still retains the characteristic wealth of vintage external controls that fans of X-series cameras tend to crave. The first question from us at IR with a new camera line is virtually always the same: „How’s the image quality?“ Our First Shots from our test laboratory Still Life target are generally the best place to begin………
Delhi is an enormous city – probably why it is in its own state. The size of it is mind-boggling, with 16.3 million inhabitants (London has 8.1 according to versus.com). It’s smoky, rammed with cars and people and extremely noisy, 24/7. Both Sarah and I were advised to get to India, adjust and then return to Delhi having experienced a bit of the country, acclimatising a little, as it can be quite a culture-shock. So, other than one night on arrival, that is what we did. In fact, we visited Varanasi before returning to Delhi so by then, Delhi was a walk in the park! On return to Delhi, we were keen to get into Old Delhi. We had been to Hanoi in Vietnam a few years earlier and I had a similar image in my mind. This was reasonably accurate but Hanoi has more motorbikes. Old Delhi is, well… old, hot, smelly and dirty. But we really loved it……..
Jaisalmer is a living fort in the Thar Desert, in north-west India, relatively close to the border with Pakistan. Ideal given my dislike of both heat, sand and the sun! It is one of the places in India that should be seen but is a bit of a slog to get to and out of the way of virtually everything else. Once there, it’s easy to see why people should and are encouraged to go and see it. Peppering the desert around the fort are old derelict ruins of entire villages, the fort stands high on its walled foundations and can be seen for miles around.The village shown below was abandoned (according to the events we were told by our guide, shown cooking) following a King’s forced marriage with a very young girl who he then maltreated, leading to the entire village vacating one night in protest of him and in support of her. We visited this old village on our way out into the desert for the most uncomfortable 45 minutes I have ever experienced – aboard a camel……..
I have been shooting with Fuji for over two years now. I was a happy Nikon full frame shooter but was looking for something smaller and more lightweight which would still offer decent image quality and the possibility for quick access to the most important settings. Little did I know then how much I would come to love the X series by Fuji. I first used it only for fun and travelling and am now using it more and more also for paid jobs. It all started with an X-E1 and the wonderful 35mm f/1.4 R. I now most of the time use an X-T1 and have a couple of prime lenses to choose from as well as an X100T (which is the camera I take along always and every day) with both converters……
As I am sitting in my office I get a notification from Facebook. Sebastian arrived on the Lofoten. I always wanted to go there in January or February. So I just booked a flight and here we go again. Sadly Natascha is not able to join, so is Frank. My base camp will be again Anne Gerd’s Lofoten Guesthouse – simply the best! I will drive to Hamburg, fly to Oslo, then fly to Tromsö and from there take the Hurtigruten south to Stamsund. What a wonderful trip…but a long one to finally get there. Everything is fine until I reach Oslo. Because of a heavy storm many flights are canceled. I am lucky and my flight isn’t – so I am on time in Tromsö. Around midnight the Hurtigruten arrives and I really am happy to spend 20 hours on the Polarlys – my favorite ship. The next day I am told that because of the storm it is not sure wether the ship will make it into Stamsund harbor……..
I just need to get this out of the way. If you’ve not visited Vietnam, do so as soon as you can. The people, the culture, the food, the traffic, the history behind the nation, and so much more are something every traveler or adventurer must experience. I am already planning to go back. We were very fortunate with this trip, having been hired to shoot an incredible wedding in Saigon for Winnie and Elvin, which enabled us to extend our travels throughout Vietnam afterwards. Since the wedding was our main priority, a full kit was packed for our travels, including my prized Fuji family below, with the XF35 F2 being a late addition just before we left Australia. Despite having such a formidable kit, outside of the wedding, most of it didn’t see much use*, as the new XF35 F2 completely dominated as a discrete and powerful combination with either the XT-1 or XT-10. I cannot praise the new XF35 F2 highly enough…….