First Time Down Under!
I write this article sitting at a small desk in my room/ apartment in Canggu in Bali. I have been here for a couple of days and I have settled again just fine into tropical island life. Presently it is raining, it is after all that time of the year here, where that happens frequently. So, I try to make good use of my time and write a post…
I was here in Bali in January for the first time, liked it, but after the first week it rained so much that I felt, I needed to feel more sun, after all I have fled central Europe and it’s inclement winter weather. You don’t leave snow for rain, right?
A few months ago I purchased the Fujinon 50- 140mm F/2.8, but it wasn’t until a recent trip that I got to run it through it’s paces, actual shooting conditions on the beach in Cabarete or the nearby surfing beach ‘El Encuentro’ . Cabarete is located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, east of the airport of Puerto Plata. It is one of handful of top spots where you can surf, wind & kite-surf, all within a short stretch of coastline.
Before I switched to the Fuji X-T model line I used the canon 70-200 f/2.8 and the more compact 70-200 f/4 IS. The later I acquired after years of owning the 2.8 version and noticing, that I left it due to the weight more and more at home. Both where sharp, although the f/4 version was markedly sharper. I loved that light f/4 lens and I wanted something similar for my Fuji camera set up…
A little over a week ago I spent 2 days in the mountains nearby, the Alpstein. These mountains are part of the Swiss Alps, sort of a northeastern promontory with a very interesting geology, craggy and steep ridges intercepted by lovely valleys and ‘Alps’.
I stayed overnight in an Auberge ‘Gasthaus Bollenwees’. The next morning I met a fellow photographer, Kathrin Grissemann. In a spontaneous decision we agreed to hike together a route up to the Säntis, the highest peak in this mountain range. We were spurred by the promise of improving weather, clearing skies and potentially awesome conditions for creating photographs.
The days are hot and sunny, well most of them… Here in Switzerland, central Europe it is not unusual to get a few days, or even a week of rain in the middle of the summer, temperature drops and even snow up in the higher regions of the Alps.
I am working part time as a Lifeguard at a local pool and of course we are the busiest on the hot, sunny days. It’s enjoyable work most days, maybe a little stressful at times, but overall pretty nice. I do take a camera to work at times and hope for a good image opportunity.
A wile back I wrote a review about the C50i tripod also from Rollei. With the start of the backpacking/ hiking and biking season I was looking around for an even lighter and more compact table tripod, something slightly sturdier than a Gorilla Pod. I own a Gorilla Pod and it has it’s uses too.
When I bought the Rollei C50i, I purchased the item on impulse, at the time that tripod was on discount. I ended up using it regularly and enjoyed it’s attributes and that led me to writing a review at the time. Rollei C50i.
With the late spring coming to central Europe and our north-eastern part of Switzerland came the wish to explore my neck of the woods some more.
I was looking forward to explore especially the ‘Alpstein‘ a northern section of the Alps, that is quick and easy to reach from St.Gallen the city where I live. I got myself a new pair of hiking boots and I was ready to hit the trail.
In the past week I shot some images with Mo. I had talked her into a photo shooting session maybe a month ago and in the past week we managed to coordinate our schedules…
A few days ago I had the chance to test my recently acquired Fuji XT-2 in a ‘Environmental’ Portrait session. I was curious to see, how the camera would respond and feel during the actual shooting and I wanted to see the quality and the dynamic range the final images would display.
It took time to get my own Fuji XT-2, I ordered one late November of 2016 and by the end of the year I still had no Idea when I would get my hands one one. Reason: Backorder…
Anyway by early February I finally held one in my hands and got to do a bit of personal testing/ exploring. Reading lot’s of reviews did prepare me in a rudimentary way of what the camera has to offer, but in order to learn to use it, I needed to take it out and shoot with it.
I was wondering last night, how I should end the year 2016 in photographic terms? Than it came to me and I decided to simply post some of my favorite images, that I have taken around these parts in the past year.