Posts in Category: Travel

Australia Part 2

Skyline MelbourneDay 7: The flight with Tiger Airlines takes off early afternoon and arrives in Melbourne in a little over an hour. I pick up my rental car and drive into the inner city to my hotel, the traffic is not bad, it’s Saturday. Parking the car is a bit of hassle and I decide to return it as soon as possible. Again, similar to Sydney, public transportation is good, good enough for me. I only got the car to drive The Great Ocean Road, all my other points of interest are all close by in the metropolitan area.

I am loosing track of the days now…

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Australia Part 1

First Time Down Under!Qantas Airlines Boing 737 Wing with Dawn showing

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?

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Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens

A few months ago I purchased the Fujinon 50- 140mm F/2.8,Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 Zoomlens 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…

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Fuji XT-2 goes to Tenerife

It took time to get my own Fuji XT-2, I ordered one late November of 2016Photo of the Fuji XT-2 with the Kit lens 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.

At the Moon and Stars Festival

A couple of weeks ago I went on a road trip with some friends to theTom Jones at the Moon and Stars Festival in Locarno in Switzerland southern part of Switzerland, the Tessin and northern Italy. The Tessin is south of the Alps and therefore the weather is usually warmer, sunnier and more mediterran.

Moon and Stars is a week long music festival located on the ‘Piazza Grande’ of Locarno, a charming setting in the center of the town. The main act on the given night where: Earth Wind & Fire and Tom Jones.

Rome

Statues on top of the plaza facing St. Peters Basilica.Last Sunday we, my brothers Andreas and Donat, his son Remus and I, few to Rome for a quick city visit. It is fall vacation time here in Europe.

Donat had lived in Rome years back for some time and Andreas had visited there a number of times, as did Remus. For me it was a first! We got our feet on the ground so to speak early afternoon and went for a stroll immediately, not a moment to waste…

Donat took the lead and guided us through the streets, from the back of the Vatican, where we stayed to the front and eventually into the great ‘piazza’ facing St. Peters Basilica. The size and grandeur of the plaza and the basilica is impressive! Even more astounding is the interior of the church…

Lake Cruise

Just a week back I tried a new route across the lake 'Bodensee'. It was a spur of the moment decision with the boat leaving the dock in Rorschach just after 5pm. The trip would take me to Langenargen, a neat small town on the German side of the lake. The prominent landmark in Langenargen is the Castle of Montfort. It is also used as a restaurant and for events. (the caste is at the very left of the first image.

From there I had to take a train to Friedrichshafen and from there back to the Swiss side of the lake to Romanshorn the car ferry. The last image shows the Swiss Cruise Ship Fleet at their moorings in the harbor, night descending...

Castle Montfort, Langenargen

Schweizerische Bodensee Schifffahrt