In the past few days the Borger church was home to a bluegrass concert and a blues concert. In February 17 I was back in Vanslag again, but this time for The Roseville Band, alternative indie rock from Wales.
I had to look well for it this year as the location had changed from the Der Aa church to the Synagog in Groningen. Both lovely serene locations and the exposition is, as it is every year, really quite impressive. Both in beauty as in horror…
I also hadn’t yet tried a panorama at some distance with the Fujinon 18-135n lens and wanted to try that too, just to have a bit of an idea what I’m going to be working with :) All in all quite happy with the result…
For the vacation that is up ahead I’m traveling with a slightly different set this time. The main thing is one ‘all-purpose-lens’ that will prevent lens-swapping.
It’s taken quite some time to fit this bag together as I’ll be on a trip far far away and I do not want to miss any great shots. However bringing all of my prime lenses will simply distract too much from enjoying the vacation. That said… there is only so much I can do without (at least, that is what I told myself) so some items simply are necessary.
I will be taking a backpack this time instead of a messenger bag because I’ll mainly use the 18-135mm lens and won’t need to swap lenses. The backpack will hold most of the other items as far as I need them with me.
Of course the X-Pro2 will come along. And I will use the 18-135 lens as my main lens. It means that I will loose some of the shallow depth shots, but on the other hands I won’t miss shots swapping lenses. The 14mm is an extra for some specific shots if I run into the opportunity.
The X100 is my backup and might be helpful if the X-Pro2 and the big lens are ‘just too much’ or for some low light photos (the 23mm 2.0 lens is hard to beat).
I’ll also bring two Hoya ND filters and a polariser for the 18-135mm. I hope to have some time and a few beautiful locations for a bit of artistic photography. Further I’ll bring my small Fujifilm flash as I’ve missed enough photos simply because I forgot to bring the flash.
For stable shots I have a mini Manfrotto tripod and a normal one from Mefoto, both very well to carry around.
And of course there my iPhone for the ‘on hand shots’. The iPad is handy for some reading in the resting times here and there, but also as a mini photo-editor and posting some photos when we happen upon a bit of WiFi.
I’ll bring lots of Sandisk cards and batteries and a battery pack to keep the devices going and going and going. In the ‘Visible Dust’ pouch there is a little maintenance kit and the lower left item is a 3000 lumen flashlight.
Now give me 10 to 15 minutes to throw some clothes together in a suitcase and I’m done :)
I’ve never backed up my car while parking as when I realised this was parked behind me…
I really ought to get back to shooting the X-Pro2 soon, it’s just that on sunny Sundays like yesterday the Bianchi is way more attractive then any camera could ever be. And the iPhone 6S might not be as good, it is light and as it’s used for GPS-tracking it’s also always with me. So a few more iPhone shots from the road then!
A couple more after the break:
Last Friday I was back at Vanslag as Jess Klein’s announcement sounded really interesting. She is traveling with her husband Mike June who’d play as her ‘opening act’. A really interesting way to tour together :)
A small sidestep from a normal blog-post on photography, but as I often take a camera (the iPhone as a bear minimum) with me on rides and there will most likely feature a few more photos of my road bike on the site, I thought I’d introduce the new addition to my arsenal of bikes (there are 4 or them now).
Several weeks ago I read that New Cool Collective was coming to Assen, my home town! How cool is that? Very cool! And it’s a good thing, because the name of the festival opening the cultural season of Assen would not have grabbed my attention at all. Preuvenement is about the worst name of an event I’ve heard in a long time. But that didn’t matter: New Cool is here to make us forget that awful name.
Bauke Mollema is a busy guy. Fresh out of the Tour the France he raced and won the Boxmeer criterium, raced in Surhuisterveen, won the Clasica San Sebastian in Spain and then raced in Rio at the Olympics. And then he came back the the Netherlands as soon as he could to race in the Gouden Pijl criterium yesterday.
The Tour de France 2016 is over now and traditionally that means that criteriums (or crits) are being raced. As usual the first one is in Boxmeer, that was Monday immediately after the last stage of the Tour. A day later the second race was held in the north of the Netherlands: Surhuisterveen and as that was close and I finally was in a position to go, I went. It was also the only one that Chris Froome would do (that will be because of preparation of the Olympics I think).
I’ve said goodbye to my Leica M6 today. The last time I said goodbye was earlier this year to have it fully cleaned and readjusted. But now it’s for real. Although the set works like a charm, I’ve come to the conclusion that the main reason I wanted a Leica M6 was because I wanted something radically different from the Canon EOS series and in the time I was building up the Leica set, I’ve also built a decent Fujifilm X-Pro set, including primes and that fits my needs a lot better.
I still often took the Leica M6 along with me on trips, but it only got used as a bit of an afterthought (oh yeah, I have to use the Leica too…) and for that a full Leica set is too expensive and a shame. Also the whole thing has cost me a bit too much to keep this on just for that.
So I had to make a choice: fully start using the Leica M6 or sell it of again. And sold it was, along with the 90mm lens. I still have the Summicron 35mm and Summicron 50mm (both with a fresh CLA), for which I hope to find good new owners soon. Together that should make a good start for a new roadbike and perhaps an extra Fujifilm lens :)
Am I done with analog? No, not completely. However as far as 35mm film is concerned I am. I’m still hoping to run into a good (and affordable!!!) Rolleicord or Yashica Mat at some point. Or even a lovely 4×5 large format :)