To start of the year well I had my first ride on the Bianchi on January first. Here’s to a new year with (hopefully) many more rides and lots of photos of the rounds, wherever I make them :)
It was a mere 63km with a bit of rain, a tiny amount of sun and loads of glass on the cycling paths from smashed (beer)bottles. A mere miracle I made it home without any flats along the way. My personal condition at the moment is nothing to be proud about, but I’ll get to work on that now the holidays are over!
So I’ve added another camera to my collection. And I can hear you all now “What? Another one” and yes, it’s a fair question because I do have a few. But I didn’t have a good compact camera and there’s a few good reasons for wanting one any way…
Last night (at midnight even), just returning home after a concert I immediately started building a Swedish designer ‘rolling table’. I got some power to the thing in the morning, moved some appliances and voila: my very own coffee station. I’m extremely happy with it!
As the year draws to an end I’ve been thinking over the many activities over the past year. New experiences, great moments, a few lesser moments and oh so many photos.
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…
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 :)
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).
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 :)
When I got my X-Pro1 a few years ago, the first lens I had (and I had that before the X-Pro1 even) was a Fujifilm 18-55mm kit lens. It was (and still is) considered to be one of the best kit-lenses you get with any camera by any brand. I sold it not to long after and just maybe I’ll buy it back…
It’s a bit of a painful decision, but sometimes the mind has to take charge over the heart and as much as I love my Leica set, I have to come to the honest conclusion that it will not bring me what I had so fiercely hoped. What with the X-Pro set now completely filling my needs the Leica M6 was a wish I had for many years, mostly when I was mainly shooting the heavy Canon set. So now that I finally have my wish: a gorgeous and recently CLA’d Leica set, I find that I only bring and shoot it as an afterthought and therefore -with pain in my heart and a tear or two in my eyes- I have sadly decided to sell of the Leica set. I’ll shoot photos of the individual parts in the next few days and see where it will get me.