It’s March and it has been two months since I was with Monica. And as it’s just been my birthday it’s a really good idea to celebrate it a bit longer in Barcelona.
Ending 2015 in Barcelona with Monica was a great way to celebrate the beginning of of a new year and so why not repeat it? Luckily Monica agreed, so for the last few days of 2016 and the first four of 2017 I was in Barcelona again.
There is a song by Manu Chao called ‘Me gustas tu‘ that -Monica once told me- is used by many people to learn words in Spanish. One of the lines in this song is ‘Me gusta Guatemala, me gustas tu’, and I’d get a change to experience that for myself this year. Monica visits her family every year and when deciding on our vacation plans for this year, we came to the conclusion that it would be a great idea to visit Guatemala together. I’d get to meet Monica’s family and friends in Guatemala and see the beauty of Monica’s country. However when it’s summer in Europe, Guatemala has it’s rain season. So we had to wait a while and on October 23 I finally started on an incredible journey…
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 :)
Monica and I are planning a vacation to Guatemala later this year, but we can’t just let the summer pass without a vacation so we found a great destination in the south of Spain. A new location for us with loads of different architectural buildings and plazas to discover and it’s hot hot hot!
Visiting Barcelona in the coldest time of the year… Is that a good idea? Well, it’s still a lot warmer there than in Assen, so I wasn’t too worried. And flights in February were well priced too. And well… excuses aren’t really necessary for visiting my girlfriend again, are they?
Here are a few more images of my visit to Barcelona in December. I shot them on Ilford Delta 400, a bit too grainy for my taste, so I added a little bit of noice-reduction in Lightroom.
Personally I also see a little but of out-of-focus shots here and there, but that’s the reason why the Leica is currently in Will van Manen‘s care for a check-up.
Having finished my vacation in Italy, I started work with an intense training (TMAP Testing) including a grueling few weeks of studying, trying practice-exams and skipping a lot of fun events. I really wanted to visit M. (and Barcelona) after the final exam, either as a prize or to help me forget a bad result. Either way: Barcelona it was to be.
It was high time for a vacation and having visited the bigger cities the last few years for my vacations and Barcelona being a second home of some sorts by now, both M. and I wanted to go somewhere that really felt like a vacation. Away from the busy city life that Barcelona and Assen (ahum) are and find beautiful places to visit.