Photography

Fuji X-E2

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 20:19 Written by Duncan Foster Monday, 17 February 2014 19:05

(To go straight to the example photos, scroll to the bottom of the article.)

I started out my more ‘serious’ digital photography with a Canon EOS 350D DSLR, which I thought was brilliant, but soon started dreaming of the EOS 5D, and decided I would get one as soon as the mark II came out. By the time it did, however, my attention had been caught by the newer compact system cameras, and instead I got the Sony NEX 5.

The NEX 5 was a great camera as well, and I found it fitted my needs so much better. Small and lightweight, but still with the same size sensor as my DSLR, I found I never took the 350D out anymore, and just used the NEX 5. There were downsides, however, and trouble soon reared its head in the NEX 5 paradise. Firstly was the difficulty of getting to any settings. While it was better than a compact camera, I ended up using it as one, as to change any settings took quite a bit of faffing. With just a couple of buttons and a scroll wheel I found it took several pushes, several scrolls and a bit of hunting to change anything. Then there was the issue of not having a viewfinder, and having to frame every photo on the screen at the back. When it was bright daylight this was nigh on impossible, and it all came to a head when I was backpacking around Vietnam and Cambodia. Sure it was great that I could travel so much lighter. Sure it was great that the photos were crisp and clear. But I never knew what my crisp, clear photos were going to be of, as I couldn't see the screen.

When I returned I started looking for a replacement. The replacement would have to be small and light, have a good quality (and size) sensor, have good manual controls and a view finder. After a lot of searching I came across the Fuji X-E1, but was put off by the reports of issues with the viewfinder and focusing. When the X-E2 came out, I read the reviews and bought myself one. Would it live up to the hype?

 

 

Belize, 2014

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Last Updated on Sunday, 16 February 2014 18:20 Written by Duncan Foster Wednesday, 12 February 2014 06:48

I had problems trying to decide what to do for a holiday this year. I wanted somewhere warm, with beaches, but also with lots to do, and motorbikes to ride. I toyed with the idea of some Caribbean islands, but none were big enough to warrant a motorbike, and I couldn't find anywhere that rented proper motorbikes as opposed to scooters. I looked at renting bikes and riding the road to Machu Picchu, but that didn't give the relaxing side of the holiday I wanted. Eventually I found Alternate Adventures in Belize; did a bit of Googling, bought a lonely planet, sold Karen on the idea, and bought tickets.

A while later I discussed it with a couple friends: Nathan, a friend from my childhood in Papua New Guinea, who now lives in Texas, and Nick, Karen's brother. Both loved the idea as well, and joined in.

The plan was simple. Alternative Adventures is based in Hopkins, a small town on the coast of Belize, about half way down the country. Hopkins was only a fishing village a few years ago, and has not grown big enough to lose its charm (at the time of writing). It is touristy enough to have lots of places to stay, and lots of good places to eat, but not so much so that the high rise concrete blocks and package tour buses have come yet. We would hire the bikes in Hopkins, spend a couple days acclimatising, then head West to the San Ignacio area for a couple days, then South to the Toledo are for a while, and see what time we had left after that.

We contacted Emma of Alternate Adventures, booked the bikes, booked three nights' accommodation at the Tipple Tree Beya Guesthouse, and dreamed of sunshine and dirt roads.

Sunrise at HopkinsCaracol - Mayan TempleMotorbikes, Karen and the Coastal Highway

 

   

A walk in the Forest

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Written by Duncan Foster Thursday, 14 November 2013 06:47

Karen and I went a walk around the Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean on Sunday. I got my camera out for the first time in a long time, and took a few photos.

   

backing up photos when travelling

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 19:05 Written by Duncan Foster Monday, 15 April 2013 20:22

I think it is fair to say that I take a not insignificant amount of photos when travelling, and also that I travel a fair amount. One of my One of my long standing issues is how to back up these photos when travelling. If your camera gets lost, or stolen, or the memory card just decides to become corrupt, you have lost all your photos, which are irreplaceable.

 

 

   

Vietnam, March 2013

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 17:08 Written by Duncan Foster Sunday, 07 April 2013 07:23

There have been many movies made about Vietnam, but most seem to be about the war. Maybe it was due to this that I had never wanted to visit it, until I saw the Top Gear Vietnam special, which showed a lot more about the beauty of modern Vietnam. My girlfriend has wanted to go for about 20 years, so we booked flights, bought the latest Lonely Planet (Karen's version was twenty years old) and packed our bags.

 

   

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