Grünau.

Documentary, travel

Note: This blog is written in English but my native language is Portuguese.  Sorry if you find typos, funny phrase constructions or odd sentences. And by the way, thanks for reading it!

 

Grünau is a Namibian settlement, located on the side of the B1, Namibia main road, and just two hours away from the South African border. I drove there for petrol and coffee during my recent road trip but ended up staying a little bit longer. It’s a massive contrast when we think about the more touristic and postcard type of landscape that Namibia is famous for but it is nevertheless a real landscape, a real settlement with just a few people resisting the passage of time.

Namibia

Namibia in six days!

Landscape, travel

It’s been a while, I know.

It makes me sad to see how long ago I wrote my last post but I had to make this pause and try to figure it out how could I keep posting and writing without any concerns of judgement about my writing. And the answer is… I need to stop worrying about it. My native language is portuguese, it is an incredible beautiful language, complex and rich and I wish I could exclusively write in portuguese but I can’t. I don’t live in Portugal and most of the people I want to communicate with, can’t read portuguese. And the blog is mainly about visual content and text is used to support that content. So what is the solution? Stop writing and just use images? Close the blog? Or stop worrying about it and use my broken english as a way of expression and to give extra context to the photographs. Well I choose the last option, even though I hate the word ‘broken’ to describe it but I guess it’s just the way it is. So from today on I will post more often, not sure how often but definitely more often than before.

Now something a little bit different – My travel gear

Reviews

It’s official. The rainy season arrived in Singapore. This week I’ve been trying to finish a post about Chinatown, mainly night shots taken with the x100, but the weather didn’t let me go out to the streets. I know, weather shouldn’t be an excuse when it comes to photography but hey, we all have our weaknesses 🙂

So I decided to do something a bit different. Actually it´s the first time that I do something like this but it makes sense. A photo travel blog should talk about traveling and that includes photography gear.

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Fujifilm X100 

The Fuji x100 became my number one choice camera for traveling. Sometimes, if it’s a short trip, the only camera that I take in my backpack.  And there are a few reasons why. First the portability, good image quality in a small package, second the fact that it is easily replaced in case of damage – this one I have I got on a second-hand online deal for a fraction of the price that I would pay for a new DSLR – and this allows me to focus exclusively on the photography rather on the possibility of damaging the camera, and finally because of the focal length, the 35 mm is arguably the most versatile and useful focal length especially for those who, like me, don’t have zoom lenses. And yes, this little camera just looks…incredible!

 

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The Fuji x100 became my number one choice camera when it comes to traveling.

 

 

 

Fujifilm XT2 + Fujinon 35 mm F2

The Fuji XT2 is a high-end Interchangeable camera that I use for more specific situations when I’m traveling, such as difficult weather conditions – its weather sealed – or if I want to do some portraits or more dramatic landscape with the use of a wide-angle lens. It’s an amazing camera, fast and responsive in every light situation and always delivers excellent quality images but it is also heavier and much more expensive than a smaller point and shoot.

The Fujinon 35 mm F2 is simply one of my favourite lenses. I truly admire everything that this lens offers. Sharpness, size, the lens design and my favourite focal length.  In most situations this lens is all that I need! And again, for traveling, it has just the perfect size and weight.

 

 

Samyang 12 mm F2

 

First thing – this is a manual focus lens – but this fact alone makes this lens an immediate great choice for travel photography. Why? Because a super wide-angle 12 mm f2 (18 mm equivalent) in such a small and light package can only be possible if the lens is manual. And it pays off when it cames to traveling. Though there are better lenses in terms of image quality it is almost impossible to beat Samyang´s price, weight and size. And with a 12 mm you can literally include all that you want inside the frame making this lens extremely useful for landscape.

 

 

 

 

Tripod and the small stuff

A tripod is always that element that I want to leave behind when I’m traveling. No matter how good the quality is, it’s a burden to take along but you end up regretting if you don’t.

Finally the small stuff. An SD card holder makes it easier to organise your memory cards, a USB pen or an external drive to download your files and one my favourites, a Iphone data transfer device that can be used any time to upload images from your phone to the cloud or a social media stream.

 

 

 

Kuala Lumpur and the f2 lightweights

travel

I’ve been in Kuala Lumpur twice in the past six months but I have never had the opportunity to make a more extended photography coverage of the city (hopefully very soon will have enough images) but still in both occasions I managed to carry my Fuji XT2 and two prime lenses – a 23mm and 35mm both f2 – and take a few shots in the streets.  This two little lenses are up to everything basically and for many reasons they are the first choice when I make my travel plans.

 

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The Fujinon 23mm f2

 

 

The Fujinon 35mm f2

 

 

 

 


Fujifilm XT2

Fujinon xf 23mmf2

Fujinon xf 35mmf2


 

Table Mountain

Cape Town | 开普敦

travel

No matter how organised you are, things never really happen the way you plan, especially when traveling. We went back to Cape Town and some of our initial thoughts to shoot and document the trip didn’t quite happen the way we expected. In fact they didn’t happen at all. You see, we have a toddler and toddlers basically control your agenda. They boss your life without you even notice – If you have one of those you know what I’m talking about. It all started when we set foot on a plane for a fourteen hours flight. After that we needed two days to recover from the experience and another two days to prepare ourselves mentally for the return flight.

Still I managed to take a few shots and share them here, not as much as this city deserves, but we will return to Cape Town very soon and hopefully by then, share a lot more.

 

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Landing in Johannesburg airport at sunrise

 

Lions Head

I used my first couple of hours of ‘free time’ to go to Lions Head mountain. It´s a peak with almost seven hundred meters high nestled between the Atlantic and the famous Table Mountain. The hike takes around forty-five minutes (depending on your level of fitness) and the views you get of the Mother City are fantastic. It was the third time that I hiked Lions Head so I tried to see things with a different perspective but I ended up focusing on the obvious – Table Mountain, the gorgeous Camps Bay and and Robben Island.

 

 

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Wide perspective of Table Mountain National Park

 

Mouille Point and Sea Point promenade

A brief walk by the seaside just to confirm something that Capetonians are famous for – they vanish during winter. And believe me when I say that winter in Cape Town is not that bad. It is actually fairly pleasant with a few cold nights but mild sunny days. And still, just when the first not-so-pleasant days kick in, they disappear. Well, they don’t really disappear, you can still find them in malls, bars and restaurants but the point here is that the city changes dramatically when compared to Summer. Streets became wider and shadows far more obvious. And it’s not a bad thing. It’s just the way it is.

 

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Time was scarce and days flew faster than the infamous Cape Town wind. But you cannot leave Cape Town without the taste of a good ‘Braai’ especially if you are visiting friends and family. ‘Braai’ is the Afrikaans word for barbecue but in South Africa ‘Braai’ is more than just a barbecue, it’s a whole institution and everyone takes it very seriously.

 

” The word braaivleis (English: /ˈbrfls/; Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈbrɑːifləis]) is Afrikaans for grilled meat. The word braai (plural braais) is Afrikaans for barbecue or grill and is a social custom in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi. The term originated with the Afrikaans-speaking people,[1] but has since been adopted by South Africans of many ethnic backgrounds. The word vleis is Afrikaans for meat. ”

from wikipedia

 

Cape Town

Cape Town CBD

Braai Master

Our ‘Braai Master’ for the evening

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The Little Boss !

 

See you soon soon Cape Town!

 


Fujifilm X-T2

Fujinon 35mm F2

Fujinon 56mm f1.2

Samyang 12mm F2