While in Coober Pedy on my central Australian trip we had heard about the Breakaways and everyone who mentioned it said you have to go. So we did.
It was a bit of a drive out of town, and then we had to go down a long dirt road. It was very corrugated so not a pleasant trip. Needs to be graded.
We had headed out towards the end of the day because we thought it might be good for sunset, but once we got there we realised that it probably wouldn’t be. Maybe for sunrise, who knows? I think it is one of those places you need to visit a few times. If you were spending more than two nights there you would probably go at different times of the day to see. Much like what we did while at Uluru. Though, I think it would have been great to have had 4WD there so we could really explore it.
It is beautiful, no doubt about it, and the colours of the soil are so amazing.
I took both my Fujifilm X-S10 with the Tamron 18-300 on it and the GFX 50S II with the 100-200 lens. It was the first time I really used the latter lens as I seemed to do a lot more wide-angle photography while away.
Having said that sometimes being able to really zoom in was an advantage.
You can see from this all the different colours. It was strange these mounds of dirt, or small hills and then in the distance, you can see how flat it is.
Here is another gallery of photos taken with the Fujifilm X-S10 with the Tamron 18-300. Don’t forget to click on one and scroll through the images.
I think that white one is so amazing.
Now onto the images from the GFX 50S II with the 100-200 lens.
There is no doubt it takes beautiful images. I used it a bit while I was away. I still don’t think I want one, just a bit too big for me. Plus the 100+ MB images would be a nightmare for me. I have a big enough problem with storage now, so I don’t need to make it worse.
It wasn’t a hard camera to use and while it seems big, I don’t think it is as heavy as my Nikon D850. It was manageable and easy to carry around. It feels good in your hands too when you are taking photos.
I think the only thing I found weird was that it seemed to always take the same amount of time to take photos. That probably doesn’t make sense, but the time from clicking to the shutter closing always seemed the same. I usually use that as an indicator of whether or not I need to change something because my shutter speed is too slow. I don’t know how it would work with the GFX.
Here is a gallery of some of the images I took with it at the Breakaways.
I loved processing the images from that camera. You really do get a lot of information in the files which gives you a lot of options when editing your images. I think if I knew about it back about 5 or 6 years ago I would definitely have wanted one then.
I really enjoyed taking the GFX camera with me, but I’m happy to stick with my X-T3 and X-S10 for now. Thank you to Fujifilm Australia for giving me an opportunity to try it out.