Spending the weekend in the city

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This isn’t a post about the weekend, that will come later, but I thought I might share with you how I prepare for a trip like this.

I’m only spending two nights in the city and we are staying in an apartment. It is more in the business section of the CBD, but it also means we are central for going to the river, the city, or the Docklands.

At this stage I don’t know exactly what I will be photographing, but I am hoping to do some along the river. I would like to get some night shots, and some sunrise images. It will be nice to be there for two days.

I’m sure some of the photography will be just taking snaps as I walk around.

Taking lots of gear with me isn’t an option. We are catching the train to the city so we need to travel light, so to speak. So I’m thinking of taking my Fujifilm X-T3 with me. I have fallen in love with it again recently. After using the X-T5 I can’t really tell that much difference between them. I know there are some, but what they are isn’t that important to me. I won’t be buying one anytime soon.

On it, I will have the Fujifilm 16-55mm lens.

I first got this lens to use for long exposures, but it is fast becoming my go-to lens. I used it a lot in Tasmania and it is the one I use when I go hiking in rainforests. It is heavy, but sometimes quality is worth the weight.

I will also take the Tamron 18-300mm lens which is the one I tend to use when I’m walking around. That way I can do wide angle and zoom in.

I have different filters at the moment for both, though the ones I have for the Tamron need to be returned, so I am hoping to try them out this weekend. The filters for it are OKKO, which are ones I’ve never heard of before, but I will try them out and see what I think of them. They have a 6 stop and a 10 stop, which is good for time lapse, but I’m not sure for long exposures. I like a 13 stop for those.

For the 16-55mm I have the Formatt Hitech filters. I know I’ve told you recently that I now have got the circular ones with a kit that will make them magnetic. I’ve only used them a few times but I love them. I love how much easier they are to use than the ones with the holder. I wish Formatt Hitech would make magnetic ones so we didn’t have to find a kit to make them that way.

The other thing I’m taking with me is a new tripod. It is Brian.

Brian is a 3 Legged Thing tripod and has only just arrived. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet so this weekend will be the perfect time to get out and try it. I wanted this because it is light and compact and will be a good tripod for the hiking I’m doing. I don’t want to take a heavy one with me as I won’t need it. It should be fine for the city.

I will be using my old faithful camera bag, the one I’ve had for years, the Mindshift bag. I love that bag so much. It is perfect for this kind of trip. Everything will fit in it and it won’t be too heavy. OMG I remember the days when I used to take nearly every lens with me and every camera, you know just in case you needed it. I’m so glad I’ve stopped doing that, my back is also much happier.

It will be nice to walk around the city for the weekend. I am also looking forward to being able to walk a lot more. I used to find it hard because of my fitness, but I’m so much fitter now and can hopefully walk a lot more and do more.

We do have other plans besides taking photos. We are planning on having high tea with both my daughters and the older ones boyfriend. She is back from Darwin, so it will be nice to see her again.

There is also a Firelight Festival on at Docklands, so it will be good to see that. We have breakfast places picked out as well.

I think it is going to be a good weekend. Hopefully, it doesn’t rain too much.

Let’s leave it there with some previous photos from the city, Docklands and the river.

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30 Comments

  1. This sounds like so much fun. I have to look up that camera to see what you have going on now. I love that you feel your fitness is where it needs to be. It’s a good reminder to me to work at that. Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Thank you Nicci, I switched to Fujifilm about 5 years ago. The cameras are smaller and lighter, so it is nice. I have to admit my fitness is making many things a lot better.

    2. Wow that’s exciting to switch camera brands. You’re inspiring me to get fit again after a few weeks of inactivity due to being sick. One day at a time.

    3. It was good, I love Fujifilm cameras. Getting fit has been so good, I often think of that day when I was in New York and walked so much, then my feet hurt for the rest of the trip. I often wonder if I had been fitter would I have enjoyed it a lot more. YOu are right, one day at a time.

  2. I have a Leica Cl with a Leica Tl 18-56 ASPH that is a couple of years old and I’ve not used it. I love Leica camera’s and this was a dream camera for me. Unfortunately my health has been an issue and when I pulled it out a couple of weeks ago the battery is dead and I don’t have the straight to pull the leather holder off to charge the battery. It’s a shame and it’s funny that when I went to use it the battery said no. I have to ask my hubby for help and then I plan to use it around my backyard. It will be awhile before I travel which is the great thing about the camera. Have a great weekend and happy shooting. πŸ™‚

    1. Leica are supposed to be the best cameras, so I hope you find a way to be able to use it, it would be sad for it not to be. It is a shame you don’t live close by I would help you with it. I think photography around the garden can a great thing, I love doing it here. I hope you get out there soon, and thank you.

    2. I charged the battery but I’ve used a digital camera so long that I have to learn my skills again to take the best photos. I would love to have a M series but don’t need it, they are heavy but if I traveled International like in the past it would be tempting. The price is not for sure. Now that I’m feeling better, after this 100 degree weather breaks I can go to the park near by that is very nice. I realized I’ve had the camera since 2020, it’s shame it’s been in it’s case all hthis time. I would love for you to teach me how to use but your post help me know what to aim for. Have a great day. πŸ™‚

    3. I didn’t realise it was a film camera, that is interesting.They are very expensive cameras. I hope you get out and have some fun with it. That’s great to hear.

    4. I had decent skills when I highschool and had a nice camera but with my cognative impairment and the use of digital cameras I lost my skills. I want to be able to focus the lens and the F stop and that is what I get with my Leica. Do you have a lens cover for your viewfinder? Mine doesn’t have one and Leica doesn’t carry one. I think it’s important. πŸ™‚

    5. I know what you mean, and being able to control those things is important. Though I rarely focus myself, unless I”m using a manual lens that doesn’t have autofocus. I like to know how to use my camera. I don’t know that camera at all, however, not sure why you want a cover for the viewfinder? I had them built in for my Nikon, but I don’t need it for my fujifilm, it isn’t an issue. Why do you want one?

    6. I don’t think it is necessary. With DSLRs you had to use a viewfinder cover for long exposures otherwise light would leak into your images, but for most photography it isn’t necessary. Thank you and you take good care too.

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