This is a big year for me, well as far as travel goes and lots of plans are being made. I am in the process of planning a trip to New Zealand and once it is over I am going to Tasmania again later in the year.
Travel Plans – New Zealand
My trip to New Zealand has been in planning for a few months now and I’ve only just realised that it is less than two months away. I need to get on top of everything for it.
We are going to be doing 16 days around the South Island. We are hiring a car and driving ourselves around. That will allow us the time we want.
We are going to start the trip flying into Christchurch and then doing a loop around the island ending up back there to fly home.
I know that 16 days won’t be enough, but it is going to be good to see it regardless. I’ve wanted to go to New Zealand for a few years now. So it is exciting. Really, it isn’t any more expensive to go to than Tasmania is. Well maybe a little more, but not a lot.
What we will be seeing
Of course, there are things that you just have to see when you go anywhere. I’m not naive enough to think that I will get some of the best photos of New Zealand that have ever been taken. We are travelling and the conditions of the area will dictate what is possible for photography.
When I am travelling I try to enjoy what I can, and I like to take photos of the places. If I can get one or two images that I am really proud of that is often enough. So there are many places that I am hoping to get those couple of shots, but it won’t stress me if I get what everyone else does when they go there.
We will be seeing the Wanaka Tree. It was high on my list of places to go. The other one was Milford Sound.
We are going to be doing two boat tours while around Te Anau. A cruise on Milford Sound and then another one on Doubtful Sound. The second is a surprise for me. I hadn’t heard about it before, but from what many people have told me it is going to be incredible. We are doing our tours through Real Journeys. They also run a glow worm tour and we have booked to do that as well which should be fun.
They are the main ones for me. Of course, we are doing a lot of other things and I will fill you in more as we move closer to the time we are leaving.
What gear I am taking
As with most major trips I take like this, I have contacting suppliers to see what I can borrow for my trip. Here is what I have so far.
I have spoken to Fujifilm Australia and they have agreed to loan me camera gear for the trip. They are loaning me the X-T3 and three lenses, the XF10-24mm, the XF100-400mm and finally, the XF18-135mm. I think the three lenses will cover everything I need for the trip. The camera is exciting, as I won’t be taking any of my Nikon gear with me so, it will be good to see if I miss it. At this stage, I’m fairly certain that quite a bit of my gear will be up for sale when I get back. It seems like a really good time for me to convert to mirrorless, I think I am ready. The trip will be a good indication.
Wacom Australia are going to loan me the MobileStudio Pro 13 for the trip once again. That will help me process my photos while I’m away. I want to blog throughout the trip so getting photos ready will be very important. I used the MobileStudio Pro on my last trip to Tasmania and loved how I could use it anywhere. I could even sit in the car and work on stuff. Fantastic.
I’m also talking to other companies about the possibility of a camera bag, tripod and maybe some Samyang fisheye lenses for the Fujifilm X-T3. I will also have a Fujifilm X-T20 with me as well. It is on loan from a friend.
The trip is coming together and I’m starting to get really excited about it. As most of you know I’ve struggled with my photography mojo for the last few months. Even contemplated going back to drawing and painting. I have thought about bringing my easel back in for easier access.
The blogging here again is really helping with my motivation which has been great. I am also starting to get really excited about this trip and taking photos, so hopefully I will be ready to take lots of photos when I go.
There will be more posts as the weeks are counted down. I really want to try and blog each day while away so you have