Portugal - A tale of two micro four-thirds

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by palombasso, May 5, 2016.

  1. palombasso

    palombasso Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2014
    Hi all,

    I´d like to share a few pictures from a recent trip to Portugal I did to visit family (hadn't been there for over 13 years).
    This time I was accompanied by my wife, my almost 2 year-old daughter and my mother. Photography is simply a hobby for me, but I was extremely satisfied with the amount and diversity of the pictures I managed to bring back home from a family focused trip and I think much of it was enabled by the small m43 cameras and lenses.

    I've bought into m43 when I found out my wife was pregnant in 2013, as I anticipated needing a smaller total system than what I had been using (a Nikon D5000, 10-24, 35 and 55-300; Not really that large but still, no place left for diapers in the backpack). Bought a GX7 and a few lenses and was very pleased with the whole system. Recently bought a used GM1 to try and take the camera more often on quick family outings.

    I had never traveled with more than one camera, but packing for the trip I reasoned that it would be quicker to have the GM1 with a second lens than changing lenses often on the GX7. Travelling with a toddler forced me to be quicker and more focused on the opportunities, no stopping and contemplating what would be the best lens for the occasion, as supportive as my wife is with my hobby.

    I actually took with me my better primes (25 1.4 and the 75) but found that under the circumstances versatility trumped quality every time, so basically walked around with the GX7 + 45-175 (quite the reach, light, small, internal zooming) and the GM1 + 9-18 (ultra-wide to wide-normal). The ultra-wide was interesting for all of the churches and architecture, and I like the telephoto for finding interesting details in the scene. Both fit together in the side-pocket of my backpack, leaving the rest of the space for other items, or only the GM1 on my coat pocket (although the 9-18 hood got stuck quite often).
    The GM1 was light enough that I was able to even use it one-handed while holding my daughter (although unlocking the lens one-handed took some practicing).

    The full album is posted public on Flickr at Portugal

    On the next posts a few of my favorites from the trip:
    Monument at Lisbon (Panorama from several shots at 45)
    26200837875_7418ca6405_b.jpg Navigantes and Cowboys by palombasso, on Flickr
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  2. palombasso

    palombasso Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2014
    Riverside at Gaia looking into Porto
    26200837705_dc0074a03b_c.jpg Stacked by palombasso, on Flickr

    Rainy morning at Porto
    26243980992_ce051ca0e1_c.jpg let it rain II by palombasso, on Flickr

    Afternoon at Barcelos
    26285056851_b4a4f7fe9b_c.jpg Here goes the sun by palombasso, on Flickr

    Movie-like Castle by the road
    26314325291_19e337319a_c.jpg Archvillain Castle by palombasso, on Flickr

    Ponte-de-Lima (oldest Portugal village)
    [​IMG]Crossing by palombasso, on Flickr

    Wind-power towers
    25775696994_1bf14d8002_c.jpg Waiting for the wind by palombasso, on Flickr

    26180520080_7b5d8a2b8b_c.jpg Blown away by palombasso, on Flickr
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  3. palombasso

    palombasso Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2014
    Church at Caminha
    26453352725_0b11a25852_c.jpg Nina & Pinta by palombasso, on Flickr

    Fishermen (and women) at Porto
    25848492364_199ef2d19e_c.jpg Fishnet by palombasso, on Flickr

    Church at Guimaraes
    25890288114_66c2f80d4d_c.jpg Waiting all my life by palombasso, on Flickr

    View from Guimares Castle
    26469250636_f01285e10f_c.jpg Alone by palombasso, on Flickr

    Sunset at Viana do Castelo
    26469248086_8bb8918ccc_c.jpg Last Light by palombasso, on Flickr

    Tour at Porto cathedral
    25929664734_36f24cfdfd_c.jpg Peaking by palombasso, on Flickr

    Mosteiro da Batalha
    26485198831_34956f2a96_c.jpg Batalha VII by palombasso, on Flickr
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  4. palombasso

    palombasso Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2014
    Torre de Belem at Lisbon
    26551259075_8ff74b17fd_c.jpg Belem by palombasso, on Flickr

    Mosteiro dos Geronimos at Lisbon
    25965658143_04dd771b43_c.jpg Geronimos V by palombasso, on Flickr

    Rooftops of Lisbon
    26502559861_376b024416_c.jpg Rooftops of Lisbon by palombasso, on Flickr

    Panorama at Obidos
    26584149721_81a3b36081_c.jpg Watcher on the wall by palombasso, on Flickr

    Lisbon Aquarium
    26376266400_7c6e993017_c.jpg Mars attack by palombasso, on Flickr

    Maia zoo at Porto
    26449330420_c9db872851_c.jpg crispy by palombasso, on Flickr

    26449330100_0d085897e7_c.jpg lynx by palombasso, on Flickr

    26784109635_7de9b40fbf_c.jpg Not distracted by palombasso, on Flickr

    Tour at Port-wine facilities
    26748801492_f46927f2cd_c.jpg Way out by palombasso, on Flickr

    Afternoon at Porto riverside
    26748800682_88d87cbbee_c.jpg Riverside I by palombasso, on Flickr

    26748799662_c2690abcb3_c.jpg Riverside IV by palombasso, on Flickr
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  5. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    Very nice!
    Thank's for sharing.
    I'm a native of that country and I never photographed most of the places were you have been with your family.
  6. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    +1 When traveling and on a photo-intensive day I have one body always with the 14-140 and a second body with either the 9-18 or the 100-300. I've sold all my primes due to disuse.
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  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    That's an interesting zoom combo. Despite the FL gap from 18 to 45 I could see how that range would be great for travel shots. Of course, you did have the 25 just in case.
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  8. palombasso

    palombasso Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2014
    Well, I've driven over 3000km in 2 weeks,and Portugal is not that big.. Hehehe

    But that's always the case. I'm from Brasil and have international friends who know my city better than myself.

    Sent from my SM-G900M using Tapatalk
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  9. chicks

    chicks Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2012
    The Big Valley, CA
    Lived in Cascais for three years, back in the 80s. Thanks, these bring back sweet memories.
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  10. palombasso

    palombasso Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2014
    Yeah, travelling I find that even portraits are usually on nice weather and of the environmental type, so I don't miss fast apertures to blur the background or up the shutter speed so much.
    And as my use is mostly for web display I don't mind cropping to suit the composition in post, 18 to 25 is doable if needed.

    My other flickr albums of Norway, Germany and Las Vegas where all mostly taken with the Nikon 10-24 and 55-300, so similar gap.