Featured Putting the F back into Sydney.

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by saladin, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 29, 2015
    jason
    My wife has had a tough year with her health and we've been looking for a chance to get away for a night or two. On Saturday morning we made a snap decision to book flights to Sydney (no, don't ask the price at short notice on a holiday weekend!!), found a reasonably swish hotel with a vacancy near the harbour, farmed out the kids for two nights and before you could say "Is there room on the credit card", we were on our way!

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    Now, some of you might have seen from the Panasonic board that what little opportunity I've had for photography has been spent courting the G85. And with good reason, it's a great camera.


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    But for this trip, several factors suggested I shouldn't take the new girl. Firstly, with carry-on luggage only, I wanted to minimise the size and weight. Secondly, this really wasn't a photo trip. If I got a few, great. But it was about spending time with the lovely wife and wandering around Sydney Harbour , staying mobile and just hanging out.

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    As it turned out, Sydney Harbour was playing host to a night time light festival dubbed "Vivid" so we certainly didn't need to venture too far to get a festival feel, despite some rainy weather.

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    So I broke out the invitation to an older flame, the Oly PenF, who has sat quietly on the shelf whilst the G85 monopolised my attention. Imposing a limit on myself of just two small primes, the F takes up little room.

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    It also - and I found this to be important as it turned out - tends to put me in a different mindset where I'm happy taking shots "on the fly", more snappy moments than considered photography.

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    It's the formfactor of the F that plays a part in this for me. It just feels right to be taking impromptu street shots with a camera like this. And the much-maligned front dial, for my use, actually "made" the camera this weekend. I drifted between Mono2 and Colour 2. Instantly available on the fly, I could see what I had and was perfectly content to use jpeg's.

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    They certainly aren't masterpieces, but I got some shots that pleased me and I didn't unduly hold us up too much. Take a shot, flick the dial if needed, for the next one, move on. Which equals a happy wife! Everyone's a winner :2thumbs:.

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    I hadn't really forgotten how much I like the Pen. I certainly hadn't forgotten how much I love my wife! But the instinctive getaway was a good reminder that a weekend Effing about is quite enjoyable in, err, every way.

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    Thanks for looking.
     

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  2. mcrosa

    mcrosa Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jun 26, 2013
    Miami, Florida
    Mike Crosa
    Thanks for sharing. It was a fun trip to see Sydney in a new way.
     
  3. wolfie

    wolfie Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    @saladin@saladin You say they are just 'snaps' but they are formed from years of experience concentrated into milliseconds of of image capture. Wonderful set!
     
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  4. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 29, 2015
    jason
    Wow. Thanks for featuring me, @barry13@barry13 . I actually stuffed up the thread title, it should be "putting the F back into Sydney" but i couldnt see how to change it.

    I heartily recommend the F, the 15PL and the O-45 as a small travel set to anyone who likes the RF formfactor.
     
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  5. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    I also visited this city. Took photos on some of the same spots as you did, only with a far less capable camera and camera operator.
    Your photos are very nice.
     
  6. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Nice shots. My wife visited Sydney years ago with a group of her friends. I'd love to go there myself some day. Liked the shot of the Sydney Opera House lit up like that. Very cool.
     
  7. Cerita

    Cerita Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Toronto
    What beautiful pictures! Wow! Yes, the Pen F, I LOVE mine.
     
  8. DWS

    DWS Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 6, 2014
    Of all my visits, Sydney is my favorite....thanks for the memories!
     
  9. AllanG

    AllanG Mu-43 Veteran

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    Allan
    Love my Pen-F too and your photo set.
    Can you tell me where you took the image of the bird cages?
     
  10. KeithT

    KeithT Mu-43 Regular

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    South Africa
    Keith Temlett
    Really cool pics.
    ''a good reminder that a weekend Effing about is quite enjoyable in, err, every way.''
    Sounds like you had a fun weekend - ummm in every way.
    Good on you for taking your wife away for a weekend.
     
  11. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 29, 2015
    jason

    A little lane running off George St (harbour side of Martin Place) called Angel Place.
     
  12. AllanG

    AllanG Mu-43 Veteran

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    Brisbane, Australia
    Allan
    Thanks for that Saladin. My wife is nuts about bird cages but not with birds in them. :2thumbs:
     
  13. Nice set Jason, I think that's the best rendering I've ever seen of the Opera House during Vivid! :2thumbs:
     
  14. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 29, 2015
    jason
    Thanks mate.

    It was taken with the 045 and i was very pleasantly surprised at how it turned out (not to mention that the focal length fortuitously worked out well for framing, lol).

    Jpeg in Color Mode 2 iirc.
     
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  15. Joe Lazio

    Joe Lazio New to Mu-43

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    The camera Its good,
    you is better.
     
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  16. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Lovely images.