Apologies for the long gap between posts! I just got back from a business trip that took me to China and Japan, and luckily afforded me the opportunity to spend a bit of time with a photographer buddy taking pictures. I tend to focus too much on hardware sometimes on Enthusiast Photographer – I hope you enjoy them! Some of them are kind of touristy, which is fine – I was a tourist! 🙂 I did try to be a little creative, but my main focus was having full command of my camera and having fun. A D300s looms in my immediate future, and I wanted to be fully comfortable without the nanny “Auto” mode.
So here are a few from my travels. Comments and feedback are welcome!
It was a really enjoyable trip, even if it was work! Even better, my wife and I are heading to Europe for two weeks early next week, so I’ll be a traveling Enthusiast Photographer once again!
By then, all the D600 rumors will probably be sorted out… 😉
As a quick equipment note, this was my first big trip with the all my gear, plus a couple other items – my Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger with the Snoop insert performed well – if anything, it holds too much! The Gitzo 2531/Sunwayfoto XB-44 performed well, but the setup is really too large to fly with. I took my new Sirui monopod and the monopod head/clamp setup provided by Sunwayfoto, and these were a great solution. The head and clamp gave me excellent flexibility with the monopod, and allowed me to shoot in some pretty low light. Unfortunately, even monopods weren’t allowed on the top from the Mori Tower, so that shot was hand-held. I’m debating whether I can/should take the tripod to Europe. I want to find a way to take it, but I’m thinking it is going to be hard to get on the plane, and I’m not taking a suitcase big enough to put it in. More on that later…