Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by marlof, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus Subscribing Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    The past weeks were spent traveling through China for the second time in my life, spending time in both big cities and rural areas. We had a great time traveling by trains, planes and automobiles. There was a bit of a language barrier, but hand and feet are universal, so we managed.

    Some gear talk: Since this trip for us was experience first, photography second, after much deliberation I opted for the handy combination of an EM-5 with 12-40 or 25 1.4, and an EM-1 with 40-150, all in a small ICU in my F-stop Guru backpack. It proofed to be a great travel setup. Next to that we took a little waterproof TG850, and a RX100 mk1 for convenience.

    I've made an album on Flickr with a first selection, but would also like to share one picture per stop here.

    Beijing: hutong shop
    by Marlof Bregonje, on Flickr

    Datong: dusk
    by Marlof Bregonje, on Flickr

    Xi'An: Terra Cotta Army
    by Marlof Bregonje, on Flickr

    Chengdu: Panda
    by Marlof Bregonje, on Flickr

    Yangshuo: Rice field and Karst mountains
    by Marlof Bregonje, on Flickr

    Ping'An: Rice terraces
    by Marlof Bregonje, on Flickr
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  2. rbelyell

    rbelyell All-Pro

    May 14, 2013
    NY Mtns
    very nicely executed series
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  3. What a wonderful trip! I'd love to go to China but for various reasons never will get there. Its great to see other people's experiences. Off to Flickr now :)
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  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    That would be a very cool trip to do. I'd love to see a Panda! I will have to remember to have a look through your flickr album (when I'm not at work!).
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  5. ajramirez

    ajramirez Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Very nice! Also had a look through your Flickr set. Beautiful.
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  6. summerkl

    summerkl Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    Vancouver, Canada
    Very nice set of shots. That's a trip still on the bucket list.

    I appreciate the info about your travel kit setup. I often flip flop on taking a superzoom for convenience (need to get the shot because I'm not coming back again) versus a couple of cameras with quality lenses (need to get a good shot because I'm not coming back again).
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  7. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus Subscribing Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I did spend quite some time thinking about the best kit to bring. Even though I normally prefer shooting with prime lenses, I knew I'd probably be better off with zoom lenses here, since there wouldn't be time for deliberate photography. Still I wanted the best possible images, and even when super zooms are handy (I had the O 14-150 mk 1, and still have the P 14-140 mk 1), they're generally too slow for low light shooting. That's where the two 2.8 pro lenses came in. I was in doubt for a long time if I'd bring the 40-150 (I though the 75 might be sufficient), but in the end I was very happy that I did. It's fast enough, it has great range and it's a wicked sharp lens. The same goes for the 12-40. For fun I did bring my favorite prime, the 25 1.4 and there where moment I was glad that I did.

    One more for the road:
    Ping'An: Alley
    by Marlof Bregonje, on Flickr
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  8. Neat series
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