Note: I took too many images of JJ and the wife in Brisbane. I’d love to post all of them, but then you might get JJ overload. Anyways….
We drove up to Brisbane. Yes, we did. One thousand eight hundred kilometers up, and another 1800km down. Took us 4-5 days each way to do it, instead of crazily attempting to do it in one day. And it was good. We managed to get JJ out to experience life outside the house, and interact with nature. While we didn’t really get the chance to explore much, I did manage to get some images which I thought was the highlight of the trip. Also if you read my previous post, this is my first time bringing out the Fuji X-E1 with the default 18-55 kit lens.

Lunch stop: Euroa. Nice little town. There’s a creek that runs through the town, and they turned it into a park with ducks and a bridge over it. It was also JJ’s first time on the grass with the outdoor pants and raincoat. Funny, but it took him a month to get used to crawling on grass.

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In decent light, the X-E1 focused with no real issues. It’s not DSLR fast, but I don’t really focus on moving subjects too much, so it’s not too big a deal. If there were some action involved, I’d try pre-focusing first. Using the AF/AE lock button definitely helps if you’re the focus-recompose shooter.

First stop: Albury. There’s a Royal Botanical Gardens next to the hotel we stayed in. Really nice, especially when it’s a nice cold sunny day. There’s also a Children’s Park, which we thought were really cute with the dinosaur theme. Here’s JJ coming out of his shell.

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The LCD screen was really good. So much so that I don’t even use the EVF often, unless I really want to think and compose before clicking the shutter button. The switch between LCD and EVF is quick. I love this feature.

We headed past Sydney and into Brooklyn. I like the fact that there’s a Brooklyn Bridge in NSW too, although I didn’t get the chance to take any pictures of it. The beach picture below is from our last stop before Brisbane – Coffs Harbour.

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Everybody’s raved about the image quality coming out of the Fuji. I agree. The image with the clouds and sea (above right) was shot in JPEG. Some post-processing (and small image), but you can probably see that there’s very little highlights on it.

Brisbane. I took out my Gorillapod (that I bought many years ago but never used) for the first time to slow the shutter speed down to 1/8 of a second, 5 image panorama. Wished I could hang around a bit longer but dinner beckons. Having played around with the Gorillapod now I wished I had a better tripod. It’s too fiddly.

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Port Macquarie on the way back.

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There’s a little town (really little) called Tea Gardens in NSW. There wasn’t really much to it, and it was so small that there’s literally only one block of shops. But there’s a really quiet river and bay next to it. So quiet that you see the reflections almost like a mirror. Reminds me of this little place down in Tasmania with its mirror river. I didn’t sleep too well here for some reason, so I decided to get out of the place we were staying at 6.30am and capture some sunrise images. Not that I wasn’t planning to anyway, but the not-able-to-sleep part helped.

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I started shooting these in RAW, but from the looks of it, I could have just shot JPEG and it would have looked just as amazing.

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I had fun with the macro function on the X-E1 too. It’s not a real macro obviously, but it’s nice to be able to shoot macro-esque images, crop it, and still be able to see the detail.

 

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That’s it. Till next time!