During the end of last year, I went to Nepal to do a little trek in Annapurna region. I have always been fascinated by the mountains and apparently Nepal has quite a fair few famous one. Before the trip I could name one and that's the Everest but after trip I can name two so that's a progress.
Due to my ignorance and having zero knowledge on Nepal, I decided to ask my facebook friends if any of them traveled there before. Among many that replied, one of them was Suman, a friend from my uni years. He told me that he's now running a travel company there and would love to help me out. He suggested that I should try the Poon hill (which I told him I have had quite a few though out my teenager years up till now but not too many that might come across as a disgrace) which I agreed to.
For this trip, I was thinking about taking my film camera but I decided against it and opted for my little compact Fuji x70 instead. I also brought along my Lee filter big stopper, a crappy soft grad 2 stops, a remote for bulb mode action and my trusty Manfrotto be free tripod.
I got in on the 26th of December and spent two days in Thamel, Kathmandu which was really nice but a little too dusty for my liking. At first I thought it was from all the ongoing constructions from the earthquake damage but Suman told me that Kathmandu has always been like this.
After a quiet day one, we got up early to try to go to all the touristy places in one day. We jumped on a cab outside our place and we hit up Swayambhunath which isn't that far from our place.
Next place on the list was Kathmandu Durbur square, a beautiful place but the damage from the quake can be clear see.
And then we went to Bouddhanath Temple which was cool but we got there during mid day so it wasn't photogenic plus all the surrounding buildings got some sort of a Disneyland renovation to them. We hopped on another cab after a nice afternoon tea and got to Pashupatinath Temple, which is a Hindu temple therefore we couldn't go in because we are believe in Jesus Christ, his dad and his holy spirit mates so we took a little walk around the temple instead.
After a whole day of traveling around the bustling town of Kathmandu and many shots after, the x70 was still alive and well. I am super happy with the battery life and the 35mm equivalent 28mm lens allowed me to get up super close to my subject while being wide enough to let me capture the background. The colour is super nice and created great raw files that I can work with in post, a great little camera indeed.