So my X70 died because it was too cold and I should have kept it somewhere much warmer. Then came along the trusty iPhone7 plus, I'm not a big fan using my iPhone for photography even though I should as the camera on this thing is just a pure savage beast but it's way too sharp for me, no good! Everything is just razor sharp especially on the iPhone screen. It makes my eyes bleed.
My work flow goes like this, Snapseed for tuning and cropping then I use VSCO to apply a little bit of character to the image. I don't like a heavy tarnish but rather pick a filter and drag it all the way down to just get a slight hint of whatever that filter tries to emulate then upload it to instagram.
I will put up a few photos taken with the iPhone down below. Now let's get back to our trip! Once we got out of the mountain, we went back to Pokhara to stay for a night before our departure to another cool town called "Bandipur". At this point, my X70 is back and ready to take some more photos. I didn't want to risk losing my photos on my first SD card so I bought an 8 GB card from a vendor in Pokhara who guarantee that it's the fastest card on Earth (it's not).
After another lengthy car ride we got into the beautiful town of Bandipur which lies in a mid-way pointish between Pokhara and Kathmandu. It situated up in a hill and it used to be a major trading post back in the day.
One thing that I noticed is that the lighting has been supremely kind to me during my trip. The angle of the winter sun does help a lot and how the architecture creates a good sharp cookie cutting the light, acting as a natural flag.
After a day in Bandipur, we are on the road again to check out an old city called "Bhaktapur".
We drove through Kathmandu to reach Bhaktapur. The traffic through Kathmandu was quite congested as a protest was being held through out the city. Apparently the bus drivers weren't happy with something so they decided to take a day off and hang out with fully geared riot police, quite a sight, they were just sharing smokes and chat.
Once we got to Bhaktapur, we went out to check out a few things.
We spent our last night in Kathmandu before flying back to Bangkok on the next day. Nepal is a beautiful country and a place worthy of visit. My recommendation is minimize your stay in the cities but do enjoy the architectures and soak it in as much as you can before you get out to the trek. This country nature's will take your breath away and never stop to do so as this place is so bloody high up from sea level. If you want more info regarding this awesome country, flick me a message as I can possibly hook you up with my local contacts.
Up to this point I had my Fuji X70 for about 3-4 months and I've been carrying it with me wherever I go. Before this camera I've never used a camera without a viewfinder before and I thought that without one I would struggle. I'm more of a 50mm man as I used to roam around with a Leica m3. Before that the widest I used for my everyday camera was a Voigtlander 40mm nokton. The 28mm range was a bit of a challenge as you do have to get super close to your subject to really utilise the 2.8 and get a nice bokeh out of this camera but with how quiet this camera is, getting close to your subject and sneaking a shot in won't be a problem. The autofocus on this camera is exceptionally good, pairing with a good responsive touchscreen is a match made in heaven.
It's a camera for the iPhone generations. We are so used to our touch screens and Fuji understood this. It's a great camera for those who wants to get into photography after they got bored of taking photos with their cellphone or have enough money to afford a actual camera. The bottomline is that if you're looking for a small camera to travel with or you're looking for a fun camera to shoot with, this camera is for you. It has wifi app thing so you can get a reasonably compressed JPEGs from it onto your phone or you can use a SD card dongle to get photos from it. I didn't really utilize the SD dongle as much because the wifi is so easy to use. I then use Snapseed and VSCO for post-processing then post my photos on Instagram.
Oh! the video function is an after-thought so don't expect much from it. My iPhone is a much better video camera than this thing.
How about the iPhone? it's good, really good but I started of my photography with a camera and I am quite a dinosaur when it comes down to photography. I like to have my knobs to adjust this and that. Here below is a collection of photos I took with the iPhone when my X70 died in the mountain. These are raw from the phone, no post-process was done to them.
Thank you so much for sticking around. My next post I will be covering a trip that I recently came back from. It involves climbing a few volcanoes and a Nikon D810!