Tulum / Las Vegas

Grand Canyon at sunset

Finally had a chance to put up some photos from last year’s Tulum/Las Vegas trip (tap to see full gallery).

Tulum, in Mexico, is a beautiful beach area about two hours drive south of Cancun. If you want to avoid a Bali-like tourist experience, I highly recommend driving out of Cancun immediately after you fly in, and bypassing Playa del Carmen entirely. Just drive an extra hour and get the same — if not better — beaches, with far fewer people.

Las Vegas is not a beautiful beach in Mexico, but a touristy city in the middle of the desert — great in an entirely different way. Given my Las Vegas experience was not with the wolf pack but with my wife and mother-in-law, it was fantastic! (I’m not much into “girls to my room in 20 mins…”)

It was a good couple of weeks.

Melbourne and the Fuji X100S

Melbourne Laneway crop

(hit the image for large version :)

Tonight I had a chance to edit my first crop of photos from my Fuji X100s.

I bought this camera mere days before I left for Australia, knowing I wanted to restrict myself to a single lens, and to force myself to 35mm focal length. The problem was, I don’t own a 35mm lens.

I put in an order to hire a 35mm 1.4 L lens for my Canon 5D mkII — my usual travel camera — but changed my mind at the last minute and instead took a punt on a $1300 camera, some SD cards, and two extra batteries. I figured if the change to an unfamiliar focal length, an unfamiliar form factor, an unfamiliar camera manufacturer, an unfamiliar camera software, and an unfamiliar shooting experience didn’t work out, I could sell the gear when I returned from Oz at a $200 loss, and still break even (hiring a 35mm Canon lens for a month cost this much).

During the trip, I had a love/hate relationship with the Fuji x100s, but once I understood some of it’s quirks, the balance tilted a little toward love. Now I’ve had a chance to view and edit some .RAF files up close, I’m loving it even more. The lens on this thing is incredibly sharp, just as everyone on the internet has reported, and the small, light, and silent form factor is extremely fun to use on a trip.

I can understand why some people are ditching their DSLRs. It’s an exciting time.

Boston / Toronto / NYC

Boston in autumn

Long overdue (again) but here are a bunch of photos from a recent trip to North East USA (and Canadia). Chronological order of the trip is as follows:

  1. Boston, Massachusetts — on the weekend the Boston Red Sox won their first baseball championship on home soil in 96 years (a really big deal!)
  2. Toronto, Canada
  3. New York City

The big photo takes you to the full gallery :)

Tool are touring Houston!

tool tour dates 2014

Great news: Tool are finally touring the USA while I’m living in Texas!
…’cept I leave for Australia on their first show night, and return two days after the tour ends. Bastards.

Five bucks says they announce Australian dates in April or May.

Question No. 4


Americaaaah, f@#k yeah!