There really isn’t much to say about me besides that I’m a Canadian guy currently living in Beijing, and I love to travel. While I’m a novice at photography, I created this site as a way to give something back to the Internet for all the fantastic travel blogs I’ve used to make my trips more enjoyable.
Blogs that inspired this site
If you enjoy this site, I’d love to hear from you. I’ve received a few positive notes from people shortly after launching the site and they totally made my day! One person even went so far as to link his travel blog to mine in order to give it more exposure; I really appreciate that kind gesture.
Speaking of other travel blogs, I want to introduce you to my better half’s travel blog; I’ll readily admit that I’m the more photographically challenged one in the relationship and you’ll soon see why. Please visit www.wanderinglass.com and see spectacular photography and raw creative talent.
I’m often asked what photography gear I use. I’m really big on the user experience in everything I do in life. I’m not about the technology, but rather the experience of getting to an outcome. I appreciate that I give up some resolution and ease of use with my choices, but I enjoy the challenge and frankly, my gear is way more advanced than my skill!
I’m currently using the following systems, both of which I bring on trips, with an assortment of lenses appropriate for the trip environment:
Leica 35MM Summilux F1.4 FLE
Leica 35MM Summilux F1.4 Pre-Asp
7Artisans 35MM F2
Voigtlander 50MM Nokton F1.5
Voigtlander 50MM Nokton F1.2
Leica 90MM Elmarit F2.8
Rokinon 12MM F2
Fujinon XF16MM F1.4 (my favourite lens of all time)
Fujinon XF23MM F1.4
Fujinon XF23MM F2
Fujinon XF35MM F2
Fujinon XF56MM F1.2
I’m often asked which camera system I like better. It’s no contest that I prefer the Fujifilm system more, namely because it’s difficult to nail focus at wide apertures using the Leica in the heat of the moment while travelling.
Perhaps it’s because I’m still learning rangefinder focusing, but even with more than a year of daily use, I still sometimes miss focus by a hair on the Leica, and when pixel peeping, wish I had used the Fujifilm instead.
Having said that, the build quality of the Leica and the way it looks is somewhat akin to owning a fine watch or a piece of art; even when it’s not in use, it’s gorgeous to touch and look at. I see myself making lots of personal sacrifices to ensure I can own a Leica for many years to come.