First post of the year 2015 on this blog! We’re one month on the way and I hope everybody is doing great! Winter has arrived and some real snow has actually fallen this winter.
To celebrate our anniversary me and Adri had a weekend to ourselves. Having slept in a castle (Ter Worm) we woke up the next morning in a landscape covered with snow. Since the temperature had dropped quite a bit we figured we better skip a city trip and visit the Efteling instead (and continue the fairy tale). Making this post somewhat an extension of the last one.
A quick blog post about my first impressions using the WCL-X100. The WCL-X100 is a wide conversion lens for the FUJIFILM X100 (and up). Since the return of our trip to Paris I added it to my wishlist in the hope of getting it one day. Not knowing my wish would come true that fast. Adri got me the converter as a birthday present (and it wasn’t even my birthday yet!). This way I could use the converter already during our visit to the Efteling.
The WCL-X100 gives you a 28mm equivalant view and attaches directly on to the camera. This can easily be done by simply removing the front ring (or adapter ring and lens hood). The converter comes with a lens pouch and front and rear lens caps. It matches the quality of the X100S and integrates perfectly with the camera. It looks fantastic as it uses the same materials, textures and colors as the existing X100. I wanted the black version instead of the silver one. Just for kicks.
Finally we had a weekend in Paris. We had been looking forward to this trip for a long time. First and foremost to enjoy the city together. But I also wanted to take some photos while we were there of course. It’s such an iconic city and the birthplace of street photography. The city with its architecture, streets, avenues and people is just screaming to get photographed.
Instead I ended up with a lot of “meh” photos. How come? There are the famous iconic landmarks that have been photographed a zillion times by every tourist on the planet. Trying to get some original shots there isn’t the easiest thing. Street photography itself is not easy. The fear of shooting strangers in the streets and the realization this was the place and time for street photography added to the pressure of “making it happen”. Nevertheless some shots from our weekend in Paris below.
Less than a day actually! We arrived at night and left by the end of the next morning. One day is way too short but unfortunately we didn’t have more time. But I am sure we’ll go back one day and stay a little longer.
This time we drove back by car from Hungary. Since it’s quite a drive from Hungary to Holland we thought it would be nice to stop in Heidelberg for the night. We always wanted to go to Heidelberg because Adri used to study there and really liked the place. She was also curious to see how the city looked after all those years.
No matter how many times you visit Budapest, it never gets boring. There’s always something (new) to be seen, a place to go or simply enjoy the city as it is.
There are the obvious sites you have to visit as a tourist. And they’re not all above ground. The Budapest Metro system is one of those nice surprises the city holds. Line 1 (M1) and 4 (M4) especially. My idea was to ride the Metro and take some photos while doing so.
Here’s another post about Belgium. One day difference between visiting Ghent and Brussels. One month difference between blogging about them. But here it is!
After having spent the day in Ghent and the night in Vilvoorde, we headed for Brussels the next day. Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium and has been a major center for international politics. What’s also interesting is that the city is bilingual. Both Dutch and French are used there.
And before we knew it we were back in Belgium. The last weekend of May we headed south towards Ghent. After a short drive (just over two hours) we reached our destination. We were all curious to have a peek at the city. Iván included.