Yomadic: A year of travel with the X-Pro 1
In July of 2012, I left a comfortable home, job, and life to fulfill two hobbies of mine – travel, and photography. I’ve been on the road for a year, across three continents and 48 countries (so far), and there is no end in sight. I really started this trip for such simple reasons – I love travel, and I love photography – especially street photography and street portraiture. What better way to combine my two hobbies than by heading around the world and photographing who I see and meet? Since my journey began, my blog Yomadic has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Sunday Times in Australia.
Through the entire trip, I have used the Fuji X-Pro 1 with the 18mm lens. In my opinion, this is the best travel camera available. The quality of the images meets or surpasses the image quality of most bulky DSLRs, and the ergonomics of the Fuji are second-to-none. All photographers need easy access to aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The Fuji provides this in a way that couldn’t be easier, and these settings are visible at a glance. I couldn’t use a camera without a “real” viewfinder, and again, the classic-looking X-Pro 1 has perhaps the most high-tech hybrid viewfinder on the market. Moving into the second year of my travels, I will stick with Fuji, but perhaps look out for the 23mm lens when it becomes available.
I worked as a gallery manager before leaving, and I also did professional photographic work-predominantly architecture and building interiors. However, my greatest love within photography is taking photos of people on the streets. This is, by far, the most difficult type of photography I have ever attempted. However, it’s also the most rewarding. Particularly with traveling – what better way to meet the locals of a foreign land, than to simply ask for a photo? The conversation will write itself.
In any case, I see my self as very privileged to be on this journey. I really enjoy the interacting with the small community of kindred spirits, travelers, and photographers that have gathered around my blog at Yomadic.com and would be more than happy to have a few new minds onboard.