I have a few images from Portugal to wrap up the holiday. It is also a time to reflect on what I took with me and how happy I was with the results.
On our last trip (to Jeju) I took a Canon body and 4 heavy lenses. I promised myself I would not do that again. I invariably become a pack mule at some point during the day as Mrs. Ha discards the odd layer or three. She puts the water bottles in my camera pack and a few snacks. I also carry my binoculars as a rule. This time I packed my Fujifilm X-T1, a 14mm lens, the 18-55mm kit lens, a 23mm lens and a 56mm lens. I took my M9 and the Noctilux but they stayed in the safe and didn’t get an airing except for one evening in a restaurant. I dispensed with my binoculars. I did not expect to get many chances to look at birds on a group trip. That was probably my only regret. I do wish I had had my bins.
The 14mm lens was a godsend in buildings. The wide-angle allowed me to take decent interior shots. The 23mm was beautiful for landscapes and the 56mm for people shots. The 18-55mm was my work horse utility lens and I have no complaints about image quality. This kit covered all my travel needs and at a push I could have travelled just with the 18-55mm. The lesson is clear – travelling light is a lot more fun.
Here are my final images including some abstracts.
Where, you might ask is the pithy punditry on this morning’s soccer? After last night probably most people wanted another spectacular but expected a less dramatic match. So it proved to be. Less dramatic is a polite way of saying that it was one of the most boring games I have seen in years. My half time comment on FB was:
So it’s 0-0 at HT. With both teams playing from right to left that’s surprising. A cross between top class chess and watching paint dry.
One of the wittier responses was:
If I’d wanted to watch “cat and mouse” I’d have watched the Vet programme.
By the time the penalty bore-out came round there was a sad sense of inevitability about the result. Do I feel sorry for the Dutch? Nah. Both teams contributed to a game of unrelenting tedium. We will of course watch the final but we shall spare ourselves the ‘who cares’ game on Saturday. My recommendation is to go out and take photographs instead.