SOME CHANGES TO MY GEAR

Due to age and infirmity, I can no longer carry my big heavy cameras, so am moving to the Fuji X system, the mirror less camera.  I chose Fuji because I liked the feel of it and the layout, and I got my first one at half price from a FB contact.

So I now have the Fuji X-T1 and X-M1, with Fujinon XF 18-55 mm, XC 16-50 and 50-230mm, and a Samyang 12mm f2 for astrophotography and wide landscape shots.

It’s been a steep learning curve but I’m pretty happy with the gear so far.

A few shots from a peregrination round the Derwent Valley with a friend, taking in the Salmon Ponds at Plenty and the Text Kiln complex at Bushy Park.

All with Fuji X-T1 and X-M1, with Fujinon XF 18-55 mm unless stated.

Platypus at the Salmon Poinds at Plenty, Tasmania.  There are 3 that I know of there, and they are totally unafraid.  Our first viewing of this young one, we could have touched it, we were so close.
Platypus at the Salmon Poinds at Plenty, Tasmania. There are 3 that I know of there, and they are totally unafraid. Our first viewing of this young one, we could have touched it, we were so close.
Poised on the piece of wood round the pond, scratching his ear!
Poised on the piece of wood round the pond, scratching his ear!
Hopping over for a swim
Hopping over for a swim
Off he goes!  I like that you can see his flippers/feet going like crazy under the water
Off he goes! I like that you can see his flippers/feet going like crazy under the water
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch #2
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch #2
Swimming about
Swimming about

 

We then went off through the beautiful Derwent Valley to Bushy park, down the 10 acre lane to the Text Kiln complex, one of my favourite places in all Tasmania.  There are platypus here too, but they are shyer than the Salmon Ponds ones.  My friend Karen caught a quick glimpse of one rootling about in the reeds but it disappeared after that.  There is a lot more growth in the water and it is easy for them to remain unseen.

The old bakery at the complex
The old bakery at the complex
The Text Kiln (end on)
The Text Kiln (end on)
Another of the many kilns/oast hoses at the site, reflected in the trout pond
Another of the many kilns/oast hoses at the site, reflected in the trout pond
Backlit trees by the pond
Backlit trees by the pond

Then we came home via the Lyell Hwy, stopping for sunset at my favourite lookout on the Gordon River Rd at Macquarie Fields.  This shot with X-M1 and Samyang 12mm f2

Bushy Park and the road to Mt Field and Lake Pedder & Strathgordon
Bushy Park and the road to Mt Field and Lake Pedder & Strathgordon

 

 

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