A recent trip away down south to Augusta was an excellent excuse to crack out the camera. In a hashtag photographer problems scenario I didn’t want to take my big camera and all the lenses, way too cumbersome, so the Fuji it was!
About two years ago I had purchased the Fujifilm X100T and had only used it a number of times with varying degrees of success. Being very much self taught and taking in lessons and soaking in any photography information I could get I had struggled to make this little camera fully work for me. The truth is, I just hadn’t taken the time to really start learning how to use a camera manually, so the mistakes I was making were happening over and over again… which I think is the definition of stupidity 😛
After happening across a blog post that just made A LOT of sense and really spelt it out I finally taught myself how to use my big camera in full manual mode and it was like the lights just kind of pinged on. Suddenly I had the skills to start trouble shooting issues I was having, and in most cases, fixing them. This knowledge for my big camera translated to using the smaller camera and suddenly I was getting the pictures I wanted with reoccurring success 🙂
This trip was the perfect scenario to take a little camera like this on. I highly recommend this model, the fuji colours are beautiful, you have the freedom to select your aperture, and dials for shutter speed and exposure stops. Its like a mini version of a big camera but without the weight and clunkiness, it also fits well in a handbag!!
I think its also really cool to look back on photos you took when you first get a camera and then take a look a year later. You might not think the difference will be that big visually but when you make yourself a student of people (online or that you might know) who have knowledge, years and experience on you its inevitable that you will pick up skills or techniques that improve yours.
And after the technical rambling, now for Augusta!
I love, LOVE the southern region of Western Australia… Albany, Denmark, Margaret River etc, but I had not been to Augusta before.
Augusta is a beautiful sleepy town in southern Western Australia, the Margaret River Region. Its quiet, surrounded by water (a river and an ocean) and has touches of time forgot like a video store, a community run shop full of teddy bears and toys, and no big shops.
We visited the new marina/boat harbour where they have built up huge walls of granite. To see the ocean you can (carefully!!) climb up and peek over. Nothing but an expanse of turquoise. On the day we went it was windy and the beautiful dark green of the water rolled and swelled against the expanse of silvery granite.
One of my favourite spots we visited was the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse. The drive to the lighthouse was beautiful and a mix of mansions, beach shacks and thick bush merely steps from the water. To get into the Lighthouse itself you do have to pay a fee, so keep that in mind, but for a small price you can walk around the grounds and listen to an audio tour. This spot is also where two oceans meet, the Indian and the Southern. I have never not felt peace after walking along or being near an ocean. I think one of the biggest favours you can do for yourself next time you are near a big roaring ocean is to close your eyes and breathe in and out three times slowly. The wilder the ocean the better 😉
Also this lighthouse is for sure haunted, just saying.
Boranup Forest was another stop on the journey in the region, another incredible place to “just breathe”. Its like stepping in to Middle Earth but with the occasional kombi van :p
I would love to photograph an elopement, wedding or engagement session in Boranup. So ummm hit me up lovers!
Hamelin Bay was also a beauty to visit, but really and honestly, just being down south is my favourite.
Enjoy the photos!