Being a keen photographer and a dad isn’t always terribly compatible, unless you include taking pictures of the children as subjects of course. With my Iceland photography holiday behind me this year, however, I was more than happy to put photography to the back of my mind during the family holiday we’ve just had in France. For four years now we’ve driven down to the Atlantic Coast and enjoyed some great camping holidays. So was the case this year.
Photography kit amounted to a tiny bag with just the Fuji X-E1, 35mm F/1.4 and the Samyang Fisheye. Very compact indeed and also very light (it needed to be – the camping gear took at LOTS of space). I didn’t even bother taking a charger, making do with 3 batteries instead.
As I’ve reported before, I really do enjoy shooting with the Fuji X-E1. For the type of photography I do on family holidays I actually prefer using it to my DSLR (Canon 5D MkII) – it’s lighter, and can be used as a point and shoot more easily when the photo is less about artistic content, and more about grabbing a memory. But the quality of the images is so high, that in those rare moments when the children are clambering for attention, it becomes as good a tool as the 5D MkII anyway.
Charentes Maritime is a photogenic place – here are some images grabbed this summer.