Recently, I made another work trip to Taiwan. We have an apartment in Taichung City and I have come quite comfortable walking the streets. I've shared and written in the past about these trips, they are work first, photography second...Or third.
My methodology to deal with the 13 hour switch in time zones is to walk in the evenings when I fel tired. If I am at the apartment, I tend to fall asleep and not adjust to the new environment and location. When I walk, I always take my camera. Over the past 15 years traveling oversees I have taken a few different cameras including the original Pen EP1, GM5, GX8 and Sony A7rii. Each one brings it's own pluses and minuses. Given I would have little time to myself on my most recent trip, I took the small and powerful Panasonic GM5 with a Loawa 7.5 f2 and a Mitakon 25 f.95. I just wanted small and light and hoped to come home with a few keepers.
To be fair, the GM5 is quirky and mildly irritating camera. It's slow. It's got a small battery. The EVF is awful. The LCD is tiny, doesn't tilt and isn't the right aspect ratio. But you know what, it has become one of my favorite cameras of all time because it's small and the output matches the expectation. I paid $299 for this camera. It's a beautiful camera and for that price, it has beutiful images. For those reasons, I always can have it with me and I absolutely love it!
As I have written, I did not shoot that much. Just a few evening walks when I wasn't at a dinner party with our partners. Here are a few pics. Leave a comment if you any questions about the images.
The first two are titled Room with a View. I love how quickly the weather changes here. Always a different mood. Both were shot with Mitakon, a fine lens but tough to focus with the little GM5.
And one last shot. After almost 20 hours these neon lines at O'hare airport were messing with me.
And thats a wrap. I am already planning my next trip and now that I have purchased a Pen F, I am certain that will be my camera for the next trip. Stay tuned!