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Leaving

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Alf, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Alf

    Alf SC Top Veteran

    651
    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    So here we are, after a warm, sunny but somewhat difficult summer, to the moment where I do my trick and disappear.

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    Time to prepare The Bag, close all windows, and head East.

    I leave home all these:

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    Habesha di alfrjw, su Flickr
    FeiHua 25/1.4

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    Lalla di alfrjw, su Flickr
    Cosmicar 16/1.4

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    Awash National Park di alfrjw, su Flickr
    Magnon 35-200/3.8-5.6

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    Debre Libanos di alfrjw, su Flickr
    Hexanon 40/1.8

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    Last lesson di alfrjw, su Flickr
    Hexanon 50/1.7


    I was too often tired and worried to give in to the voices suggesting new shiny gear, the tiny 9-18 to be where it happens, the 12mm forged by elves under full moon, the 25mm which is a delight mounted on a brand new G3 (a dream I could touch), and a boatload of the rest plus a few sigma-fuji-nx to keep them company - I am a slow learner and should have gear in my hands at least a month before needing it.
    Plus, I'm still worried I'll come back to find my job gone - one more reason to leave now and come back saner, stronger, happier to fight it out. The gear money will go into Going Places and Meeting People.

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    The Tank di alfrjw, su Flickr

    So, what goes into the Tank?
    Sure, these
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    Mare-34.jpg di alfrjw, su Flickr
    Olympus 14-42mkI

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    a spasso di alfrjw, su Flickr
    Lumix 20/1.7

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    EPL18495.jpg di alfrjw, su Flickr
    Hexanon 50/1.4

    And of course, these
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    E-PL1 di alfrjw, su Flickr

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    AL-F di alfrjw, su Flickr


    So, tomorrow I'll prepare the bags, and off to Rome for a day before leaving for the place of light, Rajasthan.

    Apart from memory cards, batteries and two polarizers, I still have two cubic meters in the tank, which was built for a different generation of cameras :biggrin:
    In my mind, the hexanon 50s are still fighting for the spot in the bag, but I'm sure I'll be happy with either of them.

    But I'm still thinking of going with just one lens. What do you think?
     
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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Alf,
    As usual a very nice visual and written story.
    Could you explain what leaving means, why and where your going etc.
    I'm kinda wondering about this.
    Thanks....don
     
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  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Alf, your title scared me. I think what you are saying in your poetic and artist's way is that you're setting off on a big journey and heading to Rajasthan Rajasthan travel guide - Wikitravel. I have to admit that I had to look up to see exactly where Rajasthan is.:redface: India is such a huge country!

    Are you going with friends, alone, with your lovely wife?

    I wonder if there might be a way with your iPad to take us all with you on your trip and have an as you go kind of story telling with your photographs? Or perhaps that would be too much of an intrusion.

    Alf, this sounds to like wisdom when it comes to "gear money".

    If you've already taken off, I wish you a wonder filled adventure and a safe return to all of us who'll be waiting for your return and your stories.
     
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  4. Alf

    Alf SC Top Veteran

    651
    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Sure. I always end up hinting instead of telling, it's in my blood like my best defect : I can't stay put.
    For the first time in my life since leaving the nest I'm living with my dearest in a place of our own - the rooms, the walls, a roof, I even have a tiny lemon tree to look at when I wake up: it's ours, and it's paid. But I can't stay put - and I'm not alone in this; when I met a certain lady her house was full of places and faces, I and liked that a lot..

    So we had a mutual agreement more or less like this: we work, we act grown up, we pay the bills and enjoy our little place in the sun - while we plan the next invasion - once a year we Go Figure. It takes a lot of saving, as wages here are heavily taxed and quite low to begin with, but it can be done if you really want, and we come back tired and refreshed.

    So this time it's Rajasthan, to get light and people at the right time of the year, and have it quite easy (Ethiopia was a little more difficult to visit). Some friends come along, some will meet us on the road, some will meet us on the way back.
    I can't wait!
     
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  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Alf, I'm so excited for you and your dearest - and your friends along the way that you'll meet and make. I am looking forward so much to living vicariously.

    When do you take off?
     
  6. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Alf, I'm so excited for you and your dearest - and your friends along the way that you'll meet and make. I am looking forward so much to living vicariously.

    When do you take off?
     
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  7. Alf

    Alf SC Top Veteran

    651
    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Monday, Rome. Tuesday, Frankfurt :smile:
     
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  8. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Way too romantic Alf.... You sir are as lucky as they come...
    Enjoy your trip....
     
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  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    And do you have a return date, so I can mark my calendar?
     
  10. Alf

    Alf SC Top Veteran

    651
    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Sadly, yes. Three weeks and we should be back.
     
  11. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Safe travels - looking forward to your posts.
     
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  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Good to know - 3 weeks is a good long time, believe me...though I can tell you're already wishing for more.

    I wish you bon voyage and many wonderful experiences!:flowers_2::th_salute:
     
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  13. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I like that word "should". A true adventurer! Enjoy :smile:
     
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