About Road Trip Photography
All pictures were shot in 2016 and 2017 along my journey. In the early summer of 2016, I started on a road trip that I had planned with an old friend. Jens and I grew up together in Magdeburg, Germany. Now we would roam together North America from Canada to the Baja California in Mexico.
This journey commenced in Medicine Hat in Canada, where we set up our vehicle for the road trip, which should lead us down to Central America. Photography is my passion so telling this story in pictures became an ongoing project. So please enjoy this Road Trip Photography Blog through the Americas.
Road Trip Photo Equipment
If you want the best results in terms of the quality of your pictures, you need a full format camera. Those devices are big and bulky, and they draw attention. That is the coin’s backside—not to mention that this kind of photo equipment is expensive. I chose a different setup. I bought myself the latest GH4 from Panasonic along with a Metabone Speedbooster.
I have three lenses: 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm, made by Canon. The reason for this setup is the ability to shoot footage with it. It is a compromise between both worlds of Photography and Filming. The GH4 is good enough to shoot some decent photos even with a smaller sensor. As a backup, I have a 25mm f0.95 Voigtländer.
About Road Trip in New Zealand
When the opportunity opened up to travel to New Zealand, I knew I would like to document the whole trip in still pictures. Up to this point, I always used my film camera to capture the impressions of my journeys.
From all that I heard, New Zealand is a beauty. Both islands are packed with beautiful landscapes and pristine nature. For a photographer, New Zealand is a paradise that wants to be conquered and captured on film. So I took my backpack and photo equipment along.
Before I got to New Zealand, I made a 5-week stop-over in Oregon, USA. By coincidence, Oregon has quite similar features compared to New Zealand. Some landscapes along the coast close to Lincoln City or around Portland look precisely like some national parks around Wellington. That’s why Oregon was like a warm-up for New Zealand when it comes to Photography.
When I finally arrived in Wellington, spring was approaching slowly. So I had quite some time in the capital of New Zealand. That’s why urban Photography dominates my first pictures of New Zealand. Soon after, I went on my “walkabout,” which brought me to some exciting locations – but look for yourself.
My Photo Equipment in NZ
When I went on my journey to New Zealand back in 2014, I was looking for a small camera to travel around with a backpack. For that reason, a full format camera was just too big and expensive to risk such a precious piece of photo equipment in unpredictable weather conditions.
Since I already had lenses for my Panasonic AG AF101 video camera, I needed just a different camera that uses the MFT standard for Photography. So I took the most effortless approach and bought myself a Panasonic GH2.
My favorite lens was the Voightländer 25mm 0.95. This fancy piece of photo equipment was more expensive than the rest of the Panasonic GH2. It is a high-speed and sharp lens. The downside is that it is all manual. It is like back in the days when Daddy used to take hours before he shot a picture. Aperture and focus are full manually adjusted, which brought me back to the old-school style of Photography.
With the combination of the GH2 and the Voigtländer 25mm, it is like learning Photography from the very basics again. You need to develop some skills to get some good photos in a dynamic situation, especially in low light conditions and when you want the shallow depth of field effect for portraits.
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