Leaving

Alf

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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?
 

Streetshooter

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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
 

BBW

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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.

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.

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.
 

Alf

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Could you explain what leaving means, why and where your going etc.
Are you going with friends, alone, with your lovely wife?

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!
 

BBW

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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?
 

BBW

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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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