10 Jan Around The Azores With An X-T1
The Açores are nine volcanic islands pretty much in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean midway between Europe and the USA, and a part of Portugal that neither me nor my wife had ever visited. I’d long been aware of their beauty through the stunning images of photographer Rui Vieira who lives on Sao Jorge, but for some reason when planning trips we’d never got around to visiting them. We finally put that right this summer when we put together a 10 day island hopping trip through these amazing islands. It took quite a bit of research to decide which of the islands to visit, but eventually I decided on Pico, Faial, Flores and Corvo. While Sao Miguel is the most popular choice, it’s also the most touristed and I felt that all that I could find there could also be found on the other islands, which all also have something unique of their own.
I packed really light for this trip, just an X-T1 and my two usual landscape lenses, the XF10-24mm and the XF 55-200mm, along with Gitzo Traveller Series 1 tripod, which folds down really small and fits easily in a tiny suitcase. It’s one of the things I love about the X System, it’s so small and compact but I have absolute faith that it will deliver great results. I also had a few filters, 2 spare batteries and a cable release, which makes its about as minimal a landscape kit as I could imagine.