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One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
[Henry Miller]  

Provence, France. 2013.

Can I just say that Fuji pastels make my heart sing?

Taking pictures was one of the highlights of our time in France. I had five (5!!!) cameras with me: my Fuji X-E1, Contax 645, Leica C1, Olympus 35-SP, and Contax Aria. In the film cameras, I shot Fujifilm (Pro 400H), while Johnny’s film of choice was Portra 400.

There were pros and cons to bringing this many cameras. On the upside, it was great to have a pick of which camera fit which situation. If I wanted a quick, easy film camera, I brought the point and shoot Leica. If I wanted something to fit in my purse but needed excellent depth of field, I brought the Aria. If I wanted the look of medium format, I brought the Contax. The X-E1 was my go-everywhere, shoot-everything camera, and the Olympus (which was an anniversary gift from my husband) gave me a new and fun challenge, being my first rangefinder.

On the downside, I had to constantly switch my field of view with shooting so many different cameras and didn’t ever really “groove in” completely with one particular one. But all in all, I’m happy I had all the cameras with me in France. I haven’t received my film back yet from the Aria, Leica or Olympus, and it will be fun to see how differently the results look from each one.