A little over a week ago I came home to Portland from a two-week trip in Thailand, leading a workshop alongside Michael Bonocore with The Giving Lens. A few days after I was home I had a quick trip to San Diego to play with the Sony mirrorless camera with some other photographers (more on that in an upcoming post), and so it just is now feeling like I’m finally staying put and not on the move. I think I love to travel about as much as I love being home, so it can be quite the conundrum.

While I was in Thailand, I seriously had another amazing, life-changing adventure. Part of the mission of The Giving Lens workshops is to support an NGO in the country we visit, and in Thailand the NGO is COSA. I was there last year and so it was really great to return and see some of the girls that were still there. I have a feeling that I’ll be going back and visiting them again in the future.

Overall, the workshop was wonderful. We saw temples, monks, mountain hilltribes, people working in fields, and even baby elephants! BTW, if you are ever in Chiang Mai and want to see the elephants, the absolute best place to see them is at Elephant Nature Park. It is one of the most ethical, caring parks in the country; other places just don’t compare and may even have questionable practices (but you would never find out, they all tout themselves as “ethical”, even if they are not).

On this trip, I also decided to bring the FUJIFILM X-T1. I have to say that it was such a great decision! I didn’t have all of the gear I needed for the trip, so I rented a few things from LensRentals.com (click here to see the gear I brought on my trip). I mostly used the camera for hand-held work, so I still haven’t tested it again as a landscape camera, but so far I am very impressed. The focusing was fast, my images are sharp, and it just felt good using it. Also, for trips like this, weight is a huge factor in why I want to use a mirrorless. I’m on my feet the majority of the time, and because the FUJIFILM cameras and lenses are so small I was able to carry around two cameras, each with their own lens, and it wasn’t too heavy at all.

Click here to view the gear used on this trip.