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I have just returned to Bali after an amazing few weeks spent visiting family and friends in the UK and Portugal. It’s been far too long since I was home – over three years – and I loved every minute of the trip. Portugal in particular was fantastic and I am already planning a return trip, hopefully sooner rather than later. Until then, I can flick through the thousands of images I took during the three weeks there to remind me of chorizo and pastel de nata!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I ditched my Nikon gear for the trip and packed my Fuji X-T1, a 23mm and a 56mm, all packed in a small thinktank bag. Traveling with a small kit with just two fixed lenses is incredibly liberating, and apart from a few very minor niggles, I am sold on the X-T1 – it really is a beautiful camera and the two lenses I have been using with it are fantastically sharp. The only things I missed were a wider lens and an ISO of 100 or even 64, as I would have loved to shoot wide open in the bright sunlight of Portugal. I know the next firmware release for the X-T1 will feature a much faster top shutter speed so hopefully this will help remedy the latter problem.

Below are a few personal favourites from both Portugal and UK, all converted to b&w in lightroom using a VSCO preset as a start, with lots of tweaks…

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