The WANDRD PRVKE 31

I confess. I’m addicted to bags, camera bags that is. I love a bag that is full of feature and functionality. I love bags that look good, but understated. I think as photographers, the camera bag is next on the list of essential equipment next to tripods. How else are we suppose to haul our expensive gears around the field? How else are we suppose to get to a location with all our gears? We spend good money on these bags just for that reason. We need to protect our gear while we’re out in the field. It only makes sense that we’re always on the lookout for the PERFECT camera bag, though whatever that means will be different for everyone.

A few months ago, I was in Penang for a 10-day trip. I brought along the WANDRD PRVKE 31 as my transit bag, along with my Peak Design Everyday Sling. The PRVKE 31 (pronounced provoke) is an absolute beast of a bag. Being 31 litre, it can hold a lot of stuff. Given the fact that the Fujifilm cameras and lenses aren’t exactly big, I was able to fit quite a lot of camera equipment, and then some more. During transit, I was able to pack the following gear -

  • Fujifilm X-T2, with the 16-55mm lense attached

  • Fujifilm 55-200mm

  • Fujifilm 23mmf2

  • Samyang 12mmf2

  • bag of filters

  • MacBook Pro 13’

  • Sirui T-025 Tripod

  • other small items like charger, hard drive, batteries, etc

As you can see, this bag can fit quite a bit of stuff in it. A drawback of this is that it is HEAVY. Once filled to the brimmed, it weighed about 12kg. I don’t usually carry this much equipment when I’m travelling but I wanted to push the limit of this bag (and my back). I’m happy to report that the bag held up well. Having a roll-top design means that I am able to fit even more stuff in it once unrolled.

The shoulder strap has got to be one of the best of all the backpack that I’ve tried. It was wide and soft enough that it didn’t feel like it was digging into my shoulder once loaded up. This was one of my gripes with the Peak Design Everyday Backpack. But what this means is that I am now unable to position my Peak Design Capture Clip where I want to. I had to install the Capture Clip lower than where I would have preferred as the strap tapers off at the bottom.

The WANDRD PRKVE backpack comes with the optional camera cube. I love that it allows me to position the dividers however I wanted it. It came with ample dividers of multiple sizes, allowing you to position the dividers as you please. This is perfect for a mirrorless user as you are able to size the area that holds your camera and lenses.

Front material is made from durable tarpaulin and dobby nylon according to their website. Sure looks and feel durable.

Front material is made from durable tarpaulin and dobby nylon according to their website. Sure looks and feel durable.

These detachable straps can be fixed into one of the many points around interior and the exterior of the bag. Perfect to strap on that extra stuff that you need to carry

These detachable straps can be fixed into one of the many points around interior and the exterior of the bag. Perfect to strap on that extra stuff that you need to carry

Slim profile and sleek looking - can’t go wrong there.

Slim profile and sleek looking - can’t go wrong there.

See that little compartment there?

See that little compartment there?

It’s actually a secret compartment, perfect for storing passport and important documents. This sits against the small of your back and you won’t even feel that it’s there

It’s actually a secret compartment, perfect for storing passport and important documents. This sits against the small of your back and you won’t even feel that it’s there

Benefits of roll top design - ability to pack more stuff than you need. Also has side pocket access, which is a must for someone like me.

Benefits of roll top design - ability to pack more stuff than you need. Also has side pocket access, which is a must for someone like me.

The zip compartment on the side pocket with space for 3 batteries.

The zip compartment on the side pocket with space for 3 batteries.

This is in Wasatch Green. Other options are the Agean Blue or just plain Black. I like the green. It’s very muted and it doesn’t scream LOOK AT MY BAG!!!

This is in Wasatch Green. Other options are the Agean Blue or just plain Black. I like the green. It’s very muted and it doesn’t scream LOOK AT MY BAG!!!

Side pocket to fit tripod or water bottle. Expandable zip to fit bigger tripod or bigger water bottle.

Side pocket to fit tripod or water bottle. Expandable zip to fit bigger tripod or bigger water bottle.

The photography bundle comes with a removable camera cube.

The photography bundle comes with a removable camera cube.

Adjustable/removable dividers.

Adjustable/removable dividers.

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With the Peak Design Capture Pro V2. My absolute favourite piece of accessory when I’m out and about. If you hate using neck straps on your camera, you’ll love this.

With the Peak Design Capture Pro V2. My absolute favourite piece of accessory when I’m out and about. If you hate using neck straps on your camera, you’ll love this.

Out in the field. If you’ve been to a few of our Perth FujiXAus photowalks, you may have seen me with this bag around. Photo courtesy of Leigh Hurn.

Out in the field. If you’ve been to a few of our Perth FujiXAus photowalks, you may have seen me with this bag around. Photo courtesy of Leigh Hurn.

So have I found the PERFECT bag? No. Will I ever? Probably not. I think this comes close to being the perfect travelling bag for me. I have even used this bag for a shoot recently but to be honest, I only needed minimal gear and this was a tad big. I think that is my only complaint about this bag - it’s a tad big at times. They do offer the 21l version as well, so if you don’t usually carry lots of gear, that could be perfect for you.

Juniors Touch Rugby

Last week, I had the opportunity to shoot a parents vs kids touch rugby game as part of a juniors wind up event for the Southern District Touch Association. I had such a blast shooting the game that I thought I would share my experience here.

All of the photos below were shot with the Fujifilm X-T2, paired with the 55-200mm f3.5-4.8. They were all shot around 5 to 6 pm, which meant I had that awesome golden light that you can see in some of these photos. Although the 55-200 may not be the fastest lense, I find that with good light you are able to pull off some amazing shots with it. This was also the first time that I had tried to shoot sports in full manual mode. I had my shutter speed sitting around 1/500sec to 1/1250sec, and I had made the conscious decision to keep my aperture around f4 to f8 as I wanted to make sure that my subject is sharp and in focus. The ISO is probably the variable that I gave the least priority to in this instance. As the lights were pretty good, I find that I hadn’t needed to adjust my ISO much. Most of these shots were done with ISO 200, with a few bumped up to ISO 320 when I wanted to use a faster shutter speed to freeze the action.

One of the thing that I wanted to do as well, was to capture emotion. I have come to learn that the players are full of emotions when they are on the field. This is especially true when it comes to these kids. The smile as they ran with the ball, the determination on their face as they ran for the touchdown, and the disappointment as they lose the ball. I made it my mission to capture these and I hope that I had.

Massive shout out to the Southern District Touch Association for giving me the opportunity to shoot this game. I hope everyone enjoyed the photos as much as I did shooting it.

1/1250sec, f4.8, ISO200

1/1250sec, f4.8, ISO200

1/1100 sec, f4.5, ISO 200

1/1100 sec, f4.5, ISO 200

1/5000 sec, f4.4, ISO 200

1/5000 sec, f4.4, ISO 200

1/500sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6 ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6 ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1000sec, f5.6 ISO 320

1/1000sec, f5.6 ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4 ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4 ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/500sec, f6.4, ISO 320

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1/500sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/500sec, f5.6, ISO 320

1/1600sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1600sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1250sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1250sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1250sec, f6.4, ISO 320

1/1250sec, f6.4, ISO 320

To check out the rest of the photos, head to this link.

The Results - Landscape Workshop

As mentioned in my previous post, I held off on sharing my photos from the landscape workshop because I wanted to really go through them and really do them justice. I took roughly 600 photos from both locations in total. I know that sounds a lot, but I bracketed my shots so I ended up with a lot of the same shots. Going through and culling these shots took some time. I’ve managed pick out 2 from Canal Rocks and 3 from Sugarloaf Rock that I am happy with. I’ll go through the photos below and share my thoughts on them.

Canal Rock

Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm f2.8  1/40sec, f11, iso200 @16mm

Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm f2.8

1/40sec, f11, iso200 @16mm

This was one of the first few compositions I tried at Canal Rocks. I struggled in terms of composition here. As the sun was setting, I decided to set up in a sort of a valley for this composition. I noticed that every now and again, there would be a massive wave that would crash against the rocks. I started off with a close- up shot of just the rocks with the wave but didn’t really like the way it turned out. I decided to go wider and include a bit of the foreground to add depth to the photo. I quickly realised that I have come upon a problem that I had never encountered before. Seaspray. As you can see on the right side of the image, I had some water droplets on my lense, which was then accentuated by the sun. It was a constant battle between wiping the lense and taking a shot before getting more seaspray on it.

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55f2.8  15sec, f10, iso200 @16mm

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55f2.8

15sec, f10, iso200 @16mm

This shot was taken about an hour after the first one above. I was going for a more ethereal look by using a longer shutter speed. As before, my lense was just covered in water droplets, but it was not as obvious on this image compared to the last one as the sun had set below the wall of cloud. I think it would have been a more impactful image if I had set up closer to the water and have that wispy-ethereal water as the foreground instead of static rocks. Of course, this can only work if the waves weren’t so strong. Another thing that bothered me with this image was the lense flare on the right. 

Sugarloaf Rock

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55mm f2.8  1/8sec, f11, ISO 200 @ 17mm

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55mm f2.8

1/8sec, f11, ISO 200 @ 17mm

This was the moment the morning light hit Sugarloaf Rock. It came so suddenly that I was scrambling to get the shot. To be honest, the composition is nothing special. I opted to go for the classic shot after struggling with Canal Rocks the previous day. I wish the clouds would have caught the early morning light as well and just add a bit more interest.

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55 f2.8  1/400sec, f11, iso200 @ 21mm

Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55 f2.8

1/400sec, f11, iso200 @ 21mm

Shifting the composition slightly, I wanted to include the foreground a bit more for this shot. This was taken about half an hour after the previous image so the whole of Sugarloaf Rock is now lit up with that nice warm glow. I liked how the vegetation at the bottom added a nice touch of green to the overall image. I wish I had a 10 stop ND filter for this shot to create some movement in the cloud.

Fujifilm X-T2, Samyang 12mm F2.8  2.5sec, f11 (I think), ISO 200

Fujifilm X-T2, Samyang 12mm F2.8

2.5sec, f11 (I think), ISO 200

If I had to pick a favourite shot from the whole workshop, this would be it. This was actually one of the first few shots I took upon arriving at the location. According to the metadata, this was taken at 5.06am. It was still fairly dark at the time. Initially, I wanted to try a long-exposure for this shot to try and get the wispy, ethereal look on the water but decided against it. I’m glad I did. At 2.5sec, it was long enough to capture motion on the water but short enough that you can still see the lines and definitions in them. I love this image, so much so that I am considering getting it printed.

All in all, it’s been a fun weekend and I had learned a lot. The knowledge that I had gained from this workshop and from James has been great. It had really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Granted, waking up at 3 in the morning is probably out of the comfort zone for a lot of people, but I’m glad I did it. Thank you again, James, for imparting your knowledge to us, and to all participants that made this possible.

Drop a comment below if you have any feedback on the blogs so far, or if you just want to say hi and have a chat 😁 Blogging is still very much new to me but I am excited to share my photos and experiences with you through this medium.

FXA - PERTH October Long Exposure

Another month, another meet up with the FujiXAus group. Last week we decided to hit up Kings Park at night to try our hands on some long exposure photography. It’s been a while since I had done any long exposure photography so I was eager to see what I could come up with.

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I was surprised to find that we actually had a decent number of people for this turn out, given that it was during the middle of the work week. After getting to know everyone, we then headed to the Kaarta Gar-Up lookout for our first spot. It’s been years since I’ve been to Kings Park at night. Perth city has changed so much in the past few years. I wanted to get detailed shots instead of just a wide angle view of the city, so I pulled out my Fujifilm 55-200mm f3.5-4.8. However, I struggled to get any form of composition that I liked, so instead, I switched back to the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 and decided to do behind-the-scene shots of the group.

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We then decided to head further down the path to see if we can find another spot that offers a different view. We came upon a clearing in the bush next to the path that offers the view of the freeway. Perfect for light trails! I took a few more behind-the-scene shots and tried a bit of astrophotography as well. After taking a number of shots, I ended up with my favourite shot of the night.

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Switching back to the 55-200mm, I decided to take a crack at capturing some light trails on the freeway. I wanted to capture light trails on both sides of the road, as well as having the train through the middle as well. After taking a few shots, I ended up with my favourite from the night. It’s not exactly as I had envisioned it but it was close enough. I will definitely have to come back and try the shot again.

We were waiting for the train to come through but I ended up mistiming my shot. You can see the train coming in from the bottom of the shot and stopped abruptly 1/3 of the way in. Would have like to have it at least halfway through the photo at least.

We were waiting for the train to come through but I ended up mistiming my shot. You can see the train coming in from the bottom of the shot and stopped abruptly 1/3 of the way in. Would have like to have it at least halfway through the photo at least.

I have always wanted to try this shot for a while now. Just a detailed shot of an office building with all the lights on at night.

I have always wanted to try this shot for a while now. Just a detailed shot of an office building with all the lights on at night.

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All in all it was a good night. It’s always fun to be able to go out and shoot some photography with like-minded people. Thank you again to everyone who came along.

Until next time!

- C

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