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Christchurch City Walkabout

Another lovely day to be out for a walk in #Ōtautahi #Christchurch #Aotearoa #NewZealand. Not usually a fan of savoury muffins but apparently is a must when at @c1espresso.

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Christchurch City Walkabout

The sun has finally emerged after having disappeared for almost two weeks. The walkabout in town is pretty much a given! Apparently we did just around 13,000 steps today, but I’m sure that the calories consumed balanced that out.

Here’s some pictures taken today (with the rainy photo taken a few days ago). All taken with the new-to-me Samsung Galaxy Note 9. I’m actually pretty impressed with output of the camera. After years of super saturated outputs, I’m glad that Samsung had toned this down somewhat.

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Christchurch City Walkabout

Nothing beats a lovely walkabout in the city when the sun is out in Christchurch, especially when the city is a mere 45-60 minutes walk away – combining exercise and sightseeing is nice 🙂 Apparently we did almost 12,000 steps!

There’s also a trendy new eatery place that’s opened called The Welder. It’s established in a block of repurposed industrial buildings (something that’s very popular these days for that naturally rough, industrial look). I feel so old when I go in – everyone seems to be so trendy and hip in there! Even the food’s pretty trendy… carrot muffin with some sort of homemade hummus and spinach topping (I think… can’t remember now!), and the hot chocolate had some sort of spice sprinking (I think it’s cinnamon).

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Autumn in Christchurch

Autumn’s my favourite season of the year. The colours of the city really stands out during this season, accentuated by the low angle of the sunlight throughout the day. You can’t beat a walkabout in the city on a sunny autumn’s day.

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First Weekend of Freedom

We got our freedom back two days ago in the sense that we’re now allowed to go outside for non-essential things, such as for entertainment and for non-essential shopping. We went out for a walk to stretch our legs, and somehow ended up in the city centre which is full of people. There weren’t many shoppers in the invididual stores, though. I guess it’s a bit of a hassle to have to sign in / sign out (a requirement for contact tracing) is all you want is to go inside for a bit of a browse.

We did however go into Ballantynes, and it was packed – not in the Boxing Day Sales sort of way but it was crowded enough that there’s no way to maintain a one-metre distance between people as required by the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines!

It’s quite amazing to see the city centre so crowded, as there would be little to no tourists in the city.

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Christchurch City Walkabout

Geoff and I do a walkabout in the city almost every weekend as part of our attempt to get off the coach at least once a week. I don’t always take photos when going on such walks… but I really should do that more often. After all, I do enjoy taking photos.

Hagley Park – Christchurch’s main city park – is pretty much at our doorstep. Soon, perhaps in about a month or so, the leaves will turn yellow and brown, and hopefully I’ll be in time to take some lovely autumn scenes. The “pop-up” bookshop still has stock in disarray, a time capsule in its own right.

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Pentax K-5 and DA 18-55mm

It must quite a few years ago since I last shot with my 9-year-old Pentax K-5 and the kit lens, a SMC Pentax DA 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 AL WR (to give it its proper name…). I tend to just shoot with a “compact” Fujifilm X100T these days, as I love the Fujifilm colours and rangefinder styling, and even when I do shoot with the Pentax K-5, the lenses that I stick on them tend to be prime lenses (having also own the optically excellent SMC Pentax FA 31/1.8, 50/1.4 and 77/1.8 lenses).

An upcoming trip to Europe got me thinking about shooting with zoom lenses again, instead of the fixed-lens Fujifilm X100T which had been my go-to travel camera over the years. Today, I thought I’ll try to get reacquainted with this fancy new zoom lens wizardry.

Now, I know that the kit zoom lenses (I also own the SMC Pentax DA 50-200 f/4-5.6 ED WR) aren’t the sharpest tools in the catalogue, but are they decent enough for travel photography? I hope to make some test shots and determine that. Here are some shallow depth-of-field shots with close-focus at f/5.6.

Here’s some wider depth-of-field shots, with medium-focus at f/5.6.

And here’s a single low-light shot in a dimly-lit museum.

These shots were taken with the shorter, more travel-friendly 18-55mm lens. I don’t think they turn out too badly, certainly better than what any of my cellphones can capture.