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Make the Switch ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Keen enthusiast photographer Vicki Portanier has travel in her blood and, like all of us, she’s longing for the days when overseas travel is normal again. Meanwhile, to remind us of how it used to be, here’s a selection of images from her most recent trip

PHOTOGRAPHY IS A hobby and a passion of mine that I took up more seriously about eight years ago. Before that, I took pictures as references for my drawings and paintings. Then I decided I was probably better off just taking pictures – and that’s when I started getting more interested in photography. I started by using a Nikon DSLR, a D7200, which I think I bought because I saw it being advertised or read about it somewhere. I loved it and bought some lenses that suited travel for it. A little later I discovered Fujifilm. I think this was again reading about the

Fujifilm X Series and seeing adverts, but also seeing the results from Fujifilm cameras – and I liked what I saw. In particular, I really liked the colour reproduction Fujifilm cameras gave, so I bought the 16-megapixel X-T10. I thought I’d try it to see if I liked using it and would move up from there to a more advanced model in due course. For a while, I took both cameras on various trips and found that I appreciated and enjoyed using the X-T10 more than the Nikon. To me, it was a very intuitive camera to use and, as I expected, I liked the colours I was getting from it.

Once I decided I was happy with the X-T10, I progressed to the 24.3-megapixel X-T2. I’m not a professional, but I thought going to the X-T2 would help me get more from my picture taking, and I think it has. I ended selling the Nikon kit simply because I wasn’t using it any more. There was no point keeping it, so it was sold and the money went towards another Fujifilm lens. I still have the X-T10 and the X-T2, but I have added another body: the X-T3. Now I use that camera and the X-T2, often in tandem. For example, the other day when we had snow, I went

out to the local park very early before sunrise and I took the X-T2 with the XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR fitted and the XF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR on the X-T3, because I thought I might encounter some wildlife, which is another keen interest of mine when photographing. I often take the two-body shooting approach when I’m travelling, too, although obviously it depends where I am and the situation. When I was shooting the street markets in Vietnam, for example, I used just one body paired with the XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.

VICKI PORTANIER Enthusiast photographer, Molesey Photographic Club

IMAGE Fruit on a yoke, street scene taken in Hoi An, Vietnam. Fujifilm X-T3 with XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 at 30mm. Exposed in manual mode at 1/500sec at f/5, ISO 500

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