Not too long ago, I travelled with 5 friends to Australia. As one of us holds a Class 4 driving license, we were able to rent a Motorhome (something like a caravan) and did a road trip from Brisbane to Sydney.
Unfortunately, I was unable to visit any film lab because we were constantly moving from places to places. Furthermore, it’s so much cheaper to buy and develop films in Singapore.
As a Film Based Traveler, of course I brought my Leica M6 and shoot film in Australia. Enjoy the photos!
As time was a constraint, we didn’t roam into city centre of Brisbane, which would have been a good place to do street photography. Instead, we went to Australia Zoo, which was founded by the famous crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin.
Nothing much happened in Brisbane so I didn’t shoot much.
Along the way, we stopped at Gold Coast for a few hours.
Wow, I have never seen water this blue and sand this white.
Before the trip, I packed 2 rolls of Kodak Ektar 100 films because I knew this trip would be more nature-and-beach-intensive than street-intensive. Glad I did.
Another town that has ‘blue sea, white sand’ was Byron Bay. We spent 2 days 1 night so we could do more activities here. We went ‘kayaking to see dolphins’ for AUD69 per person.
Wished I brought a disposable water-proof camera or a GoPro. But it’s alright, being camera-less allowed me to enjoy the moment and the memory stays with me.
Cape Byron Light is a famous lighthouse in Byron Bay. It’s an excellent spot for landscape photography. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy to even see the sunset that evening when we visited.
As we roamed, we stopped by a few places. For example, we stopped by a farm to buy some fresh milk. As Australians in the countryside are very friendly and welcoming to tourists, the owner of the farm let us (the city suagu folks) feed the cows and sheep with breads. Haha!
We also chanced upon a local house where it’s definitely every city dwellers’ dream home! The owners have horses, some cute fluffy chickens, dog and cats all living in harmony together.
And every day they get to see the breathtaking mountain view surrounding their house.
Next, we stopped by Port Macquarie to stay for a night before heading to Sydney. I mentioned this place because I think the photos I took here are worth posting.
After parking and living in different camp sites every night, I became very envious of the life of Australian nomads. They choose to live in a vehicle, roaming around. There was a retired couple who sold their house, bought a caravan and just travel around Australia.
The husband works part-time driving trucks when he wants to and also play some shares. We visited their ‘home’ and I was amazed! Then, the wife told us that she would have asked us to buy some 3-in-1 nescafe coffee for them if they knew we were coming! :p
Finally, we reached Sydney after driving over 1000km in the span of 8-9 days.
As such, we rewarded ourselves by dining in a mid-range seafood restaurant! The oysters were so good! As for crab, nothing beats Singapore’s chilli crab.
My first impression of Sydney was: Omg, it’s so Clarke Quay.
My first impression of Sydney Opera House was: Omg, it’s so Esplanade.
My first impression of Sydney Opera House was: Omg, it’s so crowded like in the Merlion Park!
We only had one day in Sydney before flying back to Singapore so city area was the only place we could be. And we managed to visit Sydney Fish Market and have another round of awesome seafood!
This is not the first time I shoot films for my travels. Nonetheless, there will always be a little sense of insecurity. On top of that, the light meter of the Leica M6 decided to die one day before I flew to Australia. Hence, I had to use Sunny-16 rules and ‘agaration’ (guessing).
Luckily, 99% of the photos are exposed nicely. Phew. This once again shows that colour negative film has quite a wide exposure latitude.
If I were to shoot slide film for this trip without professional light meter, I bet I would cry my eyes out after receiving the processed films.
Finally, I was blessed with very good weather throughout my trip, except that one rainy and foggy day at the Blue Mountain which forbade me to shoot. Such a waste.