If there ever was a perk about being in a long-distance relationship like I am, it would be the amount of travel that comes with it! It’s been almost two years now and although I love popping over to Australia every 8 weeks it was so much fun spending quality time in Japan instead. Aaaaand in typical Steph fashion I wanted to take a photo of everything because our time together is always so limited, so this time I was very fortunate to team up with Sony New Zealand to capture Erik and I’s first international trip together.
A few days before my trip to Japan I popped into their head office to meet and pick up some gear. I was so giddy as I walked out with the Sony a6500 with a 18-135mm lens and their RX100 VI to try. The Sony a6500 came out late 2016 which completely changed the game and the RX100 VI literally just came out two months ago!!
Sony describes the a6500 as “the palm-sized all-around all-star” which I think very accurately describes the camera. The camera was of such high quality I immediately noticed a huge difference when it came to editing especially. I am also not the strongest of human beings, so something that was light but sturdy was essential as we are both very ‘on the move’ travellers. Same goes with the RX100, I couldn’t believe how much was packed into the tiny wee thing, and we used it to vlog bits and pieces of our trip.
We’re the type to whizz through different suburbs a day, hop through numerous trains, hike here and there and of course, I cross both mine and his fingers for my luggage weight at the check-in-counter. Having both those strong and lightweight traits meant I knew I was able to travel comfortably and feel assured the moments travelling would be captured to a quality as great as the time spent together.
The good thing about Erik is that he is a bit of a planner (whereas I somehow wing it) and that made me research some awesome places for us to go visit. One of my choices was the the Mori Building Digital Art Museum that just opened in June. It’s the world’s first digital art museum that has a focus to not just allow visitors to stand around and admire what’s on display, but to encourage them to immerse themselves in the artwork by interacting with each exhibit. If you’re planning on going, make sure to book ahead, as tickets sell out fast.
Erik and I experimented with the settings on the camera, and throughout the three-dimensional 10,000 square meter exhibit, came to understand more about what would capture the best photo. When shooting in low light situations, (or against 520 computers and 470 projectors!) its important to have a camera that has unerring autofocus with strong stability and this shone with the a6500.
We had such a fun time at the exhibit and traveling Japan together. At the same time, it can be a bit unnerving travelling with such amazing gear for two weeks, so I specified my belongings for Japan on my travel insurance, arranged through a New Zealand company called Worldcare. They are by the way, incredibly easy to communicate with and are sooooo reasonably priced. I’m on their GoComprehensive travel insurance plan but with bigger trips ahead I’m thinking of hopping onto their GoFreedom plan so I won’t have to worry about a thing for a full year of travel. You can use ‘TheTravelKid10’ to save some $$$.
Technicalities aside, below is a visual diary of what we captured by TeamLab on the Sony a6500 with their 18-135mm lens! Let me know what you think xx