Holidaying with X-Pro3.

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Selfie with this beauty.

It’s coming to the end 2019; and it’s our turn for a family holiday. For all my trips, packing camera gears is equally important as packing all the usual travel essential.
For this 11 days family trip my set is the new Dura Silver X-Pro3, Which is not mine as I will only received my order by mid January 2020. A big shout out to Keitaro So for making this possible. Thank you. For the lenses it’s XF23mm F2, XF35mm F1.4, XF10-24mm and also the XF16-80mm F4WR. At F4 some may think it’s rather slow but it’s OIS is brilliant. I  think this is the best travel lens at the moment. I like this lens for its very useful focal length. Of course its not optically better than it’s older brother. XF16-55mm F2.8 is perfect for those who demands the best. For travel photography, the XF16-80mm is second to none. I also brought my other favorite, the X100F along.
I believe many is still sitting on the fence especially the flip down only LCD screen of the X-Pro3.. This is even more apparent for both the X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 owners. It’s like why fixed it when it not broken.
Actually after using it for awhile; one might find it an asset rather that a silly concept.
This camera is in every way, a more able camera than its predecessor. The AF is really fast and good; even in very low light situation. Giving the photographer that confidence on nailing that shot time after time. This cannot be say about the X-Pro1 but I still love every bit of it. It is where it all started for me and I believe for many of you too.
Sharing my holiday snaps; all shot with X-pro3. We departed from Singapore and
had a short two hours transit in Hong Kong before arriving at Incheon, South Korea.
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Transit in Hong Kong. XF16-80mm. Neg Classic.

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Alone. XF16-80mm.

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Happy tourist. XF16-80mm. Classic Neg

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Just arrived in Incheon Airport. XF16-80mm.

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After checking in; we head out to look for our dinner. XF23mm F2

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Korean BBQ. XF23mm F2

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Summer enjoying her first ever Korean BBQ. XF23mm F2

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Day 2. Really cold after breakfast. XF23mm F2

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Summer first snow flakes experience. XF23mm F2

After breakfast out driver, Mr Calvin came and pick us up. Our first stop is Herb Island.

Which is kind of en-route to our hotel. 1.5 hours later we arrived and Summer is super happy as there are snow.
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XF16-80mm.

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Summer 1st attempt at making a snow ball. XF16-80mm

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At Gapyeong. XF16-80mm

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Late BBQ lunch. Mama is under the weather and the soup does help. XF16-80mm.

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At the pharmacy getting some medicine for mama. XF16-80mm.

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Portrait with our transport. XF16-80mm

Our next stop is www.ontherock.kr This is our second time here. It’s at Gapyeong region.
Which is about an hour or more from Seoul. This amazing Red Dot Award glamping site have indeed left a very lasting impression on our last trip. We will be staying for 2 nights. Actually I will highly recommend a 3 night stay. I will let the photos do the talking.
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Glamping at its best. XF16-80mm.

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My weapon of choice for this holiday, X-Pro3. Shot with X100F.

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Winter is coming. View from the Glamping site. XF16-80mm.

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Our tent for the next 2 winter nights. XF16-80mm.

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Hello winter. XF16-80mm

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Summer enjoying her first winter. What a lovely site. XF16-80mm.

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On the Rock Glamping site has a total of 7 tents. XF16-80mm F4.

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Day view of our tent. No C2. XF10-24mm.

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Evening view of our tent. No C2. XF10-24mm

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By the warm fire place in the winter cold. XF10-24mm

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Wifey getting warm-up by the fire place. XF23mm F2

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Fire place. XF10-24mm

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XF35mm F1.4

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Dining area where breakfast is serve and view of the tents. XF10-24mm.

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XF35mm F1.4.

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Summer enjoying every moment. XF35mm F1.4.

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Selfie with X-pro3 and XF35mm F1.4

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Let it snow, Let it snow. XF23mm F2.

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Have a read and some games at the dining area. XF23mm F2

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View from the dining area. XF16-80mm.

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Mr Park, the owner setting up the fire place for the evening. XF16-80mm

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Interior of our tent. There is a toilet, small kitchen and a sofa too. XF10-24mm

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XF16-80mm

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I think we need to be back during summer to enjoy the pool. XF16-80mm

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Dining area. XF16-80mm

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X100F

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X100F

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XF16-80mm.

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XF16-80mm

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A quick 5 minutes drive down the hill brings one down to cafes and restaurants. XF16-80mm

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Cafe and accommodation. XF16-80mm.

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Summer. XF16-80mm.

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XF16-80mm

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Family selfie as we search for our cafe. XF16-80mm.

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Selfie at Art Salon Cafe. XF35mm F1.4

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Somewhere on those mountain is where On the Rock Glamping site is located. XF16-80mm

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X100F

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Gapyeong. XF16-80mm.

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Spend a lovely evening at Garden of morning calm. XF23mm F2.

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XF23mm F2

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XF23mm F2

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BBQ lunch. XF16-80mm

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XF35mm F1.4

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A tent is place on the heated bed and the portable heater blows hot air into it. Keeping us warm in this glamping winter. XF16-80mm.

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A morning visitor by our tent. XF16-80mm

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Summer collected a cup full of icicles. And she is a happy girl. XF16-80mm.

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XF16-80mm

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Summer’s bonding time with the cute puppies. XF23mm F2

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Saying good bye to the puppies as to proceed to our next pits stop; Alpensia. XF23mm F2

Our next stop will be a 2 hours ride to Alpensia Ski Resort. Our pitstop will be at Alpaca World Park.
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Alpaca World. XF16-80mm

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Hello! XF16-80mm

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Bonding time with Watu. XF16-80mm

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None of these are mine. XF16-80mm.

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Meet Watu our new family member that bit mama. XF16-80mm

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Lunch break. XF16-80mm

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I am not going to do the dishes after lunch. XF16-80mm

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XF16-80mm

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XF16-80mm

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Reaching Alpensia…

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Hello Alpensia. XF16-80mm

We arrived late to Alpensia. Alpensia Intercontinental will be our home for the next 3 nights.

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Supper at C U convenient store. XF23mm F2

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XF23mm F2

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Meet Miss Happy. XF23mm F2

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XF16-80mm

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Ski slope Staff. XF23mm F2

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Summer enjoying the X-pro3. Shot with X100F.

This morning as we depart the weather dip to -8! We are heading back to Seoul. And this time our pitstop will be at Museum SAN. The Museum SAN which stands for Space Art & Nature. It’s designed by Tadao Ando, the master of minimalist architecture constructed with concrete. There is also a James Turrell’s work as part of its installation. Please allocate at least 2 hours for this rather big museum.

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SAN Museum. XF10-24mm F4

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XF10-24mm

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XF35mm F1.4

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XF10-24mm

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XF10-24mm

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XF10-24mm

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XF10-24mm.

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XF35mm F1.4

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XF10-24mm

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XF10-24mm

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En-route to Seoul. XF16-80mm

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Lotte Tower. XF16-80mm

We arrived at about 330pm back to Seoul. Our last trip I didn’t have enough time at the

charming Garuso-Gil. So this time we will be staying at Andaz Seoul Gangnam which is

about a 10 minutes stroll to Garuso-Gil. We stayed 4 nights at this amazing hotel. It was

so good that on day 3, my daughter and wife decided not to leave the hotel and enjoy

the room and its facilities. Andaz is also conveniently situated above the Apujeong

Station.  When I first arrived in our deluxe room, I love the bathroom so much that I took

a self-portraits of myself at the vanity mirror!

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Bathroom Selfie. XF35mm F1.4

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ANDAZ Seoul Gangnam

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Andaz greatest asset; the amazing people. You all rocks! We will be back.

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The Summer house is Summer’s fav place in Andaz. Heated pool and Jacuzzi are a warm welcome for winter.

 

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XF16-80mm

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Andaz. XF35mm F1.4

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Andaz main lobby. XF23mm F2

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On the house. One of the most beautiful 3 english words. XF23mm F1.4

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XF35mm F1.4

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Bathroom. XF35mm F1.4

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Matchy Matchy.

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Breakfast. XF23mm F2

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Playtime. XF23mm F2

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Room service. Summer’s fav. XF35mm F1.4

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Summer all ready to visit The Summer House. XF23mm F2

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Summer is so excited that she removed her shoes and run back to the room. XF23mm F2

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Day 3 and these 2 gals are not leaving Andaz. Staying in is best thing to do. XF35mm F1.4

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All dress up to match the Andaz comfy bedroom slippers. XF35mm F1.4

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A shout out to Kimberly for the great hospitality every morning at the breakfast area. XF35mm F1.4

Garusol-Gil. I have always love this area and this trip I have a lovely friend to be our

guide. Thank you Jen!

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XF16-80mm

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Beautiful tree line Garuso-Gil. XF16-80mm

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XF23mm F2

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XF23mm F2

 

Here are more snaps of Seoul and also our visit to Lotte World.

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Frist Kiss. Lotte World. XF23mm F2

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Hot Food for the winter cold. XF35mm F1.4

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Starfield Library. XF16-80mm

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XF16-80mm

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River Han. XF23mm F2

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Waiting. XF23mm F2

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While waiting at the traffic. Why not try a long exposure with the help of a dustbin. XF16-80.

On our last day we met up with Jan and she brought a friend along. Her name is Autumn. She wants Summer to meet Autumn in Winter. LOL. We spent the afternoon at DDP, BBQ lunch and a visit to a fellow photographer’s studio. Rami. I have always love his works. It’s a portraits series of Koreans war veterans and soldiers. Do check put https://www.project-soldier.com

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On the way to DDP. XF23mm F2

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Angry Bird. XF10-24mm

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Wefie time. XF16-80mm

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Audrey and Autumn at DDP. XF10-24mm

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Playing Retro Pacman at DDP. XF10-24mm

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No one can hide from a photographer with a wide angle lens. XF10-24mm

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Summer attending a Korean children class at DDP. Thank you Jan for interpreting. You are the best! XF10-24mm

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DDP. XF10-24mm

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Local BBQ lunch. XF16-80mm

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Having fun with Jan Cho. XF23mm F2

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Rami’s studio somewhere at Gangnam. XF23mm F2

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Entrance of Rami’s studio. XF23mm F2

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Selfie at Rami’s lovely studio. XF23mm F2

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Mr Rami. XF23mm F2

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Rami showing us his longest photo! XF23mm F2.

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Jan getting excited about the Korean fried chicken. Dinner at Rami’s studio. XF23mm F2

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Yummy! XF23mm F2

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A portraits shot by Summer. XF23mm F2.

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A portraits with Rami. Thank you for having us. XF23mm F2

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