Penang, Malaysia 2018
The links below will open galleries of our photographs. We publish our best photographs in this area, ones we believe are more than holiday snaps. We, particularly Vientiene, got into photography in late 2013 and have been enjoying it ever since!
Please bear with us as we begin to populate these galleries - a lot of sorting and post-processing is involved! For places where we have created a gallery there will be a bold, underlined link, the rest are placeholders showing our travels with photographs to come.
We lived in Spain between 2014 and 2016 so there are a lot of Spanish photographs! We love Spain!!
All images are either copyright Vientiene Ta'eed or Elizabeth Ta'eed. If you would like to use a photograph for your own purposes commerical or leisure, send us an email using the details at the bottom of the page. Thank you.
Our photographs are hosted by 500px, a major photography website for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
You can click the below galleries individually or click the below link to see all published galleries in 500px:
Melbourne & Hobart, Australia
England & Wales, UK
New York, USA
Siguenza & Toledo, Spain
Segovia & Toledo, Spain
Tenerife & Gran Canaria, Spain
Salamanca & Andalucía, Spain
Rúm & Edinburgh, Scotland
Hanoi, Hoi An, HMC Vietnam
Taipei & Alishan, Taiwan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hong Kong, China
Toledo & Madrid, Spain
England & Wales, UK
Vermont & MA, USA
New Orleans & Bay St. Louis, USA
Nong Khai, Thailand
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
For Photography Enthusiasts and Professionals
For any photography enthusiasts or professionals reading, I use a Panasonic G5 (micro four-thirds), and used a 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens from 2013-2017 (full frame equivalent 28-84mm). In 2017, I replaced it with a much faster 20mm f1.7 prime allowing the capturing of much more light, as well as an increase in saturation, a reduction in size and a significant boost in sharpness. This 20mm was basically glued to my camera for a long time.
This pancake lens is the full-frame equivalent of a 40mm f1.7, so is a 'normal' lens in the traditional sense (providing a 'normal looking' perspective in terms of the natural distortion from variations in focal length). It's an unusual focal length but it's a nice balance between the wider 35mm which I like, and 50mm which I personally find too narrow. Perhaps surprisingly, it's also technically closer to a 'normal' perspective of the human eye than the classic 50mm given the full-frame's diagonal is in fact ~43mm (a nice little tidbit of information).
It's a great lens and I would say an essential (or something similar) for the M43 system, I have even read several times that it 'made the system'. I find it extremely versatile given its incredibly small size for a good quality fast lens. This helps also for street photography as when the size is coupled with its 40mm equiv. field of view, most people do not even realise they are in the shot. For a while I missed having easy access to a portrait focal length that I had with the kit lens (at 84mm full-frame equiv.), but still enjoyed environmental portraits in any case where the 20mm performs well.
In 2018 however, I added the Panasonic 42.5mm f1.7 (85mm FF equiv.) which I love too. It is always fun to play with such a shallow depth of field - 0.6mm at its minimum focusing distance and widest aperture! Nice to be able to throw the background out of focus with a fairly creamy bokeh at a distance.
I also used a telescopic 45-200mm f4-5.6 from 2013 to early 2018, it had great reach given the full-frame equivalent of 90-400mm, but at f5.6 at full zoom is not the fastest lens. After travelling for it for a while, I found it so bulky and slow that that I decided to store that with friends in Penang and so now just travel with the 20mm f1.7 and 42.5mm f1.7 (40mm and 85mm FF equivalents). As for the camera, sometimes GAS takes over ('gear acquisition syndrome') and I go looking for other cameras and lenses, but in the end have not made any choices. I do have a lengthy list of specific functions that I would like in my next camera, but am always drawn back to micro four-thirds for the reasons of size. I have my eye on the Panasonic GX9 to gain the 20megapixel sensor, a better EVF, IBIS and a smaller rangefinder body style.
n 2018 I added the tiny 9mm prime fixed-F8 bodycap lens, far from sharp but fun to capture fish-eye wide shots.
I am lucky to live in a time when it is just about impossible to buy a bad camera - the technology is simply excellent at this point. But ultimately, the best camera is the one you have with you, and for us on the road all the time, the bigger the camera, the less likely you'll have it when you want to take that incredible award-worthy National Geographic shot...at least in your mind anyway.
If you would like to discuss cameras or photography I would be very happy to hear from you, just use the email in the footer.