Since today's topic is kind of personal " first person I saw today" , I'll post about a pretty typical day of mountainbiking on our vacation in Austria. So this is more of a travel report than a people profile.
We had wanted to bike a different route however that was closed due to a landslide and only hikers could get through, so we decided to go from Vent up to the Stablein Alm lodge at 2365 meters (7759 ft).
It is a short track only 4,5 kilometers, however we had to go up 450 altitude meters in that short distance with an average grade of 10%.
I always face a dilemma when packing my backpack for such a tour. Will the weather be good enough to justify the extra weight of the "good" camera - the Fujifilm? How likely is it that I would crash and ruin the camera gear? (I don't worry so much about myself, interestingly...). For these reasons I often take only my smartphone because it's lightweight and will still fit in a full backpack.
Last week while on another mountain in Austria, I spent some time talking with a camera equipment tester from France. He was testing the Sony RX10IV which has an integrated lens which can zoom out to 600mm at F2,4-4. It weighs 1,1 kg, which about the same as my Fujifilm with the zoom lens, however, it is more versatile since the same lens is excellent for wide-angle landscapes as well. He said it was perfect for hikers/bikers and was going to give it a 4.8/5.0 in the test report he was submitting.
I think such a camera might be the solution for me since the interchangeable lens system for Fuji is not only too much weight it is also too bulky and won't fit in my backpack with all the other things I need tp take a long such as: a rainjacket, first aid kit, change of clothes (I get drenched with sweat when I do steep climbs)…
It's interesting to see the reactions of the hikers when we pass them riding up the mountain. They first look at the bike to see if there is a motor, checking out if it is an electric bike. Then they look up at our faces and see our grey hair and their reaction is always of surprise. Over 90% of the bikes we saw on this trip were electric.
We worked so hard to climb up the mountain to get to the lodge and by the time we got there, it had gotten quite overcast. As a photographer, I was disappointed, because the panorama was amazing but the light terrible. For me personally, it is still a thrilling sight and always an reward for the effort.
We didn't stay long at the top since it looked like rain. On the way back down the mountain, I stopped to capture some nice waterfalls.
Vacation is coming to an end soon and we are already planning the next trip.