Travel | Sunsets in Nara



This weekend we were invited by our friend Momo-Chan and her mother to go to Nara university, for the campus open day to meet some of the students and staff. I still can't get over how nice everyone is here! We had lunch at the university, and then visited the museum on campus, which was cool. I fell asleep in the car on the way back (oops) and woke up at the bottom of wakausa mountain. We walked up the mountain to a beautiful viewpoint, full of deer, and watched the amazing sunset over the whole city. It was such a magical experience and a breathtakingly beautiful view. I love taking photos at sunset (and thankfully Momo-Chan's husband, Genius, was there to capture some photos of me too.)

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Have a brilliant week, everyone.
(And appreciate the little things)
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Saturday love

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It was a Japanese national holiday this weekend so I've just been taking it easy and enjoying the time off. Which means, I haven't been on any adventures, but I have taken more outfit photos.

This dress is from a Japanese shop at the mall. Loads of clothes here have random English or French words on them (that don't always make sense) but I love it. So when I saw this dress I couldn't help but buy it. One, because I liked the style, and two, because I knew it'd be super comfy and easy to wear. The shirt is from Next, and the trainers are from H&M.

I hardly ever wear my hair down here because it's always air-dried, so it can get pretty huge. Plus, the heat makes the hair stick to the back of my neck and it's so uncomfortable. But this was a slightly cooler day, and I'm getting sick of always having my hair in a bun so.. there we go.



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Hopefully I'll be on more adventures soon.
Hope you have an amazing week.
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Elephant in the room

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I haven't done one of these in a long while, but I bought these awesome new trousers, so I couldn't resist showing them off. Everyone says they look like a skirt, which I think is quite cool, and they're nice and light and baggy enough that I don't get too hot when it's like 30+ degrees. They're from a little shop in Kyoto, they were kind of expensive but I know I'll get my ware out of them. The top is from Uniqlo, which has been my go-to clothes shop in Japan because it's pretty cheap, and I can actually find something that fits, haha. The shoes are from H&M. They're a bit too small but I like the look of them, and they go with everything, so I've learned to deal with squished toes.




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Travel Tech | What I use for filming and photography on the go.

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This week I thought I'd talk about what equipment I took with me for working in Japan. I was really limited with how much I could take on the plane, but I knew I'd be filming a lot so I wanted to make sure I took all the equipment I needed. 

However, I tried to take as few things as possible, and just buy or make anything else while I'm here. For example, using big pieces of cardboard and tinfoil as bounce boards, instead of trying to pack my big reflector in my backpack.


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Obviously, the first thing I need is my camera. A Nikon D750 with 50mm 1.8 lens. I bought this camera pretty recently, and although the model initially had problems, it works really well for me, and I'm happy with it. It does everything I need and the video quality is a lot better than my previous camera.

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Best not forget a charger, and back-up batteries. I always carry both batteries on me, fully charged, because if you're shooting for long periods of time, you don't want to be stuck with a dead camera half way through the day.

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Trusty tripod. This one is great because it can be taken apart and used as a monopod, perfect for travelling, as some places don't allow tripods, so it's a lot easier to pack it up small and carry it around.

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Secondary lens. I'd say 99% of the time, I use my 50mm, but occasionally I'll need a wider angle or zoom, so I can just switch to this one.

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Backpack. Very bright, I didn't realize it'd be this bright when I ordered it, but it's pretty good, because I know I'll never lose it. It's the perfect size for fitting all my equipment, which frees up my hands for eating, or travelling around.


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Audio recorder and clip mic. I usually just use this for interviews to make sure I get clear audio.

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Ring light and DSLR mic. I rarely use these, but I thought I was better to take them just in case. I normally use the ring light for portraits, or if I'm filming at night. The mic is good for general filming and ambient audio.

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Extra essentials. Headphones, remote, universal plug, and mobile phone. These are all pretty self explanitory. My use the Nikon app on my phone which makes it work like a second screen to remotely film or take photos from my camera.

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Waterproof camera case. For shooting under water, obviously. There is so much cool fish and sea life here, that I wanted to make sure I could capture footage of them if I get the chance.

So yeah, that's just about everything. I also have a graphics tablet for editing, and a small point-and-shoot as a backup camera.

I really wasn't sure what to take, whether it'd be too much or too little, but it's worked out pretty well. I can fit everything I need in my rucksack, fling it on my back, and go. No hassles

If you have any other tips, let me know.
Hope you all have an awesome week.
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