Walk Into Town

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A nice brisk walk into town on the morning, while I am here visiting my brother, I (and Mark) walked into town to meet Andrew after work. Portland is an amazing place, and it was fun to see the hundreds of cyclists, and we had to stop for about 15 minutes while the Hawthorn Bridge was raised.

-Ezra

5 Day Trip (Packing List)

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This Mind-Map is a list of everything I took with me on a 5 day trip to Portland.
As you can see I went light and minimal.
The one thing I decided to take regardless of need, is my classic Voigtlander Vito II camera. Yes it is 60 years old and l could easily just take photos with my iPhone, but there is something special about that camera. I love it.
I also took along a Weston Master III light meter. Again old: it was made in the late 40s, but in conjunction with the Vito, it is like stepping back in time.

This is the first trip I have made that I have decided to leave my MacBook at home, and take my iPad instead. I debated this decision for a while, but in the end decided that if there was anything I really needed a full fledged computer for, I would just VNC back to my Mac at home. This trip is for pleasure anyway, I am going to try and avoid any ‘real work’ if I can.

-Ezra

Another what’s in my bag photo, I haven’t done one of these for a long
time, and much has changed.
I now have been carrying a classic film camera instead of the digital
that used to stay in my bag, it’s a Voigtlander Vito II (from 1954)

The light meter is a Weston Master II.

I also have one of the new Moleskine Folio watercolor notebooks, which
brings the total number of Moleskines I carry to 4. (why I need 4, I’m
not sure I can explain)

I also have a 500GB WD Passport Essential that I keep media on.

I carry this bag about 4 days a week, and it’s contents suit my needs
well

-Ezra Hilyer

The exposure of this one is not the best…
This shows that over the last six months has not changed that much.
The delicate balance of useful things in my bag is something I have to fight to maintain, I am too easily prone to put too many things in my bag, and then later find out that i am carrying 10lbs of things that I don’t use.
I try to pare them down to a useful few, but that is often not the case.
Here is a photo of my bag as it was in late January 2011, the things I use frequently, but little else. I have a few luxuries here, (like the watercolor set, and the pencils) but the majority of these things, I use constantly.
I have been planning to switch to an even smaller bag to force myself to go even lighter, as carrying this all day is hard on my shoulders!
-Ezra
MacBook air, (now starting to feel a little old)
-Ezra