So back in May, we went on a road trip/holiday to Queensland, Australia! We were very excited at being able to leave Singapore (and our busy responsibilities) and catch a short but memorable break in the Land Down Under! The 8 days we spent there was simply unforgettable, with so many places and events to shoot and capture.
Although we used a number of cameras during our trip, we have decided to take a different approach to sharing our adventures, and feature only shots taken on 35mm film! We recently got our hands on the Canon EOS 55, a ‘modern’ automatic film camera. Using the Canon EOS 55 was a much needed break from using our manual exposure film cameras, and we took so many photos that we felt it was more worth sharing than from our digital photos.
Further, our film of choice for the trip, the Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 800, did not disappoint us in bringing an authentic and artistic perspective to photography (and the fact that it was expired brought a sense of trepidation concerning the outcome of the processed films).
Lastly, we shot with two different lenses: the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, and the Lomography Neptune 15mm f/3.8 wide angle lens (“Lomo Neptune Lens”). Hereafter, all photos are taken with the Canon lens unless indicated otherwise.
So without further ado, let’s get into our road trip!
Day 1: Flying to Cairns
Cairns was our arrival point in Australia, and after retrieving our rental car and a quick lunch, we headed straight to Port Douglas to check in to our Airbnb and grab some much needed rest. We did stop to take some sunset photos at Rex Smeal Park, and we were treated to a stunning view of the sun dipping over the mountains in Daintree National Park!
It was a short day, but one which certainly set the mood and expectation for the road trip to come!
Day 2: On to Daintree and Cape Tribulation
Day 2 was the start of our real road trip. We made a number of pit stops, taking in the sights that we could only dream of in Singapore! The long drive took us through Daintree National Park, and the coastal road was pleasant on the sights, but perhaps not so much on the driver, with the winding roads presenting a challenge for the uninitiated!
Eventually, we reached the most northern point of the road at Cape Tribulation, where we were treated to an expanse of the ocean and the surrounding mountains. Soon, it was time for us to head back home, but it was an unforgettable day of basking in nature.
Day 3: From Sunrises to Bungy Jumps
Since we were leaving Port Douglas that morning, we woke up at 5am (real early!) to catch the sunrise at the most eastern point of our trip. We stood in awe as we watched the sun peek over the horizon, bringing light to this part of the world.
Soon after, we departed for Cairns for an overnight stay, but we made a pit stop along the way to witness one of our friends courageously take on the bungy jump! The platform was 50m high and luckily the staff allowed us to follow our friend atop the platform and capture her maiden jump!
Although it felt like a short day, we had enough adrenaline to entertain us as we looked forward to the next phase of our holiday: the Pacific Coast Way road trip!
Day 4: Onto the Pacific Coast Way
The first stage of the 487km drive from Cairns to Townsville (our destination) took us to some natural sights, which were the highlights of the day. First up, the Babinda Boulders, where the coursing rivers and falls flowed through time-worn round boulders of white and grey colours. It was simply a sight to behold!
Thereafter, we made a short drove down to Josephine Falls, a series of small waterfalls where tourists and locals dipped in the safe, enclosed pools. We were not so daring, content to capture the silky smooth textures of the waterfall (without a tripod, that’s daring).
Taken with the Lomo Neptune Lens.
We managed to reach our overnight stop at Wongaling Beach just before sunset, and rushed to the beach (which was almost literally in front of our accommodation) and witnessed yet another beautiful sunset.
That’s it for now; look out for our sequel to this entry coming soon!
Till next time,