July 14, 2012. Last Monday, I traveled to Sydney aboard the overnight
XPT for an appointment with the doc, who was pleased my recovery so far
from the cancer operation last January. But I had 6 hours to kill before
the appointment so I wandered around the city with my Fuji S1800 and monopod
and shot as much footage as I could in the limited time I had.
I was stressed when I arrived at 7am and hadn't slept. My first few
attempts at filming weren't too good (or so I felt) but they got better
as I did my thing. Even so, I wasn't confident that I'd shot anything other
than pretty ordinary stuff. I was too tired when I arrived home that night
to bother watching any of it, so it wasn't until next morning that I bothered.
Well, well, well, it was better than I expected. Some was even brilliant!
My schedule didn't go to plan. No taxi trip to the North Shore. But
I did a lot of walking and covered a fair bit of territory. Forgot about
Darling Harbor though. Hoping to shoot as much of the city as I'd planned
was being way too optimistic. Nonetheless, I did pretty well... and managed
to get a couple of bits I can using as running gags. When I go back in
November (for my next appointment with the doc), I'll do specific shoots
of the Harbor, north and south, from shore and on board ferries, as well
as Darling Harbor. I've also discovered that the Pacific Jewel will be
in town at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, so that'll be a bonus!
My first food was a McCafe coffee at McDs. Nothing to eat though, and
that was about midday. I sat there drinking my coffee watching everyone
else munching away on yummies, dammit. So apart from a glass and a half
of white wine aboard the train on the way home (an exhorbitant $6, thank
you very much), I'd eaten nothing all day. There was a young German backpacker
sitting across the aisle from me, eating a flat-bread salad and cheese
wrap, and I was salivating watching him. Watching him eat, that is. :-P
BTW, I was busting for a pee at McDs and had to climb 3 flights of stairs
to get to the loo! Walking into a public toilet with a camera mounted on
a monopod was a bit of a worry though. Hehe.
Yes, I could have done more... lots more. But that will always be the
case no matter how much I shoot or how long I shoot for.
I must say that Fuji S1800 does a fine job. Not perfect, but good enough.
And I bought it used for $130.