It’s the March school holiday in Singapore. A good opportunity for a short family holiday. This time, it’s Maldives. Our 3rd trip there. As always one needs to pack the right amount of gears for a trip. There are many type of photographers. One camera, one lens. Some just need a zoom lens; others photographers only prime lens. For me I need to pack as much as I could. I do know it’s really liberating to just have a small camera. A good example is Fujifilm X100V. As I will be chilling on a paradise island; I guess it’s OK to have more gears as I am not really traveling much.
Here is mine final set-up. 1 camera and 3 lenses. X-H2, XF10-24mm, XF23mm F1.4 LM WR, XF56mm F1.2 WR. For accessories; a Zhiyun Crane M3 gimbal, Godox 200AD and a PD travel tripod. Do you think I have over pack? See below.
A scenic 25 minutes seaplane ride from Male brings us to LUX* South Ari Atoll. Our home for the next 5 days. We wanted to stay for 8 days unfortunately the resort is fully booked. This is my first time flying on a seaplane. I must say; I truly enjoy it. All the kiddo did too. All of us booked LUX* water villa. 3 families in all. Room 404,405 and 406. LUX* villa is amazing. 1055 square feet of simple and yet stylish luxury. I must say everyday is a challenge. Should one stay in the lovely villa or head to the resort many beautiful beaches?
After a sumptuous breakfast at East Market; it’s time for some photoshoot for their respective IG account. LOL….
Woke up at 6am. Jacelyn, Fanny and Luke join me for a photowalk. Brought X-H2 with XF23mm F1.4 LM WR and XF56mm F1.2 WR. Also used a Godox AD200 pro. Love the light for its power and size.
On our last night, LUX* GM, Mr John Rogers invited us to Amaa’s kitchen. We didn’t know what to expect. Friendly Miss Kamana came and fetch us on a buggy. A 5 minute ride brings us to a private Maldivian sanctuary; which is situated in the middle of the island. This 3 hours dinner is definitely a gastromy highlight for this holiday. It not only touches on ones palette but give us a glimpse of old Maldivian way of life.
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Ivan Loh, A Fuji X-photographer is known for his quirky and different approach through his lens. He has received numerous accolades from the International Photography Award, New York and Photography Master Cup. Most Recently a Gold, 1st Place at the 2014 PX3 Prix De La Photographie in Paris .
Ivan started shooting since his teenage years with his father’s Nikon SLR and he hasn’t stopped since. He has lensed campaigns for clients such as Singapore Airlines, MTV Asia, Nike, Bossini, Nanyang Technological University(NTU) Tuas Power, Allianz Insurance, Manulife Insurance, HSBC Insurance, DHL. TNT, UOB, CAAS, Hilton Group, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Raffles Hotel, Diegeo, Embraer, Carlson, TATA Communication, HDB, Clark Quay, HOT FM 91.3, Kiss 92FM, JIA 88.3, Power 98, and CHIMJES.
His editorial works have appeared in magazines such as Conde Nast, Home+Living, TopGear Singapore, Her World, Cleo, Seventeen, FHM, Parents World and Home & Decor. His works have also glossed the pages of international magazines such as Asian Photography and Digital Photography(UK).
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