Getting ready for the summer…

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It is again this time of the year, where I slowly but surely start to wrap-up my stuff in Atlanta to start traveling. This year will be a bit more excessive than the last with stops in Bulgaria, Dubai, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, and Singapore—10 weeks this time.


While traveling that much is somewhat on the stressful side, I am super excited having several projects lined up. If you would like to see what I am up to you can follow me on instagram (@terencesjones). I recently tried to reinvigorate my instagram after having neglected it for some time: it is just so much easier when on the road.

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Being a long time Fuji shooter I have also picked up an X-Pro 2 together with a couple lenses for the summer, which now resides next to an X100T and an X70 in my bag. I usually do not do reviews and do not talk a lot about gear but that was definitely a worthwhile investment: a significantly improved shooting envelope while maintaining color consistency with my other setup. One thing that I particularly enjoy with the X-Pro 2 is the new ACROS simulation, which looks great and shines especially in print. Most of the shots here are shot that way. ‘nough said. Really great camera.

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So we are currently at T-5 weeks before hitting the road. Still working out some remaining details, such as getting my JR Railpass as well as finalizing accommodation. I somehow have a hard time to make a decision in terms of where to stay when when it is 4 months out… 

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For the first half most of the details have been settled. In Dubai, I will stay on one of the palms with the water close by. Having spent some significant time in Dubai in 2008-2010 I am very much aware of the heat that I will be surrendering to in mid June. Then in the evenings when it cools down a bit (but not a lot) I will be roaming through the “souks” – the markets. A lot has changed I hear – I am curious to see this with my own eyes. 

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From Dubai, I will be then heading to Japan. After a few days in Tokyo, getting some projects started, I will then head south to Fukuoka, which is on Kyushu island. I am quite thrilled to go there although this will probably be pushing it. So far south and not necessarily a hot spot for western tourists (as far as I understand) I expect very little fallbacks when my Japanese fails (and it will!). 

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From Fukuoka, I will then head to Kyoto for a few weeks. I am too curious about the Geikos and Maikos and see myself already camping out in the street to catch a glimpse. Also, there is still a lot explore that I did not make it to last time…  

I will then head to Kanazawa to visit the samurai house and check out some of the more traditional Japanese stuff. I have the feeling that this will provide some very unique backdrops. From there I will head back to Tokyo or the koi city and then to Singapore. More about this once I have finalized those details. 

Thanks for stopping by—TSJ.

Instagram: @terencesjones

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