About

A little background about me
Welcome! My name is Irene and I’m a product designer living in San Francisco Bay Area. Seventy Five Miles is a personal side project where I get to document and share photographs of my recent travels. I’ve been living in the United States since 2012 and there are still so many places that I have yet to explore! Before coming to the States, I was living in Singapore, studying and working as a graphic designer for almost six years. That's also where I picked up my very first camera. At one point, I even considered making a career change in becoming a wedding photographer. Long story short, that didn’t happen and I now work as a designer at LinkedIn, which is waay more exciting :)

I still love photography very much which is why starting this blog has secretly been a passion project that I'm super excited to share with you all!

Seventy Five Miles
75 miles is the distance of my very first solo trip in U.S. The trip has been an eye-opening experience and one that inspired me to travel more and often.

Gears I carry
I own a Fuji X-PRO2 that I carry around in my backpack on the weekends and these are the lenses that I rotate depending on the type of trip/photos I'm planning to take:

  • Fuji XF 16mm - used to be my go-to lens for when I'm traveling but has recently been replaced by the 16-55mm
  • Fuji XF 35mm f2 - first lens I got for my xpro-2. Takes super solid photos, really fast focus and most importantly, it's so compact and light. Great for when you don't feel like carrying a bulky camera with you while traveling 
  • Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8 - this has been my go-to lens since I got it in 2019. Great focal length that covers a variety of distance (perfect for traveling!). The only downside is that it can be a little heavy. 
  • Fuji XF Telephoto 50-140mm f/2.8 - I'd recommend only getting this if you're planning to take wildlife photos or portrait. The DOF that this lens produces is NO JOKE. I relied on this lens a lot during my trip to Yellowstone & Grand Teton for capturing wildlife photos. 

How I travel
I like the idea of slow-traveling. It means instead of jumping on a plane and just a few hours later taking a disoriented walk around your chosen destination, you could spend several days trundling over land and sea, enjoying the views as you go. Sometimes the best part of a trip is the journey it takes and not the destination, which is why road-trips are way more enjoyable to me than flying.

Weekend travels have changed the way I live life. As much as I wish I'm those people who can just quit their job to travel the world.. I actually enjoy my nine-to-five corporate job. I love the challenges that come with it and working for a company that creates impacts definitely is a blessing. Weekend travels allow me to have the best of both worlds and I truly believe that you don't have to quit your full-time job to live an adventurous life!

How to do it
Almost 90% of my trips are done over the weekend. I try not to take any leave day from work and simply find the nearest destination that I can drive to on Friday after work and come back on Sunday. You'd be surprised by how many new places you can hit within 48 hours! 

Let's get connected!
I love hearing from readers. If you have a question, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog or e-mail me at nameisirene@gmail.com. I'm also mostly active on instagram, find me there and let's connect!

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