I've been lucky enough to have been hit by the travel bug. My first ever flight was long haul to LA to feature in the Biography Channel's popular show 'My Ghost Story'. I've visited the islands around Fiji and New Caledonia and travelled interstate to take in Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmania. At home (NSW), I've stayed at some nice places up and down the east coast and ventured off-road and followed remote beaten tracks (6 hours from the nearest Woolworths is as far inland as I've been). So being an avid photographer, I've always travelled with a camera. I mean...who wouldn't though.
There's something about being in a new place that opens the senses so you can take in all thats around you. You seem to delve deep to ensure you don't miss a thing. Finding wonders in nature, obscure architecture, native people or just watching the world go by from a different angle. Its something that feeds the soul. Yes, carrying your gear around can be arduous and strain a muscle or two. But, when you capture the beauty of a travelled moment its something that you have forever.
What you take with you is dependant on where you are and what you hope to capture. I'd say I'm of average fitness, but you wouldn't catch me hiking hours on end with a mammoth heavy ass backpack. I travel quite light but make sure I've got enough gear to be ready for anything. Basically, I carry my nikon body, spare batteries, spare SD cards, wide-zoom-prime-kit lenses, flash, torch, emergency poncho, cleaning cloth, tripod, panasonic lumix, bug spray & business cards. I'm a little OCD, so everything is tetris like organised in my backpack. Of course it goes without saying that the iPhone is always handy with the Hipstamatic app. Fine tuned photographic juggling act.
I've got some more travel planned and I'd like to perfect a photography travel kit. I love what I have, but feel it could do with some tweeking.
What gear to you pack and whats your favourite travel photography genre?
Author - Nic Hume
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