Canon 7D

Packin' Up for Shootin' in Bosque

Juan Pons, Chris Klapheke and I, along with some friends and our dedicated workshop students, are heading out to Bosque del Apache, New Mexico next week for two back-to-back digital photography workshops. The first workshop is sold out, but we have room on the second workshop.

While packing my gear, I thought it would be fun, and informative, to show you some of my gear - and how I'm getting it there.

But first, above is a wonderful Bosque photograph by one of my past workshop students Betty Wiely. I'm hoping to get a shot like this one. Great work, Betty!

My camera gear and laptop are shown above:
- Macbook Pro
- Canon 5D Mark II
- Canon 7D
- Canon 400mm DO lens
- Canon 100-400mm IS lens
- Canon 70-20mm f/4 lens
- Canon 24-105mm IS lens
- Canon 17-40mm lens
- Canon 1.4x telecoverter
- Tiffen polarizing filter
- Two memory card wallets packed with 16GB and 32GB Lexar cards
- Head-mounted flashlight
- Small flash light
- Wireless mic set to record sound for some videos.

To read about my gear, click here.

All of that gear fits snugly in my Lowepro Pro Roller Lite AW. The AW stands for all-weather, as the bag has a built-in "raincoat". To see a video about this cool carry-on, click here.

You can get a 20 percent discount on all Lowepro bags by using the code L20 when you are on this Lowepro site.

In my other carry-on bag, my briefcase, I have:
- Charger/power supply for my laptop
- Chargers for my camera batteries
- Two 500GB G-tech portable hard drives
- Two Lexar card readers
- Extra 5D Mark II camera body
- Airplane power adapter.

I'll pack my tripod in my checked luggage, along with plenty of hand warmers.

We all look forward to shooting with our workshop participants next week. It will be great fun! Stay tuned for posts.

Explore the light,

P.S. For those of you who don't know Chris, he heads up Outdoor Photo Gear - a great place to get gear run by a great gear guru.

Virtual Photo Safari Part III: Be Aware of the Background

Each day this week I will take you on a daily virtual photo safari to Kenya's Masai Mara. Each post will feature a safari tip and a photo tip - or two. 

I took the images for the posts on a recent trek to the Masia Mara organized by &Beyond, a leader in African travel tours. Bateleur was our base camp for the eight-day photo safari. 

Scroll down to read previous posts.

Safari Tip: Meet with your guide in advance and plan your entire safari and daily trips. Tell him or her your goals. My goal was to get two good photographs per day, which I felt was a realistic goal.

Photo Tip: Know that in most cases, you will be shooting from a vehicle, which may jiggle when others in the vehicle may giggle. Be prepared to steady your camera with a bean bag or camera support - or hold your camera very steady. And because you and the animals will be moving, I think you'll get your best composition with a zoom lens.

The background can make or break a photograph. Above: the background, and framing the subject against the interesting background, makes the shot. And get this: I took these shots during an intense downpour. And I mean intense! Both the giraffes and our open-sided Land Rover were getting soaked!

Another photo tip: don't shy away from the rainy season. You might get dramatic sky backgrounds.

Both shots were taken with my Canon 7D and 100-400mm IS lens.

If you'd like to join one of my travel tours/workshops, see the Workshops page of my site. Shoot me an email if you are interested in a 4-person workshop to Tanzania in 2012.

To see more of my travel pictures, check out my Travel and Nature Photography ebook.

If I were still into doing traditional books, I'd do a book on the wildlife in the Mara. Once I settle down from the trip, I'll add these pictures to my apps. Or, I might do an app: 24/7 Photo Safari. If you are interested in a safari-type app, shoot me an email.

If you are going on safari, or want to look as though you are going on safari (ha ha), check out the clothes offered by ExOfficio. Here is my favorite shirt.

Explore the light,

P.S. A great read about Kenya: West with The Night.