For you guys who come here I have to apologize for the shortage of content. I’m not a writer by any means plus I’ve been very busy — what’s the old saying: Busier than a one-armed paper hanger. I had been away for three weeks from April 30th to mid-May on a solo-trek out to the Sierra Nevada mountains of eastern California. That was an awesome trip! I had a bucket lists of places I wanted to hit up and I accomplished that. Are my images artsy and portfolio worthy? Definitely some are BUT they are super amazing for stock — which is where the bread and butter is for me. I started off the trip by flying into Vegas, and then headed out to Death Valley. From DV I made my way north all the way up to Lake Tahoe — which I have to say was one of the most gorgeous bodies of water I’ve ever seen. I had no plans to visit Yosemite but I did a one-day, super fast drive-thru there since it was a Saturday and it was mobbed. I hate crowds. I hate people in general so that was tough to handle.
My most used lens during the three weeks? The Fuji 50-140 F2.8. Yeah, hard to believe. I had with me all my lenses except the 23 1.4 and the 60mm Macro but the 50-140 was bolted to the X-T2 and sat in the passenger seat pretty much the whole time.
I returned with over 4,000 images; Something I’m still editing and working through now. I’m also preparing for another three-weeks on the road where I’ll be traveling to Florida for five-six days, and then I’m headed to Costa Rica for a couple of weeks. I am going to be photographing a small hotel down there for some ads and I’ll also be shooting some aerials with my drone. Here is my “Amazon Basic” backpack as I plan on taking it. The only exception I am going to make right now is I’ll be substituting the 35 1.4 shown here with the 23 1.4 — or I may just leave them both behind…. To be determined. The open flap has a zippered compartment the length and width of the bag which holds another ton of stuff, and the backside has a padded laptop area for up to a 15″ laptop. On this trip, like the one I just returned from, I will not be packing a laptop. I’m only using my iPhone for any instagram, and other posts I make.
Here is my build-out for the upcoming photo trip:
Fuji X-T2 Body. Not taking the X-T1 as a backup…
Fuji 18-55 (my don’t leave home without it lens)
Fuji 16mm F1.4
Fuji 35 1.4 (though may pull that out for the 23 1.4 or leave BOTH home altogether
Fuji 60mm 2.4 Macro. This is one TACK SHARP little, lightweight performer!
Singh-Ray Polarizer + step up rings to 77mm for all lenses. Leaving all other filters behind.
Four Fuji batteries
Enough memory cards for up to 8600 Raw + Jpeg fine images.
Fuji 55-200 instead of the 50-140 2.8. I realize I’ll be shooting in the jungle looking for birds, and monkeys and other wildlife but the 55-200 offers a bit more reach even though it is a 4.8 aperture at the long end. I think slightly higher ISO will offset that and the weight and size savings will make up for any other issues. Plus, my copy at least of the 55-200 is tack sharp so I won’t be missing out there.
Mavic Pro Platinum drone.
Extended landing gear
Extra Gold-tip propellers
Other miscellaneous items. All this PLUS MORE such as lens cleaning kit, and snacks and sundries fits in this Amazon Basic backpack which is a carry-on size for me.