Outta Here!

We’re ready to leave and I’ve already given instructions to our house sitter… multiple times (I’m beginning to envy his carefree life over the course of our trip).

It’s T-minus-2 days. The Australia and Fiji segments are wrapped up, leaving just a few loose ends on our New Zealand adventure. I’m determined to allow that part of the trip to stay loose, in order to take advantage of the photo ops that present themselves.

Right now I’m doing my photo organizing and cleaning. I like to start a trip with clean equipment, so I can amass a rich and diverse collection of dust spots on my sensor as I travel. I mean, what else would I do with my time at night in my hotel room when I’m dead tired other than clean my equipment in dim lighting?

Since this trip is so long and will involve hiking to some remote locations, I have to limit my equipment. You can see from the photo some of what I’ve decided to take along. Most of that equipment will have to fit tightly into my ThinkTank photo backpack (see my previous blog on the backpack I’ll be taking: http://blog.lesterpickerphoto.com/2009/05/25/transporting-your-gear/).

My equipment includes:

Nikon D700 with UPStrap (http://blog.lesterpickerphoto.com/2010/09/28/stuck-on-upstrap/)

Nikon D300 with UPStrap

Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 lens

Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 lens

Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 lens

Nikkor 24mm PC-E f3.5 lens

Nikkor 1.4 tele-extender

SB800 flash with accessories

2 cable releases

Gitzo 3541 tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head

Wimberley head

2 Right Angle viewers (http://blog.lesterpickerphoto.com/2010/09/09/take-the-next-right-angle-viewer-that-is/)

Hoodman HoodLoupe (http://blog.lesterpickerphoto.com/2010/08/28/do-you-oogle-reviewing-the-hoodloupe-3-0/)

Lee filter holder

Singh-Ray graduated neutral density filters (1, 2 and 3-stop)

Singh-Ray 4-stop neutral density filter

Singh-Ray polarizer

Singh-Ray variable neutral density filter

Extra Nikon batteries

Memory cards (lots)

Knee pads (http://blog.lesterpickerphoto.com/2010/09/06/three-cheers-for-knee-pads/)

Manfrotto all-purpose clamp-on flash thigamajig

Dry bags, cleaning supplies, flash accessories, electronic “stuff,” a pound of assorted batteries, etc.

Of course, the photo here does not include my laptop, extra battery, mouse, case and accessories, nor specialized clothing like photo vests or ScotteVest jackets  (http://blog.lesterpickerphoto.com/2010/09/19/invest-in-evest-scottevest-that-is/).

I’ll probably blog next from Vancouver airport (free Wifi!!), showing my tidy backpack, assuming TSA or the airline hasn’t confiscated it by then.

Have a wonderful few weeks, everyone, and don’t forget to follow my blogs from Down Under, ask questions, give advice, state opinions… whatever. I’ll also be providing mini-reviews of sites, events, hotels and restaurants, so be prepared to save the blogs if a trip Down Under is on your bucket list.

Best Wishes,


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