Over the past few years, I've gotten more interested in photography and with every trip, I think my skills are improving. So, for this exciting trip to Iceland, I really wanted to stretch my skills. I knew this would be the ideal trip in which to try something new. When I went to Arizona at the beginning of the year, I definitely ventured outside of my comfort zone. It was the first time I toted a mini tripod on a trip, it was the first time I consciously switched between lenses to line up certain shots, and it was also the first time I attempted time lapses. And it all worked out because it was a road trip-style holiday in a beautiful landscape-heavy locale. I could store my handful of gear in the car and grab what I needed as I needed it, instead of lugging it around with me. The lugging part is really off-putting and the main reason why I don't put more effort into photographing city breaks.
Here's what I'm bringing
- Cameras: Sony NEX 5R, Sony NEX 5TL, GoPro (which belongs to my sister)
- Lenses: 16-50mm F/3.5 power zoom, 35mm F/2.8 wide angle lens, 55-210mm F/4.5 telephoto lens (all three fitted with a UV filter), and a cheapy 35mm F/1.7 lens
- Mini tripod and gorillapod
- External flash
- 2 spare batteries and charger
- 2 x 32gb SD cards and 8gb SD card
- SD to iPad adapter
- cleaning brush and microfiber cloth
- DIY camera strap
- DIY camera poncho
- Camera case and backpack
- Red LED flashlight (for night photography)
I packed a regular backpack with my camera case and a few pouches, which makes it great for traveling because I have my camera gear and all the other stuff. It will fit snugly under the seat in front of me and it's comfortable to carry.