Shame on me……….
One of the things I teach all my students is to always have a camera with them! So this morning, in all my infinite wisdom, I headed out to deliver the laundry and passed one of my favorite fields to find spectacular light, a heavy dew lying in the grass, and thousands of spider webs….and no camera!!! Shame on me!!! Well fortunately my favorite field is only a mile or two from the house so I raced back got a D7000 and my 200mm Micro Nikkor and tripod, and cable release and headed back to do some wet knee photography!
What would I have done if I was ten miles from home?, missed the shot! So here is a suggestion, keep a small utility bag loaded and ready to go with you every early morning and late evening you go out to run errands. I could say always carry it, and I probably should, but to be honest I rarely shoot except early morning and late evening, however sometimes good things happen mid-day, so lets amend that to maybe just keep it in the car every time you go. You can leave your tripod in the trunk always. The best thing about outdoor photography is that the conditions, light, and subjects are always changing and it is very hard to predict what will happen when, so just be prepared!
What should be in the small ” I’m ready anytime” bag? I would say a general purpose zoom like a 24-120 (36-180 on DX) a wide angle Zoom, for DX I like the 12-24, and a telephoto zoom (70-300), some way to do closeups, automatic extension tubes, diopters or a Micro lens. The automatic extension tubes with the 70-300 can do remarkable stuff as well. Of course a tripod and cable release. I love the little wireless release for the D7000 and the DX body is my favorite for closeups! So there you have it, be prepared, get out early and late, have fun and get some great shots, and by-the-way, isn’t God one incredible jeweler??!!
This entry was posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
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