Daily Archives: September 19, 2019

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In two weeks I will be leaving for three weeks of photo related trips; a speaking engagement, for Fujifilm, in Houston and then workshops with Jack Graham in the UP of Michigan and Acadia N.P.  The Houston trip is easy, a laptop and chanbe of clothes!  Two straight workshops without returning home is another thing altogether!


For the last two weeks let’s look at the photography gear first:


Because I will be flying to Detroit, then on to Portland, Maine and then back home, all the gear must fit in a bag that will store in the over head compartment.  I am flying Southwest for two of the three flights so I know I will have the space of a Boeing 737 and my rolling Think Tank bag fits fine in their over haead compartments.  This is what will be in that bag:


Fujifilm X-H1 body

Fujifilm X-T3 body

All lenses are Fujifilm lenses:


80mm macro



The following Fujicrons:  16mm f 2.8. 23mm f 2, 35mm f 2, 50mm f 2 & a TC-14

Nikon Diopters in 62mm

Canon 500D

An extra polarizer


Why this specific gear?  First, since I’m flying and rolling a bag anyway, I can take my favorite lenses and have them available even though I won’t use some of them very much!  The Fujicrons are my pet favorites since they are small they usually are along for the ride!  The 100-400 is my one long piece of glass and is great for reaching out and compression work, it’s also extrememly sharp!  I do not shoot a lot of stuff very wide but the 10-24 serves that purpose well.  The new kid onthe block is the 16-80 and i am falling in love with it, it will most likely get 80% of the work on this trip!  I will share a few images from last year’s trip to the UP and everyone of these could have  been made with the 16-80!



All of these were made with the 18-135 and the 16-80 will replace that lens for me now.  I also will put the 80mm macro to work on leaves this year, it is one of the sharpest lenses Fujifilm has made so far!


In another rolling Pelican case I will take my projector and small sound system and will of course check that with my rolling duffle bag.


When planning a trip in the fall up north it is good to be prepared for all kinds of weather so I will carry several layers in case of rain, snow and very cold weather.  Don’t forget gloves and something to cover your head!  Working along the cost of Maine also brings it’s own special weather cirumstances so I pack to be prepared for almost anything.  A rain parka shell, a polarfleece jacket, medium weight, and a goose down jacket can all be layered to deal with almost any tmeperatures I’m willing to stand out in to shoot!!!  Good Goretex boots and heavy socks will protect  your feet in the field.



Acadia National Park has it’s own special magic and I can’t wait to return there too!!!!


So the flighs are booked, the gear is packed, batteries charged, and the pack list checked three times, now it’s just time ot watch the forecasts and get ready for an exciting fall!




the pilgrim