I’m getting ready to head out for three, back-to-back trips for National Geographic Expeditions, which literally will take me around the world. These are high end educational tours, and I’m one of a bank of speakers the Geographic provides for the guests on the tour.
I also have to photograph the trips for the company, and give camera advice to the interested parties….yup, it’s a dirty job, but as they say, somebody’s gotta do it!
We travel mostly by charter jet, so the overseas airline carry on /luggage stuff is not a problem (yay!). Otherwise, I’d be rocking in a corner with my thumb in my mouth by now, trying to figure out what airline allows what.
But you still have to plan.
Because we’re going to be moving fast and through a lot of off the beaten track locales, I can’t run out to the camera or computer store if something goes south. So besides the usual stuff illustrated above, and in my computer bag (the contents of which I described here in an earlier post), I’m carrying a couple of spares and extras.
Hit the jump for a list of the extra gear.Since I have to present about a dozen or so illustrated lectures, I’m working from my trusty 13″ black Macbook. But I’m throwing an old G4 iBook in as a backup in case the Macbook packs up. This along with the usual array of backup harddrives, cords, chargers, convertors, etc. etc. make up the computer bag.
I’m also taking :
- A B&W infrared converted Coolpix 8400
- A Kodak Zi 8 point and shoot HD video cam with auxiliary mic. Smaller than an iPhone, great for grab HD clips. Not as pretty as DSLR video, but infinitely faster and simpler to set up and grab.
- Spare D300s, 17-50mm f/2.8 Tamron, 50-150mm f/2.8 Sigma (if I drop or lose my main glass), an 18-200mm VR Nikkor
- And maybe, an as yet-to-be-determined still point and shoot….the Zi8 can grab stills, but I’m still running a test or two to see how they look.
My Amazon Kindle, of course, and that’s about it. A checked bag with clothes for climates ranging from the Himalayas to the Sahara. And a good attitude. Verrrry important, that last one!
I’ll try to post as much as possible from the road, but expect gaps.
I have one more assignment to live through before I leave this weekend, and that’s shooting the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade for a corporate client. If I survive that, it’s off to the races on Saturday. First stop: Mali, in sub-Saharan Africa.