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41. Posted by jazzid (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Quoting Q_

I don't want to be
carrying a DSLR on weekend canoeing trips!

I must disagree with you as you loosing top action pictures by doing this. Then why you need camera? there are two options for camera handlers: 1/ to say "I was here and there", 2/ to show beauty of the places you see and people you care. your choice indeed

42. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Quoting jazzid

I must disagree with you as you loosing top action pictures by doing this. Then why you need camera? there are two options for camera handlers: 1/ to say "I was here and there", 2/ to show beauty of the places you see and people you care. your choice indeed

By that logic I should be schleping a 4"x5" view camera and tripod on every canoe trip ? I do take a camera with me everywhere. My Canon A620 stays in my backpack and I take it with me where ever I go. A DSLR isn't the only good camera out there. ;)

43. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

Quoting Q_

By that logic I should be schleping a 4"x5" view camera and tripod on every canoe trip ? I do take a camera with me everywhere. My Canon A620 stays in my backpack and I take it with me where ever I go. A DSLR isn't the only good camera out there. ;)

I don't do canoe trips (at the moment), but I carry my 4x5 everywhere I go.

44. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Quoting roteague

I don't do canoe trips (at the moment), but I carry my 4x5 everywhere I go.

:-D....fair enough. But somehow I think your definition of everywhere and my definition of everywhere are quite different.

45. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

Quoting Q_

Quoting roteague

I don't do canoe trips (at the moment), but I carry my 4x5 everywhere I go.

:-D....fair enough. But somehow I think your definition of everywhere and my definition of everywhere are quite different.

Probably not, I haven't done any extensive hiking or such outdoor activity in several years. I did make a nice hike up the Hooker Valley Trail at Aoraki Mt Cook National Park in New Zealand last year with my 4x5 and a Nikon F5 (complete with lenses, etc for both). In another three weeks, I'll be of wondering around the Outback in Australia's Northern Territory - but, I don't foresee anything extensive, other than short day hikes. I'll be carrying both the 4x5 and F5.

46. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

The major problem with canoeing is getting your gear wet. There are the usual wilderness travel hazards such as dropping your gear, or cold. But when I go canoeing, EVERYTHING gets a soaking at one point or other. This is when the pelican cases and the neoprene canoe packs come in handy. Are you mostly in Hawaii ?

I'm in Warsaw, Poland rightnow. Should come back with some good stuff. Having some thoughts about adding to the guide. I've noticed that a lot more people are picking up on the trick of bracing against solid structures in low light conditions.

47. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

Yes, I live on Oahu full time. However, I try to travel as often as possible to Australia or New Zealand. One of the advantages of living here is that it is a relatively short flight to either - 9 hours to Sydney or 10 to Auckland. Air fares are a bit high this year, but I have seen RT tickets to Sydney go for just a little over $600 (this year it is more than double that).

48. Posted by mica (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

The main advice I have for travel amateur photographers, being one myself, is TRAVEL LIGHT. Nowadays there are really good DSLR's with acceptable weight - the D80, for amateurs, weighs 20.3 oz. One lens is enough, but if you are really serious, one wide angle and an optical zoom. Don't get too fancy. Bring plenty of memory and batteries, as I am not sure where you can re-charge your batteries in the peaks of Matchu Pichu. If you are traveling for a long time, bring an external portable hard drive. If you are traveling for, lets say a month, and really into "snapping" get an 8G memory card.

Cool Tip - I always like to bring 2 cameras when I travel. A DSLR and a point and shoot that stays with me at all times, and goes everywhere (partying, restaurants, churches, etc...). Sometimes a big camera bag gets in the way of having fun, but a small point and shoot fits in your pocket and will capture your travel buddies in "drunken ecstasy" every time!

More tips... well, be careful with your stuff. No need for a fancy camera bag that says STEAL CAMERA EQUIPMENT. Camouflage your stuff with a regular backpack and don't bring your most precious lenses and other accessories on your "down and dirty" trips.

Hope this brings some sort of "enlightenment"! He he!

49. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

I just returned from a month long trip to Australia, where I carried a 4x5 camera, with 3 lenses (inclding a 6x12 back), a 35mm camera and lens, as well as 200+ sheets of 4x5 film, 5 rolls of 120 film and 25 rolls of 35mm film. The point is, you can often carry whatever type of equipment you want. Don't let someone tell you that you have to have any one particular type of equipment.

50. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

Simple tip for landscapes (probably the subject closest to the heart of travelling enthusiastic photographers):

Very many 'pleasent' landscape photos around but one of the things that makes a landscape photograph 'interesting' is to have something that catches the eye in the foreground also. (ie. not just a panorama of a distant scene)

Happy to help or advise

Andy