This entry actually covers three shoots. I have my Cannon photographer’s vest (pictured in June 13th post), which makes the weight of the 3 to 5 lenses and flash seem negligible. Mainly because the weight is dispersed around my body, rather than in one place. I have a Lowepro Off Trail 1 waist pack, but it is so bulky, with my camera on a side sling strap, it is a swinging battle. Below pictured in green, is a plain old fanny pack. The spectacular side benefit is, that it is designed to hold two drink bottles. Those drink holders double as lens holders perfectly. The center section is left for filters, cleaning cloths, spare batteries, flash unit or whatever your little heart desires. Another bonus is that it doesn’t scream, “Hey, I’m full of expensive camera equipment.”, that might attract the attention of less savory characters.
I decided I would shoot like a pro. I was going out to do a macro shoot. So that meant my trusty FA 200mm, my 50mm f 1.8, an assortment of close-up filters, macro extension tubes, and an HD wide-angle macro filter, I just got. Proud of my forethought and professional approach to this shoot, I went off to explore a new local park and gardens.
Almost from the moment I arrived, until the time that I left, I was presented with a plethora of unusual and interesting wildlife. These creatures screamed for a long telephoto lens, so I could capture some close-up shots. Instead I spent the bulk of the shoot with my FA 100mm prime, trying to sneak up on the all too wary critters, for that magical close-up. Either it is a case of Murphy’s Law, or I am still just miles away from being a true pro. The lens you need the most, will always be the one you do not bring.