Twenty-Six Pounds!

posted on 7th of august, 2008

While getting ready for a safari trip (about which I will write much more in coming weeks, I hope), I am confronted by an extremely strict weight limit: 26 pounds! This must include checked baggage and carry-on, toothbrush, clothing and camera :(

Winnowing down my choices has been extremely difficult. What's more valuable for a safari? A wide angle to get the most from the landscape, or a flash for indoor shots of family post game ride? What do I need more, another book, or a back-up battery?

This has not been easy, but the alternative, which is to have items summarily confiscated, is worse :(

Has anyone else traveled with these extreme (or so they seem) weight limits? How have you handled the restrictions?

Comments (2)

Posted by Charlesoutcalt on August 20, 2008
Amazing animal photos, Holger. Looks like you have spent quite a bit of time in Africa.
Posted by Amyemilia on August 13, 2008
I meant to add - I almost always travel this light whether for business or pleasure. It is really the best way since the less you take, the less you have to carry around and worry about. You should assume that anything left un-guarded (even for a moment, even in seemingly safe places) could disappear.

Excellent advice for travel packing can be found at onebag.com as well.

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What Made The Cut

posted on 10th of august, 2008

In my last entry, I talked (and complained!) about the 26 lb weight limit I faced for a safari trip to Africa. After much weighing of my options, literally and figuratively, here's what made the cut:

Canon 1D Mark III body

Canon 30D body as backup

Canon 300 mm f/2.8L IS (heavy as heck, but I love it)

Canon 70 - 200 f/2.8L IS (also heavy, but again I love it)

Canon 17 - 40 f/2.8L

Canon 1.4 teleconverter

Gitzo carbon fiber monopod

Blower brush

MacBook (which I consider essential photo gear)

250 GB USB-powered back up drive for my Aperture library

A handful of 8 GB, 4 GB and 2 GB CF and SD cards

Battery chargers for all of the above

Extra cables to connect all of the above

Here's what didn't make it:

A tripod (I think I will miss this)

An external flash....

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Posted by Charlesoutcalt on August 11, 2008
Hah-hah. Thanks for all the comments. Tangie, all those are important, but not as much as my 300 mm ! Parrypix, I think I could do some curls with my bag. And Bugsy--I know that YOU know how to travel!
Posted by Tangie on August 11, 2008
:) Where is the toothbrush? And the clothes? and the hat? and the sunglasses, and the tan lotion? and the pajamas? :P :) this is why I will never make it on a list for safari candidates .......... well, happy shooting but only with the camera pleaseeeee and make sure you bring back some cute cute animals - alive, unharmed and in images.
Posted by Bugsy on August 11, 2008
still drooling over this list.

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Traveling with Camera Equipment

posted on 11th of august, 2008

It's the age-old dilemma, at least for me when traveling: Do you dare to check anything? Are there items that you must check?

For my photo safari to Africa, I debated these questions for a long while. I would have only once chance to arrive in Africa with the right gear, and losing my luggage was not an option. At the same time, I didn't want to try to carry anything on that would be disallowed.

In the end, I decided to pack my monopod in my hard-sided suitcase. I have heard that these sometimes do not pass security, and I didn't want to take a chance. Everything else--two bodies, three lenses, computer, assorted accessories--went into a soft-sided bag.

What do others check, if anything? Have you been able to take monopods and/or tripods on the plane with you?...

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Posted by Tangie on August 11, 2008
I once smiled and winked at a custom officer in Finland and they let me pass with a wooden, sharp stick - it was actually a flag pole but nevertheless :P. I guess they thought I could do no harm...so if you are one and a half meter, you have blue eyes and you smile nicely, you can pass those tripods :P ....
Posted by Teekaygee on August 11, 2008
On my recent trip to Alaska I went through the same debate. I ended up including only my tripod in my checked luggage, but kept the ballhead in my carryon with my camera bodies and lenses. I had no trouble getting through security this way, and likely would do the same thing for future trips.

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Geotagging Images

posted on 13th of august, 2008

As I have been preparing for this upcoming safari, I have been investigating geotagging my images.

After looking into many, many options, I've decided on a system that seems reliable, not too expensive, and fairly simple. I've purchased a small geodata recorder, and a software package. The recorder logs my latitude, longitude and altitude every second (literally). The software extracts that log file and writes it to the appropriate EXIF tags in my images.

There have been a few hiccups. I use Apple's Aperture to manage my files. As much as I love Aperture, it is very protective of RAW files (which is a good thing). Getting the geodata written into those files takes a couple extra steps. Also, my particular recorder chews through batteries, going about 12 hours on...

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The Inspiration of the New

posted on 18th of august, 2008

I have been traveling quite a bit the last few weeks, almost always with camera in hand. It's amazing how much more creative I feel when I'm in a new environment. It's much easier to get a fresh angle on things, to see new potential interesting images. . .

I live near Washington, DC, which has to be one of the most photographed cities in the world. I can't deny that the city (or at least large parts of it) are very photogenic, but it's been very helpful for me to break away from the usual and explore new parts of the world.

So, if all goes well, and the editors agree, I will soon have some new images to post :)

Comments (3)

Posted by Likakoyn on August 20, 2008
In the world in general many the surprising staff, and many of them are so usual for us, that we do not pay to them attention. And how many интерестного and unusual in trifles! We wait for your new interesting images:))
Posted by Moonwalker on August 19, 2008
Amyemilia, that principle works in many aspects ;)
Posted by Amyemilia on August 19, 2008
I have had the same feeling - the new is so much more inspiring than than the "known". Looking forward to seeing your new stuff! :)

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Removing Tourists

posted on 19th of august, 2008

Have you ever waited patiently in front of a landmark, maybe a fountain or cathedral, hoping that there would be a magic moment when there was no one in the frame--no dogs, no kids, no tourists taking their own pictures?

I've spent many such moments, not always patiently. Sometimes I would give up, other times the image wouldn't be what I wanted because I needed to snap away in the .5 seconds when the coast was clear.

I have discovered an almost unbelievable function in Photoshop: the ability to combine multiple photos and create a composite in which there are no people (or dogs). To do this, you need to take several pictures of your subject. It doesn't matter how many people are in them, as long as there are at least two shots showing each part...

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Posted by Davulcu on December 27, 2009
Great help ... thanks
Posted by Sophiesourit on September 09, 2008
good news if such thing is possible....
Well, the only thing with eddion is ...well it is fast just few minutes...yep ...but few minutes for hundred pictures... damned it is whole day... So another option is to get upe early, very early and be on location before the tourist ...then when they arrive ..have a cup of coffe enjoying place ...:)
Posted by Bugsy on August 20, 2008
yes, this is one of the most amazing photoshop features. it also works really well for removing grain from images because grain is placed randomly, PS can pick apart the grain once you have enough images overlayed.

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My First Safari Photo

posted on 20th of august, 2008

Usually, I blog about an issue that I'm facing, or maybe to pass on something I have learned the hard way. Today, though, I just want to say Yahoo for my first (I hope of many) safari photo:

I took 10 plane rides, about as many train rides, many boat rides, a million jeep rides, and even an elephant ride to get from the US to Botswana (where this photo was taken), Zambia and South Africa. I can't say enough about what a great experience this was, and I hope to have many more photos to share.

On the topic of safaris in general, I had little idea what to expect. I'll put together a list of things I wish I had known before I got on the plane--but only after I edit a few more images of leopards, elephants and hippos :)

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What Do You Have in YOUR Attic?

posted on 25th of august, 2008

Last year, I traveled through Scandinavia, with a side trip to St. Petersburg. The trip was amazing, especially the time in Russia. I would go back in a minute if I could.

While I was in St. Petersburg, I ventured out to Peterhof, Peter the Great's rural palace. I was struck by the beauty of the palace, and took quite a few pictures.

I didn't consider them for Dreamstime--I guess to me they meant good memories, not potential sales.

By chance, I found a request on the discussion boards for Peterhof. I looked through my photos from that trip, and found a few that seemed relevant. Now, a couple days later, I have four images accepted, and I am hoping at least one is useful for the discussion board requester.

So, my question is: What's...

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Posted by Bradcalkins on August 25, 2008
I went through the attic recently and pulled a few photos from China which seemed timely (one sold so far) and one from the Panama Canal a few years ago:

Panama Canal

Air Pollution In China

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Learning from the Pros

posted on 26th of august, 2008

This fall, I will have the chance to take two different types of photography courses. The first is an intensive weekend (3 day) course, the second is an 8 week online class dedicated to landscape composition.

I haven't taken any type of photo class before (as the reviewers who see my non-accepted images could tell you!), with the exception of a disastrous community ed course that involved a lot of standing in the rain. I am very much looking forward to these chances to learn from the pros.

Any tips from Dreamstimers on how to make the most of a photo class, either in person or online?

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Posted by Charlesoutcalt on August 27, 2008
Excellent ideas. I am looking forward to both my upcoming experiences, in person and on-line. I will let you know how things go :)

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Taking the Long Way Around, Looking Down

posted on 28th of august, 2008

There I was, in the midst of a family graduation. I made a point of getting as many photos of the graduation as I could, then I rushed over to the reception, hoping to get more candid shots of family and friends.

Needless to say, there was a bit of stress involved, as this was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for my sister, and for the other graduates. Would the weather hold up? Could I get natural-looking shots indoors without a flash? Would I remember to get pictures of all the friends?

I decided to take a breather, and walked a bit outside. The rain had just stopped, and the sky was clearing. As I looked down, I found some of the most magnificent red I had ever seen. Juxtaposed with the green, these two maple leaves seemed to be about ending and beginning, closing one chapter and opening another,...

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Posted by Charlesoutcalt on August 29, 2008
I will have to try the polarizer next time, if I see this possibility again. Thanks for the tip.
Posted by Charlesoutcalt on August 29, 2008
Thanks, Marilyn. Maybe it was just the moment for reflection? I am glad I was looking down at that moment :)
Posted by Marilyngould on August 28, 2008
Wonderful to see so much in something so simple. Many would have stepped over without a thought. Well done. Cheers

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