The rain was starting to get to me, and though I'd been I'd been thinking about it on and off for a while, I made a spur of the moment decision on a lazy Sunday in December and booked a flight to Santiago Chile. The surreal feeling of that still hasn't worn off, and I am now about a week from take off. Slowly but surely getting things together for the two month jaunt south.
I've been sharing a little bit of trip prep over on Instagram, and I thought I'd put together a longer blog post of the camera gear I am bringing down for this little photography adventure to Chilean Patagonia.
Like with every trip I've ever done the total weight of my pack is a huge concern. In Chile I have plans to hike in Torres Del Paine as well as possibly Dientes de Navarino. These are both are multi-day hikes where I'll be carrying all the camera gear listed below, a tent/sleeping bag, clothing, and days worth of food. I'll be experimenting with video so I am bringing my audio recorder which is bulky, and a polaroid camera which is truly huge, but I've tried to make scarifies where I can leaving behind lenses and bodies to cut the weight.
Nine weeks is a long haul, and for this trip I specifically invested in a used Macbook Air (thanks craigslist, you never fail). I've tried to convince myself for a long time I could do this without a laptop, but I know I will need to be able to run my business remotely, do a little light editing, and make backups as I go along. If I could do this whole thing without a computer I would, but unfortunately an iPhone just can't do it all.
So for Patagonia this is the final revised camera travel kit;
Canon 5D3 - My go to.
Canon 24mm f1.4 - My favourite lens
Sigma 50mm f1.2 - A beast of a lens that is pretty much good for everything.
Canon 135 f2.0 - For all the Guancos I plan to see in the distance.
3 Canon 5D3 Batteries - I thought about bringing only two but video eats batteries for lunch.
Fuji Instax Wide 300
Manfrotto Lightweight Tripod - For night photography, time-lapses, and video. I've been using this as a makeshift monopod as well.
H4N Audio Recorder - I will loving call this piece of equipment "The Brick."
11" MacBook Air
Lens Pen // Lens Cloth // Various CF and SD Cards // Card Reader // Two 2TB Hard drives // iPhone 6 // Journal // Chargers