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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Plan A National Park Road Trip


A seasoned pro shows you how to plan, research and pack for an efficient photo weekend

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In the easy-to-reach top pouch of my camera bag is my polarizing filter, spare battery and a Ziploc® bag with several 16 MB memory cards. I also carry a Lee filter kit with 1- and 2-stop graduated neutral-density filters to balance the exposure of landscapes with bright sky. In the bottom of the bag is an insulating space blanket, a lighter and a simple first-aid kit, you know, just in case.

On the road, keep the bag in a ready-to-use location like the passenger seat or behind it. It's good to have it all together, ready for hiking, but make it easy to grab a handheld shot by not keeping your gear too far away. At times, I leave the camera out on the seat while driving from one nearby location to the next.

I carry my laptop in a padded computer bag and use a memory card reader to download images. A backup can be saved to a ruggedized external hard drive. I use the LaCie Rugged Triple USB 3.0 with a 500 GB capacity.

A point-and-shoot camera that has a RAW mode can be used as a quick-draw camera for in-action hiking shots. A phone camera is particularly helpful for taking reference shots of interpretive signs at the various national parks. These photos can make captioning your photos both easier and more accurate when you return home.

Road Trip Gear
Clockwise from top left: The Photographer's Ephemeris; Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW; Really Right Stuff BH-40; MSR Twin Sisters minimalist shelter.

You can see more of Larry Lindahl's work, buy his books and sign up for his workshops at www.larrylindahl.com.

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