Well, folks, I am heading to the frozen continent down south later on today. I will be away for a few weeks, and unlike my African safaris I will not have access to email, Facebook, Twitter or even a cell phone. Heck, my satellite phone won’t even work down there, as I only have coverage for Africa.
Packing for this trip has been a bit different than most other trips I have taken in the past 10 years. I have been to cold environments before, but I haven’t done one while on board a ship. I have planned for both cold/wet as well as cool/dry, which requires a decent sized duffle bag.
Leica has graciously loaned me an entire S2 camera kit, which includes the S2 camera, 35mm, 70mm, 120mm macro and 180mm lenses. Really Right Stuff loaned me an L-bracket for the camera as well. I am also bringing my normal Nikon kit, which includes my 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm and 200-400mm lenses. I threw in my 1.4x to boot, just in case. I have all of this gear split between my Gura Gear Kiboko 30L backpack and my Gura Gear Chobe shoulder bag (with insert). Processing will be done on my Macbook Pro 13” machine.
I really don’t know what to expect as far as photographic opportunities, so I am wide-eyes and bushy tailed as they say. I will take whatever comes my way, but my primary goal is to be of assistance to any and all of our travelers. My primary passion is teaching, and that means I will likely be looking for opportunities to help, as opposed to doing hard-core shooting myself. I always hope that I come back with great photographs from every trip that I take, however I recognize that my job isn’t to take photographs for myself: I am there to lead and be of assistance to others.
On another unrelated topic, I will be unveiling more Africa photo safaris for 2012 and 2013, and I just need a few hours of time to get the web pages built and posted. I will likely get them finished while on the voyage, which means I won’t get a chance to post them online until I return home. Some of the safaris are going to be led by Grant Atkinson and Randy Hanna, as well as some more by me. And on a few occasions possible a few of us.