2015 was a horrible year. So I wanted to do something to send off the year end with a bang. I happened to see a photo of the 2014 NYE London fireworks over the London Eye, and I knew that was where I needed to be for the final days of 2015. To that end, I took a 10-day trip to Europe: 8 days in London and 2 days in Paris.
What did I take with me for this trip? Too much. I’ll have you know, however, that I used almost every single piece of photographic equipment I lugged with me. So there!
- 3 camera bodies, all Canon: 1DX, 5DSR, 5DS (in case one body didn’t work, I had two others – redundancy is a photographer’s friend)
- 1 small flash: Canon Speedlite 270EX II
- 3 different wireless shutter releases (that redundancy thing, again)
- 5 lenses, all Canon: 11-24, 16-35 f4L IS, 50mm f1.2L, 24-70mm f2.8L, 24-105mm (I used the 24-105 by far the most as it was the best walk-around lens)
- My Induro 8X CT-414 carbon fiber tripod and BHD3 ballhead
- A gazillion memory cards (8, 16, 32 and 64 GB)
- All of my spare camera batteries for both the 1DX and 5DS cameras
- A couple of polarizer filters (which I think I used only once, but at least I had them)
- Lens hoods for each of the lenses
Of course I took my laptop, 2 portable HDs of 1TB each, and 2 memory card readers. I made copies of the photos onto both HDs and the laptop itself, since – again – redundancy is a photographer’s best friend.
Day 1 (Dec 23)