Weighing up the options

by Helen Hooker March. 27, 2018 754 views

As many of you know, I do a lot of travelling for my work, but I think this week’s trip takes the biscuit. A couple of years ago a branch of the Society of Recorder Players was formed on Orkney, making them possibly the most northerly recorder ensemble in the UK. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to conduct them, so later this week I’ll be making the 700 mile trek north. The journey involves a train ride plus two flights, so packing is proving to be something of a challenge. Kevin is coming along too so we can have a holiday while we’re there and naturally we both want to take our cameras. Of course, I also need some recorders and a big pile of music, the latter of which I’ve already sent by post to save space and weight. We’ll also be wearing our walking boots to travel, thus saving yet more space in our suitcases.

I’ve never been to Orkney before but from my research I’ve learnt there’s a good chance we’ll see some wildlife and if we’re lucky enough to have some clear nights there’s the possibility of some astrophotography, perhaps even the Northern Lights. This means I need to take a mix of lenses – everything from super wide angle to telephoto, while keeping under a 6KG weight limit – quite a challenge! Fortunately, my current kit is much smaller and lighter than the Canon gear I sold earlier this year so I think I may be able to achieve this. If all else fails, I’ll stuff some of the smaller lenses into my pockets if they ask to weigh my camera bag!!

27 March 2018

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Scribe 2 years, 6 months ago

How exciting, you'll be
sailing off into the sunset
singing, she ain't heavy,
she's my astrophotography
kit. blush

Enjoy your wonderful travels!

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 6 months ago

Bon Voyage and have a safe trip. Looking forward to some photos from your trip.

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations, that will be great!
The weight limit will always be a problem - great storytelling picture to point it out!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

Wish you a good trip Helen

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tricia Ryder 2 years, 6 months ago

Lighter = great,   doesn't it smile

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage 2 years, 6 months ago

Yup, the same problem for my upcoming trip to Scotland which includes Shetland.  My wide 16mm, my 18-135 mm and maybe a 35 mm prime.  I am undecided about the 35 mm.  Definitely shoes on feetsmile

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
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