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