Heading off to Canada tomorrow for a couple of weeks - will be photographing Atlantic salmon on the east coast first and then we head over to British Columbia to chase the autumn (fall) steelhead. Travelling with Pete McLeod of Aardvark McLeod, so it should be a great trip - check them out for fly fishing trips around the world, they are first class. I can not wait to photograph this stuff.
Sorting out camera gear for a trip like this takes careful planning - whilst it is impossible to take everything, I try to bring enough gear to give me a shot at any situation that is thrown at me, plus to have various spares in case anything goes wrong. Here is a list of what I take on a trip like this - I am going to photograph, not fish (but might manage a cast or two), but still you have to take the proper clothing to deal with some potentially cold temperatures and lots of wading (waders, wading boots, fleeces etc.).
2 x Canon 1D MKII camera bodies
Canon 16-35 f2.8L lens
Canon 24-105 f4L IS lens
Canon 70-200 f4L IS lens
Canon 300 f4L IS lens
Canon 1.4 converter
Canon 15mm fisheye lens
Canon 105mm Macro lens
Canon 580EXII flash
10.6 inch Fujitsu laptop
bus-powered external hard drive
various Compact Flash cards, polarising filters, chargers etc.
waterproof cover for camera
The best camera bag I know of for a trip like this is my tried and very trusted Lowepro DryZone 200. Really hoping to see some bears and get a few shots of them as well. To get to go on trips like these is a pure privilege.
Here's to hoping that England do themselves proud against Tonga on Friday......will try to update the blog as we travel around Canada. Bring it on as they say !!