This was my first year participating in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk so I had no idea what to expect – or what to pack. Considering that the walk was to take place in Old Montreal, from 2:45ish to 6:00pm, I knew it would be hot so I wanted to travel light. Well, if you know me, you know that even when I travel light I wind up with a very heavy camera bag!
It must be my years of being a Brownie with that motto of “Be prepared”, because I always fret over not bringing something and then realizing halfway through a shoot that I should have brought it because I need it now!! Most of the time this is OK, because I can fit almost everything in the back of my CRV, but when I have to WALK… for 3 hours… and carry everything on my back… yikes!! STRESS!!!!
For this field trip with the Lakeshore Camera Club this is what I finally decided to pack in my camera bag:
- Lenses: 50mm f/1.4, 14-24 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8
- Flash: SB-900
- Batteries: 2 camera batteries & 16 AA batteries
- Extras: Flashlight, Gary Fong difuser, lens pen, lint brush & cleaning cloth
- Camera: Nikon D3S
This is what I did not pack… and wished I would have:
- Polarizing filters (Why do I always forget those?!)
- A second body (Much easier to have a second body than to fiddle with swapping lenses when doing street photography).
Alas, despite my packing issues, I had a wonderful time on the walk. I led a small group of Lakeshore Camera Club members as well as some new friends from Nikon-Digital.ca through the streets of Old Montreal where we photographed everything from street musicians and artists to cityscapes and flowers. At last count we also came across six weddings!
By 5:00pm we were starting to feel a little parched, so I allowed my fellow walkers to twist my arm into hitting the (AIR CONDITIONED) restaurant a little early. We made our way to Méchant Boeuf where we settled into their plush, comfy chairs, ordered some sumptuous libations (the raspberry mojito is to die for) and relaxed to the eclectic collection of tunes from DJ Skwik E Kleen. A delicious dinner followed as we compared notes, shared photos from the day and chilled out – literally.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the day: