The countdown is on, with 7 days to go until the start of our NatGeo journey, where we will travel to France, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in just 2 months. Stay tuned and subscribe to my blog ( ← right here on the left in the black field) to get photo tips & tricks, see nice photos or just get travel tips.
In the last few days, most of the things that come with the trip have already arrived: Food, DVDs, books, as well as a lot of photo equipment and sport & camping gear.
Our partners and sponsors also provided us with drinks, superfood & many delicious travel snacks, and my first Parrot Anafi Drone was also allowed to join us. With a resolution of 21 million pixels, plus the possibility to take pictures in DNG, I am especially looking forward to discovering new perspectives.
The equipment we use must of course also be mastered. If you should get a new camera shortly before your vacation, go out 1-2 times before and train to handle it like I did with my drone. Already with the first flight attempts I noticed how much fun it is!
When I teach photography, I always mention that we should also keep some of our "innocent photographing". Because taking pictures was never difficult as long as you didn't understand anything about it. Look back to your childhood, where you might have simply grabbed your grandfather's camera and started taking pictures, or today, where kids and teenagers or numerous smartphone users just go for it without thinking much.
Of course you have to master the craft of photography, but in the end it's all about the shot and that should always be the focus.
Are we planning our route? In general terms yes, but the advantage of a motorhome trip is that we are flexible and love to refine the route in detail every day. For the publishing house I take pictures of England & Scotland, parts of it we already travelled some time ago, now we add the missing places and locations.
My equipment for the trip will be the following: my new Leica M10, Leica M Monochrome, Leica SL, plus the lenses VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 1:2.8-4/24-90, APO-VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 1:2.8-4/90-280, SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/24 mm, SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/50, my Surface Book 2 15 inch & 16 GB memory, and the above mentioned drone.
If you have questions, you can ask me these here anytime as a comment.
see you soon, your Manfred
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