Packing light and shooting long Hot

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Packing the correct wildlife photography equipment for your next trip need not break your back.

As both a wildlife and general outdoor travel photographer, deciding on which lenses to pack for my travels can be a difficult decision. There will always be a compromise between, size, weight, focal lengths and practicality. I try and travel as light as possible and have a maximum of two pieces of luggage when flying.

Keeping the weight of your main bag down is highly recommended, especially if you are going to be traveling using public transport and hiking with your bags.

On our last trip to South America, traveling from Beunos Aires in Argentina to Patagonia in southern Chile, wildlife and bird photography was going to require a longer lens. Using a cropped sensor camera can help get that extra reach (in my case a Canon 40D).

In my camera bag I had a Sigma 17-70 F2.8, a Canon 85 f1.8 and a Canon 400 f5.6. I also packed a set of extension tubes and a flash. Although there is a fairly large gap in the focal range i was carrying, what i did have suited my style of photography and the subjects i wished to photograph. The 85 f1.8 is a great lens for general shooting and coupled with an extension tube doubles as a very useful macro lens as does the 400 f5.6. Depending on the brand you shoot with, you may need to pack a shorter focal length such as the 70-200 f2.8 and add a converter, to get that extra reach. I chose the 400 f5.6 over my heavier, but more versatile 70-200 f2.8. I think my decision was vindicated by the images below.

I have not yet i.d'ed all the birds, so feel free to drop me a mail or leave a comment below, if you can help!

 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves
1. Downtown Park in Beunos Aires: ID?

In this post, the first in a series on my travels through Argentina and Patagonia, it is all about bird photography and what can be accomplished with a very light kit bag.

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves2.  Rufous-collared Sparrow in the Central Pampas

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves2. Long-tailed Meadow Lark in the Central Pampas


Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves4. Black Vulture
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves5. Black Vulture

 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 6. The kitchen for 4 weeks. Travelling light is an art!

 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves7. Magellanic Woodpecker
 

AbP 20081226 00014-80 8. Brown-hooded Gull
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 9. Southern Lapwing
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 10. Brown-hooded Gull 
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves11. Chimango Caracara
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 12. Upland Goose
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 13. ID ?
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 14. ID?


Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 15. ?
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 16. ?
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 17. ?
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves18. ?
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 19. Lesser Yellowlegs?
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 20. Upland Goose
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 21. ?


Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 22. Black-faced Ibis

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 23. Andean Condor

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 24. Andean Condor
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 25. Rufous-collared Sparrow

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves26. Plumbeous Rail in Patagonia
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves 27. Black Swan in Puerto Natales
 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves28. Magellanic Oystercatcher 

Argentina | Beunos Aires | Bird Photography | © Arne Purves
28. Puerto Natales and Black Swans on the banks of Last Hope Sound

 

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Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.