At present I am in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) on a 28 day photoshoot and fact finding mission for the photography holidays I will be hosting later in the year. After arriving here from Angkor Wat in Cambodia, there are certainly some striking similarities.
This old colonial building in Yangon is still in use. Nature really does want to spring into life everywhere it can if it is given the chance, these trees have certainly taken hold to the building.
It is always good to be on the road travelling and Myanmar is an amazing place to be, despite the 40C heat (in April). In these kind of conditions it pays to travel light, if only!
My trusty Karimoor back pack that has travelled the world with me for over 20 years and still going strong has a clothes allowance of 5 T Shirts, 1 shirt, 2 pairs of trousers, 2 pairs of shorts, 5 pairs boxers (better in the heat), 2 pairs of socks (not needed in the heat), 1 jacket (incase it gets cold!), all packed into a small compression bag so it doesn`t take up too much room. Footwear; 1 pair of flip flops and 1 pair of shoes for when I get home to the cold! The shoes are always a pain to find a place for.
There was a miscalculation on the T Shirts, need 2 or 3 a day in the heat of April in Yangon, evening spent washing them in the sink, dry time less than half an hour. Now I truly know the meaning of `It ain`t half hot Mum`
UPDATE 2014: My travel photography tour to Burma is now live with dates in 2014 & 2015, for further details please click here: http://www.digitalphotographyholidays.com/516995 (these are held in cooler times of the year for the tropics).
As I am on the move again tomorrow, thought I would post the equipment list as I am ticking off the tick-list to make sure nothing is forgotten.
Equipment list comprises of;
2 x Lowepro camera bags including 1 which has a pouch for my computer and is on board baggage allowance size and has wheels.
1 x Manfrotto tripod and Manfrotto head (would be lost without it, my oldest piece of equipment been with me since my old Mamiya RZ days) Plus Mamiya riser for long lenses and spare camera mounts.
Canon 1Ds Mark II, a dear old friend.
Canon lenses, 17-40mm; 100mm macro; 24-70mm; 70-200mm; 100-400mm and Tilt and Shift lens and lens hoods for each.
Mirror lock release (plus spare as v important piece of kit.
2 spare Canon batteries and charger.
Various Lexar CF Cards and Lexar pro card reader.
Sandisk memory sticks for essential back up and DVD`s to be on the safe side.
Various Lee filters and mounts, including ND grads (hard & soft), ND`s, polariser and Big Stopper.
Toshiba computer (fits in my Lowepro camera bag pouch for flying.)
The essentials; Multi socket extension plug, plug adaptors, phone, plugs, more plugs and cables, screwdrivers, Swiss army knife, torch, hotshoe spirit level – got to keep those spirits level, elastic bands, safety pins (for a bit of punk rock nostalgia amongst loads of practical uses), yet more plugs and cables, pens, pocket book for writing info about locations and my very oldest piece of kit the trusty compass, oh yeah and a guide book.
Finally the most important thing as a photographer which is the lightest bit of kit; bags and bags of patience.