It’s been way too long since I last travelled to the Texas Hill Country and those wide open spaces are calling to me once again. So it’s Road Trip Time (RTT) because Life’s Too Short (LTS) and that pretty much sums it up for me.
The weather here in Texas has been downright miserable this winter but there’s a high pressure system moving from the west that promises a bit of sunshine and some nice clouds. After weeks of overcast skies and rain the rivers and creeks in the Hill Country are flowing fast and furious, which makes for some nice photographic opportunities.
There are a few tips to keep in mind when shooting in inclement weather in central Texas:
It’s Tough to Get a Great Sot when Your Hands Are Freezing Cold!
It’s darn cold shooting waterfalls in the dead of winter so keep those hands warm but tactile with a pair of Mechanix Wear Coyote gloves. Used by the US military, NASCAR® pit crews and photographers worldwide, these little beauties are incredible. They keep your hands warm while allowing you to use your camera as if you weren’t wearing gloves at all! And for rock climbing to get that great shot, they are second to none!
Think Safety and Come Back Alive!
It’s not enough just to pack an extra lens, filters, memory cards and tripod. You need to be thinking “what if something happens to me?” when packing for those day hikes to your favorite spot. If you fall and injure yourself, packing for safety can mean the difference between life and death in the freezing cold..
I’ve owned way more photo bags than I care to admit and never found exactly the right one to fit my needs. That is, until I found Moose Peterson’s MP-7 Photopack. This lightweight but sturdy pack fits me like a glove and holds more gear than my poor old back will ever allow me to carry.
Here is a list of what I pack for a typical day hike and shoot.
- Canon 5D Mark II with EF 24-105mm f/4L zoom attached.
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L zoom with lens hood.
- Canon Ef 28mm f/1.8 lens.
- Canon G10 with Lensmate collar.
- Singh-Ray CP, Vari-ND & ND Grad filters (8).
- Black Rapid R-Strap & Clips.
- Bubble level, CF cards, lens cloths.
- Garmin Dakota 20 GPS on one strap.
- Motorola MR350 Two Way Radio on the other strap.
- Emergency Thermal Mylar Blanket.
- Hiker’s First Aid Kit.
- LED Flashlight & Hunting Knife.
- Emergency Food & Water.
- Gitzo Traveller Tripod & RRS Ballhead strapped to the bottom of the pack.
If you think I pack a lot of stuff in my MP-7 take a look at what Moose Peterson packs!