It's getting to the time of year when many people are thinking about their holidays and the difficult task of fitting photography gear in among your swimwear and suncream.
As airlines tighten up on their weight allowances, photographers have to be smarter with how they pack their gear and with what they actually take. A way to save on space / weight without restricting yourself to a particular focal length is by packing a zoom lens, something which site member David Pritchard did last year on his trip to Cyprus.
"In the Tamron 18-270 PZD you have macro capabilities, a long lens, a wide angle, and a mid range telephoto, plus it fitted into a bag which was half the size I was allowed to carry, and weighed the grand total of five and a half kilos, " explains David. "Before I got the Tamron I’d have had to take a macro lens, and separate short range and long telephoto lenses. Any one of which weighs more than the Tamron. I’d also have had to take my bigger bag, which weighs three and a half kilos empty, almost three kilos more than the one I used. So by using the Tamron, I saved myself about five kilos altogether."
Above shot: "This glow was probably somewhere over France, but I can’t be sure as I didn’t get the window seat on this trip."
Without the Tamron David would have had to leave some of his accessories at home, or at least try to find room for it in his case.
"Experience has taught me that you don’t put anything valuable or breakable (like a lens) in the hands of the 'throwers' at baggage handling," says David.
With room to spare, David was able to pack the following useful accessories along side his Nikon D300 with grip and Tamron 18-270 PZD attached:
Spare Nikon battery and 4 AA rechargeables
Gorillapod Focus and Ballhead X
Close up dipotre, polariser and stepping ring
Three extension rings
LEE filter holder and three filters
Stack of memory cards
Once you land in your holiday destination don't overlook capturing the usual beach scenes as they are the images everyone wants to see but do look for other subjects you can shoot, too, such as wildlife.
"There are certain things that I expect to see in a Cypriot resort. Par-baked Brits, party-fresh models, and the occasional lizard. However, I was a little surprised to see a large praying mantis on one of the drinks tables," explains David.
Lizards can be found in most sunny climates and having a walk around, searching for them can be rather fun, plus they make interesting photographic subjects.
"This one is a Fringe-toed lizard (Acanthodactylus schreiberi Boulenger), and it goes like a stabbed rat!" Says David.
Sunsets are popular but when you find the right spot at the right time, they can't be ignored.
"We finished one of our days atop Cape Greko near Ayia Napa in time for a beautiful sunset," explains David. "We arrived just in time but my first challenge before the photography was clearing the scene of a family of French tourists who were in the middle of a heated argument with each other. This was gratefully received by another landscape photographer who was as frustrated as we were by their lack of consideration for others. However, I did resist the urge to kick them off the cliff, so I get extra points!"
To see more of David's work, take a look at his blog
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