Himalayan Photography Trip – The Gear

As I mentioned in my previous post I am going on a trip to Asia in April. This is a photography workshop where we will be visiting many places in Nepal and Tibet in order to get immersed in different cultures as well as having great opportunities to improve our skills as photographers. Frankly, I need a lot of improvement.

Because this is a lengthy trip and there will be some trekking in the Himalayan Mountains I’ve had to accumulate both photography gear and cold weather trekking gear. I think I have most everything I’m going to need and I have listed it all on my gear listing but there are still a few odds and ends to be added.

As I continue to fill out what I’m taking on the trip I will be updating the page. I’ll also add in my thoughts about the items before, during, and after the trip for their effectiveness and usefulness. Some of the gear, a good portion actually, I’ll be able to use on future excursions but items like the -30F sleeping bag has limited use in Florida outdoor life.

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Himalayan Photography Trip – The beginning

Over the last year I have been getting more and more interested in photography. I purchased a decent DSLR (Canon T2i) and I have read a couple of books on photography. I have also started to listen to  the “Tips from the Top Floor” podcast by Chris Marquardt, @chrismarquardt, where the topics cover all aspects of photography. Chris, being a professional photographer, also teaches workshops and typically these workshops are in different regions of the world. For the past few years he has been working with Jon Miller, @restofjonmiller, to put on workshops in Nepal and Tibet. This really interested me as I have really wanted to travel more and with my growing interest in photography I took the plunge. So in late spring this year I will be traveling to Nepal and then for about three weeks I’ll be traveling around Nepal and Tibet including about five days of trekking around Mt. Kailash. Mt. Kailash is a very important feature in the Himalayan Mountains for both Hindu and Buddhist religions but it is also very picturesque. I’m really excited about my journey to the orient.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been researching and compiling information about the region and what I’ll need over there. So over this series of posts I’ll be going through basically three stages to my trip. The preparations which includes what I’m doing to get ready, what gear I’m purchasing, what gear I already have, what gear I consider but don’t end up purchasing, etc. The second phase will be the daily logs which I’ll be releasing after I return. My goal is to write up, edit, and post all of the daily entries within the month afterward. This may be a lofty goal but I’m really going to attempt to write everything up while I’m on my voyage. The last portion will be some sort of summarization of the trip with any incites, highlights, etc. that I may or may not have written in the daily posts. I’m also considering writing up posts on the individuals that I’ll be spending time with in the foreign lands. Whether it’s the organizers (Chris, Jon, and Monika; @nahlinse), the Sherpas and guides, the other workshop attendees, or just interesting people that we meet along the way.

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