Hey everyone! I'll be going with my secondary school concert band to Perth this June holidays for a 12 day concert / sight-seeing tour. As I'm the photography nut in the band, I'll be bringing all of my gear along with me to capture those fun filled moments.
This is gonna be a looooong post so please bare with me (: I'm trying to be as detailed as I can and address any issue k?
Alright, first up. The trip schedule will be quite tight (ie move out sharp at this time etc), with a few pockets of free time along the way. I'm thinking that a lot of time will be spent on coaches / buses where we leave all our musical instruments about. There will be performances / concerts, but since I'm already a senior, I can opt out of some performances and focus on photography instead.
Informal performances will be in open day-light, while the more formal ones will be in those low-ambient light concert settings.
I don't know much about the weather during the June period: Will it be cold? Will there be frequent storms and the like? What's the weather pattern in Western Australia in June?
Ok, onto the photography part--
The complete list of gear that I'll be bringing (some have not been purchased yet):
Canon EOS 400D dSLR
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens w/ hood
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM w/ hood & tripod mount
Canon BG-E3 Battery Grip
CF Cards (I have 2x2gb, I'll be shooting a lot, so recommend me a good total storage size please. We'll probably have laptops to transfer all the photos, but I feel like getting more just in case)
A whole lot of AA batteries (just in case I have to use the BG-E3 6xAA batt thing)
Giotto (or some other brand) wind blower
Canon Battery Charger
Bogen Manfrotto 190XPROB w/ 486RC2 Ball Head - Low-Light Concert shooting / Planned shooting / Group shots
Bogen-Manfrotto 681B Monopod - Take-with-me-when-sight-seeing thing.
Lowepro Primus AW Backpack
Lowepro Stealth Reporter Bag (Do I need to bring 2?)
That's all I need to bring, photography wise right? Did I miss out anything?
So, if that's the case, what's the procedure like for transporting optics when flying? Different flights have different max weight-load for bring-aboard luggage right? So any suggestions on what I should do? The usual thing would be like.. tripod / monopod in hard-cover luggage bag, all optical equipment packed into Primus AW bag with me, and just board right? I want to shoot on board the airplane, so I'll try to get the window seat and stuff haha.
Ok, so other than that, are there any tips for traveling overseas? I mean we'll be on a pretty tight schedule, so I probably don't have time to think about what to shoot that much haha.
Thanks for staying with me so far =D I'd appreciate any tips and suggestions if you people have any.