Heading to the UK!

I will be flying into Edinburgh tonight and then driving my group to our deluxe cottages by the sea for 7 glorious nights. With daily excursions to photograph puffins and gannets. Eight of the nine clients will be joining me for an extension to Bass Rock. Last year’s experience there was amazing and I am so excited to have the opportunity to possibly land on The Rock again! If you missed my post last year HERE IT IS.

I am bringing my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera , Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens, Extender EF 1.4X III, Extender EF 2X III and a MeFOTO travel tripod.

I am also bringing my OlympusOM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera and the Olympus 300mm f/4 lens (effectively 600mm) that I borrowed from B&H to do some more testing on it with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. I usually bring my Canon 600mm f/4 II lens but because I want to give the other a good workout I though it best not to bring it. I can’t carry both and my trusty 300mm will serve me well.

I’ll be packing my green Patagonia rain jacket that Bill Hedges gave to me on my last trip to the UK, it is now my new lucky jacket 🙂 everytime I wear it, it doesn’t rain!

For my gear I’ll be bringing along a couple of rain covers from FotoSharp. Last year one of my clients gave me a rainsleeve by Op/Tech, I had forgotten about it but it worked pretty good and I just found it in my bag so I will bring that along too. I also travel with a small Sea to Summit drysack that I put in my backpack. I also ALWAYS travel with a clean new white plastic bag (when they are new they fold nicely) just in case.

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5 Responses

  1. Sally Foster says:

    Would love to be there with you. Maybe someday….See if you can get the vegetable lasagna recipe. Don’t let those Terns dive bomb you!

    Hi Sally, we sure had fun last year!

  2. James Saxon says:

    Have a safe great trip with a lot of amazing photographs. Looking forward to seeing some of the images.

    Thanks James!


  3. Neil Hickman says:

    Things have gone a bit quiet on the potential of Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II and 300mm f4 for bird photography. I’m glad an expert bird photographer is giving it another crack. There are so many menu options that I believe an instructional pdf such as those produced by Arthur Morris is warranted. Can you pass this suggestion on to your friendly Olympus contact? The low weight will be a big factor if settings can be optimised for taking images of birds in flight.

    Hi Neil, I used it today for flight and am still not sold on it as a viable option to my Canon gear, for bird photography. I do still love it for travel photography and flowers. I won’t be writing a PDF guide and I am not in any way affiliated with Olympus, sorry. I think as time progresses that information like everything else will be readily available. In my opinion the Olympus ha a long way to go before becoming my premier camera of choice for bird photography–but I am excited about the possibilities!! Thank you and hang in there! I keep hearing rumors of Sony and Olympus merging…

  4. Michael barnes says:

    Two things, one take a Mac with you Not an iMac. It rains in the UK.
    a lot.

    You have talked about the lady Gwen Jones a bird photographer.She came to our club in Gloucester UK twice, Have you used her idea of all white picture with just a black seabird. Do you know the way she does that
    I want to do it with a flower.

    Thanks for the heads up. I am not sure who you are talking about but I cover high-key captures in my updated version of Bloomin’Ideas eBook. Thanks.

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