So this time next week I'll be enjoying a fab few days with a mate in Iceland, and off to shoot the Northern Lights, but when you're just taking hand luggage you have to be very selective when it comes to packing camera equipment and clothes in the one case and keeping it under the 10kg weight.
Surprisingly I've found this fairly easy, and after talking to a few others who have taken similar trips at this time of year, you don't really need to pack heavy jumpers, clothes, boots etc., and that the climate is not dissimilar to the UK at this time of the year.
So with a week to go, I packed the case with the clothes I'll be wearing whilst there, then added what photography gear I will be taking (stripping it down to the bear minimum but enough to capture what shots I'm after) and found i'm about 1.2kg under the maximum weight. I'll go into more detail shortly regarding the camera gear I'm taking!!! Another benefit of taking a trip to Reykjavik at this time of year is that the climate here is similar, albeit in Iceland at the moment it's a few degrees cooler, and you can turn up at any UK airport wearing your polar expedition clothes and not look out of place.
So to the camera gear.....well going is my trusty Nikon D7000, complete with charger and spare battery. The battery grip stays behind due to it's weight, and this allows me to take an extra lens, macbook or extra filters. So the kit lens (18-105mm VR) is coming, along with my Sigma 10-20mm (ideal for those wide angle shots for shooting the Northern Lights) and had considered taking my nifty fifty, but it would mean taking extra filters, and for the shots I'm wanting to take the kit lens would be more than sufficient.
So this is likely to be the list of gear I'l be taking on the trip....
Just a quick note on the tripod. This tripod I accidentally bought just over a year ago from Curry's, and only after I bought it I realised it was designed more for compact or bridge camera. That said, I've since used it with my D7000 on and the Sigma wide angle lens, and found it sturdy and fantastic to use. This has now become my default travel tripod when I'm needing to keep weight down, here is a link to the tripod, ideal for a DSLR with small lenses on it, not for long telephoto lenses http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/cameras-and-camcorders/photography-accessories/tripods/manfrotto-compact-light-red-tripod-10010405-pdt.html
So that's me all packed and ready for a trip I've always wanted to take, and finally getting to do it, fingers crossed that the lights will be out to play, and packing as many trips as possible into the 3 nights I'm there, I'll try to keep this blog updated while I'm there.