Camera Equipment and more Planning...
18.11.2006 - 18.11.2006
Photography - Aaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhh!
I have no more journalism lectures! Just several exams to go and then I'm a (qualified) journalist.
I've been stressing over my photographic equipment. My kit weighs 15 kg and I have to sling the camera bag over one of my shoulders, which will already be bearing half the load of my 25kg backpack!
The more books I read, the more I see that digital is the way to go - snap away, delete the unsuccessful and edit with Photoshop later!
It's a bit late for that now - I've been experimenting with slide film and my pictures are superb.
I read a brilliant book on low light and night photography and I was intrigued. So I found a remote shutter release (a cable that screws into your shutter release button) so I can take long exposures - more than a second - which is essential for those 'traffic trail' shots - where you see the red brake/fog lights of a few dozen cars on one side, the headlights of cars coming in the other direction, and the inevitable yellow indicators showing the overtaking paths - pretty cool. It's also great for indoor shots by candle-light, fire works and a host of other scenarios.
I went to the camera shop expecting to pick up my 25 rolls of free expired professional slide film, and they'd given it all away!
I was now sulking. At R80 per film, bracketing(taking 3 pictures every time to make sure the exposure is perfect) is no longer going to be an option!
And my possible sponsorships have amounted to nothing - no replies!
I was getting more and more anxious as my departure date loomed
I had dreams about my Mango flight reservation mysteriously vanishing; the bus to Lusaka leaving without me; the three day train from Zambia to dar es Salaam derailing, and the dhow to Mombassa getting stuck on the ocean for a week because there is no wind and I had picked a cheap boat without an outboard motor!
On the other hand I was convinced that everything would go according to plan and hoped that I wouldn’t sulk for too long when it didn’t. All experienced African travelers guaranteed me that this would definitely happen!
I was still looking for interesting angles for stories and their accompanying photographs (and vice-versa), and asked anyone reading this to think for a minute and tell me what they would like to read in their travel/lifestyle section of the local newspaper, or adventure travel geographic magazine. I promised I would greatly appreciate their contributions and credit them in my story.
With only 2 nights to go I was excited, nervous and had too many butterflies in my stomach!