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Journey with Alex Soh... Day 22: Guangzhou

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 in Journey with Alex Soh

Took a really long bus journey from Guangdong to Guangzhou and I'm really exhausted! Decided to spend the day here in Guangzhou to recharge before taking a flight out to Huangshan tomorrow.

Since there's really nothing much in Guangzhou to talk about, thought I'd take this opportunity to share with you guys what I've brought along with me for this one-month trip. A general rule for me when I embark on trips like these where I know I'll be constantly on-the-move is to pack as little as possible, because I will need to carry all the stuff with me everywhere I go. And not forgetting the fact that I'll probably be buying stuff along the way, which will definitely add weight to my luggage.

This is usually how I do it: in the first round of packing, I'll pick out all the clothes, necessities and equipment that I think I'll need for the whole trip; second round is the elimination round where I go through what I've packed and remove half of them which are not as important; the remaining items in my bag would be my only companions for the trip. You got to remember that it's not the end of the world if you leave some things behind - most of the stuff that we use can be bought along the way.

For this trip, I brought along with me:

1. My Fantastic Lowepro CompuPrimus AW Backpack and Light Belt System

The lower compartment is where I keep all my camera equipment, whereas the top compartment has just enough space for my clothes and winter gears. What I like about this backpack is that its compartments open up from the back, thus keeping my equipment and belongings safe when I'm on the road. I don't have to always look out to check if my stuff have been stolen or dropped. As you know, this trip has me travelling through two seasons, Autumn and Winter, so having the All Weather Cover protects my equipment from nature's elements. The really, really cool part about this backpack is the laptop sleeve that comes with it, which has proved very handy during this trip! You can check out the backpack here.

The Light Belt System has been travelling with me for many years now, accompanying me through all types of extreme weather from the cold winter to the hot desert. Speed to me is everything and carrying my lenses and accessories in my light belt system when I'm out capturing amazing sceneries gives me fast and easy access to them with no time wasted. That's me with my light belt system in the photo here, taken on a previous trip :)

2. My Latest Gadget: Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 488RC4 Ball Head

Just bought this before I left for my trip to replace my old tripod... love how light this is!



3. Of Course, My Nikon D3

Brought along with me the 14-24mm N-series lens, the 105mm and my Carl Zeiss 50mm. That's all I needed to take along with me to get these great shots - simple and lightweight! I know you must be thinking now, how do I manage without the rest of the lens range? Well, for the other ranges that I can't achieve with my lenses, I use my feet :) work hard and get close to my subject is what I do all the time!



Hope you find the sharing useful! If you would like to experience this first-hand, sign up to join me on my Takayama trip in January 2010 and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

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