So february went over quicker than I thought. and the Mercedes Benz F-CELL World Drive and my road trip approached with warp speed. As so often I started packing in the last minute also due to my little drivers license problem of course.
As for gear I might have gone a bit overboard. We are in the car all the time anyway so it is kind of ok. I am planning on quite a few shoots along the way with Tom and I have two or three shoots in California so I brought along some lighting gear also.
Apart from some clothing you see here in the photos I am packing my trusty D3s for photo and video, my D3 as a backup for photo. My Panasonic GF1 as backup and a second cam for video. on top of that Panasonic was kind enough to loan me a LX-5 for the trip which will be my “undercover” cam for photo and video. My iPhone obviously will be in heavy duty use also and just for kicks a Kodak Playsport if we wanna go crazy.
For the Nikon cameras I brought the 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4, 14-24mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8 and the 70-200m 2.8. The Novoflex adapter to use these lenses also on the GF1 and the Panasonic 20mm Pancake lens.
I brought three Nikon SB-900 with two SB-29 cables. Honl grids, a snoot and gels. Eneloop batteries. One Litepanels Micro Pro. My Zoom H4n.
I have two Manfrotto Superclamps (as you can always use them), one Manfrotto swivel head thingy, two A-clapms and a few spigots. Two Manfrotto 1051BAC lightstands, a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with a 327RC2 ball head and last but not least my Manfrotto Modosteady.
2 Lacie 500GB rugged harddrives and one Western Digital one which I will give to Alex to take back to Germany after our F-CELL tour as backup.
I think thats most of it… well an iPod, my iPad and Macbook Pro.
The train ride from Cologne to Frankfurt Airport wasn’t so good as I couldn’t get to my seat, so I stood in the hallway most of the time. Everything from there on was just great. Flying business class for the first time already messed up my whole air traveling future. It really makes such a big difference… who would have guessed 🙂
Landing in New Orleans we realizes it is Mardi Gras time, which made for a nice after dinner activity as we went for a walk on Bourbon street.
Hope you liked it so far, stay tuned,