Looking back at trip to Peru

imageThe trip was a combination of visiting important places in Peru and visiting family. For both aspects it has been a great success. For several reasons I did not visit Peru for over 15 years. Many things have changed. Tourism has been given high priority resulting in a very good logistics infrastructure. Also, almost everything can be arranged via internet, flights, hotels, trains, busses, tours etc. Economically the country is doing pretty well, although the difference in income is still substantial.
Looking back at the choices I made I am pretty satisfied:

  • I only used one lens (28-300mm). Because of the desert climate along the coast the air in this part of the country is dusty. I am happy that I did not change lenses to reduce the possibility of dust on the sensor.
  • It turns out that I hardly used my compact camera. In the cases that I did not take my D800 with me, I used my iPhone. The advantage is that I could immediatly share the pictures with my family.
  • The choice for the Lowepro Transit Backpack was also perfect. We did quite a bit of climbing in the regions of Cuzco and Huaraz, and I prefer to carry the load of the camera and the lens on my back. Also having a waterbottle in a pouch attached to the bag works perfectly.
  • Every evening, before going to bed, I made a backup of all the pictures taken that day to my HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA2. So, every day I had the opportunity to take 400 pictures. It turns out I never did, however, I never had to worry about being limited by the memory card.
  • About taking a flash I doubted a long time. It is kind of heavy and I figured I would never use it for nature pictures. I decide to take it any way, and for several reasons I am happy about that: the sun sets at 6 pm and during our summer it is winter in Peru. So, almost all pictures of the family were taken indoors. Furthermore, one of my nieces asked me to do an indoor photoshoot.
  • I decided not to take a tripod. Also a good idea. Participating in tourist tours means that there is hardly any time to take pictures, let alone setting up a tripod. In cases I needed the extra depth of field, I just increased the ISO a bit.

In the upcoming blogs I will discuss the various places I visited.

How to safe your pictures during a long trip?

IMG_0833Normally when I take pictures I return home after a day of shooting, so I can transfer my pictures from my CompactFlash card to my computer. With the 32 GB card I can take 400 pictures (RAW). In most cases this is more than enough, just in case I have a (smaller) spare card as well.
During regular holidays I take my MacBook to off load my pictures in the evening. However, this year I am going to Peru. This holiday will include some lightweight trips, so I won’t take my MacBook with me.
You can imagine that my 32 GB card won’t be enough for all these trips combined. Therefore, I bought a HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA2 of 1 TB. It is just a hard disk with a box around it. It allows me to off load a whole range of cards, to view my JPEG and RAW pictures in color, and to share them with my iPhone or iPad via WIFI.
I started using it during one of my recent trips. It just takes a few minutes to off load my pictures from my 32 GB CompactFlash card and at home I just connected it to my iMac to ingest the pictures using Photo Mechanics. Before leaving I charged the batteries, so no need to take a charger. It works perfectly.
Ready for my next lightweight trip.