Photography is one of my passions, and so far when I visited the continent I didn’t really get a chance to indulge in it. Because I came to Tanzania and Ghana for work I had decided to only bring the small camera. And to add to that I recently discovered that all the snaps I took in Ghana have mysteriously been deleted from my external hard drive… This time, however, I’m coming to Africa for my own pleasure. So I’m bringing my larger camera, a pretty standard Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT. After much contemplating I decided to take both, the smaller 18-55mm and the larger 75-300mm lenses. Yes, it’s adding some weight! But I might only get this one chance… One special feature I bought is the adapter that allows me to use standard SD cards instead of CF cards.
However, I am aware that there might be places I’d rather not run around with a big ol’ camera round my neck. For those occasions I’ll still carry my Canon Ixus 200 IS / PowerShot SD980 IS DIGITAL ELPH. At 12 million px and with a 4.0 zoom this is still a powerful enough tool.
I’m not taking a tripod. And that’s solely due to the old weight / space issue.
To make sure nothing gets lost along the way (at least of the really good shots) I’m going for triple-safety: all images will be transferred to my computer daily; from there I’ll back them up to an external hard drive; and the pictures I deem to be good or even better will be uploaded – as often as the Internet gods will have it – to Flickr. I’ve upgraded to pro which allows not only for unlimited uploads every month (standard is 300MB) but also for visitors to see all pictures rather than just the last 200.
Of course I’m hoping that the photos will not only add some nice decoration to this blog but that I might also at some later point be able to monetize them in one way or another…