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Inside my Camera Bag-My Most used Photography Gear as a Landscape Photographer

Landscape photography is no small feat! I’m usually weighed down by an incredible amount of weight as I trudge out into my beloved mountains. You see I like to be prepared just in case I need this lens or that lens or this filter or that one. Part of my enjoyment when capturing landscapes is when I explore creative techniques so I like to have some tools to do that.

If you are interested in landscape photography I think the equipment you have is enough for you to start learning and immersing yourself into nature. So don’t let gear limit you when you’re first starting out. Over the last several years I have built up some lenses and tools to help me capture landscape images with my vision for a scene. Here are some of what I take with me while I’m out capturing landscape images.

1. F-Stop Guru Backpack

Having a great backpack to hold all my gear is absolutely essential when it comes to landscape photography.  I wouldn’t get far without this. I must be able to store the necessities, like snacks, water and clothing layers in addition to first aid items, bear spray and extra camera gear like batteries, memory cards and a head lamp for night shooting. I really like the F-Stop Guru. It has plenty of space but isn’t too big for me. My favourite feature about this backpack is that it holds the ICUs (internal camera units). I can store my gear in these units day to day and then they are grab and go ready when it’s time to head out. These units also fit perfectly into my bike saddlebags when I want to take my gear out on a mountain bike excursion. These unit are easy and no fuss. I like that a lot. My backpack is also water resistant and a separate waterproof barrier can be purchased. It’s really tough too. I’ve hauled it up and down many a mountain through sun, rain, snow and ice.

ISO 100, 17mm, f14, 3sec

ISO 100, 17mm, f14, 3sec

2. Nikon D810 and D610

My camera body of choice when it comes to capturing landscapes is my Nikon D810 however having two camera bodies is very useful when capturing landscapes. If I’m running a long exposure I can still shoot with my alternate body or I can set up and run a time lapse on my D610 while shooting shorter frames with my D810 or I can shoot wide with one body and telephoto with the other. Two bodies give me options and I like that.

ISO 100, 16mm, f11, 1/20sec

ISO 100, 16mm, f11, 1/20sec

3. Nikkor 16-35mm f4

This is my go to lens when it comes to my landscape photography. The majority of my landscape images are captured in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. I’m often standing right or very close to the base of a range. I like to be able to shoot wide capturing the entirely of these majestic scenes. I also like to be able to have room to incorporate compositional elements in the foreground and a wide angle helps me do just that.

ISO 100, 16mm, f13, 30 sec

ISO 100, 16mm, f13, 30 sec

4. Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8

This lens is absolutely fantastic for close up captures of landscape details and mountain peaks. The zoom ability is amazing because I can add variety when capturing a single scene.

ISO 100, 120mm, f14, 1/25sec

ISO 100, 120mm, f14, 1/25sec

5. Lee Filter System 

I adore this filter system. The Lee filter system foundation kit has a base ring that is screwed on and attached directly to my lens of choice. A filter holder is then attached to this ring base. From here it’s really easy to slide various filters in an out of the holder. I really like the ease of this system especially during sunrise and sunset when light is changing very quickly. Long exposure photography is a favourite technique of mine when I’m capturing landscape images so my neutral density filters are a must. I have the Lee foundation kit and the little, big and super stoppers. I also often shoot with soft grad neutral density filters.

ISO 100, 20mm, f13, 8sec

ISO 100, 20mm, f13, 8sec

6. Polarizer

I have a love then hate relationship with my polarizer but it’s incredibly useful in situations where I need to cut through haze or glare off water. I’m glad I have this filter when I need it.

ISO 100, 16mm, f11, 37sec

ISO 100, 16mm, f11, 37sec

7. Tripods

Owning and using a tripod is a must when it comes to landscape photography. I have two tripods. My go to tripod is the MeFoto Globetrotter. It’s a perfect fold up and slide into the side of my backpack tripod. It’s a fantastic all around tripod that does the job in most circumstances. I also have another simple and very inexpensive tripod that I take with me into some locations in order to set up and leave running for techniques like time lapse or shorter single frame captures.

ISO 2000, 18mm, 5.6f, 30sec

ISO 2000, 18mm, 5.6f, 30sec

8. Sigma Art 14mm 1.8f

This lens is brand new to me. I purchased it out of my adoration for night photography. I wanted a faster lens and the ability to shoot really wide at night in order to capture the expansive night sky.

ISO 100, 14mm, f11, 421 sec

ISO 100, 14mm, f11, 421 sec

So there you have it! My most used landscape photography gear when I’m out capturing this beautiful earth!

If you missed it I also have a blog post on: Inside my Camera Bag: My Most Used Photography Gear when Capturing my Children.

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Inside My Camera Bag: My Most Used Photography Gear when Capturing my Children

I always enjoy reading about what’s in a photographer’s gear bag so I thought I’d take you inside mine! Don’t worry I’ve cleaned out the rocks, I’ve taken out the sticks, removed the dried up leaves and flowers and shaken out the snack crumbs for just this occasion!

Speaking of camera bag, I own Kelly Moore’s, The 2 Sues in a pretty deep mauve. This bag is big enough to hold one camera body and two average lenses. I adore all the pockets and places to store items like extra batteries and memory cards. I’ve had this camera bag for years and put it to the test! It still looks great and has withstood snow, rain, sand and mud. It’s even water resistant which I appreciate!     

Now let’s dive in and I’ll share my favourite and most used photography gear!

1. Nikon D810 and D610

My camera body of choice is currently my Nikon D810. I’ve hung onto my D610 for several reasons, I’m a bit sentimental when it comes to gear, but I find it’s also incredibly useful to have two bodies at times. My D810 is my go to camera but if I need a second body for some reason I use my D610. I also bring my D610 to places like the beach or hiking because it’s a littler lighter and there’s a higher possibility that it might get scuffed up. If I’m doing any photography around water I always use my D610 as it fits nicely inside my DiCAPac.  

ISO 800, 35mm, 3.2f, 1/250SS

ISO 800, 35mm, 3.2f, 1/250SS

2. Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 f 

The Sigma Art 35mm is my most used lens when I’m photographing indoors. I like to shoot a little wider indoors as I can capture a little more space around my subject which helps me tell a better story. This lens is a dream when it comes to sharpness, although it did need calibrating with my D810. I love that I can open up my aperture nice and wide letting in as much light as possible in lower light situations. I also adore the beautiful flare that I can get indoors with this lens! It’s so pretty!   

ISO 1600, 35mm, 2f, 1/800SS

ISO 1600, 35mm, 2f, 1/800SS

3. Nikkor 50mm 1.4f 

This was the first lens I purchased and it was the only lens I captured my children with for a very long time. It’s a fantastic all around lens. Nowadays though I use this lens for all my freelensing images. 

ISO 3200, 50mm, Freelensed, 1/200

ISO 3200, 50mm, Freelensed, 1/200

4. Nikkor 105mm 2.8f

This is my absolute favourite lens. I’m particularly attracted to telephoto lenses when I’m out capturing my children. My children can run and play and I can hang back a little allowing them to be themselves and in the moment without a camera interfering. I also happen to adore that this lens isn’t all that heavy. My absolute favourite thing about this lens though is the gorgeous bokeh and flare!

Another thing about this lens is it doubles as a macro which is awesome! It’s nice to have options!  

ISO 800, 105mm, 2.8f, 1/1250mm

ISO 800, 105mm, 2.8f, 1/1250mm

5. Nikkor 70-200 2.8f

I love telephoto lenses and this lens does not disappoint! I adore the zoom on this lens. It allows for signifiant versatility when it comes to focal length. I enjoy taking this lens with me when we are not going far or shooting long because it is heavy and big. The bokeh and flare however are gorgeous and if you like that look this lens will fill up your heart’s desire! 

ISo 400, 95mm, 3.5f, 1/640SS

ISo 400, 95mm, 3.5f, 1/640SS

6. Prism, copper tube, lace

I adore creative photography so tucked into one of the pockets of my camera bag is my prism, copper tube and a piece of lace. I enjoy pulling out these tools and embracing the creativity that comes with their use! 

ISO 200, 85mm, 3.2f, 1/1000SS

ISO 200, 85mm, 3.2f, 1/1000SS

7. Sigma Art 14mm 1.8f

This lens isn’t in my camera bag yet but I wanted to mention it because it sits at the top of my wish list. I want it specifically for night landscape photography however when I rented it I enjoyed using it with my children. I adore the wide aperture and I think it’ll fit nicely into my collection of lenses I use when capturing my children specifically when I want to capture a whole scene.

I’d love to hear what your favourite child photography items are and why! So please feel free to leave a comment in the blog post!