Imperfect self-portrait

Imperfect self-portrait

This could’ve been better, but allas, it isn’t.



So, you’ll have to excuse this. I’m not relaly sure if the readers of this blog are used to actually reading, but for those of you who can bear it and who would be interested this is the first in a series on photography work, and how to do it…. or somewhere around the subject of photography. This first episode will be about packing, how i pack for going on assignment and how you should or shouldn’t do it.

Never take too much gear with you. You will be hating yourself for bringing along that big ass tripod on a mountain hike where you also have food, clothes,tent,sleeping bag and enough camera gear to sink a small ship with you. YOU are the one who will have to carry it. If the purpose of the trip isn’t to channel Ansel Adams bring only one camera and 2-3 lenses tops, a gorilla-pod or a bean bag. Usually i just find a rock to put my camera on, and i have a hiking monopod that also doubles as a camera monopod. Fancy, innit?

Tonight I’m getting ready to head out on asignment too. I’ll be heading towards Sibiu to photograph the Tour of Sibiu. It’ll be awesome! Plus, I’ll only be taking a small-ish backpack with me and a photo belt with two lens bags on it.  I find it sufficient like this as i’ll be staying in a hotel and i should be mostly taken care of.

Copyright – ”Bibi” Horatiu Balescu 2012

Inside this magnificent bag and belt i’ll be bringing everything i need to document a week long sports event. Ideally i would’ve used a NewsWear chestvest for such an event but in this case it was imposible to get a hold of one due to some restraints on my part.

Inside these i have:

My cameras: MAIN – Canon 5d mk2 SECONDARY: Canon 30d

Lenses: 70-200 L , x1.4 L converter, 50 1.8, 17-35 and the beautiful 135 f2 L

One flash: 520

All sorts of filters, extra batteries, 40gb of CF cards

My trusty Harddrive: PONY

15 inch Laptop

Clothes, sunglasses, etc.


I don’t have a tripod as it’d be superfluous, just like some other gear like the 300 L.

What else would you bring with you to such an event? This, i feel, completes every possible need i’d have for photographing the event.