What to Bring
A long lens (400mm and up), a wide angle and everything in between is what I recommend for this Wolf photography tour. Every wolf encounter is different and while close up shots are readily available, I encourage you to take full advantage of the the landscape for environmental shots. Having a variety of focal lengths will ensure you’re ready for any given situation.
Here’s my recommended kit for reference:
- 500-600mm F4
- 1.4 extender
- 2 camera bodies
The following is a list of the clothing you will need for your Wolf photography workshop adventure. The weather along the BC North Coast varies greatly from cold and rain to warm and sunny and everything in between. Proper clothing is essential for your comfort and enjoyment during the trip. We will be camping and shooting for long periods of time in all weather. When selecting your clothing, keep in mind the following principles about staying warm and dry.
Layering. It is very effective to wear layers of clothing to stay warm, as the air trapped between the layers acts as an insulator. Layering also allows you to regulate your body heat by adjusting the number of layers, depending on the temperature and your activity level. There are 3 main layers: Transfer which is the layer next to your skin; Insulating which is the main warmth layer(s); and, Protective which is the outer layer to protect you from wind, rain, and other elements.
Keeping Dry. Wetness increases the loss of body heat and is uncomfortable, so it’s important to stay as dry as possible. Some clothing is hydrophobic, and therefore, stays dry (i.e., synthetics such as polypropylene, polyester, capilene, and natural fibres such as wool and silk).Clothes made of these materials make great expedition clothing. Be careful of other materials (e.g., cotton and down), because they are absorbent and stay wet. Also, avoid overdressing as it can cause excess perspiration and therefore wetness.
Your Camera Gear:
If you wish to discuss specifics regarding which camera bodies and lenses you own and which ones are best suited to the trip, your photography guide will be happy to discuss that with you.
On the trip, your camera gear is best kept in a waterproof case or pack. It is crucial to keep gear dry while sitting in the rain. We strongly encourage you invest in a rainproof cover for your camera – both AquaTech and Think Tank Photo make excellent models that fit most cameras.
We encourage you to bring plenty of memory cards and/or ample hard-drive space or storage devices – the area is exceptionally photogenic and you may easily experience once-in-a-lifetime scenes. No drones allowed!
A sturdy tripod is recommended for long telephoto lenses.