There are just two days left for voting in the Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition. I am near the top with over 1,400 votes! They’ll announce the top 10 finalists on the 15th April, who will then all be flown to London for a week of finalists battling it out to show who can be the ultimate travel ambassador for My Destination!
Having very high hopes, a hint of good luck, and the euphoria that comes with getting married two weeks ago – I am very hopeful I will be selected to go to London and show the world what us kiwis are made of!
So this got me thinking, what would I take with me to help ensure I can show I am the ultimate travel machine that can photograph, video, blog and explore, all the while not sleeping or letting a minute go by wasted!
As a professional photographer there’s no way I would ever leave my house without my Canon 5d full-frame DSLR, then there’s my selection of lenses. On my recent trip around Europe I only took my 24-70 f/2.8 lens which was good for traveling, but I did at times find myself wishing I had a zoom lens. This time around I’ll be taking my 70-200 f/2.8 lens too, and possibly even the much wider 16-35mm f/2.8. Can’t take all those photos without being able to download, edit, backup, and upload the photos on the go – so my Apple MacBook Pro will certainly be packed in my bag.
Everything above you were probably already expecting. It’s the next few goodies that really get my heart racing. The first is my 360 degree video camera. It records full 360 degrees around you, allowing you to watch the videos back and in real time change the position of the camera! Can’t get your head around it? Check out this video I made using it which has over 23,000 views, and saw me named the ‘Dotter’ of the week!
Or checkout the video below I took inside The Colosseum in Rome.
The next awesome thing I’ve got in my box of tricks is a remote controlled aerial photography/video drone. Controlled on the ground, I can fly this puppy anywhere and get amazing aerial photos of things. I use it mainly for real estate photos of large sections, and group photos at weddings. But in a traveling environment one can only imagine how awesome the London Eye would look from a few hundred feet in the air! It’s nice and portable too, so can easily pack down into my bag until it next comes out to play.
It is my profession to take photos and videos that make people feel a connection to the time or place in which they were captured. This is the very essence of the Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition. I might be the man on the ground doing the traveling, but you will very much be with me, every step of the way.
Now with two days left of voting, please head to my entry page and hit one (or all) of the buttons in the green voting box. So I can tick off everything on my Biggest Baddest Bucket List, with my camera in hand!