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Preparing for a Photo Trip featuring Dawn Wilson

By October 27, 2022No Comments
Photograph of a herd of elk in a river with mountains in the background. This spur-of-the-moment photo of elk in Lake Estes was the result of a call I received from a friend about elk heading to the lake. The elk only stayed in the water about 30 minutes and I would have missed it without having my gear with me or without the mention to a friend about seeking out this photo. © Dawn WIlson

This spur-of-the-moment photo of elk in Lake Estes was the result of a call I received from a friend about elk heading to the lake. The elk only stayed in the water about 30 minutes and I would have missed it without having my gear with me or without the mention to a friend about seeking out this photo. © Dawn WIlson

How do you plan, prepare, and pack for a photography trip? Whether it’s driving or hiking to a nearby spot or traveling half way around the world, a lot of thought and preparation should go into your trip. NANPA’s immediate past-president, Dawn Wilson, joins the Wild and Exposed crew of Jason Loftus, Ron Hayes and Michael Mauro to talk about what each has learned about planning, packing, and preparation. Sometime the tips lean towards common sense, some are specific to traveling for photography. Some tips were acquired easily and others are the result of painful experience.

In this episode of The Nature Photographer on Wild and Exposed, you’ll get tips about planning flights, figuring out the most efficient combination of gear that will keep your pack light while giving you the opportunities to get the images you want, and what to look for in a guide. Plus, you’ll learn why you should always have your muck boots with you and what can happen when you don’t.

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Photo of an open case of fly fishing lures being held out by two arms. This was one of the last photos Dawn took while working on an article about a fly fishing event in Rocky Mountain National Park not long before taking a plunge in the Colorado River with her camera. © Dawn WIlson

This was one of the last photos Dawn took while working on an article about a fly fishing event in Rocky Mountain National Park not long before taking a plunge in the Colorado River with her camera. © Dawn WIlson

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Dawn Wilson photographing wildlife on the tundra of Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

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