I just got back from a great trip out west, Wyoming to be specific. I spent five days in the Grand Tetons and one day in Yellowstone fine-tuning the logistics for my fall Photo Tour. I spent six days working from 4am to 10pm each day and at the end of each day I was beat and ready for bed. When I did have a few minutes of down time it was spent writing notes on the different locations documenting the best times to visit the various locations and how long it took to get to various areas.
As a professional photographer these trips are not just mere fun with an occasional photo op here and there. They are working trips and you need to have the right tools with you to get the job done. For me the right tools are a number of things which include camera body, lenses, tripod, filters, cable release, pano equipment, etc…. Let's break it down to just the lenses. I needed a wide angle, medium range lens and a longer tele-photo to make sure I could cover all the ranges that I was presented with. This meant that I had a packed camera bag full of Tamron lenses and other equipment which equal "HEAVY". I never check my gear when flying and the airlines allow you to carry two items and those two items for me was my camera bag and tripod. I can always buy clothes if they did actually lose my luggage but luckily they didn’t.
Ask any craftsman and they'll tell you, having the right tools makes all of the difference in the world...
Best of Light,