The Quick Grab
The packing of your kit is more than just stuffing everything possible into every nook and cranny. One of the main emphasis of your packing is the safety of your gear while you travel. I’ve talked about and presented many videos on packing your kit in various bags. But the most important aspect of packing your kit I’ve left out, my bad, and that’s the quick access to your gear once you open up the bag. I mean, instantly being able to grab and shoot. Case in point, the Cross Fox of St Mary.
We were told a Red Fox was in the area and being seen. On our first walk back from Bird Rock which was at dusk, I had seen a hint of it on the ridge. We didn’t see it again until our last night right after we had just packed away the last of our camera gear in the truck. The Cross Fox (dark phase Red Fox) was coming down the boardwalk right to us. My D5 / 180-400VR is all attached and laying in the long lens compartment of my MP-3v2 so with one zip, I had it out and I was shooting. The moment was fleeting, the fox checked us out and then went on his nightly routine looking for a quick bite. It was a great moment and my first opportunity to ever get glass on a Cross Fox. They are gorgeous!
Getting back to my point, having the D5 / 180-400VR assembled and ready to grab and use is important for two reasons. First, the ability to shoot instantly so you don’t miss fleeting opportunities such as this. Next, have it ready to grab means you don’t have to think about what to grab and where you might have it packed in your kit. Finally, as far as the critter is a concern, there is minimal movement coming from the photographer. The moral of the story, pack just what you need in your kit and pack it for the quick grab.