I wasn’t sure what gear to bring on our road trip. It wasn’t a photography trip; just a vacation. But Laurie suggested I bring EVERYTHING, because she knew I’d be agonizing over which lens to use every day. I did bring everything, which was ridiculous, since I used exactly what I thought I would use: Two D7000 bodies and two lenses: 17-55 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, and TC17e-II teleconverter. But the most important photographic accessory was Laurie herself. When I complained that I was too far away to get a good photo, she said, “C’mon,” and strode over the “closed” barrier to a trail under construction.
After the condor-calimari episode, we went back the next day and saw a condor in a tree. I rattled off some shots, complained about the distance, and that’s when Laurie led me astray. No one got hurt, and we got much closer to the condor and much better images. We got the moon image, and a few nice portraits. When in doubt, find a way to get closer.