Kuopio RockCock 2009 – preparations

So, I’m finally getting ready to head for the first festival / gig that I have accreditation for. Although in a sense it’s no different from the gigs that I’ve already shot, I’m still feeling more nervous than before. And shooting from the pit will be a new experience. As well as shooting in a gig in daylight ;)

Although the festival began today we’re only going for a day. Nothing good enough today to warrant dragging ourselves to Kuopio on a weekday. For once though, I’m not going to pack my photo gear at the last minute, so I decided to catalog my preparations for future reference. And comments on what I could maybe do better ;)

  • Load camera batteries (30D + grip = two batteries). Load up a set of spares.
  • Format all memory cards.
  • Clean sensor (yay, it took only one pass).
  • Clean all optics (ugh – four curious and often wet retrievers).

I guess that about covers everything that needs to be done beforehand. I’ll be packing all the gear in a LowePro Rover AW II which should be comfy enough on my back with the gear and water bottles etc. The following is the list of stuff I’ll be packing:

  • 30D + battery grip
  • Canon 70-200 f/4 L (non-IS)
  • Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
  • Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
  • Canon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 USM II (just in case, I don’t really expect to use it)
  • 10 GB memory cards
  • Rocket blower
  • Cleaning fluid and wipe

I think that should about cover it. The 70-200 probably won’t see much use in the pit, but I’ll use it when I’m in the audience. The 18-55 is coming along just in case. I can’t honestly remember when I’ve used it last, but it doesn’t weigh much either.

I’ve also printed out a timetable and map of which stages the bands are at that I want to see (and shoot). There are a couple of other bands that I’ll probably shoot, but not actively listen to (hey, I’m there to enjoy the music ;).

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