Finally, I reached the craggy peak and shrugged off my rucksack, and I simply stared at the stunning panorama of the coastline. On the opposite side, green and blue mounds of earth rolled off into the horizon as far as my eye could see. The ocean seemed closer than it was, but it was still miles off. Another hiker made their way to the top, minutes behind me, and after giving them a few minutes to catch their breath, I asked them for a photograph. I pulled my DSLR camera with the lens already attached from under the flap of my Jack Camera Messenger bag, and walked my fellow tourist through the motions. I walked out to the edge and took in the scene that you see here.
As tall as seven feet, with the horns included, a large and wooly mountain goat was eyeing me. At first, my breath caught and my heart began to pound, and I was flushed with uncertainty. But as I readied myself for anything. I eyed him back and I began to inch forward. As soon as the goat noticed my incoming movements, it took off, flying down the side of the mountain in a flash. In those moments, I flipped up the lid off my camera bag and snapped a single shot (the very shot you see here). If it weren’t for the easy access provided by my camera bag, I would have missed my chance, because even though that goat was massive, with huge horns and a large furry coat, the story of what happened would have lost its flavor and drama. But now you can see him, clear as day.
If it weren’t for carrying the right kind of camera bag, I would have missed my chance. Why? Because I find many camera bag makers to focus on certain styles that I don’t always believe are the most dynamic, nor the safest for expensive camera gear. When you’re a travel photographer, like myself, you need to be ready at a moments notice, but you also have to worry about how the camera bag will perform. Is the bag designed with compartments to help you shoot fast, yet keep gear safe? Also, is it padded well enough to get through just about anything? Because, when I travel overseas, I tend to backpack and live out of my rucksack, so it’s so important to keep the weight low, and the space used as smart as possible, otherwise, you will either be killing your back or you won’t have what you need when you need it the most.
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