I’m sitting here in the dark preparing for a waterfall adventure in Western North Carolina, the Land of Waterfalls. Preparation is one of those things I feel must be right. If not it can throw off the whole trip as I search stores for that missing item instead of enjoying my time out in the big wilderness.
The first thing I looked at this morning was the weather and it looks excellent with rain today (helping to bolster the water flow) and then overcast the rest of the weekend. A perfect recipe for excellent waterfall light. I’m also furiously charging up all my batteries for both my Nikon and Sony systems and making sure I have the appropriate lenses etc.
I also need to make sure my memory cards are ready to go and that I have enough lens cleaning options (towels, wipes, etc). In addition I check to make sure my filters are clean and ready to go after the last beach adventure and make sure I have my cable release.
Don’t forget that tripod. That will do you in. 🙂
I’m camping this trip so tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag are absolutely essential. I have got to make sure I have those. I forgot my sleeping bag on one trip and spent the whole night bundled up in all my clothing trying to get comfortable. Ugh!! Miserable.
Next it’s on to clothes. These are less important as I can probably pick up most necessities anywhere; but the big ones are the right footwear and outerwear (rain jacket, etc) apart from the basics.
Sometimes I review my images from the locations we are hitting to see what images I like, which needed better light, and some composition choices that I like. Lightroom tagging comes in super handy when looking through my giant catalog. If you need to review the techniques for capturing stunning waterfalls its best to do that before you hit the trail.
These are the basics but a simple checklist I use to get myself ready and try not to forget anything. You forget something important one time and you will never do that again. 😉