We are now less than a week away from our trip to Africa. This weekend we got a lot done on our big Africa To-Do List. We were out all day friday shopping for things I’ve never shopped for before, like mosquito nets, water purification tablets, a bag that weighs 2.8kg without anything in it!
But the highlight of the shopping trip came at the end. It had to be at the end because if we did this part at any other time, it would have sabotaged the whole rest of the day and I would have forgotten that things like sunscreen and hiking boots are a necessity for our trip. Because also a necessity for our trip? A new camera 🙂
When I had the workshop with Garry Black, the local professional photographer, he insisted that we needed two cameras on such an important trip. What would we do if our camera died in the middle of the safari right when a lioness showed up and started stalking a gazelle? We were already familiar with cameras dying in the middle of a trip, since this had happened to us on our road-trip this summer. But being in Canada, even on small Salt Spring Island, we were able to get a replacement fairly quickly and didn’t really lose out on photo opportunities. So now we don’t have to worry about that. Also, this means Steve and I each have a camera and don’t have to share. We didn’t really think this was an issue for us (mostly because Steve is super patient and willing to let me hold the camera most of the time), but it’s an added bonus now. Another added bonus is that Junkii, also going to Africa, recently purchased the same camera – the Nikon D7000 – so we can learn the ins and outs together.
But the main reason for getting a new camera is that this one will take higher quality photos and therefore allow me to potentially use them in a professional capacity. It took me a long time to figure out how to write that last sentence. It’s scary to admit that dream out loud. I’m always torn between sharing my hopes and dreams and feeling supported, and keeping them safe and hidden inside away from scrutiny and judgement. Mostly the scrutiny and judgement are my own (are you even good enough to make a living in photography? this isn’t going to work out just like all the other career paths you try to pursue). But there is power in stating your intentions and I want to believe that if I truly want this to happen, it can.
I have to remind myself that I’m still learning, that the photos I’m going to take on this trip are just for practice and capturing memories, not *the photos that could potentially earn me some money* – because otherwise, holy pressure Batman!