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Two months in: Iceland, Snowdonia National Park and the Lake District!

Merry Christmas 🎄

I’m two months into a #YearOfTravel, and the experience has been nothing like I expected. The amount of rain has been maddening — as one lady put it, “the Lake District is proof that you won’t dissolve into a puddle!”

But my favorite part has been connecting with locals during the Christmas season: attending carol services, sipping tea at candlelight services, and even playing a psaltery.

Time and again, I’m touched by the spirit of hospitality. To quote Charles Dickens, “The happiness [they] give, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.” “I have always thought of Christmas time… as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time… when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.”

I came in search of beautiful landscapes, but I hadn’t reckoned on meeting beautiful people instead. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned during my first two months as a location independent landscape photographer, plus plenty of pictures!

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New photos 📸

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Gear shakedown 🎒

How much gear do you carry on a photography trip? It might be time to do what thru-hikers call a “pack shakedown” to get down to one bag!

Here’s how to start optimizing your camera gear, then tackle your travel wardrobe with nature’s miracle fabric: merino wool.

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En brief 💨

#NoContext 🤷‍♂️

Random things heard on the road…
  • “We’re Welsh, we’re cheap!”
  • “Do it with fingers.”
  • “I’ll leave you to sort out your egg.”

Nerding out 🤓

Ultralight ball head 🏏

A week before takeoff, I searched for an ultralight ball head to shave a few ounces off my overweight pack. I decided to try the BH-30 by Really Right Stuff.

I’m in love with this head. Small profile, light and impressively solid. Updates coming soon to my ultralight gear list!

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Happy trekking 🌲

You can like my Facebook page or subscribe on YouTube for more minimalist travel and landscape photography tips. Merry Christmas!

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