The Photography Equipment

The mirrorless Fuji X-T3 is my primary camera and my X-T2 is now a backup. I sold my Nikon gear and X-T1 to finance the new camera. My current lenses include the 100-400, 18-135, 10-24 and the fixed 56. I also use a close up attachment and the 1.4 extender. I do not intend to purchase any new lenses right now; I need more time with what I already have to understand them better. I am tempted by the new, not released yet, 16-80 lens. The three zooms are great, perfect for what I do. I have a tripod, an Induro with an Induro ball head, but it is now a backup. I have upgraded the ballhead to a Sirui 30 and I like the change - it is more stable and has less "drop" on the longer lens. I just completed the upgrade to the Sirui legs as well. It is more stable and has a taller reach, with no center extension, than I had before but a tad heaver. No center post allows me to get it very close to the ground. I have the remote trigger for the camera and a dark filter and polarizer for each zoom lens and find them very useful. I have a smaller Manfrotto backpack that I use when hiking far or on steep climbs and a Mindshift 20L backpack that holds the whole kit. It is heavy for a long hike but is well balanced and by carefully selecting gear there is room for a jacket and a snack plus outside pockets for a water bottle. 

I use a Macbook on the road and an iMac at home. To process photos I am learning Lightroom. I did purchase Skylum software, Luminar that I like a lot but there will need to be improvements before it could replace LR. I like Luminar the more I use it. The new Luminar 3 with libraries might be the answer for me. I also added Aurora but have not processed anything yet. Luminar 3 needs some work but I am using it more than LR right now.

All photos are backed up on two WD Passports and on the Apple WiFi device. 

The Living Quarters

The other primary "gear" is an Oliver Elite trailer. It is like the camera, light and small (for a trailer!) and easy to tow. Below is a bit of a interior photo tour. I will add more as we go including lots go little things we added to make it easier to live in for weeks at a time.  You can also go to http://olivertraveltrailers.com for great information or take a trip to Hohenwald, Tennessee and tour the factory. Bring money when you do cause you will place an order while you are there. You can also contact us - we are glad to give tours.

Pick Up day at the plant in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

Pick Up day at the plant in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

Sleeping side. We don't ever use the table this can be converted to so it remains "up." We did add a 4 inch foam pad and encased it in a duvet cover - works great. There is a tv as well. Windows here on three sides with day/night blinds. The configuration provides lots of storage under the bed. That is where camera gear and much more live at night.

Sleeping side. We don't ever use the table this can be converted to so it remains "up." We did add a 4 inch foam pad and encased it in a duvet cover - works great. There is a tv as well. Windows here on three sides with day/night blinds. The configuration provides lots of storage under the bed. That is where camera gear and much more live at night.

Kitchen stack, includes overhead storage, three drawers, sink and two burner stove. It is tight but we get meals done. We have a small propane grill that we often use outside. Nice lights overhead, panel has light switches, hot water and water pump and the second panel keeps a "guess" on water and tank levels. Microwave and fridge are nice size and storage overhead.

Kitchen stack, includes overhead storage, three drawers, sink and two burner stove. It is tight but we get meals done. We have a small propane grill that we often use outside. Nice lights overhead, panel has light switches, hot water and water pump and the second panel keeps a "guess" on water and tank levels. Microwave and fridge are nice size and storage overhead.

Drawers hold more than you would think and the spring curtain rods help keep things where they are intended to be.

Drawers hold more than you would think and the spring curtain rods help keep things where they are intended to be.

The stove uncovered, sink with a cutting board we found that nestles inside the sink to provide extra counter space. On the wall we have two magnetic pods that are great for phone, pencils, salt and pepper, lots of stuff and they stay put.

The stove uncovered, sink with a cutting board we found that nestles inside the sink to provide extra counter space. On the wall we have two magnetic pods that are great for phone, pencils, salt and pepper, lots of stuff and they stay put.

Two of the seven overhead storage bins and the controls for TV, stereo, bluetooth etc. All cabinets are lighted so you can find things. This one is first aide, medicine chest, entertainment and misc.

Two of the seven overhead storage bins and the controls for TV, stereo, bluetooth etc. All cabinets are lighted so you can find things. This one is first aide, medicine chest, entertainment and misc.

The highly formal dinning room. Cushions are held in place with waffle weave drawer liners cut to fit. CJH has her work bag on a hook against the wall under the table out of the way. Ducted furnace under the second seat. All the windows are easy to open and screened. There are three reading lamps like the one in the corner and another pod holds the three (!) remotes.

The highly formal dinning room. Cushions are held in place with waffle weave drawer liners cut to fit. CJH has her work bag on a hook against the wall under the table out of the way. Ducted furnace under the second seat. All the windows are easy to open and screened. There are three reading lamps like the one in the corner and another pod holds the three (!) remotes.

Go ahead and guess what this room is... It is a wet bath meaning you and everything else gets wet when showering. The grid on the floor are four "pool tiles" we found at a marine store and cut to fit. They are waterproof and we set them out when showering, so any dampness stays under the grid rest of the time. This all works very well and we are so glad we don't have to depend on the campground facilities. Really glad.

Go ahead and guess what this room is... It is a wet bath meaning you and everything else gets wet when showering. The grid on the floor are four "pool tiles" we found at a marine store and cut to fit. They are waterproof and we set them out when showering, so any dampness stays under the grid rest of the time. This all works very well and we are so glad we don't have to depend on the campground facilities. Really glad.

The big closet by the door. CJH keeps two weeks of clothes in here, we keep shoes in the boxes on the floor, hanging stuff on the rod under shelf (including mine) hooks in the back for coats and a hook on the right inside for her light backpack.

The big closet by the door. CJH keeps two weeks of clothes in here, we keep shoes in the boxes on the floor, hanging stuff on the rod under shelf (including mine) hooks in the back for coats and a hook on the right inside for her light backpack.