Eleven Gigabytes, Four Hundred Eighty Six, Two Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety


I COULDN’T come up with a really catchy title so I looked back at what had transpired this weekend. Yes, I have 11-gigabytes of images coming from 486 RAW photos shot at the NDP2010 (Singapore National Day Parade 201) Preview. I didn’t count the gigabytes of space the 2,290 frames shot for the time-lapse.

I had a three camera bodies with me a tripod, monopod, two ballheads, 6 batteries, circular polariser, bubble level, interval timer, torchlight and numerous other accessories. It was quite a load and probably too much for one guy to be hauling but I only had one shot (pun intended) to shoot at the parade. Even then, the shots are for the ‘Preview’ showing and not the actual day. So, to get it done in one go here’s the gear.

The Gear

  • Canon EOS 5DMk2
  • Canon EOS 5DMk1
  • Panasonic Lumix GH-1 w/14-45
  • 16-35mm f/2.8 L
  • 70-200 f/2.8 L IS
  • Kenko 1.4x Teleconverter
  • 6 batteries (2 ea / camera body)
  • Tripod w/Basic ballhead
  • Monopod w/Manfrotto 496RC2
  • Phottix Nikos Interval Timer
  • Miscellaneous – Flashlight, Bubble Level, Nylon Zip Wraps, 4 CF Cards, 2 SD Cards

I won’t go into too much detail but I had seating in the blue zone with the blazing sun directly in front of me. The direct sun is an awful position to be in but again, make do with what cards I’ve been dealt. On the plus side, I got a seat at the aisle and the seat in front of me was not occupied. It was good because I was able to setup my stationary time lapse camera by strapping my tripod to the seat as there is no room to open the tripod legs. One Aunty even decided to use the 5DMk1 and Tripod as a hand hold as she tripped down the stairs. Heart Attack

One of my practices is to always prepare for the different situations and scenarios and pack as much as you dare. In my case, I knew I’d have difficulty opening the tripod legs and brought along some nylon ‘zip-ties’. These are the self-locking/tightening nylon straps often used by the police as make-shift handcuffs.

Camera one in position (I didn’t think I’d be writing much about my setup so I didn’t take pics. :( ) I got ready my telephoto a 70-200 with 1.4x teleconverter on the 5DMk2. Since I also wanted to catch some wide angle shots I brought along the Panasonic Lumix GH-1 with the kit lens. The telephoto setup went onto my monopod and the wide would be shot handheld.

Here’s a look at a screen of thumbnails using Zoner PhotoStudio 12 Professional Edition. This is software I’m trying out as it can consolidate and view my RAW files from two different systems. It is also not expensive. Perhaps if and when I’m making money from my shoots I’d up the ante and invest in Lightroom 3 or Capture ONE.


So, I best get to work at sorting and pumping out my shots to share with y’all. I got a ton of other things I also need to do and am forever falling behind.

I did get through processing the 2,290 frames shot for the time lapse and sequenced them all together into a HD movie. You can watch it here.



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