Back to Houston

May 29th, 2007

D20 3132 Back to Houston Not that I’m going back to Houston any time soon…but I’ve finally worked my way down to editing my shoots in the Houston area from March. This is Kimberly in a bayou northeast of the city. I’ll have a few more of Kimberly and Niecy in the woods and water.

I’m finally pretty much well from the cold/flu/crud I’ve had for the past week. Started back on my exercise program yesterday after being off it for a week. I do a system of exercises that have levels to achieve based on age. Tomorrow I’ll hit the level for someone 10 years younger than I am.

In addition to the exercises I try to walk every day. I usually do something like 3-4 miles on a bike/walking path at a lake outside town. It has a good bit of up and down, including a long set of steps that go right up the side of the dam, so it’s a pretty good workout, at least for an old coot like me. My doctor says I’m doing ok and he’s impressed that I’ve reached my current age without having my first heart attack. So I guess I’d in good enough shape.

I’m trying out different camera equipment carrying systems. Today I took my camera in a holster pouch and a lens in a lens pouch both on a heavy duty leather belt. It worked pretty well. I could slide them around behind out of the way while walking, but easily slide them back around for access when I wanted. Tomorrow I’ll try something else, the same holster and pouch, but attached to the hip belt of a small hydration backpack. That will move the weight off my waist and onto my shoulders, plus allow for carrying a good supply of water and a few other things that might come in handy in the woods. Of course, I’ll get some weird looks from the others on the path, but not as weird as a few years ago when I was getting the family ready for some backpacking and had all the kids out on the path with full backpacks.

There is no good way to carry camera gear in woods or desert for day-long hikes. So I keep trying different ways in hopes that one will actually be better than the others. It won’t happen. They all have advantages and disadvantages. That’s why photographers are always buying new camera bags. None of them are really great. Nearly all of them are ok. So we keep looking for that grail…

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll do 4 miles with the hydration pack and cameras. Then Thursday I’ll pick the one I like best and do 6 miles and see how it goes. All this to get ready for the next photo trip where I’ll be doing some mountain hiking.

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