Monument Valley Photo Packing List

Later this week I'm headed on a several day photo trip to Monument Valley in northern Arizona.  Here's a quick list of what I'm bringing with me.

  • Fuji X-T2 (rented from
  • Fuji 10 - 24 f 4.0
  • Leica M9
  • Leica Summilux 35 f 1.4
  • Lee Filter System (neutral density, big stopper, polarizer filters)
  • Gitzo Travel Tripod with Really Right Stuff ballhead
  • Assorted batteries, car chargers, remote triggers.
  • Dana Design shoulder bag

I've never been to a desert landscape before to photograph so I'm extremely excited to see what this area presents.  At the same time I'm also a little trepidatious that it may take longer than my time allows to accurately get a sense of the landscape and translate that into an image.  

As I've prepared for this trip, I've realized that much of what I photograph involves water - whether it be a stream or ocean (I live close to the ocean).  In some ways I've come to rely on moving water in my photographs to make an interesting composition.  It's easy to find the nearest stream or crashing wave, put on a big stopper filter, slow the shutter speed and get an interesting photograph.  In Monument Valley I don't expect to find much of that so I anticipate being forced to creatively look for different compositions.  Regardless, it will be great to be out in nature an extended period of time.  I'll share more when I return.



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