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  • Rick says:

    It’s gotta be my Canon shutter release. You can have the sturdiest tripod and the sharpest L lens Canon makes, but if you can’t trip the shutter without touching the camera, you’re going to have problems.

    Basic, I know, and probably not what you’re looking for, but you did ask. 🙂

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Rick, that’s exactly the kind of thing I was looking for! Essential is essential, no matter how big or small the gear is. Thanks for the comment.

  • Bret Edge says:

    What a fun post, Dan! If I had to choose my top three pieces of gear I can’t live without, in addition to the hot shoe bubble level, my Gitzo tripod and f-stop gear Tilopa BC would make the list. You just can’t make quality landscape photographs without a tripod and the Gitzo is bomb-proof, rock solid and is light enough to lug around all day. Speaking of lugging things around all day, the f-stop gear Tilopa makes the task of carrying a heavy load of camera gear all day on the trail a comfortable affair.

    Thanks for the fun post and for mentioning my gallery. Much appreciated!

  • Russ Bishop says:

    Great post Dan. I’d have to second the Gitzo tripod as my most essential piece of gear (next to memory cards and batteries of course 😉

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    Terry Bourk

    I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

    Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.


    Roger Sinclair

    You have done it again! Another triumph.

    Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

    Thank you, Dan.