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    How do you prepare to shoot a remote location before hand?

    So Iím in Spain for a while, and happened upon a great castle that was used in a Game of Thrones episode. Itís fairly remote (2.5 hour drive with a 5 mile dirt road access). From Madrid. On a recent visit with family in tow I took some pictures using my m43 camera which actually turned out OK even in the midday sun.

    My question is what tools do you use to plan your shoots to get the best lighting, weather (clouds), location etc? I want to make the best use of my return trip with LF equipment.


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    Re: How do you prepare to shoot a remote location before hand?

    Dirt road? Double-wrap, first in plastic bags, then in bubble-wrap. Shoot well away from the road. Keep film in a cushioned picnic cooler.

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    Re: How do you prepare to shoot a remote location before hand?

    The weather bureau, topo maps, Google Earth, The Photographer's Ephemeris, images posted online.

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    Re: How do you prepare to shoot a remote location before hand?

    ... and luck

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    Re: How do you prepare to shoot a remote location before hand?

    Comfortable shoes.
    A hip flask or Bota bag & a sketch book, just in case you have to wait for the light or somethin'
    Extra cable release (don't ask how I figured that one out)
    Swiss Army Knife (the #2 Phillips just plain works better on camera stuff should anything need tightening)
    A hat
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Stetson cowboy hat? They stopped making XX once Super XX film was discontined.

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    Re: How do you prepare to shoot a remote location before hand?

    I would ask for a donkey experienced for the area who cannot talk!
    Oi! The last one would say, "No, this is a stale location. No, the light is not right..."
    If I wanted all that I'd bring my wife who is probably stronger than the mule, donkey.
    She is Irish after all.

    (I don't think I can unlearn donkey talk. Like I said, my wife is Irish.)

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    Re: How do you prepare to shoot a remote location before hand?

    Location scouting via satellite imagery: maps.google.com
    Sun direction and angles: www.suncalc.com
    Weather: www.weather.com and a live radar app on my phone
    Images of the location by others to get "on the ground" views: Flickr, Instagram using search or hashtags
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    Re: How do you prepare to shoot a remote location before hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Stetson cowboy hat? They stopped making XX once Super XX film was discontined.
    If the OP has a beard the passing Spaniards might mistake him for Ansel Adams, Then he'll never get his shots,, LOL!
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: How do you prepare to shoot a remote location before hand?

    Such excellent suggestions. Keep them coming! Iíll write them up in an organized blog post in a month. Spanish wives are perhaps not as hearty as Irish ones or donkeys. So I will have to improvise!


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