Packing – Priorities

Anytime I decide to take a trip.. day trip or longer to a new city, my first thought is “Hmmm..what cameras do I want to take?” The basic bag, sure, but what extras do I need?

Of course that depends on what I plan to shoot.. and when..

Candles along Polish Walk

Cloudy? Bright sunny mid-day? Low light?



Prague West 2



Will I be shooting architecture, weird stuff (always have time for door shots) or people on the street?



A Place to Rest

Framed Church-Barcelona

Okay.. probably all of the above.. so let’s just pack the standard gear.

1st in the bag, as always, my go to camera..Nikon D3200 w/16-85mm attached..

D3200 w/ 16-85mm

D3200 w/ 16-85mm


Since I hate to change lenses, next in is the D40 with a 35mm prime..


D40x w/ 35mm Prime

D40x w/ 35mm Prime

And because change is sometimes necessary, extra lenses – 10-20mm macro wide angle and a 55-300 mm zoom..


Extra Lenses

Extra Lenses

Filter kits – UV, Polarizers, and Variable ND filter..check




Cleaning cloths and dust blower , extra batteries, memory cards… check

Batteries, Memory, etc

Extension tubes (for macro) … check

Extension Tubes

Point and click back-up camera (my fav right now is the Samsung NX1100)..check

Samsung NX1100


Throw in the I-Pad…and a small flashlight, remote trigger and a couple of gallon size ziploc bags.. and I am packed..All this goes in the backpack… a Lowepro 150…

Now that the equipment is packed… time to get myself ready..

Travel with Steve                          Photography as Art

Happy Travels!!



First Steps – A little scary


Ok.. here we go.. First of all, my name is Steven Liveoak. feel free to call me Steve. It’s what my friends do… Except my Ukrainian and Russian friends. For some reason that I have yet to fathom, it is always Steven. But for the purposes of this (my 1st ever blog post) that is neither here nor there..

I have been an electrician for over 30 years.. In all that time, I have worked in alot of places and done alot of different things but my dream has always been to travel and be a photographer. I have been taking pictures since my first Kodak Instamatic camera when I was 7 or 8 and it has always given me a thrill to see what I shoot printed. To be able to look back at that one split-second moment in time and recall it in every detail is an amazing thing. Even though I have long since “graduated” to SLR’s and, now, DSLR’s the thrill remains the same.

In essence, that is what this will be about.. my travels, my journeys (and occasionally references to others and how they helped me along the path) and the never-ending discoveries along the way.

Essentially, I look for the extraordinary and beautiful in things you can see everyday in every country, in every city, in every culture that I visit. The symmetry and patterns found in the world around us from the iconic (yes, I take those as well) to the hidden or just overlooked.


So .. with any luck, I will learn and practice and get better at this. I appreciate and comments, both good and bad. Now it is time to get the daily adventure started.