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I had signed up for a previous tour with another company, which I was unable to take. After a three year interlude of doing other things, I was again ready to go to Bhutan. I have been on many tours and after each I always said, “I wish that I could stop the bus whenever I see something to shoot.’” When I saw Robin’s ad in the PSA Journal and read his website, I knew this was the tour for me. I had looked at other tours and compared prices, Robin’s tour was competitively priced, longer than most tours, included the Drukair flight, and the bonus was the individual cars. It was a “no-brainer.” 

After the tour was over, I was not disappointed; my expectations had been met 110%. This is the tour of Bhutan that every serious photographer should take. After long experience of lugging my own gear in and out of busses, it was a real pleasure to have Robin’s pleasant, knowledgeable, and attentive Bhutanese guides and drivers at my side during each day on tour. The emphasis on serving the photographer is so apparent when on the trip to Ugyen Choling, when everything must be carried up by someone that the instructions are to bring all your photo gear.

I could go on and on, but I think the photos speak for it best. The five on this page are just a small sample. It is no doubt that Robin arranged many unique photo opportunities for us that simply would not be available to other tours, even some of the big name photo tours that I considered before going with Rainbow Photo Tours. At present, I am busily pouring through the approximately 4000 images that I captured during my 15 days in Bhutan. I hope to have a much larger selection available through my site

Camera Bag
What’s in my bag.

  • The picture shows my Kata R-103, with part of my gear. I also brought a Lowenpro Nova 4 AW with the rest.

    Canon 5D Mark II with Canon 24 – 105, f/4, LIS  (Approximately 80% of my shots)
    Canon 20D with Canon 70 – 200 f2.8 LIS (The other 20%)
    Canon 1.4 Extender used with the 70/200
    Canon 17 – 40 f/4 L lens
    Canon – 24 – 70 f/2.8 L lens  The last two were rarely needed.
    Gitzo 2530 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Really Right Stuff Head
    Canon 580EX II Flash
    Canon 550EX  Flash
    HP (Compaq 6710b) laptop with 2GB and 160GB hard drive
    Flashpoint 500 GB harddrive with multi-card reader
    5 x Sandisk Extreme III 8GB CF
    7 x Sandisk Extreme III and Ultra II 4GB CF
    Extra batteries for each camera
    Wireless/wired remote control for the cameras.
    Battery chargers for cameras and AA NiMH batteries
    PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 GPS to annotate pictures
    Voice recorder with microcassettes
    1 77mm Hoya Circular Polarizer (wish I had two)
    TripLite 150W PowerVerter
    Three plug plus USB power strip from Magellen’s

    What did not use:   I used everything listed at least once on the trip.

    What did I wish I had brought:  My Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 and Flex TT5’s

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