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Our trip to Bhutan held many surprises but the most surprising was how gracious, happy and friendly the Bhutanese people are.  You can see why they say their philosophical banner is Gross National Happiness.  Our guides and drivers were exceptional – loading and unloading our bags, carrying our camera equipment , helping set up pictures with the local people, pointing out  great picture opportunities, and even preparing our meals on the road.  They seem like family by the time the trip was over.

The photo opportunities from cultural events to people to scenery to wildlife were abundant.  We benefited greatly from Robin’s  years of experience with managing and running tours in Bhutan.   Not only did the group get to see the major tourist attractions such as Tiger’s Nest and Punakha  Dzong  but we also got to see places, festivals, cultural events, scenery and wildlife the normal visitor to Bhutan wouldn’t not get to experience.  The birds and wildlife on this trip were a very pleasant and rewarding  surprise for me since I do a lot of birding and wildlife photography and two of our 14 guides were trained for birding tours. 

I could go and on about other things such as the food, drinks ( including those Druk 11000 beers), the lodging facilities and the great group of people that made up our tour group.  It all added up to a once in a lifetime experience.  The only way to understand how outstanding this trip was is to be with Robin on his next adventure to Bhutan." 

David and Connie Emerson, Kingwood, Texas

Amy St.Clair Camera Bag

Camera Equipment:

Canon 7D
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L USM lens & polarizing filter           
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS EF II USM lens & polarizing filter       
Canon Teleconverter 1.4
Canon 300 f/2.8 L IS USM lens & polarizing filter
Canon Macro 100 mm f/2.8 IS USM lens
Canon Remote Switch
Canon Camera Batteries (2)
Canon LP-E-6 Battery Pack
Back up Camera:  Canon 20D, batteries + charger
Compact Flash Cards: 1-2GB, 1-4GB, 1-8GB
Carbon Fiber Tripod with Wimberley Head
Microfiber Cloth (2)

PC Laptop with 600 GB hard drive
Portable 160K hard drive
LL Bean Head Lamp
Thin hand gloves – to keep hands warm & still take photos

I do not believe I used the Macro lens or the remote switch.  My husband LOVED my 300 with the 1.4x on this trip, since he did not bring his 400 f/2.8

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