Isn't She Pretty?
Allow me to introduce…Stella….
“Stella” is what I am fondly calling my new photo backpack - my Tamrac Expedition 6X photo backpack.
I know what you’re asking – why the hell do I need a photo back? Well, it seems that J thinks I’m getting off too easy when we travel and that I need to start sharing the “load”, so Stella is his way of passing over some of his 30 lbs of camera equipment to me (read: I’m being transformed into a pack-mule).
I must admit that I’m a little sad to be saying goodbye to Juan (photo not included). Juan is a little tired from all of our adventures, but he’s still got it going on…and man he’s ruggedly handsome and holds a lot of stuff and none of it is camera related (read: 4 bottles of rum). If it wasn’t for J needing to carry an excessive amount of photo gear, Juan would be the one venturing to the Philippines with me. *sigh*
Honestly, I don’t mind really since the backpack seems to be made to fit a female frame (read: shorter person). Unlike a lot of the photo backpacks out there – it’s smaller, lighter, has great padding in the shoulder straps and lumbar area. It also has a separate compartment for my laptop and lots of little pockets and compartments for my stuff (aka snacks, sleep mask, chapstick, more snacks, iPod, headset, souvenirs). Although, J has informed me that those compartments are actually intended for camera related stuff. We’ll just see about that…