Re: Yet another Yosemite gear and location question
First off, thank you all so much for your help, you have all added something, and I genuinely appreciate it.
I don't know if any of you have seen the documentary "It Might Get Loud", but it's a guitar film, and in it Jack White (White Stripes), talks about how he likes to fight his guitars. Rather than buy the perfect setup, he likes the challenge. Sometimes I feel the same way with my camera, I like the challenge of possibly limiting myself to a few primes, and fight my way to the perfect photo.
HOWEVER, the other two people in the movie are The Edge and Jimmy Page, who bring the worlds best guitar equipment to the stage. I like Jack White, but let's be honest, he's no Led Zeppelin or U2!
That being said, I think I'm going to really try and squeeze my 16-35, 24-105, and 100-400, and then if I have room stick a couple small primes in. It seems like the most range is going to help me, and I can just suffer on the hikes.
Also, as one of you said, all I have to go is get it there, I might even pack a smaller bag for the hardest hikes. Most of my "professional" photography work is in the developing world, and leaving some cameras in the car, would be unthinkable, so I often forget that's an option in the USA
However, no one can take my tripod, I'd probably rather cancel the trip before leaving that at home. I print really large, love slow shutter on water with ND's, and it's a must.
Thank you all for the advice, I'll report back when I'm done (or along the way), if I get any awesome pictures. I'm hoping I get some off the beaten path shots, but also my own take of a few of the iconic classics!