The N-Photo ex­perts say…

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Wide-an­gle zoom

Take the best ul­tra-wide zoom lens you can. The 14-24mm f/2.8 is a great lens, but for DX bod­ies Tok­ina of­fers sharp lenses that go ul­tra-wide, too. The zoom lenses give you room to breathe with­out hav­ing to com­pose with your feet, so to speak.

Be adapt­able

If, like Bran­don, you only have a day or two to get your shots, you have to be adapt­able. Check weather fore­casts be­fore head­ing out and be pre­pared to switch gears (or even gear) mid-shoot to make the most of what’s hap­pen­ing around you.

Tri­pod

Even dur­ing the bright­est days, stop­ping down to f/16 and ISO50 can pro­duce un­der­ex­posed shots, so it’s al­ways worth tak­ing your tri­pod. Once you have the Nikon stead­ied, it doesn’t mat­ter how slow you go with the shut­ter speed.

Tim­ing

The Fire­fall event hap­pens for a few days in Fe­bru­ary, and there are many other times around the world where op­ti­cal phe­nom­ena oc­cur fleet­ingly for a days or even a few min­utes. Be pre­pared for com­pe­ti­tion, though.

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