AsiaDnaInside the camera bag of Efrat Sela

In addition to what I regularly take – the Lowepro bag, Newswear bag, which I finds very comfortable and appropriate for some days, My Canon camera , all variety of lenses- Canon 24 F2.8, Canon 16-35 f 2.8, Canon 24-105 F4, and Canon 50 f1.8.

My camera is a tool that enriches my life, sharpens my vision and helps me see what I would otherwise not see.

I am fascinated by the human experience in all its formats, looking for man’s interaction within society and culture. I look for stories, be it an individual or a group, captivated by different and unknown worlds. Through the lens I investigate and study the place, its culture and people. This curiosity brings me to places that without my camera, I would not have ever been exposed to.  A mélange of cultures, religions and rituals connected in a new world, where I find myself completely enchanted.

The camera is the direct physical link between the eye and the soul, whereby photos reflect the reality from their point-of-view and at the same time tell a story about me and what I would not ever have seen, were it not within range of my lens. My photos deal with people and the human condition and through them; I define and clarify my place in this world. [Official Website]

What’s in your camera bag?

Sometimes I go out with a camera and only one lens – often one with a fixed focal length. It challenges me every time in new ways. Despite sometimes thinking I missed a shot because I did not have the “right” lens, I know that it forces me to be creative in another way. A backup card and an extra battery wrapped in a small bag, a soft cloth bag to protect the camera, everything in the regular bag without a special photo bag.When I go out for long photography days, I take My Photo Lowepro bag. It is small and comfortable, containing my Canon 5D mark III camera, lenses, cleaning tools, additional battery, memory cards, pen and notebook, iPhone, and water protector.
I decide on two lenses, generally preferring wide lenses, I get close to people.I do not want to attract too much attention and I don’t want offend anyone. I always think about the people I hope to photograph as part of my planning.

What’s the most surprising thing you carry?

I think the chocolate, usually a Bounty bar. When I photograph I forget myself and sometimes that chocolate saves me. It’s also comforting when a day feels less successful.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Without a doubt: my camera. The camera helps me explore the world, and get excited about familiar places all over again. The camera compels me to stop and pay attention to the environment, to see and feel people and situations around me. Before my camera and I became inseparable, I could easily pass by people and places without giving them much attention. Photography connects the world outside me to the thoughts and feelings inside me. I want to continue this journey with my camera forever.

What are some of the details that you find essential for your style of bags?

The bag must be light and simple not cumbersome. I do not need much. When I go out with limited equipment I feel more focused, less threatening, more flexible in every sense. I never know what situation I will encounter; it is always an adventure. With less equipment I am more comfortable and able to “go with the flow.”

What are the important things for protecting your camera gear?

I have a rain shield and a soft cloth sleeve, and the bag is padded and protected. I try not to wear a belt because I discovered that the metal buckle rubs the camera. It’s not so bad though, sometimes I even like the look as the marks are part of the camera’s unique character.

Can you give me the essential carry kit when traveling the globe (bags, accessories etc.)?

In addition to what I regularly take – the Lowepro bag, Newswear bag, which I finds very comfortable and appropriate for some days, My Canon camera , all variety of lenses- Canon 24 F2.8, Canon 16-35 f 2.8, Canon 24-105 F4, and Canon 50 f1.8. Batteries, memory cards, external disk / backup card reader, chargers for batteries, USB splitters, rain shields, Cleaning kit, small wallet, passport, small notebook with pen, and my iPhone. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. And, of course, the chocolate.

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