Rahim Siddiq's Park Adventures
Recently, we partnered up with Rahim Soddiq, an amazing photographer based in Los Angeles, and asked him to take our products for a spin during his epic trip to Yellowstone National Park. Our design team took a trip to Yellowstone late last year as an inspiration retreat (read the story here), and we we're excited to see what Rahim would discover while he was there. We're not going to lie, we're a bit jealous that he saw more wildlife than we managed, but the experience was similar...amazing. Read Rahim's thoughts on how he travels.
As a photographer, you're probably always carrying your equipment so that you're ready for the next shot. What do you typically carry with you (lenses, camera, flash, etc) and how did the Nomad/Weekender work with your equipment?
Each trip takes me on a different adventure. What typically stays the same is the few things I carry in my bag while on these adventures. When I took the Nomad out to the depths in Yellowstone, I made sure to keep my Canon 6d strapped with my 50mm lens inside the bag for quick access in case I saw wild bison or blowing geysers. Also, I carry my journal, where I typically write about my experiences to preserve the memories, my phone, extra battery packs, pocket knife, fire starter, flashlight, other essential survival gear, and bear spray (which I spent $50 on, don't know if it would have worked but it gave me confidence haha). The Nomad was great to use because it was easily accessible to the essentials I needed when going on these hikes. It also was aesthetically pleasing when taking pictures across these vast landscapes. Big thumbs up for that.
What was the most striking feature of Yellowstone?
Definitely had to be the Boiling River. This river was part of Yellowstone's natural geysers and hot springs. A mix of boiling water with cold water created a warm mixture of water where steam filled the air around. This area was free for people to swim in, but to be careful of not crossing into the boiling or cold water. My buddies and I jumped into the river during a blizzard and stayed in until the blizzard passed through. One of the most memorable experiences I have ever had.
It looks like you did a lot of hiking, although the Nomad wasn't really designed as a hiking bag, how versatile was it?
Surprisingly enough, the Nomad was exactly what I needed when I went hiking through Yellowstone. The bag was easily accessible for my camera, very lightweight and versatile, and had many pockets. The Nomad was really photogenic as well when taking portraits of me and my friends along the landscapes Yellowstone had to offer.
What essentials do you always carry with you when you're traveling?
Some essentials include my camera (duh), journal, tripod, extra batteries, headlamp and flashlight.
What's the next travel destination you have planned?
Right now, I'm craving for a backpacking Europe trip over summer. Then again, I still have to save up for that, haha.