As for the specific reason for returning to Australia – I was selected to be one of seven international photographers who will be photographing the 2014 Cairns Airport Adventure Festival – most notably the IRONMAN Cairns, a grueling triathlon that features a 2.36 mile (3.8km) swim, a 112 mile (180km) bike leg that travels one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and a 26.2 mile (42.2km) run that includes the Cairns Esplanade before finishing in the heart of Cairns.
I’m approaching this trip quite differently as far as gear goes. Recently, I’d sold off most of my Canon gear and have moved almost exclusively to. I’ll be taking my Sony A7r and A7, along with the Sony 55/1.4, 24-70/4, and 70-200/4. The only Canon lens that I’ll be taking is my 14mm/2.8 because Sony has not yet released an ultra-wide lens (but that will change once their 16-35/4 hits the market). Additionally, I’m not bringing my laptop with me. Rather, I’m solely going to work off of my Sony Xperia Z2 tablet and bluetooth keyboard for all of my image review, editing and sharing (along with the daily email, browsing, messaging tasks). It should make for interesting times! :)