I recently went on a field trip to Lorne and the Great Otway National Park in Victoria with the Melbourne based large format photographers. Like the previous visit, it was a short trip - we ( Suzanne, myself and the standard poodles) only spent a few days staying at an Airbnb at Aireys Inlet. Accommodation along the coast of the Great Ocean Road was extremely hard to find. It appears that everybody is travelling around Australia with the national borders closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lorne itself was packed. There were people everywhere including at Erskine Falls.
I hit my physical limits carrying my Gitzo aluminium tripod and Linhof 5x4 Technika IV up a series of steps to Swallow Cave at the top of the Sheoak waterfall. It was the tripod that did it: -- the Gitzo is heavy and unwieldy and it hurt my neck and back when strung across my shoulders. I really struggled. It is the lightest tripod that I own, but I had to take rests to ease the strain on my neck and back.
Consequently, the next day when I walked along a forest path from the Blanket Leaf Picnic Area to the Cora Lynn Cascades and back I knew I could not carry the Gitzo aluminium tripod and Linhof 5x4 Technika IV; even though it was just a couple of kilometres on a moderate grade walk to the Cascades.
I'm just going for a walk in the forest I told myself. I'm going to enjoy myself in the Otways. To hell with lugging heavy gear. I saw this part of the creek on the way down to the Cascades. It was in a very dark corner, it was raining, and so it was a very low light situation.
I just carried a Sony A7 R111 digital camera with me. It works well handheld in low light. The Cascades themselves were nothing much so I photographed this section of the creek on the way back to the picnic ground. It was no longer raining.