While shooting at Grand Targhee for the 2016 Peace Park movie, Transworld Snowboarding Photographer Nick Hamilton documented each and every lens man’s kit and asked him a few questions about it, which he posted HERE.
For the Peace Park festivities I was using two (different) DSLR units and three lenses, while utilizing a Micro 4:3 (with 14mm wide angle) when the moment called for it. This collection was an appropriate kit for covering a terrain park based shoot, meaning the bag was overstuffed and overweight but I had minimal ascending to do by foot and a quick snowboard lap back to the bottom, so I could safely transport the goods wherever needed. In contrast, when entertaining the backcountry by foot, splitboard, snowmobile or heli, I’ll lighten up the pack to one unit with a small pocket camera to make the day a whole lot easier while having the equipment needed to cover it all.
It’s always cool seeing the varied camera set-ups my colleagues choose to operate given their daily duties and shooting style at a place like Peace Park. These guys are the absolute best in their field(s), a fascinating sight seeing them getting it done and not missing a moment, an honor to work next to the likes of Koniniec, McEntire, Owen, Hamilton, Yant, Adam, Bereska, Sharon, Knox, Bruno and Young.
Have a read over at twsnow.com, there’s some good insight and I kept it very honest about the A7r kit I employ on a regular basis. Thanks for reading! Blotto
Camera: Sony a7r
Camera Details: Small, light weight, durable, easy operation for still image
Camera Quirks: I gaff tape the Mode & Exposure Compensation Dials (top of camera) closed because Sony forgot to put locking dials on top of a so-called professional camera. Without locking dials you have to physically check to make sure you’re still in the shooting mode you’d selected previously, even under the mellowest of shooting conditions, total nonsense to go through a check list before taking a picture. Also, I can get in a round of yoga during the time it takes for this camera to start up, especially after a battery change. Thirdly, you can research what the public thinks about Sony camera batteries for their mirrorless collection, or I can save you some data and tell you they’re junk. Lastly, the crew at Blue Media supplies the vehicle wrap for my camera customization and graphics. The camera feels better in hand without that shiny showroom look.
The two images associated with this blog post are ©nickhamilton