My First Day with the IQ250
In case you missed it, at the end of the last week PhaseOne announced the worlds first CMOS sized sensor for medium format cameras systems — the IQ250. Now at $35k its not something that I think most folks are going to run out the door and buy, but there’s no question in my mind that if you are a professional photographer and want the very best of the best; this is it.
The reason I’m able to say this with such confidence is because I’ve been shooting with the IQ250 for the past month alongside my favorite DSLRs (largely the D800 and a7r) and the IQ250 is by far the king of the heap. You can hop over to the PhaseOne site and see several of the images that I shot last month with big league mountain bikers Kyle Strait and TylerMcCaul — or if you like moving pictures — check out this video that we put together about my crazy first day shooting with the IQ250.
It seems like its only once or twice a year that you get the chance to work on a commercial project where you are tasked with creating the idea, capturing the content, editing the story, and delivering the final color corrected film. Its a long process — albeit a rewarding one when the dust settles. This is one of those times, and I couldn’t be more proud to share it.
We had the great honor of working with Peter Metcalf and LandRover to create a multimedia story for Outside last month. Check it out here:
Getting Rad with BFGoodrich and a Couple Redbull Rampage Champs
This past May I spent a month chasing some of the world’s best action sport athletes across the mountain west while directing a series of videos for BFGoodrich. While all of the adventures were amazing; the combination of location, epic light (day and night), and pure athletic skill made my time with Redbull Rampage champs Kyle and Cam one of the more memorable shoots in a long time. Add in their childhood friend and badass filmmaker ‘Sage’ and we had the perfect team for a week on some fresh dirt.
Sit back and crank up the tunes — and watch a few of the worlds best Mountain Bikers discover a new zone in the Utah Desert.
This just in: I’m über stoked to share that I will be instructing at the Adventure Photography Workshop at the end of the month in Jackson Hole. Corey Rich, Chris Burkard, Lucas Gilman and myself will be offering our insights through live shooting, presentations, and portfolio reviews. Its pretty much the bees knees when it comes to outdoor photo/video workshops. If you have the time free you’d be a fool to miss it.
My Personal Essentials for a Remote Photo Shoot in the Mountains
By the time you read this we will have hiked for half the day to get into an advanced basecamp in the Bugaboos in Canada. The ‘Bugs’ are famous for giant walls, epic scenery and awesome rock. So, when I got a call from two of the best trad climbers in the world asking if I’d be interested in a week of climbing and shooting (on their mega-project) I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
I frequently get emails asking what equipment I carry with me on our shoots. So, I thought I’d share a few essentials for this week long journey into the mountains.
- FStop ICU - In the Studio these ‘Internal Camera Units’ store lenses, cameras, batteries, and more. But on shoots these guys are lightweight protection for all of the essentials.
- Goal Zero Solar Power - The latest version of the Goal Zero batteries are lighter and more powerful than ever. We’ll be taking the Yeti 150 battery to charge our laptop and camera batteries.
- Black Diamond Hilight Tent - Lightweight with a nice vestibule. We’ve squeezed three people in this thing in emergencies. Hard to think of a better lightweight tent.
- Alien Bee Vagabond - We’ll be shooting some strobe shots on the side of the wall and this light/battery combo packs some of the best light for the weight. Plus if/when it breaks it doesn’t cost an arm and leg to replace it!
- Bulleit Bourbon - 1.75L of creative juice
- Macbook Pro — The 750GB SSD in this laptop will be one of our backups and allow us to review images.
- Phase One IQ180 — 80 Megapixels of awesome with a fast sync speed to boot.
- Nikon D800 & Zeiss Glass — When the weather gets soggy, or if we need something for low light we will bust out the D800. Hands down the best looking image coming out of a 35mm SLR today.
- EMS Mountain Light Sleeping Bag — A great down bag that is light and compresses down small.
- Travel Scale — We have several of these cheap scales and they go with us everywhere. Show up to the airport underweight and organized properly.
Wish us luck — and I’ll make sure to share some of the goods when we return.