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.
Over the last year I have been doing the initial post work on my photos on location more and more. Because of this, earlier this spring I begrudgingly traded in my old 17” MBP for the new Retina 15”. While the switch left me with less physical real estate I did gain speed, battery life and the latest in connections for my peripherals — namely USB 3 and Thunderbolt. These new connections are blazing fast and have really helped speed up my workflow. Err…. Wait — I should say at first they didn’t help that much, but once I created my new custom external storage solution the newest versions of CaptureOne and Lightroom have been loading my images a blazing speeds and my card dump times are the shortest they have ever been.
Here is the criteria I worked through when looking for new external storage for shooting on expedition or out on location.
- Bus Powered - I never know if/when I am going to have power
- As Reliable As Possible - Few Moving Parts Please!
- Fast - Fast means saving battery life and saving time
- Big - Storage wise I calculate 50 gb a day while shooting expeditions and 100gb a day while on commercial assignment.
After doing some homework I realized that what I needed was a bus powered, thunderbolt, solid state drive that was at least 500gb in size. But after doing a ton of research, I realized that nobody was making external SSDs over 250gb. So I decided to make my own.
1. I started with a 500GB Buffalo Thunderbolt/USB external drive. I wasn’t concerned with the spinning drive, I just needed the enclosure and the 500gb version was the cheapest available.
2. Then I added a 500GB Samsung SSD. I chose this size because my research showed that the Thunderbolt ports on a MBP would not support the voltage needed to power an SSD over 512gb in size. Plus the price on the 500GB drive was pretty cheap.
The Buffalo External drive takes some ‘butter knife love’ to get the glue/double sided tape to separate properly. But once you get the enclosure apart its pretty much plug and play. The whole process takes about 5 minutes.At today’s prices I’ve been able to build two of these at about $450 each — that’s less than $1/GB for a USB3/Thunderbolt SSD bus powered SSD. Oh and did I mention its screaming fast?!
So if you aren’t afraid of a little DIY and need some more space and speed give it a shot!