Tuesday, March 25, 2014
It’s More Than The Camera
See what enables and inspires the best landscape photographers to stay out shooting and create their powerful photos
Tilt-Shift Lenses: I shoot a lot in areas that are quite flat, such as the Plains, therefore maximizing depth of field is very important. I shoot Nikon and have the 24mm, 45mm and 85mm lenses. Also, as these are manual-focus lenses, they force me to slow down a bit. Autofocus makes it all too easy to rush.
Microfiber Cloths: I carry four or five small microfiber cloths. They're great for cleaning lenses or camera eyepieces, and work very well absorbing errant water and raindrops that may get on the lens. Having many different ones allows me to always keep one that's clean and dry.
Tripod: I use a Gitzo GT5561SGT carbon-fiber tripod. Doing landscape work requires a rock-solid platform to mount my camera on, and this tripod can support everything from my 35mm camera mounted with a 600mm ƒ/4 lens to my large-format view camera. It doesn't have a center column so I can collapse it to seven inches above the ground or extend it to nearly nine feet tall, which comes in handy not only in the studio, but in the field, as well. It seems like I'm always shooting on some ridiculously uneven ground or steep incline, and those long legs can extend to compensate for just about every type of terrain. The best part is, if I get lost in the wilderness, I can extend it to its full height, tie some pine branches to it and have a shelter for the night!
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Neutral-Density Filters: Long exposures are a great way of showing the world to people in a way that they don't typically see. During long exposures, moving elements of the scene, such as water, clouds or wind-blown foliage, take on abstract forms, and the result can be a dreamy look. I always carry 3-, 5- and 10-stop ND filters with me, depending on how much I need to slow down time. These give me the option of exposure times ranging from several seconds to several minutes.
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