My first camera was a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens – a college graduation gift from my parents after “borrowing” the camera for the three previous years. The AE-1 was my Dad’s camera and he replaced it with a Canon A-1. I shot with the AE-1 and 50mm for 15 years eventually adding a standard zoom lens and a telephoto zoom lens to go along with the 50mm. The AE-1 was a great starter camera – an excellent way to learn about the exposure triangle and to be efficient when shooting film on a limited college budget. I brought the AE-1 to grad school, family vacations, and some business trips early in my career.
In 1999 I replaced the AE-1 with a Nikon N80 paired with the Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D zoom and the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED zoom. I picked up a Lowepro Mini Trekker backpack to carry everything around. (I still have the N80 and the Lowepro!) I brought this set of gear to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the inaugural United States Grand Prix Formula One race in September of 2000.
Several years later I made the transition to digital with the Nikon D100 DSLR. The D100 was eventually replaced with the Nikon D7000 DSLR (used for the 2011 Greece and Turkey photos and video). The D7000 was subsequently replaced with the Nikon D600 DSLR (used for the 2013 Galapagos Islands photos and video). A few years ago the D600 was sold and replaced with the Nikon D750 DSLR (used for the South Africa, Peru, and Cuba trips). And I’ve kept the D7000 as a backup body.
Over the years I’ve also had an assortment of point and shoot cameras, beginning with the brilliant Yashica T4 film camera. I sold the T4 on eBay and made most of my money back. I replaced the T4 with a Canon PowerShot S50. The S50 always struggled with white balance, wasn’t particularly well constructed, and eventually fell apart. In 2007 I bought a Ricoh GR Digital II 10 with 10 megapixel sensor and 28mm fixed lens. In many ways the GR Digital II was like the T4 – easy to use with outstanding image quality. I brought the GR Digital II to China and enjoyed traveling with a smaller camera and the challenge of working with a fixed wide angle lens. The GR Digital II is small enough that I brought it as a second camera to Peru, along with the D750, for use shooting time lapse sequences.
After years of tweaking and simplification, my digital photo workflow, from ingest to Web output, is now built exclusively around Adobe Lightroom CC. My digital video workflow uses Final Cut Pro X for digitization, editing, and output encoding. All this runs on a Mac Pro workstation with a 4 terabyte RAID for internal storage and onsite/offsite backups via CrashPlan.
Here is the current set of gear …
… and the complete gear list:
Nikon D750 24 MP FX DSLR
Nikon D7000 16 MP DX DSLR
FX Zoom Lenses
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR – Wide Angle Zoom
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR – Standard Zoom
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II – Telephoto Zoom
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR – Travel Zoom
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500 f/5.6 ED VR II – Super Telephoto Zoom
FX Prime Lenses
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED – Wide Angle Prime
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G – Normal Prime
DJI Mavic Pro
GoPro Hero 3+ Black
GoPro Hero 3 Black
Gitzo GT2541 Series 2 Carbon 6X4 Section Tripod
Markins Q-Ball Q10 Ballhead
Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod
Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight
Joby DSLR Wrist Strap
Luma Labs Cinch Camera Strap
Mac Pro 3.33 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5
Adobe Lightroom CC
Adobe Photoshop CC
Final Cut Pro X
Like many photographers I am obsessed with camera bags. You can never have too many! Here is the current camera bag lineup …
… and the complete camera bag list …
LowePro Mini Trekker
Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator
Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials
Think Tank Photo SubUrban Disguise 10
Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 50 Classic
Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 35 V2.0
Vanguard Kinray Lite 45