Once again the committee of the Great Pyramid Race & Country Fair Association (that’s a mouthful) asked me to photograph the main running race and the days events. Not bad since it’s been one of my first events I ever covered as a outdoor photographer, now it’s my sixth.
I’ve defiantly moved leaps and bounds in my business, photography and organisation of photographing this event. I know contract another great photographer (Stu) to capture the action from a helicopter during the main race. Before I get too excited and explain my setup here’s last years blog on the GPR.
Firstly I research all the materials on this years race, meaning the website, banners, have a meetings with the event & race organiser’s just to make sure I know what’s schedule for the day. And call a week before to wrap up all those little details. I have found research has really helped me evolve in preparing my equipment (not just camera’s) for my long day out.
Below is a list I take to most events and what I use them for.
Basic Equipment – This kit travels with me nearly everywhere, it has all the basic bits ‘n’ pieces needed for any shoot. Versatile enough I can still climb trees and run after my subjects.
- Nikon D200
- Nikkor 10.5mm lens
- Nikkor 17-55mm lens (missing in this image)
- Nikkor 70-200mm lens
- SB-800 flash
- SB-900 flash
- 2 x Compact flash cards
- Spare camera batterie
- 16 AA batteries for flashes
- Elastic bungy cord to secure flashes to posts/trees
- Orange ‘n’ green gells
Race Equipment – Including my trusty D200 and 70-200mm lens this is the perfect setup for me on the bike. I have created some really awesome shots with my D2h mounted to the bracket over the back wheel, with a wireless remote taped to the handle bars to fire the shutter release. See the bottom image of me at work. KISS
- Nikon D2h
- Nikkor 10.5mm lens
- Spare CFC & battery
- Cheap Chinese wireless remote from eBay
- Trek Ex9 mountain bike
- Clip in shoes
- Spare tube & pump
- Apple & a bottle of water
Computer Equipment – Always handy for reviewing my creations half way through the day to see where I stand in terms of a storyline of photographs. Backing is very important, by triplicating the files (on CFC, laptop and external hard drive), it leaves less chance of corruption and or loss of data.
- 13″ MacBook laptop
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
- 320gb 2.5″ external harddrive
- Card reader + USB cable
- Extension Cord
- Power board
Night & Fireworks – I have found using two camera/tripod setups during the fireworks rewarding, having one camera, tripod, fisheye lens and wireless remote really close (5 – 10m) to the fireworks and the other in hand for that perfect shot. My optimal exposure settings are: ISO 320 2-6 sec f22 Beware of prevailing winds.
- Carbon Gitzo tripod
- RRS BH-55 head
- Manfrotto tripod
- Manfrotto Pistol grip head
Other Equipment – There is always that other stuff that doesn’t fit into any category, of course whatever makes your day easier and conformable. What are your thoughts.
- My Commodore wagon to store all my gear
- Gaffa tape
- 5 in 1 Reflector
- Spare set of cloths towel
- Battery chargers for camera, AA’s (flash), laptop all to plug-in to a cigarette lighter in my car, just in case!
Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed peaking into my working kit, see you Monday.