May 6, 2016
Written by Paul Lee.
It’s a kind of high that you can’t get any other way: a wide open sky, the grandeur of nature all around you. This is what the Adventurer lives for. It might be on a hiking trail to find those hard-earned, breathtaking vistas. It might be out in a crazy thunderstorm to capture streaks of electricity on the horizon. Or it might be right at home, uncovering the quiet beauty of nature in your own backyard. Wherever it is, you’re there with your camera set up and ready. While other photographers might shrink from wind and grit and moisture, you brave the elements to share with the rest of the world just how incredible and inspiring is the planet we live on. Let’s see what kind of gear the Adventurer relies on to get those spectacular shots.
Triggering your shutter remotely
One dirty secret of wildlife photographers is that sometimes they’re not even by their camera. With a motion detector like the Vello Freewave Stryker, you can set up your camera, pre-focus, scatter some feed, then go have lunch. While you’re munching away, you might get some incredible images of wildlife in its most natural state. The Stryker is also quick enough to capture lightning the instant it strikes. If you prefer to trigger your shutter manually, the Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release will help you get your camera closer to skittish or dangerous beasts without risking life and limb. If you’re doing night photography, the Vello Bluetooth ShutterBoss Advanced Intervalometer is ideal for triggering those long exposures without disturbing your camera.
Working with a tripod
You’ll need a tripod when doing any remote triggering, and when you’re outdoors you’ll want to make sure that your tripod is sturdy and level. A fluid tripod head like Oben’s GH-50 Gimbal Head will help you get the position you want without much fuss. Also important is a good level, like Vello’s Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level, which is more accurate than the level included in the tripod because it sits directly on top of your camera. For landscape photographers, this is a must.
Surviving the wild
Of course, if you want good results from your photo outing, it helps to actually make it back home. Bring a map, a first-aid kit with you for emergencies, some Clif Bars to ward off starvation, a waterproof match kit, hiking gloves, a durable Vulta Tornado LED Flashlight, and a good multi-tool with implements for fixing your tripod. And to make sure dust on your sensor doesn’t mar your shots while shooting out in the elements, pick up a Sensei Bulb Air-Blower.
- FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger Kit
- Lens Hoods for Canon 70-300, 24-70 lenses
- Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level
- FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Canon
- Sensei Bulb Air-Blower
- Watson NP-F975 Two-Battery Kit with Duo LCD Charger
- Sekonic L-308 Flashmate light meter
- Vü Sion 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Canon 7D Mk2
- Canon 70-300mm lens
- Canon 100-400mm lens
- Ruggard Thunderhead 35 DSLR & Laptop Backpack
- Oben GH-50 Gimbal Head
- Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod
- Pearstone Microfiber Lens Cloth
- Ruggard Memory Card Case
- Vulta Tornado 547 Lumen Law Enforcement LED Flashlight
- Fuji mirrorless camera
- Chocolate Brownie Clif bars
- Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .7 First Aid Kit Compass
- Topographical hiking map
- Moleskine Classic Notebook
- UCO Stormproof Match Kit
- AquaTech Sensory Gloves
- Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
- Black Diamond Spot LED Headlight
- Gerber Dime Multi-ToolContigo 24 oz Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug
- Contigo 24 oz Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug