Jul 31st


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More from Gwaii Haanas


I’m heading to Bali tomorrow but I’ll do my best to drop a line. In the meantime, here’s a few more postcards (didn’t see the first ones? You can find them here), and some shop talk about packing logistics, from last week’s trip to Gwaii Haanas.

Like the Ocean Light II trip to the Khutzeymateen, I was limited in what I could bring because of the strict weight limits imposed (randomly) by the float planes. I left my 300/2.8 at home and focused on putting all my gear, including rain gear, knee pads, and tripod, into my Gura Gear Bataflae backpack. I’ve learned that my best shot at having what I need when I need it, instead of back on the boat, is to have it with me, so it all comes with me on every excursion, no exceptions. Weather changes fast on the ocean, so having rain gear accessible – in my case it’s always the sizeable outside front pockets of the Bataflae, along with lens cloths – is a must. I still insist on two bodies, knowing that changing lenses exposes my sensor to salt spray, and I cringe each time I need to put the teleconverter on. Even still, I needed to sit on my bunk for an hour and do a thorough cleaning of both cameras about half-way through the trip.

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The list looks long but really it’s 2 bodies, 2 lenses, some filters, a tripod and the minimum I needed to stay warm and dry. The rest just doesn’t matter and only weighs me down. Here’s what I took:

Nikon D800
Nikon D3s
2x Teleconverter

Lee filter holder
3-stop solid ND filter
3-stop grad ND filter
10-stop solid ND filter

2 x Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia rain covers
Gitzo Ocean Traveler
Cleaning kit
Lens cloths

Batteries,chargers, cables
11″ MacBook Air, cables
6 x 64 GB CF / SD cards, card reader
Kindle, iPhone, iPod
Moleskine notebook, pens

Black Diamond knee pads
Patagonia rain pants
Patagonia rain jacket
Icebreaker toque and gloves
2 x Patagonia guide pants
1 x cargo pants

2 x Icebreaker t-shirts
2 x Icebreaker long-sleeve shirts
1 x Icebreaker sweater (thin)
1 x Helly Hansen sweater (heavy)

4x Icebreaker underwear
4x Icebreaker socks

Personal toiletries
MEC down sleeping bag
Travel towel
Water bottle
Black Diamond head lamp

Muck Boot Co. neoprene boots (Style be damned, I love these boots!)

Everything went into thin dry sacks and then into a North Face Base Camp duffle and one of my Gura Gear Bataflaes. My Gura Gear bags have been the world over with me and so far nothing has come close to them for lightness, durability, and comfort when doing this kind of work.

Apr 4th


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Hokkaido Steller’s Eagles

These mornings with the Steller Eagles were painfully early. We pried ourselves off our futons in order to be out the door around 4:30am, dressed for temperatures that felt much colder than the actual -15C, and lugging our largest lenses. We drove down to the port, not sure if we’d even be heading out, knowing […]

Apr 2nd


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Hokkaido Whooper Swans

Since returning from Hokkaido it’s been a flurry of activity doing all those other things that fill our days so we can keep doing that thing we love – making photographs. That usually means I post a bunch of photographs immediately, and then nearly abandon you to posts about other things. I love those other […]

Mar 28th


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Orchid Impressions

The last few days, as we’ve opened SEVEN for pre-orders, have been tremendously exciting, humbling, and full of the same fear any artist has when releasing something so close to his heart into the world: what if it doesn’t find an audience? We released it nervously, knowing if no one purchased it, I’d have 4,000lbs […]

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