Extreme Gear for Photography
Just the other day I put a GoPro video camera into a steaming pot of Vietnamese Pho. Yummy. Another time, to get a-once-in-a-lifetime shot, I clipped a video camera to a zip line and sent it flashing down a mountain. Got the camera back in one piece - and the shot.
Then, when I was going to India I asked the guy in the camera store, "If I could take just one lens, what would it be?" The answer: A Canon 24-105mm.
Love that lens, and I was really hurting when in order to go into the Ganesha Temple in the heart of Mumbi I had to leave it outside with a young boy, along with my shoes. After my temple encounter with a large golden elephant and the speediest blessing I ever got, I got back shoes, camera and precious lens. Whew. Gotta trust the Universe, right?
I was filming once in a nuclear research facility on a military base. Since the room and everything in it was at risk of being contaminated with plutonium, nothing could touch the floor directly.
We would have put condoms on the tripod legs if we had them, but we used rubber gloves instead. We wore booties and face masks and goggles. Try looking through a big camera with goggles sometime when you have a moment. Not easy.
Unless you have something like the Contour HD 1080p wearable camcorder, which bills itself as the lightest and smallest helmet cam. Looks sweet, and it makes a GoPro Cam look big. But either of those magnificent toys will work really well when you're snowboarding or riding your bike in a race.
But I have a confession to make. My adventures with cameras in extreme situations pale beside those of my client, Amos Nachoum. He dives with Great White sharks, often, when conditions are right, outside the shark cage. The pictures he brings back from his Great White shark expeditions are nothing short of spectacular.Continued on the next page