"Our lives have become digital. Our friends, now virtual. And everything you could ever want to know is just a click away. Experiencing the world through endless secondhand information isn’t enough. If we want authenticity, we have to initiate it." Travis Rice
Our story started with a Canon Power Shot. However, that's not really the point. The point is that it started. There is, in my opinion, a lot of great work out there that never gets published. Unfortunately, our own high standards and taste will discourage us from sharing our content. For us, that seemed to be the case, until we realized our content was just sitting there.
We are currently in the process of sharing our work. We don't know how well received it will be, but that doesn't matter. It gets us motivated to go out and create stories and document things we think are worth sharing. To kick-off our venture, we would also like to share some of our gear selection and what's behind our preferences, in hopes it will help guide some of you.
We are first and foremost individuals who seek to capture footage in remote locations and with fast moving subjects in mind. Even if our library of content is not limited to action and adventure footage, our gear has certainly been chosen with those priorities in mind. We use light and durable equipment that can endure most of what nature and stubbornness can dish out.
That being said, our primary gear is comprised of the following:
- Canon 7D
- GoPro Hero 3+
- Zoon H4N
This is pretty much a bomb-proof camera with a magnesium alloy body that renders it useless in terms of WiFi compatibility. It shoots 8 frames per second, which is pretty impressive for its value. The camera shoots full HD video and can record video at up to 60 frames per second at 720 pixels. As amateur sports and adventure videographers, frames per second make all the difference. In terms of photography, it will allow us to shoot crisp pictures even when the subject is moving at high speeds. Whereas that same capability in video can help us slow down footage just enough for smooth slow-motion clips. I've dropped this camera and even shot with it at -17 degrees Celsius with absolutely no problems.
This is a cheap versatile camera that can go anywhere with you. Its reliability is superb for its price. I would love to hate it, but its just too easy to use and carry. I've always thought that the best camera is the one you are able to quickly grab for a quick/spontaneous shot. This is more often than not that camera, that is, if you don't count your phone. Excels at time-lapses, spy shots, POV and wide angle photography. The downfall of this camera is the fact that you can't switch lenses and are stuck with a super-wide angle shot. It also did not pass my extreme cold test. The battery will fail at -17 degrees Celsius.
This is, simply put, the GoPro of sound recording. There are newer versions that are absolutely worth it to consider. Its light, small and durable. It can be used to record music, ambient sound, podcasts and interviews. Never leave home without it. All our sound design depends on it.
With that, you have, the primary components of the majority of our content. It's been a while since our repertoire has been updated, but to our earlier point, that's not what matters. What truly matters is getting out there and taking chances.
I now leave you with the wise words of Harold Brodkey:
“I distrust summaries, any kind of gliding through time, any too great a claim that one is in control of what one recounts; I think someone who claims to understand but who is obviously calm, someone who claims to write with emotion recollected in tranquility, is a fool and a liar. To understand is to tremble. To recollect is to reenter and be riven. I admire the authority of being on one's knees in front of the event.”