Shaun Barnett – Professional landscape photographer and NZPW tutor.
Bag of Choice:I actually have three bags, all Lowepro, which I use according to what sort of photography trip I’m doing.
So what's in the bag? My personal set up is this:
Camera Body: Nikon D850Robust, beautiful to work with, and can handle a fair bit of dampness and light rain. It produces large raw files with excellent tonal range, providing plenty of latitude to process details out of the highlights and shadows.
Lee FiltersWhen I am on longer tramping trips, I take a Lee filter system, which is considerably lighter than Benro, and uses plastic rather than glass.
Tripod Choice: Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fibre 3-S TripodWith Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head. Very sturdy, with an excellent working height, and quick-to-use release clips. I use this when tutoring, or at accessible locations where I am walking for less than two hours.
Other items in my bag:
- Nikon MC-DC2 cable release
- Spare Battery & Memory cards
- Plenty of cotton cloths for wiping lenses
- Allen key for tightening tripod attachment
- PLB for emergency use
- Spare warm clothes and Macpac jacket
- Macpac cap
- Waterbottle & Snacks
Location: Tunnel Point, Dunedin, Otago
Richard Young and I spent a great afternoon here before one of our Otago Wildlife Master Classes in 2019. I’d seen pictures of Tunnel Beach before but never been there, so it was a real treat to have a few hours with the place mostly to ourselves. Access is down a steepish track to a spectacular headland that juts into the sea. From here, a series of steps leads into a tunnel, and down to the beach below – however, this is only accessible at low tide and can be very dangerous when the tide is high or incoming.
Waves crash over offshore rock stacks, lap around boulders at the base of the cliffs, and there is a huge scope for doing all sorts of different landscape photography: either details, a stitch-together panorama, or telephoto shots of crashing waves. There are some exquisite colours on the cliffs, with the orange-yellow rocks combined with water streaks and green algae. Combined with the ever-changing tide, this offers great possibilities for the landscape photographer. Just watch those surging waves, and don’t leave your bag on the sand!
The three images here show the range of photography possible at Tunnel Beach: a detail of rocks and the incoming tide, a telephoto of waves, and a panorama stitched together from five vertical shots.