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Camera House : Better Pictures 10
Ideal for use as an all-in-one everyday lens, the 18-270mm lens also works exceptionally well if you want to get up close on the action from some distance away. The Piezo Drive makes the auto focus exceptionally smooth and a lock prevents lens creep. This all-purpose zoom lens is ideal for adventurers that want to travel light. Manufactured from a new lightweight polycarbonate, it weighs in at a tiny 470g. The HSM provides smooth fast focusing and multi-coated lens elements reduce flare and ghosting. This high-speed wide angle telephoto zoom dishes up great depth pf field. The on-board Vibration Compensation ensures images remain sharp even in low light and provides up to 4-stops gain. Auto focus is smooth, fast and accurate. Lens essentiaLs Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5 – 6.3DiiiVCPZD Sigma af 18-250mm f/3.5 – 6.3 maCro oS HSm Tamron SP af 17- 50mm f/2.8 Xr Di ii VC LD Day). Currently he’s on a yacht that he bought, sight-unseen, travelling back from the Arctic with his soon-to-be wife, Jess. Let’s just say Bray likes a challenge. “I think my current adventure – sailing a little 29-foot junk-rigged yacht through the infamous Northwest Passage in the Arctic has certainly been the most challenging – the weather, the icebergs, the uncharted waters – and the ocean is just so unforgiving. “The ‘1000 Hour Day’ expedition was when my mate Clark Carter and I tried to become the first people to walk the 1000km across the world’s eighth largest, and largely unexplored island, Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic. It took two attempts over four years, and eventually, after a total of 128 days alone out there, we did it. “We saw polar bears, were chased by arctic wolves – it was incredible – I wrote a book and the doco’s just coming out now.” When asked what he has learnt from all these adventures and Bray’s answer is simple: “It’s the same from all of my adventures – being out there where you’re stripped back to the essentials, not only do you feel more alive because decisions suddenly have very real consequences, but also everything just becomes so wonderfully simple and brutally honest. You learn to fix what can be fixed, accept what cannot, and just keep going. They’re valuable life lessons.” Of course ,shooting in extreme locations affords its own unique challenges. “Sometimes it’s trying to keep my gear dry and splashes off my lens while at sea on a yacht, or trying to keep batteries warm in the Arctic or Antarctic, or simply the fact that sometimes I’m too preoccupied trying to keep myself alive in dodgy locations or situations, and photography then becomes secondary.” He cites an example: “In Borneo a few months back I remember a rather unpleasant shoot, standing inside a cave upon a towering pile of bat and bird crap literally tens of metres deep, all reeking of ammonia, the surface of which was literally crawling with cockroaches and venomous centipedes as I waited for hours to photograph some bats to emerge and spiral up into the night. To make it worse, the shot didn’t really work out.” So what’s his advice for budding photographers wanting to capture their exploits in the great outdoors? Get a “really rugged little camera “We saw polar bears, were chased by arctic wolves – it was incredible” neW Feature OUTDOORS 17 016_Bpics10_Chris.v2_final.indd 17 3/09/12 10:59 AM
Better Pictures 9
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