Lucas Gilman: What's in the bag? Red Bull Illume’s exploration into the bags of action and adventure sports photographers continue, as we take a look at what Lucas Gilman has stashed away. Turns out, there's a lot. 07/19/2016 © Lucas Gilman Impressive collection you have there! How long has it taken to build it up? “I’ve been shooting professionally for almost 18 years. My first camera was a Nikon FM2 with a NIKKOR 50mm lens back in the film days and I’ve continued with Nikon through my journey as a photographer and now filmmaker. There’s something about being comfortable with your gear. It becomes an extension of you. When that happens you can really focus on being creative and not on the technology. There’s a camera and lens for every job. I use the Nikon D5, D500, D810 & D4s along with a grocery list of NIKKOR lenses. The Nikon D5 is so fast. It seems like you can never fill the buffer. The only bummer is I come back with like 16,000 images from an afternoon of shooting at 12 frames-per-second.”What’s your go-to body and lens combo? “My go-to camera and lens has to be the Nikon D810 and the Nikkor 24-70mm VR f/2.8 lens. I’m always looking to squeeze as much quality out of each frame as possible and the 36+ MP and super fast 24-70mm allows me to do that. If I’m going to take one lens the 24-70mm is it. It’s wide enough to shoot landscapes and at 70mm it’s a great short telephoto. Recently I’ve been using the Nikon D500 more for shooting surfing as it shoots 10 fps and the autofocus points cover almost the entire frame. Plus the D500 is a crop sensor so I get an apparent 1.5 crop from my full-frame lenses. So my 300mm f/2.8 becomes a 450mm f/2.8, which is rad.”What’s up with the machete? “I’ve been shooting kayaking for years in some of the deepest darkest jungles in the world. It pays to have a solid machete when bushwhacking your way through snakes, spiders and God knows what.”Got anything else no one else has? “A Gerber tactical pen. It could help you out of a sticky situation if you get cornered by a mugger/kidnapper or break a car window if you are trapped inside. I’ve almost been kidnapped by Zapatista’s in Mexico and held up by knifepoint in the past. I also carry a first aid kit decked out like it could be in a war zone. You can never be too prepared.”Any items you wish you could add to your bag? “The kitchen sink! Jokes aside, I travel with a lot of gear. This gear list doesn’t even take into account the video production gear. The last thing I want to have happen is to get to a location and be like, “Man if I only had X, Y and Z.” My dream piece of gear would be a 100+ MP camera with a global shutter that would sync at any flash speed. That would be epic. Oh and it would shoot 6K, 8K, 10K or whatever the video K is on the horizon.”What keeps you excited and fresh? “When you shoot professionally it’s easy to get into a creative rut. I like to do things that I don’t get paid for and try out new techniques and technology. Recently I’ve started shooting motion control time lapses with the Kessler Second Shooter Plus and the Elysia Visuals RamperPro. I’ve been working on the Holy Grail: day-to-night and night-to-day time lapses. The RamperPro allows for auto bulb ramping, which is a huge advancement. On the stills side, I’m working on using more battery powered portable strobes in the field like the Profoto B1’s or now the new broncolor Siros L’s to make my images more dynamic and visually impactful. I like to try out new techniques and then implement them into the paid gigs once I’ve got them down.”Any tips for aspiring photographers? "Yeah for sure. I do as much research as possible on the location I'm heading to. The important things to me are:What time is sunrise/sunset and where does the sun rise and set (I use an iPhone app called Sun Surveyor on location for this as well)Create a daily shoot plan to maximize your shooting and focus on being at the prime locations at the golden hours.What's the projected weather - You want to be warm and dry and also keep your gear safe. So you can focus on being creative.Are there any interesting landmarks I should put on my shoot list? Google Earth has millions of images geotagged with different locations use it to your advantage. Figure out how much memory you’ll need for the project. I shoot with the D810 which is 36+ megapixels so I bring plenty of SanDisk CF & SD cards. Remember, you will probably shoot more than you think and the last thing you want to be doing as the light is getting perfect is deleting images. Also, plan on backing up your images onto multiple drives. The G-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC is my go-to in the field because it’s waterproof and shockproof. The reason I backup in the field is you never know when your gear will get nabbed so keeping backup copies geographically separated is key. For instance I’ll have one of the athletes on the expedition hold on to a drive in case my gear is stolen. There is no second chance to make a Red Bull Illume winning image. You’d hate to lose it." The Full Gear List: Top Left Tile:Nikon D5Nikon D4sNikon D810Nikon D500Nikon 1 AW1 + NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 AWAF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2 VRAF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8AF-S NIKKOR 800-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VRAF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 VRIIAF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4 PF VRAF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 VRAF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 Micro VRMF NIKKOR 500mm Reflex f/8 (mirror)AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4 VRAF NIKKOR 105mm F/2 DCAF-S NIKKOR 60mm f2.8 Micro AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4AF NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8 FisheyeNikon R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight SystemTC-14e III TeleconverterTC-20e III TeleconverterNikon Extension Bellow PB-6eNikon SB5000 SpeedlightsFenix 1000 Lumen FlashlightGiottos Rocket Air BlasterWR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter MINDSHIFT Hive Mini Filter Case x 2Formatt-Hitech 3 Stops Firecrest ND or ProStop IRNDFormatt-Hitech 6 Stops Firecrest ND or ProStop IRNDFormatt-Hitech 10 Stops Firecrest ND or ProStop IRNDFirecrest ND 1.8Formatt-Hitech ND Soft Edge Grad 0.6Formatt-Hitech ND Reverse Grad 0.6Formatt-Hitech Aluminum Filter Holder Pelican CF Card WalletPelican SD Card WalletSanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB & 256GB CF CardsSanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB SD CardsHonl Photo Black/White Speed GoboHonl Photo Black/Zebra Speed GoboHonl Photo 1/8 Speed GridEneloop Rechargeable Batteries Top Right Tile: Pelican 1535 Air Case + TrekPak insertsTetherTools USB3 Tether Cable + TetherTools JerkstopperTetherTools USB3 TetherBoostProfoto standard ReflectorProfoto Zoom2 ReflectorProfoto Magnum ReflectorProfoto TeleZoom ReflectorProfoto RFi 1,3x2 SoftboxLeatherman Skeletal CX MultitoolBenchmade Griptilian Drop-point AXIS KnifeProfoto Air Remote Profoto Air TTL Remote NProfoto B1 500W/s AirTTL Battery Powered Flash x 3Avenger Turtle Base C-Stand Grip Arm KitQuick-Grip 58300 Spring Clamps Middle Left Tile: Fiber Optic Light Painting Brush + Coast HP7 FlashlightF-Stop Gear Tilopa BackpackTherm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm Sleeping PadOrca Tactical MOLLE Rip-Away EMT Medical First Aid Kit FUGOO Tough Waterproof Bluetooth SpeakerNikon Aculon 10 x 50 BinocularsClimbing Harness + Petzl Slings + Petzl Locking Carabiners Black Diamond ATCPetzl Climbing HelmetGerber Gator MacheteSupernova Halo 180 Extreme Rechargeable LED LampArc’teryx Theta Gore-Tex JacketPersol Di Siena Wayfarer Sunglasses Polarised LensesArc’teryx ACRUX² FL Approach ShoesLight My Fire Original BPA-Free Tritan SporkApple iPhone 6 PlusSterling Ultraline Water Rescue RopeManfrotto Mini TripodSnake Bite KitSea To Summit Talus TS I 23 degree Sleeping BagLucas Gilman Productions Custom Team HatNemo OBI LS 2 Person TentGOALZERO VENTURE 30 RechargerGOALZERO NOMAD 20 Solar PanelSterling 200FT SuperStatic2 Rope Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water BottlePlatypus Softbottle Water Bottle Middle Right Tile: Avenger Turtle Base C-Stand Grip Arm KitPelican 1535 Air Case + TrekPak insertsG-Technology G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt + 1TB SSDG-Technology G-DRIVE ev RaW 1TB SSDX-Rite ColorChecker PassportJetboil Flash Cooking SystemSPL A-SERIES D810 Waterhousing + PortChurchill Makapuu Swimfins Bottom Left Tile: Elysia Visuals Ramper Pro v3 KitKessler Crane Stealth Pro SliderKessler Crane Second Shooter PlusPetzl TIKKINA HeadlampKessler Crane Pocket Dolly Motor MountKessler Crane DC0 Camera Cable NikonKessler Crane Kwik SHORT Camera Plate Manfrotto Midi-36 Hybrid LED PanelROR Optical Lens Cleaning SolutionKessler Crane MagPak Battery x 3Write in the Rain Field NotebookGerber Impromptu Tactical PenNikon Micro Fiber Cleaning ClothKessler Crane DC0 Camera Cable NikonKessler Crane Pocket Jib TravelerKessler Crane Kwik Release Receiver x 3Kessler Crane Kwik MINI PlateGitzo Series 2 6X Systematic TripodGOALZERO Sherpa 100 Power Pack BatteryKessler Crane Stealth Crank HandleMotorola Waterproof Walkabout RadiosGitzo Series 5 6X TRAVELER MONOPODApple iPad Mini + TetherTools Wallee Mountable CaseSandisk iXpand 128BG Lightning/USB Flash DriveApple 13.3" MacBook Pro LaptopSanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD 480GB Bottom Right Tile: Manfrotto Spectra 1 x 1' Bi-Color LED Light (Flood) x2Really Right Stuff Fluid GimbalArca-Swiss C1 Cube Geared HeadReally Right Stuff Macro Focusing RailAvenger Triple Header BarLight and Motion Stella Pro Video LightGitzo Systematic Ball Head Series 5Gitzo Series 2 6X Systematic 4S TripodGitzo Series 5 6X Systematic 4S TripodGitzo Series 2 6X Systematic 4S G-L TripodManfrotto NanoPole Light Stand x 3Manfrotto Super Clamp X 3 For more of Lucas’s work, visit his website, Facebook or Instagram.While waiting for the unveiling of the winners on September 28, 2016, visit the Red Bull Illume social channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a sneak peek of this edition’s entries. 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