Shooting motion in the Brazilian Amazon is always challenging, but the photographic rewards are high.
We were there at the end of the rainy season and, true to form, it poured down regularly. This combined with high temperatures made for enormous, crushing humidity, a bit like filming in a sauna. Rain covers, poly-bags, dry-bags, silica gel, umbrellas... Of course without these conditions, it wouldn't be the Amazon.
Logistical challenges aside, the Brazilian jungle always provides a wealth of visual stimulus. This was the first time that I had taken the Epic Dragon sensor to a jungle environment. The extended latitude of the sensor was noticeably more responsive to the high contrast demands of shooting there. I was using the Low Light OLPF which dug deep into the shadows whilst still holding the occasional shafts of daylight that broke through the overhead canopy. The sensor's colour purity was also a marked improvement in the jungle. Here, on 8 or 10 bit camera systems, I have previously encountered a colour palate that would reduce to an unremarkable muddy green. But not with the Dragon's rich 16bit colour fidelity. Nuanced, rich gradations of greens, a wealth of fine texture and delicate occasional pops of saturated colours.