Return to Svalbard
Svalbard is an extraordinary landscape to return to.
A frozen ocean of Icebergs and low-in-the-sky perpetual daylight make this landscape infinitely photographable
While shooting across several camera systems, the heart of the photography was delivered by two Red cameras. A Red Weapon Magnesium A camera and a Red Epic Dragon, the latter being permanently mounted in a Ronin gimbal system. A couple of Angenieux zooms (16-42mm and 45-120mm) were used for most of the lens work. Arri Zeiss Master Diopters enabled these to close focus, with a number of more specialist macro solutions being employed via EOS mounting the cameras. For Ultra wide shots we also used the Duclos 11-16mm zoom.
Temperatures are always a challenge as you approach the poles, and this with the mix of salt water test camera logistics to the full. AC Charlie Perera kept systems running smoothly throughout with plenty of dry bags, hand warmers and silica sachets
I hope to return again to this epiphanic landscape. Its scale, monochromatic texture and light make it something of a pilgrimage point for photographers and cinematographers.