A professional photographer’s camera bag has always been a study in compromise. Packing a bag for assignment used to always involve a delicate balancing act between cost, size, weight and practicality. How many lenses to bring, and which focal lengths? Should I use unwieldy zooms or a selection of primes? Do I sacrifice weight for mobility or do I bring everything I own on the off chance I might need it?
Filming the horses running wild and free just beyond the ranch, on the southern tip of the California Sierras near Lake Isabelle, was among the most remarkable experiences of my life. These incredible animals had such a combined power and grace, they would rush toward me filling the viewfinder so rapidly as they approached that holding the camera steady tracking with them was an act of faith that I would not be run over.