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Moose’s Gear Locker

updated 09.30.16

What gear do I take on specific projects?
Moose Wildlife Gear
Moose’s Aviation Gear
Moose’s Landscape Gear

What Goes into My Gear Choices?

The gear you own in large part makes your life as a photographer easier, makes your storytelling as concise as possible. Since as a photographer you are constantly learning and as a person you’re continually growing bringing more to your photography, your camera bag contents will naturally change. At least, that’s how it is for me. What you see above is the gear in my entire locker and how selected for specific projects.

We all need to be unique and true to ourselves in our approach to photography. So cloning what I have in my camera bag in your camera bag does not guarantee you photographic success and possibly robs you of your own potential. So why is this page here then? Because photographers like knowing about equipment I own. You must understand this though, the contents of my bag are based on my style of storytelling photographically the projects I am currently working on. And that’s based on my years behind the camera photographing wildlife, aviation, landscapes, life. There’s a lot that goes on in gear selection, the biggest part being the constant push to improve. It’s what I call the Darwin Theory of Photography – evolve or parish!

How do I select my camera gear? That’s a damn good question since at times, there is no logic to it. First, it’s normally in the Nikon line because that’s what I shoot. (And why Nikon, they stood behind me in the beginning and I’m a loyal person). I don’t care if you shoot Canon, I just care you shoot and use your images to change the world! After that, it’s the tools (bodies, lenses, accessories) that permit me to visually interpret the world in my viewfinder so I can communicate the wonders I am so fortunate and photograph. The first three decades behind the camera have literally been focused on wildlife and now aviation. This information is here for that self serving reason, make it easier for you to do the same thing and make a difference! You could sum it up as I select the gear I have then by the simple mathematical formula of: What I’m Photographing + Story I want to Tell = Gear Used.

I’m constantly being asked how I travel with my gear. If you click on the links above for gear for specific projects, you’ll see that bags I use and links for packing. Basically, all gear goes with me on the plane in either our MP-1 or a Think Tank Roller and stowed in the overhead. Tripod, chargers and cables and lighting gear go as checked luggage. Knock on wood but with nearly 600k air miles, never had an issue.

And strictly for trivia, here’s how the product shots use to be taken (I’ve updated it since this posting). They were all done with the marvelous 70-180macro. It’s a common question so generated a simple page with the info.

Gear I no longer own but highly recommend