It’s no secret that California’s mountains and coastlines offer photographers amazing scenery like no other place on Earth all year round. And, for wilderness landscape photographer Josh Cripps, there couldn’t be a better place to live and shoot than in the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Josh has spent years exploring the mountain wilderness, as well as the expansive California coastlines. He’s also traveled to many countries, where he’s photographed remote locations and led tours. As a seasoned landscape photographer and hiker, Josh knows exactly what’s needed to capture the perfect shot — even in the most unexpected conditions.
Since he can’t lug around a lot of equipment and the weather is often unpredictable, he has had to figure out what works for him when he’s far from home and needs to get the shot.
Can you tell us what equipment is essential to your work?
JOSH: As a wilderness landscape photographer I do a lot of hiking. That means I need cameras and lenses that offer as much dynamic range and detail as possible without being overly large or heavy.
My primary camera is the Nikon D850. Overall, it’s the most perfect camera I’ve ever used. It offers incredible dynamic range, insane details, beautiful handling and responsiveness, great low-light performance, and tons of fantastic features.
I’ve also started shooting with the Nikon Z7, which offers similar image performance to the D850 but in a smaller, lighter body. As more native lenses are announced for the Z-mount, it becomes a more and more intriguing proposition for backcountry excursions.
Mother nature is all the lighting kit I need!
My day-to-day camera bag is the MindShift Rotation 180º Pro. It’s very comfortable, tough and well designed, and holds a metric assload of camera equipment. I can get two bodies, five lenses, accessories, a tripod, filters, a water bottle and snacks, a jacket, and a headlamp in there without issue. And carry it all comfortably for the day. Plus, I love the convenience of the rotation waist pack.
For my backpacking missions I use a Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider pack. It weighs nothing and is crazy comfy, tough, and waterproof.
I love the Peak Design Capture Pro clip for keeping my camera handy at all times while I’m hiking.
To find out more about Josh, his latest projects and his photography tours and classes, visit his website and follow him on Instagram. Also, check out our interview with Josh, where we talk about minimizing environmental impacts while exploring and photographing incredible landscapes.
Originally published at phlearn.com.