I currently shoot 8x20 and 12x20. With any ULF format I find it requires a little more planning and causes you to slow down a little when composing your shots. Most of the time I will visit where and what I will be shooting before ever taking the cameras out. After you've been shooting with these large cameras for a few years you will become very creative on how you get you camera and gear from point a to point b. Even though my 8x20 Wisner Expedition weighs only 14 lb and is very packable on a pack frame, I'm a firm believer in wheeled carts, strong photo assistants, ATVs and pack mules. My last shoot involved a 47 ft. Coast Gaurd ship and a full 5 man/woman crew. We had a ball and I never lifted one case. They even loaded all the gear in the truck at the end of the day. It cost me 2 cases of beer and I had to be ready to go with a 2 hour notice but it was well worth the time and effort. This involved dropping me, an assistant and all the gear on a Lake Erie breakwall and then picking us up when we called and jumping eveything over to another breakwall. Then returning again at the end of the day and bringing everything back in. They commented that they wished we had some larger gear to make it more challenging. They were a very professional bunch of young men a women and a lot of fun. I only wish all my shoots could go so smooth. For many years I supervised the erection of skyscapers and bridges. This involved a lot of logistical planning, whether it was working in the confined space of a downtown setting or spanning a river in the middle of nowhere. An old ironworker told me something many years ago that still sticks with me today. The Law of the 7 P's: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. So no matter what size the gear is there is usually a way to get it to where you want to go. I just prefer to use my head more than my back. As far as format size goes that all is a matter of taste. Just keep in mind when you turn a camera on its side for a vertical it changes all your movements, front swing becomes tilt, tilt becomes swing, rear swing becomes rear tilt...ect...ect. Not hard, just takes some getting use to is all. What is good to see is the continued growth of interest in ULF.
Last edited by RobertP; 02-17-2008 at 04:19 PM. Click to view previous post history.