Documenting the Excluded.

If you read my last post you know that I am planning a documentary about the Chernobyl disaster. The main purpose of this blog will be to explain in greater detail the gear I plan to use. You could consider it a “behind the scenes” type of thing. If the idea of this documentary is appealing you can find my IndieGoGo pitch here – Chernobyl – Living Excluded. Every single donation makes a difference and helps the voices of these people to be heard.

I plan on visiting the area later this year to document the aftermath in as much detail as possible. I will interview the people who have settled in the area, and get their side of the story. There is still a very real controversy about the human health effects and how many of the facts were covered up despite the fact that it happened so long ago.

As far as digital cameras go, my main camera will be a Sony a77 with a Tamron 18-200 f/3.5 – f/6.3 lens and battery grip. With this combination I get a good range in regards to focal length with decent speed, and won’t have to worry about recharging batteries as often. I plan on buying an external mic despite the fact that the built in mic is capable of very good audio quality. I will be using a Nikon D5000 as my backup camera. I have a fairly decent sized inventory of lenses for the Nikon F mount, but will most likely only bring a few. The Nikkor 40mm macro is one of my favorites so it will surely make the trip to Ukraine.

In regards to film cameras, but I will be bringing my Canon EOS 630 with a 50mm, 70-300mm and a 400mm lens. Everything will need to fit into my Lowepro 400AW camera bag. Since all my gear will be going through numerous x-ray machines I will be using nothing higher than 400 ISO film. All of my low light photography will be done using the digital cameras. I have remote releases for the D5000 and Sony a77 which will also help for time lapse photography.

For making time lapse movies I will use the Nikon D5000 as the primary camera. It has a built in intervalometer which makes everything very easy. For my tripod I have a Vanguard Alta-Pro with a SB100 ball head, it’s a great head but I will probably be upgrading to a ball and pan head. I will also be using a Goal Zero solar power kit as a backup power source.

For a photographers point of view experience I will be using a ContourHD helmet cam mounted to my cameras while I shoot. I found the ContourHD camera to be a very tough piece of kit. I had it mounted to my helmet on every mission while I was in Afghanistan and had no problems with it whatsoever. Everything will be backed up on multiple external hard drives, because you never know!

This may seem like a lot of gear, but I am going to be documenting everything possible in the form of video and still photography and will have minimal time to do so. It will be quite the challenge, but something I know that I can accomplish.

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About TheOneJoe

I was born and raised on the Oregon coast, and have always had a passion for photography. In 2005, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I was stationed in Okinawa, JP and Camp Pendleton, CA and deployed to Indonesia in June 2006 and Afghanistan from October 2009 - April 2010. While in Afghanistan I bought my first dSLR. My role in the platoon was machine gunner and kept the camera with me in the turret during convoys and also photographed daily life as a deployed Marine. In September 2010 I was Honorably Discharged. I am inspired by how war photographers are able to show the rest of the world what they have experienced. It is my hope that I am able to show my vision and experiences through the images I capture. I would like to continue what I started with my Afghanistan series and move into the field of documentary and war photography. If you wish you contact me email me at - or you can visit my website - Thanks!

Posted on July 18, 2012, in afghanistan, Blogging, Documentary, Life, Marines, Photography, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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