This was an assignment I shot for the Herald On Sunday. I attached a Contour GPS action cam to the side of the Nikon D3s press camera. It gives an up-close and personal perspective of a typical news assignment and the proximity of the action to the operator.
The Ports of Auckland protest on the 10th of March was a peaceful affair attracting a strong crowd of 4-5000 people. The Haka performed by port workers was not planned. I saw them forming up and anticipated a shot.
I always try and keep the camera working even if something obvious has finished. I think the last frame at the end was my personal favorite.
I used a Nikon D3s with 3 lenses for this shoot. A 70-200 AFS VR II 2.8, 17-35 AFS 2.8, and the trusty 50mm 1.4. I carried an old school khaki Domke F-2 camera bag with other bits in it. The light was strongly backlit, I used one manual exposure for the whole protest. I didn’t use any flash. The news pictures were edited using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop.
The Contour GPS was bolted to a flash bracket which in turn was bolted to the underneath of the D3s. The contour was rolling at 59.94 FPS at 720p. The clip was edited using Final Cut Pro X.