Photos: Nick Hamilton
From lenses that cost $33,000, to the 8mm camera Danny Davis' shot with, to the a7r Blotto used and beyond, the cameras of Peace Park range in size and capability. Now in its sixth year, Danny Davis' Peace Park pushes progression with its super creative setup and laid-back vibes that encourage riders to send. In order to capture action at this level, the best cinematographers, drone pilots, and photographers were on scene to get the shot.
Scroll through the gallery above to see the cameras of Peace Park, read on for photog highlights and watch the official Peace Park Teaser.
Mack Dawg: D.P of Peace Park
Camera: Red Epic Dragon
Storage: Red Mini Mag 512GB
Lens: Angenieux 25-250 HP
Matte Box: Bright Tangerine Misfit.
Lens control: Microforce with Heden Motor.
Microphone: Sanken CS3-e.
Dual Monitors: Red 5 inch/Small HD 702.
Batteries: Anton Bauer Dionic 90 HC.
Tripod: Sachter 20SB Filters used on this shoot: ND's, Polarizer
Camera: Sony a7r
Camera Details: Small, light weight, durable, easy operation for still image
Camera Quirks: I gaff tape the Mode & Exposure Compensation Dials (top of camera) closed because Sony forgot to put locking dials on top of a so-called professional camera. Without locking dials you have to physically check to make sure you’re still in the shooting mode you’d selected previously, even under the mellowest of shooting conditions, total nonsense to go through a check list before taking a picture. Also, I can get in a round of yoga during the time it takes for this camera to start up, especially after a battery change. Thirdly, you can research what the public thinks about Sony camera batteries for their mirrorless collection, or I can save you some data and tell you they’re junk. Lastly, the crew at Blue Media supplies the vehicle wrap for my camera customization and graphics. The camera feels better in hand without that shiny showroom look.
Camera: Canon 5d mk3
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.2
Accessories: King of beers in the other hand.
Camera Quirks: I try to use natural light as much as possible. It hurt a few of my shots at Peace Park this year, because we battled some clouds and thunderstorms.
Peace Park Highlights:
The highlight for me was the day it snowed like a foot and a half. The weather was crap all day, but we just went out and shot a bunch of party runs with everyone on Backhill boards. It’s just so unexpected to show up at a spring park shoot and actually have a blast on what might be considered a weather day.
Camera: Red Dragon Super 35mm Digital Cinema Camera Serial #0150– Made in USA Cost $15,000.00
Lens: Carl Zeiss Ultra Prime 8R f2.8 — Made In Germany — Cost $33,000.00
Settings: 6K HD, Shutter Speed 200, Frame Rate 90fps, White Balance 5600, F-Stop f8, ISO 250
The Zeiss Ultra Prime 8r is at the top of my lens Arsenal. I’m one of three people in action sports to own one. Anywhere you look when framing up a shot with this lens looks incredible! The 8R has brought me some of the happiest filming moments in my career. I use swat rails to mount my Audio, Monitor & Handles. Amazing shots can happen in a moments notice. Reading into what’s happening with the athletes is key! Having your camera able to be shooting as quick as possible is NEVER a bad thing!
Peace Park Highlights:
I'd say my highlight was filming Sebbe DeBuck hand-planting the MTN Dew Wall ride feature. That feature was BIG! I honestly had my doubts on someone getting to the top and hand planting on it. The consequences outweighed the reward in my eyes, but Sebbe, Danny D and Greg Bretz all manned up and it was Sebbe who got there first. Peace Park is always such a treat for me because it’s the time of season to meet the riders Danny’s handpicked to ride the most progressive and innovative features of the season. Peace Park is an experience not a contest… If your lucky enough to be part of it consider it a feather in your hat.
Scope the rest of the cameras in the gallery above!