Duncan uses the very latest, top-of-the-range professional Nikon camera equipment. His two Nikon D4 bodies represent the ultimate sports pro camera, 16 Mp with a staggering shooting rate and an incredible ability to capture images in low-light conditions without the resultant “noise” prevalent in images from most other cameras – it can shoot in the dark! Being a member of Nikon Professional Services, Duncan received his first D4 from the first batch to arrive in the UK in March 2012 and his second arrived shortly afterwards.
In April 2012 he took delivery from the first batch of ground breaking Nikon D800E models. Whilst it shares some features with the D4, the D800E has an industry-leading 36Mp sensor that delivers unbelievable detail and represents the ultimate landscape and studio DSLR. The pairing of these three flagship Nikon bodies provides Duncan with the ultimate tools to capture images, whatever the prevailing conditions or photographic objective. Coupled with his in-depth knowledge of what all the various buttons do, he is well placed to capture some stunning images if only he could work out in which order those pesky little buttons need to be pressed!
To complement these bodies, Duncan owns a number of Nikon professional lenses including 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 300mm f/2.8 VRII, 16mm f/2.8 fisheye, 50mm f/1.4G, 85mm f/1.4G, 105mm f/2.8 VR micro and TC20E III 2x and TC1.4x II teleconverters. He also has two Nikon speedlights – SB900 and SB800 which he controls and fires remotely using PocketWizard radios. They are often used in conjunction with his Lastolite Ezybox and Octa softboxes.
Cameras are supported by a Gitzo GT2542L tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead and Gitzo GM5561T and GM2540 monopods, both fitted with Manfrotto 234RC heads and 200USS anti-twist plates.
Finding the perfect camera bag is his ultimate photographic ambition but for now he switches between Kata FlyBy PL-FB-76, Kata 3N1 30 slingback, Kata CS-15, Kata CS-17, Billingham Hadley Pro and Billingham 555 bags favouring the Kata ones. (The two Kata InsertTrollies are Duncan’s most useful pieces of Kit!)
Post processing is carried out using Photo Mechanic, Adobe Lightroom 4 and Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 allied with various plugins, most notably the indispensable suite from Nik software.
IT equipment consists of an extremely high-spec Dell Precision M4600 laptop with Intel Core I7-2960XM (2.70GHz, 8MB cache, Quad Core processor); 16Gb RAM, dual hard drives (one Solid State for fast boot-up and responsiveness from programmes); NVIDIA Quadro 2000M with 2GB GDDR3 graphics card etc, etc, running Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate. This is docked at both studio/office and at home to pairs of colour-calibrated 27″ wide-screen monitors. Printing is performed using an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 large format A2+ professional printer, which delivers the highest possible print quality allied with archival longevity. Colour calibration of both monitor and printer is managed with Datacolour’s Spyder3Studio SR equipment. Peripherals include a Wacom graphics tablet along with USB3.0 external hard drives.
Q:- What’s the difference between artists and photographers?
A:- Two artists can have a conversation without discussing their paintbrushes!