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PAcking Jigsaw: SURF MISSIONS WITH mark croker and f-stop sukha 

Multi-talented f-stop Ambassador Mark Croker is a no stranger to tools for making things happen, whether it's behind the camera in the surf, in his carpentry workshop crafting furniture or even becoming something of a celebrity in his native Australia on the property renovation reality TV show The Block. Today we're taking a look at the tools of his photography trade, with what he packs for shooting surf missions:

Canon 1DX II, Canon 1DX, Canon 300mm f2.8, Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II, Canon 85mm f1.2 II, Canon 35mm f1.4, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 II, 15mm fisheye f2.8, Teleconverter x2 III, Chargers/hard drives, MacBook pro, Memory cards, Cleaning cloths, Aquatech weather shields x2


WHAT'S IN MY SUKHA?

I have picked this gear because it gives me the freedom to shoot from the boat or tender to capture all angles with the telephoto 300mm or 70-200mm and the option to run both lenses with the teleconverter for even more range.

The 35mm, 16-35mm. 15mm fisheye and 70-200mm are the lenses I use inside my Aquatech housing when swimming and these lenses give me option to shoot tight or super wide depending on what the waves are doing and what images I am trying to capture. For example, for the feature image above - taken underwater looking up the surfer  in Tahiti at Teahupoo - I used the 15mm fisheye in the water housing.

I use the Canon 1DX, and always carry two bodies because I would be devastated if I traveled to these beautiful places and a body failed on me. The chances are slim, but you have to cover youself. If it did happen, more than the gear I would be most upset that I am missing amazing photo opportunities.

 

 

This is my go-to kit and also works perfectly for most trips I go on with slight changes for flash gear or drone work. I have used a similar set up for snow trips and inland holidays.

This time the trip is a 15 day trip on the Maha Bintang and is a chartered trip around the Mentawaii islands. The Mentawaiis covers for all levels of surfers but we will be chasing heavy waves over shallow reefs which produce  super clear water over ridiculously sharp volcanic reefs creating some amazing waves when the elements align.

For this trip I will be aiming to shoot some subsurface images from behind the waves as well as concentrating on using the large dome port to slit the surface and capture both above and below the water line. The surfer’s on board are more than capable to pull the stops out to be the focus for these images and I cannot wait to see how it all turns out. 
 

UNPACKING MARK'S CAMERA BAG THROUGH HIS IMAGES:

Take a dip in the ocean with one shot from each of the lenses in Mark's bag, to show what he creates with each of the focal lengths in his pack:

Canon 15mm fisheye

Athlete: Alex Crews 

Canon 16-35 mm f2.8

Athlete: Blake Thornton

Canon 35mm f1.4.

Athlete: Blake Thornton 

Canon 70-200 f2.8

Athlete: Clancy Dawson 

Canon 300mm f2.8   

Athlete: Clancy Dawson 

Canon 300mm f2.8 with Canon 2x tele extender iii

EXPLORE THE GEAR USED IN THIS STORY:

On these shoots Mark used the f-stop Sukha pack with the now retired Tele Master ICU. From our current ICU line up, for similar capacity for long lenses pair the Sukha with the XL Pro ICU to keep you gear safe on assignement:

SUKHA 70L

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