Social Media is a strange thing. Sometimes it feels like you’re fighting for likes, shares, comments and numbers, then other times it becomes the very best platform to connect and link up with the best people possible.
Last weekend was one of those occasions where it proved to be the gateway to something new and exciting!.
I stumbled across a comment by Cromac O’Brian saying he’d be flying in Big Sur this weekend. I got curious and got in touch with him and it turns out he’s a passionate adventurer and paraglider. After a short conversation it was obvious I was going to be going to Big Sur for the weekend and shoot whatever was going to be happening there. If I could score a ride paragliding over California’s most impressive piece of coastline that was a bonus of course.
I packed the necessary equipment to make the most of my trip. Here the quick packlist:
- Olympus E-M1
- M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro
- M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro
- M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8
- Olympus PT-EP11 housing + flat and dome port
- Panasonic Lumix 8mm f/3.5 fisheye
- 4 camera batteries
- 2x 32GB SanDisk 80mb/s SD Cards
- Really Right Stuff tripod
- MacBook 12′ + cables
- a handplane shaped by Hess
- my 3-2mm Billabong Wetsuit
- DaFin flippers
- tent, sleeping bag and camping gear
- food and snacks
- a couple of layers of clothing to stay warm
Nothing could go wrong really. I was equipped for photography from water & land and at day & night.
I set out on Friday afternoon to make it to the smaller launch site just in time for sunset. The is a visual story below. Enjoy.