In the bag
Peter Lundström is 27 years old and comes from Skelleftea, Sweden. He started taking photos eight years ago just before getting into college at the Kantzowska Mediacentreand started to shoot snowboarding around the same time with his buddy Ronnie Andersson. In 2001, Peter applied for an internship at Onboard and spent the next six months working as the web designer and later online editor, all the while broadening his rider contacts and sharpening his photographic technique. Today, the eccentric little Swede’s submissions are some of the most eagerly anticipated by Onboard’s editorial team.
Bags: I usually carry my stuff in two of those Burton camera bags that they’ve unfortunately discontinued. It is by far the best carrying system I’ve tried. And I say that without being sponsored by Burton. I even prefer to take the big one over the small Burton Zoom bag, which I use for smaller expeditions, only due to its magnificent carrying system. I also think all bags by Lowe-Pro, by and large, suck. I also have a hard case for one of the flashes, which is also handy when you don’t want to worry about it being thrown around.
Canon USM 70-200 f2.8 (pricey, but a must have)
Canon 50 f1.8 (impeccable optics for the a tiny price)
Tokina 28-70 f2.6 (killer lens for a third of the price of the Canon)
Sigma Fisheye 15 f2.8 (seems to work, although I’m sure the Canon one is sharper.)
Canon EOS 1D Mark2
Canon EOS 1N (backup)
Canon EOS 600 (backup)
Canon Digital Ixus 750
Digital pocket cameras are shit. They are meant to break, and the quality, even at the finest settings, can’t be compared to the high-end digital SLRs. At least that’s my opinion. I remember the time I had my trusty old Olympus My2. I even had double page spreads with that little beauty. Don’t spend too much money on a digital pocket camera.
I also used to rock a Hasselblad 501CM, but since I started shooting digital, it has become a very expensive bookend. And to upgrade to the H2 with a digi back is out of my league.
Sunpak 622 Super Pro: It features the ability to use any of 7 interchangeable flash heads (standard, wide angle, zoom, infrared, ringflash, diffused and bare bulb). Good power but a battery guzzler.
Elinchrome Ranger RX: Sure, you can lug around with the Profoto 7b if you want better recharge time, but that’s more than twice the price and twice the weight. Secondly, the place where I buy the Elinchrome stuff in Sweden, Aifo.se, is 10 times more professional and customer friendly than the kooks flogging Profoto. And make sure you get the head with the shorter flash duration, or you won’t be able to freeze the action at maximum output.
Pocket wizards: Remote flash triggering. Because cables are Satan’s spawn.
In the office
Since I don’t store a massive catalogue of dirty Brazilian porn on my computer, I have enough space so the work I do is easily carried out on a tricked out Mac Powerbook G4 or one of the new Macbook Pros. If you are going travelling a lot with it, get the smaller or the medium one. The 17in is almost not portable. This one I hook up to a 24in widescreen, award-winning, kick-arse Dell monitor. I reckon the Eizo monitors are a bit of an overkill. I’ve recently started using the Wacom pen instead of the mouse, and it seems to save my shoulders quite a bit, and it would be a crime not to mention how well it handles in Photoshop.
In the car
I drive a tricked/pimped-out Volvo 740, the only car for a photographer. The trunk is big enough to fit three Mexican families, the car never breaks down, and when it does, the spare parts are as cheap as chips. In the enormous trunk I usually fit all the necessary stuff, i.e. a couple of hundred metres of cable, five 500 W halogen lamps, a foldable drop-in ramp (thanks Patrik), a metal grinder, a saw, two shovels, traffic cones, rope and Jimmy Hoffa.