As a bike race photographer I am my own Sherpa, packing around the gear I need during a day of shooting out on the race course. A harness loaded with two DSLRs, a pack full of remotely triggered lighting equipment, extra batteries, lunch, rain gear and who knows what else. Over the last several race seasons, searching for the perfect shot angle, I have elbowed Byron for room along the course tape and I shared many conversations with him about gear. When I mentioned to him recently that I was having a gas with a Sony RX100 III he asked me to contribute to the photo issue.RX100 III
Comparing my typical gear set up to the RX100 III is like comparing my backpack loaded for a week of North Cascades hiking to my ultra-lightweight day pack I use when I am cramming in a fast hike up and down a local peak. Yah I got everything I need in the big pack but not the mobility I get from my speed set up. The RX100 III delivers most everything I am accustomed to in a powerful but minimalist package. It gives me a new freedom to create powerful, engaging images. I bring this thing everywhere, it’s so small it fits easily in a pocket which means I no longer find myself imagining a photo I just missed and instead I am taking that photo.
I am really impressed with this camera’s light sensitivity. As the 2016 Track season is getting underway I have been out shooting at the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome, using available lighting with the RX100 III, the resulting colors are staggeringly intense with crisp details. The flip-up LCD makes distinctive shoot angles easier to get and encourages me to compose creatively.