Jake is without shadow of a doubt the most adventurous photographer we’ve featured in our Microadventure Photo Series. Word in the forest is that he was raised by wolves, and is occasionally seen roaming the wilderness in nothing more than a loin cloth (with a camera slung over his shoulder of course).
Builder/photographer (increasing workload in photography decreasing time for building)
Your weapons of choice (camera and lenses)?
I’m a Nikon guy through and through, I’m lucky enough to be supported by Nikon Australia so it makes getting my hands on all the right gear a whole lot easier. My favourite bits of gear are the d800, D610 and the D500. Lens wise I love my trusty Nikon 16-35mm f4, I also regularly use 50mm f1.4 and 70-200mm f2.8. I also won’t shy away from a 400mm when the opportunity presents itself although being 5kg it doesn’t go on many hikes.
When did you first realise photography was your calling?
I’m not sure when it transitioned from being a hobby to being a fully fledged obsession, I’m a super competitive person so I’m just continuously seeking to better my last performance. I also truly love telling story’s in a visual format, whether it be on motion or stills.
How would you describe your approach and what’s the secret to a ‘banging’ image?
This is hard to put into words, I just always have a camera out and ready. I will regularly battle on hikes in order to get extra lenses to a location. I left my 70-200 behind once to cut back on weight and missed perfect conditions to use it. I think the secret is just hard work and persistence. You just got to be there in the right spot at the right time.
Any exciting projects you’ve been working on recently?
Stay tuned. I’m working on some large things that have me super excited but they’re still in their infancy, I promise to share more as it progresses. I also covered a feature story for Australian Geographic that comes out pretty soon too, it’s my first major assignment so I’m pretty nervous/excited.
Apart from your camera gear, what’s the one piece of essential kit you’d always carry in the great outdoors?
Wet wipes, haha, shower in a pack! Anyone who’s done a multi day hike can relate to that! I also go into some pretty out there places so for me it’s really important to have the right gear to get me where I need to go it’s pretty common for my bag to have harnesses, wetsuits and rope. Or a snowboard. The most important thing though, is a proper back up plan, tell someone where you are going and for how long, take a plb and I try to always go with a buddy
Quote that you live by?
“Hmmm, I got two, A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”