Yes, you read that title correctly. In this episode of the behind the scenes of “Photographing the World 3,” we face the most disastrous day of filming yet! While Lee was recovering our crashed DJI Mavic in the mountains of Matera, someone on the hiking trail stole our brand new Nikon D500 DSLR and Tamron 18-270mm lens.
Up until this point the trip hadn't been going very smoothly. Weather had ruined many of our shoot days, the search for quality food left us hungry most nights, and a few of our hotels were plagued with issues like broken heat or water. We believed that things had reached an all time low when Lee crashed the drone but we were wrong.
I was trying to film with Elia on one side of the canyon as Lee went in search of the drone on the opposite side. There wasn't anyone anywhere around us and so Lee left his camera bag and camera on a tripod at the bottom of the canyon while he climbed.
I noticed a couple walking toward Lee's camera and then they paused. It was so far away that I couldn't tell what they were doing but it certainly looked suspicious. Later we found out that one of them was unscrewing the camera from the battery grip and putting it into his backpack. Lee tried chasing these camera thieves for almost an hour but they ended up getting away.
Luckily for us, we have Hill and Usher insurance on all of our gear and it includes insurance on all rental gear. After showing them our police report and paying our deductible, they paid us back for the stolen gear. We can't recommend them enough.
Surprisingly, we were able to come away with a complete lesson from that location for PTW 3 and Elia captured a great shot.
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