What’s In Your Bag: Michael Neal

Michael Neal a photographer out of Maui, after seeing another What’s In Your Bag contacted us, and I’ve been in talks with him ever since and couldn’t wait for him to show us what was in his bag. After seeing some of the photos from his site I knew his gear was going to just be as crazy as his photos, and he didn’t disappoint.

I’m a freelance surf and nature photographer based on Maui,Hawaii. I have been shooting professionally for 7 years. My surf photos focus on the many talented surfer here on Maui, with an emphasize on the big waves of Peahi (Jaws). These images regularly appeared in magazines and websites in the USA, Europe, South Africa, and Brazil.

Maui is an awesome place and I love capturing the beauty of nature found here.

My print work in sold through many of the fine galleries on the island. Maui has some of the most endangered creatures on the planet, I work regularly with conservation groups here documenting their work.

These images are being used by the Nature Conservancy,Haleakala National Park, the Maui Ocean Center and others to promote the incredible work being done here.

His Bag:

  • Pelican 1520 Black Case, pluck foam covered in cloth, foam divider with Velcro.
  • Custom backpack straps for case (case opens with it attached for quick access) Side pouch holds poncho, first aide kit, head lamp, snacks, etc.
  • Canon 7d body
  • Canon 40d body
  • Canon 400L 5.6 lens, tripod ring w/quick release plate
  • Canon 100-300L 5.6 lens
  • Canon 28-80L 2.8-4.0 lens
  • Canon 1.4L extender
  • Canon 580EX Flash
  • Zenitar 16mm fisheye 2.8
  • Kenko extension tube set (I use the 20mm w/1.4 on the 400L for bird/wildlife close ups)
  • Magnetic eyepiece for 7d movies shooting.
  • Intervalometer for time lapse and long exposure shooting. 
  • Plastic fishing case for extra batteries and CF cards.
  • Neoprene lens covers, caps, biz cards.
  • Proline carbon tripod w/bag
  • Canon monopod
  • Weighs 35lb

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