We first reported on Ian Sitren for the Mamiya blog. Sitren has made a photographic career of his interest in bodybuilding, and is considered a top shooter for magazines and sites catering to those interested in pumping iron.
After testing out his new Induro gear at a recent bodybuilding event, Sitren sent us the following text and photos describing his shooting. Normally used to heavy lifting behind the camera and when he’s pumping his own iron, things have changed for him. Here’s the report he sent to catch up with his admirers at MAC Group.
I just returned from the 2010 Mr. Olympia competitions in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena. This is the most prestigious event in professional bodybuilding and, of course, I would not shoot an event like this without planning on creating the finest photos possible. But this was the lightest and most convenient gearing up I have ever done for the Olympia made possible by the Induro MC25 Monopod and the DM23 Ballhead.
In my relatively small shoulder bag, I carried two bodies, two lenses, a lens extender, a few CF cards and my Induro support right across it in once convenient small and light package. Setup in the confined space of the press area was simple and convenient. The monopod in combination with the ball-head gave me quick and easy fluid movements to accommodate all of the action across the whole stage. As you can see, even in the press section, we were not that close to the stage, so shooting long was a requirement. My Induro support system was solid and reliable even when the action was flying!
I was even able to go out to a nice restaurant after the show with a magazine publisher and friends without being encumbered by huge bags and equipment.
Wonderful images and great packing, Ian. Thanks for the update!