|Going places few have gone is all in a day's work for Alaskan videographer Paul Gray. The challenge lies in finding equipment that can pass test. But that's exactly what Gray found when he chose a Miller 440 tripod, spreader and DS10 fluid head assembly to film the unimaginably enduring 2,000-mile Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race.
Thanks to Miller¹s encapsulated design, which kept it from freezing in winter temperatures that dipped menacingly below zero (°F!), Gray was able to maintain his focus of the 50 teams of determined snowmachiners flying across Alaska's wilderness at speeds sometimes exceeding 100 mph. The tripod¹s compact design was an added bonus when Gray encountered three- and four-feet deep backcountry snows. “You definitely don¹t want a tripod that's heavy,” Gray says.
|Locking bolts on the head erased his worry of losing parts in the deep snow and the quick release on the plate meant he was could be set up and ready to capture the action as helmeted snowmachiners flew into view. “This is the first time the race has been filmed from start to finish,” says Gray, who produces Exploring Alaska, a half-hour weekly television show seen on ABC¹s Alaska affiliate, KIMO Channel 13.|
|Gray said the actual filming process was daunting not only due to the extreme conditions, but the frozen environment also took its toll on Gray's equipment. “I countered that by using a truly professional tripod and head that wouldn't freeze and I only filmed in small increments of time.”|