In your bag No: 1608 – Gregory McLaughlin  

Gregory packs some sweet glass next to his bear spray when traversing the beautiful landscapes of the Yukon.

Hi there,

My name is Gregory McLaughlin and I’m a photographer based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. My start in photography was in the late 90’s when I got my first job in high school as a photo lab technician, but my interest faded once everything went digital. Last year a good friend gave me his old Contax 139Q and my passion for taking photos was immediately reignited. Pictured here is that same Contax 139Q with a Zeiss Planar 50mm f1.4 lens that I picked up on eBay, which produces beautiful images. I also recently picked up a Fuji GSW690II that I am absolutely in love with. The lens is razor sharp, and the camera produces gorgeous 6cm x 9cm negatives – perfect for the landscapes that I often shoot. I use a Leica D-Lux 4 that I picked up 10 years ago before heading on a trip to Europe as a sort of polaroid to check my exposures and composition before I commit to taking a shot with the Fuji – I can only get 8 exposures per roll on the Fuji 6×9, so being choosy is important from an economics perspective! 

For accessories, I use a Sekonic L-508 light meter, a Sirui tripod, and B+W filters (a 10-stop ND and polarizer). I keep notes on my exposure settings, observations, and reminders in a moleskin notebook. 

I often like to take photos at night, so Kodak Portra 800 is my go-to film for nighttime photography. For daytime my preference is Kodak Portra 160, but lately I’ve been trying out Fuji Provia 100F and Fuji Pro 400H with pleasing results! 

Lastly, the most important thing in my bag: bear spray. Hiking around the Canadian wilderness can be dangerous, especially here in the far north where Grizzly encounters are quite common in the summer months. I always make sure to have bear spray handy whenever I’m trekking out into the woods or the mountains in the holster at the side of my Osprey backpack. 

Check out some of my images on Instagram: @gregorymclaughlin


Gregory McLaughlin  

Thanks for sending us your bag shot, Gregory. Can’t argue with your gear selection, stay safe out there!

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