“Sachtler was a breath of fresh air,” he adds. “Their support is simply the best out there. With Sachtler’s FSB 6, we finally had a piece of equipment that we could rely on to help get the shots we needed. For the Mono Lake project we know we can get smooth pans and tilts, even when using a telephoto lens. It also allows us to get shots we otherwise could not have gotten, close-ups of Bighorn Sheep, soaring Red Tail Hawks and coyotes.
“During the peak runoff in June, when the creeks that feed into Mono Lake are swollen with snowmelt, my partner Jonah Matthewson wanted to get a shot of the Lee Vining Waterfalls from the canyon wall directly above,” Christensen explains. “It was a difficult climb to get a vantage point where you could see the whole expanse of the cascading waterfall and canyon below. Perched on a narrow ledge, Jonah was able to get a tilt/pan shot of the entire waterfall. There is no way he could have gotten the shot without a trustworthy tripod. He could not have done it without Sachtler.”
In early 2011, Christensen and Matthewson will once again venture into the Mono Lake Basin for a unique event. Because of the similarity between the chemical environment of Mars and Mono Lake, the lake has become the subject of a search for new extremophile and thermophiles and other species. NASA now uses this environment to test their Mars Rover, part of their effort to discover life on Mars. Sachtler will be there with Christensen and partner Jonah Matthewson as they document these tests.