At today’s Big Air final I shot 3,601 frames, sending in the best ones from my position. When we got the cameras that shot 30 frames per second* I quickly realized – it would be crazy not to drive these at full speed. And yeah, RAW.

*Sony A1

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nathan Chen competes in the short program, figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Caroline Claire competes in the big air qualification round at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics at the National Stadium ,the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cole McDonald (USA) competing in Men’s Moguls at Zhangjiakou Genting Snow Park during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.

the bottle of water in my jacket pocket froze solid while photographing Cole McDonald at moguls in Zhangjiakou the other night. that’s a first.

I’m so intrigued by this space at the hotel in Beijing.

Was there a time where groups of people would sit around this set of couches outside their rooms, hanging out and (probably) smoking cigarettes?

Let’s hope so.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A worker at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics films a passing bus at Beijing Capital International Airport on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022.


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I’m focused on camera weight. Obsessed with it. Here are the weights of cameras that would work for what I do, from lightest to heaviest:

Sony A7C | 509 g
Fuji X-T4 | 607 g
Leica M10-R | 660 g
Sony A7RIV | 665 g
Nikon Z7 | the 675 g
Sony A9ii | 678 g
Leica Q2 | 734 g
Canon R5 | 738 g
Leica SL2 | 835 g
Nikon D6 | 1270 g
Canon 1DX-3 | 1440 g

Looking at the numbers…

Arguably the best camera on the market (and the heaviest on my list) weighs three times as much as the lightest one 😩.

The A7C has my attention today. The idea of something small yet responsive… 👌

The lightest camera on my list is the cheapest, and newest. 👍

My number one choice on the list weighs half what the heaviest does. 😳

What would I need for the A7C to be worthwhile?

Most likely I’d put a 21/4 or 21/1.4 on it. But could also see an 85/1.4 (AF).

Likes: USB charging, the AF,

Bad: No shutter speed dial on top.


I’ve been looking at my work from pervious years, where I’ve noticed different approaches I was doing through periods in the past. One that I wanted to bring back around is panoramas. In the past I was taking a lot of swing panoramas with the X100.

So I got out the X100F and for a couple of days was taking swing panoramas again, letting the camera build the massive JPEG files.

Then I was doing some downtown at night with slow shutter speeds and realized I’d have to shoot and assemble it manually.

That was the last time I shot a swing panorama. The difference in quality was serious. From now on, shooting those one frame at a time and assembling later.


Also, electronic shutter and silence – so tempting. And then you see the photos you made from the passenger seat. Where did those triangles come from. Back to mechanical shutter, after a luckily short period.

May 24, 2018

back to work after a week in NYC. lots of photos to edit.

lots to write about from the past month. we went 8 photographers -> 4 photographers and many friends affected by layoffs.

on the other side, so many positive events and much hope and positivity sent out from friends.


long day, but much sarcastic thanks to the person who stole L’s iPhone and turned if off immediately so we couldn’t track it (yet). hey Apple, why not make it so you can’t turn off an iPhone without a fingerprint, face ID or passcode? that way we could at least track the thing and a thief couldn’t simply turn it off to go invisible.

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April 23, 2018

Reflecting on a design committee I was part of last year… We followed a pattern that now seems like a legacy pattern: section off stories into subject blocks like Technology, Environment, Sports. Each department has their own space to list several stories. People on the committee probably felt good that they were claiming territory to show off the work of their teams. I did.


I’m thinking that this sorting behavior will/has reduced reader engagement. If I am reading a site and see five stories in a box labeled Sports (or whatever), I can decide not to read any of those five stories simply by my reaction to the label Sports (or whatever). If I am not interested in the category, I won’t even read the headlines within the category’s box. One decision eliminates five stories.

My idea is that you should present your best stories to your audience on the front of the site. Give them the headline, maybe a tag that indicates and draw them into the story. There are great Sports (or whatever) stories that non-Sports (or whatever) fans will – and should – read. By blocking content into categories, a lot of it won’t be seen.

That said, categorization and taxonomies are very important to every site I build. I want the data to be sortable, searchable, organized. But you put that in for yourself and the small number of people who will drill down into it. Most of your readers will not drill down, but the ones who will are important visitors to your site and their attention is important. If someone is interested enough to drill down to a sub-cat, reward them.

I saw this link this morning, and I want to dive further into it. Cards and Composability in Design Systems. I’ve been using cards on fovi8 for a long time.

All of this thought is going into how I’m redesigning my own sites. Trent.Photo now has a front page that brings up 16 of my best photographs and GIFs, randomly chosen from 1988-2018. There’s a headline, a date, and a catgory label. Since I’m presenting images only and the cards themselves only link to a single post, I’m leaving the category label on the cards for now.

On this site I am in process of figuring out exactly what I want to do. For example, as of this typing I still have my media diet broken into categories on the front page. I need to change that so it’s pulling x number of recent entries, with category icons next to each entry. Again, I’m only listing the title of a book or film, so the category isn’t stopping anyone from reading the entry (and it’s not like the content is critical to humanity). Also need to change Media to Recommended or something similar.

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April 10, 2018

You ever get a call from a friend who wants you to come to their office because they’ve “got something for you”, and you go and they hand you a Leica M camera? And you get to keep it?!

That actually happened to me last week.

I walked out of the office holding the camera in box. At the elevator, my car a few levels below, I was so stunned I hit the UP button.

I’m still in shock.

This friend has done so much good for me and my family. I could never repay the debt, even before they handed me a Leica.

My deepest, heartfelt thanks!!

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