Filmmaker and director Tommy Joyce is no stranger to the extremes of nature. His work has taken him across the world to camp alone 6,700m up a mountain in Nepal, chart the frozen wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula and negotiate the dust clouds and intense 49C heat of the Sahara Desert. These are testing places for people and equipment — whether he’s capturing someone at the peak of human endurance or a landscape in just the right sunlight, it’s work that comes with both challenges and rewards.
I moved to Boulder, Colorado when I was 12, and it was all skiing, mountain biking and hiking from there. As I got older, I started carrying a camera with me and documenting my friends skiing and on other adventures. I then met pro photographer Keith Ladzinski, who took me under his wing. In 2021, we became business partners in a film production company, Triage Creative. The next thing you know, we were doing all kinds of work around the world — and I knew that it was absolutely what I was meant to be doing.
The places I’ve fallen in love with are the places that I would have never visited if it wasn’t for the job — for instance, a project on dinosaurs in Niger in the Sahara Desert was incredible, and so was an assignment in Antarctica. The locations are usually fairly extreme, and our work could be filming anything from wildlife conservation to commercial projects.
The environments are often pretty unforgiving. You’re living and dying by the weather report. If you’re not hot, you’re cold. If you’re not sweaty, it’s windy, or the bugs are horrible. There’s always some level of environmental adversity, but you just go outside and embrace the fact you’re going to have to deal with it.
The most ‘out there’ I’ve ever felt was the two nights I spent alone in a tent at 6,700m on the side of Dhaulagiri. At that altitude, it was bitterly cold — I was on a steep mountainside on a dug-out platform. The team I was documenting were climbing ahead of me, and I only had four drone batteries to last two sunrises and two sunsets. Physically, you’re exhausted, but you’re still trying to wake up at 2am to set up a Milky Way timelapse, and again at 5.30am to get a 20-minute film of the sunrise, before flying the drone to find your team hiking on the ridgeline in that light window.
On the Dhaulagiri expedition, we wore full Himalayan snowman down suits. The camera equipment always changes, but there are things I always bring, like my laptop, hard drives, sunglasses and Anker portable chargers, which means I'm always flush with power.
Before using Anker, we encountered huge power issues when filming on Dhaulagiri. We allowed the logistics company to provide the power. However, within the first week, we realised the equipment was
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If it seems like everyone and their mother is trying to use points and miles to go to Japan these days, you’re not wrong. But can you really blame them? Between the people, the history, the culture, the architecture, the nightlife, the shopping, and of course, the food, Japan is an absolute dream of a destination for so many, including honeymooners planning their once-in-a-lifetime vacations.
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Ask any frequent traveler their rules for a trip, and you’ll likely hear the same advice: Never check a bag. Carry-on only. But fitting everything you need, especially for a longer stay, into one small suitcase and one handbag or backpack requires some ingenuity: The maximum dimensions for luggage going into most overhead bins are 22 by 14 by 9 inches, and though the majority of domestic flights don’t have — or at least don’t enforce — weight limits, some international and trans-Pacific flights do (certain Delta flights to Asia, for example, have a limit of 22 pounds, while Hawaiian Airlines’s maximum is 25 pounds). The payoff, if you do get it right: quicker airport experiences that don’t involve the risk of lost luggage and, upon arrival, fewer decisions about what to wear. Here, tried-and-true tips from a few experts.
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