In My Photography Bag: Patrik Wallner

What is inside photographer's bag is usually a well-kept secret. Some photographers are happy to share it, some keep it to themselves, but on average we almost all use the same tools and the final result depends more on the creativity of the photographer, technical knowledge, eye for composition & small details, luck and of course post-processing.


'In My Photography Bag' series of articles we aim to collect and look at the work of established & upcoming skateboard photographers of past and present, as well as riders turned photographers and show what can be achieved with both simple & sophisticated tools available on the market.

We continue the series with Patrik Wallner - traveller, filmmaker, photographer and man behind

Patrik is a real globetrotter and has been on skate trips to places you can't even imagine. So travelling light and taking bare necessities is the way to go for him. While being a professional filmmaker he is a keen photographer as well. His up to date setup includes Leica M-P Typ 240 body, Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH FLE lens, Sony A7S II body, Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 D IF-ED lens, Nikon SB-R200 speedlights and ThinkTank travel bag. He uses Adobe CC suite for all the photo and video post-processing.

Patrik was kind enough and provided us with a selection of his recent work shot with the equipment and accompanied it with insights into each photograph.

Check the rest of his amazing film and travel photography work on his website here.

Leica M-P Typ 240

Barney Page - Fs Blunt in Yerevan, Armenia, 2015. Photographer Patrik Wallner.
Shot with Leica M-P Typ 240Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH FLE lens at f/3.4. ISO 100 at 1/1000th sec.

'The main reason for me to switch from SLR to a rangefinder system was to decrease the size of my equipment and space it occupies. The Leica m-mount lenses seem like a charm everytime I have them in my hands. So I was just compelled to change my existing brick like lenses to these tiny smooth German made lenses - that kill your bank account but save you space in your carry-on luggage for things like books, etc that normal humans take with them onto a flight.'


Portrait of a girl skater in Khartoum, Sudan, 2016. Photographer Patrik Wallner.
Shot with Leica M-P Typ 240Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH FLE lens at f/4.8. ISO 100 at 1/180th sec.


A kid jumping close to Ethiopian border in Djibouti, 2016. Photographer Patrik Wallner.
Shot with Leica M-P Typ 240Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH FLE lens at f/8. ISO 100 at 1/250th sec.

'This lens is stunning, pretty much impossible to say anything bad about it. Bokeh wide open is just breathtaking. Funny story about buying this lens - I was looking for it for a while and some guy in the Bronx had it and told me to come uptown with cash and meet him at the coffee shop. I was like ‘No way! I need to see the lens first’. So me & Walker Ryan - we went uptown to a quite dangerous neighborhood and ended up meeting an old man in his 60s or 70s. I paid him 4k in 20 dollar notes. Instead of counting it in privacy he laid all the cash on the table and counted it to the last Jefferson. He walked away slowly, in ease, like crime wouldn’t exist. Everyone saw him with the cash and he seemed not bothered at all.'

Phil Zwijsen - Wallride in Fukuoka, Japan, 2016. Photographer Patrik Wallner.
Shot with Sony A7S IINikon 17-35mm f/2.8 D IF-ED lens at f/2.8. ISO 1600 at 1/250th sec.
Lighting - Nikon SB-200 speedlight.

'This camera is just an owl at night. The ISO goes up to almost infinity and grain is not visible. Combined with a good lens this camera sees better at night than human eyes. It's ideal for shooting anything in the darkness like northern lights, for example.'


Gosha Konyshev - Wallride in Sana'a, Yemen, 2015. Photographer Patrik Wallner.
Shot with Nikon D600 & Nikon 16mm f/2.8 D lens at f/8. ISO 100 at 1/250th sec.
Lighting - Nikon SB-R200 speedlight.

'I had ‘One Flash Patty’ nickname for a while. I used to carry around just one flash since three seemed pointless to me and I didn’t want to bother. But in the end, I decided to carry two. Speedlights do a nice job when the sun is not playing along or lighting is just from the wrong angle!'