Bad weather was predicted for the contest day, with a 30-percent chance of rain and a hard north wind. As the sun set, rain moved in and Snow and his team protected Profoto light packs by encasing them in Tenba air cases to keep them dry.
They also wrapped garbage bags around the back of the flash heads to avoid water damage. “Neither of these are recommended solutions, but we had to improvise,” says Snow.
“I found refuge down the beach under a pop-up tent so I could keep the camera dry and mist off of the front element of the 600mm lens,” Snow recalls. “The weather caused a lot of stress for my team and [me].
We had the potential of ruining about $40,000 worth of strobe-lighting equipment, not to mention the camera and lens. Luckily, we managed to keep all of the gear dry and got good photos. I'm very thankful for that.”
Snow photographed with a Canon 1Dx and a 600mm, f/4.0 lens. For lighting, Snow used Profoto 7B2R strobe kits.
Source: Wikipedia, National Geographic, Robert Snow, Red Bull Content Pool