In this video, DP Review and Sony Artisan Chad Wadsworth hit the old Texas barbecue trail to document some of the best pitmasters in Central Texas with the Sony α7R III and Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master. With a mission to tell a story about the people, Wadsworth uses the gear combination to capture the history and personality of the owners of some of the best barbecue joints in the state.
“That lens on the α7R III is like a dream combo for me as a documentary photographer because it’s a 42-megapixel camera,” says Wadsworth. “That’s a lot of megapixels, that’s like medium-format territory. You know, low light – I’ve got an f/1.4 aperture. I’ve got a 24mm field of view so I can see a lot of the scene. And I can shoot that in crop mode and all of a sudden that 24mm becomes a 35mm equivalent. That’s the power I want. That’s..as a photographer I don’t want to stop and think, I don’t want to dig into a menu. The combination of the lens on that sensor, I don’t know if you can get much better in this format.”
Getting to know each of the subjects and showing their story was the highlight of the entire experience for Wadsworth.
“I’m super lucky. I mean, let’s be honest – this is a great job. Whether it be music, art or barbecue, to be able to document what’s happening at any point in time. I think a lot of times we’ll take images as a photographer and you don’t give them any special weight. But then you revisit them 2, 3, 5, 10 years later, and you’re like ‘wow, that was a time capsule.’ You are doing something important.”