Photography Spotlight: Wade Threadgill - Marathon Coach

Photography Spotlight: Wade Threadgill

Marathon coach owner Wade Threadgill primarily uses Nikon cameras. “It’s a holdover from the days of film,” said Wade. “It’s important to do homework here, because once you start buying lenses, you get married to that brand. A nice fast lens will cost over a thousand dollars. After you get five or so lenses, you have invested a lot of money in that brand.”

When it comes to lenses, Wade’s go-to lens isn’t the same as his favorite. “My favorite is different than the one I use the most,” said Wade. “My favorite is my 600mm F2.8. It shows amazing details and allows close ups of animals I could never get near, but it is HUGE and heavy at over 18 inches long and 8.5 pounds without a camera! My most used lens is a 24-70mm 2.8 zoom. It’s fairly small and it works in a wide range of everyday situations.”

Wade also has an Olympus underwater point-and-shoot, a Canon point-and-shoot, multiple GoPros, a Ricoh Theta 360, DJI drones and of course an iPhone. “Why all that?” asked Wade. “I like to take photos. I usually take photos every day and it’s not always practical to carry a big DSLR.”

Wade’s essentials:

  • 2 DSLR cameras
  • 5 Lenses: 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 200-500mm, and a 105mm Macro
  • Chargers and spare batteries
  • Lens cleaner, etc.

Wade’s favorite photo: “A favorite? I have hundreds, maybe thousands! Did I mention I take lots of photos? That’s like asking which of my kids do I love more. This is not a technically great photo, but it is one of my favorite for what is represents. It was taken at Custer National Cemetery on our way to the Zion Rally. As is often the case on RV trips, we stumble across places we hadn’t known existed. We were passing through, saw a sign and decided to check it out. While we were there, I noticed this lady walking around the approximately 5,000 headstones and occasionally bending over to examine the engravings more closely. After a few minutes she came to one, read it, placed her hand on the stone for a moment, then stepped back and stood. It was about then I thought about taking the photo. I wasn’t sure if I should, but I was a good distance away as not to disturb her. This photo makes me think of not only all those who have served, but also the ones impacted by that service forever.”


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