In My Photography Bag: Thibault Le Nours

In My Photography Bag: Thibault Le Nours


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 Thibault Le Nours - Paris based freelance photographer, B&W film enthusiast & De Paris Yearbook contributor.

Thibault's bag is relatively light - usually with just Nikon D2X, Nikon FM2, three tiny Nikon 35mm f/2 Ai-SNikon 50mm f/1.8 DNikon 100mm f/2.8 E lenses and Peleng 8mm f/3.5 fisheye in it. He occasionally takes with him a medium format Pentacon Six camera with Volna-3 MC 80mm f/2.8 lens. And that's about it. Thibault prefers to shoot with available light, but if the need arises for flash photography - he has two Nikon SB-24 speedlights and Phottix triggers on him. When shooting on film, Thibault uses Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO B&W film which he develops himself with Adox Adonal (Rodinal) developer.

Thibault was kind enough to share with us a selection of his analogue and digital work shot with the equipment along with the technical details and other interesting bits.

Follow Thibault on Instagram here for more of his great film and digital photography work.

Pentacon Six + Volna-3 MC 80mm f/2.8 standard lens

Jeremy Garcia portrait. Photographer Thibault Le Nours.
Shot with Pentacon SixVolna-3 MC 80mm f/2.8 lens. Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO film.

'This is one of my favourite cameras. Not without its flaws, though. Viewfinder is not very clear & precise, film loading is not always smooth and it is quite sensitive sometimes. But then this camera is very affordable for a medium format camera - just around 250 Euros. I'm not a fan of digital portraits in general and this camera is my primary choice for those - minimum focusing distance with Volna 80mm f/2.8 lens is just 30cm and the rendering is just beautiful.

For both 35mm & medium format I'm shooting with Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO film which I develop with Adox Adonal myself - this way it is easier and way cheaper than dealing with the colour film.'

Eniz Fazliov - Frontside Ollie in the South of France. Photographer Thibault Le Nours.
Shot with Nikon D2X & Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D lens at f/4. 250 ISO at 1/1000th sec.

Kids in Paris as seen in the De Paris Yearbook 2014 book. Photographer Thibault Le Nours.
Shot with Nikon FM2 & Nikon 35mm f/2 Ai-S lens. Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO film.

'In day to day life, I prefer Nikon FM2 camera to Pentacon Six. The quality is not the same as the medium format, but Nikon FM2 is light and compact plus the shutter speed goes all the way up to 1/4000th sec. The viewfinder is large and bright as well - way better than on modern digital SLR cameras. So it's a perfect camera for me which I always take with me on a daily basis together with Nikon 35mm f/2 lens. I had several accidents with it on my board, but the camera survived it all - which surprises me every time that happens.'

Rémy Taveira - Ollie In at the Louvre Museum square in Paris. Photographer Thibault Le Nours.
Shot with Nikon D2X & Nikon 35mm f/2 Ai-S lens. 400 ISO at 1/1250th sec.

'I usually shoot with digital SLR when I'm on tour or when I already have the photo on film. I was on a mission with the Octagon guys who were filming for their new video and spent about a week with them. On that particular day, Maxime Verret (Parisian photographer) joined us. So we were both shooting Rémy doing the ollie into the baby pyramid.

Since I was shooting the Octagon feature for the next Soma skate mag issue - I didn't think Max would use the photo or share it with other magazines. But it did happen and Free skate mag published Max's version. It was right before the Soma new issue was about to come out where I was supposed to have the cover with Rémy's photograph. Fred Demard from Soma saw the photo in the fresh Free issue and, of course, he couldn't run it as the cover anymore. I was upset and disappointed. To top the things up Max's other photograph of Joseph Biais ended up as the cover of the Soma new issue I was supposed to have. Max did apologise for not warning me in the end.'

Guillaume Guenée - Fs Heelblock at the Covoland DIY spot in Paris. Photographer Thibault Le Nours.
Shot with Nikon D2XPeleng 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens. 125 ISO at 1/200th sec.
Lighting - 2x Nikon SB-24 speedlights triggered by Phottix transmitters.

'I don't do a lot of flash photography because I want to be free and walk around my photographic subject if I decide to. Flash setup restricts me to the chosen angle and I can't quickly change it. Nikon SB-24 speedlights are very affordable and perform well despite their age. Two flashes are not always enough, though.'

Nike SB '15 Years Of SB Dunk' Wear Test In London

Nike SB '15 Years Of SB Dunk' Wear Test In London

Mike Blabac's 'DC x Slam City Skates' Photo Exhibition In London

Mike Blabac's 'DC x Slam City Skates' Photo Exhibition In London