Doug Parker is a wildlife filmmaker based out of Bristol, UK. From jaguars to orcas, he’s been chasing the most iconic wildlife all over the globe for the last six years. He has done a handful of shoots in Alaska, filming brown bears and wolves in southeast and southcentral Alaska. Spending much of the year in the wild, his goal is to respectfully capture intimate details of animals’ lives and share them with the world. Doug’s motto is, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” Doug’s list of essential pieces of gear keeps changing as he experiences different environments, but he likes to point out that one thing remains constant: the majesty of our natural world. Alaska is one of his favourite places, and he is eager to spend more time exploring and recording its natural wonders. Doug is a staunch conservationist and believes protecting our natural heritage has never been more important, and that as a global community, we can ensure that our wild places stay wild. Follow him on Instagram @exploretheroad.
Product Descriptions by Doug Parker
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I love my light, stretchy, and compact Rainbird Waterproof Jacket. It’s not shiny or scratchy, which is great when you are trying to be quiet and inconspicuous. $149
Keeping warm and dry is essential for anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors. They say “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” My Nebulas puffer has kept me warm all over the world, and it has the tears to prove it! Plus, Finisterre offers to fix their clothes, which I think is really important—fixing rather than replacing. $264
Now you probably are thinking what I thought when I was first told about “waterproof socks.” Sounds like a very, VERY sweaty garment! However, wearing Sealskinz socks while hiking around boggy terrain in walking boots is a game changer. They feel like a normal hiking sock, wicking moisture away from your skin and repelling the water from the outside. I had a leak in my wellies and didn’t even know until I took them off back at our cabin.
I never go anywhere without my camera. Capturing moments in wild places and sharing them with others will be something I do until my dying day. I have always been a Canon guy, and I love how this camera can keep up with the demands of the natural world. $2,700
No matter where I go, I will be carrying a large amount of heavy and fragile camera equipment. F-stop bags are by far the best camera bags I have used. They are great for heavy loads in terms of comfort, adjustability, and support. They rock with regards to functionality. I can easily carry anything from a single stills-camera with a few lenses, to a large RED brand cinema camera—as well as everything else I need for the day.