Over the year I have met many LF photographers who produce excellent work. Two stick with me as producing top quality images in the style and with the subject matter they work with. David Muench and Bill Ratcliffe. Dave is excellence with a Linhof. Beautiful images, tremendous personal drive and a work ethic second to none. His ever present Linhof and a lens selection he is intimately familiar and comfortable with in producing the images he is known for.
Bill Ratcliffe is not as well known. He had a number of Audubon covers, a 52 page spread in Audubon(Kapairowits plateau) and images in other magazines and books. Bill worked at Dugway Proving grounds in Utah and would take off after work to go to Death Valley(most often) and other locations in and near Utah to photograph with his 4x5. One 10 inch commercial Ektar lens, Ektachrome and hand processing the film in his basement after coming home. He produced excellent work. His work from Death Valley is some of the finest I have ever seen. Most from areas other than the traditional photo locations as his numerous trips there in all weather over 40 years got some great results.
If you are going into the field you most likely fall between the two photographers in what you carry. What is your minimal field kit to consist of? And, if you were limited to only one lens setup... what would it be. I already know Dave Muench would choose his 75mm for 4x5 as he told me so.