Before I left to England I wrote a quick post about the thinkTank Streetwalker Rolling Backpack V2.0. As promised here is a quick video showing some of the features of the bag and why I used it on my trip. If you would like to learn more about the bag, especially the dimension of the bag, you can click here
I got a new bag in the office! I’m actually quite excited. This is the Thinktank Streetwalker Rolling Backpack V2.0, part of Thinktank’s Streetwalker series. It’s to be versatile as a roller and a backpack. The shoulder straps fold up into the back and sealed in a zipper compartment. It’s pretty slick. It’s designed to be a smaller bag for travel. Much thinner and not nearly as wide as the Airport Security V3.0, about the same in height when standing up but still very durable. On my next trip to England I plan on taking this bag since I’m going with a much lighter load. There will be more to come for sure with this product.
Hey everybody. Nikon has come out with a huge firmware update for the D5 today. Lots of features have been added and some issues have been resolved. Click here to download the update and to see the list of changes.
Every photographer should carry around a portable camera that has the quality of their DSLR’s and the compact-ability of a smartphone. Smartphones have proven be a useful tool for us photographers because it gives us a quick way to take a picture of something we like. They also fit into our pockets which makes them convenient. Now all that is great until you take the image into post and while the file sizes have gotten bigger and quality is getting better, if you wanted to make a big print out of those files, you can’t. So is there a middle ground?
The middle ground is something like the Nikon 1 V3. Yes I know this is not a new release but it makes my point. Now I’ve been a fan of these little cameras since the Coolpix came out many years ago because of the simplicity. There are times when you just need that quick shot and you only have seconds before it’s gone. Or there are times when you want to be discreet and having a DSLR on your shoulder doesn’t work. That’s where these little guys are handy. There are many brands and many options now, I still prefer Nikon but that’s me.
Here’s a perfect example. I was out during the Salmon Fly hatch this past weekend and if you’ve ever experienced that hatch then you know how awesome these giant alien bugs are. Well they have no problem landing on you and my friend Dan wanted to make sure he went away with a shot of one on his face. Sure enough it happened, I grabbed the V3, took the shot and then the bug was gone. That quick, that simple.
Prints aren’t just a great business tool for photographers, they are lasting memories they hang on our walls and get looked at everyday. With that in mind I give away a lot of prints. They are a business tool and one way to be remembered is to have a print on someone else’s wall. Last month at the 75th Doolittle Reunion I met Tom, and Tom was a tail gunner in the B-25G model, similar to this H model, which had a 75mm canon in the nose. Tom spent a lot of time around the B-25’s that day at Wright Patterson, climbing in and out of a few of the planes. After about 30 minutes of talking with him, I offered him some prints, to which no one ever had done before. He was ecstatic. It’s important as photographers to remember the impact your photos can have on others provided you share them. Disregard the cost and remember there is more to photography then just the numbers.
Decisions, Decisions. There are a lot of different papers out there to print on, each one usually has a fancy title that makes it more appealing. But if you look past that and you look at the weight, thickness and coating you will start to see a big difference in quality. There are two things that every person who receives a print does when they first open the box, they look at the print and then they feel the paper. Both of those statements will say a lot about the print. It’s important to choose the right paper with the right photograph in order to convey the right message.
I’ve tried numerous papers over the years and each one is unique. But my general rule of them is to print aviation on glossy paper and landscape and wildlife on matte finish papers. Why? Landscape and Wildlife are more alive, they have a texture to them and that matte brings out that texture better. Gloss papers are more sleek, like an airplane. That’s one reason why metal looks so good with aircraft because it brings out that feeling of the plane. Right now I’m using all Epson Signature Papers, with the exception of Epson Metallic Photo Paper Luster. Recently I switched to Epson Hot Press Bright which is an amazing matte paper! Now if you don’t know what to use, buy a box of 8.5×11 and try it out. Printing is one of those things that you have to just try yourself, videos and blogs don’t do prints justice.
In case you missed out on Nikon’s site or my Dad’s, there is an update for the SB-5000 Flash. Here is the link and below you can see what was updated.
• Fixed the following issues:
– Zoom (angle of illumination) did not function as expected at low temperatures.
– When AF ONLY (AF assist illumination activated, flash function canceled) was selected for Custum (Custom menu) > AF (AF-assist illumination/canceling flash function), pressing the shutter-release button halfway after restarting the standby timer or after turning on the camera would not activate the AF-assist illuminator.
The year keeps getting better and speaking of better, Epson came out with their own printing software for their latest line of printers (P400, 600, 800, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, & 9000), and it’s simply phenomenal! It’s both Windows and Mac friendly as a stand alone program or as a plugin for Photoshop. Best part, its FREE! Click the link Here to go to Epson’s Print Layout Page and download it today.
On a more personal note, I am honored to have my photograph of the two Super Corsairs as part of the online marketing for the software. It’s pretty cool what life can bring you if you keep working.
If there is one universal truth to working in the field, no matter which field that is, it’s that camera gear gets dirty. We try our best but it ends up happening no matter what. Fingerprints, smudges, oil, sunblock or whatever it’s always something. Well when it comes to working with planes it’s usually oil, but the fastest way to make friends is to help out and that usually comes with the price of damaging clothing or getting your hands dirty. Literally. Well last year I was told about these wipes from my Dad and while I was skeptical, I can honestly say they do a great job!
Nikon Lens Wipes. Each one comes prepackaged, they are moist, they are a good size, nonabrasive and with a little bit of alcohol on each one. They are great simple solution when you are out in the field and need to clean the LCD, the front element, rubber hand grips, your sunglasses, etc. They are very universal and they do a great job. One VERY important note is, like any cleaning material, if there is sand or any form of hard substance on your camera or lens, blow it off before rubbing it because it can scratch that element.
The only catch when buying these is they aren’t always the easiest to find. Amazon is the best place to find them and you can usually buy them in a box of 200 or 2 boxes for a total of 400. They range from 9.99-29.99 but they are worth every penny.
One of the things I don’t talk about a lot is, Dad always had a great knowledge when it came to camera bags so I never had to learn the hard way when it came to traveling with gear which bags work and don’t work. For a number of years now I have a been a proponent of his line of Moose Bags, currently being made by MindShift, a Thinktank company. The MP-1 V2.0 and MP-7 V2.0 are my two primary soft sided bags for one simple reason. They work well.
That’s right they work well. They have good padding, great zippers, water resistant but each one comes with a shell just in case you need more, and most important they fit into the overheads of small planes. That’s a biggy as we all know. But the one thing I’ve been testing a lot lately is how waterproof are they?
This month I had the great pleasure of going on my first adult Steelhead Fly fishing trip. I had been out with my Grandpa’s when I was younger but this was different. Naturally I had my camera with me because the only thing better then fishing with friends is having the photos of them fishing so you can relive the stories. Now for you that don’t know when it comes to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, it rains a lot. Keeping things dry is tough but oh so important. I wanted to see how good the MP7v2 would do under those conditions. I had tested it last year under much more cooperative conditions but this was the real test. Our first day we got 3/4 of an inch of rain but the bag, with the shell on, stayed perfectly dry inside. Bottom of the boat, shell cinched up tight, the bag held true. Now I did check it often and I did try and keep it out of the water the best I could but even with the backside not covered everything stayed dry inside. I dried it off that night and it was good to go the next day.
Now I don’t recommend sticking the whole thing in a tub of water but the bag with the shell on, cinched up tight, the contents will stay dry. So why do I love these bags? They work well.