SXSW 2014: First you have to get the gear there!

My favorite way to travel gear is ThinkTank Airport International. Period.

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On this trip, there was a possible video assignment, so I added an Urban Disguise, with a Canon XF100 video camera already built (mic,light,batt,media cards) and ready to go with a wireless lav set-up in the side pouch, and other misc. goodies.

yes, I may be a bit old school, but find I get great results when shooting video with a…wait for it…video camera!

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Tucked into luggage are various Muji mesh bags with extra cables, and Cocoon platters with battery chargers, back-up readers, power strips. And monopod/tripod.

OK, that gets the gear there. It all  travels on the plane with me. The Airport International has been with me for 4 years and has traveled around the world.

Arrange for early boarding to get that valuable overhead space. Window seats, extra $10. fast track boarding, seats in the rear of the plane, whatever.

Once on location, gear is organized and loaded into a walking/working pack, depending on the time of day, and events occurring.

In the past, an Oakley backpack was the working pack. This trip I committed to a twist and packed daily with great success: The Shape Shifter. It packs into luggage as a 3″ laptop case and expands to 7″ deep when loaded with gear.

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Plus it’s carrying my laptop, batts, cables, card wallets, some energy bars, and assignment sheets. Incredibly comfortable.Check out this video.

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Probably the major shift this year was having the Nikon D800 with 20mm, always in my hand using the Cotton Carrier Hand Strap – with Arca Swiss-compatible mini-plate.
Yep, always.

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This combo Nikon D800 with 20mm 2.8 lens, always in my hand got me photos I never would’ve made. It became that further extension of my hands, with an all day comfort
I even use it with the 70-200mm 2.8, in the pit. The Shape Shifter bag worked fast, and the in and out with lenses, was smooth.

As I walked around the festival,the camera was always ready. Manual, RAW, and custom WB, which I’ll cover in the next post.

In a twist of fate, on Weds. 3/12/14 I had just finished photographing St. Vincent at Stubbs on Red River, in Austin. Moving onto the next spot, The Mohawk, I readjusted my camera settings, and went for some street photographs of the crowds.
The Cotton Carrier kept the camera in my hands.

What I saw next, and what the camera saw, has been kept on the hard drive. A drunk driver, being pursued by police, cut down the blocked off, speeding, as he hit 23 people who were rightfully in the street.

In the last SXSW post, I will show a couple of the images from the tragedy that occurred about 7 ft away from me.
And we can have a discussion.

Adobe Lightroom Launches on iPad – Is it ready for takeoff?

It’s part of the new Holy Grail: How can I work with my images on my faster, stronger, better iPad.

I spent hours at the Apple store trying to figure this out. All the apps, all of the dongles, all of the workarounds to maintain a similar workflow with an iPad were possible but clunky.

Maybe this is the answer. Lightroom Mobile. Part of the $10. a month Creative Cloud.

 Yep, new software included in your monthly fee.

Well, I’ll say that after seeing a demo, this is a 1st gen product, and while on the right path, still will take more iterations to get it to the place we need. But it;s not just the software that has to change; it’s the hardware.

If we can add an external HD to load images on, then it’s a solid working tool. Perhaps when tablets get a large enough hard drive and you can load the files you need, Lightroom Mobile will be ready.

Meanwhile, I may have to get a MacBook air.

and now, for the official word:

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SXSW 2014 – Austin’s Cultural Festival did it again!

A combination of Interactive, Film and Music make the SXSW Festival in Austin the best blend of pop culture events you can attend in a ten day period.

When you arrive they give you 3 muslin bags with designs signifying each portion of the festival and a guidebook for each. Welcome to Austin!

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Nikon announces Mirrorless V3 with 20 FPS

Nikon continues developing its Nikon 1 Series of mirrorless cameras, with the addition of the V3.

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Sporting a 12,800 ISO at the top end, 20 frames per second, a new hyper auto-focus, and full 1080/60p HD video functionality, this cold be the only camera your family may need.

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The all important wi-fi is now built-in, thankfully, so sharing your life moments will be almost as easy as usin your smart phone.

 One thing you phone doesn’t have: the range of lenses available. Now they have added a sweet 70-300mm to the line up, selling for about $600. This will get you right up front with all of the action on the field, so you won’t miss a moment of your family’s active life.

A pocket rocket to be sure, this may become your lightweight choice whether you are a the family pro, or the pro looking for the pocket option.

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Nikon & Black Rapid enter into a partnership w/ 2 New Straps

pic_140225_03_01It’s not often that Nikon partners up. With the wide acceptance of the Black Rapid strap as the gear of choice for a lot of workers,now you can show your yellow and black colors proudly, while saving your neck and shoulders.
These new designs will fit the Heavier DSLRS as well as a modified version for the lighter weight Nikon 1 series.
As I pack for the next assignment, the BlackRapids are already in the bag.

Specialized quick-draw strap developed in cooperation with BlackRapid, Nikon releases the Quick-Draw Strap and Quick-Draw Strap S

 

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