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New bag

November 26th, 2009 by admin

It’s not very exciting photography-wise, but a lot of my readers are other photographers, so this post is for you:)
My bag for about the last 5-6 years has been a Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus AW. It worked well, fit almost everything I needed, and was comfortable to carry. It has however, worn out. The zippers are a little busted and get stuck quite often, it has tears on the inside, and when I fully loaded up, it weighs way too much to carry on my back for hours on end.

I did consider another Lowepro, but decided to go with the new kid on the block, a ThinkTank bag.
They just released a new bag which had the four key points I was looking for covered.
1. Roll. With all my travel kit in the bag, I reckon it weighs over 30kg, that is too much for anyones back for hours of walking through airport terminals or carparks.
2. Backpack. For those times where I am off road or climbing stairs.
3. Fit my 17-inch laptop.
4. Be international carry-on approved.

The ThinkTank Airport TakeOff does all those things like it was designed for it.
I transfered my gear into it using a different setup to what was suggested, and so far its pretty cool. The zippers are a pleasure to use, I have a fair bit more room for all those chargers and batteries that used to just float in my LowePro bag, and the wheels are heavy duty and seem like that will last at least another 5 years for me. And if it does that I’ll be happy.

Two cool things about the new bag, the laptop bag I bought separately, it’s their Artificial Intelligence 17, and I think it will become my new laptop bag overall, that is, as soon as i figure out how to get my Dell’s massive power supply in it.

The second is that the bag comes with a lock. For a little extra piece of mind. I rarely leave my bag unattended, but even if its in a hotel or whatever it’s still better to lock it than not.

It looks like I’m off to Japan again in a bit over a month, so I reckon my back will thank me for the new bag. I had a family shoot yesterday, which was the first time I used the new bag, and it was awesome. I love how it stands by itself, the old bag I always ended up leaning on something.

Nightmare shoot

November 23rd, 2009 by admin

The result turned into a dream worth having, but getting there was a bit of a nightmare.
The December issue of Street Machine hit the stands today (or tomorrow depending on your location) and the cover shot, feature spread and one side of the pull out poster are my shots. What were the dramas? Well, it was a combination of my availability, the car owner rebuilding the engine and availability of the studio. The feature shoot was first performed at RedBrickStudios in Brisbane, with the cover being a rig shot with a fading sun at a nearby alley. Taking a 1000hp machine like this down a relatively busy street was something I won’t soon forget, it seemed like the whole suburb came out to see what the racket was when the engine was running. The end result is what matters, and I think it’s a great cover, props to SM AD Gavin Morrison.

LJ

November 20th, 2009 by admin

Some time ago I was asked by one of my PR clients, to photograph one of Australia’s greatest sports persons, Opals captain, WNBL and WNBA MVP; Lauren Jackson.
The brief called for a studio session, as well as shots on a basketball court. Luckily SunStudios at Alexandria, is almost directly across the road from Alexandria Basketball Stadium, making it the perfect location for both shoots. Our time with Lauren was limited, so it was quite a rushed shoot, as we basically had half a day to do hair, make up, wardrobe and three different locations, studio, indoor court and outdoor court. Lauren was a star, super easy going, humble, professional and friendly. The studio setup I used Sun’s Broncolor lights with softboxes, while the bench shot and outdoor shots were lit using a single 580EX.

Melbourne JOB

November 9th, 2009 by admin

I’m in Melbourne at the moment on a Promo tour with MC Hammer for XBox360. What a perfect opportunity for some more Jumping On Beds.