Saturday, June 30, 2012

LensProToGo 52 Week Photo Project - Week 26 Submission

My submission for week 26 themed: Yellow

I never realized just how many different things contained the color yellow. While Donna and I were walking around the campus of Charlest Southern University after dinner one night I started photographing everything I could see that had some yellow associated with it.

top row: The yellow lines dividing the lanes. A fire hydrant. Pedestrain crossing sign. A yellow Mustang. A yellow Xterra.

middle row: Another fire hydrant. Yellow ribbon around a tree. Yellow flowers in front of the building. A yellow semi-truck merging onto the highway. Yellow gas price sign. Lights on for safety sign. A yellow light on the truck with the safety sign.

bottom row: The yellow lane indicator. Days Inn. Penske rental truck. Fritos (my favorite). Oversize Load. Exit sign. Yellow stripes. Dig that head full of hair!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tamrac Travel Pack 73 Photo Backpack - Follow Up

If you haven't already done so you may want to read Part One.

I've used this backpack on two separate trips one to Japan and the other to Pennsylvania so I wanted to post a follow up regarding how well it performed for me while traveling.

Overall I have been extremely pleased with the backpack. It holds plenty of stuff. On my trip to Japan I had the E-M5 with grip, 40-150, 12 and 25mm lenses, my daily meds (you know you're not supposed to put your meds in checked baggage, right?) My travel documents, reading glasses and Kindle Fire in it. On top of all of that I had 72 pages of printed documentation that I wanted to read on the flight over to Japan. With it being a 13 hour flight I figured I'd have plenty of time for reading!

I realize the backpack is designed to carry camera gear so I almost hesitate to even mention this but since I'm sure others may use the backpack for dual purposes like I do you may be interested. My one complaint about the backpack is that it's just a little small to put a regular file folder into it without having to bend the corners down on the file folder to get it to close. Yes I know, totally stupid sounding thing to complain about, right? But it was annoying to have to bend the corners down each time I wanted to close the bag.

As far as traveling with the bag on planes it works great. On the two trips I flew on everything from small twin turboprop commuter plane to a huge 700 series jetliner and the bag easily fit in every overhead compartment or under the seat in front of me. It's small enough that I had plenty of room for the bag and my feet when I stored it on the floor.

Below are a couple of photos of me wearing the backpack. The first one was taken in Japan by a Japanese woman that saw me photographing flowers and asked me if I wanted my photo taken. She had a little trouble getting the shot because I had the 40-150 lens mounted at the time. The second shot was taken in the Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania. Donna and I took a trip up there to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and we meet up with fellow Olympus E-M5 photographer Brent Pennington and his girlfriend Mandy for an afternoon of shooting. I suppose khaki shorts and brown shirts is my photography uniform :). The 3rd shot is how the backpack looks today. I've added two keychains to it for the places I've visited with it. I wanted to get little pins but you can't seem to find them in the airports anymore. I suppose the TSA thinks you'll try to hijack a plane using them or something. One plus of using the keychains is it makes opening and closing the bag easier. So not only do I have some flair on my bag (Office Space fans will get the reference) it's functional as well.

In Japan

In Pennsylvania

Bag with Keychains

LensProToGo 52 Week Photo Project - Week 25 Submission

My submission for week 25 themed "Looking Down"

I had a different idea in mind for the looking down theme this week but while I was out in the backyeard shooting show flower photos this Carolina Anole decided to join me. He may be difficult to spot but if you look closely you'll see him and see that he's clearly looking down.

LensProToGo 52 Week Photo Project - Week 24 Submission

My submission for week 24 themed "Monster"

The "Monster" sized heart-shaped hot tub in our room at Cove Haven Resort in the Pocono Mountains where Donna and I went to celebrate our 20 year wedding anniversary.

LensProToGo 52 Week Photo Project - Week 23 Submission

My submission for week 23 themed "Blue"

For some reason the lens didn't want to focus so I eneded up with this shot. I started to delete it but now I'm glad I didn't as I really like it. It was taken with my E-M5 and Panasonic 25mm lens during a business trip I recently had to Japan.

LensProToGo 52 Week Photo Project - Week 22 Submission

My submission for week 22 themed "Memorial Day"

This photo was taken at 7:30 in the morning on Memorial Day. Too bad the business did not display the flag properly. On Memorial Day the flag is flown at half staff until noon.

LensProToGo 52 Week Photo Project - Week 21 Submission

I knew I was behind on posting these but not 5 weeks behind. Holy cow where does the time go. Here's my submission for week 21 themed "In the Fridge"