Photos from SF, where I left my heart laptop.
Here is the gallery from my AZ trip. Main highlights:
Grand Canyon – what a beautiful place. I’ve never seen anything like it – the grandeur is breathtaking. We drove from Flagstaff to South Rim. The only downside – too many tourists. If this is what it is when the temperature is 30 F, I don’t want to know what it’s like in the summer.
Sedona – amazing place. I can see now why it’s called a spiritual mecca. There is something about the view of those rocks. We went for a great mini-hike away from the crowds and it was awesome!
Bogen Imaging introduced a new line of ball heads in November. They are to replace the old models as follows:
Today I received my 496RC2 (the 494, 496, and 498 come with RC2 quick-release plates, and 498 also comes with RC4 quick-release plate) in the mail from Adorama and got a chance to play with it. I once bought a 484 ball head when i needed something small to put on my tripod, but I returned it soon thereafter, as I found it too small and got myslef an 804RC2 3-way head.
It seems engineers at Manfrotto put additional thought into making the head lighter without sacrificing the strength – the 496RC2 weighs in at 0.93 lbs. – lighter than 1.01 lbs of its predecessor – may not seem like much, but I am sure it will make a difference on a hike or in carry-on. The way it was achieved is cutouts on the sides
I know I’ll be taking this head on the trips, rather than the 1.72 lbs 222 joystick.
The only one problem i may have with this head is the quick release safety – it does not stay in unlocked position (as it does on 222, for example). I would really prefer it to stay unlocked so it’s easier to operate the release with one finger.
I was procrastinating yesterday, so decided to play around with some contrast and exposure settings on some old photos… here is what i got:
So, the other day, a friend of a friend was giving away this home gym.(Thank you, again!) It took 3 guys to load it into my dad’s minivan (Long Live Honda Odyssey!), and I found no better way to spend that much needed extra hour on the DST shift weekend than unloading the structure and assembling it. Just for kicks i decided to try making a time-lapse video.
1) Camera with tripod and a bag loaded with B&H photo/video/audio catalogs
2) 4 Bottles of Sam Adams
3) Muscles of my body (some of which I was not aware of until the day after)
4) 240 expletives (at an average rate of about 2 per minute) – i think i invented one or two more
5) 2 wrenches
1) Use Full Manual mode on camera for consistent settings
2) Take special care not to move tripod, in order to avoid spending 20 mins trying to get the same shot
3) Heavy items WILL fall onto your toes/ pinch fingertips if you are not careful
4) Video makes it look too easy!
comes to you from the guy who was unloading KLR 650 alone off a truck w/o a ramp.
Autumn is upon us. For everybody who wants to enjoy the foliage, whether by:
a)just walking around enjoying the view, or,
b)waking up at some ungodly hour, driving for miles, getting out in the cold, setting up tripod, breathing on frozen fingers, spilling lukewarm coffee all over themselves (but hopefully not the gear)
They have great maps by region with reports, so you can see where and when the peak color will is.