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Cooling off in Iceland



Well, I wish I was there already! We’ve had soaring temperatures the past week and I’ve been wishing I had a trip to somewhere much cooler. I know, we Californians don’t know what real heat/humidity is, but for us to get 90 degrees and 75 % humidity is very rare.

That thinking led me to this post about Iceland.  Iceland is a very COOL place – but it’s also HOT, as in a popular photo destination, and volcanic in origin. The volcanoes have sculpted this island, but the moisture has covered much of it with lush green mosses and grasses and wildflowers in early summer.

I am still looking for a few hardy and enthusiastic souls to join me in Iceland next June. This instructional photo tour will be filled with over-the-top photographic opportunities. The superlatives “AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, STUNNING, WAY COOL, UNBELIEVABLE” and more use oft-used to describe the place when photographer friends and colleagues have returned home.

I am certain that this place will change me and those traveling with me – forever, by imprinting the astounding beauty of a truly wild place in our hearts and visual memory! The landscape opportunities will be endless – as will the daylight hours, just about! We’ll have long days, but they will be so filled up with experiences and photography you won’t notice the passing of time. Visit the tour page here.

Tell your friends – or simply share this post to help spread the word. And I hope to see you in Iceland next June!

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Special Offer from Think Tank Photo

My friends at Think Tank Photo just announced a special offer for August and I wanted to pass the information along to all of you.  With this offer, when you order any of their highly-regarded photography backpacks you will receive for free their Camera Strap and Support Kit.  This combination Camera Strap V2.0 plus Camera Support Strap shifts the weight of your camera and lens from your neck to the backpack’s frame, thus reducing stress on your neck and shoulders.

The Camera Strap V2.0 features non-slip material on both sides so the strap will not slip off the shoulder, even if the strap is upside down! Designed for less bulk and increased portability, the Camera Strap V2.0 also attaches to Think Tank backpacks by using the Camera Support Straps (included in kit). Using this kit is a convenient and comfortable way to attach one or two cameras to backpack straps.


USE THIS LINK to go to their site and take advantage of this offer.




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Viva Cuba!


Photo © Jeremy Woodhouse, Pixelchrome, Inc.


NEW PHOTO TOUR for 2013!!

Can you feel the rhythm? Can you pre visualize the street scenes, the faces and places of Cuba?


I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be joining Jeremy Woodhouse (Pixelchrome) on a photo tour to Cuba in January! We’re going through a US- approved agency, so we’ll be entering Cuba legally. It’s a terrific time to go and you’ll not want to miss out on this photo tour. Join us and capture the heart and soul of this wonderful place. We’ll experience and photograph the people, the countryside, a tobacco factory,  and more.  You’ll learn a lot along the way,and have a great time making photographs and experiencing the place.

Here’s an excerpt from Jeremy’s tour page at his website:

…Cuba’s culture is rich with contributions from its indigenous, African and European roots. But above all, the people of Cuba are the island’s greatest asset. They are friendly, welcoming, resourceful and full of life. This program will introduce you to the people and provide ample opportunities to interact with them in meaningful and rewarding ways, learning and teaching each other about life in Cuba vs the USA. Reserve your spot soon. With a rare opportunity like this, space will fill fast!…

Jeremy has all the details at his website – just click here to find out more and/or to sign up.

7/23/12 ADDENDUM – Our first tour filled in just minutes, but  we have scheduled another departure for April 12-21, 2013. All the above details still pertain to the April departure. For more information, use the link above…



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Think Tank Test Drive Program is here

It’s been a very very busy 10 days around my office – I’m working on a new design to the website and putting up new images, etc., and I get so lost in the process that I forget to be ‘social’ in posting blogs, tweets and Facebook comments! But this crossed my ‘desk’ today, and I wanted to share it with you all. Meanwhile, I’ll be back online tomorrow with a new post!


My friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced that they are launching one of their popular Test Drive programs for their revolutionary Sling-O-Matic sling bags.

With Think Tank Photo’s Sling-O-Matic™ line-up of bags you have the photo industry’s first sling bag that can be easily switched back and forth to either shoulder. The Sling-O-Matic’s adjustable, fully padded shoulder strap “automatically” slides along a set of rails to change which shoulder the bag can be worn on.

You can try a Sling-O-Matic for free for 30 days!  If you don’t want to keep it, ship it back to Think Tank, no problem.  If it meets your needs, on the 30th day your credit card will be charged.  (Offer limited to U.S. addresses.)  Check out the product video.

CLICK HERE to test drive a bag.

This innovation is the solution to the problem inherent with sling bags: they are designed to be to worn over one shoulder only. With one smooth motion, the Sling-O-Matic can be quickly switched to the opposite shoulder without losing the characteristics that have made sling bags popular among photographers.

The Sling-O-Matic series offers three unique bags to choose from, depending on the photo gear you carry. The Sling-O-Matic 10 can carry a DSLR and three to four lenses, including a 70-200 f2.8. The Sling-O-Matic 20 and Sling-O-Matic 30 can each carry a DSLR and four to six lenses, including a 70-200 f2.8. The Sling-O-Matic 30 also features a separate laptop compartment for carrying a 15.4″ laptop

Key Features:

  • Industry’s first sling bag that can be easily switched back and forth to either shoulder.
  • Each bag fits a DSLR with up to a 70-200 f2.8 lens with lens hood in position.
  • All bags are flexible to fit pro size DSLRs with a lens attached.
  • Discreetly stylized to avoid obviously appearing like a camera bag.
  • Long side pocket for carrying a tripod, large water bottle, or other accessories.
  • Large handles on three sides.
  • Wide zippered pockets on front, back, and side.
  • Business card pocket for identification.
  • Removable/adjustable straps and waist belt for additional stability.
  • Small storage pocket for storing removable straps.
  • Fully padded compartments for protection.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included.



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