BackLight 18L by MindShift Gear announced


Our friends at MindShift Gear have just added a smaller, 18-liter version to their very popular BackLight rear panel access backpacks.  The BackLight 18L allows you to work out of the bag without getting the harness dirty, wet, muddy, or icy. It holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and one to three standard zoom lenses or two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and three to five lenses. It features dedicated compartments that fit up to a 13” laptop and a full-size tablet.  As a daypack, its front pockets total 5 liters in personal gear carry for a day’s outing, such as extra layers, a light jacket, food, and more.  And, by using my special URL to order you will be able to add free gear and receive free shipping with your order.




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ThinkTank Bags release new editions to their collection.

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released new and revised classic camera carrying solutions.  The newly-released StoryTeller shoulder bags come in three sizes. The StoryTeller 10 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. The StoryTeller 8 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, three to four small telephotos or primes with hoods attached and reversed, and an 8” tablet.  The StoryTeller 5 fits an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet.  Think Tank has also completely updated the #1 rated line of modular belt system components.  The Modular Belt System V3.0 moves weight from your shoulders to your waists for more comfortable all-day carry. Many of the new pouches are expandable to fit pro-sized lenses with hoods in the shooting position. And, the newly added Camera Clip Adapter V3.0belt attachment for the Peak Design Capture Clip, SpiderLight and SpiderPro camera clips allows the clip to rotate on any Think Tank belt for better workflow.  And don’t forget that by using my special URL you will receive free gear with your orders of $50+ and free shipping on all orders.



Taipei 101

Had the great opportunity to visit Taipei for possibily the last time the Taipei 101 will have it’s annual New Years fireworks celebration.  This year was the longest firework show so far lasting a whole 6 minutes Long compared to previous 2 minute long shows. The very first one lasted only 23sec long.  Videos of this online are great but gives no real idea at the magnificence of this display of fireworks and lighting. Imagine 20,000 fireworks and 140,000 led lights lighting the building and sky at the stroke of midnight! I’m very fortunate that I was able to capture the monumental moment and possibly the last! 

 Taipei 101 New Years Celebration 2018

Taipei 101 New Years Celebration 2018


The final image was shot with my Nikon D810 and the video was recorded with the iphone7 on a DJI Osmo Mobile and tripod. I was disappointed that the video came out over exposed of the fireworks but oh well.  Lesson learned here... pay attention!


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Nikon D810:

Nikon 20mm f2.8d:

Manfrotto 190  MT190XPRO4 4 Section tripod:

Manfrotto MHXPRO-3W X-PRO 3-Way Head:

DJI Osmo Mobile:

DJI tripod:

DJI Osmo Extension Stick: