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Update on the November India workshop

You will not want to miss this exciting trip to India where we will be exploring culturally rich and colorful neighborhoods and cities across Northwest India.

On May 30th I wrote a post about an a November workshop in India and I wanted to let you know we have finalized a price and the travel details, which you can find at The Flat Planet Travel.

Also, I am excited to announce that BlackRapid and Thinktank Photo have agreed to give free gear to all the participants, which is awesome because these guys make killer gear!

We are only taking 12 participants so if you are wanting to go on this trip don’t waste time in signing up!

Happy shooting!

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One belated BlackRapid DR-1 strap giveaway coming up….right now!

The DR-1 Double Strap is a killer two-camera strap I use constantly!

On May 26th I reviewed the DR-1 Double Strap, a killer camera strapped I used on my recent trip to Ethiopia. As part of my review, my friends and sponsor, BlackRapid, agreed to give away one of these straps to one random (and lucky!) winner.

I was supposed to announce the winner on Friday but I totally spaced it! I have been traveling a lot and sometimes when I am on the road I seem to lose track of space and time, which was what happened to me last week.

Anyway, a winner has been chosen at random and the winner is (drum roll please)…..Tim Cowley! I am confident Tim will love this strap as much as I do if not more!

I want to say thanks again to my friends at BlackRapid for not only making amazing photography gear but also being willing to be bless my readers with free gear every once in a while!


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The DR-1 Double Strap: A review and giveaway

The DR-1 Double Strap from my friends and sponsor BlackRapid is an incredible option for photographers shooting with two cameras.

Last month I spent three weeks trekking volcanoes, riding in African buses, and shooting portraits and humanitarian images in Ethiopia and there was rarely a second when I was not wearing my DR-1 Double Strap. While I already knew that Blackrapid made the best straps on the planet, this trip just made even more convinced!

I love the comfort and convenient access the DR-1 Double Strap gives me to my cameras at all times.

I love the DR-1 for many reasons but what clearly sets this strap apart in my mind is how comfortable and convenient it is to wear and adjust. No matter how I was positioned or what I was shooting on this last trip, the DR-1 was just so comfortable and made it so easy to quickly access my cameras.

It took me a few minutes initially to figure out how to adjust the straps and how to turn the DR-1 into a one-camera sling. However, once I got used to how things worked I had no trouble at all quickly making adjustments to how the straps hung or sat, even with it on. For more great images of how the strap sits and is configured, check out the great review by my friend and fellow photographer Brian Hirschy.

The fasteners and carabiners BlackRapid uses stay tightly connected to your cameras so you can carry them with peace of mind.

Beyond the amazing comfort and convenience, I love how the way the DR-1 connects to my cameras. I would be lying if I didn’t say that the first couple times I didn’t keep checking the fasteners and carabiners every two seconds just to make sure they were tight. However, after hours and hours of carrying my cameras with this strap, and never once having an issue with the fasteners loosening, I rarely check now.

Some people might have a tough time with the price, but not me. This strap is worth its weight in gold!

As for the cons, I have to be completely honest and say I can’t really think of any. There are things that take some getting used to when you first get this strap but that is true of everything new. After having used so many straps over the years, even cheaper knock-offs trying to be the DR-1, I am just impressed and have a hard time finding things to improve.

I know for some the list price of $129.95 may be a stumbling block, but let me assure you it will be the best $129.95 you ever spend on a strap. If you still aren’t convinced or simply can’t stop drinking Starbucks long enough to say up the money, then leave a comment on my blog and you may just be the lucky winner who scores the one DR-1 Double Strap that our friends at BlackRapid have agreed to give the readers of my blog!

I promise if you are the lucky winner, once you put this strap on and carry your cameras you will never want to take it off and you will never have a bad day again. (ok, maybe that’s taking it too far, but I still don’t think you will want to use another strap again!)

I will be traveling for the next week and am planning to announce who the one lucky winner is next Friday so make sure to get on leave a comment!

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One lucky winner of the Thinktank Photo Streetwalker

Davin Sanders is the lucky winner of this killer bag by my friends at Thinktank Photo!

On February 28th I announced that I would be giving away a Thinktank Photo Streetwalker backpack to one person chosen at random from those who left comments. Well I am excited to announce that the lucky winner of this awesome bag from friends at Thinktank Photo is Davin Sanders! Congratulations Davin, this bag will truly convince you that Thinktank Photo bags are unparalleled!

If you didn’t win this time, make sure to check back because I will be doing other giveaways periodically thanks to my good friends and sponsors like Thinktank Photo!


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The clock is ticking!

Just 5 days left before I give away this killer bag! Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!

I just wanted to remind all of you that in just five days I will be giving away the killer Thinktank Photo Streetwalker backpack to one lucky winner! If you have not left a comment about why you think you deserve this bag, visit the original post and do that right away!


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February 2012 Wallpaper and a Thinktank Photo Streetwalker giveaway!

I have been meaning to get this wallpaper up for a couple of weeks, but have felt more inclined to write about other things. Nevertheless, I finally decided to just bite the bullet, so here it is.

I made this image early one morning in Varanasi, India while I was teaching the NGO staff I was working with to single out simple frames amidst the constant chaos and complexity of places like Varanasi, India. Enjoy!

Be looking for the giveaway of one fabulous Thinktank Photo Streetwalker backpack in the next week or so!

Also I wanted to let you know that in the next week-and-a-half, I will be giving away a Thinktank Photo Streetwalker backpack to one lucky and random winner thanks to my great friends at Thinktank Photo!

If you want to be included in this random giveaway, leave a comment on this post sometime over the next week-and-a-half and tell me why you think you deserve this stellar bag.

Good luck yall!