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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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Can’t miss offers for May from Thinktank Photo!

When you order a rolling camera bag from the Airport Series between now and May 31, 2012 you receive an Artificial Intelligence™ 15inch V2.0 or Artificial Intelligence™ 17inch V2.0 laptop bag!

I know we are already fully into May now but I wanted to clue you into an amazing deal from the awesome folks at Think Thank Photo. The deal is this: Order their Airport Security V2.0, Airport International V2.0, Airport Airstream, or Airport TakeOff rolling camera bags before May 31, 2012 and you will receive one of their Artificial Intelligence V2.0 laptop sleeves for free This is a $59 value.

These bags are widely considered the best designed and most durable bags in the industry. All of the rollers share three levels of security (TSA approved combination locks, front laptop cable and lock, and back cable and lock for securing entire bag to fixed object).  They employ the highest grade materials, including all fabric exterior treated with DWR (underside fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance), 1680D ballistic nylon, abrasion resistant YKK® RC Fuse zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, replaceable in-line skate wheels, antique nickel-plated metal hardware, nylon webbing,  and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

The Airport takeoff is just one of the sweet bags that are part of this month’s offer from Thinktank Photo!

Another thing I love is that these bags are made to fit international carry-on standards which means we can actually keep our gear with us instead of handing them over to someone else who doesn’t care about our stuff nearly as much as we do!

Finally, I love that all of this awesome gear is covered by Thinktank Photo’s “No Rhetoric Warranty”, and great customer service. If you are looking to buy a roller before you head out this summer, this is a great time to do so!


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Another great offer from Thinktank Photo

I absolutely love my Thinktank photo gear which is why I cannot help but let people know every time they are having a killer deal like this one. Here is the scoop, when you buy either the StreetWalker® Pro or StreetWalker® HardDrive before April 30, 2012, you will receive a padded Pro Speed Belt™ for free!

I have carried the Streetwalker Pro around India full of gear and let me tell you the Pro Speed Belt makes the StreetWalker backpacks even more comfortable and provides greater support for the weight on your back. This padded belt also allows you to attach Think Tank’s modular bags which makes it easier to have quick access to your lenses or accessories.

Here is a little bit about the Streetwalker Pro and Streetwalker HardDrive so you  can decide which one would best fit your photographic pursuits:

StreetWalker Pro – Holds most 400 f2.8 lenses with a pro size DSLR camera body attached or a pro size DSLR and 70-200 2.8 attached.  Lens hood can also remain attached in shooting position.  Bottom front pocket can be used to carry a tripod or monopod.  A pop out tripod cup is built-in for carrying a larger tripod.   Removable seam-sealed rain cover included. Click here to order the Streetwalker Pro.


StreetWalker Harddrive – Holds most 15” laptops.   Carry a pro size DSLR and 70-200 2.8 attached with hood in position or a Nikon 400 f2.8 attached to a pro size DSLR body.  Bottom front pocket can be used to carry a tripod or monopod.  A pop out tripod cup is built-in for carrying a larger tripod.  Removable seam-sealed rain cover included. Click here to order the Streetwalker Harddrive.

I would love to hear which one you land on and how you are using it in your photographic pursuits!


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Try the Thinktank Photo Modular Skin Set v2.0 for free!

I wanted to let you know of a can’t miss deal that my friends at Thinktank Photo are offering right now called Test Drive. The basic idea is that you get to try one of Think Tank Photo’s new Modular Rotation Systems free for 28 days.

If you like it, keep it and your credit card will be charged.  If not, return it to Think Tank no charge. The Modular Rotation System is the choice of working professionals who shoot sports, weddings, nature or any situation where the need to stay mobile and rapid gear changes are essential.

 The Modular Skin Set V2.0 consists of two individual lens changer pouches, a flash pouch and an accessory pouch that lock to or slide around a Think Tank Photo belt. Components are lightweight, compressible and easily collapsible. Perfect for traveling.The “Sound Silencer” feature adds stealth by eliminating hook-and-loop tearing noises.

This offer ends on March 31, 2012 or when 100 of each modular set has been reserved for the Test Drive program. Please know that this offer is only available within the United States because of the shipping costs of delivering the product from and to the U.S.

To take advantage of this test drive of the Modular system right now click here.

Happy shooting!


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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!