Archive for April, 2009

Papa’s got a brand new bag!

April 13th, 2009
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…Well, not really, but for all of the gear heads out there who are curious as to how I travel with my gear, this post is for you!  Being that I went to Maui on Saturday to cover the scrimmage, and the many who ask what I carry with me when traveling, I’ve photographed my bags as they are packed, and I’ll describe what’s inside.

1.  Carry-on bag, INSIDE Lowepro Vertex AW backpack:

1-Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN Body, battery attached

1-Canon EOS 1D Mark III Body, battery attached

1-EF 400 2.8 lens

1-EF 16-35 lens, hood detached (more on that later)

1-EF 70-200 lens, hood detached

1-1.4x II teleconverter

1-2x II teleconverter

1-580EX speedlite with omnibounce attached

1-ST-E2 wireless transmitter

1-Canon right-angle finder

1-each, spare battery for Mark IIN and Mark III

Think tank pixel pocket rocket CF card wallet with 16 gigs worth of cards/SD

 

Inside of my carry-on.

Inside of my carry-on.

2.  Carry-on bag, OUTSIDE:

-Mac Powerbook 15″

-Laptop security lock

-Power supply for laptop

-Think Tank Cable Management pouch containing the following:

2-CF card readers, firewire and USB2

2-SD card readers

1-Verizon EVDO aircard

1-telephone cable

2-iPod USB2 cords (for iPhone)

1-Calculator (for expensing in the field)

1-2 gigabyte thumb drive

 

Outside of my backpack.  Not shown:  iPod shuffle, Listerine mist spray (because I like to be charming to my seatmate on the plane!  Nothing worse than breathing fire, especially on long flights))

Outside of my backpack. Not shown: iPod shuffle, Listerine mist spray (because I like to be charming to my seatmate on the plane! Nothing worse than breathing fire, especially on long flights))

3.  Check-in bag, small roller:

2-Aquatech sports shield rain covers, for 400mm and 70-200mm

-All lens hoods, 400, 70-200, and 16-35

1- Gitzo carbon fiber monopod

1-Pacsafe security net

1-Extra set of clothes (just in case of stranding, which has happened to me)

1-Think Tank Changeup wastepack with Think Tank Whip it Out pouch attached

Optionally, I also pack the chargers for camera batteries, although on day trips, I don’t take it.

 

My philosophy on checked bags is taken from many of my colleagues.

My philosophy on checked bags is taken from many of my colleagues.

A few of my mentors and colleagues say it best when it comes to traveling.  Basically, you carry-on EVERYTHING you need to shoot the assignment/job.  Anything that can be replaced at your destination, small items such as monopods, etc. are checked.  Lens hoods are not essential, and take up room in the backpack so they are checked in also.

That’s it!

Maui Wowie

April 11th, 2009
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The Hawaii football team warms up as seen through the bleachers during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The Hawaii football team warms up as seen through the bleachers during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Greetings from Maui!  I shot today’s Hawaii football scrimmage here at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  It was a fun time, shooting football in the middle of spring.  The stadium definitely had character, and the vibe in the air from the fans who came to support Coach McMackin and the Warriors was a good one–very warm and generous.  I got there about an hour before practice was scheduled to start, and immediately noticed the visual aesthetics of War Memorial–steel bleachers, a two-story pressbox, and uber-friendly staff.  Of course, I’m here to photograph the sports action, but my mind was already beginning to simmer with ideas.  One of them is my lead photo above.  Warmups and drills were the pre-cursor to the actual scrimmage, so I shot a lot with my new angle finder from ground level.  I knew that if there was going to be any rushing touchdowns later on, it’d be a great perspective.  Here’s a shot of drills with the angle finder attached.

 

Running backs coach Brian Smith watches drills during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Running backs coach Brian Smith watches drills during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

 The scrimmage began, and let me tell you, I was kinda rusty!  Amazing what two and a half months of not shooting football can do to your shooting ability!  Thank you, auto-focus!  I was concentrating on quarterbacks, and made this really intense frame of Steele Jantz.

Quarterback Steele Jantz eyes an open receiver during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Quarterback Steele Jantz eyes an open receiver during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The scrimmage went on, and the hour just flew by so quickly!  I got some fairly decent frames of the action, despite my apparent rustiness. 

SHawaii receiver Royce Pollard reaches for a pass during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii receiver Royce Pollard reaches for a pass during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

 

Hawaii running back Inoke Funaki plows over defender Rykin Enos enroute to a 22-yard touchdown run during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii running back Inoke Funaki plows over defender Rykin Enos enroute to a 22-yard touchdown run during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii DB Kenny Estes makes an interception during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii DB Kenny Estes makes an interception during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Look for more photos in tomorrow’s edition of both our online edition and our print edition.  Enjoy!  When I get back, I’ll blog about what was in my bag and how I travel, for all the gearheads:)

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Close to home

April 6th, 2009
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Yesterday I photographed the deployment of approximately 150 Marines and Sailors with the USMC 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment as they left for a seven-month deployment to al Asad, Iraq.  As often happens, the page designers don’t always run the photographs I feel best tell the story visually, so I’m posting my two favorite photographs from this assignment.  

I don’t recall ever photographing a deployment–all my previous assignments have been Army Soldiers or Marines returning home.  What I did see and feel was an immediate thickness in the air.  Sadness and grief were all around me.  I saw lovers holding each other tight.  Three and four-year-old children swinging from their father’s arms without a clue of the gravity of the situation.  Genuine moments–precious moments ticking away–between a soldier and the one he loves.  I wanted to be as tasteful and discreet as possible without interrupting these moments, so I found my photograph in a car window.

Cpl. Ron Miller shares a tender moment with his wife Kim prior to deployment at Kaneohe MCAS, Sunday, April 4, 2009.  Approximately 150 Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment left for a seven-month deployment to al Asad, Iraq. The Marines and Sailors are the third of three groups that will replace 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

All in all, it was day and night from the returning parties I’ve covered a number of times before.  But despite the sadness and morale of the loved ones being left behind, the Marines were in high spirits–some even laughed light-heartedly and joked amongst each other.  But it really hit me hard when the buses were loaded up, and the Marines opened the windows to wave goodbye and blow kisses.  The harsh reality of it is, that some may be waving and blowing kisses to their loved ones for the last time.  It’s sad, and it’s pessimistic, but it is the consequence of war.  This hit me really hard, and tears started to well up in my eyes after I made this last frame.

Marines wave and blow kisses to loved ones at Kaneohe MCAS, Sunday, April 4, 2009.  Approximately 150 Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment left for a seven-month deployment to al Asad, Iraq. The Marines and Sailors are the third of three groups that will replace 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

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