I want to eat your intestines! OK, I admit it I love zombie books and movies. I even own a few zombie graphic novels (which inspired this photo) as for me zombies are the perfect mix between comedy and fear. Some local people in Nanaimo recently did a zombie walk through the big mall in town during the Christmas shopping rush. I elected to stay out of the mall as I knew the reception of zombies this time of year was not going to be good, but did photograph some of them before they went in. Not the best time for it guys, but I hope you do it again next year.
Henrys recently had a free shipping deal so I finally bought myself the Airport International V2.0 rolling suitcase camera bag from thinkTANK. Last year when doing weddings and events I found that my really big camera bag was just not big enough and when I stuffed it with gear it was really heavy. In the interest of not destroying my neck and back I wanted a rolling bag and this one is designed to be carried as a carry-on on planes which I think will come in handy. I've only had it a week, but my first impression is that it is super well built (definitely what I'm used to from thinkTANK) and it just barely fits all my gear in a nice and tidy way. Now I can show up to events with my studio strobes in one bag, my light stands in another and all the camera gear, cables and crap in the suitcase. For a wedding, this one bag will be all I need. It has a locking cable that you can secure to something so that people can't easily walk off with your gear. This is nice as I frequently worry about leaving my bag out of sight. The inside is totally customizable with dividers and I've fit in two professional bodies, all my lenses as well as two flashes, batteries, cables, business cards, Pocket Wizards and light modifiers. Biggest bonus....the replaceable wheels mean I shouldn't have to lift this tank of a bag too often. Should mean I can continue to avoid using a chiropractor.
Scott Kelby recently had a sale on for one weekend only ($149) for his Kelby Training website where you can access a host of Photoshop, Lightroom and photography tutorials. I decided to treat myself to a membership. I find that I learn Photoshop and computer things best with online videos and tutorials and from books I can lay on my desk. Photography courses are best learned in person for me. Anyway, for less than the cost of one photography weekend class I bought a years worth of Photoshop training. Nice. The regular price is $199, but I believe it is on sale now for $179 if anyone is interested. You'll just have to hit Google for the discount codes.
Looking for a stocking stuffer for that photographer in your life? I really enjoy Digital Photo Pro and get it as a subscription. It is a magazine that is geared solely at working photographers, but I think any serious photographer would really enjoy it.
Lastly, I sold one of my Olympus E3 bodies in preparation for my purchase of one of the Evil Empire cameras from Canon and Nikon and a lens or two. I'm still considering which one to buy. I don't much care about the video and I could care less about "Full-Frame Pride" so I've narrowed it down to the 1D MkIV, the 5D MkII and the D700. I think my first choice would be the 1D MkIV which should be available for sale right around the time I'm writing this. It comes a a big price premium over the others but I am somewhat afraid of the slow focus on the 5D and lack of dual memory cards. The D700 is very cool, but it doesn't feel right in my hands (possibly a battery grip would help?) and while I'm not a megapixel whore the 12 mp does seem like a limiting factor and if I were to buy it and at some point want more resolution my only choice would be the crazy expensive D3x which doesn't thrill me. Well, a decision will be forthcoming before the end of February (and hopefully sooner) as our wedding season bookings begin in March. Of course Murphy's law says that Olympus will finally get off their butts and release a really cool E4 1 day after I spend money on another brand of camera. Sigh. I try and avoid the gear head in me, but it keeps coming back.