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Some random thoughts…

Moving right along…

Well I’ve come up for air and wanted to leave you a note. Sorry it’s been so long since my last post but things have been crazy.

1. The Alaska trip was a total success! Six plane flights and 4,000 plus images later I came back with what I call my “money shot”. That classic shot of the Grizzly atop the falls with it’s mouth open about to receive an unsuspecting Salmon as it jumps the falls. Check out this preview gallery: http://www.craigdurling.com/Alaska%202008.html. Once I get an opportunity to sift through the rest of the images I’ll put some more up. The “money shot” is the last one shown on the preview page. I definitely got what I went for…that shot is THE reason I went to Katmai. I haven’t even had time to work on the Bermuda images but I will prioritize the Alaska stuff.

2. My first podcast “Fireground Action Photography” has officially launched and is being carried through Feedburner and iTunes. Please subscribe and download it! I’m new to podcasting so please be kind as I learn the ropes and hopefully get better. http://www.firegroundaction.com/Media.html

3. I’ll be heading to Vegas later this week to attend the New Media Expo. I hope to learn more about podcasting, blogging, etc. as well as do some great networking with those in the biz. http://www.newmediaexpo.com

I hope to blog more frequently as things progress with my multimedia efforts. See you next time and be well.

Craig

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August 12, 2008 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Alright, alright…it’s time to pack!

Hey all,

Alright, here’s what gear is going to Alaska with me to photograph Grizzlies:

Canon 40d camera body (x2)

Canon 1D Mark II camera body

Canon 500mm f4 lens with Aquatech rain cover, Wimberly head and Gitzo tripod

Canon 100-400 IS

Canon 70-200mm F2.8

Canon 24-70mm F2.8

Canon 16-35mm F2.8

Canon 50mm Macro

1.4x Extender

580 EX II Strobe

Light Meter

Macbook Pro with portable back-up drives

And, of course, a full compliment of batteries, chargers, filters, ball heads, CF cards, mounting brackets and a whole bunch of other miscellaneous accessories (some useful, some not so much)

Let’s see, did I miss anything?  Oh yeah…underwear.

July 27, 2008 Posted by | Photography, visual arts | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gearing up…

Hello all…

I’ve been planning my upcoming Alaska trip for over a year now and it’s finally becoming a reality.  Some fellow photographers and I will be flying to a lodge in Katmai in two weeks.  Have you ever seen the classic images of a Grizzly Bear standing on the edge of a waterfall catching a leaping Salmon in it’s mouth?  Well, that image was likely taken at a place called Brooks Falls along the Brooks River.  That’s where we’re going!  They  are in the midst of the “Salmon run” up there, the annual migration  of Salmon returning to their place of birth in order to spawn.   They swim upstream and up waterfalls and the Grizzlies, looking to bulk up for their winter hibernation, actively hunt these fish as they battle their way upstream.

I’ll be there in the middle of all the action hoping to get that classic shot for myself!  Although the nice folks at Brooks Lodge couldn’t guarantee that the bears will be fluffy and hungry, nor would the salmon be jumping, I still have high hopes.  I, along with my colleagues, will be bringing  cases of camera gear with us, no doubt making the airline droids who thought up the “extra $$ for extra baggage” policy very happy.  I now have the task of selecting which pieces of equipment (lenses, camera bodies, etc.) I’ll be taking along for the ride.  Along with looking through equipment I already have is the requisite running around and buying up every thinkable accessory I may, or may not, need.  There are no roads up there, we’ll be taking a float plane directly to the lodge.  We’re actually going to ship a few cases of camera equipment ahead via UPS to save on airline surcharges.  I hope to come back with a slew of wonderful shots to show you all via the website.  Wish me luck!

An update on the “Fireground Action Photography” podcast…

I’ve finally recorded Episode ’00’ which will serve as the introductory episode.  After I complete a few full episodes I’ll go ahead and officially launch the podcast on the web.  More on that later…right now I have to go find some more camera batteries and bug spray…

http://www.craigdurling.com

http://www.firegroundaction.com

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment