May 13

My Portable Photo Studio for the Airstream

Thought I’d actually show you what I use as my lightweight photo gear when we’re on the road. It’s so nice not to have to lug around my heavy DSLR and a bag full of lenses. This is my setup:


(This stuff is on the top of our regular sized picnic table right now….the Lastolite blue carrying bag is not quite the depth? of the table, for size reference.)

I’ve got my Fuji x100s (16MP, 35mm fixed lens), a Lastolite collapsable background (white, folds up and collapses into that blue zipper bag) that expands to 5ft x 6ft and can easily be leaned up against the side of the trailer if I want a solid background, and a Tamrac light stand bag. In the smaller outer pocket of the bag I keep these:


Two Pocket Wizard Plus X transceivers and one YongNuo YN560-II speedlight (affectionately known as the Kung Pao strobe…learned about this one from David Hobby/Strobist…it’s cheap, it’s manual, and fast recycling). One Pocket Wizard goes in the hot shoe of my x100s and one connects to the speedlight with that curly cord there. The speedlight and its Pocket Wizard then get attached to the platform bracket on top of this Bogen telescoping monopod (which also has an umbrella adapter on it). The umbrella slips into its spot on the adapter and the speedlight lights the subject through it (softening the light). The speedlight is triggered by the Pocket Wizard on my x100s when I press the shutter. Super portable, huh?


So far, I’m extremely happy with the results I’m getting from this little kit!

Oct 11



Jun 11

I-5 Landscapes

A couple shots out the car window from our trip down I-5 (over at Riveted).



Mar 11

Textures and Patterns


Taken with my iPhone at the Oregon Coast.

Apr 10

New airstream

This is what I've been doing since Friday:

Sure, the weather's been horrible outside, but it's cozy inside.  We traded in our 22' Airstream International CCD for a 27' Airstream International CCD and boy is that extra five feet SO TOTALLY WORTH IT.  More pics to follow of the inside as we get it properly tweaked and customized.  I'm thinking of starting a whole blog just about the airstream and the whole neverending project of design and technology (oh yeah, and camping).