Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Gear

Dodge Sprinter EB
3000 W diesel Generator
150 Amp Alternator
4D Battery
Solar Panel
2000 W Inverter
Pioneer AVIC-N3 In-Dash Nav
XM Satellite Radio / Traffic
iPod Integration
Roof Mount AC
Refrigerator / Freezer (Stocked)
3 Person Sofa
Ladder to roof with walkable roof rack

2 Work Stations
Mac Pro, Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
16GB (8 x 2GB) SDRAM
Mac Pro RAID Card
4x500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s (Dual Boot)
2x150GB 10000-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)
One 16x SuperDrive
Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
PCIe Firewire 800/400 Card
Mac Pro, Two 3.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
16GB (8 x 2GB) SDRAM
4x500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s (Dual Boot)
2x150GB 10000-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)
One 16x SuperDrive
Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
PCIe Firewire 800/400 Card
5x500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s RAID Tower

MacBook Pro 17" 3.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon 3GB SDRAM

Hasselblad H2
HC 3.5/35mm
HC 2.8/80mm
HC 4/120mm
HC 4.5/300mm
Really Right Stuff L-Bracket

Leaf Aptus 75s 33 Megapixel Digital Back

Canon 1Ds MarkII 16.7 Megapixel Digital SLR
EOS EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
EOS EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
EOS EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
EOS TS-E 90mm f/2.8
EOS 580 EX
Really Right Stuff L-Bracket

Profoto B2, 2 Heads

4x Pocket Wizards
Gitzo 1348 Large Carbon Fiber Tripod
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Large Ball Head
6 C-Stands

200' Worth of Heavy Duty Extension Cord's

Tools, tape, foam core, random goodies.

Coming Soon:
Phase One P45+
Mamiya 645AFD

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Van Has Arrived!

After a long wait and much preparation the van is ours. I drove it home to Fresno last night and it drove nice despite the wind and the Grapevine didn't slow it down at all. It is ready to roll. We are going to spend the next few days just shooting it for promos. Keep tuned in for updates.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Van Update

The van is coming along well.

The Proper Care & Feeding Of: CF Cards

Ok so everyone always asks me how to deal with certin issues, so I am going to start a new series, "The Proper Care & Feeding Of:..."

Everyone always brings me CF cards and bats their eyes at me and ad asks, "can you get the images off this for me." I always feel bad for them and say yes, but I always give them the CF card speech.

Choosing a CF card seams simple but there are a few things you should consider. Canon cameras do not like Lexar cards; this is my biggest customer, people that use Lexar cards with Canon cameras almost like clockwork bring me there cards. If you don't believe me just google lexar canon. Do not use to big of a card, when we used to shoot with film we would change out a roll of film at most ever 36 frames, so if you lost a roll of film you would not lose the whole job. I am not saying get cards so small that you need to change it out every 36 frames but don't get a 8GB card with a 40D. I like to get around 100 Images on a card. Also keep in mind that the High end Canon's and Nikon's have two card slots and you can shot to both of them at once, so you are backed up at the source. Somf you don't need speed a micro drive is much more stable than a CF card.

The simplest advice is as soon as you buy them organize them! I don't know how many time I have seen people trying to figure out if they have used the card or not. It is simple, just put a number on the back 1 to whatever and when you start shooting always start with number 1.

Before shooting you should do a few things. Format the card on your computer, use apples disk utility to format the card as an MS-DOS file system, this is the base system on the card before you format the card in camera. I do this before ever shoot, if I need to reuse the card during the shoot after downloading it I just reformat it in camera.

During shooting, make sure you formant it in camera every time you use it, don't just delete all, and don't pick and chose what files you want to delete, in my experience this is what tends to corrupt cards the most. Do not fill up the card! The way that the camera determines how many images can be stored on the card is by estimation, since file sizes vary if your last image is larger than the estimation it can lock up the card as well.

After shooting, do not browse the card, if you use an application to browse the card it can attempt to write files to the card and lock it up. Download the cards and make a copy on an external drive ASAP.

When storing your cards I recommend a good sealing card storage container like Gepe, do not just throw the card in your pocket or bag, the contact points for the card are in the tiny holes you don't want to get stuff in them.

When things go wrong don't try and reuse your card, just place it back in your card holder and continue shooting with another card. When you get back to your computer you can get the images off 3 out of 4 times. There is a bunch of software and services out there to recover your CF cards, the one that I have found to be the best is Data Rescue from Prosoft. The reason that I like this software is not only can it do CF cards but it can do hard drives as well, if you want you can get the Drive Genius + Data Rescue package, it comes with a whole host of tools that are great for digital photographers.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The coolest, or scariest thing I have seen in a while. is service that allows you to send in your files or slides. They do the the workflow, key wording, photoshop, printing, just about anything that you can think of. This is cool for photographers, but it farms out a lot of the work that is traditionally done by assistants. Also the work is done on the cheep the retouching services start out at $5!!! So the retouchers that get paid good money better get ready to change their lifestyle, or is this just a passing fad?

Cannon Recall

Canon Pulled its unsold 1D Mark III's today because of the autofocus issue. I guess canon decided that X is more than the cost of a recall (read below!)


Jack sits next to a frumpy WOMAN. They chat. Jack turns to
look at his food, takes a bite. He turns back and it's...

--a BALD MAN next to him, talking. Jack takes another bite,
turns back and it's...

--a BUSINESSMAN next to him. Jack takes another bite, turns
back, and it's...

--a BUSINESS WOMAN next to him.

The people I meet on each flight --
they're single-serving friends.
Between take-off and landing, we have
our time together, but that's all we


Jack's eyes snap open.

You wake up at Logan.


A giant corrugated METAL DOOR opens.

On a long enough time line, the
survival rate for everyone drops to

Two TECHNICIANS lead Jack to the BURNT-OUT SHELL of a
WRECKED AUTOMOBILE. Jack sets down his briefcase, opens it
and starts to make notes on a CLIPBOARDED FORM.

I'm a recall coordinator. My job is
to apply the formula. It's a story

Here's where the infant went through
the windshield. Three points.

A new car built by my company leaves
somewhere traveling at 60 miles per
hour. The rear differential locks up.

The teenager's braces around the
backseat ashtray would make a good
"anti-smoking" ad.

The car crashes and burns with
everyone trapped inside. Now: do we
initiate a recall?

The father must've been huge. See
how the fat burnt into the driver's
seat with his polyester shirt? Very
"modern art."

Take the number of vehicles in the
field, (A), and multiply it by the
probable rate of failure, (B), then
multiply the result by the average
out-of-court settlement, (C). A
times B times C equals X...



Jack is speaking to the BUSINESSWOMAN next to him.

If X is less than the cost of a
recall, we don't do one.

Are there a lot of these kinds of

Oh, you wouldn't believe.

... Which... car company do you work

A major one.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Leopard ZERO disk Space available issue

So I was sitting doing some image editing and my computer tells me that I have no disk space left! After doing some investigating online I found this thread on apples Support, but it was not very helpful, assuming we had the same problem, they thought that it had to do with the cover flow cache (as did I at first). After doing some investigating I found the incredibly large 120GB file at this path your-disk/users/username/library/filesync, the file that is in there was a file for .mac iDisk syncing. It appears that Leopard has an issue with its iDisk syncing. This is a minor issue that I am sure they will have resolved soon!.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Is Apple Hardware brass on the Titanic?

Is apple Hardwear doomed? You can put Tiger on a PC. With Apple hardwear being so expensive and the ability to install OSX on a PC is this the begenning of the end for the Mac!?


Do a fresh install of tiger, OR ELSE!!!

Do a fresh install of tiger or else you run the risk of the dreaded blue screen. Also don't forget to do a compleat backup, many people just the gun and get to antious to install new stuff, but always back up first!

[The Apple Thread]

Leopard Arrives

Leopard rocks on the Intel! But if anyone have any issues lets talk post them! I ran it threw the ringer today with the following: Lightroom, Aperture, CS3, Leaf Capture 11, C1Pro, EOS Capture, and Live, I have not had any crash Issues. The RSS function in Mail is Awesome, and Spaces is too cool for tech's. Over all the system feels faster and more importantly smoother.

Two machines tested:

MacBook Pro: 2.33 Ghz Intel, 3 GB Ram

Mac Pro: Quad Core 3.0 Ghz Intel, 8 GB Ram