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On this holiday weekend, let’s remember that it is about more than just another reason to get drunk.  It is the 234th anniversary of this great country of ours.  Have a great fourth of July and thank a veteran!  See ya soon!

If you’re anything like me, you must have thousands and thousands of pictures floating around on your hard drive, external(s) and DVDs.  Hopefully they are on externals and not just on your computer and not backed up.  If they aren’t, please go now.  Stop reading this and back up.

As I was reading this month’s edition of Digital Photo Pro, I started thinking about printing some pictures for galleries or personal use.  Then, I came up with a question for my readers  –

What photo service do you trust to print your photos?

There are tons of companies out there, and I have used a few of them.  There are a bunch that I have not tried yet.  I probably couldn’t come close to listing all of the companies out there, but I will list the bigger name companies that I do know of.  Please feel free to add any that you use.  I would also love it if you would list ones you don’t recommend so readers can not end up with bad prints.

Here are some I use and a little about them;

Shutterfly – I’ve been using them for many years.  They were one of the first companies I ever used.
Snapfish – Used them way back when.
Canvas On Demand – I had an amazing 16×20 canvas done by them.  You get it free when you sign up for a Pro Account.  Highly recommend them.
Local Ritz Camera – My local guy will color correct how I need it.  Great customer service in a pinch.
McGreevy’s – Local print shop in Albany.  I have never used them, but have heard great things about them.
Mpix – I haven’t used them much, but they are a great company from what I have heard.

Those are the main sites I know of or use.  Please feel free to share your experiences with these companies and add more.  See you soon!

On the way home from shooting at Five Rivers the other night, I just missed a storm that rolled through the area.

I got a call that it was pouring at home, so I hopped in the car and started heading home before it got to me out in the wild.  I could see by the wet roads and dripping trees that I had just missed it.  Not to far from home, I came across the scene above.  By the time I could get stopped in a place with a good view and get the camera ready, it was almost gone.

There was a double rainbow and a deep, dark sky.  The storm was moving over or just past downtown Albany.  I had missed it, but none of that mattered.  All that mattered was that I got to see this gorgeous scene.  It made a great day even better.

Yesterday, I had a few of the TCRPMG members join me for a trip to Five Rivers in Delmar, NY.  I have blogged about this place in the past, and each time I go, I find another reason to love it.

This time was no different.  We did our usual walk around the pond and I got some great shots.  As we were getting back to our starting point, one of the members spotted a turkey.  The turkey has 4 or 5 babies with it.  Being a wildlife preserve, the turkey and it’s babies did not seem phased that we were there and even walked within three feet of us while we were shooting them.

I had never seen a baby turkey before.  This was awesome!  I was so happy that we had come to that spot at that particular time.  Here are a few pics I took last night.

When I was younger, I was always told that I couldn’t go in the pool for thirty minutes after eating because I would die.  Actually, it was because you would get cramps and drown, so it’s kind of the same thing.  I always knew it was total BS and never really paid much attention.

As I am sitting here thinking about what to write for this post, this “old wives tale” hit me.  Where do some of these crazy things come from?  Who sat around and decided that if I swim right after eating, I will sink to the bottom of the pool like a rock?  What if it was a shallow pool and I could just stand up?  Growing up, we only had a four foot deep pool.  For a good portion of my life, I was tall enough to stand up and keep my head above the water.

Well, I looked it up on Snopes, and they have dismissed it as crap.  Maybe it was just a cruel punishment from parents, taking their fun away.  Or maybe they just didn’t have Snopes to check out the facts.  Either way, I missed a lot of swimming time as a kid because of it.

What kind of “old wives tales” did you have to endure as a child?  Are there some that you still have to deal with?

After my review of the FlipSide 300, the folks at LowePro sent me the FastPack 350.

The FastPack 350 is a bit larger and has some extra storage space. It also has room for a 17 inch laptop.  You might recall that in my review of the ProRunner 450AW, I had a difficult time fitting my laptop in.  This was not the case with the FastPack 350.  My laptop fit in much easier.

The FastPack 350 is set up a little differently than most camera bags I have used before.   Your camera equipment goes in the bottom of the bag, and that section opens to the side instead of from the top.  Inside this area, you can store a DSLR with with a 70-200mm lens attached, along with 2 or 3 extra lenses and a flash.  There are also two velcro pockets that can hold memory cards.

Along the side of the bag, you will find a long zipper that opens to provide storage for up to a 17 inch laptop.  As I mentioned earlier, my HP 17 inch laptop fit in there with no problem at all.

The top portion of the bag opens to reveal a rather large storage area.  Inside that storage area, there is a removable zippered pouch that will hold any extras you may be carrying with you.  The storage compartment also has two velcro pockets that are great for holding extra batteries and remotes.  Along with these pockets, there are pen holders, a mesh pouch and a clip for your keys.  On the outside of this compartment, there is a zippered pocket that leads to even more storage space.  This bag has quite a bit of room!

Just like the other bags I have tested for LowePro this bag has ample padding on the shoulder and waist straps, as well as the back area.  When I was wearing this bag, it was comfortable and did not feel like it was too heavy.  I even took it on the motorcycle one day just to try it out.  It worked just fine on the bike, although I did not have my laptop in tow.

Specifications and Description from LowePro’s site;

Capacity:

1 pro digital SLR with lens attached (up to 70-200mm f/2.8), 2-3 additional lenses or flash units, 17″ widescreen notebook, memory cards, batteries and cables

Size(Interior):
11W X 6.1D X 10.6H in./
28 X 15.5 X 27 cm

Size(Exterior):
12.4W X 9.6D X 19.3H in./
31.5 X 24.5 X 49 cm

Notebook Compartment Inner Dimensions:
11W X 1.5D X 18.9H in./
28 X 3.75 X 48 cm

Weight:
4.08lbs/1.85kg

Go all day with the lightweight, comfortable Fastpack 350 backpack. It protects your pro digital SLR and 17″ widescreen notebook compactly while providing generous storage for other gear. Side-entry compartments let you quickly grab equipment and accessories, even while you’re on the move. Customize the easy-to-access main compartment with adjustable dividers. A comfortable mesh waistbelt, and an adjustable sternum strap, help distribute weight evenly. To help you make the most of this Lowepro bag take a look at our new product video.

Price: $149.99

Colors: Black, Arctic Blue/Black, Red/Black

Pros

Fits laptops up to 17 inches
Extra storage space
Heavy padding for comfortable use
Mesh side pocket for carrying water

Cons

No All Weather cover

This has been yet another great bag from Lowepro.  I really enjoy testing them, as they make a great quality bag.  See ya soon!

*Images courtesy of LowePro

Marketing yourself

For the last few years, I have really wanted to start marketing my photography.  For one reason or another, I just haven’t been able to get it up and running.  So, I turn to you for a little feedback.  Here are some questions I have.

What site(s) do you use to market your products? – I have heard of sites like Etsy and Wozofoto.  I am sure there are others, but I am drawing a blank.  I am looking for a site that will let me sell my prints, but not kill me with fees.

What should I avoid? – Are there sites out there that are scams?  Are there signs I should look for?

Marketing techniques – What is the most common, affordable method of getting the word out that you are selling online?

Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated.  I really want to make a go of this.  See ya soon.

Actually, it’s a jet trail, or maybe four. That’s what I saw standing on my back deck watching the sunset.  I got home just in time to see it, and I couldn’t be happier.  When I first walked out there, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  There were some clouds above the tree line, but there were four jet trails in the sky.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it.

I was down at Wolff’s Biergarten for the SMBTV Happy Hour and decided to rush home to try and catch it.  As I was heading out 90 towards the house, the sky was amazing.  I wish I had had the camera and a good place to stop so I could have shot it.  It was amazing.  This is what it looked like when I first got home.  See ya soon!