Think Tank’s New Signature 10 Camera Bag

bag1Anybody who knows me or follows my blog knows that I have an affinity for Think Tank Photo’s great line of camera bags. Their bags a incredibly well thought-out, constructed to take abuse and there’s a bag for every need. Believe me, I have more Think Tank bags than my wife has purses. From travel rollers to backpacks, Think Tank takes care of all my needs. Then, there’s the wants, not needs. Here comes the new Signature Series. Made in two sizes, these bags are absolutely gorgeous.

bag3Available in two sizes, the Signature 10 and 13 are beautifully made shoulder bags that looks great while continuing to have Think Tank’s usual functionality. My Signature 10 is perfectly suited for a night on the town with my Fuji XT-2 and 2-3 lenses. The grey exterior is a handsome, weather resistant fabric that has the feel of extremely nice wool. The shoulder strap and buckles are made of soft, full-grain leather and attaches to the bag with antiqued metal. There’s a two sided pocket on the back which allows you to slip your bag through your travel suitcase handle while navigating through the airport. There’s also a zippered pocket on the back that can hold your batteries or other accessories. Inside, there’s plenty of room for your mirrorless camera and two to three zoom or prime lenses. There’s also another inside pocket that can hold an iPad mini. There’s even a front pocket that can easily hold a novel or Kindle. The padding is covered with a really nice quilted fabric. Extra pads are provided for limitless flexibility.

bag2I can’t stress enough how luxurious and sophisticated this bag looks. It looks more like a really nice travel bag as opposed to a camera bag. I like this because it doesn’t scream “Hey, I’ve got a camera!” which makes it great for travelling as you’re less likely to be accosted for your gear. Also, I’ve found it doesn’t raise suspicion when taking your camera into places that may not be photo friendly. As usual, Think Tank has another winner on their hands. Starting at $249, these bags aren’t cheap, but they’re not meant to be. These are luxury bags for the fashionista. GET YOURS HERE!

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Erroneous Compatibility Warning With Edit In Photoshop

If you upgraded your Lightroom and Photoshop today, be aware that there is a bug. When you select the Edit In Photoshop from Lightroom CC 2015.10/Lightroom 6.10 you recieve the following compatibility warning despite having Camera Raw 9.10 installed:

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This is an error and you should ignore it and select “Open Anyway” to edit your image with full Photoshop compatibility. Apparently, Adobe is aware of this error and is working on it.

Beautiful 3030 Square Foot Home in Maple Valley

Alan Lawrence Photography : 425-891-7079


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Think Tank Photo Does It Again with Their Helipak V.2 Backpack for Phantom Drones

Think Tank never ceases to create and improve upon great products. They have filled a need for a lightweight, portable pack to carry the Phantom Quadcopter anywhere and everywhere. For the past couple of years, I’ve kept my Phantom Vision Quadcopter in a Go Professional hard case. While it was packed perfectly and safely, the case was extremely heavy and difficult to carry long distances as it only had a handle, like a suitcase without wheels.helipad

What I wanted was a backpack for my drone so that I could take it anywhere I wanted, whether it was through the city or on the trial. Enter the new Think Tank Airport Helipak. This bag is almost perfect!

helipak3Updating their previous version, this new edition features an outstanding, breathable lumbar support, adjustable shoulder harness and a removable padded waist belt. I can carry this bag forever without really noticing it is there. Inside, there’s plenty of space for any Phantom model including the 4 Pro, or similar sized quadcopters, with plenty of extra batteries, remotes and other accessories. There’s even room for a professional DSLR and a lens or two. The inside of the lid has 2 large zippered pockets for cables, cards and props. There’s an outside pocket for a 15″ laptop, iPad and other things. There is also an organizer pocket for a smart phone, wallet, business cards and the like. I can store my MacBook Pro and my Hoodman Aviator Hood in the outside pocket with no problems. And, as if all that wasn’t enough, there is a side pocket for a water bottle as well as small pockets on the shoulder strap for a snack or cell phone. The interior can be reconfigured as needed. It is sized for either international or domestic travel as it easily fits into the carry-on luggage compartment. helipak1

As with all their bags, Think Tank put a lot of thought into this bag and truly left no stone upturned. My only quibble is that you have to take the props off in order to stow the aircraft. I’m sure this is to keep the bag to a reasonable size and remain within airport standards. A quick visit to the local drone store revealed that most bags and cases require removal of the props. They even provided reinforcements for the rotor threads to protect the inside of the bag as well as your prop connectors. The bag is water resistant and it comes with a full, waterproof cover in case you are caught in a downpour.

As a Phantom 4 PRO owner, I’m very excited about this bag. It is the absolute perfect solution for taking your quadcopter anywhere you want. At only $199.75, this bag is an absolute bargain.
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Top Music Releases 2016

Well it’s that time again. Here are my top albums of 2016 in no particular order:

Gaz Coombes – Matador
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
David Bowie – Black Star
John Doe – Westerner
Eagulls – Ullages
Pineapple Thief – Your Wilderness
Riverside – Eye of the Soundscape
Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being
Kyle Craft – Dolls of Highland
Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – You’re Doomed. Be Nice
Shearwater – Jet Plane and Oxbow
Sturgil Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

BEST REISSUES OF 2016:
David Bowie – Bowie at the Beeb)
This Heat – This Heat
Budgie – The MCA Albums
Yes – Tales of Topographic Oceans (Steven Wilson Mix)
Sun Ra – The Singles
Public Image Ltd – Metal Box
Big Star – Complete Third
Led Zeppelin – Complete BBC Sessions
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock

John Doe at KEXP 11-29-2016



 
John Doe, formerly of the band X, performed a solo acoustic show in the Gathering Space at KEXP last night. It was absolutely fantastic. Everybody was so quiet, even John mentioned that he never gets to play in front of such a quiet audience and he felt like a folk singer at a club in the 60s. A total treat!

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The Posies @ Neptune Theatre 11-16-2016

The Posies put on a great show last night at The Neptune with a really raucous set.


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