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Ten galleries of images representing David's work, both personal and professional, over the last 8 years.

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If you've tried the books about gear and long for something more, David's poured his heart into 20 books and ebooks for you.

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Two carefully curated collections of 24 beautiful fine-art prints and folios for your walls or your personal collection.

Jul 31st

2013

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CategoryPosted in: Images, Postcards From..., Travel, Wilderness

More from Gwaii Haanas

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I’m heading to Bali tomorrow but I’ll do my best to drop a line. In the meantime, here’s a few more postcards (didn’t see the first ones? You can find them here), and some shop talk about packing logistics, from last week’s trip to Gwaii Haanas.

Like the Ocean Light II trip to the Khutzeymateen, I was limited in what I could bring because of the strict weight limits imposed (randomly) by the float planes. I left my 300/2.8 at home and focused on putting all my gear, including rain gear, knee pads, and tripod, into my Gura Gear Bataflae backpack. I’ve learned that my best shot at having what I need when I need it, instead of back on the boat, is to have it with me, so it all comes with me on every excursion, no exceptions. Weather changes fast on the ocean, so having rain gear accessible – in my case it’s always the sizeable outside front pockets of the Bataflae, along with lens cloths – is a must. I still insist on two bodies, knowing that changing lenses exposes my sensor to salt spray, and I cringe each time I need to put the teleconverter on. Even still, I needed to sit on my bunk for an hour and do a thorough cleaning of both cameras about half-way through the trip.

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The list looks long but really it’s 2 bodies, 2 lenses, some filters, a tripod and the minimum I needed to stay warm and dry. The rest just doesn’t matter and only weighs me down. Here’s what I took:

Nikon D800
Nikon D3s
16-35/4.0
70-200/2.8
2x Teleconverter

Lee filter holder
3-stop solid ND filter
3-stop grad ND filter
10-stop solid ND filter
Polarizer

2 x Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia rain covers
Gitzo Ocean Traveler
Cleaning kit
Lens cloths

Batteries,chargers, cables
11″ MacBook Air, cables
6 x 64 GB CF / SD cards, card reader
Kindle, iPhone, iPod
Moleskine notebook, pens

Black Diamond knee pads
Patagonia rain pants
Patagonia rain jacket
Icebreaker toque and gloves
2 x Patagonia guide pants
1 x cargo pants

2 x Icebreaker t-shirts
2 x Icebreaker long-sleeve shirts
1 x Icebreaker sweater (thin)
1 x Helly Hansen sweater (heavy)

4x Icebreaker underwear
4x Icebreaker socks

Personal toiletries
MEC down sleeping bag
Travel towel
Water bottle
Black Diamond head lamp

Muck Boot Co. neoprene boots (Style be damned, I love these boots!)

Everything went into thin dry sacks and then into a North Face Base Camp duffle and one of my Gura Gear Bataflaes. My Gura Gear bags have been the world over with me and so far nothing has come close to them for lightness, durability, and comfort when doing this kind of work.

Jul 30th

2013

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Visualizing Spots in LR5

If there’s one feature I love in the newest version of Adobe’s Lightroom, it’s the Visualize Spots tool. There wasn’t much fanfare about it, it kind of snuck under the radar a little, but for me this is huge. Lord knows I try to keep my sensor clean but it’s a losing battle. My usual […]

Jul 28th

2013

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CategoryPosted in: News & Stuff, Postcards From..., Travel, Wilderness

Gwaii Haanas

A week ago we wound our way out of Sandspit, one of the few small towns in the Haida Gwaii, a group of islands in northern British Columbia that used to be called the Queen Charlotte Islands, towards a waiting bush plane. We loaded our gear into the De Havilland Beaver around 6:30am, the sun […]