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What's in my storm chasing "Go Bag"?

With tornado season upon us, it's time for me to assemble my "Go Bag".  I'll keep this ready to go because I might have to jump on a plane at a moments notice to head toward storm country to chase the illusive "big one".  Although I want to bring everything I think I may need, it's also important to stay portable and travel light.  During these storm chases we are constantly in and out of hotels, vehicles and not to mention, airplanes.  Packing too much gear bogs you down and when you're chasing tornadoes, that's the last thing you want!  Here's what I'll be packing in the media bag along with the MacBook Pro: 2 Canon 40d DSLR camera bodies 16-35mm f2.8 L lens 24-105mm f4 lens 70-200mm f2.8 L lens (or the 100-400mm) 580 EXII strobe (or two) Canon HFS10 HD Video Camera Contour HD Helmet Camera Lightning Trigger Pocket Wizards Gitzo carbon fiber tripod w/ball head Portable Storage Device (80 gig) Satellite Phone Walkie Talkies Portable Scanner MP3 audio recorder for podcast recordings Rain covers, batteries, chargers, CF/SD cards, filters, cable releases, power strip, various clamps & brackets, etc. And for me this is traveling light! My other bag will have the usually "weekender" supply of clean (and dry) clothes, toiletries and rain gear.  I'll use my laptop and iPhone to monitor local radar loops.  The portable scanner will be used to not only monitor public safety frequencies but to be alerted of severe weather alerts and warnings.  A variety of broadband and MiFi cards will be used to stay connected in the field.  Oh, let's not forget the map books!
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FAP Episode #7 - New Canon Releases

faplogosmall(Duration - 51:47) In this episode of the Fireground Action Photography podcast we talk about Canon's announcement regarding the release of the EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 50D, PowerShot G10 and the 24mm 1.4 lens. In our new "Gadget of the Week" segment, Ross reviews a helmet-mounted flashlight holder from Black Jack. Here are some related links you may find useful: dpreview.com - "Digital Photography Review" - Digital photography reviews, buying guides and forums firepics.net - On-line group/forum for emergency services photographers Canon USA - For all Canon products (Like the new EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 50D, PowerShot D10 & 24mm 1.4 lens) BlackJackHolder.com - The helmet-mounted "Black Jack" flashlight holder Samy's Camera - The on-line home of the west coast's premiere photo/video supply store. Get your Canon gear here! Amazon.com - The home of Amazon.com Sportsshooter.com - Where the COOL sports photographers hang out!

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FAP Episode #3 - Shooting Modes

faplogosmall(Duration 51:21) In this episode fire photographers Craig Durling and Ross Benson discuss camera "Mode" settings. When do you select what mode and why? Do you shoot primarily in Program mode? Aperture Priority mode? Hopefully not Automatic mode...we'll discuss this in detail. A listener reminds us all to protect the images displayed on our websites by disabling the right-click function. We've found an effective source for this important bit of HTML code. Here are some related link which you may find useful: http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=255179 - Source for HTML code to disable the right-click function in IE and Firefox www.firepics.net - On-line forum for fire photographers www.twitlive.tv - Live video streaming site featuring all things Leo Laporte www.techguylabs.com - Headquarters for all things Leo Laporte www.twipphoto.com - Website for the "This Week In Photography" podcast, a great resource for any photographer

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FAP Episode #2 - Our Fireground Gear

faplogosmall(Duration 44:49) In this episode we are joined again by photographer Ross A. Benson. We begin what will be a recurring feature in the series in which we review the gear we use on the fireground. What do you carry with you to the fire and what do you always have in your car? What equipment, camera equipment as well as safety gear, do you choose to take with you onto the fireground? We'll share some great gadgets and tools that make our work not only more effective, but safer. As always, we'll throw in some stories. Here are some related link which you may find useful: www.firecache.com - Wildland firefighting equipment www.nationalfirefighter.com - Wildland firefighting equipment www.galls.com - Structural, wildland firefighting and related equipment www.allstarfire.com - Structural, wildland firefighting and related equipment www.hotshield.com - Manufacturer of heat resistant wildland firefighting face masks, helmet shrouds, bandannas and respiratory housings www.truenorthgear.com - Packs, duffels, hydration packs and more for the fireground. ("Crew Boss" & "Spyder") www.danner.com - Quality boots for the fireground www.bullard.com - Structural and wildland fire protective helmets www.phenixfirehelmets.com - Structural fire protective helmets www.truckvault.com - Truck Vault vehicle equipment security systems www.pelican.com - Pelican watertight cases and more www.surefire.com - Quality flashlights

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