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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 #32 - Detroit Update, Traveling with your Photo Gear and SmugMug

faplogosmall (Duration - 01:15:59) On this episode of Fireground Action Photography photographer Rick Nohl joins us for an an update on his latest fire buffing trip to Detroit, Michigan. Rick uses SmugMug for not only displaying and selling his images, but as his primary website. We'll get his thoughts on using SmugMug. We'll also share our thoughts and experiences on flying with your photo gear. And a "Happy Birthday" shout-out to Craig's sister Teri and brother Ray. Here are some related links you may find useful: Emergency Service Images - Featuring the photography of Rick Nohl Rick Nohl Media Rick's new fire photography blog Wordpress.org - Create and serve your own Wordpress blog Wordpress.com - A free, hosted blog service from Wordpress Smugmug.com Digital Grin (SmugMug Support Forum) Web Developer - Firefox Plug-in Handy CSS Color Chart for buildling your SmugMug site Printroom.com Firepics.net William G. Hartenstein Photography TSA Traveler Page - Carry On Regulations, etc. Fireground Action Photography Flickr Group Follow Rick Nohl on Twitter Follow Ross Benson on Twitter Follow Craig Durling on Twitter Follow the FAP Podcast Community on Twitter

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FAP Episode #9 - Shooting on a Budget

faplogosmall(Duration - 59:15) In this episode of the Fireground Action Photography podcast we discuss the different ways a photographer, novice or veteran, can shoot on a budget. How can you get a camera cheaper? How can you save money on equipment and accessories? How can you (and we) shop smarter to save you money in the long run? We'll use some of our own tricks as well as some from listeners to help save you money when buying camera equipment. Here are some related links you may find useful: B&H Photo/Video - The on-line home of the east coast's premiere photo/video supply store. Samy's Camera - The on-line home of the west coast's premiere photo/video supply store. Amazon.com - The home of Amazon.com (and a great place to research & buy your photography equipment) Sportsshooter.com - Where the COOL sports photographers hang out! Canon USA - For all Canon products (Like the new EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 50D DSLR's) Nikon USA - For all Nikon products (Like the new D90 & D700 DSLR's) Olympus America - For all Oympus camera products (Like the E420, E520 and E3 DSLR's) Vivitar - Manufacturer of cameras, lenses, flashes, and slide projectors

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FAP Episode #8 - The Mobile Office

faplogosmall(Duration - 47:46) In this episode of the Fireground Action Photography podcast we discuss a topic suggested by a listener in Sweden: The Mobile Office. How do you send pictures to clients from the field? Craig reviews a helpful gadget he's been using for years now...the portable vehicle jumpstart/booster pack. Here are some related links you may find useful: 3Gstore.com - EVDO cards, antennas, boosters and other mobile office products EVDOinfo.com - Your on-line resource for mobile office data and communication Verizonwireless.com - Your on-line resource for Verizon EVDO and wireless data service Sprint.com - Your on-line resource for Sprint EVDO and wireless data service PAPAC.SE - Featuring the photography of listener Chris Johansson (Sweden) Globalstar.com - Satellite phone equipment and service Pep Boys.com - One of many on-line resources for battery booster packs

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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 #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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