Whats in Bens Camera Bag

By | Benjamin Powell Photography, Loose Gravel | One Comment
WHATS IN MY CAMERA BAG

One of the questions I get asked most often is, “What do you shoot with?”

I can consistently pick out improvements that I should have made in my own work; sharpness, focus, composition, printing and all the other important properties that form a truly breathtaking image. I’m easily my own worst critic, constantly looking for ways to improve, learn and push myself creatively! If I’m not progressing photographically then I have become stagnant. With that being said, I don’t believe that the cameras and lenses you own makes you any better of a photographer and I’m a firm believer in improving skill over improving equipment (see FACEBOOK POST below)…YET, printing this size, I have found the limitations of my gear and sensors,  now I have come to the stage I must begin progressing my equipment as well. A lot of different options have arose and the universe works mysteriously! The joy comes from allowing it. Until then I shoot Canon and the following is my gear list.

DAKINE RELOAD 30L PHOTO BACKPACK
  • Vertical board carry straps
  • Photo specific main compartment
  • Padded laptop sleeve
  • Fits most 17″ laptops
  • Tripod carry
  • Multiple internal pockets
  • Deployable rain cover
  • Padded waist belt
  • Adjustable sternum strap
  • Compression molded backpanel
  • Water Bottle pocket
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

TO LEARN MORE VISIT DAKINE

CANON 5D MKii

“The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a vast ISO Range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2: 25600), plus EOS technologies like Auto Lighting Optimizer and Peripheral Illumination Correction. It supports Live View shooting, Live View HD videos, and more. It can shoot up to 3.9 fps, has 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points, a new 98% coverage viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) and a rugged build.”

TO LEARN MORE VISIT CANON

CANON EOS REBEL T3i

“The EOS Rebel T3i has an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor that captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range and offers more than enough resolution for big enlargements or crops. This first-class sensor features many of the same new technologies as used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel’s light-gathering efficiency. Its APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format). The Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor dramatically speeds up the entire EOS Rebel T3i DSLR’s camera operations for intuitive operation and offers improvements in both fine detail and natural color reproduction. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel T3i DSLR’s CMOS Image Sensor to achieve phenomenal levels of performance in nearly any situation.”

TO LEARN MORE VISIT CANON

Canon EF 17-40MM f/4L USM

“L-series ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that’s ideal for both film and digital SLRs. Superior optics are assured by the use of three Aspherical lens elements, in addition to a Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) glass element. Optical coatings are optimized for use with digital cameras. This lens focuses as close as 11 inches (0.28m), and offers both Canon’s full-time manual focus and a powerful ring-type USM for fast and silent AF. It has a constant f/4 maximum aperture, and offers the choice of screw-in 77mm filters or a holder in the rear of the lens for up to three gel filters. Finally, it offers weather-resistant construction similar to other high-end L-series lenses.”

TO LEARN MORE VISIT CANON

CANON SPEEDLITE 600EX II‑RT

“The Speedlite 600EX II-RT delivers impressive power, responsive performance and advanced, wireless communication for those who demand the very best in flash photography. Featuring improved continuous performance up to 2.0x* faster than its predecessor, the Speedlite 600EX II-RT performs at a phenomenal speed, and reliably at that – new Quick Flash settings and a flash-readiness indicator help ensure priority shutter operation, even when the flash isn’t fully recharged. It’s also built for fast, convenient use virtually anywhere for any situation, with improved combination button and dial controls, a refined dust- and water-resistant body and new accessories tailor-made for enhanced lighting effects. For speedy and comprehensive flash photography on the go, the Speedlite 600EX II-RT delivers portable, professional performance with ease.”

TO LEARN MORE VISIT CANON

CANON EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

“Standard lens featuring superb quality and portability. Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. Crisp images with little flare are obtained even at the maximum aperture.”

TO LEARN MORE VISIT CANON

CANON SPEEDLITE TRANSMITTER ST‑E3‑RT
  • Facilitates Wireless Transmission
  • 5 Groups or 15 Individual Speedlites
  • Range Up to 98.4′
  • Makes Complex Lighting Setups Simple
  • Compact Design & Reliable Construction
  • Clearly Laid Out Information Panel
  • Buttons With Back Lighting

TO LEARN MORE VISIT CANON

Yes, Im missing a few things, like; a telephoto lens, tri-pod, filters, remotes and numerous other goodies. Thats because I break stuff to often and Im still waiting to find quality items and have the confidence to stand behind them.

If you have any suggestions or just want to join the conversation, comment below! If your interested in learning more about PARTNERING WITH US or just want to CONTACT us, we welcome it and always enjoy entertaining new ideas. Cheers!

How to Ski 20+ Days at our INW Ski Resorts on the Cheap

By | Loose Gravel | No Comments
Ski 20+ Days on the Cheap

Lets face it, grabbing your gear and heading to the mountains is a top priority for nearly anyone living in the Inland Northwest during the Winter. Yet, those days on the mountains start to take a toll on our bank accounts. Lift Tickets, Food, Beer and gas in your rig, your looking at a Hundred + Dollar day just to go hoop and holler while you fly through the woods and snow.  Now lets take a family up, 2 adults and 3 to 4 kids; Tickets, food, your sanity  and your looking at 500 + for one day out of the whole season. Hows that fair? So.. we spent some of our time compiling a calendar of our 5 Local resorts, Ski Cheap or Free Days, so those of us who love to turn into the mountain yeti still can.

The Following Calendar is interactive and  is also downloadable to your i calendar

Month Week Day
October 2017
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
September 25, 2017 September 26, 2017 September 27, 2017 September 28, 2017 September 29, 2017 September 30, 2017 October 1, 2017
October 2, 2017 October 3, 2017 October 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 6, 2017 October 7, 2017 October 8, 2017
October 9, 2017 October 10, 2017 October 11, 2017 October 12, 2017 October 13, 2017 October 14, 2017 October 15, 2017
October 16, 2017 October 17, 2017 October 18, 2017 October 19, 2017 October 20, 2017 October 21, 2017 October 22, 2017
October 23, 2017 October 24, 2017 October 25, 2017 October 26, 2017 October 27, 2017 October 28, 2017 October 29, 2017
October 30, 2017 October 31, 2017 November 1, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4, 2017 November 5, 2017
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