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Slowing Down and Connecting

Oct 29, 2013 Category: Travel

I’ve now been in Oaxaca, Mexico for almost 4 days and things are starting to come together.  Today I visited the town of Mitla, a small town with a small, active market and some of the most important archeological ruins in the area, a pre-columbian settlement.  As I’m not a big fan of “ruins”, I wanted to celebrate the living as opposed to the dead so, while others in my group checked out the inner tombs, I wanted to see what else I could photograph.

Off in a distant corner, under some trees, were

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Images from Oaxaca: Day Two

Oct 28, 2013 Category: Travel

Day two in Oaxaca, Mexico and it turned out to be a very interesting journey, indeed. Rockets sonically lit up the night sky until dawn when I finally gave in and decided to walk the streets, camera in hand, to see what early light would bring. Apparently, being mostly Catholic, the Oaxacan population doesn’t get out on a Sunday morning so I found myself wandering mostly alone. While the morning light laid beautifully upon the ancient city,

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Images from Oaxaca: Day One

Oct 26, 2013 Category: Travel

Oaxaca is a pretty neat place.  The streets are all cobblestone and there’s an ancient feel to the place.  Best of all, it doesn’t seem too touristy.  After a short nap, I spent the afternoon wandering to get a feel for the place.  I had a couple of local beers, followed a parade, watched a wedding, dodged a quick rain shower and had dinner with Darin, my soon-to-be-roommate.  I wanted to stress getting a lay of the land today instead of taking photos so that’s what I did.  

Here are a few shots that I did get:




What Do You Mean, You Oversold?

Oct 26, 2013 Category: Travel

So, after a relatively uneventful 8 hours from Seattle to Mexico City, i’m faced with an airport of unnatural proportions. Wandering aimlessly trying to figure out where to check in, I end up checking in, not once, but three times at three different counters. I spot my bag sitting all by itself next to, what I can only believe, is a baggage belt left over from the 60′s. Once I get that straightened out, I trek across two buildings to find out that the flight could be in one of two buildings, but it won’t be announced until 60 minutes before the flight. Of course, it was in the building where I wasn’t!

Like an extra in the Walking Dead, I stumble over to the gate which,

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Oaxaca: A Different Approach

Oct 25, 2013 Category: Travel

I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my flight that will mark the beginning of my photographic journey to Oaxaca, Mexico with David Duchemin and 8 other photogs for what, I hope, will be an 8 day odyssey of self-discovery

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Linsey Van on NBC's Rock Center

Oct 22, 2013 Category: Lindsey Van

Check out U.S. ski jump champion Lindsey Van on NBC’s Rock Center.  It’s worth a look!

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Several Exciting New Products

Oct 22, 2013 By BlackRapid | Category: Press

BlackRapid, creators of The Original Camera Sling™, is proud to present two new Straps, the KICK and the Curve MOSS, as well as new sizes in the LensBling line and a brand new Tether Kit. Check out this video introducing all of our new products!

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Q: Is BlackRapid compatible with my tripod?

Oct 17, 2013 Category: FAQs

BlackRapid offers the FR-T1 which allows for an easy transition between handheld and tripod usage.  The FR-T1 is exclusively compatible with the Manfrotto RC2 quick release plates.

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Travels to Oaxaca

Oct 15, 2013 Category: Travel

On Friday, October 24, I’m very excited to be embarking on a photographic adventure to Oaxaca, Mexico with David Duchemin to shoot the Day of the Dead festivities.  I’ll be there for 9 days along with 8 other photographers.  Please follow along with me as I blog about the trip daily.  I’ll also be posting images from Oaxaca along the journey.  Stay tuned!




Images from Ben Horton

Oct 14, 2013 Category: Photography

Ben Horton, a BlackRapid friend and user, is a National Geographic photographer and explorer who is motivated by a desire to explore our world and use photography for conservation.  He generously shared these images with us and so we wanted to share them with you.

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Shoot Like your Grandma Used To

Oct 11, 2013 Category: Photography

I’ve always thought that I spend more time thinking about shooting than actually taking that shot.  When looking through old family photos, I got to thinking that “Hey, my grandmother never read a photo magazine or obsessed about the gear!”  That’s when it struck me

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