This Tumblr just added its 4000th follower. Thank you, all of you, for taking the time to scroll through my photography and reblog the good stuff.
I’m working on a side project called #BikeRackTO, it’s a sexy portrait collection of the men and women who cycle Toronto’s streets.
This review was originally posted on the new Henry’s Blog. They’re giving this bag away, so make sure you check it out!
Like many photographers, I own more camera bags than I probably should. I’ve rationalized that it’s actually responsible to have a vast collection of sling bags, backpacks, courier bags, and rolling bags for every occasion and gear combination. There’s no one perfect camera bag, I’ve told myself, so why not have one of everything?
I still have the first “real” camera bag I ever owned, a Lowepro Nova 5 that I found under the christmas tree almost fifteen years ago. It doesn’t see much duty any more, but it still leaves the house from time to time with a Bowens strobe and reflector tucked inside.
Lowepro has a reputation for innovation and durability, using quality materials and incorporating clever features into every one of their products. Their new Transit Backpack 350 AW doesn’t reinvent the camera backpack, but it does build on Lowepro’s heritage nicely. Finished in a stylish and discreet grey with subtle red accents, it definitely looks more at home on city streets than the hiking trail. A tripod can be attached to the side, and with my Manfrotto 7322CY tripod looped in I found that the backpack still felt comfortable and well-balanced. Two sets of zippers invite the user to treat the device as a sling-style bag as well as a backpack; with the pack slung over one shoulder, it can be swung around your torso for quick access to the main compartment via a generous side door. A discreet back compartment offers enough room for a tablet or small laptop, but I couldn’t quite fit my 15” MacBook Pro.
Inside, dividers and a single mesh pocket allow you to customize the pack to hold your gear in a number of configurations. I managed to lug a Fuji X-Pro1 and XE-1 with the 55-200/3.5-4.8, 14/2.8 and 35/1.4 with plenty of room for a windbreaker and light lunch. A full frame DSLR user would use up the space more quickly, but not before adding two or three substantial lenses and a flash or two.
Like every other Lowepro bag with the AW designation, the Transit Backpack 350AW boasts an all-weather cover that can wrap all exposed outer sides of the pack with tough water-repellent fabric that I also found useful for keeping sand and grit at bay during a recent trip to the end of Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto.
I typically avoid backpack style bags, because I find it cumbersome and inconvenient to have all my gear behind me when I need it most, and because sometimes the temptation to overstuff the bag is too great. The Transit Backpack 350AW is a sensible size, however, and the “fastpack”-like sling flexibility turns it into something more than just a backpack. Lowepro have crafted yet another capable product that will no doubt be able to serve its owners for years to come.
I’m delivering street and travel photography-themed presentations at two different events in Toronto in the coming months. If you’re in the area, I would be thrilled to see you.
Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show (Feb 22nd, 23rd & 24th)Travel Photography
Photographer and photo educator Ren Bostelaar will teach you about the challenges you may encounter while taking travel photographs and give you tips about the techniques required to overcome them.
Hart House Camera Club (April 4th)
Street Photography: Origins, Equipment & Technique
In this engaging one hour presentation, Ren Bostelaar will explore the origins of street photography and the work of its pioneers, discuss the best gear and technique to use when photographing on the street at home and away, and share some things to keep in mind whenever you lift your camera in public.
Most of you know that I’ve been exhibiting my hundred best photos, one at a time, on http://justhundred.com
After the last image appears in a few weeks, Kilian McMahon and I want to continue the project somehow. We created this short video to thank everybody who’s taken the time to check out the project so far, and to share some ideas we have about the next phase.
Ren Bostelaar: member of myX100, tremendous photographer, and outstanding human being has launched a new, genius, photography project.
It’s called - Just Hundred.
Make sure to set this website as your homepage for the next hundred days. Each photo only appears for 24 hours. You don’t want to miss it!
Description of the project:
The exhibition will run for one hundred days with a new photograph being exhibited each day.”
Kilian and I met while he was living and working in Toronto last summer, and our shared love of photography, design and memorizing rap lyrics turned us into fast friends. I’m thrilled to be working with him on this project.
With his help, we’ve distilled my entire photo collection into the Hundred best images. Every day for the next one hundred days a single image will be featured in glorious high-resolution. All images are available as free downloads, and each is accompanied by full exposure data and a brief description, story or observation.
Many of these images have been seen on Tumblr before, but never at these enormous resolutions and never with Kilian’s gorgeously clean design framing the shots.
It’s like an evolving exhibition that changes every day. We hope you take the time to check it out, and we would be so grateful if you took the time to reblog this post or share the link with your friends. Thank you!
I met up with some of my favourite photographers a couple weeks ago in New York. The formidably talented Drew Shannon grabbed this shot of me laughing at a certain photo gear blogger’s crazy alien conspiracy theory homepage. Stop the madness, you guys.
That Ren Bostelaar is a handsome devil.