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What I Travel With

Photo Feb 14, 10 19 24 AM

What do I travel with? Or in reality what do I need versus what I want.? Before any trip this is always the question. I think I have my travel kit nailed down. This changes here and there. I may include different lenses, but most the items show remain the same. Below I am going to list what I take with me.

Pictured from left to right and top to bottom.

Film Shield Bag – protects undeveloped film from x-ray scans
[easyazon_link asin=”B0044EH2VI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Think Tank ~ Urban Disguise 40 Shoulder Bag[/easyazon_link] – You gotta carry all this in something, I almost always use the backpack straps.
Chargers
Rolleiflex Automat – Medium format film camera, also works as a backup for my digital.
[easyazon_link asin=”B00FPKDRVY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Fuji X-E1[/easyazon_link]- Main camera body used
Minolta 5omm f1.7 lens – attached to the body with a simple adaptor
[easyazon_link asin=”B00CBPIRSY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Peak Design Camera Wrist Strap[/easyazon_link] – have the quick connectors on both cameras and can switch between quickly
Minolta 135mm f2.8 lens
Fuji body cap – used when I cleaning a lens
[easyazon_link asin=”B00GRACUXM” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Apple iPad Mini[/easyazon_link] – entertainment, mobile photo sharing, social media and email access
Mini tripod with holder for my cell phone
[easyazon_link asin=”B007G5NNOW” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Lens Cleaning Pen[/easyazon_link]
Notebook
Pen with iPad stylus tip
Spare SD cards
Spare charged battery
Lens filters
Dust Blower
Square
120 Film – 2 rolls of ASA 400 one ASA 100
[easyazon_link asin=”B00BZFXXRG” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”giovaarroypho-20″]Sensu Stylus Brush[/easyazon_link] – lets me be creative on the iPad when I’m not shooting read more

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New York

As a true blue (red??) Chicagoan this next sentence is very hard to type. I love New York. Ok, there, that is out of the way. Now I can breathe again. I’ve had these feelings about NYC before, there is something in the air in that city, something that is exciting. I really love visiting New York. Would I leave Chicago? Not a chance, I need the hot dogs and proper pizza that we have.

Did I mention that New York is a street photographers paradise? It is!

Events

Christmas in July

Want to check out some great artwork created by Puerto Rican artists? Enjoy some of the best food? Listen to music?
Join me and my fellow artists at Christmas in July Summerfest in Waukegan this weekend. Presented by the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Puerto Rican Society of Waukegan, and the Waukegan Park District.
I will be bringing  framed and unframed work, including prints from my recent trip to San Juan.

Don’t miss this event!
Bowen Park
39 Jack Benny Dr. 
Waukegan, IL 
July 19th 1pm -8pm read more

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Anticipation

One of the greatest skills for a street photographer is the ability to anticipate.  Picking out a stage, knowing who the players are and how the scene will unfold is crucial to capturing exactly what you envisioned.

For this photo in the old part of San Juan I noticed the  girl walking from the right as well as the person walking towards the darkened hallway. I set the stage and anticipated when both players would be in the location I wanted to capture. (You can click on the image to see a larger version) read more

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Color?

Mark today down in history, I am doing something that I rarely do and even more rarely admit to. I’m posting color photos. Yes I’ll admit every once in a while a photo needs to be in color. I learned to shoot film on black and white and still see photos in black and white so I do have preference for photos in shades of gray.

Both of these photos were taken in Viejo (old) San Juan Puerto Rico during a recent trip. You can purchase both of these photos and others I have taken around Puerto Rico right now on FineArtAmerica.com. If you would prefer a signed copy please contact me directly. read more

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Entre

Door in old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Entre

I love old San Juan Puerto Rico. The diverse  cultural influences on the oldest city in the United States really makes this city a photographer’s paradise. Ever corner you turn, or small cobblestone street you go down provides you with tons of photo opportunities. I can’t wait to head back this summer if I can and hope to share a lot more photos.

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Malaga

Every photographer  runs into difficulty when they travel. The trip will never go exactly as envisioned, but if you are prepared then you can make the best of any situation. For example the image above. Last spring while visiting Spain, my family planned to visit the Alhambra palace. I had visions of getting their early in the day and staying late to photograph all day into dusk at the palace and fortress. Well, that is not what happened. The union workers of Spain decided to hold a general strike  the day we planned to visit. Every for of travel, restaurants and stores we shut down. Luckily by early afternoon, most of the protests had calmed down (yes I photographed the protests) and the Alcazaba in Malaga was open. The fortress is beautifully preserved, and I’m glad that I was able to explore it. At first disappointed, I was able to capture a lot of photos that I really love. The “Malaga” photo shown above is one of my favorites, Catholics and Moors, Man and Women, Old and New, Light and Dark are all included in this photo. read more