Monday, May 23, 2011

Some Housecleaning, Some Resources & Some Changes

Given the recent demise of the WTJ? Blogroll - it was there, then the updates ended a couple of months ago, now it's gone altogether - it's been a bit of a struggle finding one source for current updates to my favorite photo-bloggers. 

Why, Andrew, have you forsaken me? Too busy with the Olsen Twins, I suppose...

The daily blogroll updates at WTJ? were usually my first stop for morning business readings & creative inspiration.. Now it's gone and I'm here to tell you that there's nothing out there that comes close to consolidating the best in photography blogs on a single page, allowing quick access to the best in business advice, creative output, commentary, criticism & sometimes, even side-splitting entertainment. 

Andrew still manages to regularly post entries on his exploits, current projects & announcements to things of interest going on in the photo world of NYC & elsewhere and I continue to dial him in as a source of inspiration. But the freakin' Blogroll? 

The closest I have come to finding a reasonable facsimile for quick links to the photo-world is The Photography Post, another clearinghouse, if you will, to all things photo-related. TPP is good, quite good really, in organizing the best blog output of the photography & commentary that most interests me... my only complaint being the need for multiple clicks to get to the actual blog. A minor annoyance in our faster, better, quicker, immediate world, but an annoyance nonetheless.

So, to that end, I've just updated the Blogroll here at CTL (you'll find it in the left column of this page).. dropped a couple of links that have been long inactive & adding a couple of others to blogs a read regularly but had somehow been negligent in adding to this site. 

Aspiring photo assistants & those of us looking for new assistants might take special interest in the new addition of A Photo Assistant blog. 

From the UK, we bring you the most-entertaining Perou's Secret Diary, penned by the quintessentially Brit fashion/music photographer Perou. Part punk fashionista - part english gentleman/country squire, car enthusiast, father, farmer, brilliant photographer and entertaining diarist, Perou's daily entries of family life, creative endeavors, frustrations of parenthood are generally a very entertaining read.

At No Plastic Sleeves, you'll find lots of tips, ideas, products and resources relating to all things marketing & promotional.


I spend a lot of time looking at photography. I see a lot of good stuff. I see even more stuff that makes me shake my head & mutter. Rarely do I see stuff that leaves me so gobsmacked that I can't stop thinking about it. Angela Bacon-Kidwell is a photographer of whom I know almost nothing about yet her entire body of work, brought to my attention by a friend, simply takes my breath away. Click on her name above & see for yourself. The first two portfolios, A Fishes Woe & Traveling Dream demand a look. Hauntingly beautiful is the only descriptive I can draw upon in reaction to this work. Recent work & current projects & news at Angela's blog.

Further onward... some resources:

If you're a professional photographer in Hawaii, you're generally shit-out-of-luck at a major disadvantage when it comes to buying equipment. With virtually no professional supply houses left here in the state... places where you could actually hold, touch & fondle the latest in gear & accessories for you photo-fetishists. Mail order, for years here, has been our only option... buying new gear sight unseen. Things might be just a tad bit better in this regard in Honolulu than they are, say, here on Maui or other remote, neighbor island burgs, but not much better... that is, until recently....

Hawaii Camera Rental has recently appeared on the scene with two locations in the state. The main location, over near Kaimuki at 3408 Waialae Ave. has the bulk of the best stuff... top canon, Nikon bodies & lenses, lighting gear including Profoto 7b Battery portable strobe kits, water housings, Hasselblad digital cameras & lenses... all available for rent, providing you the opportunity to handle. HCR also has an outlet here on Maui. You'll find them inside Photographics Maui, at 22 Hana Hwy. in the maui Windsurf Company building in Kahului. The Maui location has a very adequate supply of great specialty lenses, camera bodies, housings, etc. in-stock. What is available at the Oahu shop but not here on Maui can be flown in on short notice.

If you live on a neighbor island and have to work on Oahu, Foton Hawaii is another great resource for lighting, grip equipment... even a studio rental is available. FH rents an arsenal of Profoto lighting gear, modifiers, accessories, even a wind machine, all at very reasonable prices. They will ship equipment state-wide with insurance & a deposit.

photo lighting

Even further onward... misc. stuff and expendibles:

Attco Inc. Hawaii, in Honolulu, is a local source for stuff like set-paper, gaffer's tape and other stage & theatrical supplies. I've found it much cheaper to order rolls of set-paper (they carry the Savage brand, call for a swatch book of available colors) and small expendibles. I've found that if I call with an order in the morning, the staff will get it on a plane - shipped cargo - and have it to me here on Maui by the afternoon of the same day. Attco also rents grip & rigging gear, fog-machines, stafing & portable cycs.

Attco Light Logo

Not exactly close to home but most definitely a one-stop shop for all things expendable for photographers is JCX Expendables in San Francisco. Here, you'll find set-paper, tapes, tools, gels, bulbs, they used to and probably still do have special effects materials like smoke cookies (like little incense tablets that are small enough to hide and, when lit, produce a large amount of thick smoke - used for fogging outdoor sets or special-effects where smoke is required) and other pyro aids. Sadly, the online or over-the-phone ordering experience pales in comparison to a real-life trip to the place, where you will be greeted by a helpful & knowledgeable, self-styled rasta staff and a lingering whiff of the ganj hanging in the air. 

Closer to home is Ehman Productions, serving the film industry locally for years now, EP rents seasoned crew, grip trucks, booms & jibs, Matthews grip gear, Arri Lighting, Kino-Flo & Led lighting and lots more. Based here on Maui, if you've got a major production planned, these guys are going to be your first stop.


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