First Time in the US: Gulf Photo Plus is Coming to Seattle.

Gone Fishin'

Lotsa Q's via the comments on the RP JrX's. Keep 'em coming and I will answer as many as is practical later this week in a QnA post.

But as of this morning, the girls are in NYC until Thursday. Which leaves Ben, 8, and yours truly home by ourselves.

IN: Go karts, laser tag, pizza, movies and the increased likelihood of a farting contest.

OUT: Bed making, writing posts, answering emails and putting the seat down.

See you later this week.



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Anonymous Scott Slattery said...

David - take a well deserved break and have fun with your son!

August 18, 2009 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Dennis said...

Enjoy, bro. You and Ben need that the respite from the girls ;-)

August 18, 2009 9:02 AM  
Blogger David said...

I'll take you guys on in the farting contest.

August 18, 2009 9:51 AM  
Blogger smwoerner said...

Ah yes, the important things in life...don't forget the action movie and popcorn...

August 18, 2009 10:02 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Sounds like good times...ENJOY!

August 18, 2009 10:04 AM  
Anonymous mike kromjong said...

David - enjoy the time you have with Ben, make some memories.

Greetz Mike Kromjong

August 18, 2009 10:13 AM  
Anonymous mike kromjong said...

David - Enjoy the time you have with Ben and make some memories.

August 18, 2009 10:15 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Remove IR filter + farting contest = new frontier in photography?

August 18, 2009 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Matt Smith said...

DH, Glad to see you have your priorities straight...

August 18, 2009 10:40 AM  
Blogger Mamma Christine said...

Awesome. I have three boys myself, only getting left home with Mom isn't quite the same as getting left home with Dad. Enjoy!!

August 18, 2009 10:45 AM  
Blogger jon said...

Good for you (and your son) David! It's nice to have a break from being "proper" around the girls isn't it?

August 18, 2009 11:09 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

That sounds like a great time. Played laser tag on my last visit to the US. It is forbidden here in Germany. As usual by people who never played it.

August 18, 2009 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a photography site about lighting, if you are going to have farting contests might as well do 'em in the dark over a match and capture the event for your admiring wife to view.....she'll never leave you alone again.

No need to post the photographic results (please don't) but a written report would be instructive.

Usually not anonymous but I think I'd better be on this one (don't want to get dumped on...LOL), have fun. and guys really do regress when the women leave.......

August 18, 2009 11:22 AM  
Blogger Robb said...

since you no longer accept direct emails, I'll pose this request here (and since there are only 13 posts so far, perhaps it won't get lost in the shuffle). I have Strobist as one of my daily tabs. It has helped me tons. My request: When you take these pictures and post examples, would it be possible to maybe include your technical info? So often I'm trying to duplicate the technique and not really sure where to start. Ap, speed, ISO... which lens are you using, etc... I know I'd super-duper appreciate it. Thanks. If this isn't possible, I'll still come to every day... Thanks D.

August 18, 2009 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Joshua said...

Which begs the questions...

"How would David Hobby light a fart?"

August 18, 2009 1:07 PM  
Blogger Kory said...

great post, have a fun few mandays!

August 18, 2009 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Steve Perks said...

I live in a house full of girls, all of which can put men to shame when it comes to farting.
If I had the house to myself, to be honest, I'd be grateful of the fresh air.

I'm surprised the strobist community hasn't explored the virtues of smoke and haze to go with gelled up strobes, considering we like to do things on the cheap...I mean, how much is a can of beans?

August 18, 2009 1:16 PM  
Blogger arthuralmassy said...

Don't forget to eat Easy Cheese directly from the can!!!

August 18, 2009 1:22 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

hey, i have been readiing for about 2 years and love the sight. i need to know if there is a way to not make the SB-800 beep when its ready to fire off again. i am a navy shooter, and a lot if the things i shoot need to be quiet (nothing cool, just boring meetings and stuff) if there is a way i can mod the thing to just shut up that would be awesome! thanks

August 18, 2009 1:24 PM  
Blogger Guilherme T said...

You were not the first one to ask this.
refer to this:
it`s a post back from 2008 when DH explained why he doesn`t actually care (and we shouldn`t too!) about the exif tech info.
And I can say it indeed is better, after you get used to it, because you can start looking how the picture looks, instead of keeping a ton of numbers and formulas in our head.

As for a lens to start, I started with a very cheap canon 50mm 1.8 (nikon has one too). Now i thought about buying something better and more expensive, but the fact is this lens is among the best image quality and sharpness out there when you go to f/2.8, so I don`t really want to pay more to have almost the same quality.
Another tip is to research your lens' sharpness vs. aperture curves, so you can always use your lens` sweet spot.

If you have more questions look for me in

wish you good photos..

August 18, 2009 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Christy said...

"guys really do regress when the women leave......."

Which is why God created woman. LOL, just kidding (maybe). Have a blast, uh, but that doesnt mean blow anything up!

August 18, 2009 1:55 PM  
Blogger Guilherme T said...

try to click the baked beans' photo.
DH always hides easter eggs in his posts' photos. I'm always sure to check'em.

August 18, 2009 1:57 PM  
Blogger John Classen said...

When the cat's away, the boys go crazy!

Dave (this is not for posting, but for you personally). I am hosting an 8-day Wilderness safari to Botswana and Zambia in 2011 for a maximum of 8 people, including myself and the guide. If you have any interest:

Probably be in June/July/August. I am still firming up dates.

August 18, 2009 2:02 PM  
Blogger said...

Don't forget, you don't have to put the muffler on burps either....just don't forget to put it back on when mama gets back. Thanks!

August 18, 2009 2:57 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I like those priorities. Good for you both.

August 18, 2009 3:31 PM  
Blogger Domc said...

I was wondering what sort of lighting do you suggest for the farting comp? I take it hot lights might not be the best

August 18, 2009 4:12 PM  
Anonymous caprae said...

You forgot "play in the rain". It is especially fun when mixed with riding go carts. Power slides around the corners! Fast and Furious here we come.

August 18, 2009 4:22 PM  
Blogger Zach Gillit said...

Did anyone check out the ad at the bottom of the screen? It was an ad for a book called, "On Camera Flash." I can't possibly think of a worse ad to place on the strobist sight!

August 18, 2009 5:04 PM  
Blogger michael kabelka said...

I can hear my childhood friends back in the day saying "pressurizing to maximum capacity!!! 10..9..8...." Enjoy the vac!!!

August 18, 2009 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Michael Quack said...

Don't forget to have a glowing Mountain Dew bottle:

The fun thing: The guy writes "DAVID" with the glowing liquid....

Fanboy revealed!

August 18, 2009 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

AWESOME! Have a great time blazing some saddles, so to speak! ;)

August 18, 2009 6:21 PM  
Blogger Carter V. Wood said...

Go karts, go karts?!? Where oh where did you find a track around here?

And definitely some pics of the farting contest!

August 18, 2009 8:42 PM  
Blogger Carter V. Wood said...

Where, oh where did you find go-karts around here? A track?

Oh, and definitely some pics of the farting contest(s)!

August 18, 2009 8:43 PM  
Blogger zack_zoll said...

Don't worget the most important father-son activity there is: teaching him to enjoy the genius of the Three Stooges.

August 18, 2009 10:23 PM  
Blogger David said...


I think go-karts and laser tag should be incorporated into all strobist meet-ups from here on in.

David - enjoy spending some time with your son! You've earned it.

August 19, 2009 6:04 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Women fart too, ya know. It just smells like pot pourri.

August 19, 2009 12:23 PM  
Blogger Sissel said...

Ah! I love this post! Have a fabulous fart filled weekend!

August 19, 2009 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It feels kinda wierd but man im jealous on Ben! my dad never challenged me in farting contests and gokart :P

Have fun guys!

August 19, 2009 1:24 PM  
Blogger Passport Foodie said...

Sounds like an amazing weekend!

I need one of those!

Passport Foodie

August 19, 2009 5:26 PM  
Blogger Photorina Studios said...

AS a mother of two, I am so proud of your professional sacrifices...true love. Now...the hard part...put the camera children say "wow mommy, you do love us more than your camera." Yikes.

August 19, 2009 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! You sound like a really cool dad!

August 19, 2009 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trader Joe's is King.....I wish we had them in Canada.

August 19, 2009 9:54 PM  
Blogger Shanti said...

You are my hero.

August 19, 2009 11:39 PM  
Blogger seenew said...

Well, I just ordered a JrX transmitter and 4 studio JrX receivers.

I wasn't sure whether or not the high speed sync would translate to nearby strobes via optical slaving, so I didn't want to risk them going out of stock and just bought one for each of my Bees.

Perhaps David can answer that, or I'll post my findings next week.

August 20, 2009 6:31 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Care to do a review of the new "Horseman VCC Pro" when your back?

August 20, 2009 10:24 PM  
Blogger myphotographer said...

Nice, the finer things in life. ;-)

I'm also guessing there was no laundrey or dish washing?

Nothing like a good ol "mancation" to put things in perspective.

Awesome. I'm feeling like one of those myself.

August 24, 2009 7:02 AM  
Blogger Sodabowski said...

@ Joshua:
Which begs the questions...

"How would David Hobby light a fart?"

With a PW'd candle, I guess.

November 05, 2009 9:29 AM  

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