Tamrac & Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

To all of our loyal customers,

Don’t fret! Going forward, it’s business as usual at Tamrac. We continue to make the highest-quality camera bags around and are eager to come out of this re-organizational phase even stronger than before. We know you might have some questions so we put together the following news release to let you know what’s going on.

TAMRAC TO RESTRUCTURE DEBT THROUGH CHAPTER 11 REORGANIZATION
Going Forward, Operations Will Continue Normally; Orders Will Be Fulfilled and Service to Customers Will Continue

Chatsworth, CA – January 6, 2014 –Tamrac, Inc., the leading manufacturer of camera cases, announced today that it has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code to restructure its debt.

Tamrac will continue to operate in the normal course of business and provide high quality camera bags to retailers around the world. All orders for products will be fulfilled and the Company’s commitment to providing outstanding workmanship remains unchanged.

“For the last couple of years the Company has faced a number of significant challenges, including weakened demand for point-and-shoot cameras, the economic recession which further hampered sales, as well as a shrinking number of specialized retail outlets,” said Jesselyn T. Cyr, president of Tamrac, Inc. “The actions we are taking today will allow us to lower our debt structure and re-align our balance sheet with the realities of today’s business environment. We fully expect to emerge from Chapter 11 as a stronger, more competitive company than we are today.”

Tamrac stated that, as of the filing date, it has sufficient cash to fund daily operations, including post-petition payments to vendors and partners and to meet customer and employee obligations through the duration of the restructuring. As part of its First-Day Motions, the Company has sought permission to continue to pay employee wages and benefits and pay suppliers for post-petition obligations without interruption.

“On behalf of the entire management team, I would like to thank our sales representatives, dealers, associates, and suppliers for their continued support during this process. I also want to recognize our dedicated employees, whose continued support and commitment are crucial to the future success our company. We are all dedicated to making this financial restructuring a success,” Cyr concluded.

Tamrac, Inc. filed its voluntary petitions for reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Woodland Hills, CA. The Company is represented by Landau Gottfried & Berger LLP in its Chapter 11 proceedings.
About Tamrac, Inc.

Founded in 1977, Tamrac is recognized as the leading manufacturer of camera cases with distribution to more than 80 countries. Tamrac’s founders were outdoor enthusiasts who loved nature photography. They, like many amateur and professional photographers, had a strong need for camera bags that were tough enough to offer excellent protection, yet were easy to carry and allowed fast access to camera equipment to capture spontaneous wildlife pictures. Tamrac has built its reputation on legendary quality and a commitment to innovative design. The Company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California.

Micro Sync II Review with Tom Keller

Hey everyone,

We got a chance to send Tom Keller one of our Micro Sync II remote firing units to test out with his steel wool photography. For those of you who don’t know what the Micro Sync II is, it’s a lightweight wireless system for remotely firing and syncing strobes, flashes and cameras. Check out the video at the end of Tom’s review to learn more! So here’s the review that Tom sent us after he had taken the MS II out on a few trips… and he sent pictures!!!

Tom: When I first received the Micro Sync II I thought it would come in quite handy with the
Steel Wool Photography I shoot. It’s light weight, made from plastic and metal and
pretty durable. At first I was having some issues with the receiver turning on and
syncing but after some quick trouble shooting it turned on and I haven’t had a problem
since.

I have never used a remote trigger before so I was eager to try it out. Since I typically
go out with a partner, it was exciting to come up with new ideas to take advantage of
MSII. We took the remote camping with us at Lake Tahoe to test our creativity and the
device and it turned out great. Because of the landscape, it was not ideal to travel from
the camera to the desired position for either of us so MSII made this shot of “Sleeping
under the Sparks” possible.

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Just recently I took this photo “Light Keeper.” I was able to take multiple shots in a row
with MSII to allow the model to change poses without wasting time and sparks from
the steel wool.

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Although I typically have a partner with me I occasionally go out alone and this is
when Micro Sync II really helps me out. It allows me to better prepare for photos farther away and not have to race against a timer.

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All in all I think it’s a great product. It works great for lone photographers taking multiple shots at a distance or for close up group shots. It allows a photographer to get more creative with his work because there is one less restriction.

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Here’s how I’ve incorporated the Micro Sync II into my photo shoots. My typical night shooting starts around 11pm. Once we arrive at a location, we set up the camera angle with Marissa standing where I plan on spinning. She helps focus the camera lens by shining a light at the camera. With the camera already in focus I then turn the camera off and take out the MSII, plug the firing cord into the receiver and then into the shutter release input. I then turn the camera back on to wake up the receiver and take a couple test shots before we start spinning. Lately, Marissa and I have been doing shots with her posing with props or silhouettes to switch it up a bit while I spin in the background. Once we’re both ready and sparks are flying, I use the remote in my other hand to trigger the camera to shoot. If sparks are still flying by the time the shutter closes, Marissa changes her pose and I’ll fire a second shot. The MSII really comes in handy in these situations when we’re both in the shot.
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For more information on the Micro Sync II watch the video below and visit the website: www.microsyncdigital.com

For more information on Tom Keller check out these links:
Tom’s previous post on Steel Wool Photography
Follow him on Facebook
Follow him on Instagram: @tomkellerphotography
Send him an email: Tommokeller@gmail.com

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Ted Craig Tuesday

Hello everyone!
I am here teaming up with Tamrac to give a little insight on the shoots I did for Canon. Over the next eight weeks we will be posting a new image with the story behind the lens and I hope everyone enjoys them.
- Ted Craig

ted craig tuesdays | week 1

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Right from the pulmonary stages of this shoot I was very excited to execute it. Canon wanted the message to be “one with nature” with a straight down perspective. At first we were going to use dirt to show a part of nature but I have always loved the look of grass from a birds eye view so I received the go to use my backyard carpet. This image is a seven image composite. I used a large soft box and balanced it out with the ambient light in the shade.

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Up To My Ears
This was a fun shoot where I had the chance to enjoy the great outdoors of Mammoth Lakes, CA. There was a concern on the way up that there would not be enough snow due to the heatwave at the end of March. The goal of this image was to market that Tamrac bags will follow you through thick and thin. I thought it would be unique to have myself covered up to my ears in snow with the bag beside me. I wanted to convey that I don’t need to worry about my equipment because I know it’s going to be safe and dry. The first day consisted of scouting with snow shoes and warm coffee, unfortunately there wasn’t much snow at first. Thankfully, a light snowfall happened that night and I was able to find the perfect secluded spot the following day. After I got myself situated on set, I waited for the right amount of backlight to illuminate the snowfall. The image itself consists of six separate frames and I would acquire a cold for the next three days.

ted craig tuesdays | week 3

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This was on our way to the Sierra Nevada. More accurately, this was shot at a rest stop off the 395. The sky was beautiful and moving fast with the clouds which created holes of light. We waited and shot till a large cloud covered the mountain behind me, creating that natural spotlight. I wanted the image to be striking; from composition, to use of color, so that the viewer felt no confusion about what to look at first. I am not a huge fan of contrast photos but I ended up being really happy with this image. This is a three image composite. I used the natural sun and a reflector.

ted craig tuesdays | week 4

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I had a blast with this shoot. This location was where I grew up; I can see this part of the meadow from my old childhood bedroom. Though, within the last year or so, someone planted a baby tree on top of this hill. For that year I have been wanting to take photos up there or around there, or somehow incorporate it from afar. My original thought for the shoot was much farther away with more minimalism. I had to come closer to make it more of a full length shot of the tree, still I think it has that simplistic feel. It was a windy day which is what was needed to come across in the image. I did receive a couple honks during the shoot, due to the fact I looked somewhat looney on the edge of this hill, hanging on to this tree as if she was the love of my life. This image is a five image composite. I used just the natural light.

ted craig tuesdays | week 5

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For this shoot I got to create that unhygienic kid mud hole that everyone loved! Belly flop and all I jumped in and covered my self in soil and dirt. The message was I could go anywhere with my equipment even back to my childhood. It really was a blast to get filthy, but finding dirt in my hair a week later wasn’t so sweet. This image is a six image composite. I used a 6′ octobox and natural light.

ted craig tuesdays | week 6

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Call this shoot “Strength in hands.” I remember climbing the baseball field’s backstop fence as a kid, but what I didn’t remember was the difficulty in doing it. Canon wanted an urban setting and a “getting that shot not matter what” message across. It was a beautiful day with just a minimal amount of clouds. I really wanted that element in the photo so I ended up doing a couple test shots to get my timing down climbing up that fence. Came to the, regretful, conclusion that my hands couldn’t take that many climbs with the equipment; granted the top of the fence was 15′. I waited for the cloud to come in, climbed up, snapped three frames with my remote, and jumped off calling it a day. Don’t have those ambition childhood hands anymore. This is a two image composite. I used just the natural light.

ted craig tuesdays | week 7

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This was another urban shot Canon wanted. It was crazy windy and I bent two umbrellas that day; not fun. Since I wanted the subject to be looking into the sun, I had to have the umbrella facing right into the wind. To fix this problem I had my assistant bear hug the umbrella like the trooper she is. This is a two image composite. I used a 580exii just behind the bag and the natural light.

ted craig tuesdays | week 8

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Hope everyone had a great Labor day weekend!
Going into this shoot I had a completely different shot in my head. I really wanted a lot of sand coming in at different directions and freezing right before hitting my camera. But white sand on white sky is pretty unseeable. I moved into the shade to get that flatter light and to have some bokeh in the background, hoping it would bring out the sand a little more. It still wasn’t enough, and I didn’t want to spend hours in post making it visible, so I looked around and found a little stream of water; a run off from a hose. I grabbed the mud, did a test shot, and we had dirt! It took many tries but we got mud + camera together nicely. This is a ten image composite. I used the natural light and a reflector on camera right..


Every Tuesday we’ll roll out a new installment of our eight week series titled Ted Craig Tuesdays. This series highlights 8 images created by Ted Craig for Canon.

For more of Ted Craig check out his website and follow him on instagram.

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4th of July Contest!

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Congratulation to Greg from San Diego for winning our 4th of July contest with a guess of 576 sparklers! Greg has won himself a Tamrac Zuma 9 backpack and a Lensbaby Spark! Way to go with your number-of-sparkler guessing skills!

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Flaming Steel Wool Photography with Tom Keller

We love our Instagram community and wanted to spotlight the work of Tom Keller who’s been doing some really cool things with steel wool, his camera, and lighter! So here’s Tom’s images and what he has to say about them. Enjoy!

I first came across a picture of steel wool on Instagram. I’ve never seen this
before and was very intrigued by it. After doing some research my Fiancée Marissa and I
went out and got the necessities. We experimented in our back yard that night but
quickly got the hang of it and ventured out into the nearby neighborhoods. Places like
parks, bridges, rivers, and train yards offer interesting backgrounds and features to
photograph with. It’s usually j ust the two of us with one spinning while the other sets the
timer and possess.

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The spinning vortex is one of the first pictures that Marissa and I shot in the backyard. I
started spinning at the back of our yard and randomly decided to walk towards the
camera while spinning. This became one of many successful experiments.

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After a couple weeks of experimenting with steel wool my fiancé and I started getting
creative. We came up with the idea of using an umbrella to get a force field effect
creating this image under a bridge here in Sacramento; “Protector of Art.”

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The exposures we use are between 15-20 seconds long and it can be tricky posing still
for that long. In this colorful picture done in my backyard, you can see that I shifted
positions while spinning causing a partial ghost effect but my fiancé did great.

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Spinning orbs are amazing; it’s like an explosion of sparks! The way to spin an orb is to
find a set point on the ground (like a leaf or rock) and spin slowly around it with the
bottom of your spin hitting the top of that point. We found this Underpass interesting and
did a lot of experimenting here.

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This silhouette shot was taken in a large storm tunnel in Houston Texas. I posed while
Marissa (my partner in life and in late night shenanigans) spun behind me creating the
silhouette and flaming water effect. We both got soaked this night, but getting down and
dirty is all part of the fun.

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I always carry my GR1 Ruck from GoRuck and Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a Sigma 10-
20mm lens. After a lot of trial and error throughout the months, I developed a plywood
cut out that mounts 12 spinners and fits perfectly in my Ruck. This makes for an easy
“reload,” to cut down wasted time during the night. The actual “spinners” are made up of
an ordinary wire cooking whisk stuffed with 0000-000 gauge steel wool tied on a long
rope. A few other musts are a tri-pod, headlamps (not only to see but to focus the
camera) and lighters. Also, be sure to only spin after rains, during the winter months, or
near large bodies of water to prevent possible fires.

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This over head spin was done alone in Lake Tahoe, CA. I learned from this experience
that the mechanics of this photography works much better with a partner. For this
picture I had my headlamp positioned facing the rocks to get a little more color from
them.

The Steelwool Photography community is still small but very innovative and filled
with great artist. Marissa and I have come up with many new ideas using the various
techniques we’ve developed so far and can’t wait to experiment with them this summer
in new adventurous places.

-Tom Keller, TK Photography

To keep up with Tom and his fiery shenanigans:
Follow him on Facebook
Follow him on Instagram: @tomkellerphotography
Send him an email: Tommokeller@gmail.com

For a cool tutorial on steel wool photography from our friends at Photojojo, Click Here!

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All You Need In Two Tamrac Bags

Here’s a blog post we’re reposting from our friend Chadwick Trentham. Check out what he has to say about reducing his load from 5 bags to just 2. We like making life easier, and we’re pretty good at it.

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I received two new bags from Tamrac last week and decided to put them to the test for a series of small productions I’ve been working on recently. UnpackingThough smaller in scope, each shoot requires many accessories, including multiple cameras, mics, and more. And of course, the location is often far from my car. I’m typically carrying four or five bags of various sizes, by myself. Unpacking+2So I turned to Tamrac to find an easier solution. They previously helped me find a great bag, the Tamrac Evolution 9, to use on an 11 day back packing trip.
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For my current productions, I was searching for a two-bag solution with wheels and the capacity to fit my kit. APU_9657I usually bring two cameras, lenses, mics, two tripods, a slider, and a light kit. With that in mind, Tamrac recommended the Big Wheels Speed Roller 2x for cameras, and the Medium Rolling Studio for gear. APU_9637The best part is I can use them when I travel. The Big Wheels Speed Roller 2x falls within carry-on guidelines, which would make it a breeze to use when flying.
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Packing has never been simpler. These bags are easy to rearrange, and the dividers have great padding while remaining sturdy. APU_9693The Speed Roller includes numerous pockets for small items, a laptop pocket, and straps that hold the top upright so the door doesn’t flop onto the ground when you’re trying to access things quickly. APU_9676The Rolling Studio feels really sturdy, and is well padded in case you need to check gear when traveling. My favorite feature is the top pocket: it’s large and I used it to store fast flags and a reflector for quick access.
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Overall, I would recommend these bags for anyone looking to simplify their productions. Tamrac has always been my go-to for protecting my gear. I’m looking forward to testing them further on my next production.

Chadwick Trentham
Visual Storyteller
Azusa Pacific University
Los Angeles, California

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Q & A with Travis Burke

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Travis Burke’s diverse and creative approach to action and adventure photography stems from his own perspective on life. He approaches it with a dedication to conquering anything thrown at him and to not living with regrets. Whether hanging from a 500’ bridge, riding a jet ski over shark infested waters or hiking alone in the dark of night to remote locations, Travis is constantly pushing himself and the limits of his photography. Travis’ client list includes working with world-class companies such as ESPN, Skullcandy, GoPro and more. His drive for adventure and mastery of photography has earned him the staff photographer position for GrindTV.com. He is currently satisfying his thirst for adventure shooting stories for Grind’s featured blog called “The Bucket List”.

 

Tamrac: How did you get into photography?

Travis: Back in 2008 I was planning a solo road trip to Yosemite National Park and decided to pick up a DSLR camera to try and capture the experience. I had no knowledge of shutter speeds, Aperture, ISO or any other camera settings at the time. After spending a week camping, exploring, and hiking to the top of Half Dome with my camera, I knew I had found something I was passionate about. Its been an amazing journey ever since.

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Tamrac: You were recently featured on Yahoo for your assignment into the Antelope Canyons in Arizona.  Can you tell us more about that?

Travis: A few months ago I took a ninety-five day road trip around the Western United States and got to explore some amazing places. I wrote a story for GrindTV about one of my favorite locations, the Antelope Canyons. The unique shapes, light, and pure beauty of these slot canyons make them some of the best in the world. My boss at Grind submitted the story to Yahoo News and it ended up being featured on the front page. It brought some great exposure and we’re currently working on getting some more featured stories up soon!

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Tamrac: Not only do you love to photograph Action Sports but you also love to be a part of them yourself!  Do you have a favorite sport and why?

Travis: Ever since I can remember I have had a love for all action sports. I started skateboarding at age 3 and as a teenager skateboarding took over my life. I got to the point where I was attempting tricks that few very skaters in the world were trying at the time, but after multiple ankle injuries I basically had to give up the sport. That left me with a very empty feeling inside and it wasn’t until I started pushing myself again in multiple other action sports that the feeling went away. Now any free time I have is spent devoted to trying to progress in every sport. From rock climbing, mountain biking, surfing, kite-skateboarding, slacklining and a million others.

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Skateboarding and action sports in general have taught me a tremendous amount about life. If you have confidence, dedication, willpower and a positive attitude you can accomplish just about anything in the world.

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Tamrac: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers who want to shoot action and adventure photography?

Travis: Be passionate about what you’re shooting! I have found that if I participate in the activity and know it well, it gives me a better understanding of the angles, tricks, timing, and overall representation of the sport.

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Tamrac: Tell us one place that you have not been but would love to photograph and why?

Travis: There is a little place called Havasu Falls in Arizona that I am excited to check off my bucket list later this year. It’s a mixture of backpacking, breathtaking waterfalls, remote locations, and cliff jumping. Everything I could ask for in an awesome adventure.

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Tamrac: How has Social Media helped you as a photographer?

Travis: Social Media has played a huge role in my photography. It’s a great way to share my images as well as follow other creative individuals that inspire me. I have met new clients, made friends, sold images, and obtained sponsorships because of it. It’s a great tool that everyone should be utilizing these days.

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Tamrac: What is your favorite action movie?

Travis: The Art of Flight. It’s a snowboarding movie that has incredible cinematography, extreme progression of a sport, adventure and an awesome soundtrack.

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Tamrac: What do you love about your Tamrac bags?

Travis: I’ve been using Tarmac bags since my first exploration into Yosemite. The diverse selection available makes it easy to find a bag that fits my exact needs. They are rugged enough to handle the elements while protecting my gear and still making it easy for me to access everything I need.

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Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?

Travis: Expedition 7x, Adventure 10, Jazz Messenger 2 and Explorer 15.

Another Happy Customer!

We love helping out our customers and when Mike contacted us about his worn camera bags we saw another opportunity to do just that. After Mike had his bags back, he was kind enough to send us this letter expressing his appreciation!

Mike's 5552's all fixed up and ready to go at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Mike’s 5552′s all fixed up and ready to go at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Dear Tamrac Customer Service,

Thank you for the great work from your refurbishing team! Recently, I had sent in two 5552 roller cases for a wheel replacement on one and a new pocket zipper on the other. To my surprise and delight, both wheels were replaced on both roller cases and the pocket zipper AND the main compartment zipper were replaced making the products function like brand-new equipment once more, and all at no charge to me!

Those two roller cases have seen rough use at hundreds of locations around my city and at numerous travel locations throughout the U.S over a two decade period. No special care was ever taken to treat them gently while they were being tossed in and out of vehicles hundreds of times, run up and down concrete staircases, similarly rough-handled by baggage pros at the major airlines, and constantly exposed to inclement weather, factory chemicals, construction dust, and other field conditions. They are indeed remarkable products, and now through your excellent service and commitment to your products AND those who use them, my well-used roller cases now work like new again and are good for many more years to come.

Tamrac is highly regarded by working pros everywhere for very good reason. Your products stand the test of time, survive remarkably well with real world handling, do the job they are designed to handle, and I can also recommend that photographers and videographers also consider the awesome fact that should any repair ever be needed (they may have to wait a very long time for this to actually happen), they can be sure your company will stand 100% behind what you make, years and years after purchase and nearly a lifetime of usage later with service second to none.

Thank you,

Mike

Time Lapse Guru Tom Lowe Q&A

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The Astronomy Photographer of the Year award winning image which features features a 4,000 year old bristlecone pine tree against the Milky Way. This photo is actually a single frame of time laps footage featured in Tom’s film TimeScapes.

Recently we caught up with Tom Lowe, time lapse photography guru, to pick his brain about his technique, gear, and adventures! If you’re not familiar with Tom’s work, you should be! Tom and his production company Dreamcore were instrumental in the resurgence of time-lapse photography by pioneering new techniques and designing motorized time-lapse dollies and motion-control systems for capturing the mesmerizing visuals that define the genre. He is also working on bringing like-minded creatives together through his online community forum at TimeScapes.org.

Tamrac: You have done some impressive work with time lapse photography. What is it about time lapse photography that has drawn you to this
technique?

Tom: The main draw for me was the ability to film at night, capturing the stars and the moonlight.  You simply cannot do that with conventional movie cameras or techniques. Second, time lapse is a great way to get into film making, because the gear is relatively inexpensive. When I first started in late 2006, using a $600 Canon 350D Rebel,  I was able to shoot incredibly sharp 1080p+ video that totally blew away the images from Sony’s top-of-the-line, $200,000 F900 digital movie camera.

Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Tom Lowe

Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Tom Lowe

Tamrac: Your film TimeScapes [view the trailer at the end of this post] showcases your stunning time lapse photography work and is the first film to be released for purchase in 4K. Along with pushing the boundaries of distribution, what are some of the boundaries of the time lapse technique that the process of making this film gave you the opportunity to push?

Tom: Without question, no film has ever contained anywhere near the amount of dark-skies (Milky Way) astro-time-lapse that “TimeScapes” has.  Director Ron Fricke and  producer Mark Magidson’s 1992 film “Baraka” was and remains a huge inspiration to me, but they were limited in what they could shoot at night due to the low ISO/ASA rating of chemical 65mm film.  Basically, they could only shoot in moonlight, but they could not capture the Milky Way. The higher sensitivity of digital cameras, especially when coupled with modern cinema and stills lenses, also allowed me to really push the boundaries of how time lapse cameras can move.  Instead of just using dollies, sliders and jibs, I was shooting astro-timelapse from moving cars and boats.

Tom attaching his camera to the windshield of his truck.

Tom attaching his camera to the windshield of his truck.

Tamrac: TimeScapes took you 2 years to film during which you spent 250 nights sleeping outside under the stars as your cameras shot through till morning. Do you have any  funny/interesting stories you’d like to share that happened on your two year adventure?

Life of a time lapse shooter. Members of the Dreamcore team, Ben and Mike, camping out on an unfinished tower in Dubai

Life of a time lapse shooter. Members of the Dreamcore team, Ben and Mike, camping out on an unfinished tower in Dubai

Tom: Well, let’s put it this way.  Aside from gas and food, our largest line item production expense on “TimeScapes” was… beer!  At Dreamcore, our motto is “Film like Terrence Malick, Party like Led Zepplin.”  So we had hundreds of epic nights blasting dubstep at
all-night bonfire parties in some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth.

Location scouting and camping under the stars in Yemen.

Location scouting and camping under the stars in Yemen.

Tamrac: What kind of cameras and lenses are you using to capture these images?

Tom: Our main camera on “TimeScapes” was a Canon 5D Mark 2, with a Canon 16-35mm lens.  That is a timelapse workhorse combination.  But we also used a special, modified Canon 1D4 camera with a PL mount, which allowed us to use the 1D4 with the super-fast 16mm f/1.2 Zeiss/Arri Master Prime 16mm lens.  Without the Master Prime, I simply would not have been able to successfully film the “astro boatlapse” sequence at Lake Powell, for example.

Getting ready to shoot with his Canon and Optimo combo in Dubai.

Getting ready to shoot with his Canon and Optimo combo in Dubai.

Tamrac: What kind of equipment are you using to get such fluid camera motion?

Tom: I used Kessler and camBLOCK motion-control gear on “TimeScapes.”  We actually invented some new rigs while shooting as well, like the Kessler “Timelapse Crane” setup. That piece of gear was spawned from an informal phone conversation I had one morning with Eric Kessler.

Sunset time lapse with the Kessler Crane CineDrive motion control system in Jordan.

Sunset time lapse with the Kessler Crane CineDrive motion control system in Jordan.

Tamrac: You sent us a really cool picture of a number of Expedition backpacks piled in the back of an SUV getting ready for a shoot. So how many Expeditions are you using for all your gear and what is it that you like about your Expedition backpacks?

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Loaded up with Expedition 9x after Expedition 9x.

Tom: Haha, we probably have 15 or 20 Tamrac Expedition 9x bags. The 9x is our main method for moving gear around, whether we are talking about motion-control kits, lighting, or cameras.  We actually keep our Red Epics totally built inside the 9x… that’s one of the main reasons I love it, because I hate disassembling cameras.

Packing up the Expedition 9x's for a shoot.

Packing up the Expedition 9x’s for a shoot.

Tamrac: What are some words of wisdom you might share for someone interested in   trying time lapse photography for the first time?

Tom: If you really want to become a great time lapse photographer, it’s not patience that you need, it’s dedication.  It’s easy to pass time while the camera clicks away, but it’s hard to get your ass up at 3am in the freezing cold and move a camera dolly up the side of a  mountain. Dedication is the key.

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Tamrac: How can people find out more about you and your work, and keep up with what you’re doing?

Tom: They can follow me at

http://www.facebook.com/tomlowefilmmaker
http://www.facebook.com/DreamcorePictures
http://twitter.com/DreamCorePics

View the TimeScapes trailer!

TimeScapes: Rapture 4K from Tom Lowe on Vimeo.

And they can purchase “TimeScapes” here:
http://timescapes.org/products/default.aspx

Thanks so much to Tom Lowe and his crew at Dreamcore for answering our questions! We’re excited to see what you guys will come out with next!

For more information on the Expedition 9x backpacks. Check them out here:
http://www.tamrac.com/frame_exp.htm

 

Happy Customer: Troy Daniels

We love hearing from our customers about how our bags have kept their gear safe and sound. It lets us know that we’re doing it right and encourages us to keep making the quality products they can trust. We recently received feedback we’d like to share from photographer Troy Daniels telling us about his Evolution 8.

Penang, Malaysia - Note the awesome backpack

Penang, Malaysia – Note the awesome backpack

About a year ago I purchased the Tamrac Evolution 8 backpack for a solo trek through Hawaii.  Since then it has traveled though the mid-west, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and soon to be Myanmar.  Through all this, this pack has consistently held over 50 lbs of lenses and gear for up to eight hours at a time, been submerged in a river (big whoops), caught in several rainfall deluges and generally been my go to bag for all my traveling and hiking.

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Canon Mark III with mounted Canon 24-70mm. Tripod goes on the outside and I fit a few water bottles or snacks in just below the DSLR.

Middle - Canon 100 mm Macro, Extension tubes on top, Canon 16mm - 35 mm wide angle Bottom - Tokina 11mm - 16mm, Canon 70 - 200 mm (2.8 so its extra heavy), Canon Extender III.

Top – Canon 7D, Canon 24-105 mm lens
Middle – Canon 100 mm Macro, Extension tubes on top, Canon 16mm – 35 mm wide angle
Bottom – Tokina 11mm – 16mm, Canon 70 – 200 mm (2.8 so its extra heavy), Canon Extender III.

I am incredibly impressed by the strain I’ve put on it and how other than my stinky sweat odor remains in pristine condition.  My only concern is that with the consistent weight I put on the shoulder straps (yes, I use the hip strap too), they might eventually tear, but I’ve yet to see that.  I consider it an integral part of my setup and in the event that anything ever happens to it, I’ll definitely be buying another. Awesome product.  Don’t regret the purchase at all.

Troy

Troy will be happy to know that all of our backpack straps are reinforced with internal webbing and sewn through the entire seam twice where they attach to the bag with nylon boot thread. This ensures that those straps will not pull out and explains why they haven’t torn while carrying a consistent load of 50lbs of gear.

Troy wanted to give a shotout to Eldar who’s a sales associate at ePhotoCraft.com where he purchased his Evo 8. He’s thankful that Eldar highly recommends Tamrac bags, and gives him great advice along with an occasional discount. So thanks, Eldar!

Here are some more images that troy sent us taken during his trek through Hawaii.

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Big Island, Hawaii

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Big Island, Hawaii

Oahu

Oahu