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Language Barriers Need Not Apply

In Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Bring a Polaroid Camera This is helpful to take an instant shot to show your subject matter exactly what you want to do. You can also give them the photo as a souvenir. This will instantly break the barriers between the two of you, since most people love to see a photo of themselves. In many lands where photos aren’t commonplace, this is quite fun for people to see, and it will open them up to you, allowing you to take more pictures with your actual professional grade camera. Try To Memorize a Few Key Phrases In Their Language A phase in their language that is helpful is “may I photograph you?” With the technology available on your smartphone, it’s possible to quickly learn this phrase in a variety of native languages. So no matter where you are in the world, you can easily master a bit of their language …

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Skies and Coffee

In Porteen Gear News, Skies and Coffee by grandesigns

As some of you already know, I am not only the CEO of Porteen Gear, I am also a travel blogger. My passion is travel and photography and I will occasionally go on a Press Trip and do area reviews. This helps me keep my passion of travel alive. I will be sharing my stories on the Porteen Gear Blog under the category of Skies and Coffee. With a love of photographing the night sky and a goal of visiting all of the designated Dark Sky parks around the world, I thought the name was fitting. (insert the Love of Coffee in that description as well:) If you have a custom bag being made and see that I am on a trip, don’t worry! My team at Porteen Gear is hand-making your bag in the Grand Rapids studio while I am gone. I’ll be sharing the best food and places to go …

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Fall Leaves by Hot Air Balloon

In Skies and Coffee, Travel Photogaphy by grandesigns

If you live in a part of the country with all four seasons, you know the beautiful splendor of the fall leaves. Photographing these every year from ground level can start looking the same year after year. Why not get that photography from a different angle? You can get a different point of view on a hot air balloon. Everyone needs to experience the exhilaration of getting up there and seeing the spectacular views! Especially during those bright bursts of color in the months of October and November. Most states have several balloon companies that will take you up on a sightseeing tour of the area. You can find several states listed on Ballon Rides America or you can search your local Google listings. All Photos Copyright: Renae Stritzinger – Thanks Renae!!

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Keep it Simple with Minimalism

In Product Info by porteengear

Min·i·mal·ism (noun) : a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. The  minimalist bag is sleek, clean and simple with black and creme leather, creme tweed, black waxed canvas and an asphalt linen interior. This is the little black dress of camera bags.  

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Porteen Gear Brand Ambassadors being Showcased on the New Website!

In Porteen Gear News by porteengear

The new portal to the World of Porteen Gear is ready to go! We still have some minor tweaking to do, but the new site will make the whole buying experience easier to navigate. There will be a Style Guide and Size Guide to help you pick the perfect size of bag. The Bag Builder is easy to get to and there will be galleries to see product in action. We are most excited about our Ambassador section showcasing some of our talented customers! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Gargoyles, Grotesques and Sculptures

In Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Statue in Cozumel I have always had a great fascination of carved figures on buildings and in parks around the world. Including them in my city wanderings is usually a plan and I am always anxious to see what creatures I can discover. Gargoyles, grotesques and creature carvings have been around for many centuries and serve many purposes. In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved or formed grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building, thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between. A Grotesque is a very ugly or comically distorted figure, creature, or image. Archway in Lansing, Michigan I wonder what kind of wild imaginations were involved with the renderings of them and what their original purpose served. Some of them must be derived from dark, scary dreamscapes! Here are a few …

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Summer Carnivals Are Great For Long Exposure Photography

In Photography Tips, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

It’s Carnival season around the United States and along with that come the smells of elephant ears and cotton candy! The days are long gone of wanting to ride on any of the whirly, tilting and fast contraptions that are out there for current thrill seekers. So, I opt for capturing the whirls and motion on camera instead. Carnivals are a great place to hone your long exposure skills. The colors and the lights, people moving and rides in constant motion are great subjects for some artistic photography. Items to bring along for long exposure photography are, a tripod, and a neutral density (ND) filter for daytime or twilight shots. Long exposures on bright skies or at twilight will blow out unless you can stop down your lens. Hoya is a great brand for ND filters that have great reviews and are reasonably priced. Midways can be full of people …

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How to Work a Camel

In Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

After spending a day visiting the Dead Sea and going down some adventurous desert back trails in my rental car, I was heading back to the Old City of Jerusalem and noticed all of the camels sitting alongside the road with colorful scarves wrapped around their heads and tassels hanging off of their reins. I have never been much for riding animals. I am more of a voyeur when it comes to visiting different areas and seeing other cultures. Most of these camels looked quite content relaxing in the sand and the colorful adornments drew me in. I decided to stop at a market (shook) that had about 10 camels lined up along the front of the building by the road. Each camel had their own handler or owner and they were advertising rides for 20 NIS. I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask if I could photograph the camel …

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Wild Horses Right on Cue in The Arizona Outback

In Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Looking for great experience and a way to cool off in the summer heat? Try the kayaking tour down the Lower Salt River in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was a relaxing and meditational trip floating down this part of the Salt River. We left in the early morning, took the 45 minute van drive to the drop off point and loaded into the inflatable two-person kayaks. The guide was great at explaining the team efforts that both paddlers needed to know to keep the kayak straight on the river. This excursion was a great place to do some scenic photography. You don’t have to worry about camera gear getting wet, they supply dry bags and unless you are planning on dancing in your kayak, it’s a pretty smooth, dry ride. The guides had mentioned that there would be a possibility of seeing wild horses on this trip and right on cue, …