At the hospital now waiting for the baby’s arrival. Here is a photo of the bag of gear that I brought with me (sans one 5d — figured one digital camera was plenty and went for the 5d m2).

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Thirty years of carrying gear has taken it’s toll on my back and shoulders. With much regret, I’m going to have to retire my beloved Domke J-3 shoulder bag because it’s just causing too much strain on the shoulders to keep using it.

I’ve been working with Dr. Shane Fishbein, a Mission Viejo, CA Chiropractor who has been making great gains with my back and shoulder soreness. He’s worked with athletes and other photographers too, so he knows how to keep people in top shape. I highly recommend him if you’re in the area.

What it made me realize that unless I change, I could very well face the prospect of shoulder surgery down the road and I certainly don’t want to do that, so I’m trying out the backpack method again. This one is the Think Tank Airport Acceleration (which fits International size templates). I may try an even smaller backpack by Think Tank too (the Airport Antidote). They make really fantastic products.

For this assignment (the birth) I wanted to have everything I needed, just in case, but nothing really long (I figure I will probably work with mostly the 35s, 50 and 100 macro (for details of the baby after the birth) –the bulk will be, what a surprise, the 35mm and the 50mm).

I’ve got the Think Tank Airport International Roller and it’s great especially for airport travel, but I prefer a bag I can sling and go when I’m actually shooting. With the backpack, I can keep it close by when doing a portrait (on the ground) and when I need to carry gear it will be better balanced. It may not be quite as quick as a shoulder bag, but in the long run this will be the best thing.

Oh yeah, a good bit of film. I want to capture this historic moment with both, but I do want to have a good bit of it on celluloid.

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