blackrapid

by Katherine Yaksich

BlackRapid Double  
 I reached out to the team at   BlackRapid   and asked if I could try out their Double camera strap during my photo residency in the Arctic this past summer, and they were so kind enough to send me a strap. I was really impressed by how functional and comfortable the strap was, and it truly allowed me to take photos much more quickly and efficiently and made my job easier. You can miss a lot of shots in the Arctic if you’re too slow because the wildlife doesn’t seem to wait around. The right equipment can truly help make or break your shot! 
 I have a lot of friends and colleagues that shoot with 2 camera bodies without a double camera strap system, and it seems inefficient and challenging from what I have observed (one of my friends recently purchased the Double and another BlackRapid strap and is extremely satisfied). I’m excited to head down to Antarctica next month with the Double, especially since Antarctica is my final continent to explore and has been on my bucket list ever since I was in 4th grade! 
  I highly recommend the BlackRapid Double strap and outline some pros and cons below:  
 PROS 
  The Double is extremely comfortable (much more comfortable than using 2 separate camera straps) and distributes the weight of heavy camera/lens combinations quite nicely. In fact, it is the most comfortable strap I have used when using a heavy DSLR camera and long telephoto lens combination. 
 It is highly functional, easy to adjust, well built/designed, and lightweight. It’s a very secure way to use 2 cameras and allows you to access either camera body both quickly and efficiently. 
 The Double can easily be transformed into 2 separate single straps if you only want to use 1 camera. 
 It is very well priced, and worth every penny. Think of it as an investment into your body. Your back and neck will thank you for it. 
  CONS 
  If you bend over at the hips, the camera bodies will swing forward with your body and can potentially bump into objects in front of you, ie, if you bend over a railing to look down. 
 The metal carabiners (that lock the cameras to the strap) scratch easily but this is purely cosmetic and really a non-issue. It won’t affect the performance of the strap. 
  Live Adventurously,   Reuben

BlackRapid Double

I reached out to the team at BlackRapid and asked if I could try out their Double camera strap during my photo residency in the Arctic this past summer, and they were so kind enough to send me a strap. I was really impressed by how functional and comfortable the strap was, and it truly allowed me to take photos much more quickly and efficiently and made my job easier. You can miss a lot of shots in the Arctic if you’re too slow because the wildlife doesn’t seem to wait around. The right equipment can truly help make or break your shot!

I have a lot of friends and colleagues that shoot with 2 camera bodies without a double camera strap system, and it seems inefficient and challenging from what I have observed (one of my friends recently purchased the Double and another BlackRapid strap and is extremely satisfied). I’m excited to head down to Antarctica next month with the Double, especially since Antarctica is my final continent to explore and has been on my bucket list ever since I was in 4th grade!

I highly recommend the BlackRapid Double strap and outline some pros and cons below:

PROS

  • The Double is extremely comfortable (much more comfortable than using 2 separate camera straps) and distributes the weight of heavy camera/lens combinations quite nicely. In fact, it is the most comfortable strap I have used when using a heavy DSLR camera and long telephoto lens combination.
  • It is highly functional, easy to adjust, well built/designed, and lightweight. It’s a very secure way to use 2 cameras and allows you to access either camera body both quickly and efficiently.
  • The Double can easily be transformed into 2 separate single straps if you only want to use 1 camera.
  • It is very well priced, and worth every penny. Think of it as an investment into your body. Your back and neck will thank you for it.

CONS

  • If you bend over at the hips, the camera bodies will swing forward with your body and can potentially bump into objects in front of you, ie, if you bend over a railing to look down.
  • The metal carabiners (that lock the cameras to the strap) scratch easily but this is purely cosmetic and really a non-issue. It won’t affect the performance of the strap.

Live Adventurously,
Reuben

by Katherine Yaksich

 Arctic Self Portrait 
   An Arctic self portrait taken less than 600 miles from the North Pole, while we search for polar bears near the pack ice.   Thanks for joining me on this wild adventure. It’s difficult to describe my experience in the Arctic as a photographer in residence, but I definitely have a greater appreciation for our planet. I’ve learned a tremendous amount and had the wonderful opportunity to be part of a gracious, knowledgable, and talented expedition team. I’m excited to be back on the ship headed to Antarctica next February, which would mark my 7th and final continent. Antarctica has actually been on my bucket list ever since I did a school report on it in third grade.    
   I will leave you with this quote by Paul Nicklen, a National Geographic photographer and biologist, that truly resonated with me:   
   “I want to bring back images of this remote, raw, unforgiving, beautiful, and yet extremely fragile world to you. I want you to care about these regions as much as I do, and I hope to inspire you to help avert the warming trend that is changing them quickly and irreversibly.”     
   Live Adventurously,  Reuben

 Arctic Self Portrait

An Arctic self portrait taken less than 600 miles from the North Pole, while we search for polar bears near the pack ice. 

Thanks for joining me on this wild adventure. It’s difficult to describe my experience in the Arctic as a photographer in residence, but I definitely have a greater appreciation for our planet. I’ve learned a tremendous amount and had the wonderful opportunity to be part of a gracious, knowledgable, and talented expedition team. I’m excited to be back on the ship headed to Antarctica next February, which would mark my 7th and final continent. Antarctica has actually been on my bucket list ever since I did a school report on it in third grade. 

I will leave you with this quote by Paul Nicklen, a National Geographic photographer and biologist, that truly resonated with me:

“I want to bring back images of this remote, raw, unforgiving, beautiful, and yet extremely fragile world to you. I want you to care about these regions as much as I do, and I hope to inspire you to help avert the warming trend that is changing them quickly and irreversibly.”  

Live Adventurously,
Reuben

by Katherine Yaksich

Getting geared up to embark on my 5 week Arctic adventure and photo residency tomorrow! This post goes out to my dad, who got me into photography growing up. As a kid, I started taking photos on his old 35 mm film camera and developing them myself in a dark room, and probably owe a lot more to my dad than what I give him credit for. He wrote me this email last week: 

 “You have a very safe and enjoyable trip. Not too many people are able to accomplish what you are about to do.  You are accomplishing what I missed doing when I was younger.  We are proud of you. Best of luck to you. We will pray for your safe trip. Let me know what I can do to help. Take care.” 

 To which I replied: 
“Thanks dad. It’s never too late to live out your dreams. If you have a dream, go chase it regardless of how old you are. I love you. Carpe Diem, Reuben” 

 Dad: 
“I will be satisfied watching you accomplish my dream. I love you.” 

 I also want to take a moment to give a shout out to my incredible sponsors: @loweprobags, @blackrapid (blackrapid.com), and @muckbootco. Thanks for partnering with me and providing me with some goods to help me hopefully capture some beautiful imagery. I’m so grateful and truly cannot thank you enough! 

 Let’s do this!! 

 #thisarcticlife #lowepro #blackrapid #livethemoment #muckboots #packing #vscocam #vsco #arctic

Getting geared up to embark on my 5 week Arctic adventure and photo residency tomorrow! This post goes out to my dad, who got me into photography growing up. As a kid, I started taking photos on his old 35 mm film camera and developing them myself in a dark room, and probably owe a lot more to my dad than what I give him credit for. He wrote me this email last week:

“You have a very safe and enjoyable trip. Not too many people are able to accomplish what you are about to do. You are accomplishing what I missed doing when I was younger. We are proud of you. Best of luck to you. We will pray for your safe trip. Let me know what I can do to help. Take care.”

To which I replied:
“Thanks dad. It’s never too late to live out your dreams. If you have a dream, go chase it regardless of how old you are. I love you. Carpe Diem, Reuben”

Dad:
“I will be satisfied watching you accomplish my dream. I love you.”

I also want to take a moment to give a shout out to my incredible sponsors: @loweprobags, @blackrapid (blackrapid.com), and @muckbootco. Thanks for partnering with me and providing me with some goods to help me hopefully capture some beautiful imagery. I’m so grateful and truly cannot thank you enough!

Let’s do this!!

#thisarcticlife #lowepro #blackrapid #livethemoment #muckboots #packing #vscocam #vsco #arctic