Photo Opp: 2014 New York Puerto Rican Day Parade


So, I did go and take pictures of the Puerto Rican parade Sunday. With almost 1400 shots, editing them down becomes quite a job. More about that in the next post.

My selects are below, intertwined with my impressions from shooting the parade. Hopefully, my experience is of some use to photographers planning to cover this or other festive parades in the future.

The crowd loved to be photographed. A little girl looking bored, pepped up and struck a cute pose the moment she noticed my camera pointed at her.


You’d think I’m a popular guy, because every time I steered my camera toward the crowd, I got cheers and kisses thrown my way. People would call me over to be photographed. Only one time did a guy refuse to have his picture taken. He was a tough-looking guy with bright red sunglasses and a bright red bandana. Admittedly, I was right in his face, because it was extremely crowded. Still, it would have made an interesting shot.


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Transcend’s JetDrive Lite Could Replace that Extra Hard Drive


When traveling with photo gear, the one thing we need is safe storage for our images. That often means copying or moving the images from the memory card to a laptop and backing up the internal hard drive to an external one. That external hard drive, even a small portable one, is one more thing to carry.

The newly announced JetDrive Lite from Transcend could significantly lower your load, at least when you’re using an Apple MacBook. It’s essentially a small SD card that can hold 64GB or 128GB and provides transfer speeds of up 95MB/s and 60MB/s.

It sits flush with the computer body, so you can leave it in place. The only downside for photographers is that it uses the computer’s SD card slot, so you would have to use a card reader with a USB cable to transfer your images to the computer or take the JetDrive out of the slot each time you transfer images from the memory card.

The type of card you need depends on your computer model. Official prices are $49 to the 64GB version and $99 for the 128GB version.

I have requested a sample copy to review and if I get one, I’ll report back.

Amazon carries them.* They’re currently showing a 2-4 shipping delay. On the other hand, the prices at Amazon at $40 for the 64GB version and $80 for the 128GB version.



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Now for Real: Profoto B1 Does TTL with Canon 1Dx

The last time Profoto announced updated firmware for its B1 off-camera flash, allowing TTL with the Canon 1Dx DSLR, the lighting firm withdrew its announcement the moment I hit ‘publish’ on my article about it.

So, this time I waited a day. No word to the contrary so far, so it seems that indeed the Profoto B1 now works with the Canon 1Dx in TTL mode.

Coming up for one-of-a-kind monolight is high-speed sync and a version of the accessory Air Remote for Nikon in addition to the existing Canon version. Those are promised for sometime this year.

I don’t have a Canon 1Dx but I do have a B1 and the Air Remote and I’m still playing around with them. So far, so good. Will report on it later.

Scratch That – Profoto Messed Up and Says ‘Sorry’

Just as I posted the previous article, Profoto dropped this in my mail box. It speaks for itself. No further comment necessary:


As some of you might have noted, the firmware upgrade we released on Mar 31 contains a bug that causes the B1 to get stuck at full power. The bug only appears when shooting in TTL mode with Canon EOS-1D X, but considering today’s announcement, that is more than enough to remove it from our site.

The short, non-technical explanation for the bug is: we were too eager and didn’t test the upgrade properly. For that we are sorry.

Rest assure that we’re now working hard to fix this problem. Vacations have been cancelled, the coffee is brewing, and we will get back to you as soon as we can with an update.

For the meantime, it is not possible to download the firmware upgrade from the Profoto site.

Those of you who do not shoot with Canon EOS-1D X will not notice this bug, regardless if you’ve performed the upgrade or not. Everything will work just fine.

Profoto Updates B1 Firmware for Canon 1Dx Users


Profoto today released its long-awaited firmware update allowing TTL metering for its B1 flash with the Canon 1Dx.

The B1 was announced a few months back as a professional wireless battery-powered monolight with TTL capabilities, the first ever. If used together with the Air Remote TTL-C, the B1 works just like any TTL-capable flash system, but offers the output of a monolight instead of a small speedlight. The Air Remote is currently only available for Canon.

Previously, the remote didn’t work with the 1Dx, a curious oversight, since the B1 is aimed at the same professional photographers as the 1Dx. That’s now fixed.

The firmware updates the remote, not the B1 unit. It can be downloaded here.

The company also said it will offer a firmware update for high-speed sync and a Nikon compatible remote later this year.

I’ve been curious about the B1 since its launch, but Profoto has been slow providing a review sample. So, I just bought one unit with a remote.

In the coming weeks I will use it alongside my Canon flash and my Elinchrom Ranger RX, mostly to see how they compare in practicality and usability. After that, either the RX or the B1 will move to new pastures.