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Why I Love Hoboken

Posted by: JC Findley on 01/23/2013 - 12:28 PM

So, I was doing some shooting in Hoboken and it was COLD. I am talking negative numbers windchill and I guess that distracted me and didnít notice my backpack wasnít on my back. So, I drive to a different spot to do some more shots and went to change glass when I realized my equipment was NOT in my car. This was close to an hour after I left it on a bench along the shoreline. I went pack as I calculated how much stuff I couldnít afford was in the pack, including at least one lens and an Ipod, and to my surprise, it was still there, right where I left it.

Thanks Hoboken.

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Posted by: Mel Steinhauer on 01/23/2013 - 12:31 PM

You are a lucky man, JC !

The day my ship came in... I was at the airport.

Great work as always, BTW.


Posted by: Sydne Archambault on 01/23/2013 - 12:36 PM

I really like A Night in the Park JC! Very, very nice. And lucky you...thank goodness!


Posted by: Andee Photography on 01/23/2013 - 12:37 PM

Glad you got your stuff back. Could have turned out bad for they think it is a

suspicious bag and send something in to blow it up....yikes

About the cold weather how does your gear handle that? Weather in the deep freeze

some do not do as well as others.


Posted by: Wingsdomain Art and Photography on 01/23/2013 - 12:38 PM

Is that a testament of how honest people are in Hoboken or how crazy you must be to be out in fridgit temperature? :-) Glad you still have have your equipment, JC.



Posted by: Arlene Carmel on 01/23/2013 - 12:39 PM

You are one lucky man JC.....but I wouldn't put it to the test again, especially during tourist season. You were probably the only one out there freezing your tuchas off, but I do love your faith in mankind. :-)


Posted by: Rich Franco on 01/23/2013 - 1:48 PM


RUN, don't walk and buy a Lotto!!! You're lucky somebody didn't report it as a bomb scare and the blew it up!



Posted by: Christine Till on 01/23/2013 - 1:49 PM

It's my firm belief that most people are good people.
There's no doubt about that.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 01/23/2013 - 2:02 PM

i'll say it was part luck and part cold. if it was the summer it would be gone, or as said, blown up. but it's a great way to check your heart.

my bag never leaves my body no matter how uncomfortable it might be. never been there at night, and it looks like they cleaned it up quite a bit since sandy.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 01/23/2013 - 2:07 PM

Part luck and part cold...I think the same thing.

I'm glad you didn't lose your equipment permanently!

Fantastic shots JC.


Posted by: JC Findley on 01/23/2013 - 2:17 PM

Thank yall...

Yupp, a little bit of luck and cold going on I would say though there were plenty of folks commuting home along that path. I will say this, Hoboken, at least the part I have been in, feels VERY safe so there is probably a pretty good amount of "good people" effect going on there. As opposed to the image below shot in a not so good part of Brooklyn. I brought my son to a basketball game on the border of Bedford-Stuy and Crown Heights. SO many cool things to shoot but I was not about to stop my car and get out with a camera. I pulled up in a parking area of sorts, with my window down and the camera set to Vr f2.8 and shot this quickly. It is NOT a particularly nice area of NY. I would love to have explored and shot around this LIRR station but I value my equipment and my life. Maybe I can hire big John to stand guard sometime.

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RE cold shooting. 1. It is one of the BEST times to shoot because no one wanders in and out of the shot. (Kind of like the 0400 dawn shooting in summer.) 2. The camera handles the cold fine, BUT I generally get a low battery warning every ten minutes or so and have to take the battery out and put it in a pocket deep inside my many layers to warm back up. Then I am good for another ten minutes or so.


Posted by: Janine Riley on 01/23/2013 - 3:18 PM

ok, so Hoboken is NJ. But studies have proven that NY'ers are the most honest & generous people in the nation.
We may be rude, crude & obnoxious - but good hearted people who've got your back.


Posted by: JC Findley on 01/23/2013 - 7:29 PM

You are correct Janine but I will say, it DOES depend on what part of the city you are talking about.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 01/23/2013 - 7:31 PM

i'm still wondering how you see at night with that dark helmet on. doesn't that get in the way of the camera?

---Mike Savad


Posted by: JC Findley on 01/23/2013 - 7:36 PM

I switch to the high contrast yellow visor, just like we did flying.


Posted by: Janine Riley on 01/23/2013 - 7:38 PM

Hell Yeah !


Posted by: Andee Photography on 01/23/2013 - 7:45 PM

JC is your camera water proof or the kind that can get rained on and still work long as the lens is

not covered with water of course. I want one I do not have to watch the water on the housing.


Posted by: JC Findley on 01/23/2013 - 8:01 PM

It is not waterproof but is "resistant" to weather, which I find means almost nothing.

I use a clear trash bag, which I put over the camera and lens, then cut out between the lens hood and the lens and cut a small hole at the view finder.


Posted by: Andee Photography on 01/23/2013 - 9:07 PM

I keep wanting to try those ones they sell on Amazon that are made for that. I tried the trash bag once and it

did not work so well. But it was snowing and I was also holding an umbrella. Oh well.....I wonder if my brand

of camera comes in one that I would not need that in the used variety. I guess that is what I need to check as

I drool over the used gear. Drool is all I can do for now. :(


Posted by: Penny Hunt on 01/23/2013 - 9:32 PM

Very uplifting, amazing story.


Posted by: Rich Franco on 01/23/2013 - 10:03 PM


Here's what you do tomorrow. Leave the backpack 10 times and record how many times it's still there and how many times it's stolen and get back to us. Important, don't mention this email to Homeland Security!!!



Posted by: JC Findley on 01/23/2013 - 10:15 PM

Yeah, well unfortunately, I HAVE done this before. I am 50/50 on getting them back.


Posted by: Rich Franco on 01/24/2013 - 10:10 AM


So you're saying, 50% of the people in Hoboken are trustworthy and the other 50% are theives? I was born and lived a few miles up river and I know New Jersey. I think you need to get some kinda strap, like surfers have and attach the ankle thingie and the other end to your bag!!! LOL

When ever I shoot alone, in those types of environments, the bag is either on one shoulder, on the ground under the tripod or hanging from the tripod for stability. It's too easy to get distracted by someone, while the other someone walks off with your stuff.



Posted by: Greg Jackson on 01/24/2013 - 10:13 AM

Rich, sort of a photogs leash.

JC, glad you didn't lose your gear, and nice captures!


Posted by: Lynn Palmer on 01/24/2013 - 7:23 PM

Personally, I suspect if it had been 20 degrees warmer when you left the bag there would have been a different outcome ;)


Posted by: JC Findley on 01/24/2013 - 7:58 PM

It wasn't 50/50 there. Last time it was in the woods in Maryland. I have actually been pretty good with the bag since then, well, until now.

Hoboken is fine BTW, My spidey senses don't alert there at all. (I have pretty good spidey senses BTW.)


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