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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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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. :-)