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I’ve been using TTP’s new Airport 4-Sight roller case for about a week now. No flights with it yet – that comes next week – but I don’t forsee any problems with it as the size looks right for overhead bins even on commute turbo-props, but I’ve been using it as I work around the city and in clients’ spaces.

What makes it it especially different from other camera cases is that it has 4 independently pivoting wheels on the bottom which makes it very easy to move in and through narrow spaces, or it can be tilted to use as a wide stance standard push or pull roller. It  also rolls well over wet grass and uneven ground & broken up sidewalks. I’m tall, six foot five, and the handle is long enough to be comfortable whether pulling /pushing it on two wheels or steering it using all four wheels.

I’ve been using it loaded  with three bodies ( D800, D800E, D4), three lenses ( 24-70mm f/2.8G Nikkor, 24-120mm f/4G VR II Nikkor, & 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II – the last attached to either the D800 or D800E), three PocketWizard MUltiMAX transceivers, misc. cables, two TTP PocketRocket media wallets, extra batteries , a Hoodman 3.0 Loupe, and odds and ends like an Xrite ColorChecker Passport and a medium size (5×7?) WhiBAL G7 target, extra batteries, & other small etc. items.

When working out of it I like the way it unzips three quarters of the way around with the hinge on the long side when the bag is lying down. The inside of the flap has two nicely sized zippered flat mesh pockets good for documents and things like the WhiBal.

The exterior is a very clean design with no external pockets, except on the top for business cards and maybe a passport.  On the other hand that also means there’s not any attachment points  to bungee cord or strap a tripod to it  unless you cinch it to the handles.

Construction seems to be up to Thinktank Photo’s usual standards. After a week’s use I like it more than I thought I would and believe it to be a great design for a working photographer who doesn’t carry a huge camera kit with them.

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Portrait of small business owner Brian Matura

Portrait of small business owner Brian Matura, May 26, 2011

Portrait of Brian Matura; May 26, 2011 Atlanta, GA.

Making a portrait is like driving a four wheel drive Jeep. Mostly you just need  two wheel drive but  sometimes you have to engage the front  differential for better  traction.  Likewise the portraits I make are mostly about character and sometimes it is about character and an idea. Actually that analogy is not completely true – you always have to have some idea percolating in the background for a portrait to be more than just a likeness. Portraits are also a collaboration between sitter and photographer, an in a good portrait there is a give and take. You can’t be just a director. as we were making this portrait we were talking about business and how it is going.  Brian is a small business owner  – a homebuilder and contractor — and  while the past few  years haven’t been easy  he has managed to survive. he was telling me  tells me  that the remodeling business has been picking up over the past  year (as  assignment work has been for me as well) so in a way this portrait of him is about the idea of surviving the ups and downs we all have to deal with, about character.