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  • 42nd Street Photo’s Boating Photography Tips

    Posted on March 30th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Today we are going to talk about nautical photography or taking photos while on a boat. This can be any type of boat whether you are on a lake or in an ocean. Always keep the basics in mind that we have posted in our articles. Things like camera is accessible, camera is operational, lighting, focus, take plenty of photos, etc. With digital cameras being so affordable why not give it a shot.

    Well we hope you have a boat and if you do here are a few things to think about.

    Keep your horizon straight – Keep an eye on the horizon as you shoot, its easy to lose track of the way the boat is rolling.

    Shoot with fast shutter speeds – Due to the fact you are on a moving boat and you are shooting a moving boat this can cause blur and fuzziness in your photos. Turn up the shutter speed to 1/1000 or higher.

    Don’t shoot at mid-day – The best time for shooting is early morning and late afternoon. Overhead sun is harsh on boats and scenery.

    Look around alot – Keep looking around, you would be surprised what you just might come across that makes a good shot. A good trick to ensure a sharper shot is to track, or pan, the camera with the moving object, instead of trying to grab the action as it passes through the frame.

    Reflections – The sunlight that bounces from water can add a magical, reflective sparkle to the hull. Ask the captain or whoever is driving the boat to rotate the bow until it lights up.

    We hope this few tips help taking shots the next time you go boating.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Surefire G2L-BK LED Flashlight

    Posted on March 23rd, 2010 Staff Writer

    Surefire G2L-BK LED Flashlight

    Do you need a pocket sized flashlight? Do you need a flashlight that can light up the whole room? I have the right flashlight for you. That flashlight is the SureFire G2L-BK LED Flashlight. SureFire flashlights are known around the world as the lighting system for any and every tactical scenario. The G2 LED Flashlight improves upon the performance of their best-selling G2 Nitrolon flashlight with a significantly extended run time, and increased light output. The G2 LED delivers a brilliant, smooth, and focused 80 lumen beam. This beam is more than four times brighter than many larger two D-cell flashlights. The LED is protected by an impact resistant Lexan window, and the housing is o-ring sealed against moisture and dust. The G2 LED’s smooth, user-friendly beam is also perfect for hikers, campers, hunter, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.

    Other Features:

    • 1.25″ Bezel accepts SureFire’s accessory filters

    • Nitrolon housing is lightweight, corrosion proof, & O-ring sealed

    • Precision reflector provides smooth beam without hot-spots or rings

    • LED Illumination
    Virtually indestructible light emitting diode has no filament to burn out or break; lasts for thousands of hours

    • Prefocused Beam
    No need to twist the bezel to adjust the beam, it’s already perfectly prefocused. Lamps and reflectors are individually mated and hand-adjusted to within .005″ for optimum beam quality at all distances.

    • Tactical Tailcap Switch
    Press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
    Switch lockout prevents accidental activation during transport or storage

    • The SureFire Difference
    SureFire strives to design and manufacture lights of ever-increasing brightness and quality while setting new standards for maximum power with minimal size. Three things characterize every product: compact size, extreme ruggedness, and a flawless high-output beam. Every SureFire illumination tool is guaranteed to produce a perfect center spot of intense light surrounded by a smooth corona of softer light.

    • No Hassle Lifetime Warranty
    Lamps will burn out, batteries will be used up, and switches for WeaponLights™ will eventually need to be replaced. Everything else is covered by their lifetime no-hassle guarantee; if it breaks, SureFire will fix it!

    This is the perfect light for all jobs starting at only $69.00

  • 42nd Street Photo Recommends the Leatherman Charge AL

    Posted on March 16th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Leatherman Charge AL

    This is probably one of the best little tools you can carry. The Leatherman Charge AL includes scissors that slice through just about anything with beveled edges that allow them to get close to whatever your cutting, for a clean trim every time. Bit drivers for versatility, diamond-coated files for fine-point work and a 154CM clip-point knife are all housed in 6061-T6, hard-anodized aluminum alloy handles. Rounded edges for grip comfort and a stainless steel badge make this a Leatherman that’s really earned its name. The Charge AL takes the idea of a multi-tool up a notch. No more searching through piles of tools or wishing you had a tool when you’re far from home and need a quick fix.

    - Phillips and flat tip eyeglasses screwdriver
    - Phillips #1-2 and screwdriver 3/16 in.
    - Hex 5/32 in. and 9/64 in.
    - Hex 1/16 in. and .050
    - Hex 1/8 in. and 7/64 in.
    - Robertson #2 and #3
    - Hex 3/32 in. and 5/64 in.
    - Screwdriver 1/8 in. and Torx #15
    - Removable Pocket Clip
    - Quick-release Lanyard Ring

    Specifications:
    Blade Steel: 154CM Stainless Steel
    Carry System: Leather Sheath
    Handle Material: Hard-anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum handles
    Length Closed: 4 in.
    Weight: 8.4 oz.

    For versatility, durability, quality, and style, the Leatherman Charge AL Multi-Tool has positioned itself to offer its user almost any type of tool needed in most any type of situation.

  • 42nd Street Photo recommends the Surefire E1E Executive Elite Flashlight

    Posted on March 8th, 2010 Staff Writer

    Surefire FlashlightAre you are looking for great flashlight that’s compact but yet bright enough to get the job done? Then the Surefire E1E Executive Elite Flashlight is what you need. The SureFire E1E Executive Flashlight is a high powered flashlight that fits easily in the palm of your hand. It provides 15 lumens for 1.5 hours according to the specs but our testing has proven to exceed that runtime.The glass at the business end is Tempered Pyrex.

    Here is a more technical description

    * Max Output: 15 lumens
    * Runtime: 1.5 hours
    * Length: 3.40 inches
    * Weight: 2.20 ounces
    * Battery: One 123A lithium

    Here are some other features about this light.

    * Rugged aerospace-grade aluminum body, Mil-Spec Type III hard anodized in olive drab
    * O-ring sealed, weatherproof
    * Tempered Pyrex® window
    * Pocket clip
    * Tailcap switch: press for momentary-on, press further to click constant-on
    * Switch lockout prevents accidental activation during transport or storage
    * Batteries included

    This light is especially bright so please do not make the mistake and look directly into it. The clip on the side makes it easy to attach to a hat brim or belt. This light is tough, compact, reliable, bright and recommended by 42nd Street Photo as one of the best inexpensive lights around. This light sells for $79 for at 42nd Street Photo.