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The previous post with the list of Alaska and Horizon tail numbers got me wondering which planes I’ve flown on. This post will keep the running list and count. Last updated April 27, 2017.

  • N238AS
  • N253AK
  • N303AS
  • N306AS
  • N307AS
  • N317AS
  • N319AS
  • N403AS (4x)
  • N407AS
  • N413AS
  • N419AS (3x)
  • N423AS (2x)
  • N440AS
  • N448AS
  • N453AS (2x)
  • N456AS
  • N457AS
  • N459AS
  • N461AS
  • N462AS (2x)
  • N468AS (2x)
  • N471AS
  • N472AS
  • N477AS
  • N478AS (2x)
  • N486AS
  • N487AS (2x)
  • N491AS
  • N494AS
  • N495AS
  • N512AS
  • N516AS
  • N517AS
  • N520AS
  • N523AS (2x)
  • N524AS
  • N528AS
  • N529AS
  • N530AS
  • N533AS
  • N535AS
  • N538AS
  • N546AS (2x)
  • N548AS (2x)
  • N551AS (2x)
  • N552AS
  • N553AS
  • N556AS
  • N558AS (2x)
  • N559AS (2x)
  • N560AS
  • N563AS
  • N566AS (2x)
  • N569AS
  • N576AS
  • N581AS
  • N583AS
  • N584AS
  • N588AS
  • N589AS
  • N609AS (2x)
  • N613AS
  • N615AS
  • N705AS
  • N713AS
  • N756AS
  • N788AS
  • N792AS
  • N796AS (2x)
  • N797AS

Horizon flights include:

  • N417QX
  • N452QX

Missing from the list is AS2285 from FCA to SEA on 2014-02-16. For some reason Horizon flights don’t seem to be listed in the on-time performance database.

In addition I make occasional flights on Delta. Here are the tail numbers I could find for the domestic Delta flights:

  • N184DN
  • N355NB
  • N3739P
  • N618DL
  • N702TW
  • N723EV
  • N961DN
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Over at the Alaska Airlines Flyertalk forum a simple question about how many CRJ-700s were in use by Alaska sent me off into some fun digging around the FAA aircraft database. With some help from Putzy and Kieron I was able to find all 137 Alaska Airlines aircraft (regardless of actual ownership), plus all the Horizon planes. Because there are random people on the Internet that might care here is the list of every aircraft that operates under the Alaska or Horizon name. This list is complete as of September 26th, 2015. Note that this list does not include the new E175s that Skywest will fly for Alaska.

OWNER AIRCRAFT TYPE TAIL NUMBER
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N302AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N303AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N305AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N306AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N307AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N309AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N315AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N317AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990
Spirit of Disneyland II
N318AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N319AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N320AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990 N323AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N402AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N403AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N407AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N408AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N409AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N413AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N419AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N423AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N431AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N433AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N435AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N440AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N442AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER
“Go Russell!”
N453AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N457AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N459AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N461AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N462AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N464AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N467AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N468AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N469AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N471AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N472AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N474AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N477AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N478AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N479AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-990ER N481AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N508AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N514AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N517AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N518AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N519AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N520AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N524AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N525AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N526AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N527AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N528AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N529AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N530AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N531AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N532AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N533AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N534AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N535AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N536AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N537AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N538AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N546AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N548AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N551AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N552AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N553AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 N556AS*
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N557AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N558AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Salmon Thirty Salmon II
N559AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Spirit of the Islands
N560AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N563AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N565AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N566AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890
Employee Powered
N568AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890
Starliner 75
N569AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890
Adventure of Disneyland Resort
N570AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N577AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N579AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N581AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N583AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N584AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N585AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N586AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N587AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N588AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N589AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N590AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N594AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N596AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N597AS*#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790
Timbers Jet
N607AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N609AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N611AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N612AS
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N613AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N614AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N615AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N618AS
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N619AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N622AS
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N625AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N626AS
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N627AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-790 N644AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-490 N708AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-490 Freighter N709AS
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-490 N713AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-4Q8 Combi N762AS
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-4Q8 Combi N763AS
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-4Q8 Combi N764AS
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-4Q8 Combi N765AS
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-490 N767AS#
ALASKA AIRLINES INC BOEING 737-490 Combi N768AS
BCC EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
University of Idaho
N400QX
BCC EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
Washington State University
N401QX
BCC EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
University of Montana
N402QX
BCC EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
Montana State University
N403QX
BCC EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
University of Oregon
N404QX
BCC EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N405QX
BCC EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N412QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N434MK
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N415QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N416QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N417QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N418QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N419QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N420QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N421QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N422QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N423QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N426QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N427QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N428QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N429QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N430QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N431QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N432QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N433QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
University of Washington
N435QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N436QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
Boise State University
N437QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N438QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N439QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
Oregon State University
N440QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
University of Alaska Fairbanks
N441QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N442QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
University of Alaska Anchorage
N443QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N444QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N445QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N446QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N447QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N448QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N449QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N450QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N451QX
HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N452QX
SKYWEST AIRLINES INC BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2C10 N227AG
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N406QX
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
University of Oregon
N407QX
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N408QX
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N409QX
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N410QX
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N411QX
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402 N413QX
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC DHC-8-402
San Diego State University
N414QX
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-890 N506AS*#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-890
Spirit of Seattle
N512AS*#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N513AS*#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N516AS*#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-890 N523AS*#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-8FH
New paint scheme
N549AS*
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N562AS*#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N564AS*#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N592AS*#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-890 ETOPS
Eskimo wears a lei
N593AS*#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490 N703AS#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490
Spirit of Alaska Statehood
N705AS
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490
Spirit of Make-A-Wish
N706AS#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-4Q8 N756AS#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-4Q8 N760AS
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-4Q8 N769AS
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-4S3 N786AS
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490 N788AS
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490
Magic of Disneyland
N791AS#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490 N792AS#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490 N793AS#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490 N794AS
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490 N795AS
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490 N796AS#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490 N797AS#
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOEING 737-490 N799AS
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2C10 N215AG
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2C10 N216AG
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2C10 N217AG
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2C10 N218AG
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2C10 N219AG
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2C10 N223AG
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2C10 N224AG
WELLS FARGO BANK NORTHWEST NA TRUSTEE BOMBARDIER INC CL-600-2C10 N225AG
WILMINGTON TRUST CO TRUSTEE BOEING 737-4Q8 N778AS
WILMINGTON TRUST CO TRUSTEE BOEING 737-4Q8 N779AS

* Aircraft with onboard power. # Aircraft has the new Alaska Beyond inflight entertainment system.

Edit 2014-11-30: Removed CRJs owned by Wells Fargo that are now flown by Skywest for Delta Connection. Flagged the freighter and combis. Added N434MK, the oddball Horizon plane whose tail number apparently honours founder Milton Kuolt. Added the Horizon planes operated by SkyWest. Thanks to Putzy and Kieron for the updates.

Edit 2014-12-12: Started to mark which planes are the special liveries.

Edit 2014-12-15: Marked the planes that have the new Alaska Beyond inflight entertainment system. Thanks to Putzy for the list.

Edit 2014-12-17: All planes marked with their special liveries.

Edit 2015-01-03: Updated with the latest list of planes that have Alaska Beyond inflight entertainment system. Thanks to Putzy for the update.

Edit 2015-01-18: All -800/-900/-900ER planes have in-seat power now per Bay Area Blue.

Edit 2015-02-22: Added more planes that have the new inflight system. Thanks to Putzy for the information.

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This post describes a LOT of gear. Photography isn’t just cameras and lenses, there’s a ton of other, ah, stuff that has to come along to make a shoot work well. All those odds and ends? Here they are!

IMG_9866-Edit

1. Nokia Lumia 1020. This is my portable camera and GPS for the trip.

2. Monster Outlets To Go 4 Outlet Travel Power Strip. Before y’all go hating me for owning a product from Monster hear me out. This only costs $10 and is so small you can slip it into any bag and never know it’s there until you find all the receptacles in a room are full. Whip this little guy out, plug it in, and voila. Plenty of places to charge up.

3. USB cables. Two of three that come on the trip, since I need a USB A-Micro, USB A-B, and USB 3.0 cable. Sigh.

4. Canon battery chargers. Two of them since I have just a few batteries along for the trip.

5. Enloop AA batteries. Eight backups, to go along with the 10 that are installed in the flashes (more on the flashes later).

6. Lenspen. In case I get schmutz on my lens.

7. Nokia Lumia 1020 charging plug.

8. StarTech.com USB 3.0 card reader. When Windows 8 first came out this is the only USB 3.0 card reader I had reliable success with.

9. Canon batteries. Six of ‘em for three cameras.

10. Storage. Three 32GB CF cards, two 16GB CF cards, and a couple of 8GB SD cards just in case. These will get dumped after every shoot to the laptop and backup drive, and then formatted.

IMG_9867-Edit

1. Honl Speed Strap. One on each flash to attach either gels (4) or the softbox (6).

2. Canon 600EX-RT flashes. Two of them. These suckers are expensive but are worth every penny. The wireless radio feature is fantastic.

3. Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter. Without this the wireless feature of the 600EX-RT flashes wouldn’t do much.

4. Honl CTO gels. I rarely use these but they take up no space in the bag so I always keep them around for when I need a splash of orange. Don’t panic about the full CTO! I have some 1/4 CTOs at the bottom of the pile.

5. Flash feet. They come with the flashes and take up no space in the bag. They’re kinda handy on occasion, to be honest.

6. LumiQuest Softbox III. I’ve used this, uh, never. But it fits perfectly in my bag so I always carry it. Someday I’ll learn how to use it properly.

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1. Lenovo Yoga 13” Laptop. My travel workhorse for image editing. Running Windows 8.1 with a dedicated internal 256GB SSD for images, Photo Mechanic, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Silver Efex Pro and Nik Color Efex Pro. I love this laptop.

2. Power cord for the laptop. Very important!

3. Earplugs. Also very important when shooting sporting events.

4. Business cards. I get mine from moo.com.

5. WD Passport 1TB USB 3.0 drive. This is my travel drive that I can lose with no issue. It contains all the Seattle Storm photos I’ve shot in the last three years as well as my landscape work for the last 3 years. But not the only copy. Just a travel copy. It will also serve as my backup device to ensure I have a second copy of my photos during the week. This drive does not travel in my camera bag. It stays in an independent bag from my laptop, just in case I forget the bag with the laptop somewhere.

Not pictured in the above photos are three other important pieces of gear for the trip:

1. Black Rapid Double-Strap. This is how I carry two bodies with me when I’m shooting sports. I love it. Love love love it.

2. Gitzo GM2940 monopod. For supporting a long lens during football games. At least, that’s what I’m told it’s used for. I’ve never used it for that, and only used it once at a basketball game before I gave up since it’s so unwieldy.

3. Really Right Stuff BH-25 PRO ballhead. How I attach the camera/lens to the monopod. It may be small but it is sturdy and can easily handle the 5D Mk III/300mm combo.

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All the grip stuff is fun but without cameras and lenses you can’t really take any photos. Here’s what’s coming to Atlanta to actually take pictures.

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The bodies are easy: three Canon 5D Mk IIIs. Two have vertical grips (one from Canon, the other some generic knock-off brand). Both vertical grips have the all-important AF point 9-way controller so I can quickly change AF points when holding the cameras vertically.

The third body has earrings. They’re split-rings mounted to the camera strap connections so I have somewhere to attach a safety cable.

Why three bodies? For basketball I’ll typically run two with me physically, one with a long lens and one with a wide lens, and then the third as a remote camera somewhere. I’ve never shot football before but from what I’ve read I’ll have all three on my person for that. Yikes!

I’m honestly not sure how much I’ll use the vertical grips. I just started using them for this Storm season and am still figuring out if they’re worth lugging around.

Here’s the lens lineup:

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From left to right:

  • Canon EF 1.4x extender
  • Rokinon 14mm
  • Canon 17-40 f/4.0L
  • Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
  • Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
  • Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS

I’m also bringing lens hoods for all the Canon lenses.

My workhorse lenses for shooting basketball are the three on the right. The 17-40 is what I typically use behind the glass on a remote camera. The 14mm is coming along for fun. The 1.4x is along for football to give me some extra reach on the 300mm.

All of the bodies and every lens (with hood!) except the 300mm fit in my Think Tank Airport Navigator. It’s a crazy, crazy, bag!

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Honestly, I’m mostly interested in writing about what I learn during the workshop, but I know people are always interested in gear so I’m going to do a series of posts before I even get on the plane to get the gear stuff out of the way.

First up: the grip bag. You’d be surprised at how much non-camera gear comes along for a sports shoot!

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1. Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm. Two of these are the core component of the grip bag. They’ll allow me to hang my camera in random places to get a different view of the action. Each arm is modified with a 110lb. strength zip tie and split ring to give me a place to attach a safety cable.

2. Avenger F800 3-Inch Baby Wall Plate. Combined with #3, #5, and #7 I can set up a stable remote camera on the ground.

3. Manfrotto 1/4” Standard Stud. These are the generic studs that come with the clamps. I rarely use them but they take up almost no space in the bag so I carry them with me.

4. Kupo Convi Clamp. These attach the Magic Arms to just about anything, and if you don’t have them the Magic Arms are useless. I have a mix of Kupo and Manfrotto brands. The advantage of the Kupos is they’re cheaper!

5. Kupo 2.5” Grip Head With Big Handle. I stole this off my c-stand to use with the baby wall plate for a floor camera. It’s kinda bulky, to be honest, and I wish I had something different to use. But I don’t, so it comes along. I’m sure I’ll find out about a better option than this at the workshop.

6. Pocket Wizard Plus III Transceivers. Two of these are required for them to be useful. This is how I trigger the remote camera that’s mounted somewhere out of my reach. One of the receivers is attached to a FlashZebra Caddy v3 which makes it really easy to attach the Pocket Wizard to the Magic Arm.

7. Manfrotto 143BKT Camera Bracket. This is how I attach the camera to the Magic Arm.

8. Safety cables. There’s only three in this picture but don’t worry. I’m buying more before the trip. You can never have enough and somehow I keep misplacing them. These are critical when mounting a camera in the air somewhere. My most recent set are from Amazon, and include the Chauvet 3-pack, which are lighter duty but fine for smaller gear, and the heftier 29″ unnamed cables.

9. Cinefoil. I use this to kill reflections when mounting the camera behind glass.

10. Tape. I carry a white and black roll of microGAFFER tape and a small roll of black electrical tape. The electrical tape is a good way to attach cinefoil to a backboard camera without showing white adhesive to the players.

11. FlashZebra Shutter Cable. This runs from the Pocket Wizard to the camera to actually fire the shutter. You can buy an official one from Pocket Wizard or get a cheap knock-off, which is what I did. Mine has a pre-release switch on it to ensure quick shutter release when the action heats up.

All of this packs into a small tool bag from Home Depot. I’m not wild about the bag, to be honest, and am still on the hunt for something that works better. Haven’t found anything yet.

Note: If you purchase something by following the links above I may get a tiny commission from Amazon. I have personally purchased and paid for all the items mentioned in this blog post.

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I’ve been in the Moab, UT, area for the last week on a workshop with Andy Biggs and Bret Edge. It’s been an interesting run of moody skies with lots of clouds, but no real sunrises or sunsets to speak of. Looking at my selects for the week they’re almost all in black and white: a sure sign we haven’t had much luck with golden light.

Tonight looked to be the same. It was snowing like crazy when we left Moab for Arches National Park. During our first stop I just took photos of everyone standing around in the snow talking about funny Internet videos.

We moved to Skyline Arch for our last stop of the evening. It had stopped snowing but the sky was completely grey. Here’s what things looked like at 5:15:31 PM, facing roughly east:

5:15:31 PM. (Photo/Neil Enns)

Yuck. For reference, here’s the sky to the west at 5:30:19 PM:

5:30:19 PM. (Photo/Neil Enns)

Yuck. But see that little band of light? That little band of light caused six minutes of total insanity:

5:56:21 PM. (Photo/Neil Enns)
5:56:21 PM: The light arrives.

5:59:25 PM on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (Photo/Neil Enns)
5:59:25 PM: BOOM!

6:02:34 PM on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (Photo/Neil Enns)
6:02:34 PM: It’s over.

I have never moved so fast when shooting. Ever. I had the wrong lens on the camera when the light hit (I was facing west, looking at the cloud band) and seriously considered throwing my 70-200 lens into the snow just to get it off the camera so I could mount the 24-70 before the light went away. At one point I was holding the 70-200 by its tripod foot in my teeth. Somehow I managed to get things wired up and took not one but two portfolio-worthy photos:

Skyline Arch, in Arches National Park, UT, is washed in golden light at sunset on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (Photo/Neil Enns)
Golden light washes over Skyline Arch in Arches National Park, UT, at sunset on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (Photo/Neil Enns)

Rock fins in Arches National Park, UT, are washed in sunset light on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (Photo/Neil Enns)
Sunset light washes over rock fins in Arches National Park, UT, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (Photo/Neil Enns)

The fins shot was taken at 6:01:39 PM, less than a minute before the sun slipped behind the far mountain range and all the side lighting was gone.

I got very, very, lucky.

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Every one of those little circles is a spot where I had dust or hair in the image. I think it’s time to clean my sensor.

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Canon 5D Mark II with 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. 168mm, ISO 100, 30 sec. @ f/32.

David, Vlad, Tory, and I are in Newport, Oregon, for four days of ocean shooting. That’s the good news. The bad news is the weather: flat, overcast, skies and lots and lots of rain. We did manage to get out around noon today and this was my best shot from a slim set of possibilities.

It doesn’t reproduce particularly well on the blog but none of the highlights are blown out. Promise!

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Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200 2.8 IS II at 200mm. ISO 400, 1/125 sec. @ f/2.8.

(Just going by the numbers I’m guessing I handheld this one! Thank goodness for IS lenses.)

I saw this curvy tree from across the road and spent about 5 minutes walking back and forth trying to get the right position of it against the others in the background. The above interpretation is really just more explorations of Silver Efex Pro 2.0. As you might have guessed the new version adds support for selective colour. I’m liking how it looks in this image, but I definitely have more work to do.

Things I don’t like about the above version:

  1. The tree on the right is too bright and competes with the curved tree. It looks too far forward in the frame. That’s a relatively easy fix: just darken that side of the image to make it recede.
  2. The bottom left looks like it has a bright white ghost hiding in the trees. Again a simple burn will take care of that problem.
  3. The overall image seems to light to me. That was just my bad on the processing side and can be fixed with a few slider tweaks here and there.

Still, as a proof of concept I like where it’s going!

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Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200 2.8 IS II with 1.4x extender at 280mm. ISO 100, 1/60 sec @ f/22.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going to Yosemite National Park for the very first time. Three other photo friends joined me for four days of shooting, eating, and playing Scattergories. We expected some snow, but didn’t count on getting two feet in two days. It made driving a bit of a challenge!

The above image is from sunrise on the 3rd day of our trip. I have to admit that for the entire trip I really wasn’t feeling in the groove. The scenery is amazing but it’s all been shot before. Many, many, many, times before. By people far more talented than me.

But after I got home and flipped through my photos I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t realize it at the time but my mind was in B&W mode the entire trip and my top images reflect that. I’m still not convinced I have any portfolio-worthy shots, but there are definitely fun images that make me smile.

The above photo is one of two treatments I’ve done on the same base image. All processing was done in Silver Efex Pro 2.0 as a way to try and learn the program. Don’t like the above version? Try this one on for size instead:

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I’m not entirely happy with either one but do see that potential is there. So… back into Silver Efex for a third attempt:

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Not bad, but man, do I ever need to clean my sensor!

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