2nd Annual Operation: Heal Our Heroes Survivor Series: Montauk. by Travis W Keyes

2nd Annual Operation: Heal Our Heroes Survivor Series: Montauk. 

 

HOH's mission to end veteran suicide.

Many Americans are unaware of the fact that every single day nearly 20 military veterans are lost to suicide. There are two fundamental reasons for this tragic issue. 

The first is because the transition back to “normal life” can often be a difficult journey; even more difficult is for a veteran, trained as a warrior, to acknowledge that they are struggling and need help. One of our goals is to raise awareness about these issues to make civilians and veterans alike understand that it’s ok to ask for help. 

The second reason for this problem is because our government programs and facilities have not demonstrated the capacity to meet the needs of our veterans after they leave the military. Thus, our second primary goal is to raise funds to provide veterans with the resources and private support services necessary to facilitate their transition ‘all the way home’. 

Operation: Heal Our Heroes has partnered with organizations that can effectively provide the attention and care required for the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have endured and continue to bear the psychological burdens associated with our country’s time at war.

If our efforts can help save the life of just one more of our nation’s heroes, then we have accomplished our goal.

Please consider making a small donation to help support our HOH campaign, because we lose 1 veteran to suicide every 72 minutes to mental illness, namely PTSD. Every dollar donated will only help us better support the troops...

https://www.operationhoh.com/

 

Shooting Purewow Hamptons by Travis W Keyes

To celebrate the launch of their women’s lifestyle influencer network, The Coterie, PureWow took over an epic estate in Southampton, New York to throw a rosé and lobster roll fueled party. And the best way to capture the baller views was—of course—from above. A drone flying overhead captured guests and members of The Coterie sampling products provided by Shea Moisture and Sio Beauty while taking in the sweeping beach views and grabbing photos against a massive pink-and-white flower wall. There was no shortage of entertainment either: YouTube star Taylor Feltperformed on one of the artist-designed Sing for Hope pianos sprinkled around the pool, putting a spotlight on the organization’s efforts to raise money to get pianos into under-resourced New York City schools. Take a look at the photos and drone coverage below to go behind-the-scenes at the Fevo-produced event.

Flash Dance by Travis W Keyes

  Oh Sony I love you so but why must I leave you on the dance floor.  It seems to get the right light; in low light circumstance with my Sony alpha cameras is not an easy task. The one constant reliable option on my canon speed lights is the use of the red IR assist. This is not an on camera flash option with Sony Speedlight’s on the alpha system. I hope this is soon to change and Sony hears the cries from event shooters in need of reliable run and gun focus in dark situations. Sony with their last firmware update did enabled the LED on the Sony HVL-F45RM External Flash to assist in focus. I think it is the only Sony flash with this option. However, with that is a bright distracting led flash of light to obtain focus. The red IR beam from other dslr systems is faster and a lot less distracting. The HVL-F45RM is a great flash on the alpha systems. It is not too big; it is powerful for its size and has HSS. There are lots of off camera flash options, like the Nissin air command, that will use an IR assist beam… but in using the Nissin to get IR assist you must use the air command remote and have the flash off camera. I am so close to ditching all my other systems but until a reliable focus system is incorporated into the Sony flash/alpha eco system is released I think I have to continue to have multiple dance partners.

 

Oh Sony I love you so but why must I leave you on the dance floor.  It seems to get the right light; in low light circumstance with my Sony alpha cameras is not an easy task. The one constant reliable option on my canon speed lights is the use of the red IR assist. This is not an on camera flash option with Sony Speedlight’s on the alpha system. I hope this is soon to change and Sony hears the cries from event shooters in need of reliable run and gun focus in dark situations. Sony with their last firmware update did enabled the LED on the Sony HVL-F45RM External Flash to assist in focus. I think it is the only Sony flash with this option. However, with that is a bright distracting led flash of light to obtain focus. The red IR beam from other dslr systems is faster and a lot less distracting. The HVL-F45RM is a great flash on the alpha systems. It is not too big; it is powerful for its size and has HSS. There are lots of off camera flash options, like the Nissin air command, that will use an IR assist beam… but in using the Nissin to get IR assist you must use the air command remote and have the flash off camera. I am so close to ditching all my other systems but until a reliable focus system is incorporated into the Sony flash/alpha eco system is released I think I have to continue to have multiple dance partners.

I set out to Preserve by Travis W Keyes

"I wanted to experience forever the people and places before me, because I knew they were about to vanish. I wanted to change history and preserve humanity, but in the process, I changed myself and preserved my own."

Thanksgiving in Cuba by Travis W Keyes

want to go to CUBA with me! ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!!!! I know it has been on my bucket list and as Cuba opens up, it will be changing, so the time is now to go!! So the trip is sponsored through SVA and if you are like "what am I going to do for thanksgiving this year?" What could be better than mojitos and Cuban sandwiches in Havana?? So besides free access to me to ask a million photo questions, my friend and mentor Jaime Permuth will be guiding us around for the week with Alex Garcia . Jamie is a brilliant published photographer and will act as our guide throughout the trip. Alexander Garcia is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer specializing in lifestyle and documentary imagery and will also guide us... Aside from our main destination of Havana, our group takes a day trip to Viñales, one of the most beautiful regions of Cuba. This province is where the best tobacco in the world is grown. We visit an award-winning estate and learn all about tobacco cultivation and cigar manufacturing.

So if you want to have an incredible photography experience in Cuba for a price that is ridiculously great!!!- you need to hook up with these masters of the craft Alex Garcia and Jaime Permuth #svacuba and me!!

 

The next SVA Destinations trip to Cuba is here, Nov 22-29. Apply and join us for a week-long, memorable journey. And no you don't need to be a student just a passion for traveling and seeking adventure!!!
Live link in profile:

http://destinations.sva.edu/digital-photography-in-havana-cuba/

 

Why the Phantom 3 May be my Last DJI Drone by Travis W Keyes

Why the Phantom 3 will be may last dji drone I purchase. I am a professional photographer and love my cameras and the drone is one of my favorite new tools.  I have been a loyal DJI owner since the dji Phantom 1.. Soon after the phantom 2 was released. Instead of getting upset that I had just purchased the 1.. I bought the phantom 2 as well. I loved the 2 it flew out of the box and there were videos and instructions to be found.. So when the new Phantom 3 was announced I was so excited I pre-ordered it as well.. I waited a month and a half and finally received the phantom 3 in the mail.. It looked amazing but came with the most basic instructions that really said nothing.. I looked on the DJI site and it said video and instructions coming soon…. I installed the software on my ipad mini and it would not work. I looked through may forums finally to find out that the software was not compatible yet.. So the new drone sat on my shelf… I checked a couple times to see if the software had been updated but it had not… Finally I just got busy and another week or two went by. I came back to check and was finally able to update the pilot app for the drone.. It was an exciting and very different interface for the drone.. I look for instructions online about the new software but there was nothing yet posted for the phantom 3 yet in the support section of the dji site.  So I did not want to risk crashing my new drone without instructions so back on the shelf the drone went.. It was then I saw DJI was now packaging the Phantom 3 with a spare battery… I was a Loyal 3 time buyer and early adopter… I felt t slighted and could not even order an extra spare battery. I contacted DJi which was not easy.. the online chat just follows a script and is basically useless.. to get someone on the phone is either “we are to busy please try your call again later” or sit on hold for 30 plus minutes.. I wanted to get my drone up but there was no support to be reached… The drone sat on the shelf. I finally saw I could order a second battery and did. It took several weeks to arrive and once it did I figured now was the time to go out and risk figuring out the drone myself and take it up for its first flight. There are no good instructions on or telling you that you must pair the device. So once I went to the forums and figured that out, the software informed me that I needed to update the firmware… well the instructions for that ware ridiculous.. Saying listen for a “beep-beep-beep” once its done which may be 25minutes you will hear a “beep----beep-beep”  well my drone mad constant different beeping sounds then made some chirping and flat lined… I tried it several times and read the install txt report saying each time it failed.. I tried to reach tech support and phone said try to call us back again to busy….Finally after several days I got someone on the phone and they told me the drone sounded bricked and would need to be sent in for repair. I sent it in the next day.  I waited a week and had not heard anything so wanted to check on the status of my RMA.. well back to the endless hell of trying to reach someone. I was finally told It had not been checked into the system yet and once it was it could be six week till I receive it back. I was told if I had returned it within the first 7 days I would have qualified for an expedited repair service.. Well I could not even get the drone up the first several weeks because they did not have the updated app to fly it. So I ordered this drone on April 4 2015.. today is july 20th and I am told I may not have the drone back for 6 weeks.. I have spent $1,428 dollars on a drone that haven’t been in the air once. The truth is the rushed this drone to market and had no support system in place. With so many new drones hitting the Market you may want to think twice on buying one from DJI.. They only have one service center in America and if you are a loyal buyer and purchased directly from DJI you are subject to terrible repair and customer support… It is a shame I was so excited to fly this drone…

EAT.... JUNI by Travis W Keyes

Chef Shaun Hergatt mixes up food that is a visual feast for the eyes, soul and stomach.

     "An intimate affair between the guest and Chef Hergatt, the 50-seat restaurant offers an evolving menu that showcases the bounty of the seasons and ingredients when they are at their freshest and finest. Each element of the unique dining experience is Chef Shaun’s creation, from the restaurant design and tablescape to the composition and presentation of his distinctive dishes." 

There is a new professional digital photo editer in town... by Travis W Keyes

With Adobe Cloud accounts ranging from $9.99 a month to $49.00 a month photoshop and lightroom can be a costly yearly nut.. Well enter Affinity Photo a new professional digital editing software and it is built on all new algorithms and code. This should make the software faster and give the user new options that are not even found in PS yet. The best part is you can get it free HERE right now. The program is in Beta right now and is very stable. The software when released will be in the $50 price point and come with two years of free updates. what are you waiting for? Check it out and let me know what you think.....

A Carry-on to rule them all..... by Travis W Keyes

No one can deny its getting more frustrating to fly. Between what you can carry onto a plane, security and long lines. But for the savvy traveler there is a new bag in town that seems to make travel a bit more enjoyable and secure..  Enter the Blue Smart. A bag with a digital lock, battery charger, location tracing, built in scale, proximity alerts and a trip data app. Oh and it looks cool too. What started with an indiegogo goal to raise 50,000 raised almost 2 million dollars. the suitcase is also TSA, FAA and Dot accepted.

 

 For a very limited time, you can pre-order your Bluesmart carry-on for only $299 (40% off expected retail price). And with my special link you will save $20 on top of that...  Happy Travels!!!!

http://bluesmart.refr.cc/549WSJD

WD My Passport - not ready for prime time by Travis W Keyes

I love playing with new tech but being an earlier adopter can come at a price. I recently picked up the new WD My Passport Wireless 2tb. I had read about it and knew someone that had picked up one before me. A drive that I could connect to wirelessly and had a sd slot to transfer files automatically while I was in the field was something I was very interested in. All its options sound much better than they work in reality. It comes with little documentation and instructions on how to use it. After a bit of tinkering I was able to download the app and figure out its settings. I was out on a shoot and it was time to try it out in a real life setting. I was between shoots and plugged in the SD card for transfer... I waited, waited and waited. The transfer was so slow 25 min later It was still not done and I left it in the car to continue without me. I wish I could say it worked perfectly plugging it in or using it wirelessly. but it just didn't. I decided to give it one more shot and use it just as a backup drive plugged directly into the computer. I transfered 4 days of shoots hard wired into My Macbook and still found it slow. When I returned to my studio and plugged the drive in it was dead. I lost several days of work. Luckily I still had some of the shoots on sd cards. I talked to one of the WD reps at Photo Expo over the weekend and he acknowledged the slow transfer speeds and said it was something they were working on that would be addressed in a future firmware update. Unfortunately this drive is not ready or reliable yet for pro use.

The real "Midnight Express" Billy Hayes by Travis W Keyes

First he wrote the best-selling book, then came the Oscar winning movie. Now Billy Hayes recounts his riveting, epic journey of self-discovery, live on stage. It’s a cautionary, yet uplifting tale of desperation, determination and transformation. In 1970 Billy Hayes was arrested at Istanbul Airport with two kilos of hashish taped to his body. Five years later, he made a brazen escape from prison, rowing 17 miles across a stormy sea in the dead of night. "I’m concentrating on keeping the rhythm, stroking the oars and when I look up I realize I’m past the last of the boats, out of the harbor into the open sea and I’m free!" Billy Hayes

First he wrote the best-selling book, then came the Oscar winning movie. Now Billy Hayes recounts his riveting, epic journey of self-discovery, live on stage. It’s a cautionary, yet uplifting tale of desperation, determination and transformation. In 1970 Billy Hayes was arrested at Istanbul Airport with two kilos of hashish taped to his body. Five years later, he made a brazen escape from prison, rowing 17 miles across a stormy sea in the dead of night.

"I’m concentrating on keeping the rhythm, stroking the oars and when I look up I realize I’m past the last of the boats, out of the harbor into the open sea and I’m free!" Billy Hayes