Posted by troporobo
on 19 September 2014 - 03:26 PM
Absolutely gorgeous work! Thanks for posting. I especially like the macro sequences at the beginning, they are so well lit. Speaking of which, how did you light the anemone that begins at about 2:50 to look like it is glowing from within?
Are you sure you can't check baggage all the way through? I've done it after arriving at BNE on at least 4 different airlines. Just go to the transfer desk, show the bag claim number, and they do the rest. Seems weird that it would require entering Australia only to check in again, rather than going to the transfer desk while in transit. But I have not had to do this myself so can't be sure.
If you did have to go through immigration and customs with your luggage, check in upstairs, then go back through the process the other direction, 2 hours is comfortable. BNE is not large and rarely very congested, and once you're checked in you're safe.
I use the Flexitray with both handles, with the right handle moved tight against the housing. I can shoot one handed like this fairly easily, and find it gives me better stability when shooting two handed. But I am sure that using the M10 mount would also work just fine as long as the arms and clamps allow enough flexibility to position that right hand strobe. There is a photo of exactly that setup on p. 14 near the bottom
I have almost the exact same rig , though with the 12-50 lens and zoom gear and flat port that are definitely heavier. Even with 4 Stix jumbo floats its definitely negative. I would like a little more flotation and will probably add 2 more of the same floats. However I find the rig to be compact enough that handling is generally pretty good
Good idea, but that route (and most others in PNG except to the Highlands and a handful of the other major destinations) are serviced by their Dash 8 aircraft, which is part of the reason they are strict on baggage.
The routes served by their F100 aircraft, including Madang and Kavieng and a few others, have an alleged "business" class but it's not much different from economy in terms of space so I don't bother, but the extra baggage allowance might make sense in some cases.
I put about US$20 in PNG kina in each front pant pocket and claim that's all I have.
These days PGK 20 (about USD 8) is unlikely to impress anyone enough to bend the rules. That's about the cost of 2 beers. I travel on short business trips without much luggage so have never tested it, but if I was hoping to get some favorable treatment, I would have considerably more in reserve.
I've always been able to check luggage through BNE to POM, arriving on either QF or SQ and departing on PX. One of them is an alliance partner, the other isn't, so I cannot imagine why it wouldn't be possible arriving on VA.
The transfer from one international flight to another has never taken me more than a few minutes, literally, so 2 hours is heaps. Security will not care about your photo gear. They might raise an eyebrow if you have an unusually large number or high capacity of Li batteries so you might check the limits on those.
Dustin - If you're worried about BNE, you won't be weighed there, as you will go through the transit procedures. I do that flight quite frequently. There is no check in for your BNE-POM flight, just a transfer desk and a security check. I can't comment on LAX. As others have noted, you will be weighed quite carefully for domestic flights in PNG as excess baggage is a revenue center for Air Niugini