(Above: RC took this shot of me standing in front of the Westcott booth with a video of me doing a lighting demo on the wall right behind me).
Hi Gang: As you read this I’m already on my way back from a quick overnight trip to New York to spend the day checking out all the goodies on the Expo floor at Photo Plus Expo. This was a fun trip for me, and since I didn’t have to do any speaking, my wife and two friends came along and after the show we all had dinner at my favorite restaurant (Carmine’s on West 44th) and then we caught the Broadway musical “Memphis” (which was awesome!), plus my big brother Jeff joined us, so it was really a blast.
The Show Floor
Although I wound up having a few meetings while I was there, there were two things I really wanted to do: (1) Check out all the latest gear from the vendors, and (2) watch some demos and presentations at some of the booths.
Westcott was getting a lot of attention
I caught bits and pieces of Jim Schmelzer’s demos over at the Westcott booth, and I’ve gotta tell ya—every time I watch Jim I learn something new, and was no exception. He was demoing and teaching lighting in general, and was showing off Westcott’s giant 7 foot parabolic umbrellas (they only cost around $100) with their Spiderlite TD-6s, and they looked really great. Jim had a huge crowd the entire day and I was peaking over people’s heads just to get a glimpse of what he was showing.
(Above: Mark Astman snapped this iPhone photo of me posing in front of one of my photos on the wall of their booth. It was such a kick to see one of my shots displayed that large).
Manfrotto keeps growing
Manfrotto had a large theater and it was packed all the time. Although I missed seeing Joe McNally present, I caught a little of Bobbi Lane’s presentation, and she had a really informative live lighting demo.
Sony was rocking
Once again, Sony had a huge booth with some really interesting Demos—they had Japanese dancers in traditional costumes out front, and hows of their cameras so you could shoot stills and/or video, and they were doing small demos in the back of the booth, and I watched two really interesting live lighting demos there as well.
Of course, everybody and their brother was expecting Nikon to reveal something big at the show, either a replacement for the D300, or the D3, or both, but it was not to be. The natural disasters in Asia this year have really wreaked havoc on the camera industry, and while nobody at Nikon told me that directly, everybody else I talked with was talking about that being the reason we didn’t have any new Nikon gear this year.
Was showing off its just announced Canon EOS 1-DX and I actually got my hands on one. I have to it, it looked and felt pretty sweet, but just holding one in the booth, and not getting to test drive one pretty much left you with the spec you’ve read about on the Web, which are really impressive. Can’t wait until March to try out the low-noise and speed of that puppy, but until then…..I just got to hold it.
Epson Was Busy As Usual
Their booth was hopping, and they had some amazing prints every where you looked, and a huge backlit wall of photo of boxers that was really interesting.
Miller’s Imaging launched some cool new stuff
Miller’s Imaging (the high-end lab from the same folks who do MPIX), introduced some blind-embossing, and we saw some samples that looked beautiful. Really cool to see, and feel this type of stuff in person.
There was so much more—Peachpit Press was there and I signed a bunch of my books. I ran in to all sorts of folks, from Vincent Versace to Rick Sammon, from Syl Arena to Erik Valind. DJ Brad Moore was there with me at the show, and RC Concepcion was absolutely everywhere (he covered that place like a carpet).
Lots more to share, but I’ve got to hit the sack. It was fun to get away, the show and dinner were great, and it was great to learn some new stuff, to see some old friends, and get to enjoy a little of my favorite city. I love New York!
Soooo, that picture you are standing next to is 4 feet high? I kid, I kid – so much pressure trying to post first.
Show looks great – wish I could get to NY.
CJ: My son would love that joke. He’s only 14 but he’s my same height, and loves to joke how I’m not as tall as I used to be. He tells me I’m only 6 foot tall if I wear my KISS boots. ;-)
LOL – not the first time someone has told me my humor is that of a child’s. Ahh, keeps me young at heart :)
It is a great pic by the way and it’s no wonder why they picked it for display.
I sure am looking forward to what Nikon has next, don’t see how they are going to beat my D3s!
Have you seem Spiderman Turn off the Dark yet? It was awesome!
Carmines is one of my favs to! Glad you got see a show and go to dinner while you were here in NYC.
Hey Scott, So you’re back home already??? Thought you’d be here, in NYC for at least another day. It was nice to see you and converse with you for a few minutes. Keep up the good work!!!
No stop at B&H? What willpower…. How many seats does the new jet have?
Hi Doug: It was killing me that I didn’t get to go to B&H. I stopped by their booth and saw my buddy Gabe, but as engaging as Gabe is, he’s still not as fun as the store. ;-)
As for the jet; it seemed to have about 120; 16 in First around 104 in Coach.
You sure know how to have fun! I love your enthusiasm. Had a chance to check out Eataly yet? Great fun and great food. Alas, no 7 foot umbrellas…
Steven: we almost went, but since we had dinner at Carmine’s lsst night, I couldnt get the crew to buy into Italian again. Next time.
Great report! What do you recommend at Carmine’s?
Start with the Carmine’s salad—like an antipasti salad, and really yummy. Their rigatoni bolognaise is outstanding but their lemon chicken is off the charts (if you ask them, they’ll put it over a bed of angel hair pasta). :)
I’m hoping Nikon announces the D800 in the next week or two – not that I can buy it, but it just signals that Nikon’s getting back on their feet after the natural disasters. In the meantime I’m having to resist the urge to look at the Sony A77 – I’d feel blasphemous!
I attended the Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It workshop in Denver recently – it was great fun! Thanks for doing it!
I’m sure you would like to use that 14 fps jpeg mode for your sports gigs. Not sure how much faster they can get though. If it gets much faster it will be like shooting a video with stills.
Nice to see that you actually got to go somewhere for fun and not for business, Scott. Must have been nice to not have to rush around to appointment after appointment for a day. Did a lot of people recognize you in the crowd as you were watching demonstrations, etc.?
Have a great weekend! We’re getting snow up here in MA on Saturday….isn’t it still October??
So.. did epson have a backlit of tighty-whities too ?
Just wondering… but not really interested in the answer either… just sayin’…
Scott, I was at the expo for the day on Friday. Bummer … missed you by a day. Indeed it was alot of fun checking out the latest and the greatest. So sad that Nikon didn’t have much new to announce outside of the Nikon 1 – but totally understandable with all they had to endure regarding the natural disasters. I think that will only make them come back stronger with something really awesome.
Was at the expo on Friday, my favorite show of the year. Renewed my Napp
membership and shot the B.S. with the guys in the booth. In all a great time
It must be such a great feeling to see one of you’re own pictures displayed, and that size too! :D Love
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