On Assignment: Dealing With Bad Weather

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Last Saturday, Oct. 8, was some of the worst weather I have had to work through in years.  It was 40 degrees, windy and raining. Throughout the day, the rain turned into snow then back into rain and finally back into snow. Surprise, surprise, all of my assignments were outside for the day. When I arrived at my first assignment it was immediately clear what the story would be: mud. Instead of a standard feature assignment, it became a giant weather assignment. I laced up my boots, headed into the pumpkin patch and concentrated on finding the muddiest pumpkins and people.

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UPDATED: Dear Think Tank…

UPDATED: It appears that I spoke too soon. The Hydrophobia 70-200 can be purchased here for $139 plus $35 for the eye piece or the Hydrophobia Flash 70-200 can be purchased here for $145 plus $35 for the eye piece. At least it was in the first month of 2010.

Dear Think Tank Photo, where are the rain covers for shorter lenses? I picked up this brochure at a store in Denver about 6 months ago. This was right before the rainy season and right before high school football started. When I flipped to this page I was so excited to find out you were making rain covers for smaller lenses than the 300mm to 600mm range. There finally was a competitor to the awesome but cumbersome Aquatech sport shields.  So I sent you an email to find out how I could get these and you promptly replied “We hope to release this new Hydrophobia by the end of the year.  If you have not done so already, you should register on our WEB site for immediate notification when this product is released.”

Well, it is now 2010. I am not writing this to rip on you guys, I am writing this as a loyal customer. I own more belt system pieces, airport bags and shoulder bags than most of the other working pros I know in Colorado. And guess what? I really like them and I use them everyday. So if you guys happen to find this post, drop me a line. Seriously, I want one…or two.

Sincerely, Matthew Jonas – Think Tank Photo customer since 2007.