Carpkhana 1.0 – Featuring Toxic Bowfishing – Powered by RPM Bowfishing

Been a while since Ive updated the site, so I figured I would give you a peak at what Ive been up to, in case you are following along with me on Social Media.

For your viewing pleasure, Carpkhana 1.0.  Mike of Toxic Bowfishing laying waste to the invasive species that clog the rivers in Idaho!  Join him on the Carp Shark as he flings some arrows deep into the slimers and does his part to better the rivers ecosystem.

Photolab Studios : Primary Weapons Systems

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Primary Weapons Systems makes so badass weapons, make no doubt about it.  Definately not you typical Black Rifle platform.  As their slogan tells you, they are the epitome of strength through evolution.  Their platform is less based of AR, and more so of the Ak-47, being piston driven.  Made in Boise, Idaho these are some of the finest modern sporting rifles I have ever seen.  They even come in a wide variety of calibers, from you standard military .223/5.56 and .308/7.62, all the way up to .338 Lapua, and back down again with their T3 Series in .22LR.  If you are in the market for a modern sporting rifle, I would look no further than these guys.  Great to work with, and even better service.

Photolab Studios: FIRST LITE

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Got the opportunity to meet this team at the SHOT Show this year.  Some great guys turning out a great product. For those of you who dont know, First Lite specializes in clothing made from Merino Wool.  For those of you who are familiar with this amazing fabric, here are a few key points from Wikipedia:

  • Merino is excellent at regulating body temperature, especially when worn against the skin. The wool provides some warmth, without overheating the wearer. It draws moisture (sweat) away from the skin, a phenomenon known as wicking. The fabric is slightly moisture repellent (keratin fibers are hydrophobic at one end and hydrophilic at the other), allowing the user to avoid the feeling of wetness.[9]
  • Like cotton, wool absorbs water (up to 1/3 its weight), but, unlike cotton, wool retains warmth when wet,[10] thus helping wearers avoid hypothermia after strenuous workouts (climbs) or weather events.[9]
  • Like most wools, merino contains lanolin, which has antibacterial properties.[11]
  • Merino is one of the softest types of wool available, due to finer fibers and smaller scales.[10]
  • Merino has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio compared to other wools, in part because the smaller fibers have microscopic cortices of dead air, trapping body heat similar to the way a sleeping bag warms its occupant.[12]

This is just a little facebook ad that was created featuring Mike from Toxic Calls, (not that you can really tell :)

 

Photolab Studios Project Highlight: FOWL FEMALES

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Not enough nice things can be said about the couple that runs this new company.   Such amazing people to work with, making it a real treat to crank out some of these amazing pieces for them.  I have had the honor, of not only getting to design a series of duck and goose calls, but a custom turkey call as well.  Even some apparel to boot. This is a company trying to get the women more involved in the sport of not only waterfowl hunting, but all hunting in general.   But the most amazing thing I have been able to do, is the chance to design a logo for their run of calls to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Treatment.  One of their field staff was diagnosed with this terrible disease and they asked me if I could come up with a call design for them to auction off a bunch of calls with the proceeds going to fight breast cancer, and how much I would charge them as it was all coming out of their own pockets.  It didnt feel right to charge money for such a good cause, so all concept and design work was on the house. So if you have someone who has had to battle this serious disease, and would like one of these amazing calls, be sure to get ahold of them. Calls can be ordered on their Facebook page below or by calling (435) 730-2376.  Tell them Photolab sent ya!!!

FOWL FEMALES FACEBOOK PAGE

Photolab Studios: LAB WORK: Badlands Camera Pack Product Review

PRODUCT REVIEW: BADLANDS CAMERA PACK

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Today I will be reviewing the Badlands Camera Pack.

In 2012, Campbell Cameras teamed up with Badlands Packs to invent and produce the most versatile hunting camera backpack the industry has ever seen.   It does not disappoint.

Coming in at 3700 cubic inches, this is a monster pack that will haul all your gear and then some.  It has enough room not only for your camera, but tripod, tree arm, audio gear, batteries, and so much more.

The upper compartment is a padded pouch sized appropriately to fit a wide array of cameras from your Canon VIXIA to the DSLR style cameras that I use.  Front and rear access allows you to grab your camera without taking the pack completely off.  It’s great for those of us who don’t want to risk putting it down in the dirt, mud or snow.  You simply leave the waist strap attached, unbuckle the sternum strap, remove pack from shoulders, and swing around to front.  The balanced design of the pack allows it to act as a pseudo shelf when swapping memory cards or changing lenses.

The main compartment is large and spacious enough to accommodate all your camera gear you want to bring to the stand with you or into the backcountry.  From Tripods and Monopods, to GoPros and audio equipment, you will have room for it all and more, if you are ready and willing to carry it.

Pockets and pouches are located throughout the pack, allowing for stowing of extra memory cards, lens wipes, filters, and everything else.  I found myself needing a road map of sorts to remember what pouch I put my items.  The waist pockets made for quick and easy access to extra batteries in my case.

It is a large pack in sheer size, however it does not carry like one.   The internal frame and array of adjustment straps made this a breeze to carry on a recent coyote hunt, where I hauled in a Canon 7D with a 50mm 1.8, an additional 28-135 3.5-5.6 lens, electronic caller, Mojo Critter decoy, binoculars, rangefinder, 2 GoPros, extra snow camo since I wasn’t sure where our setup would take place, tripod, and extra batteries and memory cards.  Not to mention the 11 lb heavy barrel 22-250 that rode marvelously in the gun sling.

I give the pack a solid 4.5 stars out of 5.  I only dinged it the .5 stars due to its size. I felt it would be a little large for most people’s general camera pack. However, I would highly recommend this pack for anyone wanting a pack that can haul it all in one shot with ease.  Its will be a marvelous pack for the solo hunter like myself who often films his own hunts, and is thus forced to haul all of his own gear.

And on a side note, while I was at SHOT Show this year, I did receive a little tidbit of information about a possible smaller camera pack coming from Badlands and Campbell.  So might be something to look forward to.

Photolab Studios – Sideline Productions – Ryan Woodruff – Music Video

Had the great pleasure to work with my good friend Nick over Sideline Productions on a music video project for a Sioux Falls artist, Ryan Woodruff.  Ryan is what you would call a “freelance drummer”, meaning he is available to lay down tracks for a variety of other artists who need a skilled and professional drummer for certain projects.  Ryan wanted to combine his two passions, drumming and BMX riding.  After a couple emails, and a few phone calls, we had a good idea of what we wanted to accomplish.  We spent an afternoon at Keuhn Skatepark in Sioux Falls, SD setting up shop, discussing what lines he would take, where the cameras needed to be, so on and so forth.  In the end we had a total of 6 cameras set up, including 2 GoPro Hero 3: Blacks, which provided us with some really sweet shots.  We managed to get the drum section wrapped up in two takes, and then set our goals on getting some BMX footage.  One the first drop in, Ryan blows a tire.  Luckly he wasnt hurt, but did put us in a bit of a time crunch with the sun going down.  But we managed to get a new tube and tire put on, and got some amazing shots.  The people at Keuhn were great and we were very grateful for thier patience with us in the way of their skate session.  So without further delay, may I present:

RYAN WOODRUFF:  LIVE LOUD – DRUM REMIX

Photolab Studios Project Highlight: Toxic Calls – Call Design

2013 Call Designs

New Calls for 2013.   All designed by Photolab Studios.  From top to bottom we have: the ADM Goose Call, the ADD Duck Call, and the LGC Duck Call.

“The ADM, or Angel De Morte’ (Angel of Death) is a revolutionary  new design in Goose calls. With the Guts at the bottom of the call and the  longer Barrel. You get the hollow sound of a Flute Call with the easy of  operation of a Short Reed. This call is super easy to blow. Yet in the hands of  a experienced caller you can make those notes that you can only get on a short  reed, but with a Hollow Flute sound.”

The ADD, or Aliento del Dragon, or Breath of the Dragon, is probably the best duck call on the market.  Not saying that cause its my design work on the call, but for the fast that this call is so ducky, drake mallards leave in the middle of coitus to check it out. “Aliento del Dragon”, by far the most  aggressive, raspiest, meat killing Duck Call in the Toxic stable. With low end  that will boil the water, you can’t call her Suzy anymore. You’ll have to refer  to her as Mrs. Susan.

And last but certainly not least, is the LGC, or Little Girly Call.  Custom designed for those big tough guys who are wrapped around their little girls’ fingers.  Features the hibiscus flower and viney frills that are sure to make her smile.  Not to mention its even got her name on it.  I will be personally ordering one for each of my nieces, Emma and Aubrey.

2013 Call Designs 2

Photolab Studios Project Highlight: Boyds’ Gunstocks – Banner Graphics

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I can honestly say I have had a very blessed and amazing year so far.  I have gotten to work with some really great companies, alot of them located right here in South Dakota.  The latest being Boyds’ Custom Gunstocks, located right out of Mitchell, South Dakota.  They design and manufacture custom wood stocks for every caliber and model under the sun.  I have been a fan of theirs for years, seeing the amazing products they create on some very beautiful firearms.  They contacted me and were looking for some banner graphics they could get printed in large format to take to the NRA Show in Houston, Texas.  Needless to say I was more than happy to work with them.  Pretty tight turnaround, but I was able to deliver a nice classy piece that was very well recieved by the tradeshow attendees and Boyds’ staff. They wanted to incorporate their logo, the logo and the information about the giveaway.  Other than that I pretty much had free reign to do whatever my creative little heart desired.  I am looking forward to working with them more in the future.

Photolab Studios Project Highlight: Toxic Bowfishing – Logo Design

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When the weather gets warm, what do the boys over at Toxic do?  Go Bowfishing!  They are a serious bunch of arrow slinging junkies.  As such, they needed a logo whipped up to distinguish them from the duck and goose hunting side of Toxic.  Thus, Toxic Bowfishing is born!

After talking with Mike, owner and operator at Toxic, we decided we didnt want to venture too far from the iconic logo of Toxic Calls, making sure to keep the reputation and following of Toxic Calls.  Similar color scheme, only adding a few extra to accent the iconic skull of Toxic.

For this logo design, I took the existing Toxic Calls logo, and adapted it with some bowfishing arrows, illuminated nocks, and string slide, and viola!  A little custom text to go along with it, and we have ourselves a logo!

Photolab Studios – Project Highlight: Rosenbauer AFA Motion Graphics

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I had the honor and priveledge to work with another great South Dakota company, Rosenbauer AFA.  For those of you who dont know who Rosenbauer is, you certainly should,  they make products that save lives everyday.  At Rosenbauer they manufacture and assemble fire trucks.  Yes, thats right fire trucks.  Located in Lyons, South Dakota, they make a wide variety of fire fighting apparatus, from huge ladder trucks, to smaller, more nimble vehicles used to combat forest fires.  They contacted me to create some motion graphics for a tradeshow they had in Indianapolis.  They wanted a series of graphics to really make their booth stand out and draw the crowds in.  Here is a quick collection of what I did for them.