Okay, so rarely do I "talk shop" about camera bodies and lenses. I couldn't even tell you what new lenses are out there for Canon... once I found what I needed, I stopped looking. But... I will geek out about lighting. Pretty easily. In the trunk of my car, I carry a lighting studio. Two Alien Bees 800s and a 1600. A Vegabond battery unit, an assortment of umbrellas, a parabolic, medium softbox, various reflector boards, stupidly heavy tripod, light stands, 10-40 degree reflector grids, Cybersync triggering system, and around 200 feet of power cords. And, I just submitted an order to round out the studio and basically fill in most of the gaps. Around Monday, the following should be arriving... Alien Bee 1600 parabolic reflector 22" white high output beauty dish mainframe unit along with barndoors a backup transmitter both a 13' light stand and a backdrop stand a new silver/white umbrella to replace the one that died during the last windy shoot and bags for various items Pretty stoked. The reason for this purchase? Setting out soon on an 11 day road trip across the nation (see: link in my signature, also the opportunity that enabled me to round out the gear for the trip), with plans to make 17 new photos in 7 different cities. The trip is slightly bohemian, but certainly an adventure. And I'll be putting all of that equipment to use with some of the sketches mapped out so far! At the end of the trip, I'll arrive in Maine, where I'll be leading photography workshops, including diving into the new Photoshop CS5 with students. Shaping up to be a good beginning to the summer!