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Fighting with Fire: A Recruits’ Story

Nov
04

I started the summer with the idea of shooting Medium Format. I researched about different MF cameras out there and and when I found a forum post on FM that showed images shot on MF, I new I was going to get one. The image I saw was shot in BW. It has great tonality and amazing detail. I was in luck. My local CL Ad had someone in Miami with an old Medium Format camera that was all manual. For $300 it was cheap enough to test and if I wasn’t satisfied with the quality I wasn’t losing much.
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Jun
25

Im looking for a Camera bag.

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I was going to buy from Adorama on ebay until they sent me a rude msg.

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So I went to HH Greg to buy a LowelPro Pro Runner AW 200

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after weeks of reading reviews and asking around. I buy it. I come home to transfer my gear from this:

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Jan
10

I received the newer Canon version of this lens. I read a lot of the reviews and not once did I read errors occur with this lens. As soon as I mounted it on a Canon 20D and took my first shot, there was a problem. Half the view finder screen is out of focus. I emailed Tokina today but did not get a reply. Maybe tomorrow they will answer.
Tokina reviews were all positive. Build quality is excellent. Ultra wide angle on a crop body. Metal mount. 77mm filter thread. Lens ships with a petal shaped hood. That is all I can comment on until a get a excellent copy. Does it focus fast? I dont know because it focuses wrong or its misaligned. Lens flare and CA can not be judged because thisbis a bad copy.

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Tokina 12-24mm F4 Pro II

Hopefully Tokina, located in California, will replace this with a great, working lens.

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Apr
01

Well,
Team 2 got through the PO 10 Attack Line Advance. I managed to get some photos of the event this time,
here is one of them
PO 10 Photo

That’s all for now
RZ

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Mar
24

We completed week 1 of the grueling 2.5 weeks of Hoses & Ladders today. Many of us feel like fire fighters, and we havent even attacked the fire yet!
We divided into 2 teams Ladders Team 1 (Squads 1-3) and Hoses Team 2 (squads 4-6). Cant tell you much of whats going on with the Ladder Team but as far as the Hose team, were having a blasted.
Very few of us have had our mistakes and if we take our time and think of what we need to do then we will be alright. I’ve started taking notes almost a step by step of what we need to know about the Hose part of the training. Im hoping that it will not only help me and Ice out, it will help future recruits as well.
RZ

P.S.
In case you havent heard Gangway Vol 3 is out, get it while it lasts

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Mar
07

Well,
We all got through the PO’s. So we’re still 39 strong. Next in the list are hose and ladders.
That’s all for now
RZ

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Mar
04

Today was day 2 of 3 in our Performance Objectives.
Day 1 was not that bad. I failed 2 of my knots that I knew how to do. Today I failed 2 of my Tying of the Tools. The one that gave me the hardest time during practice I smoked by until I was asked to hold up the uncharged hoseline, and my knot slipped. FAILED. The other one was a stupid mistake at the beginning and it came back and got me in the end, FAILED.
The positive was that we had a practice session after everything and I managed to make them correct and under time. That was a bonus. A way to leave the Academy for a few days on a positive experience.
Until tomorrow when I start chasing Ice and her daughters around the house tin them up!.. heheheh, Im sure they wont mind….

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Mar
02

Hello everyone,
Congratulations to everyone for last nights efforts. All though there where a few bubbles as Lt. Yost put it, the majority of you pulled though without a glitch.
I just wanted to let all of those who lend the helping hands to help others, Thank you. I for one struggled on two of my knots that I practiced several times before but managed to botch it up when it came time to perform, but I came through strong on the SCBA exam.

Feb
27

Ocean Rescues Finest

A New breed of Ocean Rescue Lifeguards

Feb
27

DUH! I cant typo BROWARD. Thank you to everyone who emailed me on this.

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