In your bag No: 322 – Robert Pollai

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In your bag 322, Robert Pollai
Now normally I wouldn’t feature a bag like this, as the description is too short and doesn’t have enough information. But I love the shot and I think it does have a place here. So here you go. Enjoy possibly the shortest bag shot ever.

Hi, my name is Robert Pollai.

About my gear: a daily newspaper, sunglasses, Canon 5D3 with mounted 35mm lens, 85mm lens and accessories. All carried around in a Billingham Hadley Pro bag.

About me: I am a 33-year-old IT professional based in Vienna, Austria. Working and living in Bangkok for several years revived an old interest in photography and I continued shooting after moving back to Vienna in early 2009. My focus is on travelling, street and portraiture.

Website: http://www.the-ninth.com

Thanks for the shot Robert. I wish that you had given us more info, but there is enough to get an idea.
Check out the link and be sure to come and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com. Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here.

Cheers
Japancamerahunter

5 Responses to In your bag No: 322 – Robert Pollai

ZDP-189 November 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

I love the lens choices; one fast wide and one fast short tele, but personally I’d dump the bag, even in safe Hong Kong. Billington Hadley = Blingington Rob Me

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Robert November 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

Hi Bellamy,

Thanks for showing my bag. :) When I sent you the shoot I did not realize yet that the description is an important part of it. Here is some more info:

My photographic & gear history:

I started shooting in the late eighties, when I was around ten. Back then it was obviously film. I had a modern point-and-shoot with electronic zoom lens and I had an old Pentax SLR with a 50mm prime and a 70-200 zoom. Manual focus but and exposure, but with built-in electronic meter. In junior high we also had a quite large darkroom with b&w & color machines, which I used extensively (especially to add UFOs to my landscape photos).

For whatever reasons I lost interest then after leaving junior high. In 2002 I started a bit again with my first digital point-and-shoot but nothing serious. But then came a four-year work assignment to Bangkok, starting in 2004. It was my first trip to any non-western country and culture, people and environment immediately fascinated me and motivated me to pick up photography again. I bought a Canon 30D just when it came out, and only this year replaced it with a Canon 5D3. My assortment of lenses first grew and grew and now finally shrank again to four primes, 35, 50, 85 and 135mm. Usually I carry only two, at the moment I favor the 35 and 85 shown in the picture. This is already all the weight I want to carry, remembering the time where I had 10-22, 17-55/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 in the bag still makes me shiver.

My website has helped me a lot by forcing me to sort and process the stuff I shoot. I am a big fan of the digital workflow and currently have no desire to return to film. I shoot RAW, process in Adobe Lightroom and additionally Silver Efex Pro for B&W.

What I shoot:

At home I sometimes shoot portraits when going out or in a small home studio (three Elinchrom flashes with various accessories). I like to take natural pictures of people, giving an impression of who they are but also of course show how I see them. I never direct people into poses or tell them how to dress for a shooting.

But my main shooting is when traveling. From 2004 to 2011 I traveled a lot in Asia: Thailand, Burma, Laos, Malaysia and others. My biggest trip this year was to Iran, which I can recommend to anybody. The country is relatively easy to travel, much easier than many other Asian countries I visited. People are extremely open and friendly, anybody who speaks English is willing and happy to share experiences and time. Check out the traveling section of the gallery on my website for some impressions.

Next trip will be to Brazil in December, already looking forward to it. :)

Cheers, Robert

PS: About the bag: yes, I was sometimes worried too that it screams “expensive”. Any ideas for something as durable, good-looking and light? :)

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