In your bag No: 1206 – Pacifico “PJ” Ortiz Luis


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In your bag No: 1206, Pacifico “PJ” Ortiz Luis
Today we get to have a look inside a divers bag! Well, kind of. Pacifico like to shoot on land and sea, but this bag is aimed at being a waterproof kit. Pretty cool stuff. Check it out.

When I am on land, I prefer shooting portraits on medium format film. When I am in the ocean, I usually carry a Nikonos with me. I also use a Minolta Weathermatic or Hanimex Amphibian [not pictured] everyso often. Shooting in the ocean is very similar to street photography. There are many fast moving objects that you must be able to predict patterns for in order to capture them correctly. San Diego isn’t known for its underwater life, so through my photography I am able to educate people about our local waters.

People have been trying to get me to take the dive [ha!] and get a GoPro….but it doesn’t fit my shooting style. I always have extra film with me, but have never needed to reload while out in the ocean. The Nikonos V fits my style, personality, and breathing rhythms perfectly. I don’t use a snorkel so I have to slow down my breathing, which in turn slows down my approach to photography.

For my bag, I use a Herschel Eighteen Bag. I personalized it with custom brass anchor leather zipper pulls. I sometimes use it on land for photo walks or when I’m trying to be a tourist without lugging around a huge backpack.

The Contents:
-Nikonos V + Kodak Portra, Kodak Ektar, or C41-Process B&W film
-Weathermatic Waterproof Film Case
-Aquasphere Seal Goggles
-iPhone 5S in a Lifeproof case
-Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle
-My Car Keys + Pirate Swiss Army Knife

And you can see more of my work at:

Pacifico “PJ” Ortiz Luis

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Pacifico. It is really cool to see this kind of bag, not your everyday setup.
Check out the links and please make sure you come and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on

Send me a hi resolution image of the bag. Optimum size is 1500 across. Please ensure there is a bag in the shot, unless you don’t use one. The more you can write about yourself the better, make it appealing and tell us a story.

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3 comments on “In your bag No: 1206 – Pacifico “PJ” Ortiz Luis”

    Alex_M_V June 16, 2015 at 9:10 am / Reply

    very nice images on your website. i enjoyed the subject diversity and the different moods you were able to capture near and in water.

    Pacifico "PJ" Ortiz Luis June 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm / Reply

    Thank you! I try my best to capture the feeling of being in the water with me, it’s a very calming experience.

    Jonathan June 18, 2015 at 12:29 am / Reply

    Very nice! I bought a Nikonos IV-A a couple years ago and it’s my go-to camera for summer days at the beach or pool. I find it’s actually easier to zone focus with the Nikonos compared to my Canonet QL17 GIII.

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