Having some fun, taking time to smell the resin

It seems to me that I am always on the go, from photographing weddings, events, portraits, to prepping sites that rested all winter under a blanket of snow and a myriad of home improvement projects that come with of having a home. Well this weekend we ditched all of that and headed South to Chicago for some FUN and don’t worry we didn’t leave any clients hanging.

Normally when I take some time away from photography as a job I normally don’t take my professional gear with me, I’ll take my point and shoot or just use my phone and try to be in the moment and kinda be a tourist. Though weekends like these are a little different, this past weekend marked our yearly trip with friends to C2E2.  For those of you not familiar with this it stands for Chicago Entertainment and Comic Expo. Think of it as the Midwest’s answer to San Diego’s Comic Con, except it’s better cause it’s close to home.

As hard as I try I cannot seem to leave the camera at home when I come to this event. The time and effort cosplayers put into their costumes is truly astounding and a camera phone or a point and shoot does not seem to do their attire justice. Q’s necklace was hand made and Tank Girls gun is not something you can buy off a shelf. Over the past few years one of my favorite piece was a green sparkling jewel made from a green beer bottle. Also with the advent of 3D printers being more readily available already amazing costumes are being taken to the next level.

So below are a few of my favorite cosplayers I’ve found over my Saturday trip to C2E2.

 

Lume Cube Review

Back in December of 2016 I bought a set of Lume Cubes and I wanted to give them a good run though before writing a review for their product. For those of you not familiar with Lume Cube they are a small yet fiercely powerful light and can be used in a variety of settings and activities.

The light dimension is about a 1.5” cube to give you an idea of its size, it comes in blue, black and sliver/gray casings. Lume Cube has made some special give away cubes that were red and other colors but I have not seen those for sale (cause I would love a red one). The light color is around 6000K so it does have a light blue tint to it and it is extremely bright.

The light itself is really simple to use it has two push buttons on top one to operate the light. With the back of the light facing towards you the left button operates the light on its own. Once it is turned on you can tap the button repeatedly and increase the power of the light in 10% increments. the right button is activates the Bluetooth function of the light which allows it to pare with your phone or tablet.  From there you can modify the light in single percent increments.

The App for the Lume Cube has recently been up dated and for the most part is still the same. You can pair up to five Lume Cubes at one time and active them all with the touch of the screen. The one thing I like about the app is that it remembers the intensity percentage of the light when you turn it on and off the lights or the App. The one down side I did notice in the App is when you do modify the light brightness on the App the results are not immediately visible it does require you to turn the light on and off again with the little light power button on the app. The distance the light works with is the App is based on the power of its Bluetooth and your mobile device. I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and Motorola X Pure phone and the distance from where it works to where it doesn’t is about 40 feet for my devices. So results may vary depending on your mobile device.

When the light is on full power it will last about 20 to 30 minutes depending on surrounding conditions. Lume Cube says on full power expect about a 22-minute run time. So what I have experienced is within stated running time  With the light below 75% power one can expect anywhere between a 45 minute to an hour and a half run time. The light does tend to get a bit warm with time especially on full power, not by any means that this is a down side but it is something to be aware of.

The one thing I love about this little light is that it is water resistant/proof up to 100 feet. I live on a lake with a max depth of 40 feet and this winter while the ice was on the lake I did pare both lights up with my Contour Camera. They work quite well in low level light and a depth of around 35 feet.

As for charging there is a screw off cap on the back of the Lume Cube to access the charging port. The cap has a rubber O-ring on it so it keeps the water out when screwed on tight. It can be easily removed for charging with a quarter or a nickel. The charging port is a USB type C connection and it will charge the Lume Cube in about an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half from being completely dead. Even if the Lume Cube is not being used for long periods of time the battery will still slowly drain, so the night before you use it to put it on the charger for a while just to make sure you are prepaired.

Some of the other uses I have found for Lume Cube is working on my vehicles because of their small size it has allowed me to get light into a small area where you can’t normally fit a normal flash light.  It also works well in flagging a passing by snowmobile with the pulse setting on the app when you are broken down on the side of the trail.

Lume Cube also offers a multitude of accessories for their lights. I am looking forward to getting the light house case and along with the honey comb pack and defuser bundle when they are released. By the looks and current online information, they will be held to the case by magnets so it will be interesting to see how they hold up with jarring and shaking. You can currently also get mounting accessories kits for the DJI Phantom series, Inspire series, also for the Yuneec Typhoon H and the Autel Robotics X-Star Drones.

The Lume Cube light is a small light that packs a big punch and is extremely versatile and it worth the $79.99 price tag. So if you are in the market for a small compact light it is worth the purchase and addition to your lighting arsenal.