duane_fernandez The legendary Series @LandRover and Defender has been built continuously in Solihull, UK, for 68 years. On January 29th, as the last Defender was produced at its famous Solihull production facility, our latest project completed her first round of upgrades. With many, many more to go, I'm excited about this project because there will be an assortment of adventures and stories to come. We'll be documenting this journey in short essays, drawings, photos and videos on duanefernandez.com - with the first installment this week.
#landrover #defender #defender90 #adventuremobile #canon
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duane_fernandez I'm excited to officially announce my partnership with @Adorama! I get a lot of questions from all types of photographers about the best cameras for entry level shooters, people transitioning into professional work, travel, the best gear, lenses, strobes, light panels, studio equipment, etc. I'm very excited to have a reliable partner that I know will take care of anyone who decides to jump in and buy something new.
I've been working with their team to put together a comprehensive list of my gear and my favorites- cameras and equipment I use for travel, on location or in the studio. If you're interested in what I carry in my bag, you can check out:
www.adorama.com/g/DuaneFernandez (link in bio)
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The lens featured here is my favorite lens of all time: the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. It goes with me everywhere and has NEVER let me down. It's a super fast, ultra sharp, all-purpose lens you will keep in your collection forever.
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duane_fernandez Spent part of the holiday break roaming the country side in search of a bald eagle. I've only seen two or three out in the wild, and it was always just a glimpse. I heard stories of a handful of eagles sitting, watching, hunting and nesting along the Arkansas River, so I picked up a variety of maps and did some research.
I thought this might be a fun new holiday tradition, so I created an eagle journal, jotted down notes and sketched out some maps. After a few weeks of this, I set out with my trusty camera, not knowing that I had been a little too naive about the whole deal. It turns out, eagles don't just hang out waiting for you to take their portrait.
I spent three hours systematically covering every quadrant of my AO. Having not seen an eagle by this point, not even a trace, my enthusiasm started to wane. The weather started to deteriorate as well; rain and photography don't mix. I decided to look around one more bend before calling it a day. Nothing. I felt like I was on a fool's errand, what was I thinking?
I started to head out of the estuary and make my way back home, and that's when I saw something out of the corner of my eye: a massive silhouette sitting on the highest branch of the biggest tree in the lot. She was about half a mile north, off the path. I jumped out, grabbed my gear and slowly made my way into position. I'm sure she was watching me, but she didn't act like it. She was playing it cool up there, occasionally looking the opposite direction, letting me know she didn't care. I was about 50 feet away and my heart was racing; eagles are absolutely breathtaking and MUCH bigger than I could ever imagine.
I looked through my camera, and just before I was able to get her into focus, she was gone. I was devastated. I watched her fly across the open field, and just as I was about to sob, I saw her bank and land in a tree just on the other side of the meadow. I immediately noticed that this was her home. It was a glorious tree. Her nest was gigantic, something straight out of Narnia. I didn't notice it at first, but on the other side of the nest there was another silhouette, of equal size.
@canonusa #canon #5d #birding #tldr #telephoto #wildlife
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duane_fernandez Form follows function. Kawasaki’s 300-hp, 998cc, Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke in-line four, supercharged Ninja H2R is an engineering masterpiece. I’m grateful I finally got to set my eyes on it, but now I’m curious to know how it’d feel on the track.
Important note: It’s not often that a bike comes with its own official guidelines. Including, but not limited to: [1] The Ninja H2R is a closed-course, riding-use-only model and is not manufactured for use on public roads, streets or highways. All usage of this vehicle should be limited to riding on a closed course. [2] Parts designed specifically for the H2R are for closed- course riding use only and cannot be purchased without proof of H2R ownership (product registration, VIN confirmation, etc.). [3] The exhaust sound level of the H2R at the time of factory shipment is 120 dB/A using Auto Cycle Union (ACU) guidelines. It is the owner’s responsibility to confirm that noise regulations of closed courses permit vehicles reaching this level of exhaust sound. Changes to the exhaust system may alter performance and sound level. [4] As a closed-course, riding-use-only model, specific procedures must be followed when riding and maintaining the H2R. Vehicle Tires, do not replace the tires on the H2R with any other brand and model than those offered as standard equipment - Front: Bridgestone, Racing Battlax V01F Soft. Rear: Bridgestone, Racing Battlax V01R Medium. Kawasaki does not approve Bridgestone Racing Battlax V02F & V02R tires for H2R usage. [5] Tire Warmers: To prevent loss of tire grip, always use tire warmers to heat tires prior to riding the H2R. Cold tires do not provide sufficient grip and may cause loss of vehicle control and/or a crash, which could result in injury or death. [6] Vehicle Storage: When storing the H2R, always use front and rear motorcycle stands that keep both tires off the ground. This will prevent tire deformation and adverse impacts on performance. [7] Vehicle Maintenance, in addition to regular periodic maintenance, service inspections are required every 15 hours of engine operation above 8,000r/min (rpm).
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@kawasakiusa #kawasaki #kawasakininja #H2R #2015 #ninja #track #only
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duane_fernandez It's amazing what we can accomplish. Sidebar: The liftoff weight of the space shuttle was 4.5 million pounds. 2mon
  •   duane_fernandez The orbiter is named after the British HMS Endeavour, the ship which took Captain James Cook on his first voyage of discovery (1768–1771). This is why the name is spelled in the British English manner, rather than the American English ("Endeavor"). This has caused confusion, including when NASA itself misspelled a sign on the launch pad in 2007. The Space Shuttle carried a piece of the original wood from Cook’s ship inside the cockpit. The name also honored Endeavour, the Command Module of Apollo 15, which was also named after Cook's ship. 2mon
  •   artfulife Very cool! I didn't know any of those facts. 2mon
  •   duane_fernandez @artfulife there are so many facts! 2mon
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  •   clothingwarehouse Wow 2mon

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duane_fernandez Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is original, irreverent and just plain genius. Here's my interview with the brilliant co-creator and star of the show, @racheldoesstuff. We discuss life, love, her advice for aspiring writers and the inspiration for the show's incredibly unique protagonist. Link in bio. . . .
Don't miss tonight's episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 8/7c on @thecw
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duane_fernandez @DABSMYLA X @Modernica Fiberglass Side Shell “Cat Head Blue” and “Cat Head Pink” Chairs have finally arrived. Oh what a wonderful day in our studio! More about the chairs and my unfettered excitement on the site, link in bio. . . .
#Modernica #Dabsmyla
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duane_fernandez "Success is the ability to persist and the ability to solve problems. Success is being solvent financially, more than 60% happy with what you do, and 100% excited about where you’re going."
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@ginaribisi is a makeup artist and groomer with impeccable taste. She brings such a beautifully-balanced approach to her work, it’s nearly indescribable. It’s clean, classic, textured, abstract and original all at the same time. How is that even possible? Because it’s Gina Ribisi. Aside from being a talented artist, she’s a spectacularly kind human being.
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Link to the full interview in bio.
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duane_fernandez I’m so grateful to be a part of Outside the Lines, Too: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds, curated by @50ur15 [creator of the @nytimes bestseller Outside the Lines] with @PenguinBooks. The book features original line drawings from more than 100 creatives, including animators, cartoonists, fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, musicians, outsider artists, photographers, and street artists. @Dalek2020, @EamesOffice, @APommier, @BendPress, @MisterHouser, @MartinHsuArt, @justinablakeney, @clawmoney, @klyonsnatborn, @tbiskup, @devngosha, @shantell_martin, @gubird, @baczekk, @chris_scott and many more. . . .
If you like coloring outside the lines, order it from @amazon [link in bio], pick it up at @barnesandnoble or your local book store!
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If you find my page and you feel inclined to color it, please post a photo, tag me @duane_fernandez and use the hashtags #sweetcorn #OTLTOO. I’ll put your name into a drawing to win a creative survival kit - including a Limited Edition Lomography Diana Camera kit, film, @copicmarker pack, a bonus copy of Outside the Lines, Too signed by a bunch of the artists featured in the book and more.
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duane_fernandez Last night was absolutely magical. 🏽 . . .
#Repost @juddapatow: Last night at @largolosangeles Next show is October 8! For charity folks!
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duane_fernandez Best advice I've ever been given.
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By the way, are Tuesdays the new Mondays? Or have we just shifted into a new work paradigm where every day is Monday?
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duane_fernandez "I've always been drawn to stories about impossible love -- Anna Karenina, Pride & Prejudice, The Human Stain. I love David Sedaris, Joan Didion and Zadie Smith -- writers who look at the darker corners of life with striking candor. Two books I return to again and again are Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, perhaps because reading about situations that are so foreign to me allow me the space to feel recognition. That which is too similar can feel stifling. Oh, and I like my books voluptuous. I deeply respect economy of language, but I want my books juicy and symphonic, their sentences teeming with words and more words." From a recent conversation with the brilliant writer and actor @brookielyons. 5mon

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duane_fernandez Happy Birthday @parksfernandez, thank you for always playing along. 6mon

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duane_fernandez Just got home from our epic 14-day road trip. Covered 3,452 miles through nine states. Snapped this somewhere off I-70 overlooking southern Utah, which was unbelievably beautiful. @ParksFernandez took a break from her @martinguitar Backpacker after scoring our drive through Moab.
@sinuhexavier thank you for outlining an amazing route.
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  •   duane_fernandez Thanks for looking out @christyhazen 🏽 6mon
  •   duane_fernandez @csaguros that's good to know, putting Montana and the Canadian Rockies on the list now. Thank you! 6mon
  •   cbudding5 Umm, if you passed through UT and didn't stop to say hello I'll be mighty bummed! 6mon
  •   oxenham That sounds like a blast! 6mon
  •   lolaytula Dude! Email me, you need to school me in your social media skills: gardeniar77@yahoo.com 6mon
  •   duane_fernandez @cbudding5 we technically went through Utah, but stayed along the southern trails. I absolutely fell in love with the state and want to get back to explore ASAP. So we'll be back soon and we'll be sure to swing by Park City! 6mon
  •   duane_fernandez @lolaytula I'll email you this afternoon, I've been wanting to learn more about Lola Y Tula! 6mon
  •   wayofthewong @parksfernandez I wanna hear you play! Oooh and banjo. 5mon

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duane_fernandez By setting out to change the way people approach business, develop products and showcase art, Ash Chan has indirectly developed the most beautiful innovation lab in the world. http://bit.ly/tcy-innovation - (link in bio) My latest feature for @incmagazine 7mon

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duane_fernandez Been really thinking about travels lately. Michael Crichton wrote, "Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. There is no mystery about why this should be so. Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of your food, your closet full of your clothes -- with all this taken away, you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience." Let's get lost.
The 35' 1953 Vagabond - Marfa, TX @elcosmicomarfa
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  •   bennett1060 Done. Going in Jan/Feb 2016. Hopefully living there by early 2017. 8mon
  •   duane_fernandez @bennett1060 migrating this conversation to email, but we're there. And can't wait to hear about your move....WHAT?! 8mon
  •   christyhazen Beautiful! We've been wanting to go to Marfa and check out @elcosmicomarfa! 7mon
  •   lilbull @duane_fernandez come to utah please! 7mon
  •   duane_fernandez @lilbull I know...I know! I really need to. Are you going to Agenda next week?! 😀 7mon
  •   eviecoates I stayed in that very vagabond in June 2010. some of the richest, lonesomest hours I've known as a traveler. wouldn't trade them, ev-er. 7mon
  •   duane_fernandez @eviecoates that's wild! I agree, it was one of our favorite trips/stays ever. 7mon
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duane_fernandez “Being vulnerable is important, because in order to become the most prepared you have to admit that you don't know the answers right away. There's a fine line between pitching and selling and saying "I'm right," and also being open to feedback. Maybe I say something about my company and a person across the table from me, whether it's a VP, whether it's an editor, or whether it's a customer, says, "Well, actually I disagree. Have you considered this?" I find that just being vulnerable is important for an entrepreneur.“ @emilywweiss is single-handedly changing a quarter trillion-dollar industry. @Glossier is finding enormous success by building authentic relationships with its customers and a thriving company culture. There’s a link to the full conversation, featured at @incmagazine in my bio. 9mon

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duane_fernandez “I spend most of my time at my studio sitting at a large table challenged by a void. This void needs to be filled by something that, in the moment, does not exist.” A powerful statement @mcfetridge shared with me over ten years ago in an interview which he may have forgotten, but sits patiently in the archives. This is one of the most honest and comforting thoughts anyone has shared with me. From the outside looking in, people assume ideas are abundant in the mind of an artist. The reality is they are not. We assume the ideation portion of the creative process is simple, that the reason a person is an artist is because they can easily produce beautiful ideas out of thin air, which is not the case. Artists spend their lives developing a way to cope and break through the void.

I captured this portrait of Geoff while he was visiting with @klyonsnatborn before Kevin’s @hvw8gallery show last year.
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duane_fernandez 2/28/15: Behind-the-scenes of @TotallySketch’s @InsidiousMovie music video starring @MeganDeAngelis, @BrittanyFurlan, @christian and Eric Ochoa. I’m excited this is finally online - link in bio. 9mon

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duane_fernandez Today @JulesHough launched her new website where she can talk with friends and fans about the things she cares about: being healthy and happy. I'm excited she has a platform where she can share her *greatest* passion - spreading kindness! I'm just so proud of her! #kindisthenewcool 11mon

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