The name's Jarvis. Chase Jarvis

It's almost right out of Q's workshop in a James Bond flick, but this one is real. And better yet, all of the stuff is off-the-shelf.

What is it? It's advertising shooter Chase Jarvis' kickin' laptop "location shoot" case, and it has everything but missile launchers.

Chase, you are one high-energy dude. I am feeling pretty slothful by comparison. Time to caffeine up with another Diet Mourtain Dew.


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Blogger James said...

I have yet to be able to finish a diet mountain dew. I usually get one sip into it and go "oh crap I bought the diet on accident again" then about half way of forcing myself I about want to gag and eventually just toss it. That said, do you actually enjoy that stuff?

March 28, 2007 11:24 PM  
Blogger David said...


I used to be exactly the same way. Down the full-sugar 20's like they were water. Mmmmm-boy. Hated the diet version, too. Loathed the stuff.

Then, a couple of years ago, I blew a borderline diabetic reading on the blood sugar-alyzer. I read and read and realized that giving up the HFCS in the full-sugar drinks would be the very best thing I could do for myself.

So, I started drinking the Diet Mtn Dews, and each time would remind myself that the time I was getting back at the end of my life would be years in which I was (a) retired, (b) travelling and (c) farting around with the grandkids.

Funny thing. After a week, the diet version started tasting pretty good. Really.

After a couple of weeks more and I absolutely did not miss the hi-test stuff.

Now, I have the reverse of your situation. If I accidently get one of the full-sugared versions, it is all but undrinkable.

And nothing hits the spot like an ice-cold DMD. (Not shaken OR stirred.)

Not to preach, but having gotten off of the sugar roller coaster means that I do not crash in the afternoons any more - which would have been temporarily fixed with another shot of the syrup, BTW.

Now, my blood sugar is within normal range. And that's a big deal. If you are over 30 and you do not know your fasting blood sugar reading, find out ASAP.

Diabetes really has no other warning signs until you are further along than you would ever want to be.


March 29, 2007 12:01 AM  
Blogger honkerdown said...

David, I am just like you, but I switched over when trying to lose a few pounds, and now have a hard time drinking the "high test."

I want to add thank you so much for your blog, lighting 101 and on assignment.

March 29, 2007 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with the hotpads on the batteries?

March 29, 2007 11:39 AM  
Anonymous jeffery said...


The hot pads on the batteries seem like a great solution to a problem that happens a lot in outdoor locations. Cold temperatures drastically reduce battery life. Keeping them warm keeps them charged for when they are needed. Otherwise you can find your backup battery completely discharged before you even get a chance to use it. Great idea.

March 29, 2007 2:24 PM  
Blogger Jacob said...

Hotpads on the batteries extend battery life if you're shooting in the cold - they work amazing.

David, What kind of camera is chase holding during the video? Being a newbie, curiousity has the best of me. Something with a medium-format type digital back?

March 29, 2007 3:14 PM  
Anonymous jeffery said...


It looks like he's holding a Hasselblad H2d or H3d, I can' tell which. In either case, it's the Hasselblad H system with a digital back.

March 29, 2007 6:24 PM  
Blogger Albertas said...

Being a European, I tasted diet Mountain Dew once during a trip to US. My impression of the taste was diluted carbonized artificially sweetened dishwashing liquid. I don't remember if I forced myself to finish the can.

March 29, 2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger Chase Jarvis said...

Jacob, Jeffery, David:

Confirmed: I'm holding a Hasselblad H2D with the 50-110 HC lens.

Also confirmed: Those little adhesive hot pads really do a great job of extending battery life when working outside in sub-room-temperature locations. We throw 'em on the laptop batteries and our camera batteries (most importantly your backup laptop camera batteries that you're not using YET, but will want to in an hour or two...). There's a web address to get the adhesive ones at the end of the little vid clip I posted...

March 31, 2007 11:18 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Wow, thanks for the tip!

April 02, 2007 6:25 PM  
Blogger jazzology said...

Mountain Dew is a "gateway" drink... these guys will all eventually get on the hard stuff then it's....

So in my neck of the Bannana Republic it's not cold but heat... while a great idea, I would be looking for a way to put ice packs and blowers in the thing intead of heat..I guess it Could? be done...

June 04, 2007 5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't that MBP just heat up like a Weber grill in that case? It looks like the vents in back are almost totally blocked.

July 20, 2007 12:47 AM  
Anonymous pyrodefuego said...

Yeah, I was wondering about the heat dissipation too.

December 01, 2007 7:09 PM  
Blogger Ridhi Web Expert said...

In a lot of photos and videos the photographer chase Jarvis wears the same kind of style sunglasses in different colors. Would anyone know what make these are?

Brad Fallon

February 20, 2011 12:20 PM  

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