Think Tank’s New Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket Review

 Think Tank Modular Pocket Rocket

The newest addition to my urban exploring gear is the Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket from the awesome photo gear company Think Tank. This is a super handy pouch that can hold compact flash and SD cards anywhere you can strap it to. You can mount it to a belt, camera strap, camera sling, or attach it to your camera backpack / bag via a Velcro patch on the back.

Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket Rear

Inside, you can fit six CF cards and three SD cards, but since I only use SD cards, I just put them in the CF slots. You could also fit a Android or iPhone, lens cloth or lens pen, spare filter, any anything else small you need to keep at hand. There is also a lanyard should you need to hang it around your neck (or inside your shirt if you want to keep your cards discreetly stored). There is also a clear external ID pocket, should you have a use for that, but it can also hold spare business cards.

Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket

Like all things from Think Tank, the Pixel Pocket Rocket is bombproof – made from water-resistant ripstop nylon, with durable water-repellent (DWR) coating on the outside. This can definitely take a beating on my outings and still keep my cards and items safe from moisture, dust, dirt, and grime. This is a great addition to your photography gear if you are in the market for a card holder!

Pick up the Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket Here!

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See Inside My Urban Exploring (Urbex) Camera Bag!

Eli Bishop Urban Exploring Bag

See what’s inside my urban exploring camera bag! I’m featured today in an article / interview on the website In My Bag. Check the link for the full article, and click “more” below for a full list of what I carry on urbex expeditions!


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“How to Care for Introverts” (The Original List)

Introvert Image by Eli Bishop

Photography by Eli Bishop

“How to Care For Introverts” (The Original List)

Carl Jung said “There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.”  I’m not entirely convinced there aren’t people that are extreme in one direction or another, considering I’ve either been them, or met them. Present day, we know most people really are made up of “parts” that can be more active at one time or another, thus seeming more introverted or extroverted. However, the introvert vs. extrovert continues to be a hotly debated topic and an easy way to classify people – although I’d rather use the divisive language to understand more about another person, rather than just write them off as a label.

Since my original posting of the list: Ten Myths About Introverts a year and a half ago, that single page has received over half a million hits. I received a lot of emails and comments on the original article, and since then have read dozens of articles on the differences between the two, and dozens more saying that people all have varying degrees of both introversion and extroversion (aka extraversion). There are also several books available on the subject. I thought I would follow up with thoughts from an article I ran across, written by Linda Kreger Silverman, in 1999. This is the original text that many blogs and webpages on the internet have formed their “How To Care For Introverts” lists from.

What follows is the original text from Linda Kreger Silverman.

Click “more” for the article and list inside!


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Eli Bishop Interview In North Roanoke & Botetourt County Life

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I’m very honored to have been interviewed by Charles Reynolds III for August issue of North Roanoke & County Life about my photography, urbex, and projects. Full interview can be seen by clicking on the images for the full view, or click into the post for a full transcript!


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Eli Bishops Photographs Featured In The Tricky Video ‘Hey Love’

I’m totally honored to have several of my photos from my Instagram (3-4 that I could spot) featured in the new Tricky video ‘Hey Love,’ featuring Francesca Belmonte! Also included is a shot of myself in a bear mask and my project partner, by Jeff Fralin, a promo photo for The Pink Box project / Addy Awards! Tricky is an influential and staple Trip-Hop artist from Bristol, UK. Many of his albums are key classics from the mid-nineties, and should be in everyone’s downtempo music folder or collection.

Follow my explorations (mostly urbex / urban exploring) on Instagram at: elibishop


Black Dust Mandla – Inspiration Tumblr

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Feel free to follow me on my Tumblr for art, photography, design, fashion, and visual inspiration!

Black Dust Mandala Tumblr

(More pics inside the post!)


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Some Of My Older B/W Urbex (Urban Exploring) Photography

Alley B/W Urbex Photograph by Eli Bishop

Alley B/W Urbex Photograph by Eli Bishop

Wealth Is A Ghettho B/W Urbex Photograph by Eli Bishop

Wealth Is A Ghettho B/W Urbex Photograph by Eli Bishop


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Why Intelligent People Fail

Why Intelligent People Fail

Why Intelligent People Fail

Content from Sternberg, R. (1994). In search of the human mind. New York: Harcourt Brace.

1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.

2. Lack of impulse control. Habitual impulsiveness gets in the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring their full intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with the first solution that pops into their heads.

3. Lack of perseverance and perseveration. Some people give up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when the quest will clearly be fruitless.

4. Using the wrong abilities. People may not be using the right abilities for the tasks in which they are engaged.

5. Inability to translate thought into action. Some people seem buried in thought. They have good ideas but rarely seem able to do anything about them.

6. Lack of product orientation. Some people seem more concerned about the process than the result of activity.

7. Inability to complete tasks. For some people nothing ever draws to a close. Perhaps it’s fear of what they would do next or fear of becoming hopelessly enmeshed in detail.

8. Failure to initiate. Still others are unwilling or unable to initiate a project. It may be indecision or fear of commitment.

9. Fear of failure. People may not reach peak performance because they avoid the really important challenges in life.

10. Procrastination. Some people are unable to act without pressure. They may also look for little things to do in order to put off the big ones.

11. Mis-attribution of blame. Some people always blame themselves for even the slightest mishap. Some always blame others.

12. Excessive self-pity. Some people spend more time feeling sorry for themselves than expending the effort necessary to overcome the problem.

13. Excessive dependency. Some people expect others to do for them what they ought to be doing themselves.

14. Wallowing in personal difficulties. Some people let their personal difficulties interfere grossly with their work. During the course of life, one can expect some real joys and some real sorrows. Maintaining a proper perspective is often difficult.

15. Distractibility and lack of concentration. Even some very intelligent people have very short attention spans.

16. Spreading oneself too thin or too thick. Undertaking too many activities may result in none being completed on time. Undertaking too few can also result in missed opportunities and reduced levels of accomplishment.

17. Inability to delay gratification. Some people reward themselves and are rewarded by others for finishing small tasks, while avoiding bigger tasks that would earn them larger rewards.

18. Inability to see the forest for the trees. Some people become obsessed with details and are either unwilling or unable to see or deal with the larger picture in the projects they undertake.

19. Lack of balance between critical, analytical thinking and creative, synthetic thinking. It is important for people to learn what kind of thinking is expected of them in each situation.

20. Too little or too much self-confidence. Lack of self-confidence can gnaw away at a person’s ability to get things done and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Conversely, individuals with too much self-confidence may not know when to admit they are wrong or in need of self-improvement.

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For My Graphic Designer & Artist Friends: Free Hi-Res Textures!

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I hate paying premium prices for stock textures from Istockphoto, but will when the project calls for it.  Using a low-res texture can make your whole project blurry and look cheap.  Hi-res textures can be used for overlays, backgrounds, fill ins, and all kinds of other layer adjustment tricks.  Textures are one of the top things I keep a organized design resource folder for, I find myself opening that folder over and over.  Here is a massive collection of high quality abstract textures for you to save for free!  Free textures rule!

Massive Collection Of High Quality Textures

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10 Myths About Introverts

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10 Myths About Introverts (As a graphic designer, a list I can really get behind…).

*** Also here is a follow up article about introverts! ***

Definition of introverts via Wikipedia:

Introverts are people whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction. They often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, music, drawing, tinkering, playing video games, watching movies and plays, and using computers.  The archetypal artist, writer, sculptor, engineer, composer, and inventor are all highly introverted. An introvert is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people. They prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and like to observe situations before they participate. Introverts are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement. They are more analytical before speaking.

Introversion is not the same as being shy or being a social outcast. Introverts prefer solitary activities over social ones, whereas shy people (who may be extroverts at heart) avoid social encounters out of fear, and the social outcast has little choice in the matter of his or her solitude.

Great list of myths about introverts via Carl King Creative:

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.

This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.

Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.

Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.

On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.

Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.


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