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Tag Archives: HEX

  • Field Report: HEXploring Iceland


    Iceland is my favorite place on earth. One of my buddies and I decided we wanted to go somewhere obscure that could get us out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. Iceland has been atop my top places to travel ever since I started seeing Chris Burkard’s images and video of Iceland. I was mesmerized by the landscapes and had to see it for myself. In Iceland we had decided we would rent a car and see where our trip took us. With no plan in mind we started driving the ring road and staying in hostels wherever we were. We stopped whenever we thought we saw something worthwhile, and ended up seeing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. We would wake up around 10am and book our next hostel for the night. We would then drive to 2 or 3 spots that we wanted to see that day and spend the day there. After we would go back and make dinner and go back out for sunset around 11pm. The waterfalls were beyond incredible and were like nothing we had ever seen (my personal favorites were Skogafoss and Seljalandafoss). I’ve seen endless pictures of the waterfall in Skogafoss, but none of them compare to actually seeing it in person. It is giant and powerful and the hike above the waterfall is also beautiful. I won’t forget that place anytime soon. We also went for hikes each day and tried to meet as many people as possible. Icelandic people are very hospitable and friendly which makes traveling there that much more enjoyable. On these hikes, I was lugging around a lot of camera gear, clothes and food, and my HEX bags allowed me to carry all these things safely and securely, and stylishly. We drove the entire ring road (2,800km) and got to experience about 10 different hot springs, which we are not accustomed to, being from CA. The hot springs were all very different, but it was incredible getting to experience these unique and natural places in such remote spots. Another highlight of the trip was staying in a town called Hofn. In Hofn we got to experience black sand beaches with Icelandic horses, glacier lagoons, and icebergs washing up the coast of Jokusarlon. I took a polar plunge in the Atlantic Ocean and also witnessed some of the most breathtaking sunsets I have ever seen. Iceland is a photographers dream. It has insane landscapes and breathtaking waterfalls, and weather permitting it has some beautiful light. We were lucky enough to see the sun about everyday which made the experience that much better. I recommend Iceland to anyone who wants to be fully submersed in nature without the crazy crowds of most other countries in the world. Almost anyone can handle Iceland (during the summer months), but only a select few can handle it in the winter. I’m hoping to go back in the winter in the near future to see what it’s all about.

    - Charlie Keating for HEX
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    We headed to the Blue Lagoon on the first day and although it is a very touristy spot, it was one of my favorite places of the whole trip. Getting to be in the natural hot spring and electric blue water is an insane experience.

    Standing in front of Seljalandafoss was an incredible experience. Getting to go behind the waterfall and getting drenched by the freezing glacier water is something I will never forget.

    On the way to shoot Seljalandafoss

    Looking down the Fjarmanagular Ravine was a very humbling experience. It is so huge that you realize how incredibly big this world is and how much there is to explore. We decided to take some time here just to sit on the edge of the cliff and enjoy the breathtaking view in front of us.


    This shot is in Hofn on one of the many incredible black sand beaches. We ended up running into a pack of wild horses galloping along the beachfront.

    CK-CC_DSC4846 Hustling to get the shot before the sun set over the mountains.

    Enjoying the view in the small fishing town of Vik.

    Hiking to the abandoned hot springs. Had to carry a ton of stuff in our backpack in order to have all our gear and change of clothes.

    Serenity - taking in the last little light over the hot spring we had all to ourselves.

    Trekking to the viewpoint.

    We had to take a break from driving every once and a while and one of us would trail the other in the car while the other skated to our next destination. Nothing better than fresh air in your face while skating into the unknown.

    Nailing the Shot!

  • Shooters Shooting Shooters: SoTeeOh


    In our day-to-day, we get to work with a lot of great photographers.  Recently, I was chatting with Adeyemi Adegbesan (aka SoTeeOh) and Steve Carty about the idea of combining a photo journal with a product field test and giving it a twist by having each photographer be both the shooter and the model.  We all dug the idea, and this is the result - "Shooters Shooting Shooters".  Check out  SoTeeOh's perspective in this installment along with his shots featuring Steve Carty from around Toronto.  Then, next time, we will bring you Steve's perspective - and his shots featuring SoTeeOh.  Enjoy!

    Steve Carty With His HEX DSLR Backpack, Shot By SoTeeOh

    I spend a lot of my time shooting on the go. Either I'm shooting on the street or on location so I have to carry my equipment with me. That's why I'm a bit of a bag junkie. I'm always looking to improve in terms of convenience and comfort, and of course its gotta look good too!  I recently got the chance to test out two new packs from HEX: the DSLR Backpack and the DSLR Sling.  Right away I was sold on the appearance.  Most of my clothes and gear is black, so the backpack's matte all black finish is a perfect fit.  My only hesitation with the backpack was its size.  It's big, so I wasn't sure how much I would actually use it on a day to day basis.  But after taking it out on a couple of missions, it was so comfortable that the size became a total non-issue.  And, in terms of construction and design, I honestly love how this backpack works.  I don't think there is anything I would change about this bag.  The design is really well thought out so it fits all my gear and keeps everything organized.




    On a recent shoot I brought my 6D body, 3 lenses, laptop, 2 speedlites, flash stands, umbrella and accessories and was able to fit it all entirely in the backpack.  I'm the kind of person that would rather bring too much than not enough, so being able to fit so much into this pack is perfect for me.  I've taken it all over the city and even went shooting in a couple of snow storms with it, and totally held up.  Especially when I was shooting in the snow, all my gear stayed warm and dry.  The quick access pocket at the top for my camera is really convenient as well especially when I'm shooting street stuff.

    Steve Carty In His HEX DSLR Sling Shot By SoTeeOh


    The bag that really surprised me was the DSLR sling.  I don't typically go for sling style packs, I just prefer having two straps so I didn't think i was going to be into this bag.  But after I gave it a try I was really impressed.  The strap design is really well done so its comfortable and still feels balanced. I also really liked the quick release on the strap which makes it really easy to put on and take off.  And just like the backpack, the sling is really well thought out in terms of its design an convenience.  Having the quick access pocket on the side lets me get at my camera without actually taking the bag off which is cool and the fact that it still has a dedicated laptop compartment is pretty amazing.  I didn't even notice that it was there when I first looked at the bag, but they really didn't leave out any features when they put this together.



    All in all, these are two great bags. The backpack is hands down my go to for any shoot I'm working on.  I can literally pack everything I need and still have my hands free - where before I was always carrying two or three packs.  The sling really amazed me too. Its definitely gonna see a lot of action this summer on my daily trips around the city when I'm shooting street stuff.

    - SoTeeOh



    Follow SoTeeOh here and Steve Carty here.

  • New Beginnings: HEX Opens On Broadway In DTLA


    We have wanted to open our own retail store for quite a while now... and we just did it!

    For our first store, it only made sense to locate it in Los Angeles.  After researching several neighborhoods, we decided we wanted to be a part of the revival of Broadway in LA’s historic core.  Broadway has the history, energy and vibe we were looking for – we just needed to find the right space.


    One thing Broadway noticeably boasts is a very high concentration of vintage theaters.  As the true center of downtown during the rise of the motion picture industry, the twelve theaters built along along this six-block stretch of Broadway still remain, and are the only concentration of old movie houses left in the United States.  This also makes Broadway the first and largest theater district recognized on the National Register Of Historic Places.  Given our roots in music and the arts, we quickly knew that we would love to hang our shingle at one of these theaters, if at all possible.

    That opportunity arose at the Tower Theater on Broadway and 8th Street, and we ran with it.  The Tower Theater was built in 1927 and designed by S. Charles Lee in the Renaissance Revival style.  The theater opened with the silent picture The Gingham Girls, starring Lois Wilson and George K. Arthur.  The Tower is notable for being the first theater in Los Angeles to be wired for sound to play talking pictures.  It was the location of LA premier of the ground-breaking talking picture The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, in which he introduced the famous phrase, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet” into the American lexicon.
    The theater has served in many capacities over the years and has made notable appearances in many films including The Omega Man, The Mambo Kings, The Last Action Hero, Fight Club, Coyote Ugly, Mulholland Drive, The Prestige, and Transformers to name a few.

    Now HEX can be added to the illustrious history of the Tower Theater!  We want to carry on the rich tradition of this beautiful building as we bring it with us into this new phase of our brand story.  Typically HEX, we kept the design clean and minimal.  We added warmth through wood and vintage inspired lighting and incorporated elements of steel, concrete, and mid-century design through our mix of appointments and fixtures.  There is even a patch of the old terrazzo flooring visible near the front window, which we kept as a reminder of our link to the building’s history.


    So come down and check us out the next time you are in Los Angeles.  We think you will enjoy what we have put together as well as being able to visit some of our Broadway neighbors including The Ace Hotel, Acne Studios, A.P.C., Tanner Goods, Urban Outfitters, BNKR, Oak, Umami Burger – and soon Cos, Han Kjobenhavn, and Mykita will open up shop as well.  It’s a great time to be involved in the next chapter of LA’s downtown historic core.  See you soon!





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