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Thom Barbour's BackPacker at the 2013 Lifetime Triathalon

  by Rachel       Category Featured Photographer       Tags Thom Barbour, Lifetime Triathalon, MeFOTO Backpacker, portable tripod

 ©Thom Barbour

Thom Barbour, one of our weekly BackPacker winners, got a chance to use his prize out the the 2013 Lifetime Triathalon on Tempe, Arizona. 

"It performed perfectly and I was able to move it around quickly as the race progressed through different locations," says Thom. 

Below are some of his favorite images from the race.  

For more details on how you can enter to win a BackPacker tripod click here

 ©Thom Barbour

 ©Thom Barbour

©Thom Barbour

Jake Kurdsjuk on the Open Road

  by M. Gertz       Category Featured Photographer       Tags Jake Kurdsjuk, MeFOTO RoadTrip, Red

 © Jake Kurdsjuk

Inspired by his photojournalist brother and his father’s prized Pentax and ubiquitous family slideshows, Jake Kurdsjuk... avoided photography at all costs! Anything to prevent family feuding, of course. (Not totally true, a musician, Jake occasionally shot bands and concerts.)

Then came along a trip to Yosemite where Jake picked up “a camera worthy of capturing [its] majesty,” a Nikon D7000, “back in early 2011 and hasn't looked back.” Now he’s shooting with a pair of full frame Nikons that rarely leave his side and his interests range from nature to urban exploration and back to concert photography.

 © Jake Kurdsjuk

He got himself a MeFOTO RoadTrip for a trip to California where he was looking for something that would easily fit in his carry-on luggage. In addition, as a Harley rider, he was pleased to find out that the tripod also fits perfectly on his bike!


 © Jake Kurdsjuk

He writes:

“I've used the RoadTrip quite often since getting it.  It lives in my car right behind the seat and is my go-to tripod when I'm out and about scouting for something to shoot.”


I asked him what inspired him and he came up with a pretty thoughtful response that, in itself, is a pretty inspiring message to get out there and shoot. Enjoy!

“I would be kidding myself if I didn't say that my brother's work has inspired the heck out of me.  He's a news photographer and shoots the gamut of what's out there to shoot, but as I flip through his paper I know when a photo is his even before I see the byline.  To shoot something as varied spot news and show it in a way that is uniquely yours is a gift, and it has gone a long way in showing me that I need to find "my eye" rather than just aiming at something and hoping for the best.  
The rest is just the wonder of the world that surrounds me.  I think mankind has lost its sense of awe, especially as it relates to nature.  We've been able to explain things to the greatest degree, and it's caused us to take the things around us for granted - just look what we're doing to the world we live in.  The majesty of a sunrise (I prefer them so much more than sunsets because they're more fleeting, and you need to be up and watching for them), a bird's first flight, the constancy of a rock formation that laughs at the length of time any of us will be on this planet, the intricacy of a leaf, the delicate beauty of a simply flower, the "how the hell does it fly" nature of a bumble bee.  
This is all amazing stuff that all I have to do is keep my eyes open and my brain tuned in and it's there for me - no hunting involved.  To try and capture the completeness of any of those moments should be enough to inspire anyone.”


Read Jakes’ RoadTrip review over on Nikonites. See more of his photos on Flickr.

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Year of the Toy

  by M. Gertz       Category Featured Photographer       Tags David Puffer, MeFOTO RoadTrip, Mirrorless

© David Puffer

Get ready. This one’s epic.

David Puffer was a professional portrait photographer working out of Salt Lake City until one day a bad car accident left him seriously injured. After that, he found it difficult to walk and carry all his heavy camera gear. He ended up selling most of it to pay the bills and photography took a backseat in his life.

That is, until last year. After seeing an ad for mirrorless cameras, David couldn’t resist the siren’s call and bought himself an Olympus OMD E-M5. Finding himself newly inspired, David has tackled a new photography project every year, going from taking just a few shots a week to thousands. 2013 was declared to be the Year of the Toy.

That’s when David met MeFOTO. He says, “the last of my big equipment was my tripod, and when I saw the MeFOTO pod, and tested it, it was love at first sight, I have no regrets.” He’s got the MeFOTO RoadTrip in metallic purple, to match his purple Tenba Messenger camera bag.

© David Puffer

Looking to the future, David hopes to start bringing in paying gigs once again, although he is fully enjoying shooting for himself and plans to put his toy photos together into a book.

We’re only 4 months into 2013 and David’s already posted a ton of work on his blog, Puffer Photography. This dude has some seriously awesome toys. He’s got superheroes, super villains, 11 different Dr. Who’s (and the Tardis), and fighting robots galore, all arranged in various silly and/or super dramatic scenes. I picked out a couple of my favorites to post here, check out the blog to see the rest!

Images are used with permission and © David Puffer. Please respect photographers' rights and do not others' photos without permission. Thanks!