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Thomas Streiff’s Neon Cityscapes and Laser Fountains

  by M. Gertz       Category Night Photography, Featured Photographer       Tags Thomas Streiff, MeFOTO RoadTrip, HDR, cityscape

 © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

Thomas Streiff was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is proud of it! Much of his photography showcases his hometown, including a couple of ultra colorful nighttime cityscapes we found on his flickr stream.

Thomas had an on-and-off interest in photography until recently when it became, he says, “an addiction, a passion of mine, a serious hobby and part-time business venture.” He often finds himself shooting for friends, but for fun and relaxation he goes for landscapes and cityscapes.

The photo above is of the view up the Allegheny River towards Pittsburgh and was actually the result of a weather impaired super moon shot. When the clouds rolled in, obscuring the sky, Thomas didn’t just give up and go home. Instead, he aimed his Nikon D700, mounted on his titanium MeFOTO RoadTrip tripod, downriver to capture this 7 shot HDR image of the city at blue hour.


 © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

This next one’s got lasers! As part of the Three River Arts Festival, the city was celebrating the reopening of the Point Park Fountain with a spectacular laser show. From the West End Overlook, Thomas set up his camera and tripod and caught this shot of the colorful lasers shooting up out of the top of the fountain. The MeFOTO performed admirably!”, he says. “It started to get a little breezy, and I had the center column of the tripod up. To prevent a little camera shake, I placed my bag strap on the hook of the tripod in the center column and it was rock solid. After coming home I adjusted the photos to my liking in Lightoom 5 and viola!”

To wrap up, here’re some words from Thomas on why photography is his passion:

I think the best thing about photography is to be able to tell your story. To capture a moment in time. To be able to go back and view and experience that special "slice of life", Whether it be a wedding, a birth, an event, a simple hug, a certain look, or just a majestic landscape. If you can recreate that lost time through photography, suck the viewer in, make them experience and feel that moment, you have achieved the nirvana of being a true photographer, not merely one who takes pictures. That is what I strive for.

I feel the strong NEED to take pictures. It is in my psyche. It is my soul. It transforms and shapes my stream of consciousness.

See more of Thomas’ work on and on flickr.

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Thomas Streiff, all rights reserved; story is ©MeFOTO. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.


Steve Huff Gives MeFOTO a Thumbs Up!

  by Domenick Delfino       Category Reviews, Giveaway, Featured Photographer       Tags MeFOTO, DayTrip, MeFOTO DayTrip, MeFOTO Backpacker, RoadTrip, MeFOTO RoadTrip, Steve Huff, giveaway, tripod, photography, Review, MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFoto review Steve Huff Gives MeFOTO a Thumbs Up!

Over the past couple of months, Steve Huff has reviewed the MeFOTO DayTrip, BackPacker, and RoadTrip.  Despite openly admitting that he is not generally a huge fan of tripods for his photography due to the hassle of lugging them around, he loved ours!

Steve instantly fell in love the with MeFOTO DayTrip upon his first encounter and immediately wanted to learn more about these “small and tiny wonders” as he liked to call them.  But, what caused this immediate attraction?  He fell for the design, colors, and “teeny” size/ease of use.  The size of the DayTrip allows you to take it with you anywhere you go.  For more product specifications, please click here.


Overall, Steve thought all three tripods are very nice, very well made, and VERY affordable tripods that are designed extremely well, lightweight, easy to carry, and easy to work with.  He highly recommends them.

Don’t forget to participate in the Steve's MeFOTO Tripod giveaway.  Read to the end of Steve's review for a chance to win a MeFOTO DayTrip.


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Yasmin Tajik’s Desert Milky Way

  by M. Gertz       Category Featured Photographer, Night Photography       Tags Yasmin Tajik, MeFOTO RoadTrip, astral photography, light painting
 © Yasmin Tajik

 © Yasmin Tajik

Looking up at the night sky into the light of the stars is an awe inspiring experience no matter where you are. Astrophotography can be tricky to get right, but with a little experimentation, can be one of the most rewarding images to make.

Yasmin Tajik is the woman behind Shalimar Studios, a Las Vegas wedding and portrait photography studio. She recently shot this image of the Milky Way in the Nevada desert, which combines astrophotography with terrestrial light painting. Her MeFOTO RoadTrip in black kept her camera steady while the stars revealed themselves.

She says that she finds inspiration all over - in people, landscapes, music, and movies to name a few, but that one image that stands out to her is Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl, of National Geographic fame.

"My family is Pakistani and my father grew up very close to the refugee camp where that image was captured.  Because I am from that culture that image spoke very deeply to me and struck a cord.  I have since pursued a specialty with the South Asian market, photographing their portraits, weddings and events.  If you look through my portfolio you'll see a heavy influence of South Asian images giving a nod to my culture and heritage."

If you can believe it, this is Yasmin’s first attempt at astrophotography, although if all goes well, it won’t be her last! "As a matter of fact," she says, "I'll be hiking through the Himalayas next year up to Everest Base Camp and plan to take my MeFOTO to capture the Milky Way framed by the Himalaya Mountains and hopefully Everest."

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Yasmin Tajik, all rights reserved; story is ©MeFOTO. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.


A Color Fanatic in Europe

  by M. Gertz       Category Travel Photography       Tags Herb Paynter, color management, MeFOTO RoadTrip, Composite

 © Herb Paynter


Herb Paynter has been in the color management business for around 5 decades. He just got back from a 30 day trip around Europe and will be sharing images from his travels on his blog, The Way Eye Sees It.

For the trip, Herb left the heavy gear at home, opting instead to take along his mirrorless Lumix G5 and MeFOTO Roadtrip tripod. The image above, of a museum in Dresden, is a composite of three images - good thing he had that tripod!

For more details about this shot and to follow the series, click here.


All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Herb Paynter, all rights reserved; story is ©MeFOTO. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.


Converting Your MeFOTO Tripod into a Monopod

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits       Tags RoadTrip, MeFOTO RoadTrip, MeFOTO Globetrotter, GlobeTrotter, monopod, monopod to tripod conversion, convert to monopod, tripod to monopod

In our opinion, one of the RoadTrip and GlobeTrotter's best (of many) features is its ability to be converted into a monopod. When you purchase either model, you're pretty much buying two products for the price of one. ..not a bad deal at all.

Thanks to our genius product designers, converting the tripod to a monopod (without tools mind you) is as easy as it gets. But just in case you have questions on how to do it, here is a quick and detailed guide. If there's anything you believe we've missed or would like clarification on, drop us a line in the comments section below.

 **Please note, not all MeFOTO tripods convert to monopods, only the GlobeTrotter and RoadTrip.


Here is the GlobeTrotter in tripod format. You can convert both the GlobeTrotter and RoadTrip into monopods. 

Begin by grabbing the tripod leg with the foam grip and rotate it to the left to loosen it. You will notice the digram at the top letting you know which direction to turn the leg in to loosen or tighten it.

Unscrew the tripod leg all the way.

Now that you have completely detached the leg, put it down and save it for later. This is the first piece of the monopod.

Next you need to remove the center column. This is going to be the second piece of the monopod. Begin by unscrewing the recessed hook knob on the center column.

Unscrew the recessed hook knob completely. Save the knob in a safe place since you will need it once you put the tripod back together.

Loosen the knob on the center column.

Slide the center column out. This is the top part of your monopod.

Here is what the GlobeTrotter looks like disassembled.

Take the foam tripod leg and center column with ball head attached. These are the two pieces you will screw together to make the monopod.

Screw the tripod leg into the center colum.

Congrats! You now have a fully functional monopod!