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Tom O'Brien  Photo Engineer for @NatGeo I design and build custom photography equipment for the great photographers of National Geographic. DC/MD Questions welcome

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/top-10-compact-cameras-for-travelers-2017/

Here's a #throwbackthursday to one year ago today on my second day of work @natgeo !
I was setting up a new 30' tall carbon fiber camera stand with a remote control camera head on top of it with Kenji Yamaguchi (my predecessor). It was such a wonderful time for me back then, every day a new discovery and a new skill. It may not be as frequent by I never seem to find myself idle or bored here at National Geographic.

#iworkatnatgeo #ilovemyjob #nationalgeographic #photography #tbt #throwback #oneyear #photoengineer #camera #cameragear #blue

A sampling of frames from the 2017 total eclipse. I only included photos that could tolerate a square crop. Minimal post processing on all images.
My wide angle sky timelapse video of the eclipse should be out sometime early this week. Also going to drop some 360 video of the event.
#natgeostaff
#eclipse #solareclipse #2017eclipse #eclipse2017 #greatamericaneclipse #greatamericaneclipse2017 #sun #sol #totaleclipse #totality #tennessee #sparta #astrophotography #sunworship #sundayfunday #sunday #photography #plane #flying @sexyjetllc

Here's a little teaser of a single frame that I cropped in Lightroom mobile while stuck at the airport. Much much more to come over the next two days. A huge shout out to my father for taking me out to TN for this great adventure together!

#eclipse #eclipse2017#solareclipse #photoengineer #natgeostaff #tennessee #astrophotography #sun #sol #luna #totaleclipse #totality #mindblown #wow #diamondring #photography #greatamericaneclipse #eclipsephotography #2017eclipse @natgeo @natgeocreative

Final gear layout for my quick trip to Nashville, TN to view and try my best hand at photographing the 2017 total solar eclipse. We've got one #canon 5Ds with an 100-400mm lens +2x teleconverter for main solar capture as well as a second 5ds for backup and 5d mk IV for timelapse. Also I am running a #nikon Keymission 360 camera in timelapse. For viewing pleasure I'm bring a Leica spotting scope. To support all the equipment I have two large tripods, a standard tripod and an @platypodpro Max.
Two special objects are the silver tarp (underneath it all) and silver umbrella for keeping the gear cool before the shooting starts! #eclipse #photoengineer @peakdesign straps/plates

A #throwbackthursday to my first week on the job almost a year ago here @natgeo. Here I am working with the great Kenji Yamaguchi on learning how to operate a remotely operated robotic camera control system on top of a 30' tall carbon fiber camera stand. Kenji is my predecessor and NGM employee of over 35 years! I only had less than a month with Kenji before he left but I learned so much during those three weeks.

#iworkatnatgeo #photoengineer #photoengineering #photography #photogear #natgeo #nationalgeographic #camera #engineering #tech #technology #training #teacher #behindthescenes #bts #tbt #tbthursday

Timelapse of CNC milling of aluminum for a custom adjustable camera mount I recently fabricated.

Thanks @jessonduty for pushing me to film more of my work!

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#photoengineer #photoengineering #natgeostaff #nationalgeographic #natgeo #engineering #timelapse #cnc #milling #machining #aluminum #gopro #throwback #metal #machineshop

A brief departure from the normal behind the scenes content at Nat Geo(more to come this week)

Yesterday's short timelapse.
Gear: Canon ,5ds, 24-70mm f/2.8 II,
#timelapse #water #silverspring #sunday #sundayfunday #clouds #blue #bluesky #canon

Cold weather cameras! For this week's #throwbackthursday @natgeo photographers often go to the (literal) ends of the Earth to capture their amazing images. These (among other) Nikon FM2 manual film cameras were built specially for Nat Geo by Nikon. These FM 2 cameras have been winterized with special lubricants and in some cases a lack a lubricants for extended use in extreme cold. These cameras have been used on Antarctica, Greenland, the Arctic, K2, and Everest to name a few locations. The manual nature of the camera also allows for a slow rewind of film that can get brittle in the cold.

Follow me for more insights into the photographic technology that National Geographic photographers use and have used to get the shot.

#photoengineering #photoengineer #tbt #camera #vintage
#vintagecamera #cold #coldweather #freezing #nikon #fm2 #antartica #arctic #greenland #ice #photogear #rugged #Everest #cool #iworkatnatgeo

For today's #throwbackthursday here @natgeo HQ we're going to look at a small vintage piece of camera equipment. This is the Kodapod from Eastman Kodak Co. Originally introduced in 1918 for the price of $1.25 the Kodapod is a steel beartrap like camera mount that can grip it's teeth into wooden objects like fence posts and trees! It's quite strong and I hope no one was silly enough to place a finger between the jaws. Today almost one hundred years later it is still in amazing condition!
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#nationalgeographic #natgeo #photoengineering #photoengineer #cameraequipment #photography #photo #vintage #vintagecamera #tbt #kodak #clamp #cool #wood #edc #gear #oldschool #history #madeintheusa #american #bornintheusa #americanmade #madeinamerica #steel #eastmankodak #iworkatnatgeo

When an @natgeo #photoengineer goes to the beach but can't do beach activities due to ankle surgery he brings cameras....too many cameras!
Brand loyalty, pfft! Not pictured, an @thinktankphoto bag & a #sirui tripod.
Camera bodies are a 5D Mk IV, 5D Mk III (visible/IR modified), Sony alpha a7s II, and a lovely Leica M-P typ 240. Lenses, Canon 24-70 2.8 II, Canon 28mm, a modified for macro 16-35 (Kenji special), Leica 35mm 1.4 ASPH, Leica 90mm 4, and finally a Leica 21mm 2.8. PHEW that's a lot. Oh yeah and several black glass filters from Vü and a IR modified Nikon SB-700
@canonusa @nikonusa @tiffencompany @leica_camera @leicacamerausa @sonyalpha
#camera #flatlay #blue #saturday #photography #canon #nikon #tiffen #vu #leica #sony #metabones #lens #cameralens
#camera gear #slr #rangefinder #mirrorless #a7sii #5dmarkiv #5d #beach #july4th #delaware

Two years ago (prior to my work for the Geographic) while in Maine I visited the largest camera obscura in the state. The camera obscura is an ancient device/method for projecting the outside world onto a surface. The camera obscura eventually lead to the development of the first photographic cameras.
Happy #nationalcameraday !
For more visit.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_obscura?wprov=sfla1

#tbt #throwback #throwbackthursday #camera #cameraobscura #pinholecamera #photography #history #historical #maine #darkroom #photoengineer #photoengineering #photo #wow #giant #museum #vintagecamera

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