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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

I just finished packing & shipping out 137lbs of photographic equipment for @ronan_donovan who is going on a big assignment for @natgeo Magazine this summer!
Here is the list of gear in this shipment.
(the next shipment in two weeks).
@canonusa
1DXII, 5D IV, 24-70mm f/2.8 II, 16-35mm f/2.8 III, 100mm L macro, 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L II, 200-400 f/4 1.4x, 1.4x TC III, 600MM f/4 IS L II
@sonyalpha #a7riii
@sigmaphoto 150-600mm EF mount
@leica_camera
APO-Televid 82 spotting scope

@gitzoinspires tripod with a Wimberly Head II

All long lenses have @reallyrightstuff plates or custom feet on them!

Everything has @peakdesign links on it for ease of use in the field!
Four @mefototripods as backup lightstands

All packed in a big @pelican_life case and a @hprc_cases tripod case.

A serious #throwback when you find a roll of exposed @kodak #kodachrome and two unexposed rolls in a drawer of camera repair tools in your workshop! Here in the #photoengineering shop of @natgeo

What images exist trapped on this film?! For those that don't know, the K-14 process is not available anymore, the process that is used to develop Kodachrome. This means that it is nearly impossible to properly develop this with color. No company currently offers the service on Earth. Countless of the most famous @natgeo photos were shot on Kodachrome! #tbt #film #kodak #kodakfilm #photography #camera #vintage #k14 #oldfilm #vintage #bts #thursday #RIP #ilovemyjob #nationalgeographic

I'm really proud to announce the launch of my second article of 2018; The Best Camera Bags for Travelers. The link is in my profile.
This article took a ton of networking to reach 15 of the top camera bag manufacturers. I want to thank every single participating company for throwing down. There were so many great bags but only the best made the list!

Please do enjoy!
#iworkatnatgeo
#cameragear #camerabag #bags #review #article #natheo #nationalgeographic #leather #adventure #urban #luxury #best #ilovemyjob #flatlay #Wednesday #carry

On a gorgeous spring evening I thought I'd share a few of my favorite things.
Nikon D850
Fuji X100s
My first camera the Lomo L-CA+
Platypod

Finding peace through photography is one of the things that drives me to do my work.

#spring #favorite #camera #nikon #platypod #fuji #fujifilm #lomo #lomography #peace #life #cameragear
@nikonusa @fujifilm_northamerica @lomography @platypod_tripods

Here we have 41 camera bags (from 15 manufacturers) of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Tomorrow is the photoshoot of the winners of my upcoming Top Camera Bags for Travelers for @natgeotravel (Note: these are not all winners)
The bags have been tested on multiple continents and are already hand picked from the best bags on the market that could be used by travelers that carry a camera. Not necessarily for pro photogs but many are very pro.
#iworkatnatgeo #bags #leather #review #cameragear #camerabag #travel #backpack #slingbag #adventure #luxury #urban #general #tuesday #photoengineer #travelbag #natgeo #nationalgeographic #traveler #explore

Be sure to follow my IG story today and tomorrow for the final push to finish a robotic camera system for @chamiltonjames who is on assignment for @natgeo !

Here are a few timelapse videos I quickly took with my phone of current CNC milling that is happening.

#iworkatnatgeo #natgeo #photoengineer #machining #milling #millingmachine #cnc #tormach #aluminum #photography #cameragear #gear #bts #tbt #behindthescenes #engineering #engineer #metal #nationalgeographic #funkybirdtrain #train

My first article of 2018 is live! It's on top accessories for mobile phone photography!
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/lists/travel-gear/lens-attachments-accessories-smartphone-camera-pictures/

Second article will be on top camera bags for travelers and it will be a BIG article as I'm testing around 50 bags from almost all of the manufacturers in the world that I could get my hands on!
Photo Credits: @thiessenphoto & @beckythale
#photography #natgeo #iworkatnatgeo #snowday #phonephotography #mobile #gear #review #gimbal #lens #camera #light #lighting #tripod #phonecase

Ran into two great photo editors at the gardens today! @vaughnwallace & @kayaleeberne
Playing with new cameras.
@pentaxusa 645Z & @sonyalpha a7RIII

#natgeo #photography #camera #work #gardens #dc #mediumformat #weekend #mlk #ilovemyjob

A HUGE shout out to a talented photographer @pauljohnbayfield for this fantastic photo of me TIG welding in my sport jacket! Tip of my hat to @boyoftheforest for being a VAL (voice activated light stand) for this photo. National Geographic Photo Seminar week was just beyond words this year. From new friends and epic photography to deep stories and new emotions; this is the reason I work as hard as I can to be a part of the @natgeo tribe! I love you all, my photographers and NG friends!
#Repost #TheGentlemanWelder #nationalgeographic #Natgeo #batcave #tig #welding #engineering #camera #cameras #photography #equipment #gear #gearporn #documentary #thelensbible #theimaged #instadaily #potd #photooftheday #picoftheday #igers #lens #nikon #nikond810 #nikond850 #pauljohnbayfield

@matthewcicanese took these two epic photos of my hands yesterday! The screw driver was my predecessor Kenji Yamaguchi's favorite screw driver and was @nikonusa factory issued from Japan. He passed it on to me directly on his last day of 37 years at @natgeo . Kenji was great and I am striving to be the best Photo Engineer I can be for my photographers and our missions at National Geographic.

@pauljohnbayfield assisted some in the making of this photo.

#nationalgeographic #screwdriver #hand #hands #blackandwhite #b&;w #portrait #bts #behindthescenes #work #tools #vintage #heritage #thankful #photography #photoengineer #black

Doing some good old engineering today to make some new mounting hardware for the photography studio here @natgeo
Thanks for the engineering knowledge @lehighu
!
#engineering #engineer #mechanicalengineering #photoengineer #measurements #metrology #calipers #micrometer #starrett #mitutoyo #photostudio #natgeo #nationalgeographic #bts #photography #nerd #friday

I know I haven't posted formally (outside of IG story) for some time and I do apologize for that. I want to wish everyone a very happy end to their 2017 and a very Happy New Year!
In the coming year I aim to bring you more in depth, story driven content behind the scenes here at National Geographic Magazine and engineering floolery in general. I'm an open book so as always, feel free to ask questions and request certain types of content. The images in this post are some of our new Sony E-mount glass. This first is the 100mm STF, notice the faint dark circle in the middle, that is the apodization element. This leads to lovely bokeh but at the cost of light to the sensor.
#natgeo #nationalgeographic #photoengineering #photoengineer

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