Dylan Lucas Gordon Seeks Adventure in the Russian Arctic Circle

All images by Dylan Lucas Gordon. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you’re craving for an adventure, we have just the right stuff to inspire you with some wanderlust. In his playful and stunning photo diary, California-based photographer Dylan Lucas Gordon shares what went down during his trip to the Russian Arctic Circle in search of waves to surf and concrete to skate.

Russia is home to some of the most extreme places in the planet. “Raw, Cold, Barren…” Dylan himself said, yet he and his companions thought it was also one of the best places to look for unique experiences. Their chosen destination to make their journey – the Russian Arctic Circle. They eventually found that it was “…beautiful, enlightening, full of adventure.” For anyone who’s ever been curious about this side of the world, he’s got some pretty interesting stuff to show us.

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The New Fujifilm XP130 Can Work Underwater Down to 65 Feet

The Fujifilm XP130 is the company’s latest tough camera.

If you’re one of those people who love to go underwater with a digital camera and want something more than your phone, then consider the new Fujifilm XP130. It’s the company’s latest tough camera touting the ability to shoot at 65 feet underwater. You can also drop it from 5.7 feet and expect it to work, as well as shoot with it at -14° F and it will still function according to Fujifilm’s claims. It’s doing all this with a 16.4MP 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor at the heart. In front of that heart is a 28-140mm f3.9-4.9 lens–which honestly seems pretty slow if you’re going to be shooting underwater. But at least it has image stabilization built in. It’s also just $229.95; which is super affordable for the adventure photographer. More details are after the jump.

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Review: Peak Design Capture Clip v3

The Peak Design Capture Clip v3 review: Starring Chris Niccolls of the Camera Store 

The Peak Design Capture Clip V3 is Peak Design’s latest evolution of the original Capture Clip that helped them get famous off of Kickstarter. This latest version is a massive jump forward in many ways. Designed by a former Apple engineer, the Peak Design Capture Clip V3 is made mostly of a single piece of aluminum. When you look at it and feel it, it feels super slick. Plus it’s smaller than previous versions. And like the other Capture Clips, it’s designed primarily to house your camera in a reliable place with little to no movement. During my testing, I found this to be the best Capture Clip yet in many ways. But in other ways, I found it to be a pain for the landscape and adventure style photographer.

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The Shimoda Explore 40 and 60 Backpacks Claim to be the Ultimate Adventure Photography Packs

With the Shimoda Explore backpacks, we’ve got a brand new entry into the adventure photography category

Photographers who enjoy backpacking and seeing the world may really warm up to the brand new Shimoda Explore backpacks. These backpacks aren’t designed to look like photography bags but instead more like actual travel adventure packs. When you look at some of the features standard in the Shimoda Explore 40 and Shimoda Explore 60 backpacks, you’ll see a lot of thought was put into their creation. I’ve been personally testing one for a number of weeks now and I can say with certainty this is the first backpack that has allowed me to comfortably pack medium format cameras, lenses, light meters, film, a tripod and more, with little wear and tear on my back.

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Hunter Lawrence: Inspiring Others Through Adventure Photography


All images by Hunter Lawrence. Used with permission.

Photographer Hunter Lawrence is an adventure photographer based in Denver with his wife Sarah and their mountain pup, Aspen. He started shooting as a hobby and craft, until he turned it into his full time job. He uses both stills and motion to create social influence for companies to gain their desired outcome.

Hunter recently had the photo above go viral on Reddit, and upon viewing his portfolio, it’s easy for you to see why so many brands love his work. But none of that happened overnight; and as Hunter tells us, it started with medium format film and the thought process that goes into it.

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Photographer Travis Burke on Adventure Photography


All images by Travis Burke. Used with permission.

Photographer Travis Burke has 140K+ Instagram followers, and it’s easy to see why. Travis is all about capturing and finding beautiful areas in the great outdoors; and he tries to photograph it all with a unique perspective on life. Travis is tenacious and tries to conquer whatever the world throws at him.

It started when he bought a Nikon D300–which made him slow down and appreciate beauty in nature a lot more.

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Review: Langly Alpha Pro Backpack Camera Bag

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Langly Alpha Pro Camera Bag review photos (2 of 9)ISO 4001-1700 sec at f - 1.4

“Hold up guys, I need to change my lenses.”

Rewind to 2007 when I was still in college and my photojournalism teacher and mentor taught me to never be this guy. Fast forward to 2008 during my first internship at PC Mag (then PC Magazine) and the journalists that I interned under would say the same thing. Why? Well, that guy slows everyone else down in the group.

This is one of the primary reasons why I don’t use backpacks for my photo gear, but when it comes to packing loads and loads of stuff on you in a comfortable yet low profile and fashionable way, it’s very tough to beat the Langly Alpha Pro backpack. Sure, backpacks don’t give you the quick, on the go access that a messenger or tote bag do, but it makes up for it in being able to carry lots of stuff on a daily excursion.

Made of canvas and leather, Langly camera bags join ONA, zKin, Artisan and Artist  and others amongst the lineup of beautiful camera bags designed to also be very functional as a camera bag.

So how does it do? To be honest, Langly may have everyone else beat when it comes to the adventure photographer.

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Zach Shenal: Photography is an Adventure

Zachary Shenal Adventure (7 of 15)

All images by Zachary Shenal. Used with permission.

Photographer Zach Shenal has been shooting adventure work for around a year and a half, and his work is bound to make him one of the more up and coming adventure photographers that we’ve seen in a while. After buying a DSLR while in the US military, he got really into photography. He started out shooting landscapes until the photo bug bit him and he was reading every tutorial he could find.

“I never really got into portraits as passionately as landscapes, but there is just something pleasing about showing a person interact with his/her environment.” Zach tells the Phoblographer in his pitch email.

Zach has an interesting sense of composition and creates scenes that show drama and use photojournalistic elements to tell stories. All of these combined make him an excellent adventure photographer that we just had to talk to.

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Nat Geo Photographer Cory Richards Talks About His Passion for Adventure

Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Photography for some of us is a very casual and carefree experience. But for others, it’s quite dangerous. Take National Geographic photographer Cory Richards for example, who talks about is love adventure photography and how it became his voice in the world. But specifically, he talks about going to Pakistan and an avalanche almost killing him and his crew. When he realized that he survived, he turned the camera on himself and took the image that you see above in the screenshot. This image was his way of dealing with stress but it was also the cover of one of the magazines.

Cory states that he can’t be comfortable and he’s driven towards the unknown to create images that make people feel the way that he does.

The video is after the jump.

Via Lomography, ISO 1200

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Landscape and Adventure Photographers, Show us Your Photos

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A99 Aquarium photos and landscapes edited (5 of 15)ISO 50

Hey folks,

As the site continues to evolve and April is wrapping up, we’re moving from the Analog/film medium over to featuring/interviewing/working with landscape and adventure photography in the month of May. But we’re not looking for any ordinary landscapes or adventure work, we want to see only your very best. Alternatively, we can probably work with you if you pitch a tutorial of some sort related to landscape photography or adventure photography. We’re mostly interested in photo projects for the adventure genre, but for landscapes we just want our jaws to drop when looking at your images.

Overall though, we want to work with photographers. Even though we’re a site that loves gear, we’ve never thought that it was paramount and we want to work with photographers that put their creative vision and business savvy first. As always, that doesn’t mean that we won’t work with enthusiasts though.

So how do you pitch it us?

– Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

– Tell us about yourself as a photographer. We want to know the who, what, when, where, how and why. Emails not explaining these things will most likely be sent to the wayside.

– Show us websites of yours.

– Tell us why the readers want to see your work., or why your project is really cool.

Julius and I will review all of your submissions, talk it over, and get back to you based on the volume of emails. Don’t let this discourage you, we’re both very cool cats; just busy. And if you have a photo that makes great use of lighting, submit it for our Creating the Photograph series. This series is all about artificial lighting and pretty much nothing else; so it needs to be crafty.

Thanks folks!


Chris Gampat

Editor in Chief


LaCie’s New Rugged Thunderbolt Drive Now Holds 1TB of Photos


LaCie’s Rugged drives have always been very popular with photographers; and just yesterday they announced the Rugged Thunderbolt drives in a 1TB SSD capacity. LaCie is claiming transfer speeds of 387MB/second thanks to the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connection–and further offering the potential to transfer 100GB in less than five minutes.

The New LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt can apparently be dropped from up to 6.6 feet and with the cap in place even offers protection against splashes and dust. When not in use, the cord can be neatly integrated into the case. It also includes LaCie Private-Public software, which lets users password-protect the entire drive or only certain volumes with AES 256-bit encryption.

The drives have a three year warranty and will retail for $949.99 when they hit retailers later this month. For an adventure photographer that’s often out in the field for a living, that sounds like a decent price that will obviously be written off on taxes but seems very high for the rest of us.

Photographer Alexandre Buisse on the Spirit of Adventure Photography


All images by Alexandre Buisse. Used with permission

We talked to photographer Alexandre Buisse a while back when he showed the world just what the Nikon D800 could take while out in the field. Alex has been a photographer for years and has embraced trekking to remote locations to capture images that embody the spirit of adventure and the passion that goes along with bringing wonderful scenic spots to viewers. He takes this even further by sometimes combining it with outdoor sports.

Alex is super busy, but he had some time to catch up with us and answer a few questions about what it’s like to photograph in the great outdoors.

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Review: MeFOTO Walkabout Monopod

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer MeFOTO Walkabout Monopod (2 of 6)ISO 2001-480 sec at f - 4.0

MeFOTO’s Walkabout Monopod is targeted at the adventure photography crowd, but also has lots of practical applications for city dwellers and sports shooters. As with everything else from MeFOTO, they come in a multitude of colors to fit your own needs and wants. But they also include lots of subtle design features that make it an item that you’ll actually want to bring with you instead of thinking about it as just something extra.

The monopods are a five section aluminum alloy product that is also meant to function as a walking stick. And it may just be something worth looking into for the adventure photographer.

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Life in Focus: Christian Pondella on Packing Up and Starting a Photography Career

Christian Pondella and Will Gadd - Norway

All photos by Christian Pondella. Used with permission

Christian Pondella has been an adventure photographer for years. He is based in Mammoth Lakes, CA, and besides adventure photography he also shoots loads and loads of skiing. Because he was an avid athlete growing up, he embraced his artistic side and his active side to create the photographer that he is today. Right now, he is the head photographer for Red Bull USA, a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team, and a senior photographer for Powder magazine.

And recently, he partnered up with F-Stop Gear to bring you guys an awesome video about his work. But we were sure to ask him some questions of our own as well. And if you want more, check out the rest of the Life in Focus series.

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First Impressions: Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon 80-400mm product photos (1 of 5)ISO 8001-50 sec at f - 5.0

Nikon’s new 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR lens is one heck of an optic. When I was first reaching for it, I expected to need to use more strength than I really needed. But when I picked it up, my jaw dropped. In all seriousness: where the hell was this lens when I was a paparazzi? This refresh of the older lens is smaller, lighter, and focuses ridiculously fast. To be very honest, I haven’t seen a DSLR lens focus this fast–ever! The closest thing might be Canon’s 85mm f1.8 on a 1D X or a 5D Mk III, but even then this latest offering from Nikon wiped the floor with them.

Granted, you’re surely paying for everything you get in this lens.

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Life in Focus: Tim Kemple on Shooting in the Wildest Locations

The Phoblographer Tim Kemple Life in Focus F-Stop Gear images (5 of 5)ISO 2001-800 sec at f - 4.5

Tim Kemple is an adventure photographer who recently partnered with F-Stop gear to create a series called, “Life in Focus.” He has shot campaigns for North Face, Black Diamond, and loads of others. Tim’s work has also been featured many times by Phase One as he takes his gear out to capture vast landscapes and death-defying scenes.

In between hikes, we had some time to chat with Tim about his work and the spirit of adventure.

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Review: F-Stop Gear Loka Adventure Camera Pack

Camera backpacks come in many flavors for many purposes, pretty much every manufacturer has some sort of backpack as it is a popular choice for many photographers. I’ve often steered away from most as they have lacked in three specific areas for me: comfort, storage and durability. F-Stop Gear has their Mountain Series of camera backpacks, and I’ve spent the last year and a half with one. Have my needs finally been met?

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