Tom O'Brien@mechanicalphoto

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

www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/lists/travel-gear/best-camera-bags-photographers-travelers

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Tom O'Brien

Wow, I realized today that it's been TWO YEARS since I started at the Geographic! (Feels like longer)
I feel very lucky to have such an amazing job. It has given me the opportunity to work with amazing people on hard, complex challenges and really test myself as an inventor and engineer. It has given me new amazing friends that aren't just in DC but are all over the world! It has been a stabilizing facet of my life during some of my hardest times when I lost a friend to suicide and it has been a trying place as well. Every day here @natgeo is different and crazy in it's own way. So thank you to the Geographic and thank you to many amazing people I work with and have gotten to know! I will now list many of you but not all of you as there are too many to list. Thank you! 🤓📷
@pauljohnbayfield @jessoffduty @kfmoran @beckythale @thiessenphoto @matthewcicanese @calliebroaddus @roseleen @andy_bardon @vaughnwallace @ronan_donovan @chamiltonjames @brianskerry @daviddoubilet @bradleyhenning @kels_717 @saramancophoto @julie_hau @brebirk @alllllllllison @stevewinterphoto @prasen88 @christianziegler @paleyphoto @johnstanmeyer @stephenwilkes @amytoensing @sadiequarrier @whitneycatherinejohnson
@renan_ozturk @kayaleeberne @bungbill64 @mathiassvold @timlaman @magnuswennman @tc_esque @jimmy_chin @timelapsejunkie @afarrar @jeffheimsath @mariemcg23 @__lauren__marie__ @carstenpeter @ciriljazbec @amivitale @petekmuller @jtkerby @elijah_sinclair_photo @paulnicklen @peter_houlihan
@thomaspeschak #ilovemyjob #photoengineer #nationalgeographic #thursday #tbt #throwback #goodday #job #work #natgeo #engineer #reflection


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Tom O'Brien

This past weekend I went to walk around the @smithsonianzoo and snap some frames. In order: a female Asian Elephant crosses her legs, a Black Tailed Prairie Dog poses, a female lion looks off, a male lion yawns in the early evening, a @kaylaripple tries sniping pictures of female lions, a gargoyle on top of a zoo building and a cheetah butt!
All taken on a #Canon #5DIV & 100-400mm •



#zoo #animals #lion #cheetah #elephant #prairiedog #photography #weekend #zootopia #fun #texture #nationalwildlifeday


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Tom O'Brien

Flash back to the road trip, this time in front of the majestic Teton range. Here we have @pauljohnbayfield posing after we shot timelapse on a few @nikonusa #D850 cameras with a 70-200mm and the lovely 180-400mm f/4 lens. The tripod he is holding actually previously went with an @natgeo filmmaker to the top of #everest ! •



#tetons #grandteton #roadtrip #bts #nikon #timelapse #pose #buddies #cool #bro #mointains #lens #cameragear #kit #tripod #cantbebothered #photographer #photography #majestic #adventure


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Tom O'Brien

@pauljohnbayfield shot this photo today of me taking my first frame on a film Leica. It is a M6 with a 35mm F/2 using Kodak E200 film.
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#leica #film #camera #photography #cameragear #kodak #slidefilm #photographer #natgeo #vintage #sunday #iphone #summer #e200 #vintagefilm #vintagecamera #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #germanmade


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Tom O'Brien

Lovely long exposure of me at the falls by @pauljohnbayfield using the @nikonusa #D850 and @sigmaphoto 14mm F/1.8 on a @3leggedthing tripod. I was silhouetted by @litragear .
This is not HDR & the colors have not been edited; it really was that purple!
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#longexposure #waterfall #dontgochasingwaterfalls #photography #bluehour #roadtrip #explore #purple #happy #adventure #idaho #findyourpark #cameragear #milky #america #travel #traveling #instatravel #waderlust #usa


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Tom O'Brien

Yesterday, @pauljohnbayfield caught a nice frame of me working with gear in the gorgeous Rocky National Park! We had a great tour guide and host this weekend in @alexesby !
What an amazing day up in the mountains!
Next stop is Jackson WY!
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#roadtrip #explore #colorado #findyourpark #adventure #cameragear #kit #mountains #friends #forest #gorgeous #whataview #vacation #boulder #rockymountainnationalpark


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Tom O'Brien

Casually doing some tripod testing over #memorialdayweekend at the beach.

My next article for @natgeotravel is on top tripods for travelers.
Currently testing an @3leggedthing Leo tripod. Will it make the cut? Only time and testing will tell!

On top is a @nikonusa #D850 with @sigmaphoto 24-35mm F/2 with A variable ND filter

What an amazing evening to sit on the beach and sip some burbon. 😊

Edit: I guess I'm also testing the weather sealing of the D850 and Sigma glass! 😅😅
So far everything is all good!! #iworkatnatgeo #natgeo #nationalgeographic #beach #vacation #camera #tripod #review #cameragear #gear #kit #summer #waves #ocean #delaware #sand #sun #peace #happy


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Tom O'Brien

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.


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Tom O'Brien

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


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Tom O'Brien

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


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Tom O'Brien

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


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