Sunday, January 10, 2010

Just What I Need

"That's just what you need -- another camera bag." Those were the words I heard from my wife last week after I heard that I'd won a photo contest, and the prize was a new camera bag. The winning image is pictured above. I submitted it to OnOne Software's December Photo Contest on selective focus. OnOne makes some great software that I use a lot -- PhotoTools, PhotoFrame, and Genuine Fractals. So when I heard about the contest, I entered a couple of images. The prize was a backpack camera bag made by a new company called Gura Gear. Right now, they make only one bag called the Kiboko. Here's the link to their web site and the bag. And here's the link to the OnOne blog. Ironically, the company is located in Houston so I received the backpack in a day or two after the contest ended. So far, I'm impressed by the size and attention to detail. Seems like a nice bag. It's designed for the wildlife photograher, so it will hold large lenses with camera bodies attached. I'll post a full review after I've used it a few times. As a side note, this image was taken last spring for the Bay Area Photo Club's assignment of self portrait. As I remember, it didn't score very well. Just goes to show you how subjective photography is. Evidently it struck a chord with the judge of the photo contest because there were over 230 entries. It's an honor to win the contest, and I'm sure I'll be putting the backpack to good use.


  1. Congrats Steve! Everything I've read about that bag has been good. Many pros use one for their photo safaris.

    I thought the shot was pretty unique for what that's worth.

  2. Congrats! Surely Kim wasn't being facetious --- every photographer knows you need many bags, just like shoes --- different ones for different "outfits", or maybe in our case, different shooting scenarios. That is such an interesting, shallow depth of field shot yet extremely sharp at the same time along the edge of the eyeball --- and such long lashes without any mascara!

  3. Congrats! You will now have to fill the bag with New a camera, lens etc etc.

  4. I think your poor wife is getting a bad rap...

  5. Congratulations on the contest win Steve! This photo is certainly worthy of the prize!