#JobyPhoto | Your Best Photos So Far

The standard of entries to this competition is seriously impressive. Here are some highlights

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A few weeks back we teamed up with our sister sites (including Dirt, Sidewalk, Cooler and Surf Europe) to set a challenge to our readers: Submit your best photos using the hashtag #JobyPhoto and the best one would win a goody bag of Joby mobile tripod accessories and £500 in cold, hard cash.

“Turns out our readers are a seriously talented bunch. The standard is ridiculously high.”

Turns out our readers are a seriously talented bunch. There have been over 1,200 entries so far and the standard is ridiculously high. Here are a few highlights, chosen by the editorial team here at Mpora and photo editors from across the Factory Media network.

This isn’t a shortlist of finalists because there’s still time to enter – the competition doesn’t close until next Monday (23rd October). And remember, you don’t have to go out and take a new photo, you can just tag an old one with #JobyPhoto to get your entry in. This is just a bit of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing…

1) This Great Mountain Biking Shot from @TristanTinn

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2) This Classy BMX Photo by @anthonypearson63

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3) This Moody Surfing Lifestyle Shot by @ewanthackerphoto

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4) This Nighttime Shot by @fodmtb

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5) This Sketchy-Looking Scrambling Shot @_kanderson_

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Sarah Meurle’s Best Photographs | My Life In Pictures

The Swedish skater and photographer talks us through her five favourite pictures

Sarah Meurle is a Swedish skateboarder; her other great passion is photography. She shoots skateboarding from time to time but her photographic work bends in a far more original and experimental direction. Here, she talks us through her five favourite pictures, and tells us why she believes coming from a Nordic nation, with long dark bleak winters, has not hindered her creativity. If anything the opposite is true.

Sarah Meurle Credit: Arto Saari for Nike

Sarah Meurle Credit: Arto Saari for Nike

The first camera I ever had was a gift from my dad’s friend. It was this blue plastic camera from Camel, (yes, the cigarette brand). But around the age of twelve or so I remember I had one that was a Kodak which shot APS film. At 16 when I was at the Bryggeriet high school I studied photography and I bought a digital camera, a Nikon d80. I used that for two years and then my friend Alana Paterson gave me her old Nikon f100 which brought me back to analogue.

I am more interested in the overall feeling of a bigger portion of photographs than the subject itself. I enjoy abstractions and the perception of light, sometimes transformed by the camera, and sometimes I take it a step further and use other techniques in the darkroom in order to leave room for “mistakes”, I do a lot of works that are cameraless as well.

“I enjoy abstractions and the perception of light…”

I’ve been studying photography for three years now. And there’s really nothing more inspiring than looking at your friends’ works, talking about it and helping each other evolve. I get waves of inspiration where I get a lot of ideas, and sometimes none.

Travelling and spending some days alone can help to gather thoughts sometimes and be very inspiring for taking pictures. I spend a lot of time going to exhibitions and looking at books as well.

Sarah Meurle Credit: Arto Saari for Nike

Sarah Meurle Credit: Arto Saari for Nike

I saw an artist talk with Rinko Kawauchi a couple of years ago, since then I’ve been a big fan of her work. Her book “Illuminance” is amazing. I really enjoy some of Wolfgang Tillmann’s work, and Walead Beshty has some great ideas when it comes to thinking in new ways around photography.

A photo I wish I’d taken? The first photo that pops up into my mind is one made by Rinko Kawauchi that’s a picture of a tree in front of a cloud. The two forms fits perfectly together, as if she stumbled upon this beautiful coincidence and captured it. So simple but so good.

“Having less options or possibilities can also help your creativity.”


Shooting skateboarding it can be a challenge to live in a Nordic country. You have less time, and darker and colder seasons where it’s harder to shoot outside. But in general I’ve never thought of it as a problem, having less options or possibilities can also help your creativity. Sweden is also quite good in terms of supporting artists with scholarships for projects, I think that’s an advantage and eventually I hope that can be something I can take part of.

“The unexpected and the camera’s ability to make the invisible visible is very interesting to me. Credit: Sarah Meurle

I was wandering around, just observing and saw a shade appearing that made this roadblock look even more three-dimensional. What I like the most about the photo is that once I processed it I noticed there was more in the picture than what my eye could see when I took it. The somewhat unexpected and the camera’s ability to make the invisible visible is very interesting to me. Shot with my Yashica T5. Natural light.

"This is a photo taken around the corner from where I live in Gothenburg." Credit: Sarah Meurle

“This is a photo taken around the corner from where I live in Gothenburg.” Credit: Sarah Meurle

This is a photo taken around the corner from where I live in Gothenburg. I’ve passed by this light reflection many times without a camera, without a friend, and just enjoyed the vision. On this particular day Alexis Sablone was staying at my house and we passed it once again, with a little stop and I took the shot with the Yashica T5, natural light.

"This is a cameraless photograph." Credit: Sarah Meurle

“This is a cameraless photograph.” Credit: Sarah Meurle

This is a cameraless photograph. An abstraction of light I created with the use of 120mm film that is manipulated by me in a dark room. I made a series of these printed in a large format, if you look at the negatives themselves it looks like there is nothing on there, but once they are scanned you realise there is a whole world of colours and shapes hiding in there.

“Here’s a recent skate photo that I shot during a day of skating in Malmö with Poetic Collective.” Credit: Sarah Meurle

Here’s a recent skate photo that I shot during a day of skating in Malmö with Poetic Collective. We had a mission to shoot as much as we could from morning til evening, I was the assigned photographer, this is Samuel Norgren doing a b/s Wallride on the new Tony Cragg sculptures at the plaza. I shot this whole story both analogue and digital to be able to get a mix of both in there. The fisheye picture in the foreground is shot with a Panasonic gh4, and the background is shot with my Nikon f100, that tends to give a bit of light leaks every now and then. (50 mm lens).

"This one is taken during a skate trip in Berlin with Poetic Collective." Credit: Sarah Meurle

“This one is taken during a skate trip in Berlin with Poetic Collective.” Credit: Sarah Meurle

This one is taken during a skate trip in Berlin with Poetic Collective. We were staying in an apartment that had this great view over the street beneath us. Me on the balcony, Klas Andersson doing a b/s powerslide aligning nicely with the lines of the streets asphalt patches. Nikon f100, 50 mm, natural light.

You can see more of Sarah Meurle’s work at her website sarahmeurle.com

While her Instagram is more focused on skateboarding; @smeurle_

Her next exhibition is with her class in April 2018, at Röda Sten, Gothenburg and she has a new graphic coming out within the next few days for Poetic Collective, which is based on a photogram she made.

Thanks to Nike SB

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Thomas Windisch, Photographer of Abandoned Places | Adventure-gram

Finding beauty amid decay and darkness

There’s something captivating about abandoned places. Ruined spots that were once spaces of work or play, that were once filled with voices and laughter, now eerily quiet and fallen into decay and disrepair.

Perhaps it’s because they remind us that nothing lasts forever, how impermanent our time on earth really is, and how fleeting even this twenty first century iteration of modern human civilisation is. Or maybe we just like to see mucked up stuff? Or nature fighting back after all we’ve put her through.

“I rediscover places mankind has forgotten and abandoned. In our hectic world, they’re places with great mood and serenity…”

From leisure parks and spinning mills to shipyards, asylums, and hotels, Thomas Windisch likes taking pictures of abandoned places as his instagram feed testifies. We asked him why? “I slid into it somehow. I started photography like most people did, flowers, animals and so on…then you buy a new 50mm lens and ask a friend if she would model for your first portrait shoot. When you got some knowledge you realise where your interests are and you focus on that.”

Capture the flag Chernobyl-style. Credit: Thomas Windisch

Capture the flag Chernobyl-style. Credit: Thomas Windisch

“I just didn’t want to take the 17 millionth photograph of a naked woman or do fashion/beauty shoots all my life. There are many photographers out there doing a far better job than me in those genres. And I always wanted to travel around the world and experience some adventures; so urban exploration was the perfect genre for me.”

“I just didn’t want to take the 17 millionth photograph of a naked woman or do fashion/beauty shoots all my life.”

“I always loved to explore the world around me but nowadays is not the easiest time for discoverers – unless you’re a particle physicist, deep sea researcher or something like that. So what I do is a great opportunity to rediscover places mankind has forgotten and abandoned. In our hectic world, they’re places with great mood and serenity and that’s what I try to conserve in my pictures, like little time capsules.”

Nature reclaiming the bar stools

Nature reclaiming the bar stools. Credit: Thomas Windisch

And what does he think the people that like looking at his pictures get out of it? “For my viewers I think it’s about seeing scenery they don’t see in everyday life. They can imagine their own stories, feelings and sometimes memories projected onto them. If 20 people tell me their thoughts on the same picture, they would say 20 different things. And that’s just great.”

Is there beauty in ruins or is it mostly dark? “It’s what we call beauty in decay – every location, especially the ones with great architecture where nature is taking over are really beautiful and possess a great mood of light. There are of course also creepy and/or dark ones…

An abandoned ballroom

Plants on the dancefloor. Credit: Thomas Windisch

A decaying military blast door. Credit: Thomas Windisch

And why does he think fairgrounds and amusement parks particularly captivate us so much? “I assume when people think of amusement parks they remember them as places of great joy, where children laugh and everyone is happy. Abandoned amusement parks are somewhat creepy, like in horror movies. You’re not sure if a horror clown is about to jump out at you out of nowhere, or if power is about to return to a merry-go-round as if by magic. And there is this absolute silence which is the exact opposite from a “normal” amusement park. So not the cosiest place to spend the night alone for sure.”

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New GoPro Action Camera Launched, Live On Mpora

The New GoPro is announced at 5pm today, and you can see it all unveil live on Mpora

The newest GoPro camera range is about to drop, and you can watch the whole thing live on Mpora. Want to see how the action camera brand are following up last year’s launch of the GoPro Her5 and Karma Drone? Catch the live stream of the launch from 5pm (UK time) today.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past thirteen years, you’ll have heard of GoPro, and their virtually indestructible action cameras. Hell, even if you have been under a rock, there’s a good chance somebody will have bounced a GoPro Hero 4 off it at some point.

Following the 2016 launch of the GoPro Karma Drone and the GoPro Hero5 range, the California based company are back with a new range and they’re launching them now.

Well, we say this. The launch is live and going on further up this screen. As such, at risk of appearing a little too meta and millennial, at the time of writing this, we don’t actually know what it is GoPro are launching. It is live after all.

However, we have a strong suspicion it will be a new range of GoPro Hero cameras (we’re willing to stick our neck out and call it the GoPro Hero6 range) and the all new GoPro Fusion, the first fully 360 camera GoPro have made.

As you can imagine, at this juncture details are harder to come by than three points for Aston Villa (who, for the unfamiliar, are a perpetually disappointing football team), but the internet is full of rumours. Some suggest that the launch will see an update for the Karma Drone.

Others think that the GoPro Hero6 line will be significantly upgraded, capable 4k footage at 60 frames per second, and 1080p at a staggering 240 framers per second. If all of that sound Greek to you, it basically means you can film in IMAX quality, and at super slow motion. Watching your mate eat shit as he slips off a butter box in Morzine will have never looked so good.

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But let’s be honest, by the time you’ve read this, you’ll probably have heard everything you need to know about the launch from the live stream up at the top of the page. One thing we can say for certain, is that a new GoPro launch is always exciting, and we’re keen to get our hands on their latest kit. Suffice to say, keep your eyes on Mpora for a hands on GoPro Hero review, and a look at the entire new range soon.

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Watch: Waterjet Channel Slice A Camera Lens Into Two Parts In Satisfying YouTube Video

So, what exactly’s going on inside your photography kit?

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Screenshot: YouTube (via. Waterjet Channel)

Question. Do you know what the inside of a camera lens looks like? You say that you do but, like, do you really though? Because up until we watched this surprisingly interesting video of a Canon camera lens getting sliced in two by a 60,000 psi waterjet cutter, we didn’t have a clue.

“Maybe there’s a tiny art studio in there,” we’d say to ourselves whenever the question popped up “…yeah, a tiny art studio with a little goblin who’s really good at painting, painting the outside world for us whenever we take a picture. That seems like it could be plausible. We’ll go with that.”

In the same way that we’ve never properly understood how our car works, choosing to put its mysterious workings down to some sort of wizard magic occurring whenever we put our foot on the accelerator, we never truly knew what was happening inside our photography gear. That is, until now.

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