Q & A With Pro Photographer Carsten Krieger

Check out this short Q & A session we had with Carsten Krieger (pictured above) who owns and loves our Kiboko 30L.

Carsten Krieger is a pro photographer living and working in Ireland. He started out as a dedicated landscape and nature photographer but over the past few years he has also successfully been exploring documentary and architectural photography.

To date he has published and contributed to six books on Ireland’s landscape, nature and heritage and his images are regularly being commissioned for print and online media which makes him one of Ireland’s most published photographers. Carsten is also closely working with several of Ireland’s conservation organizations like the Irish Wildlife Trust and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and he is representing Ireland for the international Meet Your Neighbors project.

He is currently on assignment with the Tree Council of Ireland for another book, which will be out in 2013.

Q: What type of photography do you shoot?

A: Landscape, nature, wildlife, documentary

Q: What does your typical day entail?

A: Fortunately there is no typical day, at least not when shooting in the field. The only constant is getting up early and staying out late.

Q: What’s been your greatest professional accomplishment?

A: … I hope that’s yet to come!

Q: What is your website URL?

A: www.carstenkrieger.com; www.wildirelandphotography.com

Q: What’s your idea of the ‘perfect shot?’

A:  When everything – planning, travel, weather, light, composition – falls into place without having to handle major catastrophes and the outcome is an image I can be proud of.

Q: What type of gear is in your Gura bag?

A:  1-2 DSLR bodies, 4-6 lenses, filters and various other bits and pieces (cable release, grey card, cleaning tools, torch, chocolate bar, etc.) It’s all in the pictures.

 Q: How does Gura make shooting photos easier for you?

A: Gura bags are light, compact and without any fancy stuff which makes them easy to carry and the content quick and  easy accessible. That’s all I need!

Every Good Superhero Has a Sidekick: Gura Gear Kiboko 30L and Chobe.

As many of you know, in addition to working with Gura Gear, Andy Biggs travels quite a bit for his photographic safari and workshop business. Most of his travels tend to be to far away places, so who better to explain why the Chobe was created. Andy settled down for about 15 minutes in between trips to share his perspective on travel and the reason we developed Chobe to be the ultimate sidekick to the Kiboko.

As a ‘planes, trains and automobiles’ type of traveler I have to rely on many different types of transportation to get to and from my destinations. In addition to my foreign travels, I also do a fair amount of domestic travelling for lectures, photography outings, and business meetings. It goes without saying that getting my gear and myself from point A to point B, without any hassle, is top priority. That is exactly why the power combo of the Gura Gear Kiboko and Chobe bag was created.

At Gura Gear we thought about how photographers travel and how gear is used. We had to rethink everything from all angles. The goal was to make a camera bag that could accommodate the biggest super telephoto lenses and still be used as a carry-on for most commercial airplanes around the globe. We launched our original Kiboko bag back in 2008. The bag is fully functional with a unique butterfly style opening and extremely lightweight and durable. As expected, the bag has been a huge hit in the marketplace. The Kiboko bag has now evolved into the Kiboko 30L but the basic DNA remains the same. The question of why the Kiboko doesn’t accommodate a laptop comes up occasionally. As we had to balance the size of the bag, what the bag can carry, and how much the bag weighed before and after gear was put inside, we consciously decided not to ruin what we had, by trying to fit in a laptop compartment.

Since almost every major airline in the world allows for 2 carryon bags (a main bag and a ‘personal item’), we determined the easiest way to travel is to separate camera gear from computer gear. Designing the Chobe as the perfect companion for the Kiboko 30L was the logical solution.

Now when I travel my stuff is not only protected but also easily accessible. I put all of my cameras, lenses, and small accessories in my Kiboko 30L and I use the Chobe for my Macbook Pro, iPad, headphones, travel documents and any other travel-related knick-knacks.

What I love about my Chobe bag is that it holds a ton of gear and can fit easily underneath the seat in front of me on an airplane. This is especially useful since I can easily access everything I would need during the flight and just as easily put everything back without leaving my seat.

I mostly travel using the padded insert for the Chobe because I enjoy the freedom of being able to transfer some camera gear from the Kiboko 30L into the Chobe. I do this because some airlines have a very limited amount of weight allowance and by moving things to the Chobe bag I am able to stay within the weight allowance.

Tip: I have yet to meet an airline that has ever weighed my ‘personal item’. A personal item is often  referred to as a computer bag, purse or umbrella. Since my personal item is my computer bag (the Chobe), I move items into there as a temporary way of working the system to my advantage.

When I am on a photographic trip, I also may use the Chobe as a dedicated camera bag for short walks around town. I can easily put a camera, (or two), and two to four lenses into the Chobe. This makes for a great bag for urban shooting.

After being in the market for more than three years, I am happy that I have two bags that were developed for many different purposes. Traveling with gear has made photographers more and more stressed. Although we can’t eliminate every stress, (you’re on your own with squatting toilets and crowded foreign embassies), we are proud to say the combination of these two bags has solved many of the main stress points of traveling photographers everywhere

Joshua Holko's Antarctica Recap

Joshua Holko, who was on the Antarctica voyage with Andy Biggs last month, recently wrote about his experience and shared his thoughts about Gura Gear.


On the Way to the End of the World

From Joshua Holko’s blog:

In many ways this was the Gura Gear trip to Antarctica. I would estimate somewhere around 40-50% of all the photographers on this trip were sporting at least one Gura Gear Kiboko camera bag. And who can blame them? There is no such thing as the perfect camera bag for all occasions; but it was universally agreed amongst all those photographers I spoke with that the Gura Gear Kiboko is the best camera bag on the market and as close to perfection as possible. I am utterly convinced that the Kiboko is the number one camera bag on the market and it was great to be able to spend some time with Gura Gears founder and chief designer Andy Biggs to relay my experience with the Gura Gear product. One of the added side benefits of the Kiboko is that it has very much become the photographers ‘introduction tool’. With so many photographers choosing the Kiboko it has become a symbol for the travelling photographer and both my friend Martyn and I had conversations with several others at airports who recognised us as fellow photographers due to our Gura Gear bags. All good fun and a really great way to meet other photographers.

Gura Gear Founder Andy Biggs - Looking very ‘North Face’

This was the maiden voyage for the Gura Gear Chobe for me. If you read my pre-flight review HERE then you are already well aware that I had high hopes for this bag based on my initial impressions and thoughts on how I planned to use it. I am very pleased to report that the Chobe lived up to my expectations throughout the trip. In fact, the Chobe has convinced me that it really can serve as both an overnight bag and as a dedicated camera bag depending on your specific needs at the time. Given its ability to also carry a laptop, card readers, back up hard drives and other accessories it really can meet just about any demand. Whilst I wouldn’t do any serious  hiking with the Chobe (and it was never designed for this purpose) I would quite happily sling it over my shoulder and carry it in the field for an extended period. Quite a few other members of the trip were also sporting Chobe’s in addition to their Kiboko’s for additional camera gear, laptops and accessories – Gura Gear are definitely on a winner.

Penguin trying to nick my Kiboko

To read the rest of Joshua’s experience check out his blog HERE.