Mohamed El Barkani
"Shoot Cameras Not Guns" is the motto of the Moroccan hobby photographer based in Germany. Photography for Mohamed is the perfect compensation to his occupation. He loves architecture, night and long exposure photography but is always trying new things as well.
He is a passionate traveller. Always fascinated to explore new cities, cultures and landscapes. Of course his camera is his faithful companion.
Mohameds equipment: SIRUI 3T-35 tripod, DayTrip 15 backpack, E-10 ball head, R-1004 tripod, UrbanPro 15 backpack
"No matter where I am, my camera always is along as my faithful companion. I'm attracted specially to abandoned/lost and dark places. But I don't capture those spots in a common way - what I do is to create new worlds and surrealistic images that only exist for the moment I capture it. As a "light painter" i get out when all other people ar asleep. Only in the dark it is possible to carry out my visions in a single longexposure. Very much the same way a painter works with paint, I am creating extaordinary and surrealisic pictures with light and specially crafted tools."
Timo Rehpennings pictures have already won several international awards, such as the German international Photocup or, the as "Oscar of Photography" known Trierenberger Super Circuit. At the legendary HIPA Award he was one of the finalists.
Timos Equipment: SIRUI N-3204X tripod, W-2204 tripod, R-3213X tripod, K-30X ball head, 82mm pol filter
"It was always my dream to explore and capture special moments. Moments that are only there for a few minutes. But they will last forever. And these moments become stories. This shows me how powerful pictures can be. The love to photography is what drives me, moves me, motivates me to stand up every morning at 3 a.m. to get this one shot. This one shot that lets you forget everything around you and you get lost in the moment.
You can be everywhere. You can feel the wind, you can hear the water and the birds. You're walking through high grass and you can feel the warm sunlight on your cheek. It's like I could escape from the everyday life, from the stress that surrounds you. There is nowhere you'd rather be. To capture these moments and share them with you is the biggest gift in the world for me."
Gürels equipment: SIRUI 3T-35 tripod, HA-77 extension arm, K-30X ball head, N-3204X tripod, R-4214X tripod, RX-66C center column, VH-10 video head, VTJ-1.8 video jib, W-1204 tripod
"My photographic work concerns the whole range of topics from natural landscapes to cityscapes. Remote rural areas are photographically as interesting as the lifestyle and architecture of urban melting pots. Both worlds fascinate me and so I try to capture my individual view of these changing and challenging environments.
For landscape photography I prefer temperate and high latitudes and alpine landscapes. I like the harsh beauty of those areas and the peculiar melancholy that surrounds them. Regions which I am interested in are Norway, Iceland, the Alps, Scotland, the Pacific Northwest, Saxon Switzerland, Kamchatka, Patagonia, New Zealand, the Altai Mountains, Canada and Siberia."
Kilians equipment: SIRUI T-2204XL tripod, K-20X ball head, K-30X ball head