Jure in Slovenia

Floating hide photography in Slovenia

Sep 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Trip Report I had never been to Slovenia, and Jure was working on some really cool species that I needed on film for an assignment, so I jumped in my car during one of the lockdowns and headed to Slovenia, the car loaded with floating hides, tent hides, lots of beers for Jure and chocolates […]

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Travels with Boris

Jun 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

For many nature and wildlife photographers, travelling is part of the deal. Admittedly, great shots can be taken close to home – but changing scenery for new ideas and inspiration can be fruitful as well. And, to be honest, I can’t wait to go someplace abroad any time soon again. As I have often stated, […]

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Adder’s mating season

Apr 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

As winter still lingers in Norway’s central and northern parts, spring is warming up southern coastal areas … and with April comes adder’s mating season. As the snakes come out of hibernation, they will bask in the sun, awaiting their first skin shedding… and then immediately after the shedding, they go into “mating mode”. In […]

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Lens protection

Aug 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is no bad weather. Even in long forgotten times, photographers did not stay home because they disliked the weather. Keeping yourself warm and healthy is one thing, protecting your gear is another. If you cannot use your camera when it is raining, you are just a wet person, not a wet photographer.

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The Nemunas delta – Lithuania

Nov 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

After crossing Belarus and Lithuania and before flowing into the Baltic Sea, the Nemunas River forms an extensive delta characterised by a mosaic of wetlands, meadows and forests where numerous species of waterfowl and birds of prey breed. We were heading to the Nemunas Delta Regional Park for an exciting week full of floating hide photography.

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May we introduce to you: The Rise

Nov 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

After we built several solutions for ‘big glass’ (the Boris and Bertik) we felt there was room for a smaller companion. A backpack for everyday use, with the convenience of a photo backpack. It is a smaller photo backpack but it will fit easily a 100-400mm or a fast 70-200 and a few smaller lenses […]

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The Suit – dressed to get wet

Dec 3, 2018 | 1 Comment

The drysuit for photographers One of the problems you encounter when using a floating hide is the use of waterproof clothing. The cheapest solution is a pair of waders with a high closure but these always imply some risk of accidentally filling up. Because the water in the boots is trapped you will tumble upside down […]

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Why It is Important to Choose the Right Floating Hide for Wildlife Photography

Dec 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Amar and Isabell Guillen Taking a picture from water’s level requires the use of a floating hide. The choice of this tool is essential for the realization of interesting and creative photos. For years, we used handcrafted floating hides. Recently, we discovered the company MrJan Gear which designs and manufactures floating hides that perfectly […]

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You can leave your mitts on

Apr 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Some of the features of the MrJan Gear backpacks go quite unnoticed. Like the grips or the ‘handlebars’. We make them gigantic. Not just because bigger is better but because we like to pay attention to the extremes. A grip is needed to grab your bag and get a grip to it right away. Also […]

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Boris with Hans Overduin

The evolution of a photo backpack – The Boris IV and Bertik IV

Oct 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The evolution of the Boris backpack followed a normal, logical cycle of design. For some time, nothing was happening and then it went into a fast change. The power behind the changes was not competition, or a struggle for life, survival of the fittest or whatever, instead we wanted to set up our own production […]

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What’s in my bag

Sep 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tuomas Heinonen is a very active Finnish wildlife photographer. He filmed and shared the preparation for his trip and packing his gear into his Boris Photo Backpack. Just to show how much will fit in this bag, including a Canon 500mm with the camera mounted. Watch this one-handed operation 😀 And don’t forget to watch […]

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Keep it organised

Sep 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The times that a photographer had one camera, one lens, a few film rolls and a single lens hood are over. The list of things you need is endless. The internet is full of ’10 most important things for…‘ All you need… And we don’t argue about what you might need. All we know is […]

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Not indestructible but repairable

Nov 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

We don’t like to call our products ‘indestructible’ just because they aren’t. The Titanic springs to mind – everything can be demolished, with the right amount of force. Or bad luck. For almost every product that is ever made counts that it does not break when it is on the shelf. Thing break when you […]

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MrJanGear Lens Pouch

Lens Pouches done right

Nov 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

  Not all news is big news. And some small news is very much worth sharing. Like these lens pouches. They look like pretty standard lens pouches and in fact they are. Just a nice soft inside, a drawstring, a heavy duty Cordura outer. We will do two sizes – small and medium. The secret is […]

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No shit!

Apr 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s easy to make jokes about whatever is on your back. Sticking notes on your friends back with some awkward requests is just one of them. But this is another story. Bullshitting me? No, not at all. This is about one of our main goals in building better photo backpacks. Getting out in the morning to hide […]

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Image credit: © Yves Adams

Hello sunshine

Mar 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

There is no ‘best time of the year’ for wildlife photography. Lots of photographers love the springtime with all those abundant flowers, young and playful animals, soft and warm morning light and for those I have good news: it’s almost there! For other photographers the autumn is their favourite time of the year. Burling deer – fighting […]

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Ponting Bag tested by Elephant seals

Ponting Bag; tested and approved

Feb 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

New in the line-up of MrJan Gear packs is the Ponting Bag. The Ponting bag is a very sturdy and fully waterproof bag for expedition landings and other wet and harsh conditions where you will otherwise have trouble to keep your gear dry. The bag is designed as an envelope pack for the Bertik II, Boris or Spitsbergen photo […]

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Floating, testing, shooting and showing

Oct 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

A floating hide is invented in a blink of an eye. But building it to suit all your needs is a bit of a long story. While we have lots of ideas (and you put even more in our mailbox), we did lots of trial and error, lots of rethinking, lots of discussion and drank lots […]

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Last minute to Japan

Apr 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Dutch wildlife photographer Jan Baks met the MrJanGear Bertik at the NVN-natuurfoto festival in Arnhem. It was a kind of ‘love at first sight’ and he would love to take his gear on a trip to Japan packed in a Bertik. But we had no Bertik with us, except the ‘showcase’ from Olof and just […]

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Floating along

Mar 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week we received some very nice shots from David Pattyn. We met him some weeks ago and he was very eager to try out our very first prototype of the smaller floating hide. And so we borrowed him our pre-pre-pre-production version for testing. In normal use you will have a hiding tent of some […]

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Going to Oslo

Mar 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

MrJanGear is attending the great Norwegian Naturfotofestival in Oslo 21-23 of March. That will be 3 amazing days! Since talking to customers is one of the great ways to find out where the needs are and what we can do to answer to those needs, visiting this kind of meetups is very inspiring and rewarding. So, […]

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The new Bertik II

Mar 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since it’s mainly a improved version of the Bertik we didn’t want to rename it. We were suggested to call it a MKII but since we won’t add to the Nikon / Canon debate we just added a II One of the main issues with our pack was the lack of a laptop compartiment. We […]

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