- Keith September 8, 2012 4:17 PM
Neil has the happy knack of making connections with other people. For instance, he and I met through a guy that lives in New Jersey. As soon as he realized we lived not far apart, he invited me out for coffee. Through him I've met one person that is genuinely famous, Martin Parnell. He got me started on taking photos and manipulating them with software. What's important to remember is that the software can't add what isn't there. In other words, a poor photo before manipulation is likely to still be a poor photo after manipulation. Many of Neil's photos are "WOW!" quality after manipulation (enough but not too much) but they were good photos before the manipulation. He has a good eye.
- Adam Ricklefs September 8, 2012 8:32 PM
If there is one thing that is very apparent as soon as you get to know Neil, it is that is is a very passionate man. Whether his family, his travel and photographs, or his barefoot running, Neil exudes a kind of childhood enthusiasm that is infectious. Always one to lend an ear or share a thoughtful point of view or breathtaking photograph via his blog or twitter feed, Neil's passions are quick to spread but long remain memorable.
- Gene SoboleskiSeptember 8, 2012 8:43 PM
Neil always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His joie de vivre carries through in all that he does. Neil has a knack for being in the right place a the right time, and I enjoy reading his adventures, either about his running, his family, and his photography. Coming from New England, I especially enjoy seeing his works that showcase the great, vast lands of Canada. His images capture the beauty and grandeur very well. I look forward to seeing more of his photos!
- Dawn - Pink ChickSeptember 8, 2012 8:49 PM
Neil who? Oh the Barefoot guy. I met Neil through running. He seems to be everywhere I go, wait don't they call that stalking?!? Just kidding Neil and I are both runners and passionate about the sport. We are always running into to each other cause well that's what runners do. He's a real go getter and seems to be everywhere which heh, if you want a roving report someone who is everywhere makes sense.
I am often envious of his amazing photos. He has a real eye for turning an every day shot into something awesome.
- darkhorse3010September 8, 2012 9:43 PM
Mild mannered Neil Z., office jockey by day transforms into Super Web Z in his free time. A family man at heart he is always out and about exploring with them. He is continually documenting everything in sight with his trusty camera and some form of web access always by his side. Master of the internet he maintains more diversified blogs of subject matter than I can keep track of at times, but he can keep the barefoot thing all to himself (rocks hurt…). At times I feel sorry for his camera; its shutter life must be nearing its end. Wherever the need, Super Web Z is there!
- Elle September 8, 2012 10:06 PM
Neil has such an incredible way of looking at, and photographing, the world around him. I found Neil's blog because he was a runner, but I have kept reading, and follow him on Twitter, because he has a wonderful way of sharing his passion for his family and his adventures through pictures. I have visited many of the places that Neil photographs and shares, and always enjoy seeing those places through his eyes and camera lens.
- BarefootJosh September 9, 2012 5:17 AM
Neil is an adventurer who throws himself into every new environment feet first like a kid flying from a swinging rope into a lazy river. He's a collector of experience in fascinating locales, and we are fortunate that through pictures and prose he takes us along the journey. I hope to enjoy the grandeur of Jasper's night sky as presented with his sense of wonder and exuberance!
- Darren Krause September 9, 2012 7:07 AM
Neil. What is it about Neil that makes him so darn special? He's a connector; he connects his own world and the world around him to others. Simple case was his invitation for me to play golf with him - having never met in person before - after only ever having chatted on Twitter. I have little doubt he'll continue to use this gift of sharing and relating the world around him to others, whether it's his next road race or photography excursion, or when he gets the chance to open the world's eyes to the dark skies of Jasper. Choose him.
- Pb September 9, 2012 2:54 PM
First time I saw Neil he was sprinting barefoot to the finish line of a 5k race, on a cold rainy day.
Inspiring that is Neil. Over the years I have seen Neil deal with adversity and remain a positive yet real blogger. From his running to his family values to his stunning photography he manages to show his passion to the world in humble and enthralling style. Highly recommend "Because all the cool kids are doing it"
Keep up the great work Neil.
- Tricia September 9, 2012 8:30 PM
Neil's passion for travel, photography and his family is infectious. After logging on to Facebook and viewing his pictures I often find myself daydreaming about places to vacation. He has a way with words and a camera that make me want to visit where he has been. Outside of his obvious photography skills he is proficient in social media and has been a great source of information when I have questions about various social media platforms.
- Emz September 9, 2012 9:38 PM
Neil. Freaking. Rocks.
His passion for life - comes through in his amazing photography & writing. I will own a Neil Z photo in my home one day. Until then......I stalk him like crazy on Facebook, blogger & [my personal favorite] Instagram.
Incredible. Incredible. Incredible.
Jeff Gallup September 10, 2012 8:10 AM
I can't think of a better selection for a Social Media representative for Jasper Dark Sky. Neil has an amazing knack for not only capturing truly amazing photographs, but he always supplements those with a terrific narrative that can bring the reader directly to that place and time to experience his journey with him. Neil is simply the best!
- Rick Charlton - Millaville Half Marathon
The first time I ever saw Neil, he was running towards me, barefoot on gravel, at the tail-end of a half marathon race I had organized. First impressions are always important and the first words I thought of were zany (the polite, substitute word for "crazy"), fun and willing to plow through all obstacles. Barefoot Neil is a blogging legend in the running community and we were very happy to have him on our side helping spread awareness of our non-profit event.
- Larry Mathieson September 10, 2012 10:17 AMWe are thrilled to have Neil working as an advisor to our Ronald McDonald House- Rock the House Run committee. He has excited and inspired the organizing committee to have our first ever Barefoot division in our race. It also doesn't hurt to have someone involved with the committee and event who knows as much about social media as Neil does.
- Sharyn Sadauskas Ocenside Tourism September 10, 2012 10:17 AM What a pleasure to have Neil Zeller visiting Parksville and Qualicum Beach! I've really enjoyed seeing his photographic talents showcasing our attractions. A picture can rarely fully capture the tumble of a waterfall or the expanse of the beach but Neil's photos do an amazing job of bringing out the beauty of our region. From Little Qualicum Falls to Rathtrevor Beach, it was fun to follow Neil and his family as they enjoyed their holiday here! I return to his blog frequently to have another look and notice something new every time I do.
- TinaFab September 10, 2012 7:50 PM
I met Neil through Twitter. Odd. I know. One day after a half marathon I hear this guy yelling Hey Crantina!!! And thus...we meet! It's neat how that happens. One day I was following a stranger, reading his blog. Having a bit of witty repartee on a social media site, the next meeting his wife and son! Now its funny i see him everywhere. Shopping, at runs, out and about. His photos really are fab. I really should try to take more pics. But he sees the world thru a different lens. Pure Awesome. That's Neil!
You. all. humble. me.
I took this on Sunday eve… I like the light so I zipped down…