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New “Pronghorn Management Guides” Presents 33 Photos of Pronghorn Conservation in USA, Mexico and Canada

Mon September 1, 2014

The amazing pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) is North America’s fastest land mammal.

  • Pronghorn have been recorded running up to 100 km/h.
  • It is often cited as the second-fastest land animal in the world, second only to the cheetah.

The male pronghorn has unique prong-shaped horns as shown in the image below.

Approximately only 40% of female pronghorn have horns.

Pronghorn’s conservation status is “Threatened“.

  • Pronghorn are native to North America and numbered an estimated 35 million in the early 19th century.
  • Today, about 700,000 remain and more than half of those live in Wyoming, USA.

This video presents Pronghorn Passage.

  • “Photojournalist and National Geographic Young Explorer Joe Riis hopes to inspire people to protect the Path of the Pronghorn by documenting their epic migration — from the pronghorn’s perspective.”

Pronghorn habitats ranged from the south-central prairies of Canada through the Plains and Great Basin’s grasslands and shrubsteppes of the United States, southwestward to the semidesert grasslands and deserts of northwestern Mexico.

Recently, biologists from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have collaborated for the first time to produce recommendations to protect and manage the pronghorn populations.

“Pronghorn Management Guides”
5th Edition

Biological and management principles and practices designed to sustain pronghorn populations in the USA, Mexico, and Canada.

The “Pronghorn Management Guides” fifth edition provides an updated compendium of suggested practices and techniques for managing pronghorn and pronghorn habitat.

…between 1550 and 1920,… pronghorn numbers declined due to fencing, habitat loss, competition with livestock, and year-round hunting….

More favorable weather, regulated hunting, reversion of farmland to rangeland, and translocations resulted in a great increase in pronghorn numbers to > 1 million in 1983 (Yoakum 1986). By 2000, cumulative legal harvests of > 3.5 million pronghorn were being realized (O’Gara and Morrison 2004). Population expansions are currently limited by agricultural, urban, and mining expansions onto historic rangelands; restrictions of movement by fencing; the resistance of agricultural interests to population increases; the alteration of native vegetation by certain rangeland rehabilitation programs; and range overuse. In certain locales, these and other debilitating factors are such that managers are hard pressed to even maintain existing populations….

Those that have the greatest impact on pronghorn today include roads, railroads, fences, housing, and energy production. The primary factors associated with industrial and infrastructure development which change pronghorn demographics and behavior are habitat fragmentation and loss. These account for loss of summer and winter range, and a severing of connectivity for pronghorn migration in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The aim of these management recommendations is to reduce these impacts on pronghorn populations…

….it is clear from past history and recent research that populations will not be maintained without deliberate conservation measures. At the core of these measures is habitat. Pronghorn are a nomadic species with movement requirements as variable as the extreme winters and lengthy droughts that typify the landscapes they utilize…

From 1988 through 1994, Byers (1997) was able to identify 84 – 136 adult pronghorn, depending on the year, on the National Bison Range by using sketches and photographs to help memorize their physical characteristics and coat patterns….

…although the pronghorn on the National Bison Range are considered wild, all of the animals are fenced in, and essentially captives….

Limited hard copies are available on a “first come” basis from: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Santa Fe, New Mexico. We give permission to make copies or reprints of this version without changes.

Yoakum, J. D., P. F. Jones, J. Cancino, R. J. Guenzel, R. Seidler, A. Munguia-Vega,I. Cassaigne, and M. Culver. 2014. Pronghorn management guides. Fifth edition. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Pronghorn Workshop and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Santa Ana Pueblo, NewMexico. 159 pp

In the new “Pronghorn Management Guides”, Yoakum, J. D., P. F. Jones et al. used 33 black-&-white photographs to depict the myriad aspects of pronghorn management and conservation such as:

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Quantum imaging technique takes picture using light that never struck the imaged object

Sun August 31, 2014
Credit: Gabriela Barreto Lemos

Credit: Gabriela Barreto Lemos

As photographers, we all know that “it’s all about light.” The quality of the light that strikes the scene, gets reflected back into the camera’s lens and carefully focused onto the image sensor.

Well, quantum physics researchers have now developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique that uses the property of “entangled” pairs of photons to take pictures. They essentially shine a laser through two non-linear crystals, producing a pair of twin (“entangled”) photons in either crystal: one infrared photon and a “sister” red photon.

If a photon pair is created in the first crystal, only the infrared photon are allowed to illuminate the object. Its sister red photon never encounters the object. And yet, a picture of the object is obtained using the red photons only!

In the experiment, the laser illuminates two separate crystals, creating one pair of twin photons (consisting of one infrared photon and a “sister” red photon) in either crystal. The object is placed in between the two crystals. The arrangement is such that if a photon pair is created in the first crystal, only the infrared photon passes through the imaged object. Its path then goes through the second crystal where it fully combines with any infrared photons that would be created there.

With this crucial step, there is now, in principle, no possibility to find out which crystal actually created the photon pair. Moreover, there is now no information in the infrared photon about the object. However, due to the quantum correlations of the entangled pairs the information about the object is now contained in the red photons – although they never touched the object. Bringing together both paths of the red photons (from the first and the second crystal) creates bright and dark patterns, which form the exact image of the object.

Stunningly, all of the infrared photons (the only light that illuminated the object) are discarded; the picture is obtained by only detecting the red photons that never interacted with the object.

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City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Contest for Ontario Residents: Submit Photos Until 5:00PM on Sept.30, 2014

Thu August 28, 2014

Here are some good reasons to celebrate the City of Toronto’s parks, forestry and recreation spaces.

  • There are 8,000 hectares of City parkland in Toronto – that’s 13% of Toronto’s land area!
    • Most people live within 500m, or a five to ten minute walk from a park.
  • The parks system includes 859 playground sites, 692 sports fields, 637 tennis courts and many more outdoor facilities.
  • Toronto’s urban forest is a vital city asset with an estimated replacement value of $7.1 billion and it’s canopy covers up to 28% of the city.

Get outside, take  pictures and share your memorable moments in Toronto’s parks, urban forests, and recreation spaces for a chance to win great prizes! Participation is also a great way to explore and share what the city’s green spaces, trees and recreation opportunities mean to you…

The contest theme is around getting outdoors to create and share memorable moments and experiences with the City of Toronto’s parks, urban forest or engaging in recreation activities. These may be personal moments from the contestant’s experiences or experiences of others that illustrate how the City’s parks, forestry and recreation contributes to enhancing the quality of life for Toronto residents.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300


  • There will be one Grand Prize from all entries across all categories.
    • The Grand Prize will be a Nikon D3300 camera with 18-55mm lens and 55-300mm lens and Nikon camera bag, SD card and tripod valued at an approximate retail value of $1,079.90.
    • There will be one first prize in each of the three (3) categories of prizes to be won.
      Nikon CoolPix AW120

      Nikon CoolPix AW120

      • First place in each category will receive a Nikon CoolPix AW120 Camera with an approximate retail value of $379.95.
  • Once the category first place winners have been determined, the next top three photos – the finalists – will receive a certificate from the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.
  • Some photos may receive honorable mention.
  • Winning images will be featured on the City’s website and in the City’s communication materials.
    • Winning photos and those that receive honourable mention will be exhibited at City Hall in the rotunda.
    • Winning images will also be featured in the Spring Summer 2015 issue of Toronto FUN Guide.

The contest is open to photographers who are residents of the province of Ontario in Canada.

Any submissions must be an original photo taken in the City of Toronto during the contest period (9:00am on August 18, 2014 and ending at 5:00pm on September 30, 2014), and fall into one of three categories:

  • Parks,
  • Forestry, and
  • Recreation.

Contestants may enter multiple photos into more than one category; however one picture cannot be entered into more than one category.

  • Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public government website.
  • No purchase or participation fee is necessary.

Entering the contest constitutes an agreement by the contestant to give a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to the City, and anyone it authorizes, to display, distribute, modify, crop reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed including the Internet, for any City purpose including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion.  Such license is provided without any fee or other form of compensation, or any requirement for additional approvals, photo credit will be given where possible.

The entrant waives all moral rights in any of his or her winning entries.

Three panels of judges composed of City employees in two cases, and one composed of non-City employees, will be selected by the City, in its sole discretion.

  • Expert guest judges include
    • Kristian Bogner, a world-class professional photographer, speaker and Nikon Ambassador;
    • Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, whose photography has taken her to the most extreme climatic and geological locations on earth; and
    • Moses Znaimer, media visionary, Founder/CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited and President of CARP.

Contestants who have submitted winning/honourable mention photos will be notified at the end of December 2014, approximately.

  • Prizes must be picked up by December 31, 2014 or as otherwise arranged.

Please click here for more info and the complete Official Rules & Regulations of the contest.

  • Also, you can contact the Market Research and Promotions Consultant at 416-338-2934.

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


August 27, 2014

Photography contest puts the focus on Toronto’s parks, forests and recreational spaces

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division is holding a photo contest, presented by Nikon Canada, to highlight Toronto’s parks, urban forests, natural environments and recreation spaces.

Judging will take place in the following three categories: parks, forestry and recreation – all tied to the theme of getting outside and enjoying the city. Expert guest judges include Kristian Bogner, a world-class professional photographer, speaker and Nikon Ambassador; Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, whose photography has taken her to the most extreme climatic and geological locations on earth; and Moses Znaimer, media visionary, Founder/CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited and President of CARP.

Entries will be evaluated based on content, composition, impact and technical criteria. Judges will review short-listed photos and winners will be notified in December 2014. The photographer with the best photo overall will receive a Nikon D3300 camera with lenses. First place winners in each of the three categories will receive a Nikon CoolPix AW120 camera. Winning images will be featured on the City’s website and in the City’s communication materials.

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Cameras, Olympus

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Thu August 28, 2014

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Olympus is positioning its new PEN E-PL7 as the smartphone user’s Interchangeable Lens Camera. Smartphone users take lots of pictures with their phone’s built-in camera and most of these end up on their social sites, shared with friends and families.

The tiny sensor in the smartphone cameras puts limitations in the image quality that can be obtained. That is when smartphone users eagerly look to upgrade to a dedicated camera with a larger sensor that is as easy to use as the one on their smartphone but that will give them much better image quality and more flexibility in exposure, lenses and accessories.

Enter the Olympus PEN E-PL7. It has a proven form factor, is drop dead gorgeous in its retro design and is filled with practical features prized by smartphone users.

Main Features

  • 16M Live MOS Four-Thirds Sensor
  • TruePic VII engine
  • 81-Point FAST AF
  • 3-Axis VCM In-body Image Stabilization
  • 8fps High-Speed Sequential Shooting
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 3.0-in. Tilting and Swiveling Capacitive Touch Panel Monitor (1.04M-dot)
  • Selfie Function
  • Advanced Live Guide
  • New Partial Color and Old Film Effect Art Filters
  • New Photo Story and Hold Function
  • New Scene Mode ‘Panning Shot’

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Olympus PEN E-PL7: Share Beautifully + Overview Videos

Thu August 28, 2014

This video presents Share beautifully with the new Olympus PEN EPL-7.

Introducing the smartest PEN yet! Built to deliver outstanding image quality with its ultra high speed, one-touch selfie capabilities and easy Smartphone sharing.

The following video presents Olympus PEN E-PL7 Overview:

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Olympus PEN E-PL7 Features 180-degree Downward Flip LCD for Easy Selfies in an Advanced Interchangeable Lens Camera for Smart Phone Users

Thu August 28, 2014

Today, Olympus announces the new PEN E-PL7, a premium and portable interchangeable-lens camera enhanced with brilliant detail. The new addition to the PEN series perfects the selfie-shot with a 180-degree downward flip LCD screen that predicts your every shot. Paired with build in Wi-Fi and outstanding image quality, the PEN E-PL7 gives users the power of instantaneous sharing all in a compact, lightweight body.



Capture, Connect and Create: 180-Degree Downward Flip LCD, Easy Self Portrait Mode and Advanced Performance in an Interchangeable Lens Camera for the Smart Phone User

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 28, 2014 — Olympus makes it easier than ever to shoot and share your stories in brilliant detail with the new PEN E-PL7®, an interchangeable-lens camera in a portable, compact and lightweight body, with a premium design. Featuring a new 180-degree downward flip touch LCD, Selfie-dedicated mode and built-in Wi-Fi®, combined with the enhanced Olympus Image Share app (OI.Share™), the PEN E-PL7 gives users the power to easily upload and share images instantly using their mobile devices.

Outstanding Image Quality
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 features much of the same technology as Olympus’s award-winning OM-D® line of cameras for a level of performance that rivals that of high-end interchangeable-lens cameras. The TruePic VII image processor combines with a 16.05 megapixel Live MOS sensor and M.ZUIKO® lenses to deliver beautiful image quality with high resolution, superior color reproduction and high sensitivity, all in a portable, compact and lightweight body, with the same high-level design and build quality of the PEN flagship, the E-P5.

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Pentax Announces K-S1 DSLR

Wed August 27, 2014


Ricoh Imaging Debuts an Innovative User Interface Attracting Mid-Level DSLR Camera Buyers to PENTAX Brand

Denver, Colorado August 27, 2014 – Focused on expanding the number of PENTAX DSLR owners, RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is excited to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-S1 DSLR camera. By combining proven imaging technology, distinct design cues and a flat field user interface (UI) the K-S1 appeals to the next generation PENTAX owner without surrendering the performance expected in a mid-class camera.

Building on the many technologies benchmarked in the company’s popular K-3 advanced DSLR, the K-S1 incorporates a newly designed 20 megapixel image sensor, super-high sensitivity ISO 51200. In addition, this model contains in-body shake reduction, an AA filter simulator, 100% field of view glass pentaprism viewfinder, and 5.4 frames per second shooting at a fast 1/6000 shutter speed. Adding to the user experience is the camera’s unique flat field user interface, which integrates a back-lit LED selection dial, four-way navigation, and a bright 3” 921,000 dot LCD that breaks tradition of the knobs and buttons found on traditional DSLR cameras.

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Pentax K-S1 DSLR Camera: Product Video

Wed August 27, 2014

This video presents Unveiling the PENTAX K-S1.

Experience photography in a new light with the PENTAX K-S1. Whether you’re new to photography or a skilled enthusiast, the K-S1 offers you the ability to take your imaging to the next level. The K-S1 incorporates new elements that optimize digital innovations, such as a compact, modern design and an inventive interface system.


Canadian Photographer Sarah Anne Johnson Will Create Toronto’s First Monumental Photographic Mural: To Be Completed by May 1, 2015

Wed August 27, 2014

Canadian artist/photographer Sarah Anne Johnson will be commissioned to create the City of Toronto’s first monumental photographic mural.

  • It will be located at 11 Bay St. and near Toronto’s waterfront area.
  • This large-scale photographic image will be created for the west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre.
    • The 12-metre-tall by 44-metre-wide wall for this commissioned artwork is shown in the Google image below.
Left: The west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre. Image by Google.

Left: The west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre. Image by Google.

Sarah Anne Johnson works in various mediums, focusing on themes of nature and idealism…For her series “Artic Wonderland” (2010-11), Johnson took photos in the Arctic Circle and altered them using paint, Photoshop, and techniques of embossing and printmaking. “I do this to create a more honest image,” she says. “To show not just what I saw, but how I feel about what I saw.”


Winnipeg-based artist Sarah Anne Johnson won the inaugural Grange Prize for contemporary photography in 2008.

Tree-planting experience in British Columbia and travels to the Galapagos Islands have led Johnson to explore the link between labour and utopia, community and landscape. Johnson holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Yale.

Canadian Art

Construction of the mural is scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2015 — in time for the opening of the Contact Photography festival and the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Beginning with Lake Ontario and Toronto Island as her subject, Johnson’s site-specific new work will transform this grey city block into a magical place.

Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


August 26, 2014

Giant photographic mural in the works for Toronto’s waterfront area

The City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program announced today that it has been selected by Partners In Art – the volunteer-based not-for-profit group of Toronto contemporary art supporters – to receive funding support to help create the city’s first monumental photographic mural. It will be located near Toronto’s waterfront.

Working with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, this joint partnership will provide a rare opportunity to commission a site-specific photographic artwork for the enjoyment of Toronto residents and visitors.

Thanks to a $50,000 donation by Partners In Art (PIA), the StART program, in association with Contact, will commission Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson to create a large-scale, site-specific photographic image for the west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre at 11 Bay St. This site was selected due to its busy location and unique characteristics. The block-long building at the foot of Bay Street offers a unique wall surface that is suitable for a massive mural.

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25th Anniversary of Voyager 2 Flyby of Triton Commemorated With Movie

Wed August 27, 2014

Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, received a visit from Voyager 2 back on August 25, 1989. Voyager 2 passed within 40,000 kilometers of Triton and took lots of images. Now, for the first time, and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this dramatic encounter, the images have been gathered into a movie. The resolution is 600 meters per pixel and is in orange, green and blue (showing Triton in approximately natural colors).

It’s a really fast flyby and the video starts with Voyager 2 about 3 days out from Triton, travelling at a speed of approx. 25 kilometers per second, passing over the unlit north pole, pivoting to see the departing moon (now visible as a diminishing crescent) and then ending about a week on the outbound trajectory. Triton is 2706 kilometers across.

The new Triton map has a resolution of 1,970 feet (600 meters) per pixel. The colors have been enhanced to bring out contrast but are a close approximation to Triton’s natural colors. Voyager’s “eyes” saw in colors slightly different from human eyes, and this map was produced using orange, green and blue filter images.

Image Credit: Voyager 2, JPL, NASA; Digital composition: Paul Schenk (LPI, USRA)

via nasa

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