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Sayonara DSLR, Hello CSC?

Wed July 20, 2011

Very interesting — and may I say, also very well written and dispassionately argued — article over at DPNow on whether the days of the mirrored DSLR are numbered. It also examines if the future for system cameras is mirrorless.

Read the article at: DPNow.

Fun Stuff

Hubble Discovers A New (4th) Moon Circling Not-A-Planet Pluto

Wed July 20, 2011
Pluto's 4th Moon, P4 - Image courtesy NASA

Pluto's 4th Moon, P4 - Image courtesy NASA

I was pretty miffed when some hotshot astronomers decided to downgrade Pluto from a bona fide planet to a not-a-planet-but-we’ll-call-it-a-dwarf-planet-so-as-not-to-miff-people. Just so you know, I and all other seven members in SP3 (the Society for the Preservation of Pluto as a Planet) are still miffed. Now, they tell us they have “discovered” (why do we still use those derogatory terms) a new moon, the 4th one (and dubbed P4 for now), circling not-a-planet Pluto. Just wait until they discover signs of life on Pluto, that’ll show the punks! 😉

Oh, they discovered P4 while trying to “discover” rings around Pluto. 😉

View more pictures at: NASA.

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Reviews on the Web

Leica Noctilux-M f/0.95 Lens Review @BJP

Wed July 20, 2011
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

Dubbed the “Light of the Night,” the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH lens allows you to shoot in low light as no other lens does and is currently the fastest lens available on the market for a full-frame camera. At this large aperture, the bokeh is simply amazing. Some photographers even claim it gives a 3D quality to their pictures.

To get one, you’ll have to patiently take your place in the year-long waiting line and be ready to fork out a little over US $12K. Otherwise, you’re good to go and I would appreciate your ordering it via this link. Thank you! 😉

Read the Leica Noctilux-M f/0.95 Lens Review @ BJP.

Reviews on the Web

Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Wed July 20, 2011
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D

Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D

The [Canon] T3 offers outstanding performance, ergonomics, and image quality for a price that is hard to beat by its competition.

We’ve added a new Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Steve’s Digicams has published their review of the Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Family DSLR camera with 12.2MP resolution on a large APS-C CMOS image sensor, 2.7-in. (230k-dot) LCD display screen, ISO range of 100-6400, and HD 720p Movie 1280×720 at 30fps.

Read the Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Review @ Steve’s Digicams.

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Fun Stuff, Videos

Leafcutter Ants To Humans: We Rule!

Wed July 20, 2011

We Rule from Catherine Chalmers on Vimeo.

Catherine Chalmers follows leafcutter ants and won a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project series in 2010.

We Rule is from “The Leafcutters” series – a project that includes video, photography, drawing and sculpture. It was shot in Panama.

At one point, we see a grasshopper and the “La cigale et la fourmi” came to mind. On another scene, an ant is dragging a spent [probably] dandelion seed and I can hear [in my head] the other ants shouting at him, “Leaf. We want leaf.” My active imagination can also picture these ants dinosaur-size cutting huge swaths of limestone out of mountain sides and buiilding, what, the pyramid?

Recommend you watch this delightful video to the end (or skip to the 2:18 mark) for the grand finale ending complete with eerily sound effects by Charles Lindsay. Mmmmm, me think those ants may have gotten some help in cutting those suspiciously-looking alphabet shapes.

You can view more videos at: Catherine Chalmers and on her Vimeo page.

source PDN Pulse

Articles, Videos

Timelapse Video Tutorial

Wed July 20, 2011

From TheSlantedLens

In this video, Jay P. Morgan shares with us how he shoots timelapse combined with live movie action, and how to light it.

Kessler Cinie slider that is programmable to make slow moves during time-laps shooting

Read more about this tutorial at: TheSlantedLens.

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Photograph Women in Canadian Culture and Win A Trip To Paris

Tue July 19, 2011

Alliance Française Canada is running an amateur photography contest to highlight the contribution of women to the Canadian cultural landscape.

Deadline is: September 11, 2011.

Read the rules and enter the contest at: Alliance Française.

10 O'Clock Smile, Fun Stuff

10 O’Clock Smile: Stormstrooper hitchhikes across Australia

Tue July 19, 2011

The galactic war is over and what’s an out-of-work Stormtrooper to do?

Paul French, dressed as a Star Wars Stormtrooper, is on a 4,000 kilometre [earth] trek across Australia, from Perth to Sydney. If you see him, honk but a ride you shall not offer — unless you have a storm trooper bike. Otherwise, his plan is to walk 35-40 kilometres a day, 5 days a week, until he reaches Sydney around Christmas.

This Stormtrooper has definitely gone to the right side of the force, aiming to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Even Obiwan Kanobi would agree that “There’s something to see here and this is the stormtrooper you’re looking for!”

Read the story and view the pictures at: the star.

Featured Site, Videos

Airsick Nominated For Emmy Award

Tue July 19, 2011

Created with 20,000 photographs and a haunting soundtrack, Airsick plays out like an unsettling dream. Photographer Lucas Oleniuk examines our addiction to fossil fuel – and its consequences.

In Airsick: An Industrial Devolution Toronto Star Photographer Lucas Oleniuk tackles the global issue of climate change through a local approach.

With the exception of two images, all 20,000 photographs were shot in Ontario, Canada. But they illustrate a global problem.

With a haunting original score by Randy Risling and evocative quotes, Airsick plays out like an unsettling dream.

“We’re addicted to fossil fuels and our infrastructure reflects that,” says Oleniuk. “My hope is that one day this film will be seen as the way we used to do things.”

Read more about it at: MediaStorm.

Watch the video nominated for an Emmy Award under “New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture”:

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New Photo Fad: Leisure Dive

Tue July 19, 2011

Here’s another craze that is sure to go viral, hopefully for one Summer only. The idea is to strike a pose in mid-air as you jump into a pool. It can make for some funny pictures. However, do be careful and ensure the pool is full and you’re doing it in the diving zone.

Read more about this craze and view a gallery at: LeisureDive.

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Fun Stuff

Atlantis Astronauts View the Aurora Australis One Last Time

Tue July 19, 2011

Shuttle Atlantis has made its last trip and its astronauts got an incredible view of the Aurora Australis as they prepared to depart from the International Space Station.

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Reviews on the Web

Olympus E-PL3 First Impressions @ TechRadar

Mon July 18, 2011
Olympus PEN E-PL3

Olympus PEN E-PL3

We’ve added another Olympus E-PL3 hands-on preview to our Reviews Matrix.

TechRadar has published their first impressions of the Olympus E-PL3, a Digital Interchangeable Lens Compact System Camera with 12.3MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm High Speed Live MOS Sensor), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Dust Reduction, an extra large 3.0-in. LCD (460k-dot), Full HD Movie (1920×1080/60i) with stereo sound, Intelligent AUTO (auto scene recognition), PASM modes, Scene Modes, Shutter speed range of 60 – 1/4000 sec. plus Bulb (up to 30 mins), Continuous Shooting at 5.5fps, RAW file format, a hot shoe, and Art Filter.

Read the Olympus E-PL3 First Impressions @ TechRadar.

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