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A Camera, A Wide-Angle, A Fern,… The President’s Photograph

Tue March 20, 2012

I have to admit that I sometimes feel blasé looking at photos from the press (or landscape photos, HDR photos, etc. for that matter) and hardly give them more than a pssing glance. The one of President Obama meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Oval Office on Wednesday stopped me right in my track as I flipped through various web sites looking to bring you something worthy to see. Mr. Mills is a staff photographer for The New York Times and apparently often uses remote setups when photographing at the White House, putting his camera “on the floor, on the colonnade, on the monopod, high up in the air,… [to bring] a different perspective for readers to see.” This time, he hid his DSLR in the fern on the mantelpiece behind where the two men sat facing the press photographers. The result is a one of a kind photo like the two men were on the set of a television or film shoot. The angle, what’s included in the shot, the expressions on the faces of the members of the press, the edges deformation due to the extreme wide-angle lens used… all add to give us a sense of being right there with them.

See the picture and read more at: NYT.

Press Releases

2012 Sony World Photography Awards: Open and Youth Category Winners

Tue March 20, 2012
© Giovanni Frescura, Italy. Open Category Winner, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2012

© Giovanni Frescura, Italy. Open Category Winner, Nature & Wildlife, Sony World Photography Awards 2012

Press Release

20 MARCH 2012

Sony World Photography Awards 2012

Open & Youth Category Winners announced

Today, Tuesday 20 March, the World Photography Organisation announces the Open and Youth category winners in the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.

Billed as the global photographic event of the year, the Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the very best in photography from around the world, from the next generation of emerging photographers through to the established masters of the art.

The Open Competition is for anyone with an interest in photography and photographers are judged on a single image.  The category winners are:

  • Architecture: Filippo Di Rosa (Italy)
  • Arts & Culture: Sanket K (India)
  • Enhanced: Victor Vargas Villafuerte (Mexico)
  • Low Light: Natalia Belentsova (Russian Federation)
  • Nature & Wildlife: Giovanni Frescura (Italy)
  • Panoramic: Denise Worden (United States)
  • People: Ana Gregorič (Slovenia)
  • Smile: Piotr Stasiuk (Poland)
  • Split Second: Tobias Bräuning (Germany)
  • Travel: Krzysztof Browko (Poland)

New for the 2012 Awards, the Youth Competition is open to anyone under the age of 20.  The category winners are:

  • Culture: Kolyaskin Sergey (Russian Federation)
  • Environment: Bernard Pieterse (South Africa)
  • Portraits: Karina Sembe (Ukraine)

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Press Releases

Sigma Announces 19mm F2.8 EX DN for Compact System Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Mon March 19, 2012
Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN

Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN


TORONTO, ON., March 19, 2012 – Gentec International is pleased to announce the new Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN, the second in the growing line of Sigma lenses designed exclusively for Compact System (CSC) interchangeable lens cameras. This wide-angle lens produces an angle of view of a 38mm lens (35mm equivalent focal length) on the Micro Four Thirds systems and a 28.5mm lens (35mm equivalent focal length) on the E-mount system.

Three glass mold aspherical elements allow the lens to be compact and lightweight, and provide excellent correction for distortion and field curvature. The inner focusing system corrects the fluctuation of aberration to maintain image quality regardless of the focal distance. Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, and ensures high contrast images. The superior telecentric optical design improves the image quality throughout the frame.

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Press Releases

Sony Announces More Creative Options with New High-Speed SLT-A57 Camera

Mon March 19, 2012
Sony SLT-A57

Sony SLT-A57

Sony Brings Pro-level Performance to Mainstream SLR Users with New High-Speed a57 Camera Featuring Translucent Mirror Technology

 Advanced Feature Set Includes 12 fps Shooting, Full HD (60p) Video Capture, New Auto Portrait Framing and more

Toronto, March 19, 2012 – Sony Canada is pleased to announce that a wider palette of creative options is now accessible to more shooters with the a57 camera, the newest addition to Sony’s popular line of A-mount cameras employing Translucent Mirror Technology.

The innovative Translucent Mirror design directs incoming light to the CMOS image sensor and the AF sensor at the same time, allowing full-time continuous AF during both still and video shooting. Users can also frame, focus and preview shots in real-time on the high-resolution Tru-Finder(TM) electronic viewfinder, which offers a wide viewing angle and 100% field of view. This allows photographers to capture exactly what they see on the screen.

A natural successor to Sony’s acclaimed a55 camera, the a57 is positioned for a wide audience of DSLR users. It can shoot still images at up to 12 frames per second, capture full HD video at 60p, 60i or 24p frame rates and has a variety of creative modes including Auto Portrait Framing, a world’s first technology.

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NASA Charts the Evolution of the Moon

Mon March 19, 2012

From NASAExplorer

From our perspective, the craters of the moon never seem to change and appear to have always been there. But the moon didn’t always look like this. Using images provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA has put together this animation of how the moon surface may have evolved through history.

via viralviralvideos

Cameras, Nikon

Nikon Coolpix S30 Is Aimed at Kids

Sun March 18, 2012
Nikon Coolpix S30

Nikon Coolpix S30

Readers are always asking us to recommend a digital camera safe for kids. It is exciting when your kid starts to get bitten by the photography bug. It is time to give him or her a camera. For small hands, you need big buttons and easy to understand and use controls. You also need something tough enough to survive little accidents and bumps. Enter the Nikon COOLPIX S30 [QuickPrice Check], aimed squarely at young children.

The Nikon Coolpix S30 features 10.1 MP (1/3-in. CCD), 3x optical zoom (29.1-87.3 mm equiv.), closeups to 5cm, and is built to resist shock when dropped from heights of up to 80 cm (2.6 ft), to resist water up to depths of 3m (10 ft), and resist dirt, making it safe (enough) to use at the pool and around water. It accepts two AA batteries. Alkaline batteries should be good enough for approx. 240 shots and Lithium batteries for approx. 700 shots.

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Forms: Generative Animation of the 2012 Olympics

Sun March 18, 2012

Forms Installation at the National Media Museum from Nexus Productions on Vimeo.

‘Forms’ is a multiscreen digital artwork commissioned by the National Media Museum for the exhibition In the Blink of an Eye: Media and Movement, which is part of the Cultural Olympiad programme. Forms responds to the human body in motion. It focuses exclusively on the mechanics of movement, using footage of world-class athletes to illustrate human movement at the extremes of perfection. Videos of athletes were processed through custom software to create evolving abstract forms that explore the relationships between the human body and its movements through time and space.

This generative animation and interactive installation will display at the Museum from 9 March – 2 September.

Read more at: the thecreatorsproject.

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Watch A Tick Survive Under An Electron Microscope

Sun March 18, 2012

From edyong209

An electron microscope operates in a vacuum, firing a beam of electrons at the object under observation. Staved of air, bombarded by electrons, a tick does fine, thank you very much. When it was all over, it walked away to infest some poor chap, maybe taking its revenge on the researcher.

Read more at: discovermagazine

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What does it Look and Sound like riding on the Shuttle Rocket Boosters?

Sun March 18, 2012

From interbartolo

At lift off, the shuttle burns over 1000 gallons of liquid propellants and 20,000 pounds of solid fuel every second to generate nearly seven and a half million pounds of thrust. What does all this sound like? This video is shot from the solid rocket booster perspective and here’s what it would look and sound like if you were able to ride the shuttle while sitting on one of the rocket boosters.

It’s fascinating to watch the speed increase to 2963 mph and the rocket reach the 28 miles height when the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) separate and tumble back to Earth. Soon thereafter, at the 5:04 mark, the External Tank (ET) separates and we watch it fall back and splash into the ocean. From travelling at more than 2000 mph, parachutes deploy at around 210 mph [6:47] and the ET finally splashes into the sea at around 50 mph [7:22]. Then it just floats there waiting for recovery — and the cameras keep ticking and you can see one of the SRB fall into the sea nearby. [wikipedia]

via popsci

This video will feature in the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay to pay tribute to the shuttle program:

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IKEA Offers Do-It-Yourself Conductive Mittens

Sun March 18, 2012

From smfbstats

To launch the iPad version of the IKEA-catalogue in Norway, advertising agency smfb created a new IKEA product called “BERÖRA”. It’s a sewing kit with a special conductive silver thread to sew into the index finger of your favourite gloves or mittens. It is the silver thread that conducts electricity from your finger to the touch screen of the iPad. No need to remove gloves or mittens to operate the iPad now. Or your digital camera equipped with touch screen LCD. Brillant! 12,000 kits sold out in 2 weeks. Only in Norway. Hopefully we’ll see this campaign in N.A. and elsewhere in the world (wherever IKEA stores operate) soon.

Here’s a free tip to IKEA marketing dept.: why not start a (free) “Learn Swedish” kit? I am surprised that with all the traffic that IKEA gets in its stores and online that more of us have not learned a smattering of Swedish yet. Simple words like Thank-you, Please, Right, Left, Help, etc.

via psfk

Featured Site

NASA’s New Atlas of the Universe

Sun March 18, 2012
Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky - courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky - courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

NASA used the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) to catalog the entire infrared sky, showing more than a half billion stars, galaxies and other objects. WISE launched Dec. 14, 2009, and mapped the entire sky in 2010, collecting more than 2.7 million images. It took images at four infrared wavelengths of light, capturing everything from nearby asteroids to distant galaxies.

In all, more than 15 trillion bytes of data were processed and the individual WISE exposures have been combined into an atlas of more than 18,000 images covering the sky. In addition, a catalog lists the infrared properties of more than 560 million individual objects found in the images. Many of them have never been seen before.

Read more at: NASA.

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Reviews on the Web

This Week’s (Mar 10-16, 2012) Digital Camera Review Roundup

Sat March 17, 2012

Here is this week’s (Mar 10-16, 2012) digital camera review roundup:

  • DCRP (dcresource) recommends the Canon G1 X [QuickPrice Check]if you […] want a semi-compact camera with D-SLR image quality, then look no further than the Canon PowerShot G1 X. It’s not for action photography (due to its sluggish focusing and burst modes) nor is it great for close-ups, but for virtually every other situation, the G1 X delivers.
  • ePHOTOzine recommends the Canon G1 X [QuickPrice Check] finding that it “is capable of producing some excellent photos however, we do wish it was a little quicker.
  • ePHOTOzine highly recommends the Fujifilm X-PRO1 concluding that it “is a fantastic camera, in every area it produces the results expected from a premium quality camera. The image quality is stunning.
  • Imaging Resource likes the Samsung NX200 finding a mirrorless “designed to appeal to the stealthy street shooter and camera enthusiast.
  • ePHOTOzine reviews the Samsung WB150F [QuickPrice Check] and finds that it is “a nice compact, ultra zoom that has a wide variety of built in Wi-Fi options that make it really appealing.
  • KenRockwell loves the Canon G1 X [QuickPrice Check] for landscape work and finds “it’s the best compact digital camera ever for the sorts of things I shoot as art, but it’s too slow for family photos.
  • Luminous Landscape reviews the Canon G1 X [QuickPrice Check] and finds that “it’s a pretty good camera, but I don’t particularly care for it.
  • CameraLabs recommends the Canon G1 X [QuickPrice Check] finding that “on the happy side is superb image quality [but] on the sad side is a fixed lens with terrible macro and little chance for a shallow depth-of-field, coupled with below-average continuous shooting from a camera that costs the same as many CSCs but lacks their interchangeable lens mounts.
  • ePHOTOzine recommends the Olympus TG-820 since it “does not disappoint [and is] an ideal camera for those who like to take pictures in extreme conditions.
  • ePHOTOzine reviews the Olympus SP-810 UZ [QuickPrice Check] and finds it “is a versatile camera, easy to carry and is a good choice for those on a budget.
  • electronista reviews the Fujifilm X10 [QuickPrice Check] and finds that it “is good enough that it truly could be the all-encompassing camera for many enthusiasts, not just step-up hobbyists or pros looking for a sidearm.
  • PhotographyBLOG highly recommends the Fujifilm X-PRO1″ concluding that the X-Pro1’s innovative image sensor and lack of low-pass filter lives up to all the hype and more, delivering truly excellent image quality. Noise is noticeable only by its almost complete absence throughout the ISO range of 100-25,600.
  • TechRadar reviews the Fujifilm X-PRO1 and finds that “the images from the Fuji X-Pro1 are superb. They may not have quite the detail that some full-frame cameras are capable of capturing, but they can beat these bigger beasts for dynamic range and noise control.
  • TechRadar reviews the Panasonic Lumix TS4 [QuickPrice Check] and find its “toughened qualities provide a degree of reassurance for those engaged in rough and tumble activities.
  • TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS [QuickPrice Check] and finds that “Canon has indeed provided a compelling blend of attractive compactness, high image quality and enough features to satisfy its target market.
  • TrustedReviews recommends the Fujifilm X-PRO1 as “an enthusiast-level compact system camera that produces class-leading image quality and a really satisfying user experience.
  • For more camera reviews, to get a second opinion, and just to read the best reviews on the Web, visit our Reviews Matrix.

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