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July, 2014

Google’s Best of 2012 Doodles Includes A Tribute to Robert Doisneau’s 100th Birthday

Mon December 31, 2012

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer who is considered a pioneer of photojournalism. In 1950, he captured the iconic image Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall), a photograph of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris.

From Wikipedia:

Doisneau was known for his modest, playful, and ironic images of amusing juxtapositions, mingling social classes, and eccentrics in contemporary Paris streets and cafes. […] Doisneau’s work gives unusual prominence and dignity to children’s street culture; returning again and again to the theme of children at play in the city, unfettered by parents.

In its last Google Doodle for 2012, Google has put together a collage of the best Google Doodles of this year. You can click on various items on the collage to read the story behind that particular doodle. The camera on the shelf at the back is the tibute to Robert Doisneau’s 100th Birthday. Cool!

via thestar


Watch The World Usher In The New Year 2013 on EarthCam

Mon December 31, 2012

EarthCam is a site that features different webcams around the world ready to stream live images of the New Year on Dec 31. A special Times Square broadcast is scheduled to start at 10PM ET.

Visit EarthCam.

Read the EarthCam Press Release


Toshiba Challenges Lytro Camera

Sun December 30, 2012

The Lytro Camera has not been quite the success it thought it would be. After all, being able to have a picture that is always in focus, no matter where you want that focus to be on the picture — after that picture has been taken — is revolutionary. However, image size, quality, camera price and limited features all conspired to limit the attractiveness of the Lytro camera to a large audience.

As is so often the case, the technology in the Lytro camera is ahead of its time. There will come a time when this feature will be widely available in all cameras, but the technology has to get out of the way first. Consumers should be able to use it intuitively. Image quality needs to be very good.

Being first to market is not always an advantage. It is now giant electronics firm Toshiba that has set its sight on building a refocusing smartphone camera — a product more likely to appeal to consumers than a separate camera.

It has developed a tiny module that includes an image sensor (5 mm x 7 mm) and a dense array of 500,000 lenses, each 0.03 millimeter in diameter, that sits in front of the sensor. Each lens captures a slightly different image from one another with separate focus points. The camera can also be used to take videos.

Toshiba is pushing hard for smartphone and tablet manufacturers to adopt its technology in 2013.

Read the article at: asahi.

via extremetech


A World Without Photographers

Sat December 29, 2012

Can you picture a world without photographers? Not gonna happen, I hear you say. Quite the contrary, everyone will be taking too many pictures on their smart phones, tablets and digital cameras. But as a careful reading of photo forums indicate, we are seeing a new generation of photographers, with less experience. It’s not necessarily bad, though all the “Insta” photos heavily filtered posted on social sites do not bode well for this art form. It’s also getting harder to make a living taking and selling pictures.

Then we read this article in HBR which has these revealing stats: a study by the Pew Research Center indicates that the oldest Baby Boomers turned 65 on January 1, 2011. For the next 19 years thereafter, 10,000 people per day will turn 65 years old. Imagine: 10,000 people presumably retiring every day for the next 19 years!

Are you an experienced photographer thinking of retirement? It may be a good time to share your knowledge to a new generation of young photographers. Write an ebook or a blog, make a video, participate on forum boards, give lectures, volunteer. Share your photography skills. We don’t want a world of “Insta” photographers, now, do we?

Read the article at: HBR.


Lauren, Your 2009 Wedding Photos Have Been Found!

Fri December 28, 2012

If your name is Lauren and you got married in 2009 at Spencer Smith Park, Burlington — or photo could have been taken at Harbourfront, Toronto — your photos saved on a USB key have been found by Carole Mann who bought a purse at a Burlington church rummage sale and found the USB key inside.

Read the story at: thestar.

Update 2012-12-28: Mother of bride claims USB.


Meet Ms. Mac 2012

Fri December 28, 2012

She’s cute. She has freckles, wears T-shirt and jeans, and sports a ponytail. She, according to research from BlueStacks, was the most likely Mac user in 2012, and therefore the group that is fueling Apple’s meteoric rise.

BlueStacks App Player lets you run apps from your phone fast and fullscreen on Windows and Mac.

Over 5 million people around the world use top apps like Angry Birds Space, Kik Messenger, Where’s My Water and more on their laptops with BlueStacks. It took 10 engineers two years to build the complex “LayerCake” technology that enable this to happen – but you get to experience it free while in beta. You can download App Player now at

via allthingsd


Download A Free Copy of NASA’s Best Space Images Calendar 2013

Thu December 27, 2012

The 2013 APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) calendar is now available for download in PDF format (1.6 Mb). It features some of the best space images of 2012 that amazed and astounded us.


Japan’s Beautiful Nabana no Sato Winter Light Show

Wed December 26, 2012

From mid-November to March 31, 2013, the best annual light show on Earth is probably found in the Nabana no Sato botanical garden in Japan. Seven million LED lights encased in flower-shaped bulbs create amazing moving natural scenes.

See more pictures at: CNN.


Foxconn Buys 9% of GoPro, Slowly Morphs From Contracted Manufacturer Into Owner

Wed December 26, 2012

Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant famous for its production of Apple products (and an estimated 40% of the world’s consumer electronics gadgets), announced Thursday that it has bought a 9% stake ($200 million) in much-buzzed-about camera maker GoPro (valued at $2.25 billion). In March, Foxconn became Sharp’s largest shareholder with an $800 million investment in the Japanese tech giant.

via CNN


Happy Holidays!

Tue December 25, 2012

And, for a gift I recommend, this Christmas, let’s be friends.


SIGMA Aizu, Japan

Sun December 23, 2012

Wow, this is probably the prettiest video ever made of a camera manufacturing plant. Reminds me of the cooks in one of my favorite restaurant, where you see them concentrating on cooking up the best dish ever, every single time and every single order. This is an excellent brand building video — too bad, it’s not been more widely circulated before for it would certainly enhance SIGMA’s brand reputation quite a bit. That guy holding a SIGMA DSLR looks wholly believable and trustable. He should be the image of SIGMA and will sell lots of lenses (and cameras if SIGMA would stop daydreaming about what they are worth).

BJP has voted the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro as one of the 50 best photography products of 2012.

via focus numérique


Water Sculpture Photography

Sat December 22, 2012

Photographer Shinichi Maruyama loves to photograph motion, whether it is of the human form or of an object, as in this case, water.

How does he “sculpt” water?

This movie shows that he uses high-speed photography.

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