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The Technology Behind the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Images

Mon March 3, 2014

The beautiful images from the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia required many long hours of planning. To photograph the ski races, photographers skied the challenging course in search of the best spots to take their pictures. Lots of cameras were placed in inaccessible places for humans and triggered remotely. A drone carrying a camera even saw action for the first time over the Slopestyle course.

Read the whole article at: ExtremeTech.

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CSCs vs DSLRs: Who’s Winning?

Mon February 24, 2014

An Amateur Photographer article raises interesting points concerning the future of Compact System Cameras (CSCs). Based on UK data only, the CSCs sold 46,000 units less this year than last year, 100,000 vs 146,000 units. However, the conclusion seems to be that more education is needed to help North American and European consumers understand the advantages of the CSC over a traditional-mirrored DSLR.

This reminds me of the early days of the Apple Mac, which business people then considered a “toy.” When I recommended one to a new university student, he got back to me a couple of months later a bit miffed that he could not download all the popular software that his friends could on their IBM and clone PCs. Today, too, there are more accessories for the traditional-mirrored DSLR than the mirrorless DSLRs.

Oh, how times have changed! Today, Apple products rule while the PCs are retreating. The CSCs are also approaching that tipping point when one product will have such compelling technology in it that traditional-mirrored DSLR just can’t have, and then the moat will be breached.

As our latest Fujifilm X-T1 review shows, the CSC (aka mirrorless DSLR) has come a long way to challenge the traditional-mirrored DSLR.

There is no doubt in my mind that CSCs, in its current form or another form, will win. As camera technology moves forward, there is simply no compelling reason — or room — for a mirror anymore, so new cameras won’t have a mirror.

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Fast Olympus F1.0 Lenses For Micro Four Thirds?

Sat February 22, 2014

Olympus has filed a patent for a number of fast F1.0 lens for 4/3. So far, we see a 12mm and 14mm. There are also a number of designs for a F1.0 for other smaller sensor sizes.

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Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner Keeps Family Memories Vibrant

Fri February 14, 2014


This video presents “EPSON Perfection V550 Photo Scanner.”

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Keep family memories vibrant with the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner

Family Day on February 17, 2014 is something distinctly Canadian that encourages us to celebrate our roots. Every family has a box of old photos and family memorabilia collecting dust in their home. Now is the time to bring those memories back to life with the EPSON Perfection V550 Photo Scanner.

Scanning stacks of old family photos can seem daunting but this versatile scanner makes capturing family memories a breeze. Scan multiple photos, 35mm slides, negatives and medium-format film up to 6 x 22 cm all in one go with the built-in Transparency Unit. The handy auto edge detection technology detects the size of each image, crops accordingly and saves the image as an individual file.

You don’t have to be tech-savvy to get the job done; the scanner’s Easy Photo Fix feature allows you to renew faded and discoloured photos to their original brilliance with just one click. And, with Digital Ice, you can even remove the appearance of dust from photos and film.

EPSON Perfection V550 Photo Scanner

EPSON Perfection V550 Photo Scanner


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World Photography Organisation Announced 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

Mon February 10, 2014

World Photography Organisation

World Photography Organisation

For the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, World Photography Organisation recently announced the Professional, Open and Youth shortlist “representing the very finest in international contemporary photography.”

Here are the highlights.

  • Record number of entries – 139,554 images from 166 countries worldwide.
  • Fresh and ground-breaking contemporary imagery by international photographers.
  • The winners of the Open and Youth categories will be announced on 18 March.
  • Winners of this year’s Awards will be revealed at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on 30 April in London.
    • Professional category winners and the coveted L’Iris D’Or/ Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year title will be announced at a gala ceremony.
      • The L’Iris D’Or winner will receive $25,000 (USD).
    • The Open Photographer of the Year will receive $5,000 (USD).
    • All winners, including category winners, will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.
  • Shortlisted work to go on show at Somerset House in London from 1 – 18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

“Experience the very best contemporary photography from around the world with the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Showcasing the winning and shortlisted photographers from the awards, the exhibition spans photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography.”

The winning and finalist images will also be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.

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The Sochi Project: A Photographic Documentary

Sun February 9, 2014

Behind every story is an even bigger story. Even as the world is focused on the Winter Olympics, each country edging on its athletes to win a medal, preferably gold, Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen quietly researches and reports on the region which “contrasts [...] strongly with the glamour of the [Olympic] Games.”

They travelled for five years through Sochi, Abkhazia and the North Caucasus, to witness the construction of the most expensive Olympics ever. Twelve billion dollars to build stadiums and facilities that are surrounded by some of Russia’s poorest regions.

Rob Hornstra is a photographer and self-publisher of slow-form documentary work. He is also the founder and former artistic director of FOTODOK―Space for Documentary Photography. Hornstra is represented by Flatland Gallery, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Arnold van Bruggen (texts) is a writer and filmmaker, and founder of the journalistic production agency Prospektor, and a cofounder, with Hornstra, of the Sochi Project. Various elements of the Sochi Project have garnered awards, including the Canon Prize for innovative photojournalism in 2010; the Magnum Expression Award in 2011; the Sony World Photography Award (Arts & Culture category) in 2012; and the World Press Photo award for Arts & Entertainment Stories in 2012.

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Is Nikon Replacing Some D600 with D610?

Sat February 1, 2014

Reports (rumors?) are coming in that Nikon may be replacing some D600s sent in for repairs with new D610s. It seems that replacing the shutter mechanism in the Nikon D600 DSLR may solve the dust/oil problem for some but not for others. However, Nikon’s official statement on this issue is that “All our customer service inquiries are handled on a case-by-case basis.

I don’t think there’s any mystery in this. Most customer service departments function the same way. Here’s an everyday English translation for those who do not read/understand customer service speak:

If you don’t shoot your D600 often enough to collect the dust/oil gunk on the D600 sensor, then you do not have a problem. In this case, we will not be handing you a spanking brand new D610. You will live happily with the D600 for the rest of your life not even aware of the [potential] problem.

If you shoot often enough to get the dust/oil gunk on the D600 sensor and send your camera in for cleaning within your warranty period, we will clean it and/or replace the shutter mechanism. The next time that problem occurs again, you will probably be out of your warranty period.

If you shoot so much that you have sent in your D600 for cleaning/repair a couple of times already within your warranty period, we know you may be pretty upset and we will make it right: Thanks for “sticking” with us and Congratulations, here’s your new D610!


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Jonathan Livingstone Filmographer

Wed January 22, 2014

No, it is not a seagull this time but a striated caracara which, intrigued by a spy camcorder masquerading as an egg, decides to fly off with said egg-camera and captures the first ever aerial footage of a rockhopper penguin colony shot by a flying bird.

The video clip is taken from the series “Penguins – Spy in the Huddle (Waddle All The Way)” directed by John Downer and narrated by David Tennant.

Read the whole story at: theverge.

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Does Amazon Know Which Camera You Will Buy Even Before You Do?

Mon January 20, 2014

It’s called “anticipatory shipping,” and Amazon has a patent on it. In a nutshell, it is a method to start delivering packages even before customers click “buy.”

See, Amazon believes that it has enough data on its customers that it can safely ship your next package before you order it. That data comes from previous orders, product searches, wish lists, shopping-cart contents, returns and even how long an Internet user’s cursor hovers over an item.

I guess if it makes a mistake and ships too many of one product (say, camera) to the wrong zip code, you could expect a fire sales of that item in your area. Yeah! :-)

Or, you could see a drone hover outside your door with a package you did not order (yet) and a bill to hand over your credit card, or else… :-(

Could we be entering a brave scary New World where businesses know where we live, what we watch, eat and do — and now even what we intend to buy (even before we click the buy button)?

Read the article at: wsj.

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