Did You Remember To Forget Your Pants Today?

Sun January 12, 2014

The 13th Annual No Pants Subway Ride 2014 is taking place today even as you read this.

If you notice subway commuters without their pants on today, it’s all for fun, so lighten up, smile and have a good laugh.




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Canadian Photographer Erin Riley’s Exhibition: Virtue Street

Thu January 9, 2014

Alliance Française de Toronto


Virtue Street

FREE Admission Gratuit

Languages: Bilingual (French and English) / Bilingue  (Français et Anglais)

January 14, 2014 at 6.30 P.M. to March 8, 2014 / 14 Janvier 2014 à 18:30 jusqu’au 8 Mars 2014

Opening Reception: January 14, at 6.30 P.M. / Vernissage 14 Janvier à partir de 18h30

Alliance Française de Toronto – Campus de Spadina
24 Spadina Road (Spadina / Bloor), Toronto
Ontario, Canada
416 922 2014 ext. 37
English URL is
French URL is

RSVP: Phone 416 922 2014 ext. 37 or  Email:

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100-Year Old Negatives Discovered In A Hut In Antartica

Thu January 2, 2014

The era of film may be over, taken over by digital photography, but what the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust discovered frozen in a block of ice in a hut in Antartica was not, as they first thought, “an old moldy wallet,” but a cache of negatives that are almost 100 years old.

In all, 22 negatives were recovered and they showed images from a small support team of the Ross Sea Party, which was tasked with the crucial job of setting up supply depots for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

via Yahoo!

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Our Body Atlas of Emotions

Thu January 2, 2014

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland conducted a study to map where we feel emotions throughout our body and came up with the “Bodily maps of emotions.”

The study was based on a number of experiments with 701 participants from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan. Participants were shown two silhouettes of bodies alongside emotional words, stories, movies, or facial expressions, and they were asked to manually color the bodily regions whose activity they felt to be increased or decreased during viewing of each stimulus. [I wonder if there were a way to reproduce the same results photographically.]

This topographical self-report tool revealed that different emotional states are associated with distinct and culturally universal bodily sensations which might explain why when we are excited, we feel our heart pound; anxiety tightens our muscles and makes our hands sweat; a young bride getting married may suddenly have “cold feet”; severely disappointed lovers may be “heartbroken”; and, our favorite song may send “a shiver down our spine.”

As the new year starts, we wish you happiness and love, and may all your surprises be pleasant.



Mirrorless Camera Market Prediction

Tue December 31, 2013

The New York Times published a REUTERS article on the future of mid-tier camera makers, namely Panasonic, Olympus and Fujifilm.

The mirrorless cameras have been a hit in Japan but have yet to catch on in the United States and Europe. The problem seems to be that they insist on competing with smartphones where consumers prize connectivity over picture quality. Consumers also don’t really want to connect cameras to phones, prefering a single interface that can instantly upload photographs to social networking sites.

Even though mirrorless cameras have improved to the point where they’re equivalent, if not superior, to traditional-mirrored DSLRs, North American consumers apparently still tend to equate image quality with size and heft, though that is changing.

A surprising data is that Sony’s QX has sold well with demand outstripping production, though Sony did not set any targets.

Read the article at: NYTimes.


Ben Heine 2014 Pencil Vs Camera Calendar

Tue December 24, 2013

We have featured the art work of Ben Heine on this site regularly and, if you are still looking for that perfect gift for the one who has everything, betcha he or she doesn’t have the 2014 Pencil Vs Camera Calendar. You get 12 deliciously original Pencil vs Camera artworks in a calendar to enjoy all year!

Take the Pencil Vs Camera – 73 “Illustrator Vs anamorphic photographer…” . Here is the work in progress:

… and the final picture:

Pencil Vs Camera – 73 Illustrator Vs anamorphic photographer... ©Ben Heine 2014 –

Pencil Vs Camera – 73 Illustrator Vs anamorphic photographer… ©Ben Heine 2014 –

A couple of other works:

Pencil Vs Camera - 76 At Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea ©Ben Heine 2014 –

Pencil Vs Camera – 76 At Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea ©Ben Heine 2014 –

Pencil Vs Camera - 74  Exploration, shamanism and self-revelation ©Ben Heine 2014 –

Pencil Vs Camera – 74 Exploration, shamanism and self-revelation ©Ben Heine 2014 –


Winter Ice Storm 2013

Mon December 23, 2013

I spent the better part of yesterday “shovelling” (more like hacking thru 2 inches of solid ice) the driveway.

Hope everyone is safe and, if not already, that power will be back up soon for you.

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Manfrotto 190 Tripod: Product Video

Mon December 16, 2013

This video presents “Manfrotto 190 Tripod.”

  • “Learn about the new Manfrotto 190 Tripod, featuring Quick Power Leg Locks, a new 90 degree centre column design and an Easy Link connector for easy attachment of accessories on the go.
  • Available in aluminum or carbon fibre, the Manfrotto 190 is ready to set a new benchmark.”


You’re Invited: Download Leica Fotografie International App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android

Thu December 12, 2013

LFI – Leica Fotografie International – has been the leading magazine for Leica camera enthusiasts for more than 60 years. LFI presents:

  • Style-shaping icons of the past decades alongside exciting contemporary features and aspiring young talent.
  • Inside stories, elaborate test reports and useful tips.
  • The latest news, explosive reportages, and selected books.
  • Exclusive online gallery with fascinating pictures taken with all the various Leica camera systems.

LFI team invites you to download the LFI App for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android for FREE!


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  • “The new LFI App 1.0 for Android is ready to download for FREE from Google Play, and is optimized for Android smart phones starting from version 4.0.
  • It can also be installed on tablets.
  • You’ll be able to read all there is to know about exhibitions, competitions and technical innovations in the News segment
  • In the LFI Gallery you’ll see what Leica photographers around the world have been producing with their cameras.”

LFI App for iPad

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  • You receive “current issues of the magazine, selected areas of the gallery, and news from round the world of photography, in a completely overhauled App.
  • In the LFI gallery, photographers from around the world show the pictures they have taken with their Leica cameras.
  • Exhibitions, current photo projects and technical innovations – with the LFI App News you are always up-to-date.”

LFI App for iPhone/iPod touch

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Epson’s Fourth Holiday Gift Idea of the Week: Epson Perfection V550 Photo Colour Scanner

Wed December 11, 2013



#TBT holiday edition with the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Colour Scanner

“The hashtags #throwbackthursday or #tbt are popularly associated with photos of ‘80s hair and prom outfits on every social media stream from Instagram to Facebook.

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s even easier to scan and share #tbt photos of ugly holiday sweaters and gawdy Christmas party outfits with the new Epson Perfection V550 Photo Colour Scanner. It’s the perfect gift for the photo enthusiast on your list. They can easily scan and upload photos directly to Facebook, Picasa and other photo-sharing web sites or to a cloud storage site.1

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Surgeon Test-Drives Google Glass

Tue December 3, 2013

The success of Google Glass — and other similar products — will rest on its practical uses. One such use is in the teaching of complicated medical procedures in the operating room. Being able to view patient vital information without having to put down surgical instruments or turn away from the patient on the operating table is a great advantage to a surgeon. And being able to watch the procedure live while sitting in a classroom hundreds or even thousands of miles away will revolutionize how future doctors learn their craft.

Read the article at: Physorg.

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Nano Camera Photographs Translucent Objects

Tue December 3, 2013

MIT’s new nano-camera can take 3-D photos of translucent objects. When light goes through a translucent surface, multiple reflections (for example, of the semitransparent surface and of the wall behind it) are returned to the camera. By using a new multipath time of flight algorithm, the nano-camera is able to properly differentiate between the light reflecting from the semitransparent surface and that from the wall behind it.

Read the article at: MITnews.

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