Photographic Work Portrays Brazil’s Environmental Dualities: Caio Reisewitz Exhibition Continues to Sept. 7, 2014

Tue June 24, 2014

Brazil is the host country for two international sports events.

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ : This is the 20th FIFA World Cup, a tournament for the men’s football (aka soccer) world championship, that is currently taking place in Brazil 12 June- 13 July.

Brazil is also recognized as “one of 17 megadiverse (i.e.extremely biodiverse) countries, home to a variety of wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources in a variety of protected habitats. Brazil is a regional power in Latin America and a middle power in international affairs, with some analysts identifying it as an emerging global power. Brazil has been the world’s largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years.

“In view of the environmental crisis and globalisation, how can we analyse the delicate relation between preservation and transformation?”

Curator Rafael Cardoso
“From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the XXI Century”

THis video presents “Caio Reisewitz (english).”

Museum of the International Center of Photography (ICP)

Museum of the International Center of Photography (ICP)

Caio Reisewitz


Continues to September 7, 2014

Museum of the International Center of Photography (ICP)
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036, USA

Phone: 212.857.0000

One of Brazil’s leading contemporary photographers, Caio Reisewitz, portrays the environmental dualities of Brazil in his photography exhibition.

  • This is the first major U.S. solo exhibition of noted Brazilian photographer and artist Caio Reisewitz.
    • Organized by ICP curator Christopher Phillips, the exhibition Caio Reisewitz presents a selection of the artist’s works made between 2003 and 2013.
  • Reisewitz’s photographic work “explores the rapidly changing relationship between urban and rural in modern-day Brazil.”
    • “His images draw attention to the challenge the nation’s economic development now poses to its lush natural environment and rich architectural heritage.
    • A section devoted to large-scale color photographs depicts the largely untouched rainforests that are now endangered by Brazil’s explosive economic growth.
      • Reisewitz sees Brazil’s green rainforests as a “threatened utopia.”
    • Most of these works were made within a few hundred miles of São Paulo, in remnants of the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) that once blanketed Brazil’s east coast.”

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World’s Largest Optical/Near-infrared Telescope (E-ELT) Will Be Built With New, Advanced, Powerful Cameras

Sat June 21, 2014

This video presents “E-ELT Trailer.”

ESO (the European Southern Observatory) has been planning a 39-metre-class European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”.

  • ESO just started the construcion of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) with a groundbreaking ceremony on 19 June at Cerro Armazones, near Paranal in Chile.
  • The telescope’s “eye” will be almost half the length of a soccer pitch in diameter.
  • The start of operations is planned for early in the next decade, 2024.
  • More than 100 astronomers from all European countries have been involved throughout 2006 on the planning and design of the E-ELT.

The costs involved are astronomical!

  • This planning/designing study costs 57 million Euros (77,512,590.00 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).
  • The construction cost is estimated to be 1083 million euros (2012 prices; 1,472,739,210.00 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).
  • The E-ELT will be operated as an integral part of the ESO observatories.
    • The operating cost includes not only the cost of running the observatory in Chile, but also the cost of operation support in Garching as well as re-investment costs for telescope upgrades and new instruments/cameras for the telescope.
    • The total operating cost is estimated to be 50 million euros per year (67,993,500.00 US Dollar per year at the current exchange rate).
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The European Extremely Large Telescope (annotated): The very detailed annotated design for the E-ELT shown here is preliminary. Credit: ESO

The E-ELT will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world and will gather 15 times more light than the largest optical telescopes existing today.

  • This revolutionary telescope will be able to correct for the atmospheric distortions (i.e., be fully adaptive and diffraction-limited) from the start, providing images 15 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • The E-ELT can observe over a wide range of wavelengths from the optical to mid-infrared.

The new, advanced, powerful cameras that will be built as part of the European Extremely Large Telescope include:

ELT -CAM Instrument

  • It’s an infrared (0.8 – 2.5 μm) camera designed for performing astrometry as well as obtaining exquisite photometry of dense, resolved stellar populations at the highest possible spatial resolution.

    “MICADO is one of the two instruments that are currently defined by ESO as the First-Light Instruments (one camera and one spectrograph) for the E-ELT. The 39-Meter telescope will be begin its operation with this camera which obtains for the first time stellar light for analysis.”

    Institute for Astrophysics

  • This wide-field imaging camera is very compact and is supported underneath the AO systems so that it rotates in a gravity invariant orientation (please see Fig.1 below).
  • This adaptive optics camera is able to image, through a large number of selected wide and narrow band near-infrared filters, a wide 53″ field of view at the diffraction limit of the E-ELT.
    • The field of view of the camera should be comparable with the 53 arcseconds x 53 arcseconds field of MICADO.
  •  It is also a high throughput camera with a fixed 3 mas (milli-arcsec) pixel scale,
  • The key capabilities include the following:
    • Higher Sensitivity and Resolution.
      • This is a powerful tool for many science cases, from studies of faint high redshift galaxies to performing photometry in crowded fields (please see Fig.3 below).
    • Precision Astrometry.
      • The primary imaging field of the camera uses only fixed mirrors.
    • High Throughput Spectroscopy.
Fig.1: The MICADO First-Light Camera as a concept study at the Nasmyth focus of the E-ELT. The hexpod-like structure supports the optical bench of the Adapative Optics system (above), it carries and rotates the large vacuum vessel with the cold camera optics (below). As the central instrument structure it links the camera with the telescope incl. necessary adjustments. Image by Institute for Astrophysics

Fig.1: The MICADO First-Light Camera as a concept study at the Nasmyth focus of the E-ELT. The hexpod-like structure supports the optical bench of the Adapative Optics system (above), it carries and rotates the large vacuum vessel with the cold camera optics (below). As the central instrument structure it links the camera with the telescope incl. necessary adjustments.
Image by the Institute for Astrophysics

mikado e-elt vs. jwst and vlt crowded field

Fig.3: Comparative view of observations (top row) and simulations (lower row) of a crowded field, the center of the globular cluster Omega-Cen; upper row: today's observations with VLT (Very Large Telescope), lower row: simulated view of James-Webb-Space-Telescope (JWST) and MICADO at the E-ELT. Images by the Institute of Asrophysics.

Fig.3: Comparative view of observations (top row) and simulations (lower row) of a crowded field, the center of the globular cluster Omega-Cen; upper row: today’s observations with VLT (Very Large Telescope), lower row: simulated view of James-Webb-Space-Telescope (JWST) and MICADO at the E-ELT. Images by the Institute of Asrophysics.

ELT – MIR Instrument

  • ELT – MIR is based on METIS (Mid-Infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph) for the thermal infrared (2.9 μm –14 μm) region to:
    • image young, self – luminous giant planets,
    • study the molecules present in their atmospheres as well as their weather,
    • study our Solar System in more detail than ever before, from cometary volatiles to the surface of Kuiper Belt objects,
    • image both the gas and dust distribution  of planets, and
    • get the dynamics and composition via spectroscopy.

ELT – PCS Instrument

  • ELT – PCS is The E-ELT Planetary Camera and Spectrograph, which is based on EPICS.
    • The spectrometer optical design has a six lens collimator and five lens camera which focuses the light on a mosaic of four 4k x 4k detectors.
    • It is designed for:
      • imaging exoplanets – young, self-luminous planets in star-forming regions or young clusters as well as
      • imaging and characterisation of earth-like planets in the habitable zone.

ELT-IFU Instrument

  • ELT-IFU is based on HARMONI, which has high spatial resolution and will allow researchers to:
    • fully characterise Jupiter-mass exoplanets by determining their age, mass and temperature,
    • study the low – mass regime of star formation,
    • understand the transition between planet and brown dwarf formation,
    • probe the vicinity of intermediate – mass black holes in star clusters and dwarf galaxies, thought to be possible seeds of supermassive black holes at high redshift, and
    • allow the study of resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies.

Please click here for more details and the roadmap of the E-ELT instruments.

Here are some highlights of the the world’s largest optical/near-infrared telescope.

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You’re Invited: Camera Obscura at The Photographers’ Gallery

Fri June 20, 2014

This video presents “The Camera Obscura at The Photographers’ Gallery.”

  • “Janice McLaren, Head of Education at the Photographers’ Gallery talks about our camera obscura.”

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Looking through the lens and turret of the camera obscura
© The Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery


Camera Obscura


Currently open most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11.00 – 13.00.

The camera obscura will be closed on Friday 20 June, and Friday 27 June to Sunday 29 June.

Eranda Studio, 3rd Floor
The Photographers’ Gallery
16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, UK

Phone: +44 (0)20 7087 9300

“Camera obscura” is a latin phrase which translates to darkened room 
or chamber (Latin; camera for “vaulted chamber/room”, obscura for “dark”). By today’s definition, camera obscura is a darkened box with a convex lens or aperture for projecting the image of an external object onto a screen inside.

  • It is also known as a pinhole camera.

It is important historically in the development of photography and camera.

  • “Camera obscura is created when a small hole or aperture is made
 in a darkened space, producing an inverted image of the scene outside onto an opposite surface within.”
    • The Photographers’ Gallery’s camera obscura uses a lens to increase 
the brightness and sharpness of the image.
  • Camera obscuras have been used:
    • to prove that light travels in
 straight lines,
    • as an aid to drawing and,
    • a popular form of entertainment, particularly during the Victorian era.

There are many camera obscuras located throughout the world including:

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Improved IVF Treatment: Using Thousands of Time-Lapse Photos of Developing Embryos for a Successful Pregnancy

Thu June 19, 2014

This video presents “Time Lapse Embryo Imaging with CAREmaps to ‘improve’ IVF.”

  • “Time Lapse images every 10 minutes of developing embryos together with morphokinetic algorithms (maps) – calculations about what the embryo should be doing at specific points in time, enables Care Fertility embryologists to predict which embryos have the highest potential for a successful pregnancy.”

Embryologists use Time Lapse Embryo Imaging (or time-lapse photography) to significantly improve IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment by using the EmbryoScope® time-lapse system (Unisense/Fertilitech, Aarhus, Denmark).

“The Vision to Conceive

Currently, assessment of embryo development in IVF is limited to brief “snap-shot” glimpses at defined time points, in order to minimize disturbances to culture conditions. However embryo development is a dynamic process and a wealth of information about embryo development history remains untapped.

The EmbryoScope™ Time-lapse System provides a safe, controlled culture environment, while allowing continuous monitoring and observation of up to 72 embryos at a time. The instrument provides a unique opportunity to develop new parameters for future embryo scoring.”

Unisense FertiliTech A/S, Denmark

This video presents “EmbryoScope™ time-lapse system in a clinic.”

  • “See how the laboratory director and embryologist use the EmbryoScope™ Time-lapse System and the EmbryoViewer™ software at the fertility clinic at the hospital in Horsens, Denmark.”

This medical device is a state-of-the-art system, with a built-in camera providing automated and continuous time-lapse photography of “fertilized oocytes from conception until the time of embryo transfer without disturbing the culture environment.”

EmbryoScope® time-lapse system includes the following highlights:

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Drone Wedding Proposal and Photo Show Video

Wed June 18, 2014

This video presents “Drone Wedding Proposal – Tea & Alberto – Photo Show.”

“Drone Wedding Proposal – Tea & Alberto
A… heaven-sent marriage proposal!
In Nizza Monferrato, with our families, a lot of good friends and… a drone with a very special load.
Thank you all!
Tea & Alberto”



iPhone Photography Awards™ (IPPAWARDS): Winners of 2014

Tue June 17, 2014

This video presents “2014 Iphone Photography Awards.”

iPhone Photography Awards™ (IPPAWARDS) is the first and the longest running iPhone photography competition since 2007.

  • All photographers compete for the three IPPAWARDS Photographers of the Year titles, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
  • All images must be taken with an iPhone, iPod or an iPad.
  • The photos should not be altered in Photoshop or any desktop image processing program.
  • The use of any iPhone/iPad App is permissible.
  • The IPPAWARDS is not affiliated with Apple Inc.

IPPAWARDS recently announced the winners of the 7th Annual Contest for the Photographers of the Year.

  • The categories are: Animals, Abstract, Architecture, Children, Flowers, Food, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News/Events, Panorama, People, Portrait, Seasons, Still Life, Sunset, Travel, Trees, Others.

This year’s winning entries were submitted by 54 iPhone photographers from 17 countries/locations: Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.

The winners received the following prizes:

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Artistic Appreciation for “The Beauty of Life” Via Digital Painting of Flower Photographs: Free Exhibition Runs to June 20, 2014

Sat June 14, 2014

Photo Credit: Elaine Waisglass: The Beauty of Life Exhibition

Photo Credit: Elaine Waisglass: The Beauty of Life Exhibition

First Canadian Place


Elaine Waisglass: The Beauty of Life Exhibition

Free Admission

Continues to June 20, 2014

First Canadian Place Gallery
First Canadian Place
100 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Telephone: 416-862-8138


Please note: The First Canadian Place Gallery is open from 11 AM – 3 PM, Monday to Friday. Hours of operations are subject to change due to private events. For more information, please contact the Arts & Events office at: 416-862-6290.

The Beauty of Life is a solo exhibition of new work by Elaine Waisglass who is a Toronto based photographer, artist and videographer.

She uses digital painting techniques of a large, digital printer to create beautiful, painterly photographs of her garden flowers.

  • “The imagery hovers between the real and the super-real, with each picture perceivable as either or both a painting and a photograph.”

Waisglass expresses her artistic appreciation for the beauty of life in her “large images of flowers set in vases, portrayed with richly intense colors that conjure up and celebrate the joyful vitality of the blossoms opening according to their season, from early frost to fall.”

She describes her artistic inspiration, photographic practices and skillful use of contemporary high tech as follows.

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 Camera: Product Video

Thu June 12, 2014

This video presents “[NEW] Introducing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000.”

  • “The flagship bridge camera with one-inch high sensitivity MOS sensor and high quality 16x optical zoom lens DMC-FZ1000 has been unveiled, featuring 4K Video Recording Capability.”


Fujifilm Canada Invites You to A Walk in the Park in Toronto June 22, 2014: Photography Event + Random Draw for X-M1 Silver Camera Kit

Thu June 12, 2014

Fujifilm Canada's Walk in the Park with the Fuji Guys in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Fujifilm Canada’s Walk in the Park with the Fuji Guys in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This is an update to the previous blog FUJIFILM Canada Announces “Walk in the Park” Tour with the Fuji Guys and L’Expert Fuji 2014.

Come join the Fuji Guys – hosts of Fujfilm Canada’s popular YouTube channel – as well as some of their avid fans and the rest of the Fujifilm crew for a photo walk at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday June 22.

  • It is pretty informal but a lot of fun!
  • One additional guest allowed per person.
  • Limited spots available. Book Now!
    • Please RSVP byJune 19th to Helen Hayter
      Phone: 905-755-2761

Fujifilm encourages everyone to come — even if you don’t use a Fujifilm camera!

The Walk in the Park with the Fuji Guys event includes the following highlights:

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There’s a Drone for You: For Photography, Selfies and Iceberg/Whale Watching

Wed June 11, 2014

Aerial drone used to videotape Naples Zoo. (Image from its YouTube video.)

Aerial drone used to videotape Naples Zoo. (Image from its YouTube video.)

Life can present situations wherein you want to take photos/videos but you did not bring your camera or your subjects are too far away or moving too fast for you to shoot great, unique photos.

Now, there are drones to do your bidding 24/7 such as shooting selfies. And, it is not necessary to own a drone to make your photography wishes come true because there’s an app for that.

  • And there are drones at your service in certain USA cities for now.
  • They will be coming to your city soon.

For drone entrepreneurs, the sky’s the limit. But for drones, the sky is not the limit as shown in these videos as follows.

  • This video presents “Drones on Demand: Behind the Scenes at Gofor.”
    • Learn more about the Gofor app and the multitude of tasks Gofor drones are capable of.”

  • The following video presents “Iceberg near Cape Spear NL.”
    • CBC News reported that a drone camera captured its flight through an iceberg arch which was located just off Cape Spear and St. John’s harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

…this video takes viewers on a one-of-a-kind flight.

Ben Davis posted the video to YouTube showing the drone’s point of view as it approaches the berg. After a false start, the drone successfully navigates the arch, which has subsequently crumbled.

CBC News:

  • The following video presents “Aerial drone used to videotape Naples Zoo.”

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Take a Walk Down Memory Lane of Film Reels: “The Unseen Seen” Photography Exhibition Runs to June 21, 2014

Tue June 10, 2014

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“THE UNSEEN SEEN”. Fotografie – Reiner Riedler

Monday - Friday 14:00 – 19:00
Saturday 12:00 to 15:00

Galerie Hengevoss-Dürkop
Klosterwall 13
20095 Hamburg, Germany
Telephone: 49(0)40-30393382
Fax: 49(0)40-30393383


Managing Director: Dr. Kerstin Hengevoss-Dürkop

Viewing the large scale, colourful, dream-like photographic images of film reels is like taking a walk down memory lane as Austrian photographer Reiner Riedler invites you –  especially movie aficionados, film archivists and historians – to reminisce his or her own cinematic and filmed memories onto the photographs of film reels for popular movies such as:

  • Gerhard Damann – Das Caviar Mäuschen, 1919: A silent, black-and-white film;
  • Michel Curtiz – Casablanca, 1942: A classic, black-and-white film;
  • Francis Ford Coppola – The-Godfather, 1972;
  • Federico Fellini – Ginger and Fred, 1986; and
  • Krzysztof Kieslowski – Trois Couleurs: Bleu, 1993.

The photography project “The Unseen Seen,” by Reiner Riedler and the film archivist Volkmar Ernst, “allows the physical states of film to manifest themselves as photographic works of art.” During several visits to the Deutsche Kinemathek’s film archives, Riedler photographed “archival film materials while maintaining their backlighting under constant lighting conditions, which ultimately emphasized the physical properties and the composition of each film reel.

  • The film reels are radiantly displayed in a variety of colors.
  • This aesthetic and the uniqueness of these materials, known primarily only to archivists and projectionists until now, are being made accessible to a wide audience.”

Here is a different perspective on film as the “invisible” medium for Riedler’s photographic works of art.

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AGO Presents the Malcolmson Collection: A Photography Exhibition Continues to Sept.7, 2014

Mon June 9, 2014

This video presents “About the Malcolmson Collection.”

  • Harry and Ann Malcolmson explain why they chose the AGO as the new home for their collection.

Malcolmson Collection

Malcolmson Collection

AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)


Malcolmson Collection

Exhibition Continues to September 7, 2014

This exhibition is included with general admission.

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5T 1G4
Call 1-877-225-4246 or 416-979-6648

“Our decision to collect historic photography was driven by an intuitive sense that there were works…whose aesthetic value and accomplishment were unrecognized. Collecting in this area has been an amazing and remarkable voyage of discovery.”

— Harry and Ann Malcolmson

AGO celebrates the recent acquisition of the Malcolmson Collection by showcasing a selection of the best works in two focused presentations, integrated in the European galleries – one dedicated to works from the 19th century and another to works from the 20th century.

  • Highlighting key technical innovations, alongside new ways of seeing, these exhibitions will illuminate the ways the medium transformed our sense of the world.

Here are the highlights of the Malcolmson Collection.

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