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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Panasonic Firmware Update Programs for LUMIX G Camera DMC-GH4 (Ver.2.1) & Interface Unit DMW-YAGH (Ver.1.1) are Available

Wed January 28, 2015

The following video presents [NEW] Panasonic LUMIX GH4 “Dalia’s Dream” in 4K by Scott Rhea BEHIND-THE-SCENES:

A world-renowned film director Scott Rhea created a film titled “Dalia’s Dream” in 4K using Panasonic LUMIX GH4.
Scott says: “Shooting with the GH4 was nothing short amazing as the 4k image that the camera produces rivals that of cameras costing exponentially more. The size, weight, and functionality of this camera were extremely well engineered and both user friendly to photographers of all skill levels. I found the touch screen interactivity to be faster and more accessible than previous working conventions and the focus confirmation feature something that sets this camera apart from others. Variable frame rate options, low light capability, and stellar image quality make this camera an extreme value and has just taken first position in my camera bag.”

Panasonic recently released the firmware update programs for the LUMIX G Interchangable lens camera DMC-GH4 (Ver.2.1) and the Interface Unit DMW-YAGH (Ver.1.1),

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Announces the Release of Firmware Update Program for LUMIX DMC-GH4 and DMW-YAGH

Jan 26, 2015 09:00 GMT

Panasonic announces the release of firmware update programs for the LUMIX G Interchangable lens camera DMC-GH4 (Ver.2.1) and the Interface Unit DMW-YAGH (Ver.1.1), which was re-scheduled due to the need of further verification. The new firmware programs are going to be released with more information in detail at the following Panasonic Support Sites on January 26, 2015.

With the firmware Ver.2.1 for DMC-GH4 time code and recording control signal can be embedded to the HDMI output signal*. Now both FHD at 30p/25p native or at 60p/50p is selectable to output via HDMI while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p.
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Contests, Press Releases

World Photography Organisation’s New 2015 Mobile Phone Award: Submit Entries by 11:59:59pm (GMT) on 27 Feb.2015

Wed January 28, 2015

© Anthony Lepinay (member of the 2015 Mobile Phone Award judging panel)

© Anthony Lepinay (member of the 2015 Mobile Phone Award judging panel)

World Photography Organisation (WPO) just launched a new competition, the 2015 Mobile Phone Award at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

  • The competition is FREE to enter.
  • This competition is open to all members of the public. If you are under 16, you have your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to participate in the competition.
  • Entries must be submitted by 11.59:59pm (GMT) on Friday 27 February 2015.

WPO is seeking incredible mobile phone photography, the inspirational moments that life is capable of providing us.

  • Images must have been taken on a mobile phone.

This new category at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards allows us to look a little closer at those otherwise ordinary moments and to enjoy the creative freedom that mobile phone photography allows.

Brief
“You get out of life what you put in.  Push past the obvious and see the inspiration all around you.  Discover the extraordinary by using your mobile phone to view the world through a different lens.”

Photographs are judged as a single shot, not a series of work.

Images must be taken between Tuesday 27 January 2015 and Friday 27 February 2015 and entries should address the theme as outlined, information on which can be found on their Website.

Winner and Prizes

  • The winner will be decided via public vote.
  • The shortlisted images, selected by WPO judges, will be showcased on this website from 10-17 March and the one image with the greatest number of votes will be declared the winner. The winner will be announced during the ceremony in April 2015.
  • The winning photographer, the Mobile Photographer of the Year, will receive:

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Press Releases

Panasonic’s New VariCam 35 4K is Used by Michael Minock to Shoot a Film About Human Trafficking: ‘Don’t Look Away’

Tue January 27, 2015

The following video presents Varicam 35: First Look.

First footage shot with the new Panasonic Varicam 35! The Varicam 35 4K camera/recorder incorporates a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor and AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. The new camera’s superb image handling in multiple formats including 4K, UHD, 2K and HD make it an unparalleled tool for high-end filmmaking, and commercials and episodic production as well as live 4K events.

Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder

Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder

PRESS RELEASE

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL MINOCK SHOOTS NARRATIVE SHORT, ‘DON’T LOOK
AWAY,’ WITH VARICAM 35 4K CAMERA/RECORDER

NEWARK, NJ (January 26, 2015) – Florida-based cinematographer Michael Minock recently shot a narrative short about human trafficking, Don’t Look Away, with Panasonic’s new VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder. The 25-minute film will be submitted to film festivals and provided free of charge to organizations that specialize in caring for and rehabilitating victims of the crime.

The VariCam 35 is equipped with a super 35mm format full-size, single-chip MOS sensor that offers 4K (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3480 x 2160) resolution, and boasts high sensitivity, low noise, wide dynamic range and cinematic depth of field. The camera offers a choice of codecs — Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family and Apple ProRes 4:4:4:4 and ProRes HQ–and has 14+ stops of dynamic range to provide full control over the widest lighting conditions. With native ISOs of 800 and 5000, DPs can realize incredible image quality in extremely low light situations.

DP Minock is a 40-year veteran of the film industry with hundreds of credits, as well as nine years’ experience as a master faculty member at the legendary Rockport, Maine workshops, where he taught training classes in previous generations of Panasonic VariCams. Minock is currently prepping the production of a national commercial ad campaign using the Varicam 35. “Lots of high speed thrills,” he noted.
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3D Printers, Press Releases

Makerbot 3D Printing + Tissue Engineering: Create Cartilage to Repair Windpipe Damage

Tue January 27, 2015

The following video presents The MakerBot Replicator 2X – Announcement:

  • The MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer is a full-featured desktop 3D printer for experimenters to “explore the frontiers of 3D printing.”

Equipped with two extruders and optimized for the traditional thermoplastic ABS filament, the MakerBot Replicator 2X is prepared for future developments in 3D printing. Warning: patience, know-how, and a sense of adventure required.

Investigators, Todd Goldstein and Daniel A. Grande, at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have made a medical breakthrough using 3D printing on a MakerBot® Replicator® 2X Experimental 3D Printer to create cartilage designed for tracheal (windpipe) repair or replacement.

Here are some of the results of their medical research where regular MakerBot PLA Filament was used to 3D print a custom tracheal scaffolding, which was combined with living cells to create a tracheal segment.

  • The heat from the extruder head sterilized the PLA as it printed, so Todd Goldstein was able to use ordinary MakerBot PLA Filament.
  • The bio-ink, which stays at room temperature, is extruded during the 3D printing process and fills in gaps in the PLA scaffolding, then cures into a gel on the heated build plate of the MakerBot Replicator 2X.
  • A two-inch-long section of windpipe — shaped like a hollowed-out Tootsie Roll — takes less than two hours to print.
  • Once the bio-ink adheres to the scaffolding, it goes into a bioreactor, an appliance like a rotisserie oven that keeps the cells warm and growing evenly. A new bioreactor costs between $50,000 and $150,000, so Mr. Goldstein customized an incubator for his needs, making gears and other parts on their MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer to produce a brand new bioreactor.
  • 3D printed windpipe or trachea segments held up for four weeks in an incubator.
  • The cells survived the 3D printing process, were able to continue dividing, and produced the extracellular matrix expected of tracheal chondrocytes. In other words, they were growing just like windpipe cartilage.

MakerBot has also supplied the Feinstein Institute with early samples of its just-announced MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments in Limestone (calcium carbonate) and Iron, which will be available commercially later this year, so the Feinstein Institute can start investigating how to engineer other kinds of tissue, like bone or 3D print custom-made shields for cancer and radiation treatment.

“Do you remember the Six Million Dollar Man?” asks Dr. Grande. “The Bionic Man is not the future, it’s the present. We have that ability to do that now. It’s really exciting.”

The Feinstein Institute describes this work as a “proof of concept.” The team still has work to do before establishing a new protocol for repairing damaged windpipes.

PRESS RELEASE

January 27, 2015

Using 3D Printing, MakerBot and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Create Cartilage to Repair Tracheal Damage

Results are showcased at 51st Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have made a medical breakthrough using 3D printing on a MakerBot® Replicator® 2X Experimental 3D Printer to create cartilage designed for tracheal repair or replacement. The results were reported today at the 51st Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons in San Diego, in a presentation by Todd Goldstein, an investigator at the Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. This is a first for medical research where regular MakerBot PLA Filament was used to 3D print a custom tracheal scaffolding, which was combined with living cells to create a tracheal segment.

Daniel A. Grande, PhD, director of the Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the Feinstein Institute, and Todd Goldstein, an investigator at the Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, with their MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer that they used to 3D print cartilage to repair tracheal damage. (Photo: Business Wire)

Daniel A. Grande, PhD, director of the Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the Feinstein Institute, and Todd Goldstein, an investigator at the Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, with their MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer that they used to 3D print cartilage to repair tracheal damage. (Photo: Business Wire)

Mr. Goldstein, a PhD candidate at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, has been working with a team of surgeons at the North Shore-LIJ Health System for the past year on determining if 3D printing and tissue engineering could be used for tracheal repair and replacement. Tracheal damage can be caused by tumor, endotracheal intubation, blunt trauma, and other injuries. Narrowing and weakness of the trachea can occur and are often difficult to repair. There have been two traditional means of reconstructing a damaged trachea, but both techniques have limitations. Lee Smith, MD, chief of pediatric otolaryngology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and David Zeltsman, MD, chief of thoracic surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, both part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, came to Mr. Goldstein and Daniel A. Grande, PhD, director of the Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the Feinstein Institute, and asked if 3D printing might offer a solution. Drs. Smith and Zeltsman originally surmised that incorporating 3D printing and tissue engineering to grow new cartilage for airway construction might be possible in ten to 20 years. Mr. Goldstein and Dr. Grande did it in a month.

The Feinstein Institute’s research combined two emerging fields: 3D printing and tissue engineering. Tissue engineering is like other kinds of engineering, except instead of using steel or computer code to make things, living cells from skin, muscle or cartilage are the raw material. Researchers at the Feinstein Institute know how to make cartilage from a mixture of cells called chondrocytes, nutrients to feed them, and collagen, which holds it all together. Shaping that cartilage into a nose or a windpipe is another matter. That’s where 3D printing comes in. A 3D printer can construct scaffolding, which can be covered in a mixture of chondrocytes and collagen, which then grows into cartilage.

“Making a windpipe or trachea is uncharted territory,” noted Mr. Goldstein. “It has to be rigid enough to withstand coughs, sneezes and other shifts in pressure, yet flexible enough to allow the neck to move freely. With 3D printing, we were able to construct 3D-printed scaffolding that the surgeons could immediately examine and then we could work together in real time to modify the designs. MakerBot was extremely helpful and consulted on optimizing our design files so they would print better and provided advice on how to modify the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer to print with PLA and the biomaterial. We actually found designs to modify the printer on MakerBot’s Thingiverse website to print PLA with one extruder and the biomaterial with the other extruder. We 3D printed the needed parts with our other MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, and used them to modify the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer so that we could better iterate and test our ideas.”

“The ability to prototype, examine, touch, feel and then redesign within minutes, within hours, allows for the creation of this type of technology,” says Dr. Smith. “If we had to send out these designs to a commercial printer far away and get the designs back several weeks later, we’d never be where we are today.”
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Panasonic Firmware Upgrade for AJ-PX270 P2 HD Handheld Camcorder is Available: Version 16.30-00-0.00; Jan. 19, 2015

Mon January 26, 2015

Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld camcorder

Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld camcorder

The following video presents Panasonic P2HD AJ-PX270 Camera Recorder | ENGLISH:

The AJ-PX270 offers many innovations to the handheld type camera recorders. Panasonic has taken the NDA from its shoulder mount cameras, benefiting the PX270 with greater image control and functionality. Further innovations include network connectivity via 4G and dual codec recording.

The PX270 has integrated AVC-ULTRA recording, offering a wide range of recording bit rates. In addition to AVC-Intra100, the camera has AVC-LongG, which enables extended recording of 1920×1080 10bit 4:2:2 broadcast quality footage.

Panasonic recently announced a FREE firmware upgrade, version 16.30-00-0.00 (Jan. 19, 2015) for its five-pound AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld professional camcorder, which includes newly supported features as follows.

  • A new codec, AVC-Intra Class200.
  • Full HD streaming and automatic contents transfer. “The implication for news gathering is that a breaking news event can be streamed to a broadcast station while acquisition is in progress in the field.”
  • New P2 Remote Operation Panel (ROP) application, which enables wieless control of PX270 camera settings (picture quality, zoom, focus and rec/stop operation, for example) using an iPad. The P2 ROP App will be available FREE of charge at the Apple App Store.
  • New recording formats.
  • The upgrade also activates proxy editing on a web browser.

Please click here for more info about this firmware upgrade.

You can download it at: http://eww.pass.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/content/download/EN/ep2main/soft/upgpx270_e.htm .

PRESS RELEASE

PANASONIC EXPANDS NEWS AND PRODUCTION APPLICATIONS
FOR AJ-PX270 P2 HD HANDHELD WITH FREE FIRMWARE UPGRADE

AVC-Intra Class200 Recording, Full HD Streaming, Automatic Contents Transfer Available

NEWARK, NJ (January 22, 2015) – Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for its popular AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld that incorporates a new codec (AVC-Intra Class200), full HD streaming and automatic contents transfer, and new recording formats, all enhancing production and remote newsgathering.
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Press Releases

Gentec International is Exclusive Canadian Distributor for Phottix Flash Lighting & Photo Accessories: At End of Feb.2015

Mon January 26, 2015

Gentec International is now the exclusive distributor of Phottix professional photo accessories in Canada.

  • Phottix photo products include flashes, shutter releases and flash triggers like the Mitros + TTL Transceiver Flash and the Ares Wireless Flash Trigger.
  • “Phottix is committed to innovation in the photography industry and has received awards and acclaim for its product line-up.”

Phottix product selection and pricing will be available from Gentec International at the end of February 2015.

This video presents Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light in Action.

On scene with the new Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light, with acclaimed Hong Kong Photographer CM Leung and Hong Kong Bodybuilder and Arnold Classic Winner Brenda Lo.

The Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light was announced to an overwhelming response during Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany. The Indra500 TTL features 500Ws of power, controllable from the Phottix Odin or Mitros+ system, High Speed Sync up to 1/8000s, and a battery capable of 400 full power shots (with modelling light).

PRESS RELEASE

Phottix appoints Gentec International exclusive Canadian distributor for flash lighting and photo accessories

Toronto, ON., January 26, 2015 - Gentec International is pleased to announce the exclusive Canadian distribution of Phottix professional photo accessories.

“We are pleased to appoint Gentec International to act as the exclusive distributor of Phottix Flash and Accessories, Shutter Releases, Flash Triggers and Photographic Accessories in the Canadian Market,” stated Steve Peer, CEO Phottix Hong Kong. “Gentec has for many years been recognized as the largest distributor of photo accessories in Canada, we look forward to working with Gentec and developing the Canadian market for Phottix products.”

Phottix, a manufacturer of innovative hot shoe and portable flashes, flash triggers and shutter releases, holds over 40 patents in the photographic industry. Phottix achieved acclaim for its award-winning Odin TTL Flash Trigger – the first trigger to feature full TTL and Manual Power, and Flash Zoom control. Their continued innovation over the past five years, including the Mitros+ Radio TTL hot shoe flash and Indra500 TTL Studio Lighting system, have proved their position in the photography marketplace as a leader.
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Samsung Camera NX1 Firmware Upgrade is Available: Version 1.20; 2015.01.24

Sun January 25, 2015

This video presents Samsung NX1 Camera at CES 2015.

  • “The Samsung NX1 features a new 28MP BSI APS-C Sensor, 15fps continuous shooting with AF, an ultra-high shutter speed up to 1/8000 seconds, 4K UHD video recording, and Bluetooth connectivity.”

Samsung just made available a firmware update for the Samsung NX1, its premium compact system camera. The new firmware enhances and refines the Samsung NX1’s capabilities, allowing it to operate with even “greater precision and speed”. Key enhancements focus on movie functions and controls, the user interface and wireless capabilities.

Please click on the following links to download the new Firmware Upgrade Version 1.20 (2015.01.24) as well as the Firmware Upgrade Guide (2015.01.24) using i-Launcher program for:

The updated features of Firmware Version 1.20 are as follows.
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Press Releases

GoPro + NHL + NHLPA: GoPro Cameras to Deliver Real-Time HD Content to Live 2015 NHL Game Broadcasts

Fri January 23, 2015

The following video presents GoPro: On the Ice with the NHL:

The National Hockey League (NHL) and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA) are happy to announce a North American partnership with GoPro.

Step on the ice with a few of the NHL’s best as they give you a rare glimpse into their unique skill sets during the Player Media Tour in Newark, NJ.

See the game from the perspectives of Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall, Patrick Kane, Henrik Lundqvist, TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, PK Subban and Jonathan Toews.

Shot 100% on the HERO3+® and HERO4® cameras from http://GoPro.com.

Image extracted from video above

Image extracted from video above

PRESS RELEASE

NHL, NHLPA Partner With GoPro To Deliver Hockey Fans Unique Perspectives Of The Game

HD Video Content Captured with GoPro Cameras Will Be Used in NHL Game Broadcasts and on NHLPA, NHL and GoPro Online Channels
GoPro Cameras to Deliver Real-Time Content to Live Broadcasts of 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game

NEW YORK and TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced a North American partnership with GoPro, the maker of the world’s most versatile camera and enabler of some of today’s most immersive and engaging content. The agreement is GoPro’s first with a major professional sports league. As part of this unprecedented partnership, the NHL will use GoPro’s innovative equipment and expertise to deliver hockey fans never-before-seen perspectives of the game and the talents of the top players in high-definition video content during national and regional game broadcasts and across the digital and social media platforms of the NHLPA, NHL and GoPro.

Patrice Bergeron (PRNewsFoto/GoPro, Inc.)

Patrice Bergeron (PRNewsFoto/GoPro, Inc.)

To mark another first, GoPro’s Professional Broadcast Solution, developed in a partnership with Vislink, will deliver live HD points of view and will debut during the 2015 NHL® All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 23-25 in Columbus, Ohio. GoPro cameras worn by players will deliver real-time HD content and multiple angles and views to bring viewers even closer to the action on the ice for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 24 (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). Additional GoPro points of view are anticipated for the live broadcast of the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25 (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

“GoPro is the perfect partner for us in our ongoing commitment to bring hockey fans closer to the game,” said Bob Chesterman, NHL Senior Vice President of Programming and Production. “As the preeminent leader in adaptable cameras, only GoPro has the technology to help us and our media partners showcase the beauty and intensity of hockey in new and deeper ways. Our partnership with GoPro will be a big win for both new and lifelong hockey fans.”

“This partnership marks a significant first step for GoPro into team sports, made possible because of NHL and NHLPA’s progressive thinking,” said Todd Ballard, Senior Director of Lifestyle Marketing at GoPro. “Together we will push the boundaries of video content production in hockey and provide fans of the sport with unique, immersive perspectives of the game that they’ve never seen before, from players and officials to in-goal and rink side.”

Video content captured with GoPro cameras throughout the season, including the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, will offer fans an immersive experience. Game broadcasts will use the content to provide deeper layers of storytelling and to showcase the skating, stickhandling, goal scoring and netminding skills of some of the biggest names in the NHL. On-ice footage of the best players in the world is among the point-of-view GoPro content fans can expect this season.

“The use of GoPro cameras will give fans a new perspective of the extraordinary speed and skill of today’s NHL players,” said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director. “We are excited to have GoPro working with us and the NHL to show the great athleticism of our players.”

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Press Releases

You’re Invited: “Toronto Observed Through Three Generations: Photographs by Harry Joy, Doug Hemmy and Andy Brooks” Jan.24-May 9, 2015

Fri January 23, 2015

The Market Gallery

Presents

Toronto Observed Through Three Generations: Photographs by Harry Joy, Doug Hemmy and Andy Brooks

January 24 – May 9, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 1 to 3 pm: Opening Reception
Please RSVP if You Plan to Attend

FREE Admissions: The Market Gallery Accepts Donations

The Market Gallery
City of Toronto
2nd floor, South St. Lawrence Market
95 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Telephone: (416) 392-7604
Email: marketgallery@toronto.ca

The exhibition “Toronto Observed Through Three Generations: Photographs by Harry Joy, Doug Hemmy and Andy Brooks” features close to 80 black and white photographs by Harry Joy, Doug Hemmy and Andy Brooks.

Joy, Hemmy and Brooks represent three generations of photographers whose work documents the city at different times and in different ways. Each are accomplished photographers brought together through their long-standing personal friendships and their interest in the city as a subject.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=847f1ea69a80b410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=ea5e7e8ed10bf310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Enjoy! / Amusez-vous bien!

NEWS RELEASE

23-Jan-2015

Toronto’s Market Gallery features city in black and white through the lenses of three Toronto photographers

The Market Gallery will present an exhibition from January 24 to May 9 featuring about 80 black-and-white photographs by three accomplished local photographers. The show is called “Toronto Observed Through Three Generations: Photographs by Harry Joy, Doug Hemmy and Andy Brooks.”

Joy, Hemmy and Brooks represent three generations of photographers whose work documents the city at different times and in different ways.

“Black and white photography is a great equalizer. It allows viewers a chance to compare the unique interpretations of our city over six decades by three talented photographers who clearly love Toronto’s urban landscape,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee.

“This exhibition is an incredible chronicle of our growing city, as well as a great opportunity to see the remarkable photographs by the 97-year-old Harry Joy,” said Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale). “His Kensington Market photographs will give St. Lawrence Market visitors additional insight into Toronto’s market communities.”
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Press Releases

Canon U.S.A. is a Sustaining Sponsor to 2015 Sundance Film Festival Jan.22-Feb.1

Thu January 22, 2015

Canon U.S.A. Inc. announced today the company will return as a Sustaining Sponsor to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (January 22 – February 1, 2015) which is in Park City, Utah, USA.

Also, Canon’s contributions and activities include the following.

  • A special slate of programming dedicated to the filmmakers who push creative boundaries behind the camera.
  • In 2015, Canon will invite Sundance Film Festival filmmaker attendees to flex their creative muscle at the Canon Creative Studio (427 Main Street; open Saturday, January 24-Monday, January 26, from 11am-6pm) – exclusive for cinematographers, directors, producers, and crew – guests can explore how Canon supports all aspects of filmmaking – from production design, to image capture, through edit and workflow. The space features an equipment demonstration area with on-site staff to walk guests through Canon’s full line of Cinema EOS cameras and lenses, including the new Cinema EOS C100 Mark II.
Canon Cinema EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera

Canon Cinema EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera

  • The Canon Live Learning team will offer hands-on workshops with Canon’s latest filmmaking tool,- the EOS C100 Mark II camera with Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus – including a demonstration of this camera on a DJI Ronin 3-Axis Stabilized Handheld Gimbal System.
  • The Canon Creative Studio will serve as host to the Canon Crew Party (details below) on Sunday, January 25. This will mark Canon’s third annual celebration of filmmakers who work behind the lens of the 2015 Sundance Festival films.
  • Canon’s Festival activities will culminate on Monday, January 26 with a special hosted screening of Bending the Light as part of Canon’s corporate presentation and not an official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. This documentary honoring the artistry of creating a lens and the visual artists who use them from acclaimed director Michael Apted (The ‘Up’ series, The World is Not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist). The 60-minute film explores the relationship between master craftsmen who shape lenses and the masters of light who use these lenses for image capture – each an artisan in their own right. Bending the Light features never-before-seen footage from inside Canon’s lens factory in Japan and intimate interviews with award-winning photographers and cinematographers, including Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC (Get on Up, The Help), who will participate in a Q&A immediately following the screening.

The following video presents Bending The Light Official Trailer (2014) – Michael Apted Photography Documentary HD:

A Michael Apted documentary that honors the artisans and craft of still and motion photography and in particular the glass that captures it all.

Below is the full schedule of events for Canon’s activities at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Please note all events take place at Canon Creative Studio (427 Main Street) unless otherwise noted.

PRESS RELEASE

Canon U.S.A. Celebrates The Creativity Of Indie Filmmakers As A Returning Sponsor Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 22, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the company will return as a Sustaining Sponsor to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (January 22 – February 1, 2015). Nestled in the mountains of Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival celebrates the best of independent film; as part of the Festival sponsorship, Canon will offer a special slate of programming dedicated to the filmmakers who push creative boundaries behind the camera.

Canon is pleased to share that at least 52 of the 188 films premiering at this year’s Festival — over 27 percent — were shot using Canon equipment, up from the approximately 20 percent last year. Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Amy Berg’s Prophet’s Prey, The Overnight, The Wolfpack, Misery Loves Comedy, Cartel Land, Call Me Lucky, Fresh Dressed, How to Dance in Ohio, Most Likely to Succeed, The Hunting Ground, Tig, and The Nightmare are a few of the many shot-on-Canon projects set to screen during the festival.

“We are honored that so many creative filmmakers have chosen our equipment to bring their visions and stories to audiences. We look forward to supporting them and connecting with them at the Sundance Film Festival,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Sundance provides us with the opportunity to directly interact and support many up and coming filmmakers, and we are excited to return as Sustaining Sponsors to this year’s festival.”
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Press Releases

You’re Invited: ‘La longue nuit de Mégantic’ by Documentary Photographer Michel Huneault Jan. 29-Mar.13, 2015

Wed January 21, 2015

The following video presents Musi-Café burns in Lac-Mégantic:

A Musi-café waitress describes what happened the night her workplace in Lac-Mégantic burned, with video footage shot by her partner of the explosion as he was on the phone warning her to leave town. Produced Tuesday July 9, 2013. ( Phil Carpenter / THE GAZETTE )

Image by Michel Huneault

Image by Michel Huneault

CONTACT Gallery

Presents

Michel Huneault: La longue nuit de Mégantic

January 29 – March 13, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday January 29, 6 – 9pm, remarks at 7pm

FREE Admissions

CONTACT Gallery
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm, Saturday 12 – 5pm

T 416-539-9595
info@scotiabankcontactphoto.com

Please click here to read Michel Huneault’s thoughts (in both French and English) about his photographic works on the Lac-Mégantic tragedy: “TRAVAIL RÉCENT ET EN COURS | FRESH AND ONGOING WORK.”

NEWS RELEASE

Michel Huneault
La longue nuit de Mégantic

CONTACT Gallery
January 29 – March 13, 2015
Opening Reception Thursday January 29, 6 – 9pm, remarks at 7pm

The CONTACT Gallery is pleased to present La longue nuit de Mégantic, an exhibition by Montreal-based photographer Michel Huneault.

La longue nuit de Mégantic is the culmination of the documentary photographer’s year-long project visiting Lac-Mégantic after Canada’s deadliest train disaster in almost 150 years. In the middle of the night on July 6, 2013 a train filled with crude oil derailed in the small Quebec town creating an explosion that destroyed much of the downtown area, instantly killing 47 people.

The disaster has since been in the forefront of current national debates regarding energy transportation, safety and the environment.  However, Huneault’s interest in this story is human and intimate, with a focus on the community and the aftershock. His experience in international development and academic research on disaster and trauma, both personal and collective, has given him an insightful perspective.

The series of large-format and small photographs, predominantly of the town’s landscape, brings to mind the viewpoint of a wanderer, or stunned observer. Upon Huneault’s arrival within hours of the explosion, and subsequent visits throughout the seasons, he was able to capture an eerie calm that seemed to resonate across the community. Often at night he would return to the same streets, houses or sites, retracing the geography of the scarred place, sometimes encountering locals on a similar journey. As a result, the images convey the passing of time and evoke the emotions of loss, absence and searching, as they evolve over one symbolic year.
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3D Printers, Press Releases

Ricoh Europe + Leapfrog 3D Printers: Ricoh is Official Reseller of Leapfrog 3D Printers from Jan.2015

Wed January 21, 2015

In September 2014, Ricoh Company Ltd. opened two Ricoh “Rapid Fab” facilities in Japan to offer 3D print services to customers and spearhead research and development into 3D printing technologies and applications.

Today, Ricoh Europe announced a new partnership with Leapfrog 3D Printers that will see:

  • Ricoh become an official reseller of the award-winning Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer and other models in Europe from January 2015.
  • Ricoh will provide a complete package of support for customers around the Leapfrog 3D printers, including the ability to add 3D printers to existing Ricoh imaging print service contract. They will provide comprehensive service, from IT services to consultation, installation, training and support, to help customers apply 3D printing technology in their organisation.

The following video presents Leapfrog 3D Printers Creatr HS (high speed):

HS stands for High Speed: printing up to 5 times faster than the regular Creatr. With an astonishing print volume of 14.8 liters and the possibility to 3D print objects up to 30cm of length, the Creatr HS is the most versatile 3D printer on the market. The Creatr HS is also much more convenient since it is stand-alone featuring a 4inch full color LCD screen and the ability to print directly from USB. By standard the Creatr HS 3D printer is equipped with dual extrusion.

Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer

Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer

PRESS RELEASE

Ricoh Europe Partners with Leapfrog 3D Printers

London, 21 January 2015 – – Ricoh Europe today announced a new partnership with Leapfrog 3D Printers that will see Ricoh become an official reseller of the award-winning Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer and other models in Europe from January 2015. Ricoh will provide a complete package of support for customers around the Leapfrog 3D printers, including the ability to add 3D printers to existing Ricoh imaging print service contract. The partnership will initially be available to customers in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK, with wider availability across Europe during 2015.

Ricoh and Leapfrog 3D Printers will initially focus on customers in the education sector, expanding to support customers in the engineering and manufacturing sectors over time. Both companies are well established in the education sector, where schools, colleges and universities are using 3D printers to enrich teaching across STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and design subjects. Leapfrog 3D Printers already provides educational 3D print packages and curriculum materials, while Ricoh offers tailored print installation, management, training and support contracts.

Today’s news follows a global announcement from Ricoh Company Ltd. in September launching a new additive manufacturing business and outlining its broader 3D printing strategy. This included the opening of two Ricoh “Rapid Fab” facilities in Japan to offer 3D print services to customers and spearhead research and development into 3D printing technologies and applications.
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