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Coral Marine Life Timelapse

Sat March 29, 2014

To the naked eyes, they barely move, but the plants, fungi, sponges, corals, plankton, and microorganisms on a coral reef grow, reproduce, spread, move towards source of energy and away from unfavorable conditions. To record their almost imperceptible movements — and to make them visible to our eyes — Daniel Stoupin made a timelapse movie from the “hundreds of thousands of photos” he took. The resulting video, titled “Slow Life,” is eye-opening.

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

“Slow” marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.

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via colossal

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Social Media Done Right: Hoover Makes Autistic Boy’s Dream Come True

Mon March 24, 2014

Marcus Bartlett is very fond of vacuum cleaners and Hoover, often drawing vacuums in his high school media arts class. Teacher Kathy Howlett thought the drawings were too beautiful to stay hidden and so she sent four of them to Hoover. Luckily, Hoover has a social media manager who knew a good thing when he saw it:

“We thought it was great. We wanted to do something really cool for Marcus in return.”

Since Marcus wrote that he wanted to be a famous artist someday, Hoover decided to start a media campaign to encourage its consumers to print out an image of the drawing, hang it up, then snap a picture and post it to its Facebook or as a tweet (tag it #hooverusa). Result: Marcus’s artwork is now posted on refrigerators, office cubicles and high school lockers all over the world.

You can download a pdf of the drawing here.

via cbc.ca

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Making of Panorama of One World Trade Center

Sun March 9, 2014

The challenges facing the TIME crew in taking a unique 360° panorama of the new One World Trade Center is explored in this video. The picture is taken at 1,776 feet and the crew had never climbed the tower before, so designed a jib contraption in Autocad using blueprints of the tower, taking into consideration strong winds, vibration, etc.

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how TIME scaled the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and snapped an historic photographic panorama.

via LaughingSquid

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DIY Time-Lapse Camera

Tue February 18, 2014

Ken Murphy built a time-lapse camera and installed it on the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. The camera captured an image of the sky every 10 seconds for a year. From these images, he created a mosaic of time-lapse movies, each showing a single day. The days are arranged in chronological order.

He used a Canon A520 point-and-shoot digital camera controlled by a Soekris net4801 computer running Ubuntu Linux and the gPhoto open-source image capture application. (more info)


A History of the Sky from Ken Murphy on Vimeo.

via popsci

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Arie van’t Riet Plant & Animal X-Ray Photography

Sun February 2, 2014

Arie van’t Riet is a physicist specializing in radiation physics, especially in very low energy X-rays. He decided to put nature and animals under x-ray and photograph them. The resulting “biorama” is quite spectacular. The photographs are B&W and manually colorized in post processing.

Since he uses only dead animals, no live animals were hurt in the process. [Well, he also used live snails, but claims the low x-ray radiation did not hurt them.] Though he wants to make movies using x-ray, he decided it is not justified to expose living animals to x-rays.

Future projects include large bioramas featuring a landscape of flowers, or an alligator, flamingos, etc.

Visit our Featured Site: X-RAY PHOTOGRAPHY OF NATURE.

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ZEISS Touit 50mm F2.8 1:1 Macro for Fujifilm and Sony APS-C Mirrorless DSLRs

Fri January 31, 2014

ZEISS has announced a 1:1 Macro lens for Fujifilm (X-mount, with aperture ring) and Sony (E-mount) APS-C mirrorless DSLRs. The Touit 2.8/50M has an equivalent focal length of 75mm, aperture range of F2.8-F22, and is priced at US $999. The video shows it being used as an effective portrait lens.

The ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M is a perfectionist with an eye for the details: with its exceptional image performance up to a scale of 1:1, this autofocus macro lens is the ideal choice for extreme close-ups. But it also comes into its own when shooting portraits or panoramas as a light tele-lens.

For more information, please visit: http://www.zeiss.com/photo

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Promo Video: Capturing Things We Love

Wed January 29, 2014

Olympus pulls at our heart strings in its promotional video for the E-M10. The OM-D E-M10 is its consumer mirrorless DSLR targeted to entry-level photographers. As the new kid on the block, it can be considered as the “baby brother” of the E-M5.

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Panasonic DMC-TZ60/ZS40 Video

Mon January 6, 2014

The new DMC-TZ60/ZS40 is the world’s slimmest digital compact camera with EVF (Electronic View Finder) featuring powerful 30x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm)*. The pocket-sized high performance camera LUMIX TZ/ZS series has won worldwide popularity for its versatile lens that covers ultra wide-angle to telephoto and high quality image recording capability of photo and video. The new DMC-ZS40(TZ60) makes significant upgrades from its predecessor, especially in functions for more advanced photography such as manual control with Control Ring, RAW compatibility, Focus Peaking.
* As a digital camera with the optical zoom lens of 30x , as of January 6, 2014.

Find more information at your country’s Panasonic website.(Please note that the timing of information availability varies depending on the sales area)
http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/

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Interview with Hiroshi Kawahara, Fujifilm Operations Manager

Tue December 17, 2013

This is a very interesting interview by 2how.com about the direction of the Fujifilm X-System mirrorless cameras. Though I don’t read Thai, I can guess at the questions from the answers given by Mr. Kawahara.

The gist of the interview:

  • Compact camera market is going down but mirrorless camera market is on an upswing.
  • Fujifilm listens closely to its customers as it improves its cameras, often by a firmware upgrade.
  • Three categories of X-Series: Pro with the X-Pro1 (and X-E1 and X-E2); Mid range (enthusiasts?) with the X-E1, X-E2 (and X-M1); and Entry-level with the X-M1 and X-A1.
  • A new category to expand user base.
  • Signal Processor accounts for the success of the image quality of the X-A1.
  • X-E2 has more than 60 improvements over the X-E1. Faster AF is thanks to both the new signal processor algorithm and hybrid sensor with Phase Detection pixels.
  • No planned successor for the X-Pro1 except thru firmware upgrades.
  • 16MP resolution is enough (I love how he emphasizes this), however customers demand more, so expect a higher resolution sensor (and hence an X-Pro2?).
  • Twelve lenses are enough, but again customers demand more, so more will come. [Editor's note: I quite agree that there are "enough" quality lenses for the X-Series. Where Fujifilm can improve is providing lenses for specialized photography: the fast super long zooms that will take the X-Pro1 a step further into the realm of professional sports photography; the 1x macro/micro lenses for super closeup photography; the accessories to use the X-series cameras for astrophotography. These are the photos that wow and will establish the Fujifilm brand.]
  • It may be difficult (optically impossible?) to have a small XC lens with a large aperture value.
  • X-DNA Design focuses primarily on the operability of the camera.
  • Concerning a full-frame X-Series camera, the problem is that the current XF lenses will not work and so new full-frame lenses will have to be developed. This will come at the detriment of current APS-C X-Series camera users. So, unless customers can make a convincing argument why X-Series should go to full-frame, there are no plans to do so “just now.”
  • Fujifilm likes the X100s camera size and is reluctant to increase it. Going full-frame will require a larger camera body.

Read the article at: 2how.com.

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