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Pentax Announces K-S1 DSLR

Wed August 27, 2014


Ricoh Imaging Debuts an Innovative User Interface Attracting Mid-Level DSLR Camera Buyers to PENTAX Brand

Denver, Colorado August 27, 2014 – Focused on expanding the number of PENTAX DSLR owners, RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is excited to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-S1 DSLR camera. By combining proven imaging technology, distinct design cues and a flat field user interface (UI) the K-S1 appeals to the next generation PENTAX owner without surrendering the performance expected in a mid-class camera.

Building on the many technologies benchmarked in the company’s popular K-3 advanced DSLR, the K-S1 incorporates a newly designed 20 megapixel image sensor, super-high sensitivity ISO 51200. In addition, this model contains in-body shake reduction, an AA filter simulator, 100% field of view glass pentaprism viewfinder, and 5.4 frames per second shooting at a fast 1/6000 shutter speed. Adding to the user experience is the camera’s unique flat field user interface, which integrates a back-lit LED selection dial, four-way navigation, and a bright 3” 921,000 dot LCD that breaks tradition of the knobs and buttons found on traditional DSLR cameras.

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Pentax K-S1 DSLR Camera: Product Video

Wed August 27, 2014

This video presents Unveiling the PENTAX K-S1.

Experience photography in a new light with the PENTAX K-S1. Whether you’re new to photography or a skilled enthusiast, the K-S1 offers you the ability to take your imaging to the next level. The K-S1 incorporates new elements that optimize digital innovations, such as a compact, modern design and an inventive interface system.


Canadian Photographer Sarah Anne Johnson Will Create Toronto’s First Monumental Photographic Mural: To Be Completed by May 1, 2015

Wed August 27, 2014

Canadian artist/photographer Sarah Anne Johnson will be commissioned to create the City of Toronto’s first monumental photographic mural.

  • It will be located at 11 Bay St. and near Toronto’s waterfront area.
  • This large-scale photographic image will be created for the west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre.
    • The 12-metre-tall by 44-metre-wide wall for this commissioned artwork is shown in the Google image below.
Left: The west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre. Image by Google.

Left: The west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre. Image by Google.

Sarah Anne Johnson works in various mediums, focusing on themes of nature and idealism…For her series “Artic Wonderland” (2010-11), Johnson took photos in the Arctic Circle and altered them using paint, Photoshop, and techniques of embossing and printmaking. “I do this to create a more honest image,” she says. “To show not just what I saw, but how I feel about what I saw.”


Winnipeg-based artist Sarah Anne Johnson won the inaugural Grange Prize for contemporary photography in 2008.

Tree-planting experience in British Columbia and travels to the Galapagos Islands have led Johnson to explore the link between labour and utopia, community and landscape. Johnson holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Yale.

Canadian Art

Construction of the mural is scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2015 — in time for the opening of the Contact Photography festival and the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Beginning with Lake Ontario and Toronto Island as her subject, Johnson’s site-specific new work will transform this grey city block into a magical place.

Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


August 26, 2014

Giant photographic mural in the works for Toronto’s waterfront area

The City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program announced today that it has been selected by Partners In Art – the volunteer-based not-for-profit group of Toronto contemporary art supporters – to receive funding support to help create the city’s first monumental photographic mural. It will be located near Toronto’s waterfront.

Working with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, this joint partnership will provide a rare opportunity to commission a site-specific photographic artwork for the enjoyment of Toronto residents and visitors.

Thanks to a $50,000 donation by Partners In Art (PIA), the StART program, in association with Contact, will commission Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson to create a large-scale, site-specific photographic image for the west-facing wall of the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre at 11 Bay St. This site was selected due to its busy location and unique characteristics. The block-long building at the foot of Bay Street offers a unique wall surface that is suitable for a massive mural.

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25th Anniversary of Voyager 2 Flyby of Triton Commemorated With Movie

Wed August 27, 2014

Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, received a visit from Voyager 2 back on August 25, 1989. Voyager 2 passed within 40,000 kilometers of Triton and took lots of images. Now, for the first time, and to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this dramatic encounter, the images have been gathered into a movie. The resolution is 600 meters per pixel and is in orange, green and blue (showing Triton in approximately natural colors).

It’s a really fast flyby and the video starts with Voyager 2 about 3 days out from Triton, travelling at a speed of approx. 25 kilometers per second, passing over the unlit north pole, pivoting to see the departing moon (now visible as a diminishing crescent) and then ending about a week on the outbound trajectory. Triton is 2706 kilometers across.

The new Triton map has a resolution of 1,970 feet (600 meters) per pixel. The colors have been enhanced to bring out contrast but are a close approximation to Triton’s natural colors. Voyager’s “eyes” saw in colors slightly different from human eyes, and this map was produced using orange, green and blue filter images.

Image Credit: Voyager 2, JPL, NASA; Digital composition: Paul Schenk (LPI, USRA)

via nasa

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Tue August 26, 2014

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Fujifilm X30 Large-sensored Premium Compact Camera: Product Videos

Tue August 26, 2014

This video presents FUJIFILM X30 Promotional Video.

The joy of shooting is back.

Heralding Fujifilm’s the third-generation of large-sensored premium compacts, the new X30 has evolved from the innovative technologies of the best-selling X10 and X20 cameras.

The following video presents Fuji Guys – Fujifilm X30 – First Look Preview:

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Fujifilm X30 Premium Compact Fixed Lens Camera Features F2.0 4x Manual Zoom Lens, New Real Time Viewfinder and Dual Control Rings

Tue August 26, 2014

FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X30, a premium compact, fixed lens camera aimed at enthusiast and professional photographers. The FUJIFILM X30 has an all new Real Time Viewfinder and innovative dual manual control rings for composing.

Key Features:

  • FUJINON F2.0-2.8 lens 4x manual barrel zoom lens
  • 12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Real Time 2.36M-dot OLED Viewfinder (0.005 second lag time, 0.65 magnification)
  • Tilting 3.0” LCD (920k dots)
  • Hybrid AF (0.06 seconds)
  • Start-up time of 0.5 seconds, Shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
  • Continuous shooting of 12fps (11 frames) in JPEG at full resolution
  • Increased battery performance (470 photos)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Full HD video 1080p at 60fps (bit rate 36Mbps)
  • Die-cast magnesium alloy body
  • ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation

The FUJIFILM X30 will be available in late September 2014 in black or silver for US $599.95.



X30 features Real Time Viewfinder, dual control rings, and new ‘Classic Chrome’ Film Simulation for dramatically colored photos

Valhalla, N.Y., August 26, 2014FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X30, a premium compact, fixed lens camera aimed at enthusiast and professional photographers. The FUJIFILM X30 has an all new Real Time Viewfinder and innovative dual manual control rings for composing and taking pictures quickly and easily.

The FUJIFILM X30 gives enthusiast and professional photographers a vast array of new features, and delivers the same award-winning image quality and design that the FUJIFILM X-Series is known for around the world. The new X30 features a Real Time Viewfinder – which is the largest, brightest, fastest and highest resolving viewfinder in its class*1 – a large 12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR Processor II and a new ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation mode that delivers muted tones and deep color reproduction for beautifully dramatic images.

The X30 also includes a large tilting 3.0” 920K-dot premium clear LCD monitor, increased battery performance, and a strong, yet lightweight, die-cast magnesium alloy body that is superbly designed to add a real sense of style and elegance to the camera.

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Press Releases

New Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 Freestyle Digital Camera: To Shoot Selfies & Group Shots from All-new Angles

Tue August 26, 2014


As the latest addition to the EXILIM family of digital cameras, Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 freestyle digital camera boasts a modular construction that can be separated easily into two parts—the camera unit and the LCD-equipped controller for users to create new shooting styles as follows.

  • Detach and dock at the press of a button.
    Although the camera is made up of two separate units—the camera unit and controller—Casio designed it to look like a single unit. Nevertheless, the camera unit can be detached and docked at the press of a button.
  • Here are the three different styles to shoot for maximum flexibility.
    Casio EXILIM EX-FR10: Split style

    Casio EXILIM EX-FR10: Split style

    • Split style
      With one of several attachments, users can easily fix the camera anywhere they like and then shoot remotely with the controller. Casio has equipped the camera with an interval shooting function for enabling hands-free shooting of photos or videos. Users can also take shots without the controller by using the shutter button on the camera unit.
    • Self-portrait style
      Dock the camera unit to take effortless self-portraits with the lens and LCD facing in the same direction and the camera held upright.
    Casio EXILIM EX-FR10: Conventional camera style

    Casio EXILIM EX-FR10: Conventional camera style

    • Conventional camera style
      Fold the camera unit when taking photos in self-portrait style. This enables photos to be shot like on a conventional camera.
  • Shoot in a variety of situations.
    Once the camera unit and controller are turned on, the Bluetooth® connection is established and the user can immediately begin shooting. When the controller is detached, the user can simply prop the camera unit up on its hinge. Users can shoot a wide range of situations using the strap that comes with the camera and attachments that can easily be fitted and removed. Both the camera unit and controller body feature a splash-proof and dustproof construction, and can withstand dropping from a height of up to 2.0 meters.

Take self-portraits or group shots—all with one camera

  • Self-portraits
    By setting up the camera for self-portrait style shooting and using the Make-up mode, the user can enhance his or her appearance.
  • Group shots
    By detaching the camera unit and setting it to face the subject, the user can take group shots including him or herself using the controller.

Have Fun Sharing Photos and Movies

  • Images can be sent effortlessly via Wi-Fi to a smartphone or tablet.
  • Fun times can be captured in condensed versions with Highlight Photo and Highlight Movie.
    • Highlight Photo lets users see a day’s photos in a single collage.
      With the Highlight Photo function, users can produce a single image of a day’s highlights just by specifying the shooting date and layout. The camera automatically selects recommended still images and saves them as a single photo collage. Users can choose from 10 different options featuring with different photo sizes, placement, and total number in the collage. Automatically selected photos can be changed with an easy operation, and favorite photos can be given priority.
    • Highlight Movie lets users watch their videos in a single clip.
      With the Highlight Movie function, users can produce a single short video of a day’s shooting, complete with automatically added video effects, just by specifying the shooting date. The camera automatically selects recommended video clips and still images. Users can choose from four types of background music, and specify three different lengths of the video to suit the situation.

Please click here for more info and EX-FR10 Specifications.


Casio Releases EXILIM “Split Camera” That Enables All-New Ways of Shooting Photos

Offering “Freestyle Shooting” Using Split Configuration Consisting of Camera Unit and Controller

TOKYO, August 26, 2014 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today the release of the EXILIM EX-FR10 freestyle digital camera. This latest addition to the EXILIM family of digital cameras boasts a modular construction that can be separated easily into two parts—the camera unit and the LCD-equipped controller—making it possible to take various kinds of interesting shots including self-portraits and group shots.

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The Transparent Display Edges Closer to Reality as MIT Student Confines Light in a Thin Slab of Photonic Crystal

Tue August 26, 2014

The transparent display in many SciFi movies and TV shows (including Extant) looks really cool. The problem has always been that light escapes the transparent glass. Recently, MIT graduate student Wade Hsu and colleagues have shown that they are now able to confine light in the surface of a photonic crystal slab and thus design a transparent display using nanoparticles.

We can take a piece of glass which is originally transparent and put in nanoparticles that only scatter a particular, narrow bandwidth of light. Light in the visible spectrum is made of many different wavelengths from 300 nanometers to 750 nanometers. If we have such a structure, then most of the light can pass through, so it is still transparent, but if we project light of that particular narrow bandwidth, light can be scattered strongly as if it were hitting a regular screen. -Wade Hsu

Read the whole article at: MIT

Editor’s note: Pair this transparent display with the transparent solar cell and you could have a truly interesting product.


#TimsDark Experiment: Canadian Tim Hortons Coffee Shop Where Servers Wear Infrared Goggles and Customers Drink In Complete Darkness

Mon August 25, 2014

I hope US fast food firm Burger King (BK) knows what it is getting into with the purchase of Canadian iconic Tim Hortons coffee shops. The young execs at BK better realize that this is not a shop that you buy and then drop when you have no need of it anymore: it could well ignite the simmering resentment Canadians feel toward their neighbor (and best friend) to the south.

In one “experiment,” a Timmys was painted completely black outside and cloistered so it was pitch black inside — as in, you can see zilch.

Customers gingerly felt their way inside as servers wearing infrared goggles directed them to the counter, took their orders and served them their order of Double-Double. Apparently, the extreme darkness heightened their sense of taste and a great-tasting coffee was elevated to even greater heights of flavor.

Of course, if you believe this was an actual store with actual customers, there’s still a bridge for sale somewhere…


Parks and Forests Through The Seasons Contest for 10 Years of Age & Older: Submit Photos by Noon Sept.3, 2014

Mon August 25, 2014

This video presents “A Modern Legacy – Pennsylvania State Parks.”

  • A look at what Pennsylvania State Parks in the USA have to offer.

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) invites everyone to enter the Parks and Forests Through the Seasons photo contest.

  • The contest will be judged by popular vote on PPFF’s Facebook page.
  • Each email address is able to vote one time.


PPFF’s mission is to promote and support the natural and cultural resources of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism.

All photos must be submitted by noon on September 3, 2014, for consideration.

  • The voting period will be from September 10 to September 17.
  • Photos must be submitted by the photographer. (No third party submissions.)
  • All photos must have been taken in a Pennsylvania state park or state forest.
    • A maximum of 3 photos per submitter will be accepted in any one category.

Note: only one prize will be awarded per person.

  • Should a photographer receive the most votes in more than one category, PPFF reserves the right to select from which category the prize will be awarded.
  • There are six different categories and three photographs from each category will be awarded a prize as follows:
    • The top vote-getter will be named People’s Choice in that category.
      • The top vote-getter in each category receives a $50 state park gift card.
    • Second prize in the category will likewise be chosen by popular vote.
      • The second place winner in each category receives a $25 state park gift card.
    • PPFF’s blue ribbon panel of experts (chosen solely at PPFF’s discretion) will select a Critics’ Choice in each category.
    • Once again this year, the top vote-getter among all submissions will be named the People’s Choice Best in Show and there will also be a Critics’ Choice Best in Show chosen from all submissions.
      • Both Best in Show winners (People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice) receive a $75 state park gift card.

Award winners will be featured in PPFF’s fall newsletter and may be included on PPFF’s website,  Facebook page and other electronic communications.

The six categories are:

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“Clean Air: A Basic Right” Exhibit: Photographers in Pictou County Can Submit Works by Sept.6, 2014

Sat August 23, 2014

This video presents “Northern Pulp Mill and Pictou, NS – July 27, 2014.”

A very putrid and sickening day in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is far from an isolated occurence. In an interview with CBC, David MacKenzie, spokesperson for Northern Pulp readily admits that Northern Pulp is not in compliance with it’s regulatory emissions. This was not new information. The Nova Scotia Department of the environment allows stake holders to exceed limits if they have a plan and are working towards compliance. A Scrubber filter in the plant broke down in 2006. The Department of Environment says they were not aware until 2008. The precipitator on the recovery boilder has had issues since 2011. There have been two directives (in 2012 and early 2013) that the DOE has given Northern Pulp to come under compliance. Northern Pulp are working towards this and says this should be completed by spring 2015. In the mean time, emissions have ridiculously exceeded limits and Northern Pulp are setting records in production without fear of being shut down due to excessive particulate matter. Pictou County already has the highest levels when it comes to cancer mortality rate in Nova Scotia according to Government of Canada Stats.

Photo by Matt Gunning‎: Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill.

Photo by Matt Gunning‎: Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill.




Gerry Farrell, director of Palliative Care at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow and local photographer and Marianne Fraser, retired professional photographer, are organizing an exhibition of photography. They are seeking works by photographers who are affected, moved and/or inspired by the issue of toxic emissions of the Northern Pulp Mill in Pictou and the effects it has on health, the environment and the general wellbeing of the people in Pictou County.

The purpose of this exhibition is to raise awareness of the magnitude of the impact of the emissions of the Northern Pulp Mill on human life and the environment as a whole. With due consideration of the livelihood of its employees and the people who work in the sub industries, this exhibition seeks attention to the fact that the people in Pictou County and surrounding areas, can’t live any longer with the unacceptable toxic pollution that destroys their health, environment and community.

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