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City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Contest for Ontario Residents: Submit Photos Until 5:00PM on Sept.30, 2014

Thu August 28, 2014

Here are some good reasons to celebrate the City of Toronto’s parks, forestry and recreation spaces.

  • There are 8,000 hectares of City parkland in Toronto – that’s 13% of Toronto’s land area!
    • Most people live within 500m, or a five to ten minute walk from a park.
  • The parks system includes 859 playground sites, 692 sports fields, 637 tennis courts and many more outdoor facilities.
  • Toronto’s urban forest is a vital city asset with an estimated replacement value of $7.1 billion and it’s canopy covers up to 28% of the city.

Get outside, take  pictures and share your memorable moments in Toronto’s parks, urban forests, and recreation spaces for a chance to win great prizes! Participation is also a great way to explore and share what the city’s green spaces, trees and recreation opportunities mean to you…

The contest theme is around getting outdoors to create and share memorable moments and experiences with the City of Toronto’s parks, urban forest or engaging in recreation activities. These may be personal moments from the contestant’s experiences or experiences of others that illustrate how the City’s parks, forestry and recreation contributes to enhancing the quality of life for Toronto residents.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Prizes

  • There will be one Grand Prize from all entries across all categories.
    • The Grand Prize will be a Nikon D3300 camera with 18-55mm lens and 55-300mm lens and Nikon camera bag, SD card and tripod valued at an approximate retail value of $1,079.90.
    • There will be one first prize in each of the three (3) categories of prizes to be won.
      Nikon CoolPix AW120

      Nikon CoolPix AW120

      • First place in each category will receive a Nikon CoolPix AW120 Camera with an approximate retail value of $379.95.
  • Once the category first place winners have been determined, the next top three photos – the finalists – will receive a certificate from the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.
  • Some photos may receive honorable mention.
  • Winning images will be featured on the City’s website and in the City’s communication materials.
    • Winning photos and those that receive honourable mention will be exhibited at City Hall in the rotunda.
    • Winning images will also be featured in the Spring Summer 2015 issue of Toronto FUN Guide.

The contest is open to photographers who are residents of the province of Ontario in Canada.

Any submissions must be an original photo taken in the City of Toronto during the contest period (9:00am on August 18, 2014 and ending at 5:00pm on September 30, 2014), and fall into one of three categories:

  • Parks,
  • Forestry, and
  • Recreation.

Contestants may enter multiple photos into more than one category; however one picture cannot be entered into more than one category.

  • Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public government website.
  • No purchase or participation fee is necessary.

Entering the contest constitutes an agreement by the contestant to give a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to the City, and anyone it authorizes, to display, distribute, modify, crop reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed including the Internet, for any City purpose including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion.  Such license is provided without any fee or other form of compensation, or any requirement for additional approvals, photo credit will be given where possible.

The entrant waives all moral rights in any of his or her winning entries.

Three panels of judges composed of City employees in two cases, and one composed of non-City employees, will be selected by the City, in its sole discretion.

  • Expert guest judges include
    • Kristian Bogner, a world-class professional photographer, speaker and Nikon Ambassador;
    • Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, whose photography has taken her to the most extreme climatic and geological locations on earth; and
    • Moses Znaimer, media visionary, Founder/CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited and President of CARP.

Contestants who have submitted winning/honourable mention photos will be notified at the end of December 2014, approximately.

  • Prizes must be picked up by December 31, 2014 or as otherwise arranged.

Please click here for more info and the complete Official Rules & Regulations of the contest.

  • Also, you can contact the Market Research and Promotions Consultant at 416-338-2934.

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

August 27, 2014

Photography contest puts the focus on Toronto’s parks, forests and recreational spaces

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division is holding a photo contest, presented by Nikon Canada, to highlight Toronto’s parks, urban forests, natural environments and recreation spaces.

Judging will take place in the following three categories: parks, forestry and recreation – all tied to the theme of getting outside and enjoying the city. Expert guest judges include Kristian Bogner, a world-class professional photographer, speaker and Nikon Ambassador; Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, whose photography has taken her to the most extreme climatic and geological locations on earth; and Moses Znaimer, media visionary, Founder/CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited and President of CARP.

Entries will be evaluated based on content, composition, impact and technical criteria. Judges will review short-listed photos and winners will be notified in December 2014. The photographer with the best photo overall will receive a Nikon D3300 camera with lenses. First place winners in each of the three categories will receive a Nikon CoolPix AW120 camera. Winning images will be featured on the City’s website and in the City’s communication materials.


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Olympus PEN E-PL7

Thu August 28, 2014

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Olympus is positioning its new PEN E-PL7 as the smartphone user’s Interchangeable Lens Camera. Smartphone users take lots of pictures with their phone’s built-in camera and most of these end up on their social sites, shared with friends and families.

The tiny sensor in the smartphone cameras puts limitations in the image quality that can be obtained. That is when smartphone users eagerly look to upgrade to a dedicated camera with a larger sensor that is as easy to use as the one on their smartphone but that will give them much better image quality and more flexibility in exposure, lenses and accessories.

Enter the Olympus PEN E-PL7. It has a proven form factor, is drop dead gorgeous in its retro design and is filled with practical features prized by smartphone users.

Main Features

  • 16M Live MOS Four-Thirds Sensor
  • TruePic VII engine
  • 81-Point FAST AF
  • 3-Axis VCM In-body Image Stabilization
  • 8fps High-Speed Sequential Shooting
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 3.0-in. Tilting and Swiveling Capacitive Touch Panel Monitor (1.04M-dot)
  • Selfie Function
  • Advanced Live Guide
  • New Partial Color and Old Film Effect Art Filters
  • New Photo Story and Hold Function
  • New Scene Mode ‘Panning Shot’


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Olympus PEN E-PL7: Share Beautifully + Overview Videos

Thu August 28, 2014


This video presents Share beautifully with the new Olympus PEN EPL-7.

Introducing the smartest PEN yet! Built to deliver outstanding image quality with its ultra high speed, one-touch selfie capabilities and easy Smartphone sharing.

The following video presents Olympus PEN E-PL7 Overview:

Press Releases

Olympus PEN E-PL7 Features 180-degree Downward Flip LCD for Easy Selfies in an Advanced Interchangeable Lens Camera for Smart Phone Users

Thu August 28, 2014

Today, Olympus announces the new PEN E-PL7, a premium and portable interchangeable-lens camera enhanced with brilliant detail. The new addition to the PEN series perfects the selfie-shot with a 180-degree downward flip LCD screen that predicts your every shot. Paired with build in Wi-Fi and outstanding image quality, the PEN E-PL7 gives users the power of instantaneous sharing all in a compact, lightweight body.

PRESS RELEASE

THE NEW SMART: OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7® FLIPS THE SELFIE REVOLUTION 180 DEGREES

Capture, Connect and Create: 180-Degree Downward Flip LCD, Easy Self Portrait Mode and Advanced Performance in an Interchangeable Lens Camera for the Smart Phone User

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 28, 2014 — Olympus makes it easier than ever to shoot and share your stories in brilliant detail with the new PEN E-PL7®, an interchangeable-lens camera in a portable, compact and lightweight body, with a premium design. Featuring a new 180-degree downward flip touch LCD, Selfie-dedicated mode and built-in Wi-Fi®, combined with the enhanced Olympus Image Share app (OI.Share™), the PEN E-PL7 gives users the power to easily upload and share images instantly using their mobile devices.

Outstanding Image Quality
The Olympus PEN E-PL7 features much of the same technology as Olympus’s award-winning OM-D® line of cameras for a level of performance that rivals that of high-end interchangeable-lens cameras. The TruePic VII image processor combines with a 16.05 megapixel Live MOS sensor and M.ZUIKO® lenses to deliver beautiful image quality with high resolution, superior color reproduction and high sensitivity, all in a portable, compact and lightweight body, with the same high-level design and build quality of the PEN flagship, the E-P5.


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Pentax Announces K-S1 DSLR

Wed August 27, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

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.

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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.”

Artsy
https://artsy.net/artist/sarah-anne-johnson

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
http://www.canadianart.ca/news/2008/05/01/grange-prize/

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

NEWS RELEASE

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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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:

Press Releases

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.

PRESS RELEASE

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES CLASSICALLY DESIGNED PREMIUM COMPACT X30 WITH NEW CONTROLS AND FASTER PERFORMANCE

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

Tue August 26, 2014
Casio EXILIM EX-FR10

Casio EXILIM EX-FR10

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.

NEWS RELEASE

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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