I’ve seen the future and it’s no fun: robots equipped with AI and all sorts of neat technology beat us in all fields, even in solving the Rubik’s Cube. I remember learning to solve the Rubik’s Cube way back when the toy just came out: You just had to recognize what colors were at the edges and corners and solve the cube one layer at a time. It didn’t take any intelligence at all: just follow the algorithm.
Now, there are many robots built to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Turns out that in 2016, a robot broke the world record and solved the cube under 1 second, in exactly 0.637 seconds.
Well, MIT Mechanical engineering graduate student Ben Katz and third-year electrical engineering and computer science major Jared Di Carlo thought it was time to build a faster one. Their robot took just 0.38 seconds to solve the Rubik’s Cube, literally in the blink of an eye. In fact, blink and you missed it! It’s all over before your eyes even register the event. You have to slow the video down to 0.03x the actual speed to be able to follow the moves.
Is it not enough that robots are faster and stronger than we are, do we also want to equip them with AI without any ethical constraint?
The following video presents Daniella Zalcman on Women Photograph: “World Press Photo Festival 2017 special guest, Daniella Zalcman talks about her experience working as a photojournalist in a male-dominated industry, what led her to create the Women Photograph database and its impact so far.“
The five ‘Women Photograph + Nikon’ Grants will each provide $5,000 in funding to support documentary photography projects (new or in-progress). One grant will be specifically earmarked for a non-binary or transgender photographer.
The following video presents Behold… The Burnside 35: “It’s finally time to unveil Burnside 35! Create striking images with subtle, swirling bokeh and a bright, sharp center with our most versatile lens. Explore boundless creative options with Burnside 35!“
Lensbaby recently announced the arrival of the new Burnside 35, a one-of-a-kind 35mm classic lens.
This 35mm f/2.8 lens creates images with a large, bright central area of sharp focus and striking color rendition surrounded by subtle, swirling bokeh and vignette.
Use the aperture and subject/background separation to control the amount of swirly bokeh.
Shooting wide open & getting close to your subject with separation between subject and a textured background will produce the most swirl. Adjusting any of these variables lessens the swirl.
Lensbaby Burnside 35 has an Effect-Enhancing Slider (gold-colored slider)
Draw attention to your subject. Burnside 35’s controllable in-camera vignette can help you isolate a single element within your frame. Use the effect enhancement slider to achieve a look that’s as moody and artistic as you please—without needing to get these effects in post.
The key highlights of Burnside 35 include:
Lensbaby Burnside 35: Image by Stephanie DeFranco
More subtle, swirly bokeh.
Use the swirling bokeh and center brightness for your environmental portraiture to frame subjects and really make them pop.
4 stops of adjustable vignette, in-camera. You can add or subtract vignette completely independent of what aperture you’re shooting at by toggling the gold-colored effect slider.
Lensbaby Burnside 35: Slide the gold-colored slider to adjust the amount of vignette to your liking: Images by ormophoto.com (top left), Louise Zabriskie (bottom left), Andyhoarephoto.com (right)
It can be very versatile for times when you want little to no swirl, because you can use that effect slider to add vignette and draw attention to the center of your image.
Works on both full frame & crop sensor cameras.
Notes: On a crop sensor camera, you’ll have less swirl, a larger sweet spot of focus and less vignette when shooting at f/2.8 through approximately 5.6. You’ll still get effect on crop sensor cameras, it will just be less than on full frame.
To understand how much swirly bokeh and in-camera vignette you can get on full frame, crop sensor, and micro 4/3rds cameras, please see the examples above: Images Courtesy of Lensbaby
The following video presents instax SQUARE SQ10 Product Movie “HANDS” / FUJIFILM: “This is a video introducing the features of instax SQUARE SQ10. Performance expressing the charm of SQ 10 is based on K.E.N-DIGIT who is active as a finger dancer.“
Based on the established system for high-quality mass production in still photography, SIGMA has introduced an innovative cine lens series. The concept is defined by the slogan “100% & 100%”. The lenses retain 100% of the optical elements of still lenses designed for ultra-high-resolution shooting, but feature a 100% new mechanical structure with all the essentials for cinematography. A mount with electronic contacts and full metal body construction ensure stability and usability.
iF DESIGN AWARD 2018
The SIGMA CINE LENS has won the “iF DESIGN AWARD 2018”