Total Solar Eclipse 2017

A total solar eclipse is seen on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon.

A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe.

Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

ISS transits the Sun - Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

ISS transits the Sun – Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second during a partial solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 from Ross Lake, Northern Cascades National Park, Washington. Onboard as part of Expedition 52 are: NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer, and Randy Bresnik; Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy; and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls


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Guest Blog

How to Post Photos of Your Kids Safely Online

Note from the Editor:

It’s only normal for parents to be proud of their kids and what better way to “show them off” than to share their (big and small) achievements via online social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

However, as most of you are aware, there are dangers lurking. Fortunately, there are some simple and safe online posting practices we can all follow to ensure that we are not putting our children at risk.

Sandra Cobain, from is our guest author today on this very important subject. If you are not yet following any safe online photo posting practices, you will find this article very helpful. If you already are, a refresher is always good so we can see if we are up-to-date with the latest expert recommendations.

– Editor

Safeguarding Your Children’s Pictures Online: The Dangers and How to Avoid Them

It may be a nice idea to share photos of your children and their friends running around your garden while you’re having a BBQ on your Facebook or Instagram sites with your friends and family, but have you ever considered how safe your social media profiles really are?

As much as it’s a horrible thought to comprehend, bad things do sometimes happen on social media, and it’s important that, as a parent, you’re aware of these dangers, repercussions and how to protect your family from these threats ever becoming a problem. When uploading photos of your children, you’ll always need to be aware of whether they’re appropriate–and whether you’d be happy with strangers seeing these images on their feeds.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can continue to build up the safeguards, adding protection to your accounts to protect your family.

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Now You Know

How to Prepare for the Total Eclipse of the Sun

Now everyone, (almost) anywhere around the world can watch the total solar eclipse of the Sun on Monday, August 21. That’s because NASA plans to live stream it using 11 spacecrafts, at least three NASA aircrafts, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station–each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.

The show starts at 1 p.m. EDT.

How can the Moon, so much smaller than the Earth and the Sun totally hide the Sun? Here’s a video that explains it:

Apparently, since the Moon is slowly pulling away from the Earth (about 3.8 cm or 1.5 in. per year), we can expect the Last Total Solar Eclipse to take place about 563 million years from now (or in about 1.2 billion years from now, depending on who you ask).

How to ensure you view the eclipse safely? Remember, it is never safe to look at the Sun directly without proper eclipse safety glasses (even then, it is recommended that you don’t watch for more than 3 minutes at a time). There are no pain sensors at the back of your eyes and you will not know if your eye is being burned. Similarly, never look at the Sun through your camera without approved solar filters. (The only time it is safe to look directly at the Sun is when the totality eclipse occurs, when the Moon totally obscures the Sun.) Lou Tomososki and his friend were school children when they looked at a partial eclipse in 1962 without proper eye protection; they both suffered permanent eye damage and he is sharing a warning with every one today.

This video explains important safety precautions to take:

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Pluto: Planet of the Sith

Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models, NASA mission scientists have created flyover movies of Pluto and its largest moon Charon. The dramatic Pluto flyover shows dark, cratered terrain, rugged and fractured highlands, deep and wide pits, bladed terrain, and a great expanse of nitrogen ice–exactly where a Dark Lord of the Sith would inhabit.

The Charon flyover isn’t any more welcoming: wide chasm dividing the landscapes, a colorful depression (appropriately dubbed Mordor), craters, mountains, and crevices–and darkness seems to permanently cover the moon. Amazing pictures and videos.


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Cameras Nikon Teasers

Nikon Teases the D850 Again, Expected Announcement Next Week

This is an update to the previous blog, Nikon Develops the D850, a Full-Frame FX-Format DSLR Camera.

Nikon has posted a teaser on both Facebook and Instagram with an invitation to view the camera at the Nikon Fan Meeting 2017 on August 26-27 in Tokyo and Sep 2-3 in Osaka.

The Nikon D850 is a full-frame DSLR that replaces the D810, and its development was first announced last month in a teaser. Of course, there have been many leaks since that first teaser, with pictures purporting to show the camera and its specs.

The Nikon D850 should be announced about a week from now, with a mid september shipping date.

Nikon D850 Product Page


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Cameras Lenses Sony

The Prestigious EISA Awards 2017-2018: Sony Wins Six Photography Categories and One Home Theatre TV Category

The following video presents Sony | α | α9 “Through the eyes of a professional” Camera review by Gene Lower:
“Professional sports photographer – Gene Lower talks about the impressions of Sony α9 after test shooting.”

This is an update to the previous blog, The Prestigious EISA Awards 2017-2018: Sony A9 Is Camera of the Year.

This year Sony wins a record seven awards for the following products:

The following video presents Sony | Cyber-shot | RX100 V – 4K movie:
The first RX100 series camera with Fast Hybrid AF for shooting movies as well as stills features a focal plane phase-detection AF sensor for focusing and tracking accurate enough even for the rigors of 4K movie shooting*¹*². And record movies in 4K(QFHD: 3840 x 2160) with full pixel readout without pixel binning. Such 4K movies contain approx. 1.7 times as much information as is minially required for 4K movie output. This gives 4K movie images even more outstanding resolution that complements reduced moire and jaggies.

*¹ A Class 10 or higher SDHC/ SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC format. UHS-I (U3) is also required for recording at 100Mbps.
*² Continuous recording is available for approx. 5 minutes. The duration available for the shooting may change according to shooting conditons.


Sony celebrates record haul of seven categories at the 2017 EISA awards

Aug 14, 2017 23:00 BST

Sony has been recognised by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) for delivering inspiring products to its customers that are redefining the boundaries of what is possible in the imaging and home theatre markets. This year, Sony was honoured with a record seven awards, more than any other manufacturer and more than Sony has ever won in a single year.

With 53 expert magazines from 25 countries across the globe, EISA represents the largest editorial collaboration in the world of consumer electronics, and has been celebrating the very best products for over 35 years.

EISA CAMERA OF THE YEAR 2017-2018: Sony α9

The Sony α9 is a groundbreaking mirrorless camera that in many ways surpasses traditional DSLR rivals. Thanks to an innovative design, the 24.2 million pixel full-frame image sensor captures up to 20 frames per second in full resolution with no EVF blackout and offers completely silent, vibration-free shooting at up to 1/32,000th second. The new super-fast autofocus system, with 693 phase detection AF points covering 93% of the image area, ensures that even fast-moving subjects are in focus. The 5-axis image stabilisation allows a 5-step slower shutter speed. The oversampling process and full-frame pixel read-out result in excellent 4K movie quality.

EISA PROSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2017-2018: Sony α6500 (more…)

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Cameras Canon

Canon Wins Three Prestigious EISA Awards 2017-2018: Professional DSLR Camera is EOS 5D Mark IV, Consumer DSLR Camera is EOS 77D, Professional DSLR Lens is Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM

The following video presents Brucie Interrupted with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: Motorsports:
Canon Explorer Of Light Bruce Dorn takes the EOS 5D Mark IV to the track for a Motorsport shoot.

Canon is still the preferred DSLR for professionals and consumers as judged by the editors of the EISA Awards 2017-2018. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV wins the Professional DSLR Camera award and the Canon EOS 77D wins the Consumer DSLR Camera award. The Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM lens wins the Professional DSLR Lens award.


Canon recognised as a class-leader by the 2017 EISA awards

London, UK, 15 August 2017 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, is honoured to today announce it has been awarded three prestigious accolades from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 5D Mark IV has been named ‘EISA Professional DSLR Camera 2017-2018’, the EOS 77D has been awarded ‘EISA Consumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018’ and the Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM has been awarded ‘EISA Professional DSLR Lens 2017-2018’.

Voted by a panel of editors representing over 50 internationally-respected magazines from across 20 European countries, plus USA and Australia, EISA celebrates new products that combine the most advanced technology and desirable features with class-leading performance.

“Canon has a long-standing reputation within the industry for delivering high-quality products that enable users to tell the best story of their lives through unlocking their creative shooting potential with the support, reliability and consistency needed,” commented Lee Bonniface, Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging, Canon Europe. “Feedback on our products through award recognition such as EISA, is paramount as we strive to produce pioneering and class-leading solutions that enable photographers around the world to discover, capture and share their own unique stories through photography.”

In recognition of Canon’s award-winning products, the EISA judging panel commented with the following citations:

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Cameras Nikon

Nikon D7500 Wins the Prestigious EISA Prosumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018 Award

The following video presents D7500: Exceptional ISO:
Discover what you can capture with the D7500’s exceptional ISO range up to 1.64 million. I AM CHASING MOMENTS. I AM THE NEW NIKON D7500.

The Nikon D7500 was selected as the recipient of the EISA Prosumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018 award.

The following video presents D7500: 8 FPS Continuous Shooting:
Discover what you can capture with the D7500’s 8 FPS continuous shooting. I AM CHASING MOMENTS. I AM THE NEW NIKON D7500.


The Nikon D7500 Digital SLR Camera Receives EISA Award

August 17, 2017

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that its Nikon DX-format digital SLR camera, the Nikon D7500, is the recipient of the EISA Prosumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018 award presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

The D7500 is equipped with the same EXPEED 5 image-processing engine and Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor as the D500, Nikon’s flagship DX-format digital SLR camera, which enables superior image quality with little noise throughout its entire ISO 100–51200 range of standard sensitivities. The same superior image quality and high-speed performance available with the D500 is packed into a slim and lightweight body, making it popular with a wide range of users, from beginner to experienced, although it is a mid-level model.

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