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Saturday, 19 May


New Canon patent discloses a 16-28mm f/2.8 lens for a future Full Frame mirrorless mirrorlessrumors

A newly published patent application discloses the design of a wide angle zoom lens for the future Canon Full Frame mirrorless system cameras. Those are the lens specs: Zoom ratio: 1.67 Focal length: 16.48 27.44 mm F number: 2.88

The post New Canon patent discloses a 16-28mm f/2.8 lens for a future Full Frame mirrorless appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Why Photographys B&W vs Color Debate Is No Debate At All PetaPixel

In the 1950s, early color photography was widely scorned. Now its the default. What happened?

Black and white, meet color. A composite made from one of the earliest, impractical color photos.

Prologue: No Space for Dreams

In 2015, Leica released a beautiful, ridiculous ad. It was for a special product in their lineup; a digital camera that only takes black-and-white photos.

The clip itself is strangely compelling. Set to hypnotizing black-and-white patterns, a calm voiceover says B&W is purer than color. The hyperrealism of color, it points out, isnt just overly crass, its unnecessary. Color is an aid for people without imagination: In the color world, theres no space for dreams.

Of course, this is wrong. If anything its the other way around: color is actual, we dont see in monochrome. Insisting on black and white is often a pretentious turn. Leicas ad rehashes one of the oldest debates in the history of photography: Which is better, black and white or color? The two do different things, the debate is fruitless. However, it helps to know about this controversy in order to understand how we and photography got here.

Act I: Color is Bulls**t

Lets recall that photography only became an art form relatively recently. When it came about at the end of the 19th century, observers had considered it...


I Shot Photos of Cameras Placed on Film PetaPixel

Last summer, I visited Gifford Stevens at his home in Bradley, Maine. He was one of the best teachers Ive ever had. He taught English at Hampden Academy.

His classes were always fascinating, and a few favorites were Folklore and Outdoor Life. He led a guitar club, took us white water rafting, and I was fortunate enough to have been able to build an Appalachian dulcimer with him.

Gif is retired now (I think hes on trip 74 around the Sun this year) and spends the summers here in Maine.

Last summer, he wanted to pass a few things along to me. First, he gave me a guitar, a fascinating story on its own. Then he gave me a camera.

The camera was once his grandfathers camera. Alden Gifford Stevens, according to a letter Gif wrote for me to go with the camera, traveled to Africa in 1926 and stayed until 1929. On his travels, he met Ernest Hemingway, the Prince of Wales, and George Eastman among some other notables. George Eastman himself gave Alden this camera!

In 1960, he sent it to Rochester for a bellows repair. The folks at Kodak wanted to buy it for the collection but, to my good fortune, he declined. When Gif handed me the camera, I took off the back and tried to show him the projection of the lens onto a piece of paper where the film would usually go. I was not familiar with the proper functioning of this particular camera so my demonstration failed (so much for that Masters Degree).

This inspired me to make a series of images titled The Shadows and Projections of Cameras Placed On Film.

35mm Point and Shoot Camera Placed on 45 inch Film 2017

Usually film goes inside the camera, but I wanted to show the camera as an object and capture the projection through the lens all in the same image. I thought this would elegantly bridge cameraless and camera-based work.



This Astronaut on a Spacewalk Left His Cameras SD Card at Home PetaPixel

Have you ever pulled out your camera to shoot, only to be horrified to find that you forgot to put a memory card inside before leaving home? Thats what just happened to a NASA astronaut while he was in the middle of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Astronaut: Hey, uh, Houston, I gotta ask a question about the GoPro real quick.
Houston: Im all ears. Go ahead.
Astronaut: Pushing the button, I see a No SD. Do I need that to record? And if its recording, is there supposed to be a red light on?
*A long silence ensues*
Houston: Im told that if it has the card in it, it should have a red light if its recording.
Astronaut: And if it says No SD, what does that mean?
Houston: I think that means no card. Were checking though, hang on.
Astronaut: Well, lets just forget it for now. Ill get it later. Lets just not worry about it.

Thankfully, the ISS has an impressive arsenal of camera equipment (including 10 new Nikon D5 DSLRs), so dont worry: the astronaut isnt going to have to rush home to Earth to retrieve his forgotten memory card.



Philip Bloom is Angry at Google for Using His Work in an Internal Video PetaPixel

Well-known British filmmaker Philip Bloom is angry at Google, accusing the Silicon Valley tech giant of using his work without permission or payment for an internal video that has since been leaked and published by major publications.

Yesterday, The Verge published an article about a 2016 internal Google video titled The Selfish Ledger.

Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users, The Verge writes. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by The Verge offers a stunningly ambitious and unsettling look at how some at the company envision using that information in the future.

The video was subsequently published by other big news outlets and has been uploaded multiple times to YouTube:

While many people have been creeped out by the videos message, Bloom had a much different reaction: he was pissed when he saw that 75 seconds of unlicensed footage had been used at various points in the short film.

See if you can spot the 75 seconds of unlicensed footage of mine in this internal video by Google which has just been published! Bloom writes. Now I just need to find out how to go after them! I...

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Friday, 18 May


National Geographic Used a Stock Image and Its Amazing PetaPixel

As a kid who grew up with a shelf filled with yellow spines, I can attest to the rhythm and general predictability of a National Geographic cover. With few exceptions (most notably those holographic covers from the 1980s), cover photography from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s followed a familiar pattern of a faraway place, strange creature, or exotic face in saturated color.

We were armchair explorers living vicariously through the eyes of those famous photographers Indiana Joneses with a camera.

In the mid-2000s, the editors started experimenting with studio photography and illustration perhaps a tacit acknowledgment that the visual language of magazine covers had evolved. A few issues started to appear indistinguishable from something you might find on the cover of TIME. Conceptual illustration was rare, and when used, it lacked ingenuity and subtlety. Case in point: the September 2013 cover of the Statue of Liberty underwater to illustrate sea level rise.

National Geographics September 2013 Cover

But the June 2018 cover is brilliant.

The photo illustration echoes Ralph A. Clevengers famous 1998 composite of an iceberg.

The image was created by Jorge Gamboa of Mexico and won 1st Place in the Political or Social Posters category of the Bienal del Cartel Bolivia 2017,...


The Original Canon EOS M Can Shoot 2.5K Raw Video with Magic Lantern PetaPixel

Canons original EOS M flopped as the companys first contender in the emerging mirrorless camera market, but now third-party hackers are working to unlock more of its potential. And theyre making progress: using Magic Lantern, the EOS M is able to shoot 2.5K raw video.

Canon Watch reports that camera hackers have been testing the highly experimental sd_uhs module in Magic Lantern, which overclocks a cameras SD memory card interface to allow for higher write speeds.

For the EOS M, the overclocking allows 70 MB/s of data to be written to a card instead of 40 MB/s.

The result is that the EOS M can shoot 25201080 (2.5K), 5x zoom, 24 fps, 12 bit lossless compressed raw footage.

Here are a couple of sample videos by Synth & Sundry:

This is a 2 minute continuous test run, writes Synth & Sundry. ISO is at 400 so there is noise, but its not too visible due to the higher resolution. [] Upscaled to UHD for youtube upload. At this resolution image crop is 3.33x from 35mm full frame [] so 11mm becomes 36.6mm full frame equivalent.

The footage reportedly avoids the moire effect due to the 5x crop.

Theres no pixel interpolation / line skipping going on,...


Instagram Now Lets You Share Other Peoples Photos in Stories PetaPixel

Instagram has officially launched the re-sharing of other peoples posts in your stories. The feature was previously spotted by a small set of guinea pig users back in February and is now being rolled out to everyone.

If youre browsing through your feed and see a photo that youd like to share, simply tap the paper airplane Send button found below it, just as you would when sending a post via Direct.

At the top of the view that pops up is a new option for using the post to create a story.

Tapping this option turns the post into a sticker with a customized background that you can add to your story. You can rotate, scale, and move the sticker around on the background. Tapping it brings up other styles you can use.

Posts shared in stories are always attributed to the posters username, and anyone tapping the sticker will be taken to the original post.

Only posts from public accounts can be shared as story stickers in this way, and theres an option in your account settings that allows you to opt out of letting other people share your posts.

Instagram says post re-sharing has already rolled out to Android users and is set to arrive for iOS users in the coming days.


Full Fuji XT100 specs leaked! mirrorlessrumors

Fuji UK first published and than removed the full XT100 specs. We made it in time to copy them all :) - Model Name FUJIFILM X-T100 Number of effective pixels 24.2 million pixels Image sensor 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C) CMOS

The post Full Fuji XT100 specs leaked! appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Zeiss will announce a new Supreme Prime Cine Lens series on May 24 mirrorlessrumors

Zeiss will announce a new Cine Lens Supreme Prime series on May 24th. Mount is PL / LPL / EF. 13 pieces of lenses to be released by 2020 are: 15mm  T/1.8 18mm T/1.5 21mm  T/1.5 25mm T/1.5 29mm T/1.5

The post Zeiss will announce a new Supreme Prime Cine Lens series on May 24 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


These Epic Underwater Photos Were Shot Below Breaking Waves PetaPixel

For his project Below the Breaking Wave, UK photographer Matt Porteous of Studio_M visited The Maldives in the Indian ocean and shot underwater photos directly beneath powerful breaking waves. The results are stunning.

Ive always had a fascination with our world below the breaking waves, Porteous writes. To me, it symbolizes the world that we live in today, the calm after every storm. The beauty, clarity and chaos.

Reefs that survive and many that have gone, fish numbers are down in oceans, where others they thrive, Porteous continues. We live in a incredible time surrounded by a beautiful world, but we must search further to find and work harder to protect.

This is how I see the world.



How I Got My Photos Published from a Free Trip to Paradise PetaPixel

February 2017. For a midwesterner like my father, this was prime time to get away. So Jon decided to acquire two tickets aboard a cruise from San Jos, Costa Rica to the Panama Canal. His original plan was to treat my mother to a bit of mid-winter warmth and sunshine. When she wasnt able to go, he offered the spare to me.

Id never been on a cruise prior to this, so when presented with the opportunity to get some all-expense paid shots of Central America, I obliged.

Yes, Jon and I packed the same shirts. No I was not happy about it but we made the best of the situation. The rooms were, in fact mirrored, this image is not a collage of multiple shots.

Life Aquatic

We set sail from Puerto Caldera and were set to visit such warm, luscious destinations as Quepos, Bahia Drake, and Puerto Jimenez to name a few.

On day two of the cruise, our midsize ship stopped short of the mouth of a bay called Bahia Drake. There, we had the better part of the afternoon to explore or, for just $200 each, we could take a mangrove tour. At hearing this, Jon and I looked at each other with that yeah, nope look on our faces.

So along with the two couples in our group, we took the dingy (a small boat that seats about ten turistas comfortably) to the beach to do some not $200-each hiking.

While I was grateful to escape the frigid winter, I have to admit Costa Rica was hot. Much hotter than midwest hot. Like 98 Fahrenheit (~37 Celsius), 100% humidity hot.

The second we stepped out of the small boat, we were sweating. And not just a little brow sweattourist sweat. My long sleeve, Target-branded, moisture-wicking workout shirt stuck to me. Sexy right?

Their Story

Wed been walking for all of about twenty minutes through the dirt paths of paradise when our sweat ridden, pale skinned group stumbled upon a wooden bridge.

Waiting until the entire scene is void of any rays of light peeping through the clouds ensures an evenly lit scene with no blown-out bright spots that may otherwise be distracting in the final image.

After bravely traversing its neatly crafted planks, we obediently followed a gravel path to...


GQ Mocks Vanity Fair Photoshop Fail on Comedy Issue Cover PetaPixel

Is it April Fools day yet? Because GQ just won next years contest (if there were one). In jest of all the botched jobs on other magazine covers, they decided to release this cover for the Comedy Issue with the best/worst issues! How many can you spot?

I swear I am now tempted to make one just for fun! Perhaps just as great is the statement they released with the cover:

GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue, the latest in our pantheon of mostly annual love letters to the funniest humans we know. Our intention was to celebrate the three super-funny superstars, who are all that is smart and perceptive and riotous and necessary in comedy right now. We deeply regret that the results violated GQs rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.

In an effort to ensure that an error of this magnitude never happens again, and because this sounds like the right thing to say, GQ will be conducting a thorough internal audit of our cover-development process. To demonstrate our commitment to transparency, we will release the results of the review, quietly, in 17 months, on Medium.

Vanity Fairs botched cover made headlines in January 2018....


This LEGO Kit is a Photographers Promo Mailer PetaPixel

Every year since 2010, photographer Clint Davis has put together a creative promotional mailer to send out to current and prospective clients. This year he got playful and created a custom LEGO kit promo mailer.

Considering many of the people I do business with are extremely busy and surrounded by some of the most creative and innovative people in the world, this is my trojan horse, Davis writes.

After some brainstorming, Davis had the idea of doing a LEGO mailer. And since hes a commercial and editorial automotive photographer, the LEGO kit would have a car theme.

Davis was happy to find that he could purchase LEGO Creator Red Racer kits for $3 each (theyre more expensive now), so he bought a huge pile of them.

Davis then built upon the kit by adding personal touches with the same LEGO style. He created a LEGO-style Fold Factory 57-inch fold-out print that goes from showing a desert scene with his name to showing an overhead car photo.

Davis cut open each LEGO box, carefully inserted a set of 3 prints, and then resealed the boxes to make them appear untouched.

Alongside each modified LEGO kit is a custom foam insert with a personalized LEGO figure. Davis actually bought a wide range of LEGO figures and then reassembled them into custom figurines targeting each recipient.

I try to match the persons personality to the LEGO figure, Davis says....

Thursday, 17 May


9 Portrait Location Ideas in 90 Seconds PetaPixel

Sometimes the strangest or most mundane locations can make for compelling portrait environments. Mango Street made this short and sweet video in which it presents 9 portrait location suggestions in just 90 seconds.

Heres a rundown of the 9 places picked (watch the video for a full set of examples showing what you can shoot at each spot):

#1. Through a Cafe Window

#2. Near a Construction Site

#3. Chain-Link Fence

#4. Hedges

#5. Under an Overpass

#6. Indoor Window Light

#7. Outdoor Stairs

#8. Tennis Court

#9. Parking Garage

Mango Street says it picked these locations because theyre ones you can most likely find close to where you live. You can find more videos by Mango Street on the YouTube channel.


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