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Wednesday, 20 June

00:30

This Photographer Got Charged by a Bison in Yellowstone PetaPixel

Photographer Willis Chung was shooting in Yellowstone when he came across a solitary bison bull in the plains. As he walked parallel to the animal, photographing it from a safe distance (a minimum of 25 yards), the bison began charging at him.

Chung, a 56-year-old doctor based in Denver, Colorado, says the bison was returning to the hills from the meadows after the mating season was wrapping up on August 24, 2016, when the encounter occurred. It started with Chung photographing the bison for over 90 minutes as it walked through the grass and wallowed (rolling around vigorously to scratch themselves) in the dirt.

I am not inconspicuous as I move and work, with a Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR attached to a Nikon D800e body on a Gitzo 3 series tripod with a Wimberly gimbal head, Chung tells PetaPixel. I was set up with my tripod and 300mm with the D800e getting head and shoulder photos as the bull wallowed. I went to my handheld D7100 with 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 to get full body photos as the bull lay down for a second wallow.

But after a few more rolls, the bison suddenly rocked to its feet, snorted, and began charging at Chung.

Although they may appear relatively docile, bisons can become very aggressive when disturbed and have the ability to run at over 30mph,...

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Tuesday, 19 June

17:37

Voigtlander officically announces the new 110mm FE macro lens mirrorlessrumors

Cosina Japan officially announced the new 110mm f/2.5 FE macro lens. It costs 148,000 ($1300) and will ship in August. Image samples can be seen here: cosina.co.jp/gallery/oomura-110mm/index.html

The post Voigtlander officically announces the new 110mm FE macro lens appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

05:04

DJIs Shiny New HQ Has a Sky Bridge for Showing Off Drones PetaPixel

The Chinese drone juggernaut DJI has outgrown its current headquarters and is now building a giant new complex for its future. The twin towers will also be located in Shenzhen, Guangdong, and will feature giant quadruple-height indoor drone flight testing spaces as well as a sky bridge that will be used for showing off new drones and technologies.

The new 194m (637ft), 160,000m (~1,722,226ft) headquarters were designed by the leading architectural firm Foster + Partners, which aimed to create a design worthy of the worlds leading robotics company that had $2.83 billion in revenue and about 6,000 employees in 2017.

As the heart of innovation for the company, the new building defies the traditional idea of office space to form a creative community in the sky, the architectural firm writes. The floors are arranged in floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by large steel megatrusses creating large, column-free spaces throughout, with unique quadruple-height drone flight testing labs.

The ground floor of the HQ will have a public exhibition area, a theater for new product announcements, state of the art gymnasiums for staff, and robot fighting rings.

Spanning between the two towers is a be...

03:44

How I Wait Years to Get My Photos PetaPixel

Landscape photography takes a lot of patience. When we share shots on the Internet, people often dont realize how much effort can go into creating some of them. Im often told, youre always at the right place at the right time. And yes, I am sometimes at the right place at the right time, but it took me lots of effort and sometimes a bit of luck!

There are a bunch of shots that I aim to get. I often set my bar very high so that I always have something to go out for.

I live in the Netherlands. An example of a shot I am aiming to get is a shot with the tulips, a rainbow during sunset, and a thunderstorm (with a lightning strike) to go with it. Sure, sounds crazy, but I keep going out every year to try and get it. And if I finally nail the shot and share it with the story along with it, people will say wow youre so lucky. Yes, lucky, but I take my chance every time an opportunity presents itself.

Here are some examples of shots I waited years to get:

A tulip shot in the morning with ground fog and a sunrise to create a magical atmosphere. This isnt the crazy shot I still have in mind, but its still one to cross off of my bucket list. It took me 3 years of waiting and trying to get the tulips with ground fog.

A shot of a famous spot in Amsterdam along the Prinsengracht. The sun sets right in the middle of this arch for about 1 week each year. I wanted to get this shot with the sunset and the cloud direction going at me (or away from me). So I had 1 week each year to get conditions with a decent sunset, clouds, and the correct wind directions. It took me 2 years to get (about 5 tries).

This is Zaanse Schans covered in fog. I wanted to shoot these conditions for years but the weather predictions were never great and fog like this rarely happens there. This year, the predictions were great one morning, so I went out and ended up getting this shot of my dreams. It took me one try but after a lot of waiting!

Heres a portrait of a friend standing under the Mil...

03:12

Your Camera Already Has the Most Important Feature PetaPixel

There is something all-newcomer photographers tend to do: they either dream of camera gear or buy a lot of it. When I started in photography I went through the same thing. I thought that I needed all the lenses that my idols used. I believed I needed the highest megapixel camera, with all the video features just in case a potential client wanted video. But over time, with age came wisdom.

The amateur compensates with the many, where the master relies on the few. One camera, one lens, one light, focusing on the moment. Capturing what matters instead of focusing on the gear, giving attention to the photograph being framed.

I wish I could put you in my shoes and give you a different perspective that would save you a lot of time and money buying items you think you need. Indulge me if you will. I had a thought while walking home yesterday and I wanted to ask you this simple question.

Would you rather have everything and only get to use each thing once, or have one thing and use it always?

Its a relatively simple question but how you answer it, speaks about the photographer you are. One choice speaks that you would get excited about the newest whatever and buy it for inspiration or what you think you currently need to stay ahead of the competition. The other choice demonstrates you would focus down on one thing, putting all your energy into learning it inside and out.

These articles about Camera A vs Camera B are really trying to push it. When you take a step back the only differences compared to as a whole is around 10% at best. Going up an extra two stop in ISO. Being able to capture at 60fps instead of 25fps. Do you really think that extra stop or dynamic range will make you 10% better as a photographer?

There will be a point and we are nearly there, where technology becomes so obtainable that everyone will have access to the best systems, at a very affordable price. The only way you will stand out when that time comes isnt because you purchased what everyone else has or will get. What will make you different and ahead of the pack is that you chose to master your craft. You focused on learning the light, angles, composition, your lenses, and one camera system you know inside and out.

I was listening to a TED Talk about limitations and struggle and how they force creativity.

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02:50

The Story Behind that Viral Photo of a Toddler Crying at the Border PetaPixel

One of the most viral and talked about photos this week is of a 2-year-old daughter looking up and crying at her mother at the US-Mexico border. The Honduran mother and child were being taken into custody by federal agents when they were photographed by Getty Images photographer John Moore, who shares the story behind the shot in the 7-minute CNN interview above.

As the father myself, this photograph was especially difficult for me to take, Moore writes in the caption of his photo on Instagram. It is one from a series [] while I was on a ride-along with the Border Patrol in Texas Ro Grande Valley.

02:22

Samyang Unveils an 85mm f/1.4 Full Frame Lens for Canon EF PetaPixel

Samyang has just announced its new Samyang/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 full frame autofocus lens for Canon EF-mount cameras. The announcement comes just one week after the company unveiled its new 24mm f/2.8 lens.

The lens is the equivalent of a 136mm when mounted on a Canon crop sensor APS-C camera.

Thanks to its internal design and technologies such as a Hybrid Aspherical element, the 85mm measures less than 3 inches long and is lightweight for its focal length (17oz/482g). The features (including Ultra Multi-Coating) also help reduce and control distortion and aberrations.

Two Linear Ultrasonic Motors (LSM) in the lens allow it to have fast and quiet autofocusing while adjusting just one inner lens group in the process.

Other specs and features include an all-metal construction, a minimum focusing distance of 2.95ft/0.90m, an ergonomic shape, and a 9-blade aperture for smooth bokeh.

The new Samyang/Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 will be available starting in August 2018 with a price tag of $799, bundled with a reversible lens hood, lens caps, and a soft pouch case.

01:51

Unconditional Love: Portraits of People and Pets in a Seattle Homeless Camp PetaPixel

In October 2017, I visited a good friend in Seattle, Washington, who runs an international animal rescue organization. Animals can have a positive impact on peoples lives. Unfortunately, I also saw and learned how much animals suffer abuse around the world. During my visit, I saw that many homeless people kept animals with them, and it gave me an idea to document their connection and dependence on each other.

I approached and sought permission to photograph in Tent City 3 a non-sanctioned temporary homeless encampment and also other homeless people throughout the area.

Animals accept us as we are. They love unconditionally and without reserve. They bring joy, love, and reassurance during our best and worst times. I felt compelled to use this connection; the unwavering bond between human and animal as the basis for this series, titled Unconditional Love.

Sonny & Houdini

Sonny has been living in Tent City 3 for 9 months. Houdini is Sonnys companion. He says, he calms me down when I get my panic and anxiety attacks., I can get to my medicine because of Houdini. he calms me down when I get excited., Houdini gives me responsibility and pride.

Candi & Calli

Calli was rescued by Candi two and a half years ago from an abusive home. She nurtured her back to health and the bond between the two of them has grown very strong. Calli, a great support to Candi, has been trained to be her seizure dog. Originally from New Orleans, Candi and her husband moved to Tent City 3 eight months ago. Candi was the first person we met at the site, advocating for us to be allowed into the camp.

Jos and Kilo in Tent City 3 ...

01:06

This is What Canons Largest CMOS Sensor Looks Like Next to a DSLR PetaPixel

Think medium format CMOS sensors are big? Check out what Canons largest sensor looks like when placed next to a DSLR camera (an EOS Rebel T3i/600D). The picture above is to scale.

Canon first unveiled its humongous, ultra-sensitive, ultra-resolution CMOS sensor back in August 2010, saying that it would open new doors in various academic and industrial fields.

A certain level of light is required when shooting with a digital camera or camcorder, and without it, images cannot be captured due to insufficient sensitivity, Canon writes. In the pursuit of further improving the sensitivity of imaging elements, Canon has embraced the challenge of achieving higher levels of sensitivity and larger element sizes while maintaining high-speed readout performance, and has succeeded in developing the worlds largest class of CMOS image sensor measuring approximately 20 cm square.

Thats right: 200x200mm. By comparison, a standard 35mm full frame sensor measures 3624mm, so Canons mega sensor is 40 times bigger. Heres what the 200mm sensor looks like next to a standard 35mm full frame sensor:

LargeSenses new LS911 810 large format digital camera actually has a larger CMOS sensor (~229x279mm), but its monochrome only.

Heres how sensitive Canons sensor is: it can capture video at 60 frames per second with 0.3 lux of illumination, or about the same brightness as a full moon.

Possible applications for this ultrahigh-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of celestial objects in the night sky, nocturnal animal behavior and auroras, and use in nightwatch cameras, Canon says.

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00:18

Nissins New MG10 Flash Comes with a Versatile Hand Grip PetaPixel

Nissin has just announced the MG10, a new versatile 2.4GHz wireless TTL flash that comes with a hand grip you can mount to it.

The flash is part of the companys Nissin Air System (NAS) and is designed for on-camera and off-camera, studio and outdoor.

Designed as a multi-purpose flash, the Nissin MG10 can take you from the fast pace of a model runway shoot, to an outdoor scene where high power for HSS shooting is a must, Nissin says. Whether you are working quickly with the flash on camera or creating stunning lighting effects with off camera flash or in a studio setting, the Nissin MG10 has you covered.

In addition to being used to handhold the flash or handle it while its mounted to a tripod, the hand grip also allows the flash to be mounted on the left or right side of your camera. In this type of use, the height of the flash can be adjusted while the grip is mounted.

A built-in shutter release button on the hand grip further adds to its versatility.

The MG10 has a guide number of 262 feet (80m) and 165-watt-seconds. Recycling time is 1.5 seconds with full power while using L-ion batteries and 3.5 seconds when using 8 AA batteries. You get about 500 flashes with 2 Li-ion 5000mAh batteries and 200 with 8 AA batteries.

The Nissin Digital patented removable external motorized zoom head allows the MG10 to zoom from 24~200mm, to 18mm with diffuser, Nissin says. With the Air 10s Commander, the zoom head can be controlled manually or set to synchronize with the lens focal length even when the strobe is used off camera.

Other features of the MG10 include a standard -20 tripod adapter, a swiveling head (-7 to 90 vertical, +/-180 horizontal), a color temperature of 5600K, 8W high-power LED modeling lights, a magnesium quick release mounting L bracket, a AA battery magazine, a Li-Ion battery magazine, an external power pack socket, a ball head, a filter holder, a wide-angle diffuser, independent control of 8 groups of strobes, a flash tube rated for 100,000 full flashes, compatibility with Air 10s and Air1 wireless commanders, a weight of 34.4oz/975g, and a microSD card slot for firmware updates (a feature that will appear in all future Nissin strobes and commanders).

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Monday, 18 June

20:37

May MapCamera Japanese sales report: The Sony A7III is the most sold camera! mirrorlessrumors

Digitalcamera.jp posted the camera sales rankings for May (Japanese Mapcamera store). Sony A7III Fuji X100F Fuji XT2 Nikon D850 Nikon D500 Sony A7rIII Canon Eos KIss Panasonic G9 Fuji XH1 E-M5II Only three cameras are DSLR in this ranking! UPDATE:

The post May MapCamera Japanese sales report: The Sony A7III is the most sold camera! appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

03:16

Canon shows a sensor that is 40 times the size of a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor mirrorlessrumors

Canon is exploring the Large Sensor Image Future. And today they launched this press text talking about a 20cm square CMOS sensor that is 40 times the size of a Normal FF sensor. All these kind of sensor are meant

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