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Tuesday, 09 October


This is What a Drone Strike Would Do to an Airplane PetaPixel

As drones continue to explode in popularity, there have been more and more stories of operators flying way too close to airplanes. Now new research is revealing just how much damage a direct drone strike would do to an airplanes wing.

Scientists at the University of Dayton Research Institute have published results of impact tests that they say prove large aircraft wont always win in collision with small drones.

The test was designed to mimic a midair collision between an airplane and a drone at 238 miles per hour. Scientists launched a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter at the wing of a Mooney M20, a small piston-powered, propeller-driven airplane.

What the scientists found, and what the video shows above, is that the drone doesnt shatter on impact. Instead, it tears a gaping hole into the leading edge of the wing that damages its main spar (the primary structural member of the wing).

Heres a longer report on the research by Aviation International News:

We wanted to help the aviation community and the drone industry understand the dangers that even recreational drones can pose to manned aircraft before a significant event occurs, says research leader Kevin Poormon. But there is little to no data about the type of damage UAVs can do, and the information that is available has come only from modeling and simulations. We knew the only way to really study and understand the problem was to create an actual collision, and were fully equipped to do that.

The scientists also did simulations of bird strikes, which caused similar damage. While the bird...


ESPN Mocked for Wide Camera Angle That Turned Football Players Into Ants PetaPixel

For certain sports, telephoto lenses are crucial for allowing viewers to see the action from a distance. But for one major football game this weekend, ESPN was forced to broadcast parts of the game with a wide-angle view. Frustration, mocking, and hilarity ensued.

SBNation reports that this is what ESPNs TV broadcast looked like at the beginning of the game:

You can see the same view of the players looking like ants on the field in this highlights video:

The wide angle view made it impossible to see the action for certain plays like this field goal:

The reaction was swift and brutal on social media.


On Leaving My Flashes at Home for a Portrait Shoot PetaPixel

It started as a regular booking inquiry from a client. They wanted to book me for an engagement shoot a month before their wedding. The destination was decided (the Port of Jaffa), and the time was set (an hour before sunset).

I always make sure to coordinate clothing options with the client and remind them to make sure that the clothes are clean and ironed on the day of the shoot. The last thing you want is for the couple to arrive in mismatching clothes, clothes which dont suit the style of the area you are shooting in or wrinkled clothes which are distracting.

Usually, I would now phone up my assistant and book him, ensuring that I can use my usual off-camera flash techniques allowing me to shoot in any lighting conditions, especially with the sun behind the subject and opposite me. This time, I decided to leave the flashes completely, not even on camera flash, and go with only available light.

I had noticed from previous shoots that its easy to ignore the existing light conditions when you work with flash since you can neutralize and over-power many lighting challenges that the natural lighting environment presents. But by not paying attention to the natural light, you can easily miss a great photo which would be very hard to achieve with flash lighting.

Example of my off-camera flash technique

Because this is not my usual style of photography, I asked the couple if they were ok with my shooting only available light, and their response was very positive and they said that they trust whatever I decide and we should go for it.

In retrospect, it turned out to be a great decision to ditch the lights for the shoot. The lighting was perfect an hour before sunset, and the stone walls by the port reflected warm, soft light into the couples faces. Also, the narrow alleys in the old port are very narrow and winding with lots of stairs, meaning that my assistant would have had to fold up any modifiers, slowing us down and making the whole shoot more cumbersome and slow. The photographs below were shot in an alley too small to even open an umbrella.

The key to getting the beautiful soft lighting on their faces is that the stone walls act l...


Beautiful Views of the SpaceX Launch that Lit Up the West Coast Sky PetaPixel

A bright a dazzling light show appeared in the Southern California sky last night, and social media was flooded with snapshots by people who wondered if they were seeing an alien invasion. It was actually a SpaceX rocket the first time billionaire Elon Musks company has landed the Falcon 9 rockets reusable first stage on the West Coast.

All previous Falcon 9 launches had been from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The rocket was launched at 7:21 p.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base about 160 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and the first stage returned and landed at the bast roughly 8 minutes after the rocket took off (the second stage delivered an Argentinian to space). The separation of the first stage and the rest of the rocket created a large, illuminated nebula plume in the sky that people on the ground could see from great distances.

Here are SpaceXs official photos showing a light trail view of the launch as well as the nebula in the sky:

Today were seeing ot...


Tony Northrup says the new Canon 28-70mm f2 R is the greatest zoom ever mirrorlessrumors

Tomorrow Canon US will officially start to ship out their new R gear: Canon EOS-R camera at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon. Canon 28-70mm f/2.0 R at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon. Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 R at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon. Canon

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Monday, 08 October


List of new camera to be announced soon by Nikon, Leica, Sony and Ricoh mirrorlessrumors

Nokishita updated the list of cameras that have been registered in Asian public agencies. Those models will be officially announced within the next couple of months:

The post List of new camera to be announced soon by Nikon, Leica, Sony and Ricoh appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Canon EOS R Review by Chris and Jordan from DpreviewTV mirrorlessrumors

Chris and Jordan have been shooting the EOS R for some time now, starting with the launch in Hawaii. Find out what they think of its still photo capabilities and its unique controls, and tune in for probably the first-ever

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Sunday, 07 October


Photokina 2018 Highlights Panasonic S1R / Fuji GFX 50R Previews by TheCameraStoreTV mirrorlessrumors

Dave & Evelyn explore Photokina 2018 in Cologne Germany to get their hands on all the latest camera and lenses that were just announced. Watch to see a few of the highlights of the show including the new Panasonic S1R,

The post Photokina 2018 Highlights Panasonic S1R / Fuji GFX 50R Previews by TheCameraStoreTV appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Nikon Z7 Teardown: Inside Nikons 1st Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera PetaPixel

Our brand new Nikon Z7 full frame mirrorless camera arrived at the office this week, and we immediately got down to business. Four years ago, Sony fired the first shot of this battle with the A7 and continued to release one iteration after another, each improving on the last, and did so completely unanswered by the competition until August 23rd of this year when Nikon announced the Z7 and the Z6.

Based on the popularity of our last teardown where we took the a7R III all the way down to its sensor, weve decided to provide model-by-model coverage of the full-frame mirrorless wars by showing you whats under the hood. Specs and performance matter, but taking a detailed look inside can tell you a lot about a camera and how it stacks up to the competition. For this reason, we started with the most worthy challenger to the Sony a7R III: the powerful, 46-megapixel Nikon Z7.

The hype is genuine, this camera feels just like a DSLR in your hands. It is well balanced, incredibly responsive, and tightly constructed. Weve taken our Z7 apart and put it back together and we still cant get it to rattle or make a noise no matter how hard we shake it. Along with its very tight tolerances, the connection ports and battery and XQD card doors appear to be well sealed against the elements.

The a7R III has a new rival, and so do all the cameras that still use mirrors. So, whats going on inside this thing?

If it werent for the new lens mount, they probably could have called the Nikon Z7 the D850 Slim. Thats how much it looks and feels like a slender, professional DSLR.

Much like the a7R III, the bottom plate comes off first.

We can not be held responsible if the ba...


Banksy Artwork Self-Destructs After Selling for $1.4M at Auction PetaPixel

The anonymous street artist known as Banksy just pulled off one of the greatest pranks ever seen in the art world: one of his paintings was sold for nearly $1.4 million at a Sothebys auction in London last night, and immediately after being sold, the painting self-destructed.

The 2006 spray-painted canvas painting titled Girl With a Balloon had a final price of 1,042,000 ($1,367,471) with the buyers premium.

Photo by Robert Casterline/Casterline Goodman Gallery and used with permission.

After the hammer fell, attendees suddenly heard an alarm ring out. As everyones attention was drawn to the painting in the large frame, it suddenly was drawn through the bottom of the Banksy-made frame and shredded.

Banksy published this video showing how he built the shredder frame and footage of the painting being shredded:



Dear Kodak: Please Let Smaller Shops Help Film Come Back PetaPixel

If youre a film enthusiast, you probably love watching Kodak make a comeback. When Kodak filed for bankruptcy back in 2012, it seemed like the end of an era. Luckily it wasnt so.

Kodaks recent announcement that Ektachrome is coming back into production is as sure an indicator as any that film isnt going away any time soon. Thats good news for any serious photographer. By now it should be obvious that its no longer a question about digital or film, but how photographers can use either format to expand their creative potential.

And while I would be more excited about Kodaks return to prominence, its hard for me to root for them when theyre so completely out of touch with the industry they serve. Let me explain

I own a small gallery and photography lab in Tbilisi, Georgia. Every day I see people come in who have never used film before but are excited to try it. Our darkroom manager patiently explains everything from ISO to grain structure. We help load film into their camera and show them how to properly meter for their first shot.

All of this helps people discover the joys of film photography for the first time. After they get their first roll developed, theyre hooked just like us. We do it because we love film photography and want to share our love for it with others. As a small business, were an integral part of the film comeback story. But Kodak doesnt treat us that way.

Weve been trying for months to work with Kodak directly to sell their products in our shop. Even though we sell several hundred rolls of film per month, were still just not big enough for them to care.

In some ways, its the same story for small businesses in other industries. With the rise of online shopping, companies like Kodak are simply selling their products directly to consumers or deciding to work with only a few big retailers. But unlike other industries, film requires a steep learning curve and depends on a community of loyal supporters to keep it going. This community is often built around small labs like ours.

In addition to being an entry point for film enthusiasts, we also...

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