Oct 232014

Michael “Nick” Nichols tracked the pride of big cats for six months before capturing this stunning shot, which stretches all the way to the horizon and includes a dramatic African sky.

The great sense of depth is enhanced by the use of infrared, which cuts through the haze.



WPY is 50 years old this year.

Supported from the outset by the BBC, it has grown into one of the world’s foremost photo competitions.

Strong narrative 

Judge Magdalena Herrera is director of photography at GEO France, as well as being a veteran of National Geographic France.

She said American Nichols’ composition had all the elements of a perfect picture.

“It tells you about behaviour, about the photographic techniques today, and it shows you the relationship of the animal to its environment,” she told BBC News.

“What is striking about Nick’s picture is its narrative – it’s not just a portrait; there’s a whole story going on inside it. And the black and white gives it a feeling of reportage.”

This story is of the females of the Vumbi pride in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

Female force

They are sleeping with their cubs in the late-afternoon sunshine, having just fought and driven off a couple of over inquisitive males.

Nichols caught the scene, which he calls The Last Great Picture, from on top of his vehicle.

He said the infrared transformed the light, turning “The moment into something primal, biblical almost”.

Three of the females were killed a few months later when the pride ventured on to land beyond the park.

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Oct 232014

Get your cameras ready; the final eclipse of 2014 occurs tomorrow, Thursday October 23rd.  Unlike the Blood Moons as of late, this will be a partial solar eclipse where the Moon takes a ‘bite’ out of the Sun. The Central and Western parts of the United States with have the best view with the maximum eclipse happening just before or during sunset. While it’s never a good idea to look at the sun directly,  here are 5 tips to safely capture this rare event.

1. Safety First: Use a Solar Filter

The Sun, if you haven’t realized by now, is incredibly bright. Looking at it through the viewfinder of your DSLR can cause permanent retinal damage or permanent sensor damage if no protection is used. To keep your eyes and equipment safe, use a heavy-duty ND filter of up to 18 stops or higher. In a pinch, a piece of No. 14 welder’s glass can be found at your local hardware store; it has the equivalent of about 18 ½ stops, but will leave a green cast on your images.

2. Bigger is Better: A Telephoto Lens is a Must

At around 93 million miles away, the Sun  is pretty far from us. Anything less than  500mm will render the Sun as a small orb in the sky. For best results, you should use a lens that is 1000mm or longer. If you are like me and don’t have access to anything longer than 200mm there are adapters that can attach a DSLR or a telescope, just make sure to get the appropriate filter for that lens.

3. The Power is In Your Hands: Manual Focus For Greater Accuracy

Autofocus is like that bad/one friend of yours, when you depend on it the most, it lets you down. Instead of waiting for disappointment, switch your lens to manual mode and prefocus on the composition that you desire. The Sun will be darker through the lens of the ND filter or welding glass and therefore harder to focus, so  pre-focusing or zone focusing will yield more keepers.


4. Pedal to the Metal: Speed is Key

Shooting fast is essential to capture the eclipse. Unlike a total solar eclipse, a partial solar eclipse will last around 45 minutes, but the Sun will not be stationary for all of this. Usually shooting at 1/1000 to 1/2000 of a second is sufficient in stopping the Sun in the sky.



5. Steady as She Goes: Use a Tripod

When shooting with a long lens at 1000mm or more, there will be some definite camera shake. Make sure you find a level surface and lock down your gear; you don’t want your solar eclipse turning into a stellar error. If your tripod is not up to pa,r we really like MeFoto Tripods if you need an upgrade.

Up for a challenge? Those of you in the northwest are in for an extra treat. The International Space Station will pass the disk of the sun during the eclipse. This event will occur around 2 PM local time and will only last for a few seconds, so make sure your trigger finger is ready.
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Oct 232014

Introducing the Samsung NX1 Smart Camera!  With 28 megapixels, 15 fps, and UHD 4K video. The features on this camera look excellent. In particular, the new H265 video codec promises far better quality than the old H264. I am looking forward to seeing footage from this soon.




Oct 222014
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Oct 222014

Canon just announce this new updated version of the C100. It is the C100 Mark II.Some highlights of the new model includes higher frame rates (60 fps) in 1080p, a practical new 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel that pivots and rotates, internal mic build into the body, a build in 2.4 GHz and 5GHz WiFi support and Canon replaced the ageing DIGIC DV III Image Processor with the more sophisticated DIGIC DV 4.

Same Super 35mm CMOS Sensor (24.6 x 13.8 mm) as previous C100
Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor (improved edge transitions, low false color moiré, and enhanced overall color reproduction)
1080p: 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
720p: 23.98, 25, 29.97
640 x 360: 23.98, 25, 29.97
ISO 320 to 80,000 in 1/3-step increments
Dual Pixel CMOS AutoFocus is Now Standard (Also includes Face Detection AF with STM Lenses)
Canon Log LUT Support on the HDMI Output (so you can see what the final image will look like while still recording log)
4:2:0 to SD card, 4:2:2 via uncompressed HDMI out, Timecode over HDMI
Dual SDHC/SDXC Card Slots
Simultaneous recording in AVCHD or MP4 formats
AVCHD: 28, 24, 17, 7 Mb/s
MP4: 35, 24, 17, 4, 3, Mb/s
New 40% slow motion to 250% fast motion in MP4
AAC Audio Recording
Built-in 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi support
New internal mic built into the body, not just the top handle
New 1.23MP OLED Screen that can be tilted to the side of the camera
New 0.45″ 1.23 MP viewfinder

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What’s in the Box:

C100 Mark II Camera body
Handle Unit
Thumb Rest
Tripod Base
Shoulder Strap (SS-1200)
Battery Pack (BP-955)
Compact Power Adaptor (CA-940N) – for North America
Compact Power Adaptor (CA-941) – for other than North America
Battery Charger (CG-940)
DC Cable (for CA-930)
AC Cable
Data Import Utility Disc

Oct 212014

HOLLYWOOD – Although Howard Lukk, formerly a technology executive at companies including Disney and Pixar, has moved into directing (Toy Story 3), he certainly hasn’t left technical innovation behind. At the SMPTE 2014 HPA Symposium held Monday, he presented a clip from his new short film “Emma,” among the very first such projects produced for viewing via high dynamic range display.

Read full article at TVTechnology

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Oct 212014

This is simply spectacular! Real time video of northern lights on oct. 18th in Tromsø, Norway. Shot with a Sony A7S and Rokinon 24mm T1.5 at 25600 iso with no noise reduction applied.

Oct 212014
One of my favorite performers is the very funny John Cleese.
Here shares some wisdom on the fascinating subject of creativity…