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Saturday, 20 October


Photographer Searching for Couple in His Epic Yosemite Engagement Photo "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Michigan freelance photographer Matthew Dippel was in Yosemite National Park in California recently when he spotted a man walk out to the edge of a cliff with his girlfriend and drop to one knee. Dippel captured a breathtaking photo of the proposal from his vantage point, and now hes searching for the mystery couple in his photo.

CNN reports that Dippel was at Taft Point waiting to photograph his friend Josh when he noticed the proposal going down. Hes the photo he made:

While the wide-angle photo makes the couple look extremely far away, they were located only about a two-minute walk across the ridge. Dippel hurried over to the spot after snapping the photo, but the 20 or 25 people he asked didnt know anything about the proposal.

After returning home to Michigan, Dippel posted a message on Facebook asking for the publics help in identifying the pair.

Alright Internet I need your help, he writes. Help me find these two. This was taken at Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park on October 6th, 2018. I took this photo and would love for them to find it. My Instagram is @gorgeouscornchip.

The post has received thousands of likes, hundreds of comments, and over ten thousand shares, but no one has been able to point to the right couple yet.

Dippel says that if he does find the couple, hed like t...


Pixii is a Digital Rangefinder with an M Mount, Global Shutter, and Phone Link "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A French startup called PIXII has unveiled its new Pixii camera. Its an unusual digital rangefinder camera (with a real rangefinder, not just rangefinder looks) that represents the companys radical take on what a modern camera should be.

The digital camera hasnt changed much since the 90s, says PIXII founder David Barth. But now the new generation is learning photography with a smartphone: who understands why a camera still needs to bother with a screen or an SD card?

The Pixii camera is designed to be paired closely with your smartphone. Instead of having an LCD screen on the back of the camera, all your photos are viewed through your phone.

Inside the machined aluminum camera is a CMOS sensor the size of which has yet to be announced with a global electronic shutter, a 12-bit sampling rate, large pixels, and a high dynamic range (60-90dB). The native gain is ISO 200, and the range goes from ISO 100 to 6400.

On the front of the camera is a Leica M mount, but the camera is also compatible with M39 and LTM lenses using an adapter. Focusing and aperture control are manual. Shutter speed can be both automatically and manually controlled.

The optical viewfinder of the camera has a magnification of 0.67x and contains LED backlit frame lines (40/50mm and 28/35mm) and exposure indicators. Theres also auto LED brightness adjustment and automatic parallax correction.

The top of the camera features an OLED control screen through which photographers can select ISO, white balance, and other supplementary settings....


Photo Memes May Be Making Teens Fat, Researchers Warn "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Less than a month after Swedens ad regulator ruled that the distracted boyfriend photo is sexist, researchers in the UK are now warning lawmakers that viral Internet memes may be causing obesity in teenagers who see them.

The concern was shared in a letter written by researchers at Loughborough University to a British parliamentary committee thats currently tasked with analyzing the effects of social media on the health of young people in the UK.

Our provisional inquiries show that a substantial number of individuals on Twitter share health-related Internet memes, with both positive and negative messages, through their public accounts, the letter reads. Such is the pervasiveness of Internet memes that the vast majority of sharers display little, if any, emotion when sharing these memes: many of which contain inappropriate material or ridicule others []

As an example of a harmful meme, researchers included a photo meme of an overweight child with a caption that reads, Free food? Count me in!

As shown in [the example photo meme, the imagery and text of Internet memes can be contentious and derogatory, the researchers state. Furthermore, in ridiculing body shape, diet and fitness there is a worry that we are also normalizing obesity, poor diet and sedentary behavior.

Researchers say that these types of memes are dangerous because regardless of their message, they produce a predominate sense of happiness. Because of this nature, they believe Internet memes have the potential to do harm on a large scale.


Sigma CEO says lenses designed for Full Frame mirrorless are coming in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Lensvid had a chat with Sigma CEO Yamaki and there are many info about their L-mount and Lens startegy: Sigma was working on their own mirrorless full frame camera for several years (with their own mount). However around 2015-2016 Panasonic suggested

The post Sigma CEO says lenses designed for Full Frame mirrorless are coming in 2019 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

Friday, 19 October


Beyond Freedom: Photos Inside Russias Prison System "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

As of October 1, 2018, there were 575,686 people in the institutions of Russias penitentiary system. For each of these people, the reality of being in one of the penitentiary institutions is simultaneously a problem, a conflict, and a compromise. But probably to the greatest extent, its a compromise.

That is the form of adaptation the convicted individual accepts changing conditions by adopting new requirements to live by and new living conditions to dwell in. Every day is a compromise with himself or herself, with representatives of the state, with other convicts, and with his or her relatives

Smoke break The poster reads: Remember, they are waiting for you at home. Delivery of a hot lunch to the barracks of the colony of strict regime A sign showing the best students, the best athletes, and production leaders.

Reeducation of criminals by labor...


Creating a Photo of Nail Polish Bottles in a Swirling Splash "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

For a recent project, I was tasked with creating hero images for a cosmetic brand. They commissioned me to work on several different shots for a range of nail polishes they are looking to market. I was put in charge of coming up with the creative angle and had the freedom to explore and execute the final result. The client was open to any suggestions or ideas, and I had fun putting it all together.

My vision was to keep the design simple yet unique and deeply orientated towards the brand and product on show. Nail polish bottles are generally small objects and require slightly different treatment than, say, photographing a large carry bag. The bottle needed to be centered and close up enough to capture the logo and brand name.

Each bottle was cubed-shaped, with a matte-pastel color, the same as the gel nail polish inside. The lids (bottle tops) were long, frosted-gold colored. This color really illuminates the final image and casts long diagonal lines as the viewer follows it up.

The Setup and Using Splashes

As this project is not a single image, but rather a series of images, I tried to create something that flows like a story. After brainstorming and running through different ideas, I found a particular genre of still life photography to be most suitable.

Splash photography is the art of capturing liquid in motion. Splash is a classic genre, and it is popular to take splash templates and use them as backgrounds or additions to your image. It does require some knowledge of Photoshop and other editing software to manipulate. I chose to create a splash specifically for this project rather than use take advantage of existing ones from other artists.

I experimented with several different liquids, from organic to synthetic mixtures. I was looking for a consistency and fluidity that fit the brand and idea. Eventually, I settled with a classic, white acrylic wall paint. A water-based solution worked best for this project. Pouring the liquid by hand from a raised position into a container below, I hoped to capture interesting patterns.

The setup was a standard white background positioned not far behind the table. On the table, I had a container to catch the paint as I poured it from above. I repeated this pouring step multiple times until I found some splashes worth editing and merging with the nail polish bottles.



Winning Photos from the 2018 Nikon Small World Competition "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Nikon has announced the winning photos from the 2018 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, the 44th annual contest celebrating excellence in photography through the light microscope.

The first place photo, shown above and captured by Emirati photographer Yousef Al Habshi, shows part of the compound eye of an Asian Red Palm weevil and the greenish scales that surround it. The beetle is usually less than 0.43in (11mm) in length.

Al Habshi created the photo using reflected light and by stacking 128 micrographs into a single photo.

The main challenge was to show the black body against the black background without overexposing the skin and scales, the photographer says. Because of the variety of coloring and the lines that display in the eyes of insects, I feel like Im photographing a collection of jewelry. Not all people appreciate small species, particularly insects.

Through photomicrography we can find a whole new, beautiful world which hasnt been seen before. Its like discovering what lies under the oceans surface.

Here is a selection of other winning photos from this years competition:

Spore Structures

2nd place. Fern sorus (structures producing and containing spores). Rogelio Moreno Gill of Panama, Panama.

Bug in Bubble House

3rd place. Spittlebug nymph in its bubble house. Saulius Gugis of Naperville, Illinois, USA

Peacock Feather

4th place. Peacock feather section. Can Tuner of zmir, Turkey

Spider Embryo

5th place. Parasteatoda tepidariorum (spider embryo) stained for embryo surface (pink), nuclei (bl...


A Teardown of the Canon EOS R "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to see the internals of Canons first full-frame mirrorless camera? Roger Cicala over at LensRentals disassembled the new Canon EOS R to look at the design and engineering going on inside.

Here are some snapshots taken during the teardown:

The main PCB in the camera. The shutter motor and electronics are below now, whereas in DSLRs theyre usually to one side. Removing the top assembly. After removing the PCB, we see the green image sensor board, the shutter mechanism below, and the black battery box. The front view of the stripped-down camera.

One thing that struck me is that its not very crowded inside there, or as we like to say they left a lot of air inside, Cicala writes, noting that this space in the Sony a7R III and Nikon Z is taken up by the in-body image stabilization (IBIS) systems.



Renowned Turkish Photojournalist Ara Guler Dies at 90 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Renowned Armenian-Turkish Turkish photojournalist Ara Guler has died. As one of the few prominent internationally-recognized photographers from Turkey, Guler was known as The Eye of Istanbul.

Guler was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1928 into an Armenian family. He received his first camera, a Rolleicord II, when he was 22 years old in 1950. That same year, while studying economics at the University of Istanbul, Guler joined the photojournalism staff at the newspaper Yeni Istanbul.

When Time-Life established a presence in Turkey in 1958, the magazine selected Guler as its first Near East correspondent.

In 1961, after meeting Henri Cartier-Bresson and Marc Riboud, Guler was recruited by Riboud into the ranks of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency. At around the same time, Guler also became the first Turkish photographer to join the ASMP.

Over the course of his career, Guler traveled to countries around the world and photographed events (including wars), issues, and some of the worlds most famous individuals. Subjects included Winston Churchill, Bertrand Russell, Pablo Picasso, Ansel Adams, and Salvador Dal.



Beware: Theres a Blend Mode Bug in Photoshop CC 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Beware the Photoshop CC 2019 update! It does not come without bugs. When everyday tools do not behave the way they should, we should pay very close attention!

The answer: A LOT!

What Doesnt Work in Photoshop CC 2019

I think we all can agree that what makes Photoshop so valuable to us all is its layers and with it, the usage of blend modes. I do not know a single user who does not rely on these features, no matter what field you are working in you need these functionalities!

The Photoshop CC 2019 Blend Mode Bug

Blend modes. I need them, I love them, but not in Photoshop CC 2019!

I have no technical insight into what exactly is happening, but I can tell that many blend modes do not do what they are supposed to. This is especially true of the blend modes Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity.

Heres a demonstration of what happens. The image has one color with a blend mode active and as a reference, I have the same color included as a patch.

You can clearly see the color is not the color it is supposed to be (in the image I used the Hue blend mode). The hue of the blended color and the sample color should remain the same.

Here is an example with the correct rendition of the Hue blend mode. The blended color and the reference color are the same hues!

How To Fix Your Blending Mode Issues in Photoshop CC 2019

I have done quite a bit of research, and Adobe does not mention this issue in...


Officially announced: Pixxii M-mount rangefinder camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The French company Pixxii officially announced their new M-mount true rangefinder camera. Below you can find the full specs of this camera. Whats not mentioned is the actual sensor size and the price of the camera: Viewfinder Optical viewfinder with

The post Officially announced: Pixxii M-mount rangefinder camera appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Why Kodak Died and Fujifilm Thrived: A Tale of Two Film Companies "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The Kodak moment is gone, but today Fujifilm thrives after a massive reorganization. Here is a detailed analysis based on firsthand accounts from top executives and factual financial data to understand how and why the destinies of two similar companies went in opposite directions.

The Situation before the Film Crisis: A Profitable and Secure Market

Even though Kodak and Fujifilm produced cameras, their core business was centered on film and post-processing sales. According to Forbes, Kodak gladly gave away cameras in exchange for getting people hooked on paying to have their photos developed yielding Kodak a nice annuity in the form of 80% of the market for the chemicals and paper used to develop and print those photos.

Inside Kodak, this was known as the silver halide strategy named after the chemical compounds in its film. It was a fantastic success story. This business strategy was similar to Gillettes or that of printer manufacturers: give away razors or printers to make money on blades and ink cartridges. Indeed, Fujifilm introduced the disposable 35mm camera to the masses in 1986 before being joined by Kodak in 1988. Film was everything to them.

In 2000, just before the digital transition, sales related to film accounted for 72% of Kodak revenue and 66% of its operating income against 60% and 66% for Fujifilm.

Photo film is made of a fine-tuned combination of various technologies and requires a careful manufacturing process. A quick look at the cross section of a color film reveals that on a clear base film (TAC), there are 20 evenly coated layers, each sensitive to the three primary colors of light, red, blue and green....


Film in the Digital Age: An Interview with 4 Photographers "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

In 2017, I began playing around with a 35mm film camera I had received from my grandparents. This Pentax Spotmatic was simple to use (although the light meter did not work) and it gave me a wonderful sense of accomplishment when I finished a roll of 36 photographs, each one being carefully thought out, more-so than when shooting digital.

When I began developing the black and white film at home, this sense of accomplishment was only heightened with every successful roll developed. And while I did not scan these negatives nor do I plan on doing much of anything with them it led to me wanting to do more and more with film.

Especially after finding Ben Hornes YouTube channel and watching it religiously, my love for film grew ever stronger.

I decided to get a medium format film camera that summer beginning with a Mamiya C330 TLR and was quick to upgrade to a Bronica ETRS. Finally, in June of 2018, I was able to purchase a Pentax 67, a dream film camera of mine.

My love for film has only grown, despite some rough patches with debating whether I should crawl back to digital or stick with film. The flaws, slowed-down methods, disadvantages, and advantages all make film photography so much more interesting. In due time, I plan to upgrade to a 45 Large Format camera and force myself to slow down even further, taking a select few photographs a year, choosing only the best of the best.

While my story with film at this point is only beginning, I wanted to speak with some photographers who have been shooting film much longer than I, to learn why they have chosen to shoot film in a time when digital photography is king.

Heres what they had to say.

Alex Burke Triple Peak Flow ...


A Comparison of Camera Sensor Sizes in Photography "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Im photographer Jay P. Morgan, and in this video and article, we are going to be taking a look at four different sensor sizes and see how they compare with one another.

First, we have the $6,500 Hasselblad X1D, which is a medium format camera, its the largest digital sensor on the market right now. The Sony a7R III is a full-frame camera, the Canon 7D has a cropped APS-C sensor, and the Panasonic GH5 is Micro 4/3. We are going to take a look at how they match up to each other in regards to depth of field, image quality, and grain structure. Lets see what we find out!

Focus and Depth of Field Test

f/3.2 on the Hasselblad

Starting with the lowest aperture is the Hasselblad with f/3.2 The background falls away super quickly, less than a f/2.8 on a full frame camera. A really nice shallow depth of field.


If you look at the GH5, the image is a little bit overexposed. But taking a look at the depth of field, the background is still incredibly sharp.

Canon 7D and the Sony

I would say that the difference between these two cameras is the least between all the cameras. The Hasselblad to the Sony still feels very dramatic, but Sony in comparison to the 7D is comparable.


When we go to f/4.0 on all the cameras it doesnt change that drastically....


The Fuji GFX needs speed and thats why Mitakon will launch the 65mm f/1.4 GF in early 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Mitakon just confirmed at Fujirumors that they will ship out the new Speedmaster 65mm F1.4 GF lens in early 2019. This is a much-needed lens as one of the weaknesses of the GFX system is the lack of fast lenses.

The post The Fuji GFX needs speed and thats why Mitakon will launch the 65mm f/1.4 GF in early 2019 appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

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