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Thursday, 19 April

17:42

Photographer Drops Luxury Elephant Skin Bags After Outcry "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Well-known Danish photographer Thorsten Overgaard has stopped offering luxury elephant skin camera bags for sale after word of the bags got some photographers up in arms.

The 53-year-old Overgaard, known for his photography writing and workshops, sells luxury camera bags and bespoke suitcases through a partnership with Italian luxury designer Matteo Perin. The bags typically cost from $6,000 to $40,000 depending on the skin used, with calf being on the lower end and crocodile on the high end.

But what caught the eye of some photographers was the elephant skin bag that was listed on the page.

Since-removed photos from overgaard.dk showing one of Overgaards elephant skin bags.

Overgaard wrote that the elephant skin bag helps preserve endangered species.

This specific bag is elephant hide from Zimbabwe, which is one of the countries that have a remarkable growth of in population of Luxodonta africana elephants (84,000) within their reserves, Overgaard wrote. The sale of hides from naturally deceased elephants goes into funding the reserves, the security and veterinarians. The reserves features 76 mammal and 650 bird species.

Despite Overgaard stating that the skin was obtained from elephants that died naturally, photographers took to Leica Forum to express their d...

17:05

Kodak Ektachrome Will Go Underwater Again in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

My name is Patrick Keenan, and Im a photojournalist in Australia. I have been using Ektachrome 100ASA underwater in my Nikonos cameras and SB-105 flash since the 1970s and was disappointed to see production end in 2012 because of the digital revolution.

But I felt if I waited long enough, Kodak would realize the current need for the return of this brilliant underwater film.

As divers, we would routinely process Ektachrome using E6 chemicals onboard the dive boat every night after a day of diving.

My photo published in National Geographic in 1996.

With the Nikonos system and underwater flash, the saturation of the inky blue effect was truly spectacular especially if the 20mm lens was stopped down by 1/2 to a full stop.

My Nikonos cameras today are fully functional (with the model dirt cheap on eBay) and I am extremely pleased to see Kodak is re-releasing this superb film. I shall be trying it out as soon as its available with my Nikonos V.

All the photos in this post (and the majority on my website) were shot on Kodak Ektachrome 100ASA between 1983 to 2007, processed commercially (E...

13:59

Capture One 11.1 update with many new features and support for all latest new mirrorless cameras "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Phase One released Capture One 11.1 which adds many new features and support for all latest new mirrorless cameras If you want to buy Capture One 11 (Click here) use our coupon code AMBMR to get a 10% discount!

The post Capture One 11.1 update with many new features and support for all latest new mirrorless cameras appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

09:11

Canon & Nikon Full-frame Mirrorless Camera Predictions by Tony Northrup "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Tony writes: Rumors indicate that Canon and Nikon are planning full-frame mirrorless cameras to compete with the Sony a9, a7R III, and a7 III. If you want to go mirrorless, should you wait for those announcements (hopefully in 2018!) or

The post Canon & Nikon Full-frame Mirrorless Camera Predictions by Tony Northrup appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

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Wednesday, 18 April

22:00

Developing Your Photographic Style "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Defining your style is one of the, if not the, most difficult and time-consuming aspects of photography. It takes many people years or even decades of shooting before they really start to narrow down their photographic style.

Today I am going to try and speed you up past all that trial and error to help you start figuring out your style right now! Its an incredibly simple process that after reading might sound completely obvious, but maybe something you didnt consider before.

To make this easy, I will break it down into two phases. But be warned, this is about to get real nerdy.

Phase One: Exploration and Analysis
Phase Two: Growth and Development

Exploration

So first you need to explore everything great starts with exploration, right? So start by making a folder on your phone, or computer, or wherever you tend to look at photos the most. Name that folder Style Development or something similar.

From there you will need to start looking at photos. Scour the web and start looking at tons of photos, every time you come across a photo that resonates with you, add it to the folder. You may not know why you are drawn to a particular image, but thats okay for now, just add it to the folder.

When looking at photos make sure to look at many different types of photos from different time periods, different genres, and from many different photographers. The more photos you save, the better this works so make sure to look at tons and tons of photographs.

This may take weeks, or even months of looking through photos but trust me, its worth it!

Analysis

Okay, now its time to get nerdy once you have a fairly large collection of images (anywhere from hundreds to thousands). Take that giant folder of images and open them up in your favorite image viewer. We are going to start looking through all those photos you saved and start analyzing.

At this point, you probably wont know what it is that draws you to these particular photos, but dont worry, because we are going to analyze them and figure that out. The goal of this process is to learn what it is exactly that excites...

21:12

This Guy Built an Aluminum Medium Format Camera at Home "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photographer Lucus Landers has built one of the most impressive do-it-yourself cameras weve ever seen. Called the Landers AL6, its an all-aluminum camera that shoots medium format film.

I have recently completed my most recent camera build, Landers tells PetaPixel. With the exception of the lens and shutter, everything is handmade in my Brooklyn apartment.

While most homebrew cameras are made with wood and ingredients that are easier to work with, Landers opts to do metalwork.

I live and sleep mere feet away from a welder and milling machine, he says. To build this camera, I use a combination of casting, machining, and welding.

Landers started the project by making sand molds using a red sand called Petrobond.

Melting down and pouring aluminum into the mold produces the cameras lens cone and top plate.

Other plates of aluminum are welded together to form the camera body.

A rangefinder is installed into the top cap.

A back door is installed on the camera with a hinge to allow film to...

19:53

Watch Canons Ultra-Dramatic Video Showing Off Its Sensors of the Future "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Canon recently released this incredibly dramatic 5-minute video to showcase its latest CMOS sensor technologies. The opening question, set to moving music, is: Have you ever seen a rainbow in the light of the moon?

A moonbow is a rare phenomenon that can only be seen when the appropriate lunar brightness, angle of elevation, and moisture in the air align. They are said to bring happiness to those who see them.

Thanks to the companys ultra-sensitive low-light CMOS sensor, Canon was able to capture a moonbow as vividly as a rainbow in midday in a scene so dark that nothing could be seen with the human eye.

For several decades Canon has been developing and manufacturing advanced CMOS sensors with state-of-the-art technologies for exclusive use in Canon products, Canon writes. These sensors are a critical driving force behind many of our successful product lines, ranging from consumer products all the way up to high-end business and industrial solutions.

(via CanonUSA via The-Digital-Picture)

19:10

The Ethics of Photographing Slums "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

My eyes are filled with tears because of the smoke. The plastic particles in the air are irritating my lungs. Im climbing this mountain with my two friends.

The ground under my shoes feels funny. It softly cushions my steps, like fresh and loose soil, but it also tangles my feet every now and then. It is an awkward mass, this mountain of pressed trash. It consists of very different materials and yet is an entity. A mountain of poison. Not only for the body but also for the soul.

And pigs everywhere! I dont think Ive ever seen so many pigs walking freely in the wild. Is that appropriate husbandry? I feel as though Im starting to understand why some religions refrain from eating pork. If, by eating pigs, I eat what pigs ate, then abstaining might be a better choice.

These are my thoughts as I am climbing this giant mountain. I am cold, numb, and have to keep up my emotional wall up to be able to bear what I see. Children are climbing everywhere on this mountain to collect plastic bottles in giant trash bags to later sell them for a starvation wage, which is, even in an Indian context, far too little to justify the health hazard of the work.

Women in colorful Saris walk around and create an abstract contrast to the brown-grey mass of garbage. Three young men fill a bag with trash and I ask them Ey Bhaya, kya main aapka tasvir kheech sakta hun? Can I take a picture of you?

Nahin!

I am baffled. It rarely occurs that Indians reject your request for a picture. But I also understand why. The feeling of shame sits deep in the members of the Safaikarmchari community. The self-esteem suffers from the vicious cycle in which those people are trapped. People who were born at the wrong time at the wrong place.

My companion tells me: Dont need to ask. If you ask, they will say no. Just make picture.

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18:01

This App Lets You Shoot Virtual Models in the Real World "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Theres a new app that lets you shoot portraits of virtual models in your real-world location. Its called Augmented Reality Photo Studio.

Created by the Los Angeles-based company Superba AR, Photo Studio AR lets you stage and shoot portraits in locations you scout without having to bring a stand-in model.

After arriving at the location youd like to use, simply choose a model in the app and place them into the scene while pointing your phone or tablets camera at the spot.

Each model is based on a real-world person.

If youre not satisfied with the scene, you can also insert props or entire sets (e.g. beach, studio, or desert locations).

Once you choose the pose youd like your model to have, you can work on the light setup. There are a number of virtual lights and light modifiers at your disposal.

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17:11

Band.it Grips Are Like Batting Gloves for Your Camera Lens "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Band.it is a grip add-on for camera lenses that helps improve precision and feel while preventing finger slipping.

Each Band.it grip is a soft, ridged elastomer that stretches over the zoom or focus ring of a lens, matching the diameter and thickness exactly. A rifled inside surface helps maintain a tight grip on the ring below.

Its not a one-size-fits-all solution: each Band.it is designed specifically for a ring on a particular lens, so youll need to specify exactly which lens youre buying it for a nice fit is available for pretty much every major lens brand out there.

Band.it provides a fast track for identifying the zoom and focus collars on your camera lens by breaking the uniformity of the lens barrel, the company writes. Its extruded ridges allow for a better grip, acting as a cushion for your fingers and making fumbling for your focus a thing of the past.

The added depth allows for more precise micro-adjustments when focusing or zooming in photos and videos, and providing some physical contact with the lens barrel helps reduce or eliminate lens creep as well.

Band.it sells itself as the equivalent of baseball batting gloves for ph...

12:39

First image of the new 7Artisans 35mm f/2.0 M-mount lens "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We just received this leaked image of a new 7Artisans 35mm f/2.0 M-mount rangefinder coupled lens. On the image you can see it mounted on a Sony A7 camera with an adapter. We have no info about the release date

The post First image of the new 7Artisans 35mm f/2.0 M-mount lens appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

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Tuesday, 17 April

21:01

Court Refuses to Toss Lawsuit Between Monkey and Photographer "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photographer David Slaters legal nightmare surrounding that monkey selfie snapped in 2011 isnt over. A US court has decided not to toss the copyright lawsuit filed against Slater by PETA on the monkeys behalf, despite Slater and PETA reaching a settlement last year.

Digital Trends reports that in an order filed last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Slaters and PETAs motion to dismiss the case.

Even if both parties in a lawsuit wish to have the case dismissed, its ultimately up to the court to grant or deny the request.

The grant of a voluntary dismissal is not mandatory, and sometimes neither is it advisable, the decision reads. Our sister circuits have found a number of circumstances in which it is appropriate for the court to deny requests for voluntary dismissal and vacatur. We believe the rationale of those cases applies here.

Basically, sometimes courts can decide that a legal battle should proceed in order to resolve issues that may again pop up in the future the goal is to set a legal precedent for similar future cases to be guided by.

Slaters case is certainly unusual in a number of ways. PETA originally sued Slater in 2015 on the monkeys behalf to have the copyright to the selfie assigned to Naruto instead of Slater. The US Copyright Office stated in 2014 that it cant assign...

20:33

This Single Take in a Japanese School Was Shot with a Tiny Camera Drone "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to see some impressive camera drone piloting? Check out this 1.5-minute video featuring the Japanese group Onnanocos. It was shot in one single, continuous take using a tiny drone that can squeeze through tight gaps.

Drone pilot Katsu FPV says the footage was shot with a 1.6-inch drone and the $80 RunCam Split Mini FPV camera, and that stabilization was applied in post.

(via Katsu FPV via Fstoppers)

19:55

Photos of Cattle Branding in Argentina "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

20 years ago, photographer Marcos Furer decided to move away from his life as a newspaper and magazine journalist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and to the slower lifestyle of the inner country. His personal work has since focused on the people and lifestyle Furer sees on a daily basis around him.

Traditions. Landscapes. The people still live like theyre stopped in time, Furer says. At a local estancia, the ranchers have an annual tradition of gathering all the new cows together for branding.

One of Furers photos of this branding showing a dog lunging at a cow was recently selected from among 300,000 entries as one of the 5 winning photos of HIPA, the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award.

Here are more photos from the same series:

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19:27

17 Lighting Recipes to Remember for Portrait Photos "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

At the WPPI wedding and portrait photography conference and expo this year, photographer Trevor Dayley taught this 1-hour class titled 17 Fast, Easy, Awesome Lighting Recipes. Dayley shares 17 lighting ideas you can keep in mind on any portrait shoot using a memorization story.

The story is a strange tale filled with emphasized keywords memorize the story, and youll be able to instantly recall any of the 17 recipes when you need them. Heres the mnemonic device, paraphrased:

Youre at your house. The alarm clock goes off. Its 1 oclock in the morning. You go out the door and cross the street. You look up and see a double rainbow. Behind it, the sky is changing colors. Suddenly clams start to fall from the sky. Then a beam of light starts zapping the clams. Then an SUV pulls up with huge rims. The beam of light zaps it and it splits in half, and out pops a ninja whos entirely blacked out. The ninja causes an explosion of light. As your vision starts coming back, you start seeing colors. Suddenly you hear fireworks and you see them shooting over the stadium in the distance. You look to the side and theres the ninja smoking a cigar and standing inside of a glowing triangle.

Dayley shares of these 17 lighting recipes with a simple clock-based lighting diagram. The subject is always at the center of the diagram, and the lightning and camera symbols indicate the positions of the flashes and photographers in relation to the subject:

Here are the 17 different lighting recipes, with each one followed by an example photo captured using that setup:

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18:37

Take a Trip Through New York City in the Year 1911 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Back in 1911, the Swedish film production company Svenska Biografteatern visited New York City during a trip to America and shot footage of various street scenes. The film has survived through the years in mint condition, and YouTuber Guy Jones created this fascinating 8-minute edit after slowing down the footage to a natural rate and adding in ambient sounds.

Last year we also shared a then-and-now split-screen view of a trip through New York City in 1930 and in the modern day.

(via Guy Jones via...

17:41

LargeSense Unveils Worlds First Single Shot 810 Digital Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Say hello to the worlds first full-frame 810 large format single-shot digital camera. The Santa Clara, California-based startup company LargeSense has just launched the LS911, a camera that raises the bar for sensor sizes in digital photography.

The LargeSense LS911 features a single shot 911-inch monochrome CMOS sensor with a 75-micron pixel size, a high base sensitivity of ISO 2100, and a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400.

We tend to refer to it as 810 as that is the closest format that people search for, LargeSense says.

Single shot means that the entire sensor is read at once scanning backs read portions at a time, a strategy that doesnt play well with moving subjects or strobes.

Medium format has thus far been the limit as far as sensor size because large sensors are difficult and expensive to produce, LargeSense says. With the LS911, photographers now have an option for high-quality large format images other than film.

The LS911s ginormous sensor makes the medium format sensor found in the new Fujifilm GFX 50S look tiny:

Resolution-wise, the camera only produces 12-megapixel photos at 38883072 pixels. But a large sensor area give a 3D feeling to images with great tones, the company says. Also big pixels.

Photos can be saved as DNG, TIFF 16 bit, TIFF 32 bit, RAW, and JPEG files to a CF/SD card, 900GB internal storage, or USB3.1 drive output.

Although the sensor can only produce monochrome photos, theres an integrated system for creating 3-shot tri-color images by using color filters.

Any large format lens can be used on the LS911, provided it produces a sufficient image circle.

The electronic shutter of the camera allows for the use of lenses...

16:46

Photos of KFC Fried Chicken as Fiery Explosions "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres something thats strange yet creative. KFC Hong Kong wanted to promote its Hot & Spicy fried chicken, so the ad agency Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong Photoshopped pieces of fried chicken into photos to make them look like fiery explosions and smoke/vapor plumes.

Desaturating a piece of fried chicken also allows it to double as a volcanic plume from an eruption:

(via Post-Production References Awards via Photoblog.hk)

09:21

Nikon patents a new smart in camera stabilization system (for future mirrorless?) "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The folks at Nikoneye spotted a new Nikon patent describing a completely new kind of in camera image stabilization system. Instead of stabilizing the entire sensor Nikon plans to stabilize only the lens array on top of the sensor. Nikon

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Monday, 16 April

22:31

Photos of Car Attack and Refugees Win 2018 Pulitzer Prizes "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners have just been announced. Photographer Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia, won the Breaking News Photography category for his chilling photo of the moment a car attack slammed into racially-charged protests in his town an incident that made national headlines.

A vehicle plows into a group of protesters marching along 4th Street NE at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville on the day of the Unite the Right rally on Saturday, August 12, 2017, the caption reads.

The photo reflected the photographers reflexes and concentration, the Pulitzer Board writes.

Poynter reports that the photo was actually captured on Kellys last day in the newsroom before leaving to run social media for a brewery and work as a freelance photographer.

21:47

A Timelapse of the Fastest-Ever Climb of El Capitan in Yosemite "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

On October 2017, rock climbers Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds broke the record for speed climbing The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite by making it to the top in 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 44 seconds. Photographer Tristan Greszko witnessed the climb and made this beautiful 7-minute timelapse showing how it went down.

The Nose is a nearly-3,000-foot vertical route for El Capitan, a mountain that was once considered unclimbable. Since the first ascent in 1958, the record time for The Nose had gone from 17 hours and 45 minutes in 1975 to 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 46 seconds for the previous record set by Hans Florine and Alex Honnold in 2012.

Late last year, after 11 previous attempts, Gobright and Reynolds managed to break that standing speed record with their unbelievable time.

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21:16

Flash vs. Natural Light: Two Pro Portrait Photographers Go Head-to-Head "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Portrait photographers Manny Ortiz and Jessica Kobeissi just did a shootout that pitted flash against natural light. The two each shot portraits of the same model in a studio, except Ortiz used an off-camera flash as his main light while Kobeissi only used the sunlight bouncing around in the space.

Here are the portraits that resulted for the different outfits chosen:

Outfit #1

Natural light photo by Jessica Kobeissi Natural light photo by Jessica Kobeissi Natural light photo by Jessica Kobeissi Natural light photo by Jessica Kobeissi ...

19:40

Rare Photos of a Shark Feeding Frenzy "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

National Geographic contributing photographer Laurent Ballesta was diving in the waters of French Polynesia when he finally saw a sight that he had been working for the last four years to capture: a shark feeding frenzy in the midst of breeding groupers.

During the event, male grouper fish, which are usually solitary, gather with female groupers at the south end of the Fakarava Atoll. The mass of fish then spawn all at once something that only happens during a full moon releasing clouds of eggs and sperm into the waters.

This event also attracts the attention of sharks, which arrive in huge numbers to feast upon the breeding groupers.

Photograph by Laurent Ballesta / National Geographic

Ballestas team were diving without cages or weapons, and they counted 700 sharks around them with an estimated 17,000 groupers.

Photograph by Laurent Ballesta / National Geographic

Over the past four years, Ballesta has spent 21 weeks diving day and night, spending roughly 3,000 diver hours in the 115-foot-deep channel in order to shoot these photos.

A single shark is too clumsy to catch even a somnolent grouper, Ballesta writes in National Geographic. A pack of them is more likely to flush the fish from its hiding place and encircle it. Then they tear it apart. Seen live, the attack is a frenzy that explodes before us.

Photograph by Laurent Ballesta / National Geographic

These photos and Ballestas account of the...

19:02

This 810 Landscape Photographer is Racing Against Time to Finish His Work "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

If you want to see an example of passion and talent rolled up into one photographer, look no further than landscape photographer Christopher Burkett. PBS NewsHour just aired this wonderful 8-minute segment on Burketts life and work.

Burkett has been shooting for over 40 years, hauling his giant 810 large format camera the same type used by Ansel Adams around to all 50 states with his wife Ruth by his side.

And despite the world of photography largely transitioning to digital, Burkett remains fiercely loyal to his beloved film process, which he says produces the ultimate in image quality. But this presents a special set of challenges for the photographer.

Burkett still uses Cibachrome (AKA Ilfochrome), a polyester base paper thats used for dye destruction positive-to-positive reproduction of film transparencies. Cibachrome prints are among the best in color photography materials at resisting fading, discoloring, and deterioration over time.

But in 2011, Cibachrome was announced as discontinued by Ilford due to declining demand and the rise of digital photography. The last production batch delivered was in 2012. Burkett responded to the news by buying up a 10-year supply of Cibachrome.

Burkett is now racing against the clock to finish his lifetime body of photography work before his chemicals and paper degrade and lose their effectiveness. And when hes out of materials, he has no plans to make the switch to digital instead, thats when hell hang up his camera and call it a career.

I also realize theres gonna be one day when I leave the darkroom and I turn off the lights and thats the last time Ill be in there, so thats a difficult thing because I love what I do,...

18:07

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium: Dual Cam, 4K HDR, ISO 51200 Photos "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Sony has just announced the Xperia XZ2 Premium, the companys first smartphone to pack dual cameras. The camera system features ultra-high sensitivity, allowing users to capture videos and photos in extremely low-light situations.

Sonys Motion Eye Dual camera uses one 12MP black-and-white sensor and one 19MP color sensor for capturing clear contrast and color details, respectively. Using data from both sensors opens the door to ultra-high sensitivity shooting.

The Xperia XZ2 Premium can shoot video at 12800, the worlds highest sensitivity for video recording in a smartphone. On the still photos side of things, the phone can shoot at a whopping ISO 51200. This enables ultra low light capture previously only seen in interchangeable lens cameras and with a bright live view-finder, Sony says.

On the back of the Xperia XZ2 Premium is a 5.8-inch 4K HDR display that corresponds to the phones 4K HDR movie recording...

16:45

The Cameras That Shot the Winning Photos of World Press Photo 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

World Press Photo announced the 2018 winners of its prestigious photojournalism contest last week, and most of the winning photos (97 of 129) were accompanied by details of the cameras they were shot with. This year, Nikon took the lead from Canon.

The Spanish photo website Photolari gathered the data and broke it down for us. While in past years Canon has more or less dominated Nikon when it comes to representation among winning photos, this year the tables have turned.

51.5% of the winning photos were made with a Nikon camera versus 29.9% shot with a Canon. Last year, 55.5% were shot with Canon and 30.55% were made with Nikon.

Heres the camera model leaderboard the $6,500 Nikon D5, $2,800 Nikon D810, and $2,600 Canon EOS 5D Mark III were tied for 1st place:

Finally,...

12:43

Canon has a major mirrorless event in mid May. Something big to be announced? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Our trusted sources told us that Canon invited them to a major event in mid May. This includes a flight and a stay in a luxury hotel. Canon told them this event is related to the mirrorless system and specifically

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Sunday, 15 April

13:29

10 THINGS TO KNOW Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K!! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

This looks like a real nice camera! Just lets hope Blackmagic will not have the usual delay on shipping this :( The new camera is on preorder at BHphoto and Adorama.

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Saturday, 14 April

20:39

Why This One Camera Costs $40,000 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The Hasselblad H6D-100c is a 100-megapixel medium format DSLR that costs $33,000 without a lens. Throw in a Hasselblad H lens and the resulting camera kit can easily cost over $40,000, or more than the average car. Heres a 5-minute video by photographer Tyler Stalman that explores why a single camera can be worth this much.

Stalman points out that its a very, very small subset of professional photographers that actually need the resolution and image quality of a camera like the Hasselblad H6D-100c. Even for advertising, giant billboards can be effectively shot with far fewer megapixels than you might think since viewers are looking from so far away (Stalman points out that Apples Shot on iPhone campaign is successfully done with just 12 megapixels).

There are diminishing returns as you spend more on your gear, Stalman says. A $1,000 camera has most of the important features that youre going to find in a $5,000 camera.

But there are always professionals that are pushing the technical requirements of this gear to its extreme, and its incredibly expensive to research, develop, and manufacturing that cutting edge of technology.

You can take a closer look at the sample photos featured in this video in...

07:51

Xiaomi to buy GoPro? And new DJI Phantom 5 images leaked! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We got two news to report today: First: On top you see two new images of the DJI Phantom 5 drone with intercheangeable mount camera. Source OsitaLV. Second: Bloomberg reports: GoPro Inc. jumped as much as 8.8 percent after a

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Friday, 13 April

21:17

Photos of Loneliness in New York City "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Photographer Luc Kordas first moved from Europe to New York City in 2014 after living in six different countries in six different years. Since then, he has made his living as a photographer while doing street photography for himself. And one of the recurring subjects he has captured is the idea of loneliness in a big city.

Loneliness is New Yorks leitmotif, Kordas tells PetaPixel. This feeling is palpable everywhere in the citya place filled with 8 million people, many of whom are immigrants and transplants. I witness the isolation and seclusion every day. There are different shades of it.

New York keeps surprising me even after almost 4 years of living here, Kordas says. I see it as a marriage of heaven and hell. All walks of life from all over the world walk the same streets of Manhattan this bizarre Tower of Babel is a true feast for a street photographer.

The city fascinates me one day and makes me think of leaving the other. I know many New Yorkers feel the same way.

Ironically, despite New Yorks density, it is not hard to feel alone, says Kordas. So many people are focused on money or careers, thats why they come here, theres little time left for relationships or hanging out.

William Klein said of New York it is a monument to the dollar. The dollar is responsible for everything, good or bad. Everybody comes for it, no one can r...

20:53

How I Made a Frankencamera Digital TLR "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I really enjoyed reading the Photography: The Definitive Visual History and it got me thinking about blending older forms of photography with newer digital equipment. I became obsessed with TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) cameras not for their ability to view through one lens while capturing an image through the other, but for the style of photography that this type of camera forces the photographer to adopt.

Generally, you hold a TLR camera at your waist level so you can look down at the viewfinder to compose your image. Also, you need to use a crank on the side of the camera to move the film forward after capturing each image. Life seemed to slow down when I have used this type of camera in the past.

I thought, there must be a digital equivalent to this camera. So I searched the internet and I found a Seagull CM9 camera which was 10 megapixels. To be honest, I didnt really like the look of the camera and that they were over $1000 on eBay. I even found that Rolleiflex made a Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF 5.0. I tracked one down and it is beautifully made, but the sensor is tiny and the resulting images are not great.

That is when I came across this post on PetaPixel that changed everything. I loved the idea of building my own waist level viewfinder camera using a camera with a foldable viewfinder like the Canon PowerShot N. I knew that I couldnt make a digital TLR with two lenses, but this was an alternative that would give me a camera which I could look down from above to...

20:09

Quick Tip: How to Auto a Single Slider in Lightroom "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Lightroom Classic has long had an Auto feature in the Develop module that will automatically set basic sliders for you based on the image at hand. But did you know that you can now Auto set individual sliders?

But in addition to automatically setting the values for all sliders, you can select individual sliders by holding down Shift and then double-clicking the label for the slider you wish to intelligently Auto set.

Auto setting Whites. Holding shift changes the Reset button to Reset (Adobe) (center screenshot). Double-clicking Whites Auto sets the value (right screenshot).

This is a simple way of letting Photoshop intelligently suggest values for some aspects of a photo while you keep others under your sole control from the beginning.

19:45

Hours of Sport Events Photoshopped Into Dizzying Single Photos "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Crowded Fields is a new eye-popping photo project by photographer Pelle Cass, who used Photoshop to combine hours of sporting events and hundrds of athletes into single composite photos.

The Boston-area photographer visits events and shoots roughly 1,000 photos over the course of one or two hours. His goal during this step in the process is to try and ensure that he has photos of athletes in every single feasible location of the frame.

Cass shoots with a Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR and usually a 16-35mm f/4 lens (mostly at 16mm) on a sturdy Gitzo tripod. A few of the images were made using a Fujifilm XT-20.

What I do in the field can be a little boring, although Im concentrating pretty hard on the action, Cass tells PetaPixel. Its boring because Im not so in love with college sports and I cant really appreciate the game for its own merits. Im just looking for interesting moments and to make sure that I take pictures of players on every part of the field so I have plenty of choices back in the studio.

Once he has his 1,000+ photos, Cass moves to his computer, where he spends hours upon hours in Photoshop, tracking up to a thousand different layers (though 400 is more typical).

I decide to keep or omit every moving thing that was in the scene, Cass says. So sometimes I have a bunch of layers without people for water bottles or birds, anything that moved in the scene.

Working with so many layers pushes Cass computer and Photoshop to its performance limits.

Photoshop also frequently slows to a crawl with so many layers, so I have to save a 4 gig file, quit Photoshop, and reopen the file, Cass says. So that can get a little tedious, although at least it makes me get up out of my chair once in a while during the five- or ten-minute wait.

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18:51

GoPro May Soon Be a Chinese-Owned Company "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

GoPros brand may be widely recognized, but its business has been struggling mightily as of late. But theres now some news that may offer a glimmer of hope for investors: GoPro may soon become a Chinese-owned company.

The Information reports that the Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has been considering making an offer to acquire GoPro. GoPros stock, down to around $5 from a high of nearly $90 in 2014, jumped nearly 9% on the news yesterday.

GoPros stock price since its IPO in 2014. Chart by Google Finance.

Xiaomi makes a wide range of electronics, from smartphones to laptops to the Yi action camera, a GoPro competitor that was announced in 2015, and the Yi M1, a cheap mirrorless camera.

While GoPro has revenues of a little over $1 billion, Xiaomi boasts sales of over $15 billion annually.

GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman has publicly stated in recent days that hes open to a deal, but serious offers for the business have been slow in coming. In the meantime, GoPro has been making moves to prop up its revenues, from licensing out its camera tech to unveiling a $200 budget camera for the masses.

Xiaomi is a...

18:20

Heres a Stunning 4K Tour of the Moon "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

NASA has released a new eye-popping virtual tour of the moon in 4K resolution using imagery and data gathered by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft since 2009.

The journey visits a number of notable features on the moons surface, selected to show the diversity of features found on the lunar terrain.

Some are on the near side and are familiar to both professional and amateur observers on Earth, while others can only be seen clearly from space, NASA writes. Some are large and old (Orientale, South Pole-Aitken), others are smaller and younger (Tycho, Aristarchus).

Constantly shadowed areas near the poles are hard to photograph but easier to measure with altimetry, while several of the Apollo landing sites, all relatively near the equator, have been imaged at resolutions as high as 25 centimeters (10 inches) per pixel.

This latest 4K experience is a followup/redux of the original Tour of the Moon video released back in 2011. The camera follows the same paths, just with much clearer imagery.

17:41

The Photographers Travel Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Ever taken professional camera equipment on vacation and left with too many memories of setting up tripods or staring at screens? Well, I have. Ive also traveled and taken no pictures at all only to regret that as well.

In searching for the perfect travel camera, I considered two competing variables: burden vs. quality. For years I carried a Fuji GW690, a medium format rangefinder shooting 120mm film. And with a 69 frame, the results were very high resolution in fact, it was overkill (proof: a 431MB film scan). It is also a comically large camera, way too big to comfortably carry around when traveling.

Ive tried some of todays popular mirrorless options (ex. Sonys A7s or the Fujifilm XPro2) and found I loved the build quality and many of the features. But the endless menus and instant development with digital cameras make it easy to over scrutinize images while youre shooting. For me, that defeats the goal of spending minimal time taking pictures. And it seems others might agree, just look at this $6K digital Leica with no screen. Yep, a digital camera with no screen. Maybe a radical step in the right direction and definitely something Id like to own BUT the quality of a digital sensor just isnt what Im looking for. (Insert film vs digital debate)

For now Im using a Canon Rebel 2000 paired with Canons...

17:04

Photo of Man on Fire Wins World Press Photo of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Venezuelan photographer Ronald Schemidt has just been awarded the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year prize in 2018 for his striking photo of a Venezuelan man on fire during violent clashes with riot police.

The photo, titled Venezuela Crisis, was one of 6 finalists that were named back in February revealed ahead of time for the first time in the contests history. In a poll we conducted at the time, nearly 50% of readers voted for Schemidts photo as the most deserving to win World Press Photo of the Year, widely considered the worlds premier photojournalism photo contest.

Venezuela Crisis also won 1st prize in the Spot News Single category.

Heres the description of the photo, which was captured on May 3rd, 2017:

Jos Vctor Salazar Balza (28) catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicols Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela.

President Maduro had announced plans to revise Venezuelas democratic system by forming a constituent assembly to replace the opposition-led National Assembly, in effect consolidating legislative powers for himself. Opposition leaders called for mass protests to demand early presidential elections. Clashes between protesters and the Venezuelan national guard broke out on 3 May, with protesters (many of whom wore hoods, masks or gas masks) lighting fires and hurling stones. Salazar was set alight when the gas tank of a motorbike exploded. He survived the incident with first- and second-degree burns.

Schemidt, born in 1971, is a staff photographer for Agence France-Presse based in Mexico.

Its a classical photo, but it has an instantaneous energy and dynamic, jury chair Magdalena Herrera says of the winning shot. The colours, the movement, and its very well composed, it has strength. I got an instantaneous emotion

Jury member Whitney C. Johnson (Nat Geo deputy photo director): Its quite symbolic, actually. The man, he has a mask on his face. Hes come to sort of represent not just himself and himself on fire, but sort of this idea of Venezuela burning.

Jury member Bulent Kili (Turkey Agence France-Presse chief photographer): And there is one small detail in the picture. There was a gun on the wall. It reads paz. It means peace. That also makes this picture stong.

As part of his win, Schemidt receives a cash prize of 10,000 (~$12,300) and a selection of camera equipment from Canon. His photo will also b...

13:04

Fuji registered a new camera. Is it the X-T100? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The FCC shows that Fuji just registered a new camera code. Fujirumors believes this might be the new X-T100. It is yet unclear when Fuji will announce this new camera. Via Nokishita

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Thursday, 12 April

20:43

Testing the Speed Boost in Luminars Jupiter Update "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Luminar has a new update, and its fast! Although I recently published an extensive review of raw processors that included Luminar 2018 v1.1, the new update called Jupiter (v1.2) has significant changes and improvements. I believe it warrants an updated review covering the important changes. So here it is.

Bottom Line First

The Luminar Jupiter upgrade for existing users of Luminar 2018 is free so thats a no-brainer (Luminar menu->Check for Updates). If youre new to Luminar or upgrading from pre-2018 versions, I believe its still worth it. Ive advocated this program for a long time because its so intuitive and enjoyable to use, not to mention pretty inexpensive. And with this upgrade, it just got better. You can upgrade for $39 (use coupon code WOLFSON for these prices) and new users can buy it for $59 (use coupon code WOLFSON). There are a host of useful freebies included as well that Skylum values at $202.

Raw images open dramatically faster. I really noticed this on my 2014 MacBook Pro laptop which has average specs by todays standards. Previously it took 21-23 sec. for a Fuji X-Trans RAF file to open. Now its 4-5 seconds to see the image and about 10 seconds total before sliders have an effect. Sony 42MP raw files are even faster. All of this is fast enough that you barely have time to find the slider you need before the sliders are already active!

You will still see the Processing wheel i......

19:16

The Photographer Who Captures Lifes Beauty Without Hands or Legs "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Achmad Zulkarnain is a professional photographer in Indonesia who has been gaining international recognition for creating his images without hands or legs. This 3-minute video by Great Big Story is the latest look at Zulkarnains life and work.

Zulkarnain, whom we first featured last year, has become increasingly popular on Instagram, where he now boasts over 43,000 followers.

After being born without hands and legs, Zulkarnain became passionate about photography through shooting ID card portraits for fellow villagers. Creating a custom go-kart has allowed Zulkarnain to become mobile with his services as his photography business has grown.

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18:49

Luminar Jupiter Update Brings Speed Boost and 300+ Improvements "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Performance Boost

We have made some significant performance enhancements that allow you to edit your photos much faster, Skylum writes. In fact, some users report seeing speed gains of up to twelve times faster!

Weve dramatically increased the speed of editing across all areas of Luminar. Images open faster. Filters apply quicker. The entire application is more responsive. [] In fact, you should be able to see the difference with every tool and command.

Heres how much certain tasks on certain files have improved:

Performance gains on PC Performance gains on Mac

Performance is at the front and center of the photo editing software wars at the moment, as Adobe has been scrambling to address long-suffering photographers complaints that Lightroom is slow on fast machines.

Improved RAW Conversion

Luminar has also gotten an imp...

18:07

Studio Portraits in Small Spaces: How I Make It Work "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Id love to have access to a massive studio space with all of the latest amenities. Who wouldnt? But in many cases, a living room is all you need to get the dynamic shot youre looking for. Nearly all of my favorite studio shots were done with my Oliphant backdrops in a 1015-foot room.

You might be wondering, What if my walls are red? What if I have low ceilings? What if my carpet is burgundy? Dont stress there are simple ways around all of these problems, and Im here to walk you through them.

Challenge: Low Ceilings

Having the ability to boom a light high up above your subject gives you creative freedom. But if youre shooting in your living room and want your subject to remain standing, you might not have that luxury.

Because Im used to shooting in small places, Ive learned to love seated poses. Some of my favorite photographers, like Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, and Miller Mobley use seated poses on a regular basis. Taking inspiration from the greats, my subjects often sit on stools, folding chairs, apple boxes, tables, and even directly on the ground.

By having my subjects sit down, I still have the option to boom my light several feet above them without issue.

Challenge: Colored Walls

When I first started shooting with strobes indoors, my photos always had a strange tint to them. The culprit? Walls with creamy off-white paint.

Buy black or white v-flats both if you have the space and money or a more portable and collapsible option like the Lastolite Large Standard Skylite Rapid kit.

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17:47

Instagram Will Soon Let You Download All Your Photos "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Facebook has long allowed you to download a complete copy of your data, and now Instagram is reportedly following suit. Youll soon be able to download your entire history of photos and content from the popular photo sharing service.

TechCrunch reports that Instagram is building the tool to help improve data portability for its customers.

We are building a new data portability tool, an Instagram spokesperson tells TechCrunch. Youll soon be able to download a copy of what youve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.

Well share more details very soon when we actually launch the tool. But at a high level it allows you to download and export what you have shared on Instagram.

Data portability, which helps service users from being locked-in to a service by allowing them to pick up and go with their data, is becoming a hot issue as online privacy concerns take center stage around the world. Its one of the key requirements services will have to comply with in Europe after the EUs new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law takes effect on May 25th, 2018.

Once offered by Instagram, it will be much easier for users to pack up and delete their Instagram account and/or move to a competing photo-sharing service.

No word yet on exactly when it will be available, what resolution photos and videos will be, or if the tool will allow you to download data beyond your basic content things like user lists, comments, Stories, and captions.

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17:26

10 Hidden Lightroom Features That Can Change Your Editing Life "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Sometimes we can use software for years without taking the time to dive deeper and unlock its full potential. Heres a great 12-minute tutorial by photographer Jamie Windsor with 10 hidden Lightroom features that can help your editing and speed up your workflow.

Even if you feel like a seasoned Lightroom user, there may be some tips and tricks among these 10 that can help improve your photo editing life.

Heres a quick rundown of the 10 things covered by Windsor:

1. Send clients an online preview (00:11)
2. Better tones with camera calibration (02:23)
3. Change preset strength/opacity (03:17)
4. Targeted adjustment tool (05:18)
5. Automatically match exposures with different settings (06:25)
6. Faster image rating and selection (07:29)
7. Individual slider automation (08:13)
8. Edit local adjustment tools (08:29)
9. Bigger sliders (09:24)
10. Precision editing view (09:50)

You can find more of Windsors videos by subscribing to his YouTube channel.

17:00

Fujifilm Unveils 250mm f/4 Lens and 1.4x Teleconverter for GFX System "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fujifilm today announced a new 250mm f/4 telephoto prime lens and a 1.4x teleconverter for its GFX medium format system (which currently consists of the Fujifilm GFX 50S camera).

Fujinon 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Lens

The Fujinon GF 250mm f/4 has a rugged, lightweight magnesium alloy barrel that resists dust and weather, and it is capable of functioning in temperatures as low as 14F/-10C. On the front of the lens is a fluorine coating that resists water and dirt.

Inside the lens is a 5-stop optical image stabilization system to provide maximum sharpness for images captured on the GFX medium format sensor, which measures about 1.7 times the size of a 35mm full-frame sensor.

Theres also a new focus preset function: photographers can store focus settings in lens memory and instantly activate them later. After downloading the latest GFX 50S firmware, photographers can fix the lens linear motor position when powering off their camera or when in playback mode.

The Fujifilm GF lens lineup now consists of a 23mm f/4, 32-64mm f/4, 45mm f/2.8, 63mm f/2.8, 110mm f/2, 120mm f/4 Macro, and 250mm f/4.

The Fujinon 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR will be available in late May 2018 with a price tag of $3,300.

Fujinon Teleconverter GF1.4X TC WR

The new...

15:55

Luminar Jupiter 2018 released. Adds Camera/Lens Profiles, Batch Processing and more! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Skylum released the update 1.2.0 for Luminar 2018. It includes adding Batch Processing and a Free Transform tool to the Windows version. If you plan to buy Luminar use the coupon code MIRROR you will get $10 off: Luminar 2018

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07:11

Fuji GF 250mm lens and adapters announced "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fujinon GF 250mm F4: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS Fujinon GF 1.4x Teleconverter: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS 18mm Macro Extension Tube: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS 45mm Macro Extension Tube: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS News via Fujirumors: Press Release + Product Pages/Samples GF 250mm F4: Press

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Wednesday, 11 April

20:58

What Facebook Can Learn About You From a Single Uploaded Photo "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill this week regarding his companys use of users personal data. Zuckerberg denied secretly listening to users through microphones for ad targeting, but the company is able to quietly collect quite a bit of data from a single uploaded photo.

The Wall Street Journal has published an article (behind a paywall) titled How Pizza Night Can Cost More in Data Than Dollars. In it, the WSJ examines subtle ways you may be handing over personal data to Facebook and other high-tech companies during a quiet evening at home.

One of those ways: shooting and uploading a photo using your smartphone.

Based on Facebooks privacy and data collection policies, Facebook first receives your photo, caption, and tagged people. The photo can be analyzed to see what they contain and due to Facebooks massive trove of user data, it can identify people who are strangers to you in photos shot out in public.

But thats just the first layer of data thats collected, as theres also a huge amount of metadata that Facebook gets its hands on as well.

Unless youve taken steps to block certain details, Facebook can also collect: location from geotag data, the date, the phone model you have, the exact device ID of your phone, your cellular/Internet service provider, nearby Wi-Fi Beacons/cell towers (which can be used to triangulate locations), and even things like battery level and cell signal strength.

You can strip some of this data by editing the photos EXIF data or by changing your camera settings, but some data is shared just by opening the Facebook app, Lifehacker reports. Facebook can then cross-reference all this dataso Facebook could th...

20:08

Film is Still Alive is a Mini-Doc About the Love of Analog Photography "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Just as vinyl records have made a comeback as of late, film photography has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Film is Still Alive is a 10-minute miniature documentary that explores why film photographers these days are still in love with their medium despite the camera industry moving to digital.

The documentary was made by Canadian photographer Take Kayo and filmmaker Ryan Savella, who spoke to a number of amateur and professional film photographers to hear their thoughts.

Film photography never died, it was dormant, the duo writes. Now its alive and thriving.

The duo is aiming to raise awareness and funding for an ongoing Analogue Photography Series of interviews with various figures in the film industry, including amateurs who do everything themselves, professional photographers, art galleries, commercial photo labs, and camera stores that specialize in film.

The goal of this documentary series is to show how diverse this analogue film community is, and encourage everyone to participate in the process, the duo says. Yes, film is still alive!

19:34

Photos of a Starry Lightsaber Duel in the Worlds Largest Salt Flat "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Heres a light-painting photo shoot that Star Wars fans may appreciate: photographer Dominic Chiu visited the worlds largest salt flat and shot a series of photos showing a lightsaber duel under the reflected starry night sky.

Doing a set of Star Wars lightsaber pictures under billion of stars has always been my childhood dream, and I finally got a chance of recreating it during my latest trip to the largest salt flat on earth, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, Chiu tells PetaPixel. It was definitely my best night ever in my life.

The photos were shot using a Sony a7R II and a Sony 16-35mm lens.

You can find more of Chius work on...

18:40

This Adapter Lets You Mount Any Giant Lens On Your Tiny Smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Want to mount a giant camera lens onto your smartphone? The Chinese company Cinematic International Company Limited has created a single universal adapter just for you. It lets you mount most lenses out there to pretty much any smartphone. You can see a glimpse of it in action in the 2-minute video above by No Film School.

Cinematics International Company Limited is a Shenzhen, China-based company that has been manufacturing photography equipment out of its own factory for over a decade now. It was showing off its new lens-to-smartphone adapter at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas, which is where No Film School came across it.

The company says that the adapter supports too many lens mounts to list Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony E are just a few of the common ones supported.

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh may be the type of creative being targeted with this adapter: his latest feature film, Unsane, was shot entirely on the iPhone. And as the use of smartphones for serious photo and video productions continues to heat up, so does the market for high-end attachments.

No word on when this adapter will hit the market or how much itll cost, but keep your eye on the Cinematic International online store if youre interested in picking one up for yourself.

18:03

These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos from 280 Miles Up "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Satellite photos are generally shot straight down at the Earth and make the world look like flat, detailed maps. But shoot satellite photos at an angle, and suddenly they look like aerial photos captured from impossible heights with the worlds longest telephoto lens.

Its like getting a view out the window of an airplane 450 kilometers [~280 miles] high, writes Robert Simmon, an engineer at Planet, operator of the worlds largest commercial satellite network.

Two different satellite views of Monte Fitz Roy in Chile and Argentina. Shot top-down (left) and at an angle (right).

Planet recently used its constellation of 13 SkySat satellites to shoot a series of experimental, off-angle images that capture some of the worlds most stunning vertical features. Its a perspective that makes the real cities look like the computer game Sim City, Engadget writes.

Here are some beautiful views of cities around the world captured with this experimental perspective:

Shanghai, China ...

16:53

PolarPro Moves Into Still Camera Lens Filters with QuartzLine "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

PolarPro has announced that it is expanding beyond the drone and action camera products it is best known for and into the world of still and cinema cameras. The companys new QuartzLine Filters are a series of full frame filters for DSLR, mirrorless, and cinematic cameras.

The QuartzLine Filters get their name from the pure fused quartz glass from which they are crafted, PolarPro tells PetaPixel. This material makes for some of the purest glass on the market, and allows PolarPro to apply its polarizing, neutral density and protective coatings while maintaining a perfectly color neutral profile.

PolarPro says it tested 29 different materials before settling on fused quartz glass as its material of choice. It gives the filters a low refractive index of 1.46 and temperature resistance (-50F up to 130F).

The 99.9% pure fused quartz glass is housed in a durable brass frame with matte black interiors that help reduce reflections.

A number of different coatings are applied to the glass to enhance it with certain qualities. An anti-reflective optical coating on the surface of the glass reduces surface reflectivity from 3.45% to 0.455%, an anti-scratch coating increases hardness, a neutral density coating helps deal with color shifts, and a hydrophobic coating provides water resistance.

QuartzLine filters come in a wide range of sizes and types. They are available in filter diameters of 37mm, 46mm, 67mm, 72mm, and 82mm, and additional step-up rings are available to ensure that you can find a filter right for...

11:53

New Fuji leaks: GF 250mm to cost around $3,500 and first images of the extension tubes "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Tomorrow Fuji has (again) a new product announcement. Fujirumors says the new GF 250mm f/4.0 lens will be priced at around $3,500. And they also got a first impression by a source: Performance is top notch, on camera and zooming

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Tuesday, 10 April

20:53

Testing a $35 Superzoom Phone Lens Against a $7,000 DSLR Kit "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Have you seen those ridiculous ads for smartphone clip-on lenses that promise impossible results? Casey Neistat recently came across one on Facebook and decided to order one to see how bad they actually are.

The Universal 18X Zoom HD Clip On Mobile Phone Optical Camera Lens can be purchased for $33 on Amazon. Neistat went out in New York City and shot the same scenes using both the phone lens on a Google Pixel 2 XL and a ~$7,000 kit ($5,700 Canon DSLR and a $1,000 superzoom lens).

Neistat found himself surprised by what the $35 lens can actually do.

Well, color me impressed, its not a total piece of s**t, Neistat says. Having a long lens is important, and if all you have is a cell phone, this could prove helpful.

So I very gently, very reluctantly, recommend this total piece of s***t $35 lens because it sort of almost works.

20:02

How to Make a Portrait Backdrop for $5 with Dollar Store Items "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Professional portrait backdrops can cost over $1,000 apiece. If youd like to get creative without getting broke, photographer Jessica Kobeissi has a thrifty DIY idea for you in this 4.5-minute video. She shows how you can create a custom backdrop using less than $5 in materials purchased from your local dollar store.

Kobeissi visited a Dollar Tree store and purchased a sponge, some plastic table covers in different colors, a jump rope, and some washable kids paint.

The backdrop is painted by scrunching up the table cover and pressing the sponge all over the surface.

And for her makeshift stand, Kobeissi found a corner of a room and taped up the jump rope to clip the backdrop onto.

The setup may be the worst looking photo studio youve ever seen, but you can get nice portraits in a pinch with it.

Here are a couple of portraits shot by Kobeissi in front of her DIY backdrops:

If money is no object, though, here is what a $1,000+ backdrop can do for you.

10:01

Leaked specs and images of the new Fuji GF250mm lens GF 1.4x teleconverter and firmware updates "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

On April 12 Fuji will announce the new Fuji GF250mm lens GF 1.4x teleconverter and firmware updates. And all the info got leaked in advance right now: GF 250 mF 4 R LM OIS WR Lens construction: 10 groups 16

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Monday, 09 April

20:56

Blackmagic announces the (by far) cheapest 4K RAW mirrorless camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Blackmagic announced a new Micro Four Thirds mount cinema camera. And its by far the cheapest 4K RAW recording camera on the market! You can preorder it at BHphoto (price includes DaVinci software). This looks like a winner! More info

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15:09

Leica announces the new SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Leica announced the new 16-35mm lens. Full details here: us.leica-camera.com

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09:38

Leaked specs of the new Fuji GF 250mm and 1.4 Teleconverter "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

250mm lens image by ePhotozine. Nokishita leaked the specs of the new Fuji GF 250mm lens and 1.4 Teleconverter. They will be announced this week on April 12: GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR Lens construction: 10 groups 16

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07:42

CameraJabber interview with Nikon and Canon "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

CameraJabber summed up all rumors in one post and added these two video interviews and Canon and Nikon. At the end of the video they asked them about their fuure FF mirrorless but got a very standard answer. Canon and

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Saturday, 07 April

12:14

Leaked: Z CAM E2 can do 4K120fps and has a Deep Learning Engine "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

By mistake the new Z Cam E2 got leaked but details are still available through Google Cache. The MFT mount camera records 4k 120fps and should be priced at $1,999. Here is the Deep Learning engine in action:

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Friday, 06 April

16:11

Surprise: Fuji will announce the new GF 250mm F4 lens next week! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Surprise! Fuji has again a new product announcement on April 12: They will announce the new GF 250mm f/4.0 lens. Fujirumors also confirmed the new Fujifilm GFX 50R is coming at Photokina. Fuji really never does rest :)

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09:52

Future EOS-M cameras will have this amazing super tilting screen "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Patent JP,2018-054913,A discloses the design of a new tilting LCD screen that can move in nearly all kind of directions. Very smart! Lets hope this one will be used on the future Canon FF mirrorless too :)

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Thursday, 05 April

21:33

GENERAL CONFERENCE, KE$HA + HOW TO FORGIVE "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We had a wonderful Easter this year.  After suffering from the flu as a family for the duration of Spring Break it was nice to have a break where we played and stayed healthy.  Easter week was full of spiritual moments, family time and a sweet break from school.  The weather was so gorgeous and we spent as much time as we could outside and at the park.

Weve been back in counseling for a season and our last session for now was particularly helpful.  We talked a lot about forgiveness and I just wanted to share my notes.  All of this information is from James Ottesen, our Therapist who I love dearly.

RESENTMENT

Resentment is what happens when you take something personally or make someone elses behavior a reflection of you.  Resentment is blaming another person for how you feel today.  And my biggest struggle lately?  Its telling + retelling the story of being victimized, mistreated, done-wrong or betrayed.  Its replaying old tapes.  Rehearsal like this leads to things becoming ingrained from playing and re-playing that tape.

James explained that if you dont tell anyone about your wounds, they will worse but the inverse of that is also true.  If you tell everyone your wounds, they start to become who you are and worsen as well.  A healthy way to work though wounds old and new is to talk about them to a few close people (and/or your therapist) and work through them.

easter spring forgiveness

HEALING

Healing comes when we stop taking things personally.  Not everything that is done to us is a reflection of us or even about us!  The only things we can safely personalize is anything that comes from ourselves.  We should never think less of ourselves based on how someone else has treated us.

IF YOU TAKE SOMEONE ELSES TREATMENT PERSONALLY, YOU ARE MAKING THEIR ISSUE BECOME YOUR SELF-ESTEEM.

Its so easy for me to protect myself from most of the strangers of the world.  If a stranger or even acquaintance doesnt like me, is rude to me, etc. I dont struggle with letting that go.  When family, close friends or loved ones treat me badly (or have treated me badly) its harder for me not to take things so personally.  I have to often remind myself that the way people act and treat me is a reflection of them-not of me.

He also explained that every human is carrying a backpack full of 2 kinds of rocks:

  1. Hurtful things that have happened to us.
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17:56

A cool spot with a cool view on the top of the ridge. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A cool spot with a cool view on the top of the ridge.
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15:41

Ricoh confirms new GR camera is coming "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Dpreview posted their Ricoh interview. Here are a few news: 1) They confirm that they are NOT working on a new Pentax mirrorless camera, such as the K-01 2) They also said that development of the next GR is already

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09:18

Nisi announces five new Full Frame Cine lenses "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Nisis is a company known for its filters. And today they announced their first five Cine lenses: Nisi F3 25mm Full Frame lens T2.1 Nisi F3 35mm Full Frame lens T2.0 Nisi F3 50mm Full Frame lens T2.0 Nisi F3

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Wednesday, 04 April

23:51

A view of the valley from Coburg ridge, looking out to Marys peak near the northwest end. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A view of the valley from Coburg ridge, looking out to Marys peak near the northwest end.
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Taking photos of the Willamette valley with Marina Hansen "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Taking photos of the Willamette valley with Marina Hansen
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17:56

Sketching out some photos using more highlight and backlight techniques super interesting. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Sketching out some photos using more highlight and backlight techniques super interesting.
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12:00

Few tidbits rumors: Sony A7sIII book, GF extension tubes, OMD anniversary camera and no Canon FF specs "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Here is the roundup of the latest rumors from our partner websites: Sony A7sIII book preorder this book at Amazon Germany (via SonyAlphaRumors). Fujifilm GFX: 18mm and 45mm Macro Extension Tubes Coming + GF 100-200, GF 35mmF2.8 and GF 20-36mm

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I am working on a few photos from the Bandon coast. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I am working on a few photos from the Bandon coast.
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I am working on a few photos from the Bandon coast. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I am working on a few photos from the Bandon coast.
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Tuesday, 03 April

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Walking the Bandon coast on a sunny March day. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Walking the Bandon coast on a sunny March day.
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Walking through the rocks at the Oregon coast. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Walking through the rocks at the Oregon coast.
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Climbing around rocks at the coast. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Climbing around rocks at the coast.
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Monday, 02 April

21:19

Always great to spend a nice day on the coast. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Always great to spend a nice day on the coast.
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20:51

Nikkei believes Canon-Nikon Full Frame mirrorless will hit the market in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Juts a Nikon FF mirrorless rendering Nikkei published a reports that both Canon and Nikon will release their High End mirrorless system cameras by 2019. My bet is that their first camera will ship during the second quarter of 2019.

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18:09

Taking photos of Ocean rocks with Marina Hansen "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Taking photos of Ocean rocks with Marina Hansen
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15:12

Wrong Canon FF mirrorless specs posted by Canonrumors "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Canon FF rendering by David Riesenberg Canonrumors posted so claimed specs of a Canon Full Frame mirrorless. Our sources told these specs are completely wrong (those are the same sources that shared the first leaked C700 images last week). CR

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Walking around the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge south of Corvallis. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Walking around the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge south of Corvallis.
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Sunday, 01 April

20:54

On the Wild & Scenic section of the Deschutes river. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

On the Wild & Scenic section of the Deschutes river.
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17:59

No snow on the valley floor Just a little up in the nearby mountains. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

No snow on the valley floor Just a little up in the nearby mountains.
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Before this region was settled Kalapuya indians lived in the valley, the mountains were known by other names. Marys Peak was called Chintimini. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Before this region was settled Kalapuya indians lived in the valley, the mountains were known by other names. Marys Peak was called Chintimini.
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I am working on a few photos from the coast. A few ocean rocks photographed on a bright day at the beach. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I am working on a few photos from the coast. A few ocean rocks photographed on a bright day at the beach.
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Saturday, 31 March

22:27

I am working on a few photos from the coast. A few ocean rocks photographed on a bright day at the beach. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I am working on a few photos from the coast. A few ocean rocks photographed on a bright day at the beach.
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18:27

A colorful sunset photographed from the top of Coburg ridge in early February. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A colorful sunset photographed from the top of Coburg ridge in early February.
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04:27

A textured mix of clouds pass over the valley west to east. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A textured mix of clouds pass over the valley west to east.
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02:27

A telephone booth still stands in a small industrial town out in rural Oregon tried to make a call, no service. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A telephone booth still stands in a small industrial town out in rural Oregon tried to make a call, no service.
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An early spring evening in the Willamette valley. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

An early spring evening in the Willamette valley.
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Wednesday, 28 March

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Sunday, 18 March

23:12

A nice bright day photographed during a warm snap in early February . "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A nice bright day photographed during a warm snap in early February .
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Driving around the foothills of the coastal range. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Driving around the foothills of the coastal range.
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Little goats eat the tall grass on the far side of the fence. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Little goats eat the tall grass on the far side of the fence.
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Saturday, 17 March

21:12

A cloud catches the warm light from the sun during blue hour after the sun is below the horizon. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A cloud catches the warm light from the sun during blue hour after the sun is below the horizon.
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The Oregon high desert still show signs of water erosion in this valley that was once a lake. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The Oregon high desert still show signs of water erosion in this valley that was once a lake.
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Hiking on the hills in eastern Oregon on a cloudy spring day. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Hiking on the hills in eastern Oregon on a cloudy spring day.
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07:12

I spent an evening driving around the saddle on Coburg ridge. Some sunlight coming through a row of trees. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I spent an evening driving around the saddle on Coburg ridge. Some sunlight coming through a row of trees.
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Monday, 12 March

19:57

MYSTIC HOT SPRINGS | HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR DAVIS "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

It was an amazing birthday for Mr Davis and a beautiful anniversary weekend for me.  Happy 13 years to this husband of mine!

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Sunday, 11 March

09:57

Vietnam | Remembering My Lai "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The river wound through the outskirts of the town flanked by tall trees and small homes. Women pushed bicycles over a bamboo bridge and boats ferried families and goods across its banks. Further along, farmers worked their rice paddies as children watched over grazing water buffalo. Mountains rose in the distance. The sea bordered to the east. This was My Lai.

It had been a long drive from Danang. When we arrived, we grabbed sandwiches from a nearby cart and walked along the dirt paths that crossed through the farmlands. The same dirt paths American soldiers walked when they landed here 50 years ago and made their way through the villages killing innocent men, women, and children in what became one of the most brutal and senseless massacres of the Vietnam-American War.

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Tuesday, 30 January

21:02

A Lodging Guide to Monument Valley "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

 Monument Valley as seen from the observation deck at The View.  Photo taken at dusk. 

Monument Valley as seen from the observation deck at The View.  Photo taken at dusk. 

If you've ever wanted to visit the iconic location of Monument Valley in Arizona just over the Utah border, you should start by comparing the dates you'll be visiting with the available lodging in the area.  It's pretty remote and they often sell out far in advance.

There are really only two hotels in the area, two campgrounds and one set of cabins.  Let's look at the options.

INSIDE MONUMENT VALLEY

1) The View Hotel - This is the only hotel in Monument Valley and has only been in existence since 2008. It is visually unobtrusive and blends into the surrounding valley walls, making it almost unnoticeable if you're not approaching it from the main entrance.

 This is me enjoying the private balcony on my first floor room.  The view was beautiful. 

This is me enjoying the private balcony on my first floor room.  The view was beautiful. 

It's an upscale hotel with free wifi and nice, cozy rooms.  All 95 rooms across three floors have private balconies overlooking Monument Valley. Oh, yeah. It's good.

But there are rooms with no views which are significantly cheaper. Significantly.  These "no valley view" rooms face the opposite direction of the valley, but at least you get to gaze into Utah. All prices for room types will populate when you...

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Tuesday, 16 January

09:26

Travels in Japan "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Im starting this year slowly, considering things a bit more. Its a nice place to be in life, being able to pause like this. Next month things will get hectic again, but for now theres a kind of calm. And Ive learned to embrace that when it comes along. To that end, I bridged 2017/2018 with a trip to Japan and limited myself to shooting one roll of film per day. Twelve frames out of my old Rolleiflex camera. It was meant to slow me down and make me look at what I was photographing a bit more.

We spent Christmas day in Kyoto after a few nights in Osaka, walking through crowded streets and markets and temples and bamboo groves in the early mornings before the crowds descended. Then a few days in Kurashiki where we saw a young baseball team practicing drills and exercises at a temple in the town center. Onto the strange suburban sprawl of Nagahama and finally into Tokyo for New Years Eve in a small bar with an amiable bartender singing songs and pouring whiskies. There were other places and moments as there always are, but Im going to keep this...

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Friday, 12 January

01:16

HOMEMADE ZUPPA TOSCANA SOUP "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Im cold.  Its cold.  It was time for soup.  Warm, comforting, delicious soup.  With kale, because then I can feel healthy about it!  Look at me eating more veggies like a resolution-keeper in January!  This easy to make homemade zuppa toscana soup is amazing the day you make it and gets better and better through the week after you make it.  What Im saying is, if you think your family will eat the first pot, double it.  You will thank me every day at lunch time.

I found myself at the Mexican market doing my grocery shopping last week so I had to improvise.  Normally the recipe for a soup like this calls for heavy cream, so I did some googling and found that Mexican table cream is a fantastic substitute for heavy cream in recipes.  Its consistency is like a thin sour cream or thicker cream and it is delicious!  It was a happy accident because I actually think I prefer this to using heavy cream and the soup didnt upset my lactose intolerant tummy!

Easy to make sausage potato kale soup

RELATED: BUCHTELN, GERMAN PULL-APART ROLLS

I also recommend getting sausage links and cutting them open to brown them if you can because 3 links of mild italian sausage and 1 link of hot italian sausage seems to be the perfect mixture for this soup.

If fresh links arent an option:

  • If you like things spicy, go for a full pound of spicy italian.
  • If you have kids like I do, just do a pound of mild italian sausage and use red pepper flakes or sriracha to add spice to your own bowl if you need it!

Its sooo good.

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Wednesday, 13 December

18:04

DAVIS FAMILY PICTURES 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

When the time came to plan family pictures, all I could think was that I was really done with 2017.  Like last year, this year has been A LOT.  Its been heavy, its been overwhelming, but its also been joyful and beautiful.  So I decided we needed cake.  5 cakes.  Five cakes to smash and eat and dose Stella for.  Five cakes to celebrate a year with Fox.  Five cakes for Paisley to throw at her sister and her parents and her frustrations.  Five cakes for five Davis being here another year.

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I think the best part is that Jon didnt fully understand what we were doing with the cakes.  I just told him we needed to bake and frost 5 cakes for pictures and he just said ok and helped do it.

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It wasnt until I took the first handful that I think he fully grasped what we were doing.  Did we mention he got a ribbon in 4H for cake decorating?  He makes sure to bring that up every time I make a cake.

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Monday, 27 November

11:49

Ten Years On "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fair warning, this is going to be a long one. A kind of purge. A meandering document of nothing in particular, of everything in general. Of the past 10 years of work and life and some incidental happenings along the way. Plus way too many photographs.

I arrived in Vietnam 10 years ago. In that time, Ive been a sub-editor at a State-run newspaper, an intrepid (and incredibly unqualified) television host for a local travel show, an Art Director for an ailing luxury lifestyle magazine, a property-related photo retoucher kind of guy whoyou know, I actually had no idea what I was doing on that oneand a Photo Editor for a city publication. Ive also been a freelance photographer for a large portion of those years. Full-time since about 2011. It feels like forever, but in reality its barely the blink of an eye.

In all that time, Ive grown older. I have more grey hairs now, more laugh lines. Sometimes my back hurts. Ive seen myself change, for better and worse. Ive lugged film and large-format cameras across continents. Ive broken cameras and lenses. Dropped things. Ive lost hard drives and once threw a binder of negatives into an abandoned well in a fit of sadness, rage. Ive mad...

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Wednesday, 22 November

17:00

BUCHTELN: GERMAN PULL-APART ROLLS "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The Germans know how to bake, and Buchteln is a perfect example of that.  I do fantasize a little about one day opening up a German Bakeryamongst my list of other things I want to be when I grow up.  I found Das Cookbook right after I came home from Germany and realized that I could not live one more day without German pretzels in my life.  No where, NO WHERE in St George sells a real, fresh German pretzel so I set out to learn how to make them and this cookbook has been a lifesaver.  Not only does it include recipes for classics like Pretzels, Buchteln and Spatzle, but it has other amazing recipes-all with a slight Californian twist SO BASICALLY THE MOST PERFECT COOKBOOK FOR ME EVER.

leftover thanksgiving ideas for cold turkey and cranberry sauce

What is Buchteln you ask?  Its magical.  Its delicious.  Its what you daydream about when you think about rolls.  Basically the Germans (I think technically the Austrians came up with these buteh) decided to just go ahead a pre-fill a sweet dinner roll with jam and then slather butter all over the outside so all you have to do is grab one and eat it as soon as their done baking.

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Tuesday, 21 November

08:53

RETIRING FROM BIRTH "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I have many loves in my life.  I love my family and caring for them.  I love creating through photos, design and video.  I love baking and cooking.  And you guys, I love childbirth.  Birth has become so important to me.  Working in birth has felt important and worthy and fulfilling.  Writing about what childbirth looks like, assisting Cyndi in the delivery of babies, being a labor support and doula for women and photographing birth all felt like my calling in life.

This blog, my photo work, my life plans all revolved around childbirth.  I put all of my eggs in the birth basket and felt like I was right where I needed to be.

APRIL DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHER BLOGGER

The question wasnt if I was going back to school to become a midwife, but when.  During my difficult pregnancy with Fox I would lay in bed and plan my triumphant return to work assisting, photographing and writing about all things birth.  Daydreaming about finally getting to have my own homebirth kept me going while pregnant.  I really loved this work I felt so called to do.

And then after Foxs delivery and my exhausting pregnancy I put off returning to work.  I referred out my birth photo clients and told Cyndi I wasnt quite ready.  I started re-certifying in Neonatal Resuscitation and moving forward to getting the ball rolling and then everything with Stella happened.

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Friday, 17 November

07:00

WHAT IS THE MYSTERY OREO FLAVOR? (AND A FEW OTHER FAVORITES) "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


If youre looking for a family of Oreo Connoisseurs, look no further.  Since I have know Mr Davis he has been a lover of Oreos.  When we were first married I would judgily stare at him at night as he would gobble down a sleeve of Oreos while I stayed on my diet.  Ew.  Anyway, over the years we have enjoyed several of the new flavors, been surprised by others and hated a few too.  I knew we loved oreos, but it wasnt until my sister came over and commented on how many flavors were currently stocking (cookie butter, pumpkin, apple pie, pb+j) that I realized we can easily call ourselves authorities on the subject.  The mystery oreos had us stumped (trix?  fruity pebbles?) until my sister also commented on their smell.  Target Bathroom.  So Oreo, thats the guess from the Davis Family.  Youre mystery oreos smell (and taste!) like a Target Bathroom!!

But beyond the Target Bathroom Oreos, weve found a few more favorites and I thought it would be fun to pull Mr Davis in to talk about them.  Youll have to let us know if you have a favorite too!

1. Hot Cocoa Oreos

New Seasonal Oreo Flavor Reviews What is the Mystery Oreo Flavor

Me:  I would have to say the hot cocoa oreos are the new family favorite.  I love them, our kids love them and they really do taste like you dipped an oreo cookie into hot cocoa!  Some of their descriptions were cracking me up: Sip your hot cocoa while you dunk your hot cocoa. Oreo that is and When the weather outside is frightful, this new Oreo flavor is going to be downright delightful.

Mr Davis:  Im not a huge fan of hot cocoa as it is (maybe I burned my tongue too many times as a kid), but these are good you got the balance of chocolate softly held in the arms of marshmallow in bite sized mug.  I give them 2 out 3 sleeves.

2. Waffles + Syrup Oreos

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Monday, 06 November

21:37

HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE FROM SCRATCH "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I grew up with the traditional cranberry sauce from the can.  The goal was always to slide the smooth, jelly-like sauce out of the can perfectly and retain the ridges and can shape.  I had no idea making cranberry sauce was so easy-it seemed hard and low-priority in the scheme of holiday-cooking so I didnt bother to look into it until one year I got cranberries in my bountiful baskets.  I couldnt think of anything else to do with them so I looked up how to make sauce.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that making homemade cranberry sauce from scratch is not only super easy, it makes your house smell like Christmas!

amazing delicious cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner

During the winter months we usually have oranges on hand and cinnamon sticks aplenty so making this is a matter of grabbing a bag of cranberries.  I love to make it in the evening the week or so before Thanksgiving and just soak in the yummy smell and get excited for the upcoming holiday.  This recipe easily makes two small jars so its perfect to share with a neighbor or friend or keep both for yourself and eat ALL the turkey and cranberry leftover sandwiches (my favorite).  Its so good.

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Thursday, 02 November

10:12

Travels in Chiang Mai "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A few months back, I traveled to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to work on a story about betterment and meditation and health for Lufthansa Magazin. I spent three days walking the old town, visiting temples and eating delicious food and meeting a large cast of charactersboth teachers and studentsresponsible for giving the town its new claim to fame as a healthy, hip, nomadic travel destination.

From Muay Thai to meditation, from massage to manic displays of freeform dancing, I tried to document as much of this alternative travel culture as possible. Vegan restaurants, energy harnessing workshops, and transcendental meditation classes were everywhere it seemed. Yoga retreats miles and miles away from anything. Dreaded men hula-hooping on quiet streets at dawn. And its easy to get down on western travelers coming to Asia to find a part of themselves or to capture some kind of fleeting bliss in a holy house on a mountaintop somewhere, but there&#821...

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Monday, 30 October

06:32

Bangkok | Outside the Gates of the Royal Cremation "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

We were all stuck along the sidewalks and roads, jammed into cafes and buses. Some fell asleep waiting. Others watched on their phones. Everything was happening a mere two blocks away, but it may as well have been miles. The royal funeral procession and cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej had been in its planning stages for over a year, since his death in October 2016. And with the country in mourning for just as long, I never expected the day, when it finally came, to go any differently. And so we waited together and apart for nothing really. Distant canons and a plume of smoke seen over the rooftops. Blockades and volunteers tasked with little...

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Thursday, 19 October

20:35

THE BETES: HOW IS TYPE 1 DIABETES GOING FOR YOU? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Its going fine?  Its good?  Were tired?  I cry a lot?  Its nice that everyone asks, but do they really want to know?  Its hard to explain how type 1 is going for us.  Type 1 Diabetes is just a lot.  Ive had many people asking many questions so I thought I would answer them all in one place:

How is Stella doing?

Shes really doing so well.  Shes just taking it all in stride.  She doesnt like shots, but she deals with them.  She hates having her finger poked, but she deals with it.  Weve had our share of additional tantrums and frustration from her, but thats to be expected.  Its hard because now when she acts out I have to investigate-is it the diabetes or the fact that shes 5 thats causing the fit?

Type 1 Diabetes management

Do you really give her shots every day?

People cannot fathom shots every single day.  Its almost like they think Im over-exaggerating or doing something wrong when I explain that she gets 4-7 shots a day.  Every time Stella decides she wants to eat, we have to be her pancreas and give her insulin to help her use her food and not overload her blood stream with sugar.  For our standard 3 meals a day, she gets shots.  If she wants a snack, she gets a shot.  Shots! Shots! Shots! (but not in a fun way).

SEE MORE:  STELLAS DIAGNOSIS: TYPE 1 DIABETES

Are you going to get her on the pump?

I have now talked to several people that believe that an insulin pump=artificial pancreas.  Those things are not the same.  We recently (finally!) got her on a device called the Dexcom and that has been a huge improvement.  She wears a small monitor that places an electrode under her skin and updates us every 5 minutes about what her current blood sugar is.  This means that instead of poking her finger 4-6 times a day, we only have to poke her twice a day to calibrate the device and we have a warning when her b...

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Thursday, 28 September

00:15

MY NEW FAVORITE PARTY TRICK: PAPERLESS POST "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Its almost October you guys!!  And that means its time for me to start planning our annual Halloween party.  Per tradition Im cooking up a murder mystery and in the early beginnings of figuring out whos going to fake murder who this year.  As Ive been planning I have found my new favorite party trick: Paperless Post!

Doing invitations has been tricky every year.  I love the look and feel of actually doing paper invitations but I just dont have the time/money/effort to make them or have them made, address them and send them out.  Actual paper invitations also dont provide the benefits of digital ones because its so much easier to RSVP, have discussions and ask questions when its all digital.  Facebook is awesome for reaching everyone quickly-but not everyone regularly checks their Facebook and Ive even received criticism that its too impersonal or that people have missed invites all together in the wash of everything else on there!

Paperless Post is the classy answer to all of these problems.  They have cute card designs that have the look and feel of actual paper ones, but the benefit of being digital.  As you create invitations and send them out via email a party page is also created with the ability to ask questions, easily RSVP and send reminders via text or calendar to your guests!  This way you can easily manage your events!  Im so excited to be working with them for my Halloween Party this year!

Organizing a party and inviting guests is so easy!  You just select a design:

Paperless Post for Party Planning by April Davis-6

SEE MORE:  WITCHES NIGHT OUT

Go through and customize everything:

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Tuesday, 19 September

22:04

MEET MOXIE: OUR GIANT SCHNOODLE "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Meet Moxie, our giant schnoodle.  If you would have told me a year ago that I would be selling my chickens and buying a puppy to train for service, I would have turned my head to the side for a dramatic spit take, laughed hysterically and then maybe started crying at the idea.  Growing up I helped train my puppy and I learned quickly that getting a puppy and training it to be a well-behaved dog is so.much.work and something I wouldnt be doing until I was absolutely ready.  I have sworn up and down that we were not getting a dog until my youngest was old enough to be self-sufficient (so like 12) and really didnt see getting a dog in our future for quite some time.

Diabetic alert training service dog to be

And then everything happened and for some reason I just could not put to rest that we needed to look into a diabetic alert dog.  You guys, I dont know and I hope with everything that this is some sort of divine revelation and not just me going absolutely nuts.  With the stress and madness of our lives right now it just seems like not the best time to get a puppy but I could not put it to rest.  I tried.  After a few days of research I quickly realized that buying an already trained d.a.d. was 100% impossible for our situation but buying a puppy and training her ourselves seemed a little more like what we could do.  I spent a few weeks doing more research and we started looking at dogs.  I looked at the rescues here and at the pound.  I am unfortunately allergic to EVERTHING and the more time I spent around the standard service breeds (german shepherds, labs, golden retrievers) the more I realized that we just couldnt have one living in our house full time if I didnt want to be on allergy meds 24/7.

At one point I started researching Giant Schnauzers and they just stood out to me.  I dont know what it was about them but I felt really drawn to the idea of a giant schnauzer.  Theyre a good breed for a service dog, theyre hypoallergenic and super smart.  We also kept coming back to the idea of getting a pood...

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Thursday, 14 September

02:11

10 OF THE MOST RIDICULOUS PUMPKIN SPICE PRODUCTS "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I feel like we may have taken Pumpkin Spice a little too far.  As I was searching through Amazon for this article I found some real gems, some of which I cant believe exist!  It was easy to make a list of the ten most ridiculous pumpkin spice products based on my searches.  Please click through the amazon links and buy all of these things.  You need them.


1. Espree Pumpkin Spice Dog Cologne:

We have let Pumpkin Spice get out of control.

So that your house, your car and now your dog can smell like fall.

2.  Pumpkin Spice Scented Light Bulb

We have let Pumpkin Spice get out of control.

Its definitely creative?  Its a SCENTED lightbulbwhich for some reason just sounds dangerous?  Or melty?

SEE MORE:  PUMPKIN COOKIES FROM SCRATCH

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Wednesday, 06 September

04:44

DIXIE TRAILBLAZERS ART IN THE CITY MAP | THINGS TO DO IN ST GEORGE UT "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

It seems that were pretty terrible at planning holidays.  Today was Labor Day and we didnt have a single thing planned.  The fact that this weekend was Labor day had completely slipped my mind and with everything else going on (Paisley getting baptized) by the time Monday rolled around we kind of forgot it was a holiday.  These bison keep popping up around town and it seemed like a good idea to investigate.  I looked up the Dixie Trailblazers Art in the City Map and after a little searching finally found it!  We have 10 creative buffalo (ok, I know that they are called bison, but I grew up calling them buffalo and I kind of love that word so Im going to keep at it) all painted by different artists and sponsored by companies.  Its super cute.

We started off our trip at Swig, kitty-corner from this first buffalo.  Im trying to be a little braver with letting Stella have a little soda and just dosing her for it.  Super high sugary drinks with no other substance to them like soda can cause her sugars to skyrocket way faster than insulin can touch them BUT its ok sometimes.  And I usually have them split a 16 oz so its not too bad.  Anyway-swig was a great place to stop for a cold drink starting out because it was HOT today and we needed a little something to get us going.

Dixie Trailblazers Bison Buffalo St George UT Art Walk-1

We continued on down the Boulevard from there where you can find 3 bison practically in a row!

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Thursday, 31 August

17:50

PAISLEY IS 8 | GIRLS LEGO PARTY IDEAS "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Shes 8.  My sweet Paisley is 8 and like every year before I cant believe it.  She just keeps growing and I keep watching her in awe.  She has always had a love for legos and this year decided she needed to have a lego birthday party.  As I was scrolling Pinterest looking for ideas and I was amazed at how few posts there were for girls lego party ideas!  Luckily my good friend over at Things I Should Do recently threw a lego party for her son and already had all of the lego molds for these fun candy lego men and bricks!

lego party ideas for girls, pink lego party

She will never even know how spoiled she is to have 2 parents in graphic design.  I found this darling lego font and I love it because its vector and you can change the legos to be any color you need!

lego party ideas for girls, pink lego party

So many of the party ideas that I was able to find were based around only pink and purple legos and we loved the idea of using the entire rainbow.

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Wednesday, 30 August

05:47

Things in Japan "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Theres something satisfying about walking around a city with nowhere to go and nowhere to be, no time to adhere to. Just a small camera slung over your shoulder as you explore the nooks and crannies and alleys and get lost in the mazes of downtowns the world over. It had been a while since Id done that. Just walked. And so while on assignment in Kansai prefecture in Japan, I did just that. I was there shooting a piece on the Northern Soul revival in Kobe, but I spent a few days in Osaka as well, rummaging through record stores and drinking in basement bars and stuffing myself full of ramen. I made it a point to go out every afternoon and just walk with my camera and take photos of all the little things I often pass without a second glance. And while none of these frames will be hanging in the Whitney, they do co...

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Saturday, 12 August

12:30

Fashion in the UK "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Ive spent more time recently moving back to films in a continued effort to slow down and consider what Im doing instead of just spraying thousands of frames and editing to get the best of the bunch. I dont post as much as I used to because I havent been shooting outside of assignments for a while now. But Im slowly getting back there, and its a nice path. Im just trying to figure out how to navigate it in my own way. Without guideposts or hashtags. Digging into the crevices. Finding whats left of what used to be a very tactile medium. Here are a few Polaroids from a recent fashion shoot with Sula Clothing in the UK just outside of Brighton. The sun was warm and the barley fields were swaying lovingly in the wind. The clothes were gorgeous and the model was amazing and for a few days there everything was right with the world.

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Friday, 11 August

17:54

10 OF MY FAVORITE BABY ESSENTIALS "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

When BabyCubby.com reached out to me about doing this post, it was a match made in heaven.  Browsing through their site I quickly realized I own and love many of the products they sell-making this very easy.  I had already been working out a post in my mind about some of my favorite baby essentials because there have been several new fun things that have come out even since I had my oldest Paisley and even since Stella was born.  We have also traveled quite a bit with Fox (more than with our other babies) and Ive found a few gems to help with that.  And you guys-the squishy bottles!  Such a lifesaver.

HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE BABY ESSENTIALS:

1. COMO-TOMO BOTTLES

Squishy breast like bottles for nursing babies that are a favorite baby essential

Theyre squishy!  Like my boobies!!  So far this is the only bottle Mr Fox will take and Im so glad we found one!!  We tried many different brands before finding this highly reviewed lifesaver!  The design is cute and fun, the bottle portion is squishy and the nipple is the perfect shape.  We love these Como Tomo bottles.

2. BAMBOOBIES Cold and Heat packs for sore breastfeeding breasts.

I really believed that I was a professional breastfeeder this time around.  It was going to be a smooth journey with no hiccups and I was sure Fox would be...

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Friday, 04 August

16:02

AGUA DE JAMAICA (HIBISCUS TEA) FROM SCRATCH WITH BLACKBERRIES "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I have grown to love hibiscus tea.  It is the perfect drink on a hot day.  I first tried it at a Cinco de Mayo celebration and it has become a favorite summer drink for me (hence Agua de Jamaica).  I just had to learn how to make it from scratch because the mixes just arent the same. The flavor is lovely and paired beautifully with these amazing blackberries my Aunt gave me from her garden.  From her garden!!  I cant believe how tart and juicy they were-so impressive for homegrown.  I think youll love this Agua de Jamaica from scratch with blackberries!

hibiscus tea homemade

SEE MORE:  MY FAVORITE KITCHEN ESSENTIAL OILS

This tea is so easy to make.  Ill usually make it sometime in the afternoon so that it has time to be cooled and served with dinner.  I like it best over lots of ice and garnished with a lime wedge.  The blackberries add an extra element of tartness that I love, but if you dont have blackberries, no worries.  Its delicious either way.

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Tuesday, 01 August

06:36

STELLAS DIAGNOSIS: TYPE 1 DIABETES "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

You guys, Im ready for a quiet period of rest around here.  Maybe a year where no one has any health issues, the house just keeps it together and the grass stays alive, and the children just grow and everyone is happy and everything is organized and perfect.  Thats totally realistic, right?  It seems that as our family grows, we inch further and further away from that pipedream.  And I know thats just the way that life goes-its just that I felt like we were heading into recovery and like chutes and ladders we just slid right down another chute.

For the last few weeks Ive noticed Stella becoming more and more lethargic.  Ive felt that way myself because of the heat so I chalked it up to adjusting to summer.  I measured her on our growing stick last month and she and Paisley have both grown quite a bit in the last year-but nothing unusual.  She has always been so thirsty, but we all are with the heat.  When we went to Salt Lake for the 4th of July I noticed she needed to pee all.the.time but she was drinking all.the.time so I made a note in the back of my head to keep an eye on her for a bladder infection.  She would complain of aches and pains here and there, but they both like to do that so I didnt think much of it.

Finally a third person commented to me about how much Stella has stretched out recently.  My friend had gone to Seattle for a few weeks and returned and couldnt believe how much Stella had thinned.  That Friday night we were out with friends and instead of running around with the other kids, Stella kept close to me and wanted to snuggle.  I could tell she didnt feel well but there wasnt any other symptoms or fever so I just snuggled her and figured the fever would come that night.  Instead, she wet the bed, something very unusual for her.  When I got up the next morning these symptoms started to add up in my head.  Always thirsty, always peeing, lethargic I put her on my scale and she had lost 5 lbs.  Google confirmed what I was fearing at this point and I posted on facebook asking if anyone had a glucometer I could borrow.

My good friend and neighbor was quick to respond and ran over to her parents house to borrow theirs.  She came to talk to me beforehand and I told her I was over-reacting, it was probably just a bladder infection and growing because I really didnt want it to be the thing it was starting to look like.  I really, really wanted to be wrong.  Stella was out with Jon and Paisley at the hardware store and getting lunch, doing totally fine and wouldnt be back for a minute so there was no rush to grab the meter.  She hurried anyway and came back with a glucometer around the same time Stella came home.

We tested her and instead of a number the meter read HI.  We both just looked at each other because this made no sense and she...

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Sunday, 30 July

20:23

1 2 3 in Stockholm "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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I was visiting Stockholm with a friend for a photo safari. Just walking along one of the many quays in the beautiful weather led to many (at lest for me) interesting photos. Here is one

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Saturday, 29 July

21:13

Let's Keep Politics Out of Nature and Travel "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

On June 18, travel blogger Liz Carlson of Young Adventuress fame appeared on NBC News' Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly in an episode called, The Americans Are Coming: The Obsession with New Zealand.

I LOVE New Zealand!, said I, And I know about the Young Adventuress.. thisll be fun.

The Young Adventuress is an American self-made, successful travel blogger now living the dream in New Zealand.

You can watch the video here.... New Zealand is stunning and my second love.

So the liberal adventuress said on Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly from New Zealand,

I get really irritated when I go home and everyone talks about how America is the best country in the world. Theres this, such a strong nationalism. And Im like, Well, is it?  You know?  And  I think its a time to question that attitude, you know?

Oh, brother. 

Well, I get really irritated when spoiled little Americans go abroad and trash their own country.  Yes, America is the best country in the world, in many respects. It has amazing landscapes and National Parks, offers opportunities that draw people from around the world like a magnet and then theres that little thing weve done over the generations called saving the world from itself.  Stopping Nazism, Communism, Fascism and general treachery from devouring allies around the world, you know?  And then when were done, we either leave or we leave behind a small presence to assist the host nation in the victories the US has won for them. We never occupy and are not imperialists.  Those accolades go to other nations which shall remain nameless here.

And although Liz Carlson and successful travel bloggers like her boast about New Zealands FREE healthcare, lets put on our thinking caps, shall we?  The US has a population of 320,000,00. New Zealands population is just over 4 million. The difficulties of a government providing free health care to its people is an unrealistic one in a population of 320,00,000 (unless you want to look at how China does it, and its not good).

Not only that, but how many Americans flee the US to get healthcare from (fill in the blank it literal...

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Wednesday, 12 July

09:59

Polaroids | Northern Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Just a few quick Polaroids from a motorbike trip into the mountains of northern Vietnam near Pu Luong national park, a few hours southwest of Hanoi. A simple, soul-affirming kind of drive along small dirt roads and over rickety bridges and chaotic highways. It was a wonderful way to end over a month of assignments that took me across Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. More to come once my film gets developed. So for now.

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Monday, 10 July

11:08

Tolkien in Norway "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

One Ring B-

One Ring to Rule Them All

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Saturday, 08 July

23:01

6 TIPS FOR POSTPARTUM FASHION: WHAT TO WEAR AFTER GIVING BIRTH "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I cant ever claim to be any sort of fashionista, in fact, most days I dont get dressed unless I HAVE TO, postpartum or otherwise.  Im all about loungewear, especially in this heat but occasionally I have a date with Mr Davis, church, or some other reason I have to put real clothes on.  I have found a few favorites that I keep coming back to when it comes to dressing this healing body of mine.  I feel like Im really taking my time this baby to get everything back together and so Im getting really good at what to wear after giving birth.

I promised myself years ago to always love and forgive this body of mine and Im really being tested through this season.  I delivered Fox and weighed 15 lbs less than when I got pregnant-normal for an HG pregnancy like mine where I didnt get to eat much for 9 months.  I quickly gained 25 lbs postpartum, something Ive never done before.  Even with Paisley when I was working full time and super unhealthy I didnt GAIN weight postpartum so I feel like Im going through a normal pregnancy recovery weight-wise (and shaking my fist at the heavens through all of it!)  The ONLY perk of an HG pregnancy for me has been not dealing with excess weight after a pregnancy and now I dont even get to enjoy thatbut I digress.

What to wear after giving birth

The following are a few favorite tricks, tips and other fun things helping me appear to keep it together, if only on the outside:

1. STRETCHY PANTS

One day my legacy will be living my life as the poster child for stretchy pants.  I look back at the structured waistbands our mothers had to endure and I cry for them.  And if youre wondering where I found bermudas long enough to make it to my knees, I found...

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Thursday, 29 June

18:00

PEANUT BUTTER NUTELLA COOKIES "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Nutella is a big deal around here.  Im overly prideful about the fact that I discovered Nutella over in the Motherland, while doing an exchange program in Germany.  I couldnt believe that these seemingly healthy people would smear chocolaty goodness all over their wheat bread and eat it for breakfast (because American breakfast cereal is sooooo good for you <img src=<img src=" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /><img src=<img src=" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /><img src=<img src=" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />).  It was delicious and I decided I was in love.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

So in love, in fact, that Nutella ended up on our wedding invitation:

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Friday, 16 June

13:40

Torgdagen The Value of The Local Coastal Culture "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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Every year since 1977 the coastal culture from the local areas surrounding Bergen, especially towards the west, has been celebrated at en event called Torgdagen i Bergen. This area supplied the city with much of its food, workforce and other resources. However, the value of this and of the culture was not very appreciated in the more refined urban circles in Bergen. But time changes and now this is a gathering of traditional ships and boats of many sorts, performing local artists, Farmers Market and traditional fast food vendors. Many people dress up in local clothes of pre-WWII style. And a good time is being had by all.

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Wednesday, 14 June

09:56

Indonesia | Travels in Bali "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

From the temples of Ulawatu to the shores of Seminyak and into the mountains and rice fields of Ubud and beyond, Bali is a land of many splendors and wonder. Its a bit of a cliche to say at this point, but it does feel like a magical place, despite the mass amounts of tourism that simultaneously give reason for and benefit from this magic. I went in not expecting to be moved by it, but I was wrong.

More than anything, Bali manages to retain a bit of mystery while being a completely open book to the casual traveler. Theres an element of history and spirituality to just about everythingarchways carved from volcanic stone adorn traffic stops and temples and altars jut out from every corner on every street. The ground is littered with offerings and theres a constant smell of incense mixed with rotting fruit. Large waves crash against wide stretches of sand in the south while to the east in Tulamben Bay you can walk directly into the...

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Monday, 05 June

18:00

A MEMORIAL DAY DISASTER "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

This last Memorial Day started like most of our others-we had an easy going morning, didnt really do much and at the last minute decided to make plans.  We rarely plan things on holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day because its such a pain dealing with crowds and trying to travel.  Jon took charge and made the plans (something he rarely does) so we all opted to go along for the ride.

We live next to the Virgin River and have found several small nooks that are fun for swimming and are typically not overcrowded.  Jon had heard of a particular part of the river, far away from civilization with a man-made waterfall that was fun for kids to play in and under.  We packed our swim suits, some snacks and towels and loaded up in his Suzuki Samurai for the off-road adventure with some of our friends, the Coopers.

Memorial Day Disaster-1

The terrain wasnt bad until we got to the very end.  There was a hill leading down to the waterfront and it was super steep.  We didnt realize exactly how steep until about mid-way down when it had become impossible to stop and turn around.  As we made it to the bottom it became apparent that we would be lucky to be able to make it back up, and Steves 2 wheel drive Jeep was definitely not making it back up that hill.

SEE MORE:  STAHELI FAMILY FARM CAMP

It was SUPER hot so we made the decision to at least play in the water for a bit to cool down before really trying to figure out how to get home.  We got to the water only to discover a terrifyingly high and fast moving river with a waterfall too scary for children to play in or around.  After playing lifeguard to all of our many children (who have NO self-preservation whatsoever) we decided it was best for us to just go.

The men stood and looked at the hill, and then each other, and then us and all of the children we have and we decided that Kim, I and the kids would walk up the very steep hill in our flippy floppys, at 5 PM in the lovely summer heat.  We left them at the bottom to let some air out of Steves tires and we all prayed that somehow we could get one of the cars up the hill.

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07:08

More handmade panoramic cameras by Kevin Strandberg "IndyWatch Feed Photography"



Sometime ago I made a post on the Palm Press 6x9 camera , where I mentioned about Professor Kevin Strandberg and  his handmade cameras. I recently received some more photos and details of   those handmade cameras from  Kevin which I would like to share with the readers.

Kevin Strandberg is  Professor and School of Art Director at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington. Besides, he  is an expert in  camera making,  an activity he's indulging in since his teens. For a good read on that, have a look at this Washington Times article.  His website can be found here.

The two cameras in the forefront are two 6x12 cameras in vertical and horizontal format respectively. They were constructed using modified Cambo passport cameras and backs have much similarity to that of a Cambo Wide. One of the cameras is attached with a 65 Rodenstock Grandagon MC lens mounted on a matched focusing helicoid. The finder being salvaged from a broken Widepan camera. 




The second camera has a 75 mm Mamiya Polaroid 600 SE lens with a Cambo Wide finder. The film backs are Horseman 4x5 to 120 types and the lens protection bumpers were sourced from Horseman SW lenses.


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Saturday, 03 June

09:38

Ouch! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Ouch-

Some weeks ago I  attended a Red Cross demonstration of life saving techniques. At least one of the participants seemed to enjoy himself

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Wednesday, 31 May

08:26

Singapore Travel Outtakes "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A lot of expats and travelers in Southeast Asia like to rag on Singapore. They say its too clean, too orderly. Its boring and polite and polished. Nothing but soft edges. But Ive always thought criticisms like that said more about the person than the place. Singaporelike everywhere else in the worldis largely what you make of it. Its a complex and complicated place, capable of being just about anything.

Little India on a Sunday is chaotic and wonderful, with energy pulsating through the crowded streets. Chinatown fills up with old men playing chess and gossiping as they sit idly about. Hawker centers dish out world class cuisine day and night. Locals and tourists alike browse through the Gardens by the Bay and the old colonial promenades downtown, and at night restaurants, cocktail bars, speakeasies, and clubs all come alive until the early hours.

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Thursday, 25 May

02:45

Singapore | Selamta Magazine "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A few months back, I traveled to Singapore to photograph a big travel story for Selamta Magazinethe inflight publication for Ethiopian Airlines. I got to run around and see amazing things, meet fantastic people, and eat more than a few world-class meals. Pretty much the perfect assignment. And then to boot, the story design and layout looked absolutely beautiful in the final magazine. So thanks to everyone over at Selamta for treating my images and the writers piece with such care and respect. I love seeing something come together like this. Here are the tear sheets. Ill post some outtakes and a more detailed account of my travels in Singapore in a few days. So for now.

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Thursday, 18 May

08:39

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Dirk Fletcher has made many cameras including panoramic cameras over the years. The details of these can be found in his web site. For more pictures of this and his other handmade cameras visit his Flickr page.

08:36

The Wide-tac panormaic camera : A handmade 6X17 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"



Found recently another handmade 6X17 in Ebay. Appears that the film holder was made from two fused 6X9 film holders. The seller was generous enough to allow me to use the pics which is much appreciated.

The name of the camera is "Wide-tac". So far I didn't come across any source of information on this camera. Let me know if you know anything about this camera. Either directly email me the info, or use the comments section under the post.




08:36

A handmade 6X12 using Mamiya lens "IndyWatch Feed Photography"



Found in Ebay and brought to my attention by Olaf Matthes. A 6x12 medium format panoramic with Mamiya lens. Any information on this camera is welcome.

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Tuesday, 16 May

07:09

Swing lens panoramic cameras by Renzo Guerin "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Swing lens panoramic cameras are  harder to fabricate compared to their flatback equivalents. Apart from the mechanical intricacies involved, seldom one can used salvaged parts from other cameras like the body or film back /path. For these reasons examples of hand made swing lens panoramic cameras and related information are scanty compared to other type of panoramic cameras.





Over the years I was able to gather information on 3-4 swing lens cameras only for my blog  and that's why  I felt very happy  today when I stumbled upon not just one but two handmade swing lens panoramic cameras.




I found them mentioned in the blog of Guilherme Maranhao. It appears that these two cameras, one a 35mm panoramic and other one being medium format were handmade by Renzo Guerin from Brazil. Mr. Renzo Guerin worked as an engineer and is from Sao Paulo , Brazil. Since his teens, he was into making cameras.

The Medium format camera is made of  a 75 mm lens and the other one has a 35 mm.

The following video link shows clearly the swing movement of the 135 format camera which produces  long 24x70mm exposures, longer than the traditional Horizon, Widelux etc. cameras.





I thank Guilherme Maranhao for allowing me to use this pictures. More details and other pictures of these two cameras can be found in his blog post.

Note that Guilherme Maranhao is an award wining great photographer and  camera  tinkerer too. You c...

04:34

The Japanese Handmade Camera Club : The league of extraordinary ladies and gentlemen "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


 I first heard about the Japanese Handmade Camera Club from a newsletter of Photographic History Society of Canada (PHSC).


This club is based at Tokyo and the members are accomplished camera makers who have fabricated extremely unusual and  novel cameras. In one of my earlier posts I've mentioned cameras made by Kensuke Hijikata of "Kentax" fame. Mr. Kensuke is one notable members of this club.



Mr. Sam Isamu Mabuchi of Japan Handmade Camera Club  compiled data on 53 cameras which were part of the exhibit at Tokyo and made it available as a slide show at   PHSC's website. There  were  so many handmade  panoramics, large formats, 6x9s and other novel cameras. I strongly recommend that you have a look at them. 



You can access the slide show  of these 53 cameras HERE

Later on, I found a video of...

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Sunday, 14 May

23:37

The 6X14 panoramic camera by Sven Keller "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


In one of previous posts I've posted about the 135 mm panoramic camera made by Sven Keller from Germany.  In this post, let me present another of his great creation , a medium format 6x14 panoramic camera.


The film back for this camera was made two fused Graflex 6x9 backs. For the details of constructing the back follow  this link.




The lens is a Schneider Super Angulon which was mounted on a Konica helicoid. More details can be found here .









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21:01

The Mercury Universal Camera project "IndyWatch Feed Photography"



This Mercury Universal Camera project looks very interesting and promising, Initiated by Zach Horton and others, this would be a real multiformat systems/modular camera able to be configured with a variety of film formats and cognate lenses.  Wish they include a 35mm panoramic back.

The details of the camera can be found here
A long discussion on it can be found at this APUG Thread


20:09

The Palm Press 6X9 Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"






Though 6x9 is not a panoramic format, nevertheless this 6x9  finds special mention as its seldom seenhas a very wide angle of view  and the same principle is used in making many panoramic cameras.





The camera was made by Palm Press, a Boston based company. The company still exists, however they don't make this camera anymore. This particular unit is fitted with a 35mm apo Grandagon.



I thank Mr. Kevin Strandberg for using these pictures. Visit his ...

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Tuesday, 09 May

15:14

The Lioness "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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I do not have the opportunity to go on a safari, but I can do the next best thing take my camera to The Kristiansand Zoo.

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Sunday, 07 May

18:47

Great handmade 24x105 panoramic camera by Sven Keller "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I first noticed Sven Keller's site couple of years ago when Olaf Matthes pointed it out to me. Mr. Sven Keller is from Germany and he had self fabricated quite a few cameras.





One of the interesting designs include a fused body 35mm panoramic camera. He joined three bodies of Dacora Super Dignette cameras to form an extended film path that can yield a 24x105 mm exposure. The lens cone was salvaged from a Mamiya Press 6X9 camera. Different Mamiya lenses were used for the camera.




Further details of the camera can be found from this webpage.

I extend my sincere thanks to Sven for allowing me to use the pics of his camera from his website. 

Do visit his gallery to know about many more handmade and modified cameras.


05:18

The Wideboy Panoramic Camera-II "IndyWatch Feed Photography"



 Many years ago I wrote about the Wideboy Panoramic camera in my blog. Wideboy and other panoramic cameras were made by Horsley Cameras of UK. My old blog post can be found here.  Many of the links in that old post went defunct over the years however certain information can still be retrieved from the archived websites. I've made an earlier post on how to fetch archived data from dead websites.

A couple of weeks ago I found an Wideboy Mark III being sold on Ebay, which rekindled my interest in that camera.




Wideboy is a swing lens medium format panoramic camera. A simple gadget  that has to be hand cranked to take the picture. Being a simple design it would very easy for the initiated to study the general principles of rotational panoramic cameras and improve it if necessary.

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Saturday, 06 May

18:33

A note on broken website links in my blog posts "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


My blog is more than eight years old now and many of the URLs I've provided went defunct over the years.

It is unfortunate to say the least that so many informative sites can no longer exist. However, for some of them the information can be recovered at least partially if the site has been archived.

For those who don't know how to check if a site is archived, please go to the"Wayback Machine" at 







Paste the link in the Wayback Machine text box and check if the site is archieved or not. In some cases you would see multiple snapshots of the page taken at different times. Check for a date/year closest to date of publication of that particular blog post where I mention about the web site. If your lucky you might be able to retrieve  some information at least. 

Secondly, if you come across any site you think worth archiving, you can submit that web link to the "Save Now" feature of Wayback's archiving tool






For a detailed method of archiving, please read this information:

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Tuesday, 25 April

16:45

Winter Morning My Contribution to an Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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My photo club (Bekkalokket Fotoklubb) is celebrating its 40-years jubilee with an outdoor exhibition of large-format prints. The photo above is my contribution. It was shot in January 2010 not far from where I live. The temperature at the time was -20 degrees

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Friday, 21 April

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Thursday, 20 April

03:47

The Scovill Panoramic Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


During a  recent visit to PHSNE Photographica show I picked up a  few old issues of "The Photographist" magazine. This was the journal of the western phototographic collectors association and each issue is a gold mine of information on camera and accessories of the yesteryear.

 One of the magazines which I picked up had a very detailed account on the Scovill Panoramic Camera written by Mike Kessler.



The Scovill pano camera was made in USA by the Scovill and Adams Co. in New York. The patent for the camera was granted to Mr. Mathias Flammang, an employee at Scovill.

I hope you'll enjoy reading about this camera and please provide me information if any  you seem relevant to this or other related  cameras.  



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Monday, 17 April

18:36

A Tired House "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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One sometimes comes across a house that looks a bit tired and has deserved a better treatment

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Sunday, 09 April

11:28

Still Testing in Oslo "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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Once or twice a year I have to go to a hospital in Oslo (the Norwegian capital) for a medical follow-up for a few days. And this time I brought my new Olympus along. Here I have tried to catch the evening atmosphere outside the hospital.

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Saturday, 01 April

12:39

Just Testing My Reflections "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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Or rather, Im testing my new back-up camera an Olympus OM-D E-M10 II (what a name!). At least it seems to be working for reflections.

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Monday, 20 March

16:08

Sunset and Moonrise "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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We needed a bit of warmth and and light. So off we went to Lanzarote. There we found both sunset

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Friday, 10 March

09:44

Vietnam | Skull Island Revisited "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I cant count how many times Ive been to Halong Bay and Ninh Binh, so seeing these locales finally get their dues in the new King Kong film is pretty exciting. The movie looks beautiful, and Im sure the landscapes theyve used in northern Vietnam give the film that much more of an otherworldly quality. Its a magical country, and if there ever was a 100-foot monster ape traipsing about in this world, I guess it could do worse than living amongst the limestone karsts and winding waterways of Trang An grottoes and the Gulf of Tonkin. So heres to King Kong and Skull Island and northern Vietnam. Just seeing the previews makes me want to head back.

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Thursday, 02 March

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Monday, 27 February

01:13

INKA AND NICLAS LINDERGRD "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

As we travel through amazing landscapes around the world it is almost impossible to resist capturing the stunning vistas through our

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Sunday, 26 February

17:29

Frozen Selfie "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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Selfie My Way

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00:30

A Modern point of view "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The BBC has a selection of award-winning contemporary photography that has just been listed. From children in Montpellier to rural

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Sunday, 19 February

18:54

Hidden Street Art "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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Bergen has its share of Street Art, but some of it is fairly well hidden. The top one is at the back of a pub, as for the lower one

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Thursday, 16 February

00:30

Le Bel Ete "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Recently old inspiration images and videos have crept back into my mind as I begin making new work for the

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Wednesday, 15 February

00:30

States of Undress "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Vicelands States of Undress series has been one of the most curious documentaries that I have come across in recent

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Sunday, 12 February

19:07

Frozen "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

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Despite lots of sun, the grounds are frozen. Somewhere more than others.

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