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Wednesday, 07 November

22:47

I am enjoying the clear nights here on Maui. Taurus and the Pleiadies are on the lower right. Perseus is in the upper left. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I am enjoying the clear nights here on Maui. Taurus and the Pleiadies are on the lower right. Perseus is in the upper left.
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20:38

The Usability Issues of the Canon EOS R "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

After buying the new EOS R, Canons first full-frame mirrorless, photographer Michael Andrew of Michael the Maven was disappointed by the camera usability. Heres an 11-minute video in which Michael points out the things in the EOS R that drove him crazy.

Usability is the number of steps, button presses and options to change certain settings, Michael writes. If you are really interested in getting an EOS R, watch this carefully to understand what you are in for in terms of basic operations like changing your focusing squares or going back and forth from your modes.

Contrast this with the Nikon Z7 and you can see Nikon is way ahead of the game in terms of usability []

While Michael loves certain features of the camera (e.g. the grip, monitor, Q screen menu system), he was frustrated by simple feature and setting changes requiring unnecessary steps that could have been simplified through better design.

For example, changing your shooting mode (e.g. Auto, Program, Av, Tv, M) is done through pressing the Mode button, selecting your desired mode on the touchscreen, and then closing out of the Shooting Mode screen. An analog mode dial like whats found on most DSLRs would have greatly simplified this task into a single step.

Many other commonly-used features have the same issue, Michael says. Instead of simple, dedicated physical controls for selecting and adjusting things, things are accessed through unnecessary button presses, dial turns, and screen touches.

By comparison, the Nikon Z7 has the dedicated controls not found in the Canon EOS R. Things like a dedicated mode dial, dedicated ISO, dedicated exposure compensation, a joystick, dedicated Drive button, and more.

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19:13

Flickr Wont Delete Creative Commons Photos Over New 1,000 Free Limit "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Flickr announced a controversial decision this month to limit free accounts to 1,000 photos and delete extra existing photos of users who are already over the limit. Many people immediately wondered whether countless Creative Commons photos would be trashed. Today, Flickr reassured the photo community by promising that CC photos arent going anywhere.

In its move to downgrade free users and upgrade pro users, Flickr (and its new parent company SmugMug) stated on November 1st that free members will have until January 8th, 2019, to download photos beyond the 1,000 photo limit. Starting February 5th, 2019, Flickr will begin deleting photos over the limit starting from oldest to newest.

Many users are concerned such a limit on free account capacity might cause millions of CC images to be deleted from the Commons, wrote Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley after the Flickr announcement. A lot of people have reached out to us directly and asked what we can do. Im confident that together we can find solutions, if we assume goodwill and bring our collective creativity to the problem.

Creative Commons is working closely with Flickr and its parent company SmugMug to find ways to protect and preserve the Commons, and ultimately help it grow and thrive [] No one wants to see works from the Commons deleted, and well be the first ones to step forward to help if that ever were to happen.

No solutions will be needed, as Creative Commons photos arent earmarked for deletion. SmugMug co-founder and CEO Don MacAskill...

19:03

First BCNranking for October shows Canon EOS-R outselling the Nikon Z7 by two to one "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

  BCNranking finally gave us a glimpse into the effects of the new Full Frame mirrorless war: The Canon EOS-R managed to outsell the Nikon Z7 by two to one. In Nikons defense the Z6 still has to start shipping

The post First BCNranking for October shows Canon EOS-R outselling the Nikon Z7 by two to one appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

18:43

This Photographer Uses a Beer Helmet to Mount Flashes to His Head "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Japanese photographer Nishihiro has come up with a clever and unusual lighting accessory: he turned a party helmet designed for beer cans into a way to mount off-camera flashes to his head.

You can find these types of party helmets online for about $7 to $15, and they come with a can holder on each side of your head as well as a forked straw that lets you suck from both cans at once.

But instead of cans, Nishihiro inserted flashes into the holders.

He also placed circular diffusers in front of each flash for softer lighting (and a Mickey Mouse look).

And when Nishihiro doesnt need double the flash power and would rather stay hydrated during a shoot, he swaps out one of the flashes for a drink.

Nishihiros idea has gone viral over in Japan, and other photographers are now following in his footsteps:

18:18

The Story Behind Ansel Adams Iconic Moonrise, Hernandez "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The Ansel Adams Gallery made this 4-minute video about Ansel Adams Moonrise, Hernandez, a photo the gallery calls Adams most famous and iconic image. Sales director Brittany Moorefield shares the story behind the photo while presenting an ultra-rare mural-sized print from the early 1970s.

Adams shot the photo while returning to Santa Fe from northern New Mexico on November 1st, 1941.

I observed a fantastic scene as we approached the village Hernandez, Adams says. The moon was about two days before full, and the buildings and crosses were illuminated by a gentle, diffuse sunlight coming through the clouds of a clearing storm.

As he rushed to make the photo before the light faded away from the landscape, Adams was unable to find his light meter. Heres his account of what happened as told in his 1983 book Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs:

I could not find my Weston exposure meter! The situation was desperate: the low sun was trailing the edge of clouds in the west, and shadow would soon dim the white crosses I suddenly realized that I knew the luminance of the Moon 250 cd/ft2. Using the Exposure Formula, I placed this value on Zone VII Realizing as I released the shutter that I had an unusual photograph which deserved a duplicate negative, I quickly reversed the film holder, but as I pulled the darkslide, the sunlight passed from the white crosses; I was a few seconds too late! The lone negative suddenly became precious.

Back in his studio, Adams worked to bring out the extreme contrasts in the image, which was extremely difficult to print, particularly at larger sizes. Over time, Adams reinterpreted the photo by printing it with a darker and darker sky, bringing out both the moon in the background and the crosses in the foreground.

An early print (left) versus a later print (right).

Adams went on to make over 1,300 prints of the photo himself over the course of his career, and the photo made a splash in the art world when it...

17:47

Hands On with the Small but Mighty Profoto B10 "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

I got my hands on a pair of the new Profoto B10 for some hands-on shoot testing from Profoto. If you just want to see the photos, scroll to the end of the article. If you want to get a little background on the ideas and the tech, read on.

But before I get into it, I want to start off with a very quick thought about gear. New gear is not inherently important, and often, its little more than an expensive distraction. The gear that allowed you to create great images yesterday will still do the same tomorrow, regardless of other new products on the market.

That being said, the times when new products/equipment/technology do matter is when they allow you to create something that you couldnt before. Opening up creative doors, or allowing you to do something new is valuable.

Enter the B10.

When Profoto announced the B10, the first thing that jumped out at me that it manages to be both small and have significant enough power to be practical. At 250Ws (compared to the B1Xs 500Wsa one stop difference), its the same output as the B2, in a much sleeker package. Its cylindrical body boasting a diminutive 4 diameter and 7 length, making it very easy to pack in a camera bag along with lenses and bodies.

A lot of the work I do is either a) travel related, where gear size and weight is a very important, or b) Im shooting solo with no assistant, and have to be able to manage all my gear myself. Size-wise, even a B1X can be too large when youre talking about carrying multiple to a location, or on a road trip where theres no space for...

17:28

This is the First 8K Video Shot in Space "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

NASA has released the first 8K footage ever shot in space. This 3-minute video was captured aboard the International Space Station using a RED Helium 8K camera, and it shows the astronaut residents living, working, and conducting research.

NASA has a history of pushing the boundaries of camera technologies on the ISS, previously sending HD cameras, 3D cameras, and a 4K camera.

The RED Helium 8K used for this project was delivered to the ISS back in April by the SpaceX cargo resupply mission. Its the same camera that was used to shoot recent Hollywood movies such as The Hobbit trilogy and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold does some filming on the International Space Station Oct. 3, 2018, with a Helium 8K camera, made by the digital cinema company RED. Photo by NASA

This new footage showcases the story of human spaceflight in more vivid detail than ever before, says NASA communications manager Dylan Mathis. The world of camera technology continues to progress, and seeing our planet in high fidelity is always welcome. Were excited to see what imagery comes down in the future.

You probably dont have an 8K display of your own to watch the video on, but NASA invites you to appreciate the higher-quality playback on the device you do have.

Viewers can watch high-resolution footage from inside and outside the orbiting laboratory right on their computer screens, NASA says. A screen capable of displaying 8K resolution is required for the full effect, but the imagery is shot at a higher fidelity and then down-converted, which results in higher-quality playback, even for viewers who do not have an 8K screen.

17:02

The DSLR Will Likely Die: Are Mirrorless the Future of Big Standalone Cameras? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

People often ask me, given the improvement and ubiquity of cell phones, whether DSLRs survive. This actually entails two slightly different questions: will standalone large-ish cameras survive, and will the particular reflex design (the R in DSLR) survive? I am cautiously optimistic about the former and very pessimistic about the latter. In this piece, I will discuss DSLR vs. mirrorless.

Historical Perspective

Lets see why I think the reflex design is doomed, even though it has dominated serious photography for decades. DSLR means digital single lens reflex. The term Reflex comes from reflection and means that the photographer sees an optical image through the viewfinder thanks to a mirror placed at 45 degrees in front of the sensor.

DSLR diagram by gurucamera.com and licensed under CC BY 2.0

The mirror needs to be flipped up when taking a photograph, which, together with the shutter, is the source of the typical SLR noise. In contrast, in rangefinder or twin-lens reflex cameras (those old-looking cameras with two lenses), the photographer sees an image from an offset viewpoint, which can result in parallax error where the captured image is not exactly what was expected.

Historically, the reflex design has proven superior for two main reasons. First, the photographer sees exactly the image that will be taken through the lens. This in turns makes it possible to have a rich set of interchangeable lenses. In contrast, it is harder to change a lens on a rangefinder or twin-lens reflex because you also need to change the viewfinder lens or have marks to visualize the field of view of different lenses.

Second, and this came much later, the SLR design enables superior autofocus thanks to a secondary optical path through parts of the mirror to specialized AF sensors. These sensors essentially perform stereo vision between viewpoints at the edges of a lens for a discrete set of AF points on the image plane. This is often called phase-based autofocus, although stereo would be clearer in my opinion.

Video and digital cameras have fundamentally changed the photography landscape by enabling another type of through-the-lens viewing, where the sensor used to cap...

11:15

New financial reports: Fuji doing ok, Canon not so ok and Olympus very bad "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Lets take a look at the latest financial reports: Fuji (reports here): Fuji is doing well with an increase in revenue reported on a year to year basis. The operating income is down -9,1% but this is due to increased

The post New financial reports: Fuji doing ok, Canon not so ok and Olympus very bad appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

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Tuesday, 06 November

20:04

Photos of Dutch Heather Landscapes Through the Seasons "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A few years ago, I published my (still very popular) heather series titled Purple Dream that consisted of images that portrayed the Dutch heather landscapes in August when everything turns purple. But the heather is not only beautiful when its purple its interesting all year round.

Here is a new series titled Dutch Heather Seasons that shows the Dutch heather through the year from the regular purple shots through summer and the winter frost. This year we also had an unusual drought that caused the heather to turn red even. All in all, the Dutch heather is always a nice subject to photograph, especially during foggy mornings.

Fun fact: this entire series was shot on the heather fields around Hilversum!

Autumn 2018. The sun just came up behind the treelike causing beautiful soft light rays through the tree in front. Contrast between frost and autumn colours made for a beautiful morning. Very early late summer morning in 2016. With fairytale conditions and the first sun glow hitting the fog during the early blue hour, it was magical to walk around. August 2016. Heather season in full force. All the heather coloured beautifully purple with a nice sunrise glow castling its light on the fog layer. Summer 2017. Green grass and trees. A foggy morning with a bunch of Scottish highlanders that you can ocassionally find in between the heather fields. They look rather scary but they dont harm anyone if you dont disturb them....

19:42

Watch a Dali Artwork Get Damaged by Girls Snapping Selfies "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Careless selfies have claimed more casualties. A pair of artworks by renowned painters Salvador Dali and Francisco Goya were damaged over in Russia after a group of girls posing for selfies accidentally knocked over the structure on which they were being displayed.

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) shared the 49-second surveillance camera video above showing what happened.

Russias state-run news agency TASS reports that the four young girls were shooting a selfie on October 27th at the International Arts Center Main Avenue in Yekaterinburg, Russia,

A group of girls there were four of them behaved inadequately, an employee of the center tells TASS. As a result, they damaged two works of art, which were on display in a tandem: pictures by Francisco Goya and Salvador Dali.

Goyas work had its frame and glass broken. As far as Dalis artwork is concerned, apart from shattered frame and protective glass, it also suffered damage to the picture itself.

The artworks that were knocked over. Dalis art is on the right.

The incident is now under investigation by local police though the city has decided not to pursue criminal charges and the artworks are being looked at by specialists.

This accident is strangely reminiscent of the 2017 incident in which a woman shooting a selfie knocked over a display and caused $200,000 in damage. Just like in this latest incident, that selfie fail was also caught by a security camera.

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19:21

What if He Falls? Shooting the First Free Solo of El Capitan "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

How do you go about shooting a subject when you know they could die in a split second while your camera is pointed at them? Thats the reality filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi faced while creating their documentary Free Solo. The duo followed climber Alex Honnold during his attempt to be the first human to ever climb the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite without safety equipment.

The 10-minute mini-documentary above by the New York Times features Chin and Vasarhelyi sharing a behind-the-scenes look at their mindset and process throughout the planning, preparation, and attempt.

Chai and I needed to step back and take some time to really think if this was something we wanted to take on, Chin says. Im aware that a camera changes the dynamic in some small way. And when the margins of success and failure are very, very thin, you just dont know what its going to be that might tip the scale.

Alex Honnold in Free Solo (2018).

Since Honnold was going to attempt the climb with or without the filmmakers, Chin and Vasarhelyi decided to set some guidelines in order to be able to live with themselves filming it. First...

18:04

Cold Snaps: How To Photograph Siberian Winters "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Im New Zealand-born photojournalist Amos Chapple, and Ive worked in some of the most extreme places on earth, most chillingly in Siberias Pole of Cold where villagers endure temperatures that can drop below -94F (-70C). As winter begins to bite, here are six pointers for shooting when the cold gets real.

A local walking through a rundown suburb of Yakutsk, the coldest city on earth.

1. Hold your breath

On my first couple of days working in -58F (-50C) I noticed many of my images were looking flat with lifeless colors and weak contrast. Eventually, I realized the vapor from my breath was drifting in front of my lens. Try your best to hold your breath for a couple of seconds before you take a shot, or at least keep an eye on where those big steam-clouds are drifting.

A guard-dog in Yakutsk.

2. Take a t-shirt

Heading into a warm building with a frozen camera is a tricky business. The best way to avoid camera damage is to make sure the warming process is slow and dry. Wrap your camera in a clean cotton t-shirt, then seal it up inside a plastic shopping bag before you step inside. The t-shirt will soak up the moisture created during the warming process and also slow down the transition to room temperature. It will be hours before the camera is fully thawed and you can take it out of that bag. Which is why you should

Three laborers demolishing a house by hand in Khandyga, Siberia. In background is the smoke from one of the towns 16 coal-fired heating plants.

3. Pac...

17:52

Fotolia Shutting Down After Getting Sucked Into Adobe Stock "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fotolia has announced that it will be shutting down its website on November 5, 2019, 14.5 years after its birth in 2005 and 5 years after it was acquired by Adobe for $800 million in cash in 2014.

The move comes after Adobe just completed fully integrating Fotolias content into its own stock service, Adobe Stock.

The Fotolia domain already redirects visitors to Adobe Stock.

After it closes, Fotolia members will no longer be able to access their accounts, purchase credits and subscriptions, or upload and download content from the Fotolia website.

After thirteen years in business, Fotolia will transition its members to Adobe Stock on a voluntary basis in order to offer them a better and more streamlined service as well as deeper integration within Adobe Creative Cloud applications, Fotolia writes on its FAQ page. The Core asset collection in Adobe Stock comes from Fotolia, so youll find the majority of the assets you love there.

(via Fotolia via...

17:21

Are DSLRs Still the Best Choice? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Im going to do one of my end-of-year assessments a little earlier this year. Many of you will be struggling with buying decisions this holiday season because of all the higher-end mirrorless cameras that appeared in and around Photokina. Ive now had the chance to use virtually every new camerasome for less time than others, obviouslyand I am ready to deliver a quick assessment of The State of the ILC.

Full Frame

This is where all the hoopla has been lately, first from Sony, but now from virtually everyone except Fujifilm and Olympus.

Let me state right up front: the best all-around full frame camera you can buy at the end of 2018 is the Nikon D850. Still.

Yes, its larger and heavier than the mirrorless options. Its also better at more things. While the D850 is nowhere near optimal at this, you can even shoot it silently if you need to. But in terms of all-around? Nothing tops it. Youve got a state-of-the-art sensor, focus system, UI/ergonomics, viewfinder, feature set, and a biggish buffer on a fast card (XQD). If I were pressed to make a better camera than the D850, Id be fixing or improving very small things.

Note: I should note that best all-around to me means the ability to go from high resolution shooting to high-speed shooting, among other things. The 24mp cameras dont really manage the first, so to even qualify for my best categorization, Id say we need to be at least at 30mp, probably far more. If youre willing to compromise down to 24mp, then youre not looking for best overall. Youre looking for a more lowest common denominator camera (keep reading).

Ive never been disappointed with the images coming out of my D850. Pretty much the only time I want to pick up another body is (a) when I need a faster camera, in which case I pick up the D5; and (b) when I want a smaller, lighter camera to pack small for casual travel, in which case I pick up the Nikon Z7 or the Sony a7R III.

Youll probably be surprised to hear me say the second-best all-around full frame camera you can buy at the end of 2018 is...

16:59

Leica Unveils the Q-P, Essentially a Q Without the Red Dot "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Leica today announced the Leica Q-P, a camera the company calls an artful statement of understatement. Its essentially a Leica Q that has had the red dot removed.

The full-frame compact camera boasts a stealthy yet elegant matte black body with a clean and minimalist front face. The Leica branding has been moved to classic script engraving on the top plate.

One mechanical difference between the Q-P and the Q is the redesigned shutter release button and power switch/drive mode selector. The shutter release has a refined and honed haptic experience, and the selector clicks into place for each setting.

Aside from those cosmetic and mechanical changes, the Q-P is otherwise identical to the Q, a fixed-lens camera that mimics the look and feel of Leicas M-series rangefinders.

On the front of the camera is a 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens.

On the back of the camera is a 3.68MP LCOS electronic viewfinder above a 3-inch 1.04-million-dot touchscreen LCD.

Features and specs of the Leica Q-P include a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, ISO 100-50000, 10fps shooting, a Maestro II image processor, a contrast-detect AF system, Full HD 1080p video recording at 60fps, built-in Wi-Fi, and compatibility with Leicas new FOTOS app.

Here are official sample photos captured with the Leica Q-P:

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09:46

The new Olympus E-M1X OMD camera will be launched in January and have a built-in grip to compete in the Sports Realm! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

The current E-M1II vs the Canon 1DX (via CameraSize).   We are finally get a first glimpse on this new Olympus OMD camera that will be launched in January. From what we learned its clear this camera will feature the

The post The new Olympus E-M1X OMD camera will be launched in January and have a built-in grip to compete in the Sports Realm! appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

05:39

Evergreen trees covered in ice after a freezing rain storm that hit Eugene in 2016. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Evergreen trees covered in ice after a freezing rain storm that hit Eugene in 2016.
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Monday, 05 November

22:19

Camping out and taking photos early in the moring around the Alabama hills in southern California during December, 2012. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Camping out and taking photos early in the moring around the Alabama hills in southern California during December, 2012.
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22:09

A remote area in the Wallowa mountains that @marinavisual and I backpacked to back in the fall of 2012. #oregon #wallowa #traveloregon #oregonexplored #idaho #washington #eaglecap #northwest "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

A remote area in the Wallowa mountains that @marinavisual and I backpacked to back in the fall of 2012. #oregon #wallowa #traveloregon #oregonexplored #idaho #washington #eaglecap #northwest
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