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 Tuesday, January 12, 2016

 
Mitch Aunger of Planet5D noticed something odd in one of Nikon's official videos demonstrating the capabilities of their new flagship DSLR, the D5.
 
At around the 4:00 mark of My Nebraska ( seen above) you'll notice a time lapse showing the moon and the stars over Nebraska. The issue is that you can see stars passing over the shadow side of moon, which simply isn't possible. For that to be possible, those stars would have to be between the Earth and the moon.
 
Nebraska Time Lapse Screenshot

That means, most likely, two time lapses have been combined and layered for that particular sequence.
 
Of course, Nikon never prefaces the video by saying that it has been created with stills taken straight out of the camera. And we'd expect some minor editing to take place for a time lapse sequence such as the one shown. But as Mitch rightly asks,
"...how much post-processing is OK in a promotional video for a new camera?"
Should edits be taken so far as to defy the laws of physics when promoting the capabilities of a new camera?
 
Check out the full post over at Planet5D and then let us know – what do you think?
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 1:48:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
With plentiful wildlife and beautiful scenery, Katmai National Park ranks very high on my list of favorite places to photograph.
 
In this photo, the large, bare, coarse-edged mountain peak, the more-gently sloping mid and lower elevations covered in green, and the various waters below, all being large in the frame, are obvious to the viewer. With a little more attention paid, a sow and her standing cub, concerned about the risk presented by the boar that is eyeing and potentially approaching them, come into view and give the photo that extra element I always like. Additional elements (and not as visible at this resolution) are the large number of salmon splashing their way up the stream in the foreground and a pair of brown bears on the distant shoreline.
 
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens was practically glued to one of my Canon EOS 5Ds R bodies while in Katmai NP and a great complement to my big lens, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II. The 100-400 L II, with its long focal length range, can capture wildlife images ranging from environmental portraits to close-ups, depending on the subject distance of course. That 100mm was nearly too long to frame 1,000+ lb brown bears at times was ... a very exciting part of this trip.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook, Instagram and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
142mm  f/9.0  1/320s
ISO 200
5792 x 8688px
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 12:17:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Guinness World Records YouTube Channel:
 
A spectacular display of drone technology by Intel Corporation (USA) involving 100 small aircrafts being launched skywards in formation has earned a new world record title for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously. Read the full story Read the full story here.
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 11:02:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via RedTagCamera) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $609.95 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 10:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
As I was creating yesterday's post about the New York Public Library releasing 180,000 images into the public domain, I began thinking of ways in which the wide range of images could be used.
 
With a primary interest in portraiture, the first idea that came to my mind was incorporating one of the public domain images in a portrait simulating a multiple exposure. With that in mind, I picked up my 5D Mark III and favorite portrait lens – the 85L II – and captured a profile of Amanda lit with a 580EX flash diffused by a small soft box positioned in front of (and slightly behind) her and another flash pointed at the background. This left me with a significant portion of Amanda's profile in shadow, meaning that I could use a public domain image set to a Lighten blending mode in Photoshop CC to easily blend the two images.
 
After cleaning up the background (making sure it was completely white) and a few adjustments (including a Black and White adjustment layer), the base image looked like this:
 
Profile Portrait with Public Domain Image Base

For the overlay, I settled on an image in the public domain library that seemed to indicate that the wheels were turning in the subject's head. I thought this overlay image would work well because with the subject's eyes looking to the right, she looks as if she's thinking about something.
 
New York Public Library Public Domain Image no. 1691644

I adjusted the brightness and contrast of the overlay layer in order to obtain an optimal balance with the base portrait (a matter of taste, of course) and placed the overlay below the same Black and White adjustment layer so that the adjustment applied to both images. The final composite can be seen above and the full resolution image can be found on my Flickr photostream.
 
Do you plan on using public domain images in your work? If so, let us know how in the comments.
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 8:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Induro Alloy 8M AT014 Tripod available for $64.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $102.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb (4 kg)
  • Maximum Height: 56" (142.3 cm)
  • Minimum Height: 5.4" (13.6 cm)
  • Folded Length: 18.1" (46 cm)
  • Weight: 2.4 lb (1.1 kg)
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 8:23:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
These sample pictures are primarily showing the background blur this lens is capable of creating at f/1.4 along with angle of view examples.
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 8:18:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has Auray Windbusters for Digital Recorders on sale for $19.99. Regularly $34.99.
 
Auray has models to fit:
 
  • Zoom H4n, H2n, H1, Q2-HD, H6 X/Y Mic
  • Tascam DR 100 Mark II, DR-40, DR-07
  • Marantz PMD-620
  • Nagra Lino, Pico
  • Olympus LS-100, LS-12, DS-7000, DS-3500
  • Roland R-05
  • Yamaha PCM-M10, PR7
  • Sony PCM D1, D50
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 6:02:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the following B+W circular polarizing filters reduced by $27.00 each with free expedited shipping:
 
B+W 55mm Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter - $72.00 (Reg. $99.00)
B+W 49mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter - $62.00 (Reg. $89.00)
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 5:25:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the E-Image EK60AAM Fluid Drag Video Head and Tripod available for $179.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $359.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 17.6 lb Capacity Fluid Drag Tripod Head
  • Sliding Balance Plate with Safety Lock
  • Spring Loaded Counterbalance System
  • Fixed Tilt and Pan Drag
  • 75mm Claw Ball
  • 2 Stage Tripod with Mid Level Spreader
  • 31 to 63" Height Range
  • Independent Leg Adjustments
  • Removable Anti-Slip Pads / Spike Covers
  • Travel Soft Case
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Post Date: 1/12/2016 5:12:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 11, 2016
The New York Public library recently released 180,000 of its digital scans into the public domain. The works include manuscripts, sheet music, stereoscopic photographs as well as maps that are free to use for any purpose.
 
These images should be especially useful to those photographers who like to combine and overlay images for graphic art or illustration purposes. A rather interesting tool for browsing the images can be found here. [Sean]
 
From the New York Public Library Blog:
 
Today we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!
 
The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials: a removal of administration fees and processes from public domain content, and also improvements to interfaces — popular and technical — to the digital assets themselves. Online users of the NYPL Digital Collections website will find more prominent download links and filters highlighting restriction-free content; while more technically inclined users will also benefit from updates to the Digital Collections API enabling bulk use and analysis, as well as data exports and utilities posted to NYPL's GitHub account. These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds. All subsequently digitized public domain collections will be made available in the same way, joining a growing repository of open materials.
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Post Date: 1/11/2016 2:08:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 1/11/2016 12:14:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review.
 
The focal length range is great.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 1/11/2016 8:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
According to the Egami Blog, Sigma has filed a patent for a 120-600mm f/5-6.3 optical design which could indicate that the current 150-600mm Sports and/or Contemporary models may receive an even larger focal range when replaced.
 
Description of Patent
 
Patent Publication No. 2015-203827
 
  • Published 2015.11.16
  • Filing date 2014.4.16
Example:
 
  • Zoom ratio 4.66
  • Focal length 125.15 250.18 583.80
  • F number 4.86 5.84 6.50
  • Total angle of view 2? 19.47 9.76 4.18
  • The image height Y 21.63
  • Overall length of the lens 314.20 371.31 424.96
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Post Date: 1/11/2016 5:25:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount available for $595.00 with free shipping. Regularly $995.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Automatically Captures Panoramic Images
  • Gigapixel Panoramas with Amazing Detail
  • For Camera & Lenses up to 10 lb (4.5kg)
  • Free GigaPan Stitch Software Download
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack and Charger
  • Digital Trigger Cables Included
  • Includes Camera Mount Vice/Clamp
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Post Date: 1/11/2016 5:15:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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