I am not aware of this cascade having a name, but I always find it photo-worthy.
It is hard to go wrong with a series of lines leading into the bottom of the frame and the leading lines in the rock are the big draw to this location.
Camera height is something a photographer usually has some control over, at least within their physical reach ability or the height of their tripod if such is being used.
When photographing flat water (pond, lake, ocean, slow-moving river, etc.), a higher camera position will often provide a higher percentage of the frame being filled with water than a lower camera position IF a similar overall scene framing is used.
For example, photographing an ocean from a standing position with a level camera will result in far more water percentage in the frame than doing the same while lying down at the edge of the water due to the angle of view across a flat surface.
Often, supporting that big IF requires that the camera angle be changed and camera angle also plays a role in determining how much of the frame is filled with water.
A downward-tilted camera can include more water than a level camera.
The key is to find the right balance for the scene you are photographing and there may be multiple right answers.
Work with a scene until you can find no more camera positions that work well.
Then move on.
The small waterfalls seen here do not qualify as flat water, but there is still a lot of near-flat water in this scene.
The right balance for this image was using an ultra-wide-angle focal length positioned with enough downward angle to show a significant amount of water and low enough to gain the right perspective to emphasize the foreground rock lines.
I don't always take the time to photograph this cascade, but especially with the wet rock bringing out strong color (saturation aided by a circular polarizer filter), I couldn't resist stopping on this day.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Grand Rapids, MI USA, August 15, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, global leader in color science and technology, is now shipping the new i1Photo Pro 3 Plus, a spectral color measurement solution specifically designed for professional photographers who print on challenging textured and glossy photo media looking for the most accurate color in their RGB print workflows.
i1Photo Pro 3 Plus combines the new i1Pro 3 Plus spectrophotometer and i1Profiler software to deliver the ultimate professional level color management for displays, projectors, scanners RGB printers and cameras.
Current profiling solutions are limited in their ability to measure textured, rough, or uneven surfaces and cannot accommodate various material thicknesses.
Many devices do not have the resolution required to ensure the highest color quality when printing detailed patterns, metallic effects, or photography images.
This leads to costly color errors and re-work which impacts a photographer’s bottom line.
New in the i1Pro3 Plus spectrophotometer:
Larger 8mm aperture supports new materials and substrates used in digital printing.
Polarization Filter (measurement condition M3) that reduces specular highlights and shadows to provide “better blacks” and richer colors on rough surfaces and glossy medias, like canvas prints and fine art photo papers.
High Brightness Measurement up to 5K NITs for ultra-bright displays.
Simultaneously measure M0, M1 and M2 in a single pass to account for optical brighteners so photographers can quickly predict how colors printed on optically brightened substrates will look under different lighting conditions.
New LED illuminant that improves device reliability. The i1Pro3 Plus allows for four measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0; M1: D50; M2: UV Excluded, M3Polarized).
Transmission scanning support for backlit materials.
Longer scanning ruler to support wider charts.
New X-Rite iO Table
In addition, X-Rite announces a new i1iO Automated Scanning Table that supports the i1Pro 3 Plus hardware.
This hands-free test chart reader offers automated color profiling on a variety of substrates with reduced risk of color measurement errors.
It is ideal for color perfectionists who want to speed up and automate the measurement process and eliminate manual strip reading.
The new i1iO table can be used with a variety of materials including canvas, textiles, ceramics, corrugated, etc.
and supports materials up to 33mm thick, with the optional z-axis spacer.
It also supports transparencies and backlit materials.
Additional i1Pro 3 Plus Solutions:
In addition to i1Photo Pro 3 Plus, X-Rite is now shipping these new i1Pro 3 Plus solutions:
i1Basic Pro 3 Plus - includes monitor calibration and quality control for monitors and printers
i1Publish Pro 3 Plus - includes CMYK+ printer module and all features of i1Photo Pro 3 Plus
No other company brings the level of color science and commitment to color accuracy than X-Rite. The i1Photo Pro 3 Plus is just the latest in a series of unparalleled solutions developed by Color Perfectionists for Color Perfectionists who print.
From beach vacations and pool-side getaways, to hiking trips and camping expeditions, the family-friendly COOLPIX W150 was made to capture one-of-a-kind moments on every adventure
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the U.S. retail availability of the COOLPIX W150, the latest rugged yet family-friendly compact digital camera.
Thanks to being both waterproof and shockproof, the COOLPIX W150 allows users to easily capture and share unforgettable moments on every adventure, vacation or get-together.
The W150 boasts an extremely easy-to-use design, sharp image quality and variety of unique scene modes, making it a great travel camera for the whole family.
With a 13.2-megapixel image sensor, 3x optical zoom and full HD video recording, the COOLPIX W150 offers the flexibility to easily capture both stunning still images and Full HD videos, wherever life takes a person.
Even those who have never used a camera will immediately be comfortable snapping shots due to the simple menu system, 2.7-inch 230-k dot LCD screen and Target Finding autofocus, which allows for easy detection and focus on the primary subject.
Built to capture memories, the COOLPIX W150 is waterproof up to 10m (33 feet), shockproof from 1.8m (6 feet) and freezeproof up to -10°C (14°F).
Additionally, the COOLPIX W150 is equipped with a variety of scene modes and editing functions, allowing users to explore their creativity and create fantastic photos, even underwater.
Users can also seamlessly upload to their phone wirelessly for sharing, all with the Nikon SnapBridge app.
Price and Availability
The COOLPIX W150 in white will be available in the U.S. in early September 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP)* of $169.95.
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce that its full-frame mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 6, and its high-performance standard zoom lens, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S, are the recipients of the EISA Camera of the Year 2019-2020 and the EISA Professional Standard Zoom Lens 2019-2020 awards, presented by the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).
Reasons the Nikon Z 6 was selected as the EISA Camera of the Year 2019-2020 (EISA comments)
With the Z 6 (released in November 2018), Nikon has made a superb camera with sensational handling and robust build quality that delivers excellent images in almost any shooting situation.
Its autofocus system includes Eye-Detection AF, allowing accurate focus wherever the subject is placed in the frame.
The large and sharp electronic viewfinder provides a truly accurate preview of how your images will turn out, while in-body image stabilization helps keep your pictures sharp with every lens you can use, including F-mount DSLR optics.
Quite simply, this is the best all-round camera that serious photographers can buy right now.
Reasons the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S was selected as the EISA Professional Standard Zoom Lens 2019-2020 (EISA comments)
The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S (released in April 2019) is a fast, professional standard zoom lens for the Nikon Z mount system.
Solid and robust, it employs Nano Crystal Coat and the new ARNEO Coat to reduce flare and ghosting, while the front and rear elements have a fluorine coating to repel dust, oil and moisture.
Thanks to a customizable control ring the photographer can easily adjust the aperture or exposure compensation, while an OLED panel on the barrel displays aperture, focus distance or focal length.
With stunning optical performance that combines high resolution and attractive bokeh, this lens is the perfect partner for the Nikon Z series.
August 15, 2019, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the presentation by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) of its EISA Awards to two Tamron lenses; 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046) for "EISA WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENS 2019-2020" and 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043) for "EISA BEST BUY ZOOM LENS 2019-2020".
Tamron has been honored with EISA Awards for 14th consecutive years and has been recognized with two awards each year for the past three years.
Excerpt from the Award Citation of the EISA Jury
EISA WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046)
The Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD is an affordable large-aperture wide-angle zoom for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras.
Designed to complement the firm’s 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD, it features a similarly compact, lightweight design and weather-resistant construction.
It’s a really strong performer in terms of image quality: resolution and contrast are excellent for its class, while the optical system assures outstanding colour accuracy with minimal chromatic aberration.
The lens employs a silent and fast stepping motor for autofocus, making it very suitable for both stills and video recording.
EISA BEST BUY ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043)
The Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD is a standard zoom lens for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs.
Its somewhat unusual zoom range, combined with a minimum focus distance of 45cm, makes it particularly well suited for portraits, ranging from environmental studies to close-ups.
Thanks to its compact size and light weight it is also a perfect travel companion.
It offers an unusually fast aperture for such a range, from f/2.8 at wide-angle through to f/4 at the telephoto end.
The lens incorporates Tamron’s Dual Micro-Processing Unit system, which assures optimal autofocus performance and effective vibration compensation, allowing for sharp handheld shots.
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Easy to pack and even easier to access, the Urban Access Backpack from Think Tank Photo enables you to get to your gear quickly – whether on the run or in the studio.
Access panels on both sides allow you to sling the backpack left or right to access your camera gear without taking off the backpack.
The rear-panel provides complete access to your gear when working directly out of the bag, so you can see all your gear at one time.
Available in two sizes, the Urban Access 13 fits one ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless body with lens attached up to a 24–70mm f/2.8, 2–4 additional lenses including a 70–200mm f/2.8 detached, a 13” laptop, plus personal gear.
The Urban Access 15 fits one ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless body with lens attached up to a 70–200mm f/2.8, 3–5 additional lenses, a strobe, a 15” laptop, plus personal gear.
A center tripod mounting system balances even large tripods securely while still allowing access to your gear.
The plush harness is shaped for all day comfort and fit, and includes load lifters, a removable waist belt and sternum strap.
The harness system also features a luggage handle pass-through for efficient travel.
Plus, premium-quality materials coated in DWR, magnetic buckles and YKK RC Fuse zippers provide durability and ensure longevity.
A seam-sealed rain cover is also included.
Inside, a unique divider system can be configured for access on either side based on the photographer’s preference.
The back panel features an internal, dedicated laptop sleeve for ultimate security and protection.
A top compartment and internal organizer pockets give you quick access to filters, batteries, memory cards, etc.
Collapsible water bottle pockets on both sides and tuck-away tripods straps make for a clean, streamlined look.
“The Urban Access Backpack delivers unprecedented gear access in a stylish, modern design,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer.
“The combination of dual-side and back-panel access means that your gear is readily accessible when you see your shot.”
Two quick side-access panels with full-access rear panel
Dedicated laptop pocket
Front tripod attachment secures a small or large tripod with deployable cup
Access a 70–200mm f/2.8 attached without taking off your bag (15 only)
Deep front pocket fits a light jacket
Robust shoulder harness with load-lifters help to adjust the weight of the pack
Removable sternum strap and waist belt
Luggage handle pass-through
Top compartment fits snacks and personal gear
Expandable water bottle pockets on both sides
Customizable divider system
Top compartment mesh pockets help keep small items organized
Internal organizer pockets give you quick access to filters, batteries, cards, etc.
Seam-sealed rain cover included
Urban Access 13 Backpack
Nikon D750 with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, flash, and a 13” laptop
Canon 5D with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8, 14–24mm f/2.8, 105mm f/2.8 macro, and a 13” laptop
Sony a7rIII with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 13” laptop and 90mm f/2.8 macro
Urban Access 15 Backpack
Nikon D750 with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, 24–70mm f/2.8, 14–24mm, f/2.8, 105mm f/2.8 macro, 35mm f/1.4, SB900 strobe, and a 15” laptop
Canon 5D with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, 24–70mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8 macro, 1.4x teleconverter, 600EXIIRT strobe, and a 15” laptop
Sony a7rIII with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, 24–70mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.8 macro, HVL-F43M strobe and a 15” laptop
Durable water-repellant (DWR) coating with polyurethane backed fabric for superior water-resistance
Urban Access 13 Backpack
10.2” W x 13” H x 5.5” D (26 x 33 x 14 cm)
12.2” W x 18.9” H x 9” D (31 x 48 x 23 cm)
9.2” W x 13” H x 0.8” D (23.5 x 33 x 2 cm)
Urban Access 15 Backpack
11.4” W x 14.6” H x 5.5” D (29 x 37 x 14 cm)
13.4” W x 20.4” H x 9” D (34 x 52 x 23 cm)
10” Tablet Pocket:
9.8” W x 14.1” H x 0.8” D (25 x 36 x 2 cm)
Aug 15, 2019 – Sony is proud to announce that it has received a record seven awards from the esteemed Expert Imaging and Sound Association, including its first win in the Photo Innovation category.
Comprising 55 publications from 29 countries across the globe, EISA is internationally renowned for its expertise in consumer technology, and Sony is honoured to be recognised for its innovation and technical excellence in the electronics industry.
EISA PHOTO INNOVATION 2019-2020 - Sony Real-time Eye AF
Sony’s latest real-time autofocus algorithms are a game-changer.
The enhanced Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Animal Eye AF focus precisely on a person or animal’s eyes for pin sharp portraits.
Photographers can even select the preferred eye of their subject (left or right) as the focus point.
The AI-driven improvements also provide accurate and reliable tracking for moving subjects: in continuous autofocus mode, Real-time Eye AF maintains focus on a moving subject even when part of their face is temporarily obscured or turned away from the camera.
This remarkable technology has also been implemented for the first time in a smartphone on Sony’s Xperia
EISA WIDE-ANGLE PRIME LENS 2019-2020 - Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM
The Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM is an expertly engineered prime lens that provides incredibly sharp images, both in the centre and at the edges of the frame, even at the largest aperture of F1.4.
The optical design incorporates 10 groups with 13 elements, featuring two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements, to ensure outstanding image quality.
Meanwhile, the 11-bladed diaphragm produces a circular opening for beautifully blurred backgrounds.
Meeting the strict standards for G Master status, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM combines the high resolution and beautiful bokeh that are the signature of the G Master series.
The high-power DDSSM ensures fast, precise and silent focusing, while the 24cm minimum focus distance can be used to capture some spectacular close-up perspectives.Impressively, it’s also the most compact and lightweight lens in its class and is extremely effective in suppressing sagittal flare when used for shooting starscapes.
EISA PORTRAIT PRIME LENS 2019-2020 - Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM
The Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM is a truly remarkable lens.
It’s extremely sharp from corner to corner, while at the same time its beautifully soft rendering of defocused backgrounds and bright highlights result in exceptional images, even at F1.8.
This is achieved by an innovative optical design that places XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements in the front group to effectively suppress all common telephoto lens aberrations.
With a dust-proof and splash-proof construction, it’s built to perform under challenging weather conditions, while the traditional aperture ring provides easy and intuitive handling.
The FE 135mm F1.8 GM has a minimum focus distance of 70cm providing a 0.25x magnification ratio meaning it is also great for close-ups, and the high-performance autofocus motor offers speedy, accurate and silent focusing on moving subjects.
EISA TELEPHOTO PRIME LENS 2019-2020 - Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS
Sony’s first large-aperture E-mount super-telephoto prime is one of the lightest in its class and is perfectly balanced.
This exciting lens produces brilliant image quality while offering extraordinary focusing speed and precision.
It is built with an innovative optical design with three fluorite elements and two high-speed XD Linear Motors for fast moving-subject tracking performance.
The 11-blade circular aperture produces beautifully blurred backgrounds and it is compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x E-mount tele-converters for even longer reach.
EISA PHOTO/VIDEO CAMERA 2019-2020 - Sony a6400
Perfect for content creators who shoot as many videos as they do stills, the a6400 packs an impressive array of Sony’s most advanced technologies from its acclaimed full-frame line-up into a compact, lightweight APS-C camera.
The highlight is undoubtedly Sony’s innovative Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF, which keep your subject sharp and in-focus when moving around the frame.
Other advanced video options include 4K HDR recording, S-Log profiles for pro-level colour grading, a 180-degree fully tiltable screen and a microphone jack for high-quality sound recording.
EISA COMPACT CAMERA 2019-2020 - Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI
Sony’s Cyber-shot RX100 VI is packed full of state-of-the-art photo technology,yet doesn’t sacrifice the pocket-sized portability, fast responsiveness and high image quality that has become the hallmark of the RX100 line-up.
The compact body houses an impressive ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8 – F4.5 retractable lens, electronic viewfinder and an integrated flash, offering all the flexibility you need to capture every moment, especially when travelling.
The 20.1-megapixel 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor combined with the fast and reliable eye autofocus delivers pin-sharp images and portraits.
The camera also offers a burst mode of 24fps and an impressive array of video features, including 4K recording and super-slow motion.
With wireless technology like Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi it partners seamlessly with your smartphone or tablet for on the go image sharing.
Rarely does photographing wildlife subjects (and human ones also) at eye level not work well.
Bull elk are very large animals, but when they bed down, a standing position may yield a downward camera angle.
While I don't always mind a downward camera angle, it is frequently not my first choice.
So, when they go down, consider taking the camera down with them.
A lower position increases the likelihood of catchlights showing in the eyes.
It was raining lightly during much of the time I spent with this bull.
There are a lot of benefits for photographing wildlife under cloudy skies, but such images typically have relatively low contrast and often respond nicely to a small contrast increase during post processing.
A slight saturation increase is another adjustment that frequently helps images captured under heavy clouds.
There are now two openings remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour, one for each week.
It's not too late for you to join a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals and the beauty of RMNP.
Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
Updates are available today for Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw, our two desktop-centric photography applications. These updates focus on performance and improving your workflow.
GPU Accelerated Editing
Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw
Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw take advantage of the more powerful graphics cards (GPUs) while editing, providing a smoother and more responsive experience. GPU acceleration is more pronounced with larger resolution monitors (4k and above) as well as with more powerful GPUs.
PNG export support
Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw
The PNG file format is a popular uncompressed file format often used on the web. Lightroom and Camera Raw have supported importing and opening PNG-based files for some time, and now you can export your photos as PNGs.
Library Module Improvements
As part of our on-going effort to improve speed and performance in Lightroom Classic, significant improvements were made to the Library module while browsing folders.
Color Labels for Collections
Color labels have long been used in Lightroom Classic as a way to quickly visualize different groups of photos and recently we made it possible to add color labels to folders. In this update, we added the ability to also add color labels to Collections. Find what you’re looking for faster by adding color labels to collections, collection sets, and smart collections.
Batch Merge for HDR, Panoramas, and HDR Panoramas
Batch processing is a great way to speed up your workflow by helping you gang up processor-intensive efforts and letting your computer do the heavy lifting without having to wait for each task to be done.
The August release of Lightroom Classic makes it possible to batch process HDR and panorama merges.
To batch merge, first make a stack of each HDR or pano that you want to merge (make sure that you’re selecting like stacks, all HDR or all pano merges, without mixing up the two types).
Then, select each stack you want to merge and select the appropriate option from the Photo > Photo Merge menu.
New Features Throughout the Lightroom Ecosystem
The August releases for Lightroom, our cloud-centric photography ecosystem, include the ability to recover deleted photos, improvements to the in-app educational tools released in May, as well as improvements to search.
Recover Deleted Photos
Lightroom for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, ChromeOS, and lightroom.adobe.com
Discover posts were introduced in the May 2019 release and allow you to see the edit process applied to a photo.
Now you can turn those edits into a preset that you can apply to any of your photos.
Tap to open a Discover post and then tap on the three-dot menu at the top-right and select Download as Preset.
You’ll be able to find that new preset named after the Discover post within your preset library.
Improved Search Options
Lightroom for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS
Three new auto-complete search tools were added to Lightroom for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS (these tools were already available in Lightroom for Windows and Mac) making it easier than ever to find the exact photo you’re looking for.
You can now search for photos shot with a specific focal length, for raw, HDR, or pano photo types, and for images that include a depth map.
To use, start typing “focal length:”, “type:”, or “depth map:” and the search auto-complete will let you pick from the available options in your catalog.
Lightroom for Android and ChromeOS
In addition to being able to copy and paste edits to a series of photos, you can now select a range of photos and adjust the metadata of all of the selected photos.
You can change the title, caption, copyright, star rating, and flag status for all selected photos at once.
This functionality is being worked on for iOS and will be made available as soon as possible.
Adobe Camera Raw 11.4
The August 2019 release of Adobe Camera Raw (version 11.4) rolls out new features - enhanced GPU support to accelerate editing of images and edge-aware editing in 360-degree panoramas.
This release also adds support for new cameras and lenses and fixes several issues.
Latest cameras added in August 2019
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
Hasselblad X1D II 50C
Leica V-LUX 5
Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX880
Sony A7R IV (ILCE-7RM4)*
Sony RX100 VII (DSC-RX100M7)*
*Denotes preliminary support
Latest lenses added in August 2019
Min ACR plug-in version required
Min LR version required
Min LR Classic version required
Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM
Canon RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM
Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AIS
SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN A019
SIGMA 45mm F2.8 DG DN C019
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 2X Teleconverter