This Experimental Time-Lapse Imagines Life Without Light Pollution

What kind of nighttime time-lapses could you shoot in cities like Los Angeles if light pollution weren’t a problem? A couple of time-lapse photographers want to show you. They’ve created an experimental time-lapse that shows a sky full of stars and star trails over the light-polluted city of Los Angeles.

17137189516_807f12a607_z

Photographers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic released the video above as a teaser for their greater effort, the SKYGLOW project. The duo has partnered with the International Dark Sky Association to share the effects and dangers of urban light pollution.

Inspired by photographer Thierry Cohen’s “Darkened Cities” project, which shows what cities look like without lights, their film combines time-lapse scenes from light polluted cities with time-lapses captured at some of the “most incredible Dark Sky Preserves in North America.”

“We composited the 5K timelapse foregrounds and backgrounds using Adobe Photoshop and merged them together to create the

16975355898_47983520cf_z
16975591650_fb0bcd763c_z
16975445828_48e86e4450_z
17163114275_313826792f_z
16975679020_f7dc40d1e6_z
16976960819_b44dd29b91_z
17162513401_943929eb69_z
Continue reading "This Experimental Time-Lapse Imagines Life Without Light Pollution"

Redrock Micro’s HĀLO May Just Change the Way We Think About Pulling Focus

The term "game-changer" gets thrown around a lot at trade shows like NAB. More often than not, the products adorned with that lovely piece of marketing slang fail to live up to it. However, Redrock Micro's new focus pulling system, simply called HĀLO, might very well change the focus pulling game for the better.

Redrock Micro HĀLO Explorer
The true innovation with the HĀLO system comes from a nifty piece of technology that Redrock is calling the HĀLO Explorer (seen at right). This device sits just beneath your lens, and it maps and tracks the focus cues in your scene in real time. Here's the description of the HĀLO Explorer from Redrock's site.

Read More

Interrupt: A Slow-Motion Audiovisual Experience of Daily Life in Southeast Asia

Earlier this year, filmmaker and musician Paul Wex traveled through a number of countries in Southeast Asia. Instead of using standard photos or video to document his trip, Wex decided to create an “audiovisual neurotic slow-motion experience” of the everyday things he saw. What resulted is the short film above, titled “Interrupt.”

“I created the clip (and music) for myself, remembering the adventure through asian countries a few weeks ago,” the Austrian artist tells PetaPixel.

Everything was filmed through a Canon 5D Mark III and a vintage Olympus 35mm OM Zuiko lens. All the original footage was shot at 1080/30p, converted into slow-motion using Twixtor, and graded with Color Finale in Final Cut Pro X.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 9.18.36 AM

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 9.18.46 AM

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 9.18.54 AM

“Take your time, lean back and use big speakers or headphones,” Wex recommends. “Enjoy and feel what I saw on my last trip.”


P.S. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check

Continue reading "Interrupt: A Slow-Motion Audiovisual Experience of Daily Life in Southeast Asia"

NAB 2015: VSN Mobil’s V.360 virtual reality 360-degree camera

By contributing editor Chuck Fadely VSN Mobil was showing off their new V.360 camera, which is already shipping. It’s a single-lens, $449 USD 360-degree water and shock-proof camera that can both record and send out a live stream. Virtual reality is hot right now.  When you play the output from this camera on your smartphone […]

Short Film Explores the State of Film Photography in Calgary

Canadian freelance photographer Jesse Yardley created this mini documentary about the current state of film photography in Calgary. Worried that analog may be a “dying art,” Yardley did interviews with some notable photographers in the area to find out if film still has a chance.

“Getting film developed is getting more and more difficult, especially in Calgary,” Yardley writes. “As of December of 2014, the last labs taking 120 format film ceased their services. […] Most film shooters in Calgary have resorted to processing film themselves or shipping it out of the city.”

hassycalgary

After speaking with photographers, Yardley was encouraged by what he found. “I have to admit, I’m pretty surprised by how much interest there is in film photography,” he says. “Maybe it’s not the end of the world just yet.”

“It’s not easy, and the struggle to maintain film photography in Calgary is real, but maybe

Continue reading "Short Film Explores the State of Film Photography in Calgary"

The Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 is a Zippy New Wide Angle Prime Lens

fujilens

Fujifilm lens announcements aren’t exactly a surprise these days, as the company has been releasing roadmaps to tease the glass that’s in the pipeline. As the roadmap and rumors foretold, there is indeed a new 16mm f/1.4, and that lens was just made official today.

Fujifilm’s newly announced XF 16mm f/1.4 lens is a fast and wide prime lens that’s designed to be both weather-resistant and portable. It’s a 24mm-equivalent lens in 35mm terms, and features a 9-blade aperture and 9 weather-sealing points in 8 parts of the lens body that allows it to function in temperatures as low as 14°F.

second

In addition to its fixed and fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, the lens can do nearly silent autofocusing in just 0.11 seconds. Other features include Nano-GI coating for reducing ghosting and flare, a minimum focusing distance of less than 6 inches, and a depth-of-field scale on

Continue reading "The Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 is a Zippy New Wide Angle Prime Lens"

Russell Lord NOMA Curator of Photographs Interview – Part 1

Jonathan Blaustein: So what’s going on down there in New Orleans?

Russell Lord: We are trying to get all of our schedules organized for the next three years. I’ve been here for about three and a half years, and as soon as I got here, we put a bunch of stuff on the books. I’ve spent most of my time working on those things, and we’re finally caught up and planning for the future.

JB: You hit the ground running, and you’re catching your breath now, three plus years later?

RL: Pretty much. The first show that I did here, which we were already committed to doing, opened less than two months after I arrived. And the first show that I did in its entirety opened less than six months after I got here.

So it was a very quick pace. It’s nice to have a moment to catch your breath.

JB: Basically, you’re saying that at your first opening, the security guards didn’t want to let you past the velvet rope?

RL: (laughing) They were like, “Who’s this guy?”

JB: Who’s this guy?

RL: It’s true.

JB: They don’t say that anymore, I’m sure.

RL: No. I’m no stranger to being here late in the evening, especially with a young child, as you know. Sometimes, the most productive hours are right after their bedtime, and into the wee hours of the morning.

Since I live so close to the Museum, I often come back around 7:30, and work until Midnight. I get a lot of writing done, in the quiet hours.

JB: Well, you’ve already given us one of your secrets, and we’ve barely begun. To be honest, I don’t do that. At 7:30, when the kids go to bed, I turn on the TV and put my

Murray Riss American, born 1940 Tricycle, Car Ad, and Sneakers, Part of Flying Objects Series, 1974 Gelatin silver prints Museum purchase through the National Endowment for the Arts, 75.235, 75.236, and 75.237
Murray Riss American, born 1940 Tricycle, Car Ad, and Sneakers, Part of Flying Objects Series, 1974 Gelatin silver prints Museum purchase through the National Endowment for the Arts, 75.235, 75.236, and 75.237
Murray Riss American, born 1940 Tricycle, Car Ad, and Sneakers, Part of Flying Objects Series, 1974 Gelatin silver prints Museum purchase through the National Endowment for the Arts, 75.235, 75.236, and 75.237
Continue reading "Russell Lord NOMA Curator of Photographs Interview – Part 1"

NAB 2015: OWC Viper Pro SSD drive and Thunderbolt 2 Dock

By contributing editor Chuck Fadely Newsshooter at NAB 2015 – OWC Viper drive and Thunderbolt 2 dock from Chuck Fadely on Vimeo. Other World Computing, the venerable Mac specialist computer store (macsales.com,) was showing off their new Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD drive and their Thunderbolt 2 Dock at NAB 2015. The Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD […]

Crack for Lens Addicts

Don't think I'm not tempted by this idea. Is not the Sony A7II, with its full-frame mirrorless sensor, in-body image stabilization (IBIS), and multiple available adapters, the ideal workhorse body for the lens-obsessed? In the last millennium I used to daydream of being able to use selected lenses from a variety of systems and makers on the same body. I don't think my daydreams used to go as far as what's actually possible with the A7II (or any other A7, if you don't mind not having IBIS).

My inner nerd—not very well buried in the best of circumstances—feels the pull.

It's been a long time since I've actually owned a selection of lenses for any camera. Because I write about many cameras, I don't collect lenses in any one system. I tend to buy a body and only one or two lenses before moving on. I had, I believe,

Continue reading "Crack for Lens Addicts"

Fujifilm Announces the Weather Resistant Fuji XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR

Today, Fujifilm announced the Fuji XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens for its XF platform cameras (such as the recently released X100T, part of a class of APS-C mirrorless cameras popularized by the success of the acclaimed Fuji X-Pro1 back in 2012). The weather-resistant (WR) 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens gives the Fuji X-mount lineup a much-needed wide-angle addition to the wide-aperture lens lineup with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm -- a focal length that street photographers will love along with several other additions.

[ Read More ]

Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers

Another lens from Fujifilm's roadmap is making its way to retailers, and that's the XF 16mm F1.4 R WR wide prime. This lens, equivalent to 24mm on APS-C, has a nine-blade aperture, flare-reducing Nano-GI coating, and a minimum focusing distance of 15cm/6 in. It's also sealed against weather and dust and can function at temperatures as low as -10C/+14F. More details

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

Jaw Dropping Landscapes Photo Contest
Think you’ve got an award-worthy landscape photo? Want to win a free ticket to Photoshop World, a KelbyOne Live event, or a KelbyOne membership? Submit your best landscape photo to our latest Viewbug contest for your chance to win! For all the details and to submit your photo, just click right here.

Canon 7D Mark II with Scott Kelby
If a Canon 7D Mark II is in your future or already in your camera bag, then this class is for you! Our own Scott Kelby will get you up to speed on everything you need to know to get started on the right foot with your Canon 7D Mark II. From getting oriented to all of the buttons and dials, to making the right choices for image quality, white balance, playback, and focus modes, Scott methodically steps through each feature and function explaining its Continue reading "It’s Free Stuff Thursday!"

NAB 2015: Ikan PDMovie Live Remote focus and iris controller

By contributing editor Chuck Fadely Ikan is bringing out a hard-wired focus and iris control system reminiscent of studio lens controllers for broadcast.  With a sturdy aluminum handgrip with thumb controller on a rosette and the focus motor on a rod under the lens, you can set up either a shoulder rig or tripod rig […]