This 140-Year-Old Metal Bird is the Origin of the Phrase ‘Watch the Birdie!’


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Professional wet plate photographer Markus Hofstätter is obviously fond of historical photography processes. But his latest video doesn’t actually involve taking any photos; instead, he’s restoring a 140-year-old chirping brass bird that is thought to be the origin of the phrase “watch the birdie.”

“‘Watch the Birdie’ – thats what my parents told me, to make sure I look into the camera before they took a photo of me,” recalls Hofstätter on his blog. “I guess lots of you guys remember this saying. With the renovation of a 140-year-old historic brass birdie, I show you the origin of

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Using a 17-Year-Old Digital Back on a Hasselblad 500C/M


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Photographer Mark Fore has a classic Hasselblad 500C/M that he would love to shoot digitally, but he didn’t want to drop $6,400 on the new 907x 50c with the compatible CFV II 50C digital back. Instead, he picked up a 17-year-old Phase One H20 for less than $600 on eBay, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

The Phase One H20 digital back was released way back in 2003 as a native attachment for Hasselblad V-system cameras. Sporting a 16MP CCD image sensor capable of 16-bit color depth, an ISO range of 50-100, and a whopping 0.75 frames per

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Using a 17-Year-Old Digital Back on a Hasselblad 500C/M


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Photographer Mark Fore has a classic Hasselblad 500C/M that he would love to shoot digitally, but he didn’t want to drop $6,400 on the new 907x 50c with the compatible CFV II 50C digital back. Instead, he picked up a 17-year-old Phase One H20 for less than $600 on eBay, and he couldn’t be happier about it.

The Phase One H20 digital back was released way back in 2003 as a native attachment for Hasselblad V-system cameras. Sporting a 16MP CCD image sensor capable of 16-bit color depth, an ISO range of 50-100, and a whopping 0.75 frames per

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Watch: Safety Drone Warns Pro Surfer as Shark Closes In


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As part of a new “shark mitigation program,” the organization Surf Life Saving NSW has begun operating special safety drones in 34 locations across New South Whales. Recently, one of these drones captured an extremely close encounter between pro surfer Matt Wilkinson and a nearby shark, warning him from above just as a shark was closing in from below.

You can see the close encounter for yourself in the video above, published by Surf Life Saving NSW last week. The video recounts the events of that day, explaining how UAV operator Beau Monks spotted the shark during a “routine surveillance

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Watch: Safety Drone Warns Pro Surfer as Shark Closes In


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As part of a new “shark mitigation program,” the organization Surf Life Saving NSW has begun operating special safety drones in 34 locations across New South Whales. Recently, one of these drones captured an extremely close encounter between pro surfer Matt Wilkinson and a nearby shark, warning him from above just as a shark was closing in from below.

You can see the close encounter for yourself in the video above, published by Surf Life Saving NSW last week. The video recounts the events of that day, explaining how UAV operator Beau Monks spotted the shark during a “routine surveillance

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Watch: Passengers Fall Off Speedboat During Photo Shoot, Boat Goes Flying


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This past weekend, all three occupants of a speedboat in Marin County, Florida somehow fell overboard while “doing a photo shoot,” sending the unmanned boat careening towards the shore at full speed, where it hit a dock and went airborne.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office posted an aerial video of the incident on Facebook two days ago under the ALL CAPS headline: “Unmanned Out of Control Boat Goes Airborn [sic] After Smashing Into Concrete Dock, Ending Dangerous Ordeal”

In a description accompanying the video, the sheriff’s office says that all three people aboard were “doing a photo shoot” when they

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Watch: Passengers Fall Off Speedboat During Photo Shoot, Boat Goes Flying


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This past weekend, all three occupants of a speedboat in Marin County, Florida somehow fell overboard while “doing a photo shoot,” sending the unmanned boat careening towards the shore at full speed, where it hit a dock and went airborne.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office posted an aerial video of the incident on Facebook two days ago under the ALL CAPS headline: “Unmanned Out of Control Boat Goes Airborn [sic] After Smashing Into Concrete Dock, Ending Dangerous Ordeal”

In a description accompanying the video, the sheriff’s office says that all three people aboard were “doing a photo shoot” when they

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These Guys Strapped a RED Camera to a 100mph FPV Racing Drone


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Filmmaker and YouTuber Potato Jet recently teamed up with first person view (FPV) racing drone pilot Paul Nurkkala to try something kind of crazy: they strapped Potato Jet’s RED cinema camera to a custom-built, high-speed octa-copter and took it for a spin… and a flip… and a few more maneuvers besides.

It’s worth pointing out that Nurkkala isn’t just any FPV drone pilot, he’s actually a regular contestant in the Drone Racing League on NBC and the 2018 world champion of drone racing. He also shoots commercially for movies and television, capturing high-speed stylized footage that you simply can’t shoot

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Canon Partners with Artist to Make Lens-Inspired Drinking Glasses


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Canon has partnered with a Japanese craftswoman to produce drinking glasses that are designed to look or feel like using the company’s lenses. There are three sets being produced: one modeled after the look of lenses, one after how light interacts with them, the other modeled after the sound of a shutter.

Canon is working with the young and talented artisan Noriyu Yamada who works for glass studio Saihou. The glasses are hand-crafted using a technique called Kiriko and are designed not only to be beautiful to behold but to elicit a visual or tactile response to those who shoot

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How Hand-Painted Photographs Helped Introduce Japan to the World


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When you see the term “colorized photo” you probably imagine skilled retouchers working in Photoshop, or perhaps a machine learning algorithm that does that same work automatically. But the original colorized photos were hand-painted prints made from glass plate negatives. And, as Vox explains, the best of these images came out of Japan.

In a recent episode of the Vox YouTube series ‘Darkroom,’ producer Coleman Lowndes dived into the history of hand-colored photography, and explained how meticulously painted photos helped to introduce the mysterious Empire of Japan to the world starting in the middle of the 19th century.

As the

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Radio Tower Camera Captures Its Own Destruction in Raging Wildfire


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The Oregon Department of Transportation has released some striking footage captured during the Beachie Creek Fire last month. Shot via several controllable webcams, the video shows a radio tower near Detroit, OR as it is rapidly engulfed in flames and destroyed.

The footage was captured at 10:30pm on September 8th, the day after Labor Day when record-breaking winds and dry weather helped to set both Oregon and Washington ablaze.

This video puts you in the middle of the Beachie Creek Fire—one of 10 major wildfires that have burned nearly 1 million acres in Oregon as of September 28th—as it

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Lime One is a Tiny Light Meter that Attaches to Your Camera’s Hot Shoe


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German engineer Johannes Heberlein has created a handy little photo accessory that should appeal to a lot of first time film photographers. It’s called the Lime One, and it’s a compact and intuitive light meter that you attach to your camera’s hot shoe.

If this sounds familiar, that’s probably because Heberlein isn’t the first to think of popping a tiny external light meter onto a film camera. We shared a similar project from Reveni Labs back in March, which raised nearly $95,000 in crowdfunding and is already available for purchase online for about $95.

But while the Reveni Labs

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This Colorized Footage of a Snowball Fight Filmed in 1886 is Captivating


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Just a few days before multiple historians went on the record with WIRED to explain why people shouldn’t be colorizing old footage and photos, yet another video that does exactly that went viral online. This time, the subject was the iconic film ‘Bataille de boules de neige’ from 1886.

Bataille de boules de neige,’ translated: Snowball Fight, is a French silent film created in 1886 by Louis Lumière of the Lumière Brothers—filmmaking pioneers who captured and popularized some of the first motion pictures ever made. The film was shot in Lyon, France using one of the duo’s

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Sigma Sent Two Cameras Into ‘Space’ to Capture Earth from 100,000 Feet


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Sigma UK recently teamed up with the company Sent Into Space to… well… send a couple of their cameras to space. The group tied a pair of Sigma fp’s to two weather balloons and sent them each to an altitude of ~100,000 feet so they could capture some stunning photos and 4K RAW video of Earth from the upper atmosphere.

The little marketing stunt is, of course, meant to highlight the gear onboard. The Sigma fp, the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera, and the 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens, the “brightest and best 14mm

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Sigma Sent Two Cameras Into ‘Space’ to Capture Earth from 100,000 Feet


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Sigma UK recently teamed up with the company Sent Into Space to… well… send a couple of their cameras to space. The group tied a pair of Sigma fp’s to two weather balloons and sent them each to an altitude of ~100,000 feet so they could capture some stunning photos and 4K RAW video of Earth from the upper atmosphere.

The little marketing stunt is, of course, meant to highlight the gear onboard. The Sigma fp, the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera, and the 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens, the “brightest and best 14mm

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A Look at the Ginormous Gowlandflex Twin-Lens Reflex Camera


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The Gowlandflex is a ginormous twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera invented by famous American glamour photographer Peter Gowland. The camera equipment shop Camera West got its hands on one through a trade-in and made this 3-minute video that offers a look at the unique camera.

Gowland was known for building his own camera and studio equipment, and he built various Gowlandflex cameras for photographers (e.g. Annie Leibovitz and Yousuf Karsh), organizations (e.g. the FBI), and companies (e.g. Playboy) over the years.

The Gowlandflex TLR obtained by Camera West measures 20x18x8 (~51x46x20cm) inches when fully built and weighs 11.

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A Look at the Ginormous Gowlandflex Twin-Lens Reflex Camera


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The Gowlandflex is a ginormous twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera invented by famous American glamour photographer Peter Gowland. The camera equipment shop Camera West got its hands on one through a trade-in and made this 3-minute video that offers a look at the unique camera.

Gowland was known for building his own camera and studio equipment, and he built various Gowlandflex cameras for photographers (e.g. Annie Leibovitz and Yousuf Karsh), organizations (e.g. the FBI), and companies (e.g. Playboy) over the years.

The Gowlandflex TLR obtained by Camera West measures 20x18x8 (~51x46x20cm) inches when fully built and weighs 11.

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This SLR Camera Was Made for Wildlife Photography a Century Ago


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A rare SLR camera from a century ago has been put up for sale. The Goerz Reflex-Jagd-Ango was a camera specifically designed for wildlife and expedition photography over a century ago, and one can now be yours for $3,500.

Camera-wiki.org states that the German camera company C. P. Goerz, which later folded into Carl Zeiss, began making the Reflex-Jagd-Ango (“Reflex Hunting Ango”) in or around 1909. It used an Ottomar Anschütz focal-plane shutter (which shutter speeds up to 1/1000s) and had a long-focus lens on a long rigid body.

The Chicago-based eBay seller chila is currently selling a copy

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Watch: Photographer Hit by Cyclist While Shooting Proposal on Brooklyn Bridge


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A surprise proposal on the Brooklyn Bridge went viral this past weekend, but not for the reasons you might think. The photographer on hand to capture the special moment kind of upstaged the couple when he got run over by a cyclist just as the bride-to-be was about to say “yes.”

The incident took place just as Chris Vigo had gotten down on one knee, in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge, to propose to his girlfriend Angelina Rivera. But just as he’s about to pop the question, their friend and on-hand photographer Joshua made a crucial error: he

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This Android App Will Show You if Your Smartphone Camera is Spying on You


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The release of iOS 14 for the iPhone brought with it a handy security feature that displays a little green dot on the top of your screen any time your camera is being used. Basically a tally light. But what about Android users? As the saying goes: there’s an app for that.

An Android app called Access Dots, created by XDA developer jagan2, does for the Android smartphones what iOS 14 did automatically for iPhone users: it uses little colored dots to show you when your camera or microphone is in use.

While Android 9 does include notifications

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