Remembering the Dead: Discovering Century-Old Dry Plate Photos


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In my work travels, I recently met someone who gave me an interesting gift. Several years back he had been driving down a back road in Virginia and came across an old, abandoned farmhouse. He stopped and peeked in to see if anyone was using the place (you can’t be too careful about what you run across that looks abandoned these days), and saw only cobwebs.

He went in and found an interesting box by Seed’s Dry Plates. The company was founded in 1883.

Dry plate photography was developed after the wet collodion process. With dry plates, glass plates that

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Pakistani Official Accidentally Uses Cat Filter During Live Press Conference


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The face filters built into the cameras of social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are all the rage these days, but not usually in official government settings. But when a Pakistani politician live-streamed a press conference on Facebook Live last week, a cat filter was accidentally turned on. Hilarity ensued.

Regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai was holding the presser last Friday when viewers suddenly began seeing him with pink cat ears and whiskers.

“I wasn’t the only one — two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter,” Yousafzai tells the AFP.

Upon noticing the

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Pakistani Official Accidentally Uses Cat Filter During Live Press Conference


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The face filters built into the cameras of social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are all the rage these days, but not usually in official government settings. But when a Pakistani politician live-streamed a press conference on Facebook Live last week, a cat filter was accidentally turned on. Hilarity ensued.

Regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai was holding the presser last Friday when viewers suddenly began seeing him with pink cat ears and whiskers.

“I wasn’t the only one — two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter,” Yousafzai tells the AFP.

Upon noticing the

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NASA Finds ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo on Mars


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NASA has announced an unusual new discovery: the iconic Star Trek Starfleet logo has been found on the surface of Mars.

The insignia was captured by the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that’s orbiting the red planet, and the MRO HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera team at the University of Arizona explains that the curious chevron shapes are footprints of old sand dunes:

These curious chevron shapes in southeast Hellas Planitia are the result of a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind.

Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point,

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Man Finds Box of Unseen Weegee Photos in His Kitchen Cabinet


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Back in 1970, artist David Young purchased a box of old news photos at a Philadelphia thrift store. After moving to Seattle, Young put the box in his kitchen cabinet and forgot about it for years. It turns out that box contains unseen 1930s crime photos by the famed New York City photographer Weegee.

Vulture reports that Young finally decided to take another look at the box of prints earlier this year. After uncurling the tight roll of photos, Young noticed a stamp on the back that read: “PHOTO BY A. FELLIG.” A Google search pointed Young to Arthur

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Woman Captures Seagull Stealing $22 Lobster Roll From Her Hand


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Pepperdine sports law professor Alicia Jessop was visiting Maine from California recently when she stopped by a popular tourist destination for a lobster roll. When she held out the roll to take a picture of it, a seagull swooped in at the exact moment Jessop pressed the shutter.

Jessop was visiting the famous Cape Neddick Light lighthouse in southern Maine on June 7th when she ordered the $21.50 lobster roll from a parking lot lobster shack.

“I wanted a lobster roll because that’s been a bucket list item of mine since I was a kid: to get a lobster

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This Bird Has Impressive Built-In Image Stabilization


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Drones these days often feature mechanical gimbals to stabilize their cameras while in flight. But long before consumer drones exploded onto the scene, birds were already taking to the skies with impressive built-in image stabilization.

Designer and wildlife photographer Anthony Roberts was shooting with his Canon 5D Mark IV and his 100-400mm image stabilized lens at South Stack on the UK island of Anglesey when he captured some neat footage of a male kestrel hunting in strong winds.

This is Why You Don’t Put Your Camera on a Ledge


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If you ever need to set your camera down temporarily, make sure you choose a safe place with as little gravitational potential energy as possible. It seems one photographer learned this lesson the hard way and paid a dear price.

Photography Memes just shared this 14-second video that will make your face cringe and your heart skip a beat:

The photographer set his camera down on the rail above stairs while setting up for a shoot. Upon opening up his collapsible reflector, he accidentally gives the camera a bump and sends it tumbling and shattering down the stairs.

Ouch.

Less Than 1% of People Can Ace This Color Test


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How do you think your perception of color stacks up against the general public? If you’re a photographer, have your eyes been trained to perceive color better than the average person? Here’s a short and sweet test that can help you find out.

The UK-based vision care company Lenstore has created an online test of 10 questions that challenges your ability to differentiate between shades of color. It’s a challenging test: of the thousands of people tested early on, less than 1% were able to achieve a perfect score of 10 out of 10. The average score was 6 out

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Canon Including ‘Pro Photographer’ Certificate with All $599+ Cameras


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The Christian satire news outlet The Babylon Bee is reporting that Canon has begun including a “professional photographer” certificate with all its cameras that cost $599 and up.

“If you spend at least $599 on a camera, you’re instantly transformed into a professional photographer, and now you have the documentation to prove it,” a Canon spokesperson tells The Babylon Bee. “In a lot of professions, you have to take classes or practice for years before you truly become a professional, but not in photography. Just buy one of our budget to mid-range cameras, and you’re in.”

The professional-looking certificate

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It Looks Like Someone Stole a Sony Prototype Lens


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This is bizarre. A Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens just popped up in an online auction. Problem is, the lens doesn’t officially exist yet.

sonyalpharumors got its hands on leaked photos of the lens, which Sony will reportedly be announcing sometime next week.

These leaked photos were then traced back to an auction listing on Yahoo! JAPAN.

A screenshot of the auction listing.

The lens is listed as a “junk” lens that is missing components (e.g. ring grips and various plates) and lacks accessories and packaging. The seller says it may be good for “part

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This Tree’s Leaves Look Like Bokeh


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Want to plant a tree fit for a photographer? Check out the Rising Sun Redbud. At certain times of the year, its leaves look like a bokeh explosion.

Sean Kintz was in the leafy Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta when he came across the tree above and was impressed by how the leaf pattern makes it look out of focus.

After consulting with a tree-savvy friend, he learned that it’s a Rising Sun Redbud, a specific variety of eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), the state tree of Oklahoma.

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Wildlife Photographer Gets Squashed by a Baby Elephant Seal


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Wildlife photographers Chris Bray and his wife, Jess, were leading a photo tour of Antarctica and South Georgia when the duo had a warm and fuzzy encounter with a curious (and huge) baby elephant seal. This 1-minute video shows “the hazards of being a wildlife photographer.”

Bray, who shoots for Australian Geographic magazine, started a photo tour company with Jess a decade ago to lead small groups of photography enthusiasts to some of the most exotic wildlife destinations around the world across several continents (e.g. Kenya, the Amazon, Patagonia, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and more).

“It was while we

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This iPhone Slow-Mo Shot from a Car Makes the World Look Frozen


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Here’s a neat slow-motion video shot on an iPhone from inside a moving car. The birds in the sky are seemingly frozen in time, making it look like the world outside has come to a standstill.

Davi Junior of Brazil was traveling from Orlando to Miami on Florida’s Turnpike when he noticed the birds circling overhead. He pulled out his iPhone 8 and shot a clip at 1080p and 240 frames per second, and this video is what resulted.

And in case you’re wondering, the car wasn’t shattering the speed limit for the video: Junior says the driver was only

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Video of Chimp Browsing Instagram Goes Viral


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A chimpanzee is making headlines this week for its unusual hobby: it enjoys scrolling through Instagram and browsing photos, and it’s quite skilled at doing so.

The short video was posted by animal conservation advocate Mike Holston:

In less than a week online, the video has already racked up over 1.6 million views as people are wowed by the ape’s Instagram savvy and dexterity.

It’s unclear how much time the chimp spends on the phone — it seems to

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Actress Pranks Lewd Insta-Perverts with Fake Cleavage Photo


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Like many women these days, German actress and model Palina Rojinski has been on the receiving end of wildly inappropriate and lewd comments left on her Instagram photos. She recently got back at the abusive and sexist Internet commenters in quite a clever way: by sharing a fake cleavage photo featuring a guy’s butt crack.

Warning: This article contains lewd comments and views of someone’s butt crack.

Rojinski teamed up with the German late-night talk show Late Night Berlin and host Klaas Heufer-Umlauf for the project, which involved a full professional studio photo shoot.

They had a man wear

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This is How a Camera’s Shutter Speed Changes Based on Light


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Want to see how cameras automatically adjust shutter speed to compensate for changing light conditions? A simple experiment with a ruler can help you visualize it in an interesting and unusual way.

Here’s a short GIF that has been going wildly viral online after being shared on the subreddit /r/blackmagicf**kery yesterday. It shows what a ruler flicked off the edge of a table looks like in the shadow versus in a patch of sunlight:

The wacky look of the ruler is caused by something known as the rolling shutter effect, a side effect of the fact that CMOS sensors capture

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The Mystery of the Fly in the $2,100 ‘Weathersealed’ Lens


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Weather-sealing in modern camera lenses is great at keeping things like water, sand, and dust from getting inside the (often pricey) gear. But it seems that it may be no match for flies.

The camera gear rental company Lens Rentals shared today that it recently received back a $2,100 Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II from a rental customer and was surprised to find a “fairly large sized fly” inside the “weathersealed” lens.

Before removing the fly, Lens Rentals founder Roger Cicala first decided to use it for demonstration purposes. For any of you who are constantly worried about dust

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An ASMR Video for Photographers


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ASMR videos have exploded in popularity over the past few years. Capitalizing on this trend, photographer Noe Alonzo of South Korea made this 6-minute tongue-in-cheek video titled “Camera ASMR” with sounds photography lovers will appreciate (you may need to turn up your sound for the full effect).

“Deep soothing relaxing camera ASMR photography sounds to help your fragile photographer ego fall asleep,” Alonzo writes. “The camera sounds that will give you the tingles and jingles to a deep slumber.”

If you’re not familiar with ASMR, the acronym stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response.” It’s the tingling sensation people

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The Completely Bonafide and Entirely Unfalsified History of the Camera


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Here’s a 6-minute short animation by The Royal Ocean Film Society that offers a cynical and tongue-and-cheek account of how the camera came to be.

Creator Andrew Saladino says this film was partially inspired by a 1962 short film of Richard Williams’, titled “A Lecture on Man.”

“People say that the modern world was built in the back of electricity but that was false,” the film says, “for it was the camera that showed men a life different from his own and quietly instructed him that that was actually the thing he’d always wanted all along.”

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