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Fujifilm Unveils a 2x Teleconverter for X Mount Lenses

Fujifilm Unveils a 2x Teleconverter for X Mount Lenses Fujifilm today announced its new Fujinon Teleconverter XF 2x TC WR, a teleconverter that extends the reach of X mount telephoto lenses. The high-performance teleconverter multiplies the focal length of mounted lenses by two and features 9 optical elements in 5 groups that help retain the optical quality of the mounted lens. The light loss of the teleconverter is 2 stops. As the WR in its name suggests, the teleconverter is resistant to both weather and dust, and can operate in temperatures down to -10°C (14°F) — a perfect pairing for Fuji’s weather/dust-resistant X Series...

The Art of Doing Nothing

The Art of Doing Nothing It always staggers me that each time I’m in the shower, or camping in my tent, or having a coffee in a rural town in the middle of nowhere in France, I keep getting fantastic ideas for future projects, blog posts, photographs, travels, discoveries, and world domination. As soon as I leave those magical places (ok, the shower wasn’t that magical), everything seems to disappear into oblivion. Emails start coming in, the next brief is on the horizon, and the next set of bills were just deducted from my account. Once again unto the breach, dear friends! We craft our hopes and dreams when we...

Photographer Facing Criminal Charges Over Paris Terrorist Attack Photo

Photographer Facing Criminal Charges Over Paris Terrorist Attack Photo A veteran French photographer is facing criminal charges in France over a photo she took during the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France. A photojournalist of over 2 decades, Maya Vidon-White was in Paris when gunmen began shooting at the Bataclan theater on November 13, killing 90 people. Working as a freelancer for United Press International (UPI), Vidon-White hurried to the site and began taking pictures. One of those photos shows a bloodied 30-year-old man identified as Cédric G, lying on the ground and fatally injured by a gunshot to the head. Despite the efforts of...

The Magic of Water & Long Exposure Photography

The Magic of Water & Long Exposure Photography In this “instant” era, when time seems to fly faster than ever, we don’t seem to have time to wait for a perfect image. Long exposure photography requires time and patience to start with, and some technicalities, like calculation of the exposure values, filters, and tripod. Check out these beautiful images of water captured through long exposures: photo by Stewart Baird photo by fs999 photo by David McAughtry photo by Paulo Valdivieso photo by Richard:Fraser photo by Tim Donnelly photo by Henrik Johansson photo by Photos By Clark photo by Giuseppe Milo If...

This DIY ‘Camera’ Finds a Similar Photo Online Every Time You Take a Picture

This DIY ‘Camera’ Finds a Similar Photo Online Every Time You Take a Picture This strange Raspberry Pi-powered DIY-camera isn’t really a camera at all… at least not in the traditional sense. When you press the shutter, instead of showing you the picture you just took, it shows you a similar photo from the Internet instead. The camera is called “Le Myope,” because it’s a “short-sighted camera.” Created by Paris-based tinkerer Salade Tomate Oignon, he describes what Le Myope spits out as, “even more imprecise than a blurry polaroid picture, or than a filter-abused Instagram shot.” Because it’s not spitting out...

Researchers are Working on Sketch-Based Image Search

Researchers are Working on Sketch-Based Image Search In the not-so-distant future, finding the photo you’re looking for online may not require you to describe it or know the location or even the photographer… just as long as you can doodle something that looks like it on a scrap of paper. Computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have developed a program that can do just that: take a drawing and find a photo that looks just like it. “For some types of images you want to find, it would be very hard to express that thing with just language,” GIT computer scientist James Hays told New Scientist....

Hyperlapse Photography Project Across Asia

Hyperlapse Photography Project Across Asia It took Daniel and Gina, who run the travel blog Sunrise Odyssey, a full year to traverse overland from China to Greece. But it’ll take you less than three minutes to watch their hyperlapse video, documenting the brilliant colors and gorgeous architecture along the way: The last 20 or so seconds of the video is dedicated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the couple’s filming of this video, but it’s so quick that it’s hard to see exactly what’s happening. They’re using a tripod and string—no third camera operator—to film the entire thing, as they...

Luminous Landscape Founder Michael Reichmann Passes Away at 71

Luminous Landscape Founder Michael Reichmann Passes Away at 71 Sad news in the photography industry today: Michael Reichmann, the founder of the popular website Luminous Landscape, passed away yesterday at the age of 71 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Luminous Landscape publisher and CEO Kevin Raber announced the news today in a blog post. “[Reichmann’s] passion for photography was matched only by his love of sharing that passion with readers around the world,” writes Raber. A professional photographer of about 5 decades, Reichmann started Luminous Landscape 17 years ago back in 1999 after his friend suggested that he take some...

Composition Tips from a Man Who Studied with Ansel Adams

Composition Tips from a Man Who Studied with Ansel Adams There are only a few people alive as qualified to give photography and composition advice as Huntington Witherill. A former “artist of the year,” he studied under the great Ansel Adams and in this video he describes his approach to composing eye-catching images. The video is part of Marc Silber’s Advancing Your Photography Show, and throughout their conversation they touch repeatedly, not just on composition, but more specifically on “visualization”: what it means to Witherill, and how he does it. Even if you don’t walk away with specific...

Four Cheap Soviet Lenses Worth Hunting Down on eBay

Four Cheap Soviet Lenses Worth Hunting Down on eBay It may not be the first place that comes to mind, but the Soviet Union is a great place to start if you’re looking for a good quality piece of glass on the cheap…. well, what’s left of the Soviet Union anyway. In this short presentation, photographer Mathieu Stern—who specializes in finding and reviewing “weird lenses” for his YouTube channel—introduces 4 soviet Jupiter lenses that anyone hunting for a bargain on glass should write down. Created between 1950 and 1980 in the USSR, they are: the Jupiter 9 85mm f/2, the Jupiter 11 135mm f/4, the Jupiter 11A...
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