Unbelievable: British guy wins photo contest, but horse owner wants a piece of his cake


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About one month ago, when David Bellis from Prestatyn, North Wales, was about to take a selfie with his three-year-old son Jacob, a grinning horse pushed its way right into the picture. David didn’t want to miss the opportunity and pressed the shutter-release button. With that funny photo he then participated at Thomson Holidays’ “Made Me Laugh” photo contest where he won a family holiday worth £2,000. He didn’t have the slightest idea how much trouble that would cause.

The angry horse owner, Nicola Mitchell, complained that she hadn’t been asked whether a picture of her horse could be taken. Later on, she even persuaded her friends to send David Bellis some offensive messages and to demand that he should give her part of his “prize money”. However, the problem is that the prize is a family trip. Another point is that the picture of the horse was taken from a public pathway, which doesn’t require the owner’s permission, as Wayne Beynon, lawyer for intellectual property rights, told The Guardian.

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© David Bellis

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Workflow: Less noise through sharpening with the adjustment brush tool


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In the past I almost always sharpened the entire image. Sometimes right in Sigma Photo Pro (SPP), sometimes also in Lightroom after I’d developed the X3Fs and exported them as 16 bit TIFFs. However, since I started taking pictures of birds with the 150-600mm Contemporary lens, I’ve been sharpening increasingly with the adjustment brush tool in Lightroom. The reason for this is the short exposure times that are essential for shooting fast moving motifs without motion blur. Short exposure times also require higher sensitivity ranges, especially if the lens is relatively slow.

Ideally you’d want to use ISO100 with the SD1 Merrill in order to get a razor-sharp and noiseless picture. But as you often have to use ISO200 and ISO400, you want to avoid increasing noise any further with the sharpening at all costs. And this is exactly where the adjustment brush tool comes into play; by using it you can limit the sharpening to the image areas that will benefit from additional sharpness.

Now I would like to explain my workflow to you on the basis of the following image – which belongs to the sharper ones I’ve taken with the 150-600 C and the SD1M.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary & Sigma SD1 Merrill (volle Auflösung - full resolution)

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Flatland: warped cityscapes by Aydın Büyüktaş


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Do you remember the stunning special effects in the movie “Inception”, particularly the one street scene in Paris, where the Earth gets warped upwards by 180 degrees? The Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktaş warps in a similar manner various sights and areas in Istanbul – for example the New Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the central bus station.

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© Aydın Büyüktaş

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Hilarious: Nikon Singapore awards prize to a blatant photoshop fake


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As reported by Petapixel a few days ago Nikon Singapore has announced the winner of its latest photo competition. The winning photo, which looks impressive at first glance, was submitted by a photographer called Chay Yu Wei. It shows an airplane while approaching to land, framed by a fire ladder. This photo would have been a very nice example of the importance of timing in photography, were it not for the fact that it’s a blatant photoshop fake. ;)

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Shooting with Sigma 150-600 C + SD1M: a few insights after four photowalks


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In the beginning I assumed that I have to stop down to f/7.1 to f/8, in order to capture images which are sharp enough. I didn’t even try to shoot wide open. But as it turned out during today’s photowalk the 150-600 Contemporary is already sharp enough at f/6.3. This allows me to use ISO100 or 200 under lighting conditions, under which I would have previously upped the sensitivity by one stop. Down below I have embedded a photo and the corresponding 100% crop, which was taken at f/6.3 and ISO200.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary & Sigma SD1 Merrill (volle Auflösung - full resolution)

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Rob Spence aka „Eyeborg“: the man who replaced his eyeball with a camera


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Rob Spence aka the „Eyeborg“ is a filmmaker from Toronto, who lost vision in one of his eyes at the age of nine. In 2011 Spence had his right eyeball removed and replaced with a prosthesis with an integrated camera – 26 years after he lost his sight in the said eye in an accident while shooting with a shotgun. Unlike Retina implants this camera is not connected to the optic nerv, but instead transmits the video stream to a small, external computer.

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© Rob Spence

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Interesting Look: Tokyo at Night by Masashi Wakui


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Japan’s capital city is one of the largest and most exciting cities in the world. It is a Mecca for photographers, who have a preference for shooting street, architecture and cityscapes.

One photographer whose images stand out from the masses is Masashi Wakui, a photographer based in Tokyo. He photographs only at night and mostly in backstreets. Afterwards he processes his photos, in order to make them look like tinged, oversaturated scenes form Japanese anime.

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© Masashi Wakui

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Sigma News & Rumors: a DSLR camera with Canon or Nikon mount and a 30-300mm f2.8-3.5 cine lens in the works?


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I don’t know whether Florent from Sigma Rumors heard a rumor or whether it’s mere speculation, in any case today’s blog entry mentions that Sigma may be working on a DSLR camera with a Canon or Nikon mount. Interestingly, in an interview with Kazuto Yamaki in the beginning of December last year lenstip.com asked the question if they were considering offering a camera with the mount of another manufacturer. The answer was: No, we cannot. Sigma’s CEO didn’t go any further into detail whether technical or legal reasons were speaking against it.

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Kevin Abosch – a good photographer and an even better business man


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Irish photographer Kevin Abosch is known for his portraits of famous and influential people as well as for his strong business acumen. Rumors have it that he’s good friends with every CEO in Silicon Valley and that he’s able to see and take a photo of the “true face of a star”. His portraits with a black background have become a status symbol among business people in the high-tech and entertainment industries.

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Self portrait by Kevin Abosch

© Kevin Abosch

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