The experience that transforms an astronaut’s perspective of our planet Earth and mankind’s purpose and place upon it is referred to as the overview effect. The term was first used by Frank White in 1987. Astronauts, who were lucky enough to make this incredible experience, mentioned a shift of perspective related to our planet Earth and the importance of the actions of human-beings. They spoke about the emergence of a profound understanding of how valuable life and our planet really are and they mentioned a deep sense of connection and a newly discovered responsibility towards Earth and everything it offers.
As I already mentioned wildlife photography in my opinion counts among the key disciplines in photography. Animals hardly ever stand still, they don’t care about how you’d like them to pose, they’re unpredictable and mostly don’t want to cooperate. That’s particularly true with wild animals as, besides the above mentioned facts, they also tend to escape from photographers or even attack them.
Photographers specializing in wildlife photography fascinate me for this reason. You often read interviews about photographers using their own tricks and techniques to get very close to the animals without disturbing them in order to take pictures in really natural scenarios and behaviors. Wildlife photographers often say that it doesn’t matter how often they track an animal in the wilderness as the moment when they take the picture and face the animal is always something exceptional and awesome.
A recent and much-discussed video by National Geographic makes us understand the special and magical experience of a wildlife photographer in a better way. The video is about Michel d’Oultremont, a Belgian photographer who explains the pursuit of the perfect photo of a wild animal. The video makes clear that excelling as a wildlife photographer means hard work and a lot of patience in particular. Solitary hiking at daytime and at night and waiting for hours in the cold or in the heat, not knowing whether, at the end of the day, you’ll be rewarded with a great photo or not…
In any case this video has increased my respect for all those who dedicate themselves to wildlife photography!
You can find more pictures taken by Michel d’Oultremont here.
Surveillance, big data and the Transparent Man – keywords that have been popping up very often in the media in recent years.
They are often accompanied by articles on Facebook, Google & co who keep observing all our moves and collecting data in order to make profits in the best possible way. Names like NSA and Edward Snowden are also known to most of us and do not really make us feel that good.
They claim that it was him who invented top models. That may be a bit exaggerated. However, nobody can deny that the photo taken by Peter Lindbergh showing a group of stunningly beautiful young ladies strolling through the streets of New York changed the fashion world and started a new era of top models. Because these ladies weren’t any ordinary women but Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. In the early 1990s this very image appeared on the cover of the British “Vogue”. Until today it’s maintained its cult status, with Peter Lindbergh ranging among the most popular photographers of our time. For decades you can find his photos in every important fashion magazine. He’s been working for a number of famous fashion houses and his pictures have become an essential part of the fashion universe.
For most of us, the thought of spending time in a place, so extremely cold and inhospitable as an ice cave is not a very pleasant one. Nevertheless, there is no denying it, eternal ice and those parts of the world where you can find it, are incredible fascinating and stunning to look at.
Photos of ice caves, icebergs and ice formations of all kinds, with their countless shades of white, grey and above all blue, are somehow magical and surreal.
One that has been especially fascinated by the wonder of eternal ice is Bernd Nicolaisen.
As all of you may certainly know already SIGMA has just extended its product range. Aiming to become more visible in the field of video technology SIGMA enters the market with a new product series of Cine lenses.
The demand for lenses processing high resolution is permanently increasing and the Japanese company is reacting to this trend. First, Sigma will release two zoom lenses for cameras with EF and E mounts. These work with 6K and 8K resolutions. In the year after more zoom lenses as well as five fixed focal lengths are assumed to follow up.
Now SIGMA wants to show the performance of these lenses in its first home-made short film!
The movie “blur” shows in a very fascinating way that humans who are deeply moved by something get inspired to take pictures. Every photo they create this way turns out as impressive as daily life itself. The short film which SIGMA has been planning for two years was produced by Yu Yamanaka with SIGMA’s new cine lenses. Those of you who’ve become curious now are invited to take a look on this website: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/blur/
You can see a making-of video and get a lot of insider information. Enjoy 🙂
This time our article won’t relate to photography. It will be about a topic that fascinates me as much: movies. And currently there’s one movie that’s taking the world by storm. It lasts only 6 minutes, it’s called “Piper” and was produced by Pixar Animation Studios.
When in the beginning of the story the first waves of the ocean were rolling across the wet sand, I was wondering if this was really an animation movie because it was made so magnificently.
The story is about a baby sandpiper, a bird species which mainly spends the summer on the coasts in the far north and then flies down to New Zealand or Australia in winter. A sandpiper only grows about 20 centimeters and subsists on picking insects and sea shells in the sand with its long beak.
Several days ago, a snowy owl was snapped in an impressive video by a traffic camera in the Canadian province of Quebec. Fascinated by that wonderful animal, Quebec’s Minister of Transport, Robert Poëti, uploaded several screenshots on Twitter and on Facebook, where they were liked and shared by hundreds of users within a couple of hours. Then, a number of media reported about the amazing pictures, thus making the snowy owl a star on the internet.
“World of Photography” was a 30-minute TV series with a focus on photography that was broadcast once a week between 1985 and 1991 on ABC, A&E and on The Travel Channel. It has influenced an entire generation of photographers in the US. In those six years where the series was on air, 175 episodes consisting of more than 450 smaller segments were broadcast. You can find 200 of these segments on the YouTube channel World of Photography.
No matter what one makes of the Lytro cameras – the “shoot now, focus later” feature is no doubt interesting, but the cameras weren’t a success due to unusual bodies and control concepts, low resolution and steep prices – there is no denying that the concept behind light-field cameras, which made the jump into consumer territory with the Lytros, is a fascinating one.
However, not everyone has the time to read scientific dissertations on the topic, in order to grasp the functional principle behind these cameras. For such “dummies” – and I count myself among them – the YouTube channel Computerphile has created a 12-minutes long video. Therein Mike Pound, an image analyst at the University of Nottingham, explains in simple terms how a light-filed camera actually works.