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.
In some discussions about the price of printer ink in relevant forums people often claim sarcastically that the fluid is allegedly more expensive than human blood on the black market. I don’t know how much blood on the black market actually costs; however, it can’t be denied that ink, with prices per liter in a four-digit Euro range, counts among the most expensive fluids on earth.
Considering that it is a mass product which can still cost more than 2,000 or 3,000 Euros per liter, a fine wine stored in a cellar for several decades doesn’t even seem so expensive anymore. Only few fluids are even more expensive than printer ink, and, as already mentioned, that’s fine wines and some medication that is hard to produce, such as antidotes.
What is the really sad thing about all this is the fact that most printers are very wasteful with this valuable substance. The video below by Bellevue Fine Art, a Seattle-based print service provider, only shows the professional printer Epson 9900, however, other professional or home printers aren’t any better in this regard.