I’ve posted a new macro video shot with the Canon MP-E65mm macro lens.
And below is another image of obsidian, volcanic glass, shot with the same lens.
Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet over the past week and a bit about photography and related topics:
Here’s what’s been catching my attention about photography on the Internet in the past week (and a bit):
Here’s what caught my attention about photography and related fields in the past week:
It’s been awhile since I posted what was catching my attention about photography on the Internet. Well, here is a catchup, a roundup of what has caught my attention:
How To Approach Action Sports Photography
Conceptualize your compositions to improve your iPhone photography
Frame Rates vs Shutter Speed and Why to Care
Look At The World’s Greatest Skylines Without Any Lights On
Photographer Captures Detailed Photos of the Sun From His Backyard
Using Color Temp to Create Depth and Dimension with your HD Video
Make A Living In Filmmaking
Hddslr Filmmaking With Gale Tattersall
Rural Beginnings: Aesthetic Photography by Cally Whitham
The Unsettling Beauty of Lethal Viruses
Turn your iPhone into a high-tech light meter
The CamRanger Lets You Wirelessly Control A DSLR From Your iPad [Macworld 2013]
Long-time readers of DImageMaker and of my contributions to HP Professional Photography blog may remember me talking of the need for cameras to become expandable in the same ways that phones are. We needed to be able to expand their functionality or just configure the existing capabilities in a way that better suited us, personally.
Finally the App capable camera seems to be arriving. Samsung has announced their Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100, an Android powered compact camera. This is an important step. It has compact camera image quality, rather than that of smartphones and it has all the connectivity and App options of a Galaxy phone, without the ability to make cellular phonecalls. I suspect that Samsung have screwed up by not having the phone call making capability in the camera, but we will have to wait and see. It certainly has most of the capability there, with 3G and 4G network connectivity, just not the ability to place cellular phonecalls, though you can through Skype. Gizmag has posted a decent review of the camera.
Users have really voted with their feet on this issue, as reflected in the falling sales of compact cameras and the wide takeup of people using their phones for photography, despite all the limitations this entails. Obviously the convenience of having a camera with you at all times and the instant sharing/modify capability more than offset the poor image quality, lack of optical zoom capability, etc. Which is why I think Samsung should have included the phone capability.
Now we need to see this App-centric approach expanded to dSLRs, where they can leave the phone capability out.
Coupling great optics, a large sensor and full customisability in a dSLR is a winner and I can’t wait for manufacturers to do this. What we do need is a standard phone API (applications programming interface) for Android for all the advanced features that high end compacts and dSLRs offer, so that app developers can concentrate on creativity rather than having to support all sorts of non-standard interfaces.
Photography education and entertainment site PhoozL announces its latest “super-judged” (and first paid-entry) photo contest: ‘Show the Song: Spirit of the ‘60s’. The assignment is to interpret 1960s Classic Rock song titles with your photography. And the judge is Elliott Landy, official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival! How groovy is that? This is PhoozL’s first paid-entry contest ($5), and entrants can upload up to 5 submissions for that one fee. The contest is open for submissions now until March 24 to all logged-in members of Phoozl.com, amateur to pro, 18+, worldwide. There are prizes for Top 3 and Honorable Mentions. To see more details and to submit, go to:
Charlottesville, Virginia (February 19, 2013)
– Photography education and entertainment site PhoozL announces its latest “super-judged” (and first paid-entry) photo contest: ‘Show the Song: Spirit of the ‘60s’. The assignment is to interpret 1960s Classic Rock song titles with your photography. And the judge is Elliott Landy, official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival! How groovy is that? This is PhoozL’s first paid-entry contest ($5), and entrants can upload up to 5 submissions for that one fee. The contest is open for submissions now until March 24 to all logged-in members of Phoozl.com, amateur to pro, 18+, worldwide. There are prizes for Top 3 and Honorable Mentions. To see more details and to submit, go to:
“We’re very excited to have official Woodstock Festival photographer Elliott Landy judge this contest,” says Harald Johnson, PhoozL’s founder. “Elliott was there to capture the ‘60s rock music scene, so who better to judge our first paid-entry, music-themed challenge.”
About Elliott Landy
Elliott Landy is best known for his iconic photographs of rock musicians and as official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. His photographs have appeared on the covers of such magazines as Rolling Stone, LIFE, and The Saturday Evening Post. Landy’s portraits have also graced the covers of many of the best-known albums of the era, including such classics as Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline,” Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” and The Band’s second album, “The Band.” Elliott still lives in Woodstock, New York. Visit his website at:
PhoozL® (http://www.phoozl.com) provides photo education and entertainment for photographers and photo enthusiasts who want to be challenged and have “phun” while learning more about photography and stretching their creative wings. Photo contests, photo assignments, photo critiques, photo learning, photo sharing and community… it’s all part of PhoozL.
*PhoozL® and Photo IQ® are registered trademarks of Harald Johnson Communications.
Below are some more images for your enjoyment from my testing of the Canon MP-E65mm 1-5x f2.8 Macro Lens. There were taken with a Canon EOS 550D camera.
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