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Kodak Gallery May Cause Migration

Kodak Gallery is one of the older photo hosting sites.  While most people are using Flickr and Photobucket, there is still a healthy number of subscribers at Kodak Gallery.  Unfortunately, Kodak Gallery is forcing those who have free accounts to spend money yearly.

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The Hybrid Camera Age?

At this year’s PMA a new breed of cameras were introduced.  The micro four-thirds standard or hybrid camera, is the catch phrase being thrown around, to describe a camera which has an interchangeable lens supporting point-and-shoot cameras.  It lacks a mirror box, which defines an SLR.  So it directly images on the sensor. What remains a mystery, would be if these new, but odd technical showpieces will find a market.  Panasonic, Olympus and Samsung have all decided to throw their hats into uncharted waters.

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Opo Terser’s Entomology Macrophotography

Over the past couple months, I have been keeping an eye on the photostream of Opo Terser.  Armed with a Pentax K200D, Opo’s various photos show a fine mastery of macrophotography [which is fairly tricky when working with insects].   Coming from a fellow entomology enthusiast, it is really stunning to see the amount of insect ‘head shots’ in his photos.

Getting fully focused, color rich photos of insects takes several attempts, considering how fast most insects move in comparison to a camera shutter.  Opo is also an avid astrophotrographer. What is most interesting about both his astro and macro photos would be that they are both taken with the same Pentax K200D camera.

A good majority of astrophotographers I know or have studied use an entirely seperate camera to capture images.  Furthermore, it is pretty rare to find someone willing to photograph far off galaxies as well as rare insects.  Enjoy and be inspired!

Flickr Photostream: Link

Rebel T1i Video Leaked Then Announced?

My Bad -From CNET

"My Bad" -From CNET

Although CNET may have been a bit too swift in posting video for the camera a couple days ago [prior to Canon’s announcement], it looks like quite the frenzy of news is centered around Canon’s Rebel T1I ability to capture video. I always find it funny when info is ‘accidentally’ leaked in the tech world only for the victim [in this case Canon] to give off the impression as if they are forced to release this information.  Be that as it may, Canon has a new ‘semi-entry level’ DSLR.  Here are the specs:

  • 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • HD video capture (1080p at 20fps; 720p at 30fps
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • 3″ LCD w/ 920k dot resolution
  • 3.4 frames per second
  • ISO 100 to 12800 sensitivity range [although if you look at the CNET video, it appears to only go up to 3200? They could still be tweaking the T1I’s OS]

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Rare FSA Color Photos

Above is one of many photos which was recently released by the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.   Looking at the photos from the FSA-OWI era, this one in particular, one can not help but think of the power of documentary photography.  What is striking with these newly released photographs would be the power of color photography in contrast with the already established power of the now, iconic, black and white photos of the FSA series.

We can see that Robert Lee, Jack Delano and the rest of the FSA legends are masters of their crafts; even moreso with the addition of their color photography.

What I find most interesting in this most recent set of photos would be that we as artist or art enthusiast have known of the FSA series to be one of the foundations of what makes black and white portraiture evocative.  How a shared moment in time could be could completely trump a ‘staged’ studio portrait.  It also goes without saying how strange of a time we live in now, where seeing these photos on a ‘relatible’ level.  If you are American or a citizen of the world and just so happen to be from a meager background, these photos show a rich reflection of how we once were.  These photos show  us [be it positive or negative] what we are today.

Link: FSA-OWI

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