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Photographer Recreates a 100-Year-Old Film Showing the Dutch City of Alkmaar

This video is a “then-and-now” comparison showing the Dutch city of Alkmaar in 1914 and in 2014. It was created by Dutch photographer Frits de Beer, an Alkmaar native who wanted to see how his city had changed over the past 100 years.
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Peak Design Strap Failures Causing Dropped Cameras for Some Photographers

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When you’re in the business of keeping photographers’ cameras secure and safe, having your product fail can lead to disastrous results. This past weekend, San Francisco photo gear company Peak Design sent out an email to some customers warning them about a newly-discovered issue with their straps.

Apparently a small percentage of straps have a component that can disengage without the photographer wanting it to, potentially leading to dropped cameras.
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The World’s Largest Salt Flat, Where Heaven Meets Earth: Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni

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Salar de Uyuni is a gigantic salt flat found in southwest Bolivia. Measuring over 4,000 square miles (10,000+ square km), it’s the world’s largest salt flat. The ground is especially flat and white, and is often used to calibrate instruments on satellites due to its properties.

Japanese photographer Asako Shimizu visited and captured images of this location for a project titled On Her Skin. It’s a series of 9 square photographs showing how the flat blurs the distinction between heaven and Earth.
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JIBO: The World’s First Family Robot That Can Double as Your Private Photographer

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Cynthia Breazeal envisions a world in which every family has its own personal robot helping out at home — one that can help out around the house, and even help take photographs when needed. To turn this idea into a reality, the MIT robotics professor has created a robot called JIBO.

The robot has already become a top 5 most funded campaign on Indiegogo after raising over $2.2 million from over 5,500 supporters.
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What an Auroral Substorm Looks Like in Real Time

The Aurora Borealis (AKA Northern Lights) often makes an appearance in time-lapse videos of the night sky, but have you ever seen what it looks like in real time? That’s what Korean astrophotographer Kwon O Chul was able to capture in the video above.
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Exposure Now Lets You Search for and Embed People’s Photo Stories

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Photo narrative platform Exposure announced two very useful features today: search and embeds. And while the former has been expected — dare we say anticipated — the latter of the two is quite a surprise. Read more…

external Canon Reveals Details For Future Telephoto Lens Line —CNET

A new 400mm supertele is just the beginning. Canon also says it plans a replacement for its 100-400mm zoom and new compact models using diffractive optics.

 
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Catlike Creature Caught on Wildlife Camera Hitching Rides on Rhinos and Buffalo

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So you think the Lion is the king of the jungle, eh? Well, the large-spotted genet, a catlike creature found in the wilds of Africa, might have reason to dispute that after a wildlife camera caught one of the little animals using buffalo and white rhinos as its own personal Uber service. Read more…

Phase One’s Capture One Pro 8 Update Takes Aim at Ex-Aperture Users, Adds Subscription Model

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Phase One is making the most of Photokina by announcing a complete overhaul to its popular Capture One Pro software. Now on version 8.0, the updated program not only improves upon its former self, but also looks to squeeze in more of the market share by enticing ex-Aperture users who are looking for simple migration to a semi-familiar interface. Read more…

external Monaco’s Rare Vintage Photo Collection Dazzles Photography Pros —Examiner

It’s simply a vintage photography enthusiast and curator’s dream! Under the leadership of Prince Albert II of Monaco, curators will take inventory of the royal family’s private photo collection, which amasses to over 1 million images including original negatives. Ranking high in the world of vintage photography collections, the historic archives reveals an intimate side of the Princely family rarely captured in publicity shots.

 
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