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Sony Officially Announces the a7II in the US! Will Ship in Time for Christmas

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The Sony a7II and its impressive 5-axis in-body stabilization has generated a ton of well-deserved buzz since it was officially announced. There’s only one problem: it wasn’t officially announced in the US yet.

The main announcement was made in Japan and no US release date and pricing has been available… until today! The news just dropped, and American Sony fans can enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow knowing they can have the a7II in time for Christmas. Read more…

This Sports Photographer Missed an Incredible Catch and Got Fired… Except He Didn’t… and He Didn’t

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“I got fired on Twitter last night.” That’s how NJ.com photographer Andrew Mills starts his side of a story that went viral on social media two days ago. Thanks to a photo that seems to show Mills missing what might have been one of the greatest photos of his career, social media tagged him with the tongue in cheek caption “this guy used to be a sports photographer.”

Except that he did get the shot, or at least a shot… and the shot he got is a testament to how good of a sports photographer he really is. Read more…

external Hidden Cameras Reveal the Secret Life of the Serengeti —Nat Geo | PROOF

In 2010, Swanson created a grid of 225 camera traps so that she could see how “different carnivores managed to avoid each other.” But she was quickly overwhelmed by the large number of photos each month. Enter the citizen scientists. Teaming with Zooniverse, Swanson and another graduate student, Margaret Kosmala, asked for help from laypeople to identify the animals photographed by the camera traps. And with that, the Snapshot Serengeti project was born.

 
Nov 26, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

Old Photos Reveal Weird Thanksgiving Traditions from 100 Years Ago

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You might think that Thanksgiving day has always consisted of football, the Macy’s parade, and copious amounts of tryptophan, but as these old photos from deep within the Library of Congress’ archives show, 100 years ago, Thanksgiving was something else entirely. Read more…

Canon Patents a Body Cap that Cleans the Contacts on Your Lens Mount

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Here’s a cool patent that gives new purpose to a camera accessory you don’t hear talked about much: the body cap. Chances are you don’t give your camera’s body cap much thought, but the body cap Canon just patented would serve a dual purpose by not just keeping your sensor protected, but also cleaning the contacts on your lens mount in the process. Read more…

Power Hungry: Poignant Photos Compare the Meals of the Rich and Poor Throughout History

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Approximately 40% of food is thrown out in America each year. This amounts to roughly $165 billion (with a ‘b’) worth of food, which could feed half of the 50 million Americans who struggle to put food on the table.

It’s tough statistics like these that inspired photographer Henry Hargreaves and his friend and food stylist Caitlin Levin to create the series Power Hungry: a poignant set of photos that illustrates the inequality between the rich and the poor by comparing what each class’s meals have looked like throughout history.

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external 160 years of war photography: an audiovisual guide to the world’s most powerful conflict images —The Guardian

In 1854, Roger Fenton showed a cannon-blasted field in the Crimean war. In 2001, Simon Norfolk shot sheep among the ruins in Afghanistan. As a new exhibition opens, Tate Modern’s photography curator Simon Baker talks through some of the most iconic images of war

 
Nov 25, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

The Vela One is 100x Faster than Conventional Strobes, Can Stop a Bullet In Its Tracks

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High speed photography is all about fast-flash; the faster your flash, the faster the instant you can adequately freeze on a digital sensor. Modern strobes are pretty good at this, with flash durations as fast as 1/20,000 of a second, but a Bristol-based company Vela Labs is about to take high-speed photography to unheard-of heights.

Introducing the Vela One, ‘the world’s first high speed LED flash’ that boasts a flash speed starting at 1/2,000,000 second, or 500 nanoseconds. Read more…

Beautiful Photographs of Microscopic Plankton that Look Like Photos of Outer Space

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Faults: Coscinodiscus and pinnularia, crushed

When you look at the photographs in her series Into the Umbra, photographer Julia Bennett wants you to think you’re looking at outer space. And then, just as your mind is struggling to expand to encompass the far reaches of the solar system where the image was captured, that’s when she wants you to realize that you’re looking at something you could find in any old liter of Sea Water.

Her images weren’t captured with a telescope peering into the heavens, but a microscope that peers into the micro worlds inside droplets of seawater. Read more…

external Fur, Feathers, and Scales: National Geographic’s Majestic Animals —Nat Geo | PROOF

Over the past few weeks, we have been combing through the over 600 illustrated covers to bring you gems that catch our eye in categories we are known for: people and culture, exploration, and animals. So far we’ve featured some of the classically cool women who’ve appeared on the cover, some daring dudes, and incredible feats of man. This week we share the most beautiful creatures from the animal kingdom in all their glory.

 
Nov 25, 2014 · Permalink · Comment