Posts Published in June 2010

Pileus is an Umbrella for Photo Sharing on Rainy Days

The Pileus Internet Umbrella is a cool research project that aims to connect an umbrella to the cloud and use the available space on the underside of the umbrella as a screen for projecting photographs.

Using the Flickr API, the umbrella can upload photographs wirelessly using a built-in camera and browse photographs using wrist snaps for navigation.

The product aims to provide an augmentation of everyday life synchronizing information on the Internet and the real place.

Here’s what the name “Pileus” means:

“Pileus” is an ancient Latin word originally meaning skullcap, and now used as technical worlds for a cloud that appear above a cumulus at meteorology and a cap of mushrooms at mycology . The project uses this word for the name with double metaphors as a physical umbrella (mushroom cap) and cyber network services (overlaid cloud).

Sadly, the umbrella is currently only a prototype. If it were to ever hit the market, would you buy one?

(via Photojojo)


Image credit: Pileus Internet Umbrella by 22n

Nikon Apparently Believes Going EVIL Not Lucrative Enough… Yet

In a recent poll, our readers predicted that Canon would introduce an electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens (EVIL) camera ahead of Nikon.

Both companies have been tight-lipped about their plans in this space, but in a recent Q&A session published to Nikon’s website, Imaging Company President Yasuyuki Okamoto briefly spoke on the topic of EVIL cameras:

Q: What can you tell us about the new-generation digital cameras?
A: Although we considered a variety of so-called mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras for the digital SLR camera market, we discern the appropriate timing for the launch of our new-generation digital cameras based on the direction of the market demand.

The quote suggests that Nikon does indeed have EVIL on their roadmap, but is allowing other companies to test the waters before jumping in.

It’s also be good news for those who are waiting for Nikon to bust out an EVIL camera, since it shows they’re definitely planning to join the party. The wait may soon be over — a recent report published by BCN (in Japanese) found that EVIL cameras are approaching a 30% share of the interchangeable lens market.

How do you interpret this quote?

(via Nikon Rumors)

The Jaw-Dropping Gravity-Defying Photography of Li Wei

Li Wei is a Beijing-based artist that creates jaw-dropping scenes using mirrors, metal wires, scaffolding, and acrobatics. Check out his website here.


PetaPixel: Can you tell us about yourself and your background?

Li Wei: I was born in HuBei province. I studied oil painting when I was in college. And I went to Beijing in 1993 and went to East village, artists such like Zhang Huan influenced me a lot. So I started my performance art career before turning to photography. Today, photography is only a way of expressing, not my only medium. I also make statues. You can see performance elements in my works. I think this is my background.
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Amazing Photographs of Apocalyptic Miniatures by Lori Nix

Lori Nix is a photographer that works with miniatures and models for surreal scenes and landscapes. Her work reminds us of the photographs by Matthew Albanese that we featured a while back. Her project “The City” depicts eerie abandoned buildings in an apocalyptic world:


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Solar Camera Strap That Charges Your Camera as You Shoot

What if you could keep your camera charged all day while shooting outdoors using the power of the sun? That’s the idea behind this conceptual camera strap designed by Weng Jie. The solar panels built into the strap harvest energy from the sun beating down on your neck as you’re shooting away.

Many cameras would need to specifically allow for this strap, but do you think this idea is feasible?

(via Yanko Design)

Interview with Trey Ratcliff

Trey Ratcliff is the renown photographer behind the travel photography blog Stuck in Customs and a pioneer in HDR photography. He has written a popular tutorial on HDR photography, and answers your questions on Twitter as @TreyRatcliff.


PetaPixel: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Trey Ratcliff: Even though my educational background is in all the hard sciences of Computer Science and Math, I really tend to get much more of a thrill out of the artistic side of my life. Rather than bore you with all the little bits of my life, I’ll just keep it simple and say I love struggling with innovative art and pushing it in new directions.

If you really want to know more, I keep one of those “About Me” pages with enough info to satisfy 90% of stalkers.
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Crazy Lightning Strike in Chicago Filmed with the Canon 7D

A nasty storm rolled through Chicago recently, and Craig Shimala was ready to capture it from his balcony. Using a Canon 7D and a 10-22mm wide angle lens, he was lucky enough to film lightning striking the three tallest buildings in Chicago at the same time. Playing the footage in slow motion also gives an interesting look at how lightning travels.

(via planet5D)

Pixlr is a Free and Powerful Browser-Based Photoshop Clone

This has been around for a while already, so many of you have probably seen it, but I just started playing around with it today and was so impressed that I had to share it here. Pixlr is a browser-based Flash application for image editing that resembles Photoshop in both features and functionality. If you’re familiar with Photoshop, then you should have no trouble picking up Pixlr, which is great for situations where you’re on a computer that doesn’t have Photoshop installed.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

DxOMark Adds Lens Tests and Rankings

DxOMark has expanded their website to include lenses in addition to camera bodies. They’ve tested a good number of lenses from quite a few manufacturers, with each lenses tested on a large number of camera bodies. You can then compare how certain camera and lens combinations perform against one another.

Lens rankings with DxOMark Scores (via NikonRumors)

Flickr Gets a Makeover, Photo Pages Stretched and Redesigned

If you login to Flickr today, you should see a notice at the top of your photo pages informing you of a soon-to-be-released redesign and allowing you to preview it. The new design features the photograph much more prominently, upping the size from 500px wide to 640px on a wider page. The goal seems to be making the page cleaner and more minimalistic, with many of the icons moving to drop-down menus. There’s also a heavier emphasis on geo-tagging, which appears as a small map to the right of the photo.
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