Posts Published in July 2011

Before and After Portraits of Joggers

Photographer Sacha Goldberger set up an outdoor studio in a Parisian park and asked joggers who ran by to sprint and then pose for a photograph while out of breath. He then invited the same joggers to visit his studio one week later to be photographed in the same pose, but dressed up. The resulting photos are an interesting series of “raw vs. proper” portraits of strangers.
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Turning the Eye into a Camera Sensor

What if in the future, the human eye itself could be turned into a camera by simply reading and recording the data that it sends to the brain? As crazy as it sounds, researchers have already accomplished this at a very basic level:

In 1999, researchers led by Yang Dan at University of California, Berkeley decoded neuronal firings to reproduce images seen by cats. The team used an array of electrodes embedded in the thalamus (which integrates all of the brain’s sensory input) of sharp-eyed cats. Researchers targeted 177 brain cells in the thalamus lateral geniculate nucleus area, which decodes signals from the retina. The cats were shown eight short movies, and their neuron firings were recorded. Using mathematical filters, the researchers decoded the signals to generate movies of what the cats saw and were able to reconstruct recognizable scenes and moving objects. [#]

Basically, the scientists were able to tap into the brain of a cat and display what the cat was seeing on a computer screen. Something similar was accomplished with humans a few years ago, and scientists believe that in the future we may even be able to “photograph” human dreams!

Brain-computer interface (via Reddit)

Magnum Turns to Crowdsourcing to Tag Their Massive Photo Collection

Want to play role in the legendary agency Magnum Photos? Well, now you can as a “Magnum Tagger”. The cooperative is having a tough time keeping their large archive of historical photographs organized and easily searchable. Of the 500,000 images they’ve uploaded to the web, about 200,000 have little or no associated metadata. Magnum has decided to tackle this problem by crowdsourcing it, asking for volunteers to sift through the photographs and add useful information. For the trial run they’re looking for 50 volunteers, which shouldn’t be hard to find given the hundreds of thousands of followers they have on sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Maybe they should take a page out of Google’s book by turning image tagging into a game!

(via Popular Photography)

Photographers Flock to Yosemite at Night to Capture Moonbows

Moonbows” are rainbows that appear at night under moonlight, and are difficult to see with human eyes but beautiful when captured in long exposure photographs. There aren’t many places on Earth where this phenomenon can be regularly witnessed, but a few of them are found at the waterfalls in Yosemite.

Steven Bumgardner, the video producer for the national park, spent two years moonbow hunting and shot over 20,000 still photos with a Canon 5D Mark II to create the time-lapse sequences seen in the video above. After watching, you might want to add “moonbows” your list of things to see and photograph (along with the northern lights, perhaps).


Thanks for sending in the link, Steven!

The Amazing “Rooftopping” Photography of Tom Ryaboi

Thrill-seeking photographer Tom Ryaboi is one of the pioneers of “rooftopping”, the practice of climbing to the tops of skyscrapers and shooting pictures off the edge. Photographers who participate in this new craze aim to visit the tops of every tall building in their city, capturing the incredible — and adrenaline-pumping — views that they afford.
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Microsoft Finally Adds RAW Support to Windows Explorer

Great news for PC users: Microsoft has finally released a free codec pack for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that allows you to view and work with the RAW files of more than 120 different cameras directly in Windows Explorer. Simply download and install the codec pack to get started.

Microsoft Camera Codec Pack (via 1001 Noisy Cameras)

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Porcelain Unicorn: A Powerful Short Film in Six Lines and Three Minutes

Last year Philips ran a contest called Parallel Lines in which they asked people to create a three-minute short film using only six lines of dialogue: “What is that?”, “It’s a unicorn”, “Never seen one up close before”, “Beautiful”, “Get away, get away”, and “I’m sorry”. After more than 600 entries were submitted, director Ridley Scott selected the above film, titled “Porcelain Unicorn”, as the winner.

You can also browse all the different entries on the contest page over on YouTube.

Porcelain Unicorn (via Reddit)

Kick Back on this Giant Camera Beanbag

Design studio Woouf! takes different objects and creates epically cool beanbag chairs out of them. They have one that looks like a giant camera — a perfect fit for any photo studio (or photo-enthusiast bedroom). It’s a bit pricey though: it costs €175 (~$250) each over in their online store.

Camera Suitcase Series Beanbag (via Photojojo)

Nikon Mirrorless 2.7x Sensor Compared to Other Sensor Sizes

dpreview forum member Jorginho created a couple side by side images showing the recently leaked Nikon mirrorless camera sensor next to other sensor sizes. It gives us a visual look at how big a 2.7x sensor actually is. Above, we see the Nikon sensor next to the tiny Pentax Q sensor, which has a crop factor of 5.7x.
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Find Out How Influential of a Photo-Sharer You Are with Photorank.me

Photorank.me is a new web app that attempts to calculate how influential you are in the world of online photo sharing. After giving it read-only access to your social media accounts (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, etc…) the app computes a numerical score based on reach, activity, and quantity. PetaPixel got a score of 63, and the highest ranked person on the global leaderboard is currently English Purcell Struth, AKA “photoeng” on Instagram.

Photorank.me (via Mashable)