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Open Mike: Food for Thought

The Online Photographer - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 12:38
What the heck is that guy selling? (A tragicomic comic by Stephan Pastis, today's "Pearls Before Swine." How the heck is this guy selling? (NYT article about Peter Lik) He kinda makes me think of these people. The Oscars are... Michael Johnston
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Close Encounters: Will Burrard-Lucas' wildlife photography

DPReview News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 07:00

Based in the UK, nature photographer Will Burrard-Lucas is highly dedicated to wildlife photography. He's even developed his own remote-controlled camera system for getting as close as you can with dangerous animals like rhinos, lions and… meerkats. The photographer spent an entire year living in Zambia where he used new technologies like drones, camera traps and remote-control devices to capture nature from tricky perspectives. See gallery

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International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015 winners announced

DPReview News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:00

Winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, the top prize has gone to Magdalena Wasiczek. She won the overall prize in 2012, and has taken the top prize again with a dramatic rendering of a red Hydrangea petiolaris against a heavily defocused background. See winners

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Moon and Planets

The Online Photographer - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 19:59
Did anyone get a good picture of the proximity of Mars, Venus, and the moon last night? Mike Original contents copyright 2015 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to... Michael Johnston
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FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage

DPReview News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:08

The FAA's plan to regulate drone usage has been a long running cause of concern among enthusiasts and those hoping to use UAVs for commercial purposes. Thus far speculation has pegged the budding regulations as unnecessarily restrictive, but the new officially revealed FAA proposal shows those concerns to largely be unfounded. Read more

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Seeking the Best

The Online Photographer - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:22
[Please note that TOP takes Saturday off. We'll also be offline next Thursday. I'll be back with a new post on Sunday afternoon this week. Please check back then. —Mike the Ed.] - In the last post I linked to... Michael Johnston
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The Lamb of Spring

The Online Photographer - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 08:32
The relentless cold is getting a bit oppressive lately. Early yesterday morning it was –15°F (–26°C) here. In that kind of cold, a little wind can really bite. The wind swirls and the dogs have trouble. Lulu's coat is so... Michael Johnston
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review updated with shooting experience

DPReview News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 07:18

Our first impressions review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II covered the cameras updates, physical features and (of course) our first impressions on using it. Now that we've had some more time with the camera, we've put together some more thoughts on shooting with the E-M5 II - from grey Seattle to the bright sunshine of Bermuda. Read more

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Photoshop is 25

The Online Photographer - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 22:06
An upcoming ad that will appear on the Oscars will celebrate 25 years of Adobe Photoshop. Loudly, I might add, so turn your sound down before you click the roll button. Photoshop: a verb, and definitely a useful tool for... Michael Johnston
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New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens

DPReview News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 17:22

We were recently lucky enough to visit Sigma's factory in Aizu, Japan, where Sigma allowed us to shoot with a pre-production sample of the recently-announced 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens. The wintry landscape of the Fukushima prefecture was a nice contrast to the CP+ convention center where we last gathered some samples with this lens, and our recent samples are more representative of lens performance on a native mount body (Canon 6D). Have a look

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Into the woods: a video overview of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

DPReview News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:19

We thought we'd try something a bit different for our video overview of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II. Given that two of the major changes are improvements in its video features and stabilization, we thought we'd use the camera to shoot its own video and see how it behaves handheld. And, since the camera is environmentally sealed, we thought we'd venture beyond the office for a bit. See video

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Sony branches off audio and video business but remains committed to sensor development

DPReview News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:31

Sony has announced that it will be branching off its audio and video departments into a separate subsidiary. Sony previously spun off its VAIO PC business one year ago, and the creation of new departments aims to make the company into a profitable entity. Read more

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How Do You Distinguish Your 'Real Art'?

The Online Photographer - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:09
In discussing the previous post privately with Carl, he mentioned that the first shot was made as deliberate artwork, whereas the second shot was purely a "record" snapshot. I'd known that before being told. In fact I'd completely taken it... Michael Johnston
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Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop

DPReview News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 21:01

Photoshop turns 25 today, and Adobe is marking the occasion with a look back at the software's humble roots, along with a chance for users under the age of 25 to take control of the company's Instagram handle for two weeks. Short of supplying its subscribers with complimentary birthday cake, the company has put together some entertaining graphics comparing Photoshop's icons, toolbars and splash screens for a short trip down the digital memory lane. Read more

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Marumi introduces fixed and variable neutral density filters, including ND100,000 for solar shooting

DPReview News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 14:34

Japanese filter brand Marumi has introduced a collection of neutral density filters for its DHG (Digital High Grade) range including fixed density strengths of ND 8, 16, 32 and 64 as well as a variable ND filter with a range of ND 2.5-500. The company has also announced a ND filter for shooting solar eclipses. Read more

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Astropad turns iPad into drawing tablet for Mac

DPReview News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:46

Two former Apple engineers have just launched Astropad, an app for Apple's iPad and Mac computer that turns the former into a drawing tablet for the latter. It works with most styluses, and allows use of applications like Photoshop for image retouching and editing with more precision. Read more

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You Can't Take The Same Picture Twice

The Online Photographer - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:39
You might remember Carl Weese's beautiful platinum-palladium print of the white church, from last September's sale. Just a gorgeous example of fine printmaking. (I guess you'll remember all right if you bought one—this print will be going up on the... Michael Johnston
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HDR Madness!!

The Online Photographer - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:31
I think this is the most heavily HDR'd shot I've ever made. Still, it looks right to me, in the larger version at least, and on my monitor. I'd need to make a print to see if it really looks... Michael Johnston
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Brief Tech Q

The Online Photographer - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 09:48
Does anybody know what happens when you put a Zeiss 24mm ƒ/1.8 ZA on a Sony A7 II? [UPDATE: And the answer, you get about 10 MP in crop sensor mode, or a heavily vignetted cut-off circular image in FF... Michael Johnston
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Color and Black and White

The Online Photographer - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 09:10
I've thought about it some more, and here's where I come down: The problem with mixing color and black-and-white together is that color is so great it makes black-and-white look bad, and black-and-white is so great it makes color look... Michael Johnston
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