Point and shoot large format camera? Want!
I suppose the old SpeedGrafix were sort of point and shoot in the same fashion though this one looks a lot smaller and tidier.
This camera looks pretty amazing if it comes to be!
Justin Lundquist and Ben Syverson of Wanderlust Cameras are working on a point-and-shoot that shoots on 4x5 film.
If you’re not familiar with 4x5, it’s the equivalent of shooting super high-resolution photos on film. 4x5 cameras are normally huge and heavy, but this guy’s about the size of a DSLR and weighs even less than one!
Travelwide, a Point-and-Shoot That Shoots on 4x5 Film
Gah! The mother of all dolly zooms. 10 seconds of this and you’ll be feeling queesy. Still though, it’s very interesting to see the effect of perspective.
Get a giant telephoto lens.
Start zoomed all the way out.
Step back a few feet and zoom in so the object is the same size.
Or it’s witchcraft and we need to set this photographer on fire.
apollo, 2012 (by p r i m e r)
Just the moon, clear sky and an airplane with trails. Doesn’t anything else.
Some awesome film photography shots here. Narrow DOF, bokeh and simplistic. Click the picture to have a look at more.
They seem a tiny bit telephoto. Not wide but still got a lot of perspective. I’ll have to grab my 35mm Nikon and my 85mm F/1.4 and have a faff.
Those pylons in that featureless snowy field is fantastic. So minimal.
Nikon has announced it’s new D7100 DSLR. I’ve got the D7000 and think it’s pretty much all I need unless I became full time pro (and even then there’s no pro Nikon that is better in absolutely every single way. All of them have something or other that’s not as good/missing from the D7000).
From what I can see the biiiiiigggg changes are:-
- 24MP (up from 16MP)
- 1.3x crop function…
So basically they give you 1/3 more megapixels and then a function to then crop most of them away… They are touting in camera crop as a feature! I won’t be bothering to buy it that’s for sure.
Truly amazing. Seeing the moon filling the frame moving in real time makes your hair stand on end. It’s surprising how fast the moon actually moves through the sky.
Moonwalk … and Ripples
I love it when a gorgeous video can help deliver a science lesson. This clip from Reel Water Productions shows Dean Potter walking a highline over Cathedral Peak with a rising lunar disk behind him. It’s a breathtaking feat, captured in breathtaking beauty. Go ahead and watch it two or three times in HD like I know you want to.
Did you notice how the Moon was sort of rippling like a mirage? When we view astronomical objects through the Earth’s atmosphere, their light has to pass through a huge amount of air (at least 100 km worth). Tiny thermal and wind currents in that air distort the nice even waves of light into turbulent ones. When those crooked waves hit our eyes, it appears to us as ripples (since the waves themselves actually change their direction ever so slightly). Although not precisely related to refraction (which does happen in the atmosphere), you can imagine this kind of like the distortions that happen when the still surface of a pond is interrupted by a thrown pebble.
This effect can really mess up ground-based telescope images, although corrective optics and computers can help. Just watch this zoom of a lunar crater wobble:
Telescopes like Hubble and the upcoming James Webb Telescope avoid this problem completely by getting their images from above the atmosphere!
Anyway, that’s enough about the science. Any more talk of ripples and Dean might start wobbling on that highwire up there :)
I like these kind of pictures. The blood red sun set shining on the high clouds. A little bit unusual this one with being taken by a quite long telephoto lens.
Who would have thought 20 years ago we would be saying “Wow. You forget how lucky we are” when looking at pictures taken in an American city.