Prairie Wind 16K HDR video was created using two Canon EOS 5DS cameras

DP Review News - Sat, 17/11/2018 - 19:25

Cinematographer Martin Lisius has detailed the creation of a 16K 15,985 x 5792 pixels HDR video titled "Prairie Wind." The video was published on Vimeo, though the online version of the video is limited to 8K. According to Lisius, the project involved two Canon EOS 5DS cameras with Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art lenses and a custom-built calibrated mount.

"Prairie Wind" showcases weather over America's Great Plains, according Lisius, who explains in the video description, "I’m fortunate to have grown up on the Great Plains of America where I can touch the sky often. A storm there can transform you ... Finding new ways to convey this experience to others is important to me."

The project involved four months of shooting footage across six Great Plains states and another three months of processing. Lisius estimates "Prairie Wind" contains around 6,100 16K images that were stitched using an 8-core Mac Pro workstation. "Making this short film taught me Jedi-like patience," Lisius said.

Full details on the creation process can be found in the video's description on Vimeo. Samples of the full 16K resolution are available to download for free through file-sharing site WeTransfer and licensing is available through Storm Stock.

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Pet project: Amsterdam's animal photographer – in pictures

As the Dutch capital’s first official pet portraitist, Isabella Rozendaal has created an eye-catching portfolio of animal photography. Here we show some highlights.

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Meet Amsterdam’s official pet photographer

Isabella Rozendaal realised there was something missing from Amsterdam’s population archive. She tells of her life – and new book – as the city’s first official pet portraitist

• See a gallery of Isabella Rozendaal’s photographs

In 2016, the photographer Isabella Rozendaal convinced Amsterdam’s city archives that a significant portion of the city’s inhabitants were being unfairly snubbed. Rozendaal was born in Amsterdam, and, when she is not travelling on assignment, she still lives there. Like other Amsterdammers, she considers the archives an invaluable resource – the public collection of historical documents (drawings, films, maps, photographs) is the largest in the world – but whenever she visited she always sensed something was missing. “Pets are a huge part of Amsterdam’s population,” Rozendaal says, “but they were totally underrepresented. My plan was to photograph the pets.”

Rozendaal began photographing animals in 2006, during her last year of art school. (She studied at the Royal Academy of Art, in The Hague.) To sharpen her documentary skills, she visited a dog show, where she was drawn not just to the animals but to candid moments shared between the pets and their owners. Rozendaal asked a couple of owners if she could visit them later, at home. She wanted to better understand how pet and owner interacted out of the public eye. “I just thought these people were so fascinating,” she says. “And I found this wonderful obsession.”

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Observer archive - Jean Cocteau, November 1950

Jane Bown’s first trip to Paris resulted in this memorable portrait of the French artist and writer.

This portrait was taken the year after Jane Bown joined the Observer. In 2000 she recalled “This was my first trip to Paris. I did a deal with the paper that if they sent me and a friend, I would come back with four pictures. My friend wore a red hat and I wore a green one.”

Jane couldn’t recall who the other three subjects were but she never forgot Cocteau.

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Recycling the old masters – in pictures

Dutch artist Suzanne Jongmans creates photographs that echo the old masters, but with a modern twist: she crafts intricate costumes using recycled plastics, old blankets and used packaging. Jongmans finds inspiration in painters such as Jan van Eyck, Rembrandt and Holbein, whose level of detail she aims to replicate. “When you look at the old masters, you can really see the time that is put into the paintings,” she says. “And that fits with the method I developed.” There is an implicit environmental message in her work but, she says, her primary objective is giving a new life to these old materials. “I’m a collector mostly – I collect all kinds of things, like blankets, wool, things from nature. And I would like all these materials to tell a story.”

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DPReview TV: Nikon Z7 review

DP Review News - Sat, 17/11/2018 - 14:00

The Nikon Z7 is the company's first full frame mirrorless camera, and one that presented Nikon with a stiff challenge: how to build a mirrorless camera that could measure up to its own DSLRs and deliver a familiar experience to Nikon users. Chris and Jordan have used the camera for the past couple of months and tell us whether they think Nikon succeeded.

Editor's note: In order to fully cover the Z7's new video capabilities, we will be publishing a separate video focused entirely on the camera's video features and performance.

Also, make sure to read our in-depth review of the Nikon Z7.

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The 20 photographs of the week

The migrant caravan in Mexico, wildfires in California, the armistice centenary and a symbolic funeral prayer for Jamal Khashoggi – the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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Friday Feature: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest entries

DP Review News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 22:26
2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Brian Hammonds / National Geographic Photo Contest


Rock climbers can be seen from Bukhansan's Peak outside of Seoul, South Korea. The size of the South Korean mega-city is hard to imagine without visiting.

National Geographic has shared the first collection of entries from its 2018 photography contest. The photographs, which fall under the categories of 'wildlife, people, and places' showcase beautiful scenes and subjects from all over the world. To see more editor-selected entries, head over to National Geographic's website.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Photo Contest


On the Carpathian mountains in the region of Bran village i found this authentic shepherd. His name is Nea DAN. It was a real joy to listen to his life story as a shepherd .

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Photo Contest


Fundatura Ponorului is a remote village from Transylvania in the Carpathian mountains where people have been living in harmony with nature for hundreds of years . The main activity is animal breeding. The hay gathering is the main activity that takes place during the summer and is the main source of food for animals during winter time .

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Yaron Schmid / National Geographic Photo Contest


We spotted a pride of lions sleeping on top of the kopjes in the Serengeti, and as we got closer to the rocks, we saw that there were quite a few cubs in that pride. The best moment was when 3 of the young cubs started chasing, playing and biting their mom's tail as if they were kittens that were playing with yarn. I can't remember when was the last time that I laughed so hard as I did watching these guys.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Mo Wu / National Geographic Photo Contest


Wanaka Tree is the most famous tree in New Zealand. At a summer night, I captured the shadow of the tree in the golden moonlight on Wanaka Lake.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Marcus Hennen / National Geographic Photo Contest


A creative portrait of a little curious burrowing owl. This owl was pretty cute and sat on a small branch in a front yard. I cropped the photo a bit to support this moment of curiosity.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Istvan Ladanyi / National Geographic Photo Contest


The always watching eye of a black swan. I toke this shot as I noticed the sleeping black swan and he noticed me and open his deep ruby red eye. It was a magic moment because the contrast of the black feathers and the red eye catched me from the first time.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Laura Wood / National Geographic Photo Contest


It isn't always obvious - your identity as a mother. It's clouded by expectations, demands and sleep deprivation. For the most part, you live out your day and your duties behind doors with only children looking on who don't fully understand the sacrifices you make. Seven pm rolls around and you breathe a big breath as your children go to sleep, you pour a glass of wine and your identity changes again. Always a mother, but sometimes more than others.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Karen Donnelly / National Geographic Photo Contest


Taken in the rising morning aboard a hot air balloon, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Water buffalo scatter on the mara below.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Ana Luiza Sampaio / National Geographic Photo Contest


This picture was taken during the winter in the ancient city of Pingyao, province of Shaanxi, China. In this season, the skyline of Pingyao changes completely. The use of charcoal to heat up the houses makes the sky deeply smoggy. At the streets, the only color one can distinguish is the red from the national flags and lanterns of Chinese New Year. The dust and soot modify the life of the residents, who strive daily to cope with the cold and the air pollution.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Alison Langevad / National Geographic Photo Contest


'Sporting a new look' These rhinos were dehorned in an effort to save them from poachers. The poaching of rhinos in South Africa has reached crisis level.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Roger Chen / National Geographic Photo Contest


A quiet moment backstage as dancers of the classical Indian Kuchipudi dance form, which is focussed on rhythmic hand gestures and eye movements, support each other in preparation for the performance.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Vladimir Kushnarev / National Geographic Photo Contest


The family of nomadic herders living at the Polar Urals. Father and son Tiberi.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Leighton Lum / National Geographic Photo Contest


Recently the Kilauea volcano erupted causing thousands of gallons of lava to flow into the ocean. It was an incredible sight to witness such power of this eruption!

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest (Week 1 and 2 entries)

Photo and Caption by Camille Niel/ National Geographic Photo Contest


A Salt evaporation pond located in Yucatan, Mexico. This pink color come from the plankton, shrimps and roots of red plants

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When Tillmans met Britten: a radical War Requiem – in pictures

The Turner prize-winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has collaborated with ENO to design the set for Benjamin Britten’s devastating war piece. Here are his exclusive images of the production

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Rhino Arc II 4-axis robotic camera system supports 15lb camera payloads

DP Review News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 20:08

Rhino has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new Rhino Arc II, a "robotic camera assistant" designed to replace a fluid head. The Arc II features a 4-axis motorized head with support for both tripods and the Rhino Slider, as well as up to 6.8kg/15lbs of camera equipment. Users have both joystick and mobile control options.

Rhino Arc II supports LightLapse, Interview, Keyframe, and Rack modes for smooth camera movements in a variety of filming scenarios. The robotic assistant supports Rhino Focus and the High Torque & High Speed Motor as optional tools for expanded capabilities.

The system is also backwards compatible with the Rhino EVO Motor and Slider EVO. When used with an optional Rhino Power dummy battery, Arc II offers integrated power output for mirrorless and DSRL cameras. Other features include an integrated 501 plate receiver, an OLED screen, and a pan motor for motorized mounting.

Rhino is offering the Arc II to Kickstarter backers who pledge at least $960 USD, a $240 discount over the anticipated retail price. The campaign also offers other rewards for backers, including the Rhino Slider Carbon, Slider Pro, and Rhino Arc II + Slider bundles. Shipping is expected to start in May 2019. To dine out more information and to make a pledge, head over to the Kickstarter campaign.

Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there's always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

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Skylum partners with EyeEm to launch global photography scholarship

DP Review News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 17:38

Software company Skylum and mobile image sharing community EyeEm have teamed up and launched a global photography scholarship that is open to anyone interested in photography. Skylum Software will be supporting 10 artists on the EyeEm platform with $10,000 to help them focus on their photography.

In addition the selected photographers will be able to create editing presets for the Skylum Luminar software. The presets will be available to purchase on the Luminar marketplace as part of a special collection. Revenue from preset sales will be shared 1/3 with the artists.

Skylum CEO Alex Tsepko said: “Our focus has always been to provide artists with the best photo enhancement tools, and collaborating with a creative community like EyeEm to empower next generation of creatives is just a natural fit”.

If you want to apply for the scholarship you'll need an EyeEm acccount, have an impressive portfolio, and convince the decision makers that your work is standing out. Submissions are open from now until December 2. You'll find more information and the submission form on the EyeEm website.

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William Goldman, Butch Cassidy and Princess Bride screenwriter – a life in pictures

The veteran Hollywood screenwriter, who won Oscars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men, has died aged 87. We look back over his life and career in photographs

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iPhone X bug lets hackers steal deleted photos

DP Review News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 15:38

If you have any particularly embarrassing or otherwise compromising photos on your iPhone you might want to think twice about how to keep them from being discovered by someone else. Simply deleting them might not be enough.

A vulnerability allowing hackers to access deleted photos and other files on the iPhone X was discovered by two researchers this week at the Pwn2Own hacking contest for finding iOS and Android bugs.

Richard Zhu and Amat Cama demoed the issue by connecting the iPhone X with iOS 12.1 to a malicious Wi-Fi network and exploiting a vulnerability in a so-called just-in-time (JIT) compiler which is designed to help iPhones to perform certain tasks faster.

The couple could then retrieve a photo from the Photo app's Recently Deleted album where images are stored for 30 days after you delete them from the camera roll. This feature allows users to recover deleted photos should they have a change of mind. Through the same method other files processed by the JIT compiler could be accessed as well.

Zhu and Cama received a $50,000 reward for their findings and Apple has been informed of the bug. According to Forbes, the issue has yet to be fixed, though.

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'If only we all took selfies like Warhol' – Andy Warhol/Eduardo Paolozzi review

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
From his lipsticked selfies to his troubling first world war work, Warhol shows there’s no end to his genius. Poor Paolozzi just can’t keep up

In 1963, just as pop art was getting famous, Andy Warhol, its coolest exponent, told an interviewer he painted the way he did because: “I want to be a machine.” It was a great line – and it makes a provocative title for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s stimulating juxtaposition of his work with that of the British pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi. If it had any truth, Warhol failed in his ambition: there is nothing remotely machine-like about his art. Emotion and desire beat through it as insistently as Lou Reed’s staccato rhythm guitar in I’m Waiting for the Man, by the Velvet Underground, the house band at Warhol’s studio.

One of the early drawings in this exhibition anticipates that song about addiction. Entitled The Nation’s Nightmare, it depicts a young man injecting heroin. Warhol drew it in 1951 to advertise a radio documentary series about America’s “social problems”. Yet it is in no way a hack job. There’s a sensuous compassion in his portrait of the youth, an empathy intensified by Warhol’s adoring delineation of his beautiful face. For years, biographers wrote about Warhol’s career as a commercial artist in New York in the 1950s as, at best, a preliminary to his real art. At worst, it was proof of his true nature as a commercial sellout. The superb selection of his 50s drawings makes that cynical view of him seem plain stupid.

Related: Pop's dark star: the return of Andy Warhol

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Hockney hits a new high and Spandau Ballet capture the cold war – the week in art

Hockney’s swimmer breaks a record, the Spands feel the chill and Fernand Léger imagines a female utopia – all in our weekly dispatch

Gainsborough’s Family Album
This artist who made a living profiling the rich painted some of his greatest portraits for himself, to record his love of his family.
National Portrait Gallery, London, until 3 February.

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Nikon D3500 sample gallery

DP Review News - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 14:00
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Nikon's D3500 DSLR is one of the best camera bargains out there, with a list price of $500 including a lens (and it will be even less on Black Friday). While it doesn't have Nikon's latest and greatest technology, this compact DSLR has a reliable 24MP sensor that produces impressive-looking photos. See how it captured tropical Kauai and chilly Seattle in our sample gallery.

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'I felt like I had seen the future': capturing east Asian megacities

Architectural photographer Cody Ellingham takes to the streets of Tokyo and Shanghai to reveal secrets old and new

With his moody night-time shots of urban environments, New Zealand-born photographer Cody Ellingham tries to tap into the current of a city, to travel forward into its future or retreat into the past.

Ellingham, a creative based in Tokyo, came to photography while travelling through northern Japan shortly after it was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Volunteering in the town of Otsuchi-Cho in Iwate, he was moved to capture on camera the foundations of buildings and towns that had been exposed in the disaster and streets that no longer existed. Shooting with a Sony a7RII camera fitted with specialist architectural lenses, he began sharing his work on Instagram as @cbje_tokyo in earnest in 2016.

Related: Quirky conveniences: the toilets of Tokyo – in pictures

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The Japanese beach that became an Instagram sensation

Chichibuga beach on Shikoku island was barely known until photographs of stunning sunsets started to appear on social media. Now visitors flock to capture images of the fiery sea and skies at dusk

People were running down the beach. Not for exercise but to get into position before the sun slipped below the horizon. I hurried along, swept up by the sense of urgency. Mini tripods were lined up on the sand at the water’s edge, and selfie sticks were held aloft. Groups of friends, silhouetted against the pink sky, were trying to synchronise their star jumps, while women instructed their boyfriends on exactly how to photograph them as they stared into the sea. One woman posed holding her pet dachshund. The entire beach was a mass Instagram shoot.

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Apec summit in Papua New Guinea begins – in pictures

Chinese president Xi Jinping has arrived in the capital of Port Moresby, the first of many foreign leaders attending the meeting

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Nikon issues new firmware update for the Nikon Z7

DP Review News - Thu, 15/11/2018 - 20:27

Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon Z7. Firmware version 1.02 is now available and brings a couple of fixes for Nikon's flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, including a flickering issue, an ISO selection problem, and an occasional crash that could occur when displaying certain Raw files.

Below is the full changelog of changes made in firmware version 1.02 for the Nikon Z7:

  • Fixed an issue that caused the display to flicker if pictures were scrolled during playback zoom after the user had taken pictures using the viewfinder with Prioritize viewfinder selected for monitor mode and then removed his or her eye from the viewfinder before starting playback.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Capture NX-D or ViewNX-i to crash when displaying NEF (RAW) pictures taken with the following options selected for HDR (high dynamic range) in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU:
    • HDR mode: On (series) or On (single photo)
    • Save individual images (NEF): On
  • Fixed an issue that allowed the camera to exceed the value chosen for ISO sensitivity settings > Maximum sensitivity in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU if it was from ISO 200 to 20,000 and On was selected for MOVIE SHOOTING MENU > Electronic VR.
  • Updated some help displays.

To see what firmware version is currently installed on a Nikon Z7 camera, turn on the camera, press the 'Menu' button, then go to 'Firmware Version' under the 'Setup Menu.'

If the camera needs an update, Nikon has provided a thorough guide and the accompanying download links on its Nikon Z7 firmware page. Nikon has also provided a detailed PDF explaining the firmware updating process.

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