Tuesday, May 31, 2016

**** New Technology Report: New Patents filed for new lenses: Canon & Tamron *****

NEW TECHNOLOGY REPORT:

1- New Patent: Tamron 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 VC Full Frame Mirrorless Lens
2- New Patent: Canon EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6 Lens
3- Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens Review at DxOMark: Creative Contender
4-Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO Lens and E-PL8 Camera Coming at Photokina 2016.

As you know, this blog is the one place to keep up to the latest technology that is being introduced to the photographic world.  I am constantly trying to keep up to the latest in the newest things introduced by the photo world.  And every Wednesday, I bring you some of the latest things I have found.

Today:  Four new lenses announced by a variety of manufactures.  Two of these manufactures have filed for patents on their lenses.  You would think that all the patents would be done by now, they would just make better of what is already out there, but, here are all the details.  Maybe one of these will fit your camera:

New Patent: Tamron 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 VC Full Frame Mirrorless Lens

Tamron has filed a new patent for 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 VC lens, which is designed for full frame mirrorless camera.
Take a look at the patent details below translated by Google.
Patent Publication No. 2016-90745
  • Published 2016.5.23
  • Filing date 2014.10.31
Example 1
  • F-number = 3.61 The ~ 5.00 to 5.77
  • Focal length = 28.91 ~ 44.97 ~ 67.84mm
  • Half angle of view (ω) = 37.95 ~ 25.86 ~ 17.64 °

I believe this Tamron 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 VC lens will be welcomed by most of full frame mirrorless users.
And the rumor mill said that Tamron will announce a new SP 135mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens at Photokina 2016 in September.


New Patent: Canon EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6 Lens

The Current Canon EF 28-300 f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens

Canon has filed a new patent for the EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6 lens. This is a 20x optical formula super zoom lens designed for Canon full frame DSLRs. A few months ago Canon was allegedly working on the successor to the current EF 28-300 f/3.5-5.6L IS lens. And this EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6 lens should be the replacement for the EF 28-300 f/3.5-5.6L IS lens.
Take a look at the patent details below translated by Google.
Patent Publication No. 2016-80973
  • Published 2016.5.16
  • Filing date 2014.10.21
Example 1
  • Zoom ratio 18.78
  • Focal length 28.80 139.49 540.91
  • F-number 2.88 4.77 5.88
  • Half angle of view (degrees) 36.91 8.82 2.29
  • Image height 21.64
  • The total lens length 298.13 341.13 398.13
  • BF 44.99 76.94 116.58
  • Close range 700mm
  • The effective diameter of the front lens 109.04mm
  • Lens configuration 15 group 21 sheets
  • Aspherical surface 7 five
  • UD 1 sheet
  • Positive and negative grain positive and negative polarity of the 6-group zoom

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens Review at DxOMark: Creative Contender
Side note from me:  If  you have ever seriously looked at a Zeiss lens, you can't help but drool a bit over the quality of the lens.  You can just see it.  And everyone, even other camera owners wishes they could just try it once.   This lens would be incredible to own, for sure.

DxOMark published their full review and test results for the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 FE lens. Tested on Sony a7R, the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens earned an DxOMark score of 39 points, with a combination of 27 P-Mpix Sharpness, 1.8 TStop Transmission, 0.4% Distortion, -2.3 EV Vignetting and 5μm Chr.aberration.
Conclusion from DxOMark:
While not cheap, the $1,199 Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 offers good value for money, considering the solid Zeiss construction, features, and performance. On the A7R, it’s not quite as sharp as the similarly-priced Sony FE 90mm f/2.8, but sharpness is still very good. What’s more, with improved light transmission thanks to that faster f/1.8 maximum aperture, the Zeiss lens is better suited for low-light event photography, as well as creative portraiture, over the Sony. We can’t wait to pit the Zeiss Batis 85mm and the Sony FE 90mm against the new Sony 85mm f/1.4GM just as soon as we get one in the lab.
Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO Lens and E-PL8 Camera Coming at Photokina 2016

Olympus will announce the new 30mm f/3.5 macro lens in the next few weeks. Besides this 30mm f/3.5 macro lens, it is highly likely that Olympus will announce a new 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens and E-PL8 camera at Photokina 2016 in September.
The detaied specs, announcement date and price info of the upcoming Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens are still unknown. But the PRO series lenses are freezeproof, splashproof, and dustproof.

The new Olympus E-PL8 camera will feature 16MP micro four thirds sensor and it will come in three colors (black, white, light brown). It will replace the current Olympus E-PL7 and it is expected to be announced along with the Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens at Photokina 2016.
Stay tuned for more info

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

++Weekend Edition: FUNNY & INTERESTING PICTURES / PART 2 ++

Weekend Edition:

Funny pictures,
Interesting pictures,
Entertaining pictures.
Let's just have fun this
weekend.... pictures.




Alright, it's time for the  weekend edition.  Time to find some photos that are just fun, interesting, just time to relax and enjoy life.  We get serious through the week, now I have found some fun things we can just enjoy.  So, a mix of both funny photos, and some really interesting photos for entertainment only.  ENJOY:


Won't the middle door need to be a bigger door than that?



You can get pretty creative when working with multiple exposures—layering images on top of other images to get some pretty unique and interesting shots. Lately there has been increasing interest in double exposure portraits, such as this one taken by photographer Austin Greene:


“No layering or blending of images or anything like that was done in Photoshop or any other editing software. The way it works is the first image is a silhouette, with your subject being mostly or entirely underexposed, then your second image fills those underexposed areas. The technique has been around since film days and is a ton of fun.” — Greene

Many modern DSLRs come equipped with a multiple exposure function that allows photographers to make these kinds of portraits right in camera. Greene took this shot with a Canon 6D. Toy cameras such as the Lomography Holga are also a popular way to create double exposures.

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Photography has always allowed us to document momentous events in history. In this photo, pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall greets a young chimpanzee named Flint in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream Game Reserve. Photographed by Hugo van Lawick, the photo series titled “New Discoveries Among Africa’s Chimpanzees” ran in the December 1965 issue of National Geographic:

After receiving her first research grant from National Geographic in 1961, Goodall dedicated 50 years of her life to the research and documentation of the social interactions of chimpanzees. She is said to be the only human who has been accepted into chimpanzee society. The image shows Goodall presenting the back of her hand with fingers pulled inwards, demonstrating a harmless greeting to the onlooking protective mother situated out of frame.

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Throughout photography’s history, mirrors have often been used to create spooky or magical effects. In the age of Photoshop, it can be difficult to tell if computers have been used to trick the viewer, or if the image was simply the work of a clever photographer. Today’s photo is just such an image. Photographer Laura Williams (who is also the model in the photo) titled it “Invisible” and, whether the image has been Photoshopped or not, it certainly begs the viewer to look closer and figure out what’s going on:

What do you think? How did Laura Williams create this evocative image?

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Showered in a powerful array of fiery orange sky and dramatic purple clouds, Washington, D.C.’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall comes off as brazenly proud in this photo–a stark contrast to its often dark and somber tone. The wall was designed by American architect Maya Lin in the 1980s and, from above, looks like a giant sobering scar carved into the grass. From ground-level, it is much quieter, and poignantly reflective:

Fitting for this weekend:
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial leading and the Washington Monument at sunrise. (Via Imgur. Click for larger size.)
The photo is a dazzling example of composition–the memorial feels endlessly reaching toward the ultimate goal, the Washington Monument, perfectly centered in the bottom third of the frame. The colors reflect sharply against the wall’s dark stone. The use of HDR is obvious but effective, and it’s typical of photographer Angela B. Pan‘s stark and often patriotic American style.

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Hope you enjoyed this Memorial Day Weekend's special edition of funny and interesting photos. 

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Friday, May 27, 2016

SPECIAL EDITION: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Yellowstone National Park :  One of the most unique and beautiful parks in the world !

Yellowstone National Park is actually one of the few National Parks that I have visited, so I can give you some personal experience with this place.  I do love to highlight all the National Parks, and will continue to highlight more for a couple of reasons:  1- these National Parks are so beautiful.  They only become National Parks because they have a special place in everyone's hearts as a place that needs to be reserved for their beauty.  Keep it so it is a place that we can just enjoy the surroundings of the land and it's wildlife and 2- a place to get away from the rigors of the every day world of the city.  We just need to find a place that is "away" from it all.  And these National Parks are just remote enough that you can really enjoy the quiet. 

Yellowstone is a very unique park in that it not only has very unique and beautiful scenery, but, has a huge variety of mysterious earth happenings that are so rare, and the world can get close to it.  Geysers, hot pots, boiling water or hot springs all at the surface.  To me it is like a volcano that has not come to a head.  As you go through this article and gallery, you will be amazed at the things this park has to offer and see.  This place holds such mystery of the earth that you can see and feel, it is almost scary. 

Let's take a look at what Wikipedia says about Yellowstone:

Yellowstone National Park is a national park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872.[4][5] Yellowstone, the first National Park in the U.S. and widely held to be the first national park in the world,[6] is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park.[7] It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is the most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion.
Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years.[8] Aside from visits by mountain men during the early-to-mid-19th century, organized exploration did not begin until the late 1860s. Management of the park originally fell under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior. However, the U.S. Army was subsequently commissioned to oversee management of Yellowstone for a 30-year period between 1886 and 1916.[9] In 1917, administration of the park was transferred to the National Park Service, which had been created the previous year. Hundreds of structures have been built and are protected for their architectural and historical significance, and researchers have examined more than 1,000 archaeological sites.
Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2),[1] comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges.[7] Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years.[10] Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism.[11] Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth's northern temperate zone.[12]
Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened.[7] The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants. Yellowstone Park is the largest and most famous megafauna location in the Continental United States. Grizzly bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in the park. The Yellowstone Park bison herd is the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States. Forest fires occur in the park each year; in the large forest fires of 1988, nearly one third of the park was burnt. Yellowstone has numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, boating, fishing and sightseeing. Paved roads provide close access to the major geothermal areas as well as some of the lakes and waterfalls. During the winter, visitors often access the park by way of guided tours that use either snow coaches or snowmobiles.



One thing I noticed that Wikipedia doesn't mention that I think is real unique about Yellowstone that I remember is that it also has the "continental divide" going through the park as well.  For those who aren't familiar with the continental divide, it is simply this:  the continent has rivers that either start at one part of the country and all go to the east side of the country, while on the other side of the divide, the rivers go to the west side of the continent.  That is the continental divide.  Hard to believe, you have to go all the way to the Rocky mountains before you get to the continental divide.  And it does go right through Yellowstone National Park.  You will also notice that this Park was the first National Park ever established in the United States.  I think it was because the people who saw it first were in shock of what they found there. 

Alright, it's time for pictures and explanations of this park.  Wildlife, waterfalls, geysers, and everything that the world wants to see in a park is right here.  Let's start with something real unique:

This grizzly bear wanted a carcass along the Lamar River all to himself, so when this wolf showed up the grizzly exploded into a full charge straight at it. The wolf wanted nothing to do with the charging grizzly and sprinted as fast has it could in the opposite direction! The chase lasted for several hundred yards until t...he grizzly was satisfied the wolf wouldn't come back. We were about three hundred yards away when we took this shot so it's quite grainy and blurry, but it still certainly "paints the picture". The Lamar Valley is sometimes called "America's Serengeti" because of all the amazing wildlife that inhabits this famous Yellowstone Park valley.


GRAY WOLF, YELLOWSTONE PARK
We snapped this shot of this gray wolf at Twin Lakes in Yellowstone National Park. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN A WOLF IN THE WILD?


GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is truly one of America's greatest natural treasures, and is without question a "must see" while vacationing in Yellowstone Park. Aside from the breath-taking grandeur of this magnificent canyon, Lower Falls takes this grandeur to even a higher level! Shown in this photo we snapped from Artist ...Point along the canyon rim, at 308 feet in height Lower Falls pours into the mouth of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and is the centerpiece of this iconic place.


BUFFALO (BISON) JAM, YELLOWSTONE PARK
These buffalo (bison) were taking their own sweet time crossing this bridge in Yellowstone Park. We were first in line...and by the time the "buffalo (bison) jam" was over, there were over 50 cars behind us. Gotta Love It! A Yellowstone Park vacation wouldn't be complete without having to sit through a "buffalo jam".


GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING, YELLOWSTONE PARK
We snapped this shot of Grand Prismatic Spring from a vantage point just off the trail heading for Fairy Falls. Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest hot spring in the world. Located in Midway Geyser Basin, this massive spring is 370 feet wide and 121 feet deep. The te...mperature is 160 degrees F. Without a doubt Grand Prismatic Spring is an iconic landmark of Yellowstone Park, and is a "must see" while visiting Yellowstone Park.


RIVER OTTER WITH CUTTHROAT TROUT, YELLOWSTONE
We were lucky enough to be there to watch this river otter catch a small cutthroat trout near Yellowstone Lake.


BULL ELK, YELLOWSTONE PARK
This bull elk was removing snow with his front hooves to get to the grass along this barren hillside between Mammoth and Tower Junction in Yellowstone Park. Winter isn't an easy time for these animals, and one can't help but think that they are looking forward to Spring


MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, YELLOWSTONE PARK
Unlike many of the other geothermal features in Yellowstone Park during the winter, Mammoth Hot Springs is open year round to wheeled vehicles. Located near the North Entrance at Gardiner Montana, Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the iconic of Yellowstone National Park, and is definitely a "must see" while visiting Yellowstone, no matter what the season


AUTUMN SUNSET ON YELLOWSTONE LAKE
A few days ago we enjoyed this spectacular sunset on Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. DID YOU KNOW that Yellowstone Lake is the largest fresh water lake over 7,000 feet in North America? At 7,732 feet above sea level, Yellowstone Lake spends over seven months each year covered in ice. In the next few weeks Yellowstone Lake will begin to freeze over, and it will remain frozen until June. The ice will reach over 3 feet in thickness. 


HAPPY 3RD & 4TH OF JULY: INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND!
We don't have a photo of fireworks, but this shot of Old Faithful erupting is even better! We snapped this shot from Observation Point...which is a great vantage point to view the entire Old Faithful Area. Old Faithful is one of the most recognized American Icons in the country, and is loved by not only Americans, but many folks around the world. What a great symbol for our great country!!


Yellowstone experiences thousands of small earthquakes every year, virtually all of which are undetectable to people. There have been six earthquakes with at least magnitude 6 or greater in historical times, including a 7.5‑magnitude quake that struck just outside the northwest boundary of the park in 1959. This quake triggered a huge landslide, which caused a partial dam collapse on Hebgen Lake; immediately downstream, the sediment from the landslide dammed the river and created a new lake, known as Earthquake Lake. Twenty-eight people were killed, and property damage was extensive in the immediate region. The earthquake caused some geysers in the northwestern section of the park to erupt, large cracks in the ground formed and emitted steam, and some hot springs that normally have clear water turned muddy.[51] A 6.1‑magnitude earthquake struck inside the park on June 30, 1975, but damage was minimal




HOW FAST CAN A GRIZZLY BEAR RUN?
Grizzly bears are extremely fast. In fact, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a full grown grizzly bear can reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour for short ranges (200 to 400 yards), which is faster than a race horse. Yellowstone Park scientist have clocked a grizzly bear at 25 to 28 miles per hour for 2 solid miles,
... and they remarked that the bear was simply in a lumbering gait and hadn't even worked up a sweat. Other studies have shown grizzly bears to run at a steady pace of 30 miles per hour for over a quarter of a mile. And by the way, grizzly bears can run up hill as well as down hill. To put this in perspective, if a grizzly bear is half the length of a football field away (50 yards), it will be at your side in less than 3 seconds. HOW FAST CAN THE AVERAGE HUMAN RUN? According to the National Council on Strength and Fitness, the average human can run about 15 miles per hour for a relatively short distance (less than 100 yards). So what's the bottom line? You will never, ever, ever, outrun a grizzly bear. So obviously the best thing to do is avoid a problem with a grizzly bear


A geyser / mud pot.  Because these come out of the earth, sometimes the smell of these reminds you of boiled eggs, or sometimes worse, like rotten boiled eggs.  But, it is a good thing that they are pretty, and worth the trip.


About thirty-five natural forest fires are ignited each year by lightning, while another six to ten are started by people— in most cases by accident. Yellowstone National Park has three fire lookout towers, each staffed by trained fire fighters. The easiest one to reach is atop Mount Washburn, though it is closed to the public. The park also monitors fire from the air and relies on visitor reports of smoke and/or flames.[111] Fire towers are staffed almost continuously from late June to mid-September— the primary fire season. Fires burn with the greatest intensity in the late afternoon and evening. Few fires burn more than 100 acres (40 ha), and the vast majority of fires reach only a little over an acre (0.5 ha) before they burn themselves out.[112] Fire management focuses on monitoring dead and down wood quantities, soil and tree moisture, and the weather, to determine those areas most vulnerable to fire should one ignite. Current policy is to suppress all human caused fires and to evaluate natural fires, examining the benefit or detriment they may pose on the ecosystem. If a fire is considered to be an immediate threat to people and structures, or will burn out of control, then fire suppression is performed.[113]



1988 started with a wet spring season although by summer, drought began moving in throughout the northern Rockies, creating the driest year on record to that point. Grasses and plants which grew well in the early summer from the abundant spring moisture produced plenty of grass, which soon turned to dry tinder. The National Park Service began firefighting efforts to keep the fires under control, but the extreme drought made suppression difficult. Between July 15 and 21, 1988, fires quickly spread from 8,500 acres (3,400 ha; 13.3 sq mi) throughout the entire Yellowstone region, which included areas outside the park, to 99,000 acres (40,000 ha; 155 sq mi) on the park land alone. By the end of the month, the fires were out of control. Large fires burned together, and on August 20, 1988, the single worst day of the fires, more than 150,000 acres (61,000 ha; 230 sq mi) were consumed. Seven large fires were responsible for 95% of the 793,000 acres (321,000 ha; 1,239 sq mi) that were burned over the next couple of months. A total of 25,000 firefighters and U.S. military forces participated in the suppression efforts, at a cost of 120 million dollars. By the time winter brought snow that helped extinguish the last flames, the fires had destroyed 67 structures and caused several million dollars in damage.[53] Though no civilian lives were lost, two personnel associated with the firefighting efforts were killed.
Contrary to media reports and speculation at the time, the fires killed very few park animals— surveys indicated that only about 345 elk (of an estimated 40,000–50,000), 36 deer, 12 moose, 6 black bears, and 9 bison had perished. Changes in fire management policies were implemented by land management agencies throughout the United States, based on knowledge gained from the 1988 fires and the evaluation of scientists and experts from various fields. By 1992, Yellowstone had adopted a new fire management plan which observed stricter guidelines for the management of natural fires.[53]


If Winter could be classified as beautiful, then this is the place.  Tourists have found there way here in the winter
by way of snowmobile and any other way they can to see the beauty of winter. 


And of course, you can't help falling in love with the scenery, right?


So, I hope you have enjoyed this gallery of photos and information about Yellowstone.  One quick personal story of Yellowstone:  One time when my family was visiting Yellowstone, I, as a photographer was amazed at the beautiful scenery there.  But, I noticed the tourists seemed more fascinated by the wildlife.  Every time you saw a huge crowd of cars, you would bet that they were all gathered around looking at the wildlife.  Well, one time I was driving through the park, saw this beautiful meadow, and I pulled over to take a picture of the scenery in front of me.  Breathtaking scenery, I thought.  Get my camera settings and polarizing filter all set, and all of a sudden I see about 10 cars pull up and they are all wondering what animal I am taking pictures of.  "I am taking a picture of this beautiful scenery. I am not taking pictures of any animals now".  And they all looked at me like I was some kind of weirdo.  Well, photographers have a lonely life, thank heavens.   Enjoy the beauty of this wonderful National Park.  You have it all.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: MAY 26TH, 2016

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

MAY 26TH, 2016


I know I say this every week, but, it must be true then.  This week's Photos of the Week are absolutely incredible.  Every time I collect these photos, I think, I just wish I was in the right place at the right time.  But, it just takes practice of looking for the right photo opportunity, and practicing your skills.  So, that is how we learn from these photos.  So, enjoy these amazing photos:


Photo from the International Garden Photographer of the Year award.


"Icelandic Pastoralla"  taken by Erez Marom


Photo taken by Jason Charles Hill


Editors Choice from Fuji Love
Photo taken by Andre Heid


Nov. 16, 2015: Migrants traveling on a Turkish boat arrived near the village of Skala, on the Greek island of Lesbos. The boat's owner delivered some 150 people to the Greek coast and tried to escape back to Turkey; he was arrested in Turkish waters.

Photo taken by  Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times


Street Portrait, Mandaly, Myanmar
By Massimo Cuomo Photography


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There is this week's "Photos of the Week"  Amazing, right?  I hope you will look at these closely and see the reason these are award winners.  I want to congratulate this week's winners.  Your talent is incredible.  Thank you so much.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

*** New Technology Report: Olympus introduces camera to compete with GoPro ! ****

NEW TECHNOLOGY REPORT:

1- Olympus introduces camera to compete with the "GoPro" 



Olympus TG-Tracker
The TG-Tracker uses a more traditional action camera design rather than the compact camera form-factor
Olympus has been a leader in the traditional rugged compact market for some time, but with the new TG-Tracker the company hopes to appeal to action cam fans. Waterproof down to 100 feet, dustproof, shockproof for falls up to seven feet, and able to operate in temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, the TG-Tracker is also crushproof in up to 220 pounds of force. It has a 13.9mm-equivalent f/2 lens that boasts a 204-degree angle of view, though that drops to 161 degrees when you turn on image stabilization. In underwater mode, that drops to 156 degrees (126 degrees with IS), and with the included underwater lens protector in place and shooting underwater, the angle of view decreases to 94 degrees (84 degrees with IS enabled).

As the camera’s name indicates, it can track and record your location, amongst other details about the shots. The built-in GPS is compatible with both the GLONASS and QZSS satellite systems and is complimented by a barometric-pressure sensor to monitor altitude and depth, a temperature sensor that also works underwater, an electronic compass, and an accelerometer that can be used to place bookmarks in video footage so you can jump straight to the moment you take off or land in videos of activities such as snowboarding or mountain biking.
As is usually the case with action cams, the TG-Tracker is made with an emphasis on video capture. The 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor only has approximately 8MP, giving it just enough pixels to capture 4K video and the camera includes Olympus’s TruePic VII for 4K image processor. Still capture also top out at 8MP in a 16:9 aspect ratio. In addition to the underwater lens protector, the TG-Tracker comes with a grip to help capture steadier footage. Also, since you won’t find much light if you dive 100 feet underwater, there’s an LED lamp located just above the camera lens that can also be used when shooting on land, or just as a flashlight.
In case you’re wondering how you might view all of the data collected by the TG-Tracker, Olympus has a new app called Olympus Image Track that connects to the camera’s built-in WiFi so you can look at all of your log data while you browse your photos or videos. The camera also works with the Olympus Image Share app so you can transfer what you’ve captured to a smart device for sharing or operate the camera remotely from that smart device.
The TG-Tracker is expected to hit stores in June, will be available in either green or black, and should cost about $350.

This article courtesy of Popular Photography magazine.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: TIPS AND TRICKS

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY:

TIPS AND TRICKS

Learn how to make your travel photos
more exciting, more fun to look at,
more artistic:

So, it's getting that time of year to plan on vacations.  What are you going to do this summer?  Where are you going?  What should you bring?  What types of pictures do I want to take?  Do I take time to take the kind of pictures I really want to take?  So many questions come to mind as you plan your vacations.  So, here are some tips that should help you to make your vacation plans easier, and plan your trip to include the right equipment and plan how to take better photos.   Every time I go on an adventure, I think in my mind that I am just going to take some photos of the most incredible scenery, or run into the most incredible wildlife, and if I don't plan for that, I will miss the photo opportunity of a lifetime.  You will be in places that most people don't go.  Or if you are going to a tourist destination, how can you take  photos that are different than everyone else's.  Every time I go to, say, Disneyland or some resort like that, they have "Photo stops"  or places to take the photo that everyone else takes.  Not me.  I want to take the most incredible photo someplace else that they aren't going to tell me I have to take.  That is my first goal.  If I go hiking in the mountains, my radar is up looking for the way light goes through trees, the opportunity to see wildlife, to have the camera ready in case that happens.  So, here are other tips on photography that are standard rules that we all need to just keep in mind as we travel:

1--  BE COMMITTED:

monk buddhist text scroll ancient study monastery

In general. You can’t expect to become a successful travel photographer, I’Anson says, if you’re unwilling to sacrifice the time, finances, and comfort necessary to make photography your number one priority during your travels.
“Nothing gets higher priority than being in the right place at the right time all of the time —not food, not sleep, not comfort, not family, not friends, nothing,” said I’Anson. “This is because it’s one thing to take the occasional good photo, but it’s quite another to take consistently creative images day after day in all sorts of environments [and] in all sorts of conditions.”
2- THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX:

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If you choose to photograph a popular tourist attraction or landmark, don’t stand where the trigger-happy tourists are standing. Think outside the box. Change viewpoints to get a higher or lower perspective, revisit the location at a different time of day, or set up camp and wait for something out-of-the-ordinary to happen. I’Anson believes that it’s always possible to “defy automation” and set your images apart if you’re willing to put in the work to create something unique.
“Great photos… are unique moments in time captured by photographers who can see, select, and organize the elements before them into a visually cohesive and unique composition and then translate that vision onto the sensor,” said I’Anson. “You need to work through a series of decisions regarding exposure, composition, and light… [this] produces unique images and allows individuality to shine through
3- SELECT YOUR GEAR STRAGICALLY:

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Savvy travel photographers pack fairly lightly. Bring enough gear to ensure that you can shoot effectively in any situation, but not so much that you become burdened down or draw too much attention to yourself.
“You can expect to be out and about for hours at a time, all the while watching and waiting for that great shot,” said I’Anson. “So unless you have specific aims that demand a truckload of specialist equipment, I recommend that you keep your gear simple, accessible, and manageable.”

4- RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH:

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One of the keys to successful travel photography is being in the right place at exactly the right time. Performing meticulous research in advance of your trip will prepare you to navigate your destination effectively, make you aware of photo-worthy locations and special events in the area, and greatly enhance your ability to predict where you should be and when you should be there.
As you research, create an ideal “shot list” of all of the areas and landmarks you want to visit and photograph during your trip, and plan your sunset and sunrise shoots. This will make it easier for you to organize your priorities according to the length of your visit.
“Research and planning go a long way to getting you to the right place at the right time more often than not,” said I’Anson. “The more time you have, the more opportunities you give yourself to photograph subjects in the best light… sometimes just a few extra minutes can make all the difference.”

5- PLAN, BUT LEAVE TIME FOR WANDERING:

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While creating your photography itinerary, be sure to dedicate time windows to exploring the city without any particular agenda. Visit landmarks you’re interested in seeing, browse through shops and markets, and talk to locals. During this time, you’re bound to stumble across photogenic moments and discover locations that you should to revisit in better light.
“I always know where I’m going and what I’m photographing in the couple of hours around sunrise and sunset when the light is at its best,” said I’Anson. “Having said that, I always allow time just to wander and discover new things for myself because very often, the most satisfying photos come on these unstructured walks".
6-  PATIENTLY WATCH AND WAIT:
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One of the key characteristics of successful travel photographers is that, when they identify a promising photo opportunity, they’re willing to wait with infinite patience for the right time of day or the right circumstances in order to capture the most visually appealing and dynamic images.

As you explore your destination, incessantly analyze your surroundings. Try to predict when photogenic moments might take place, and if things don’t line up right then, be willing to wait around or revisit the location when the situation improves.
“Very few really good photographs are the result of random machine gun fire technique or accidentally being in the right place at the right time,” I’Anson said. “If possible, wait… whether it’s a matter of seconds for an action to occur, a couple of hours for the weather to change, or revisiting a location at the best time of day, the quality of your images will improve dramatically.”
7- SET UP QUICKLY TO CAPTURE FLEETING MOMENTS:
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      I’Anson emphasizes the importance of knowing your gear so well that you can get ready to shoot in a matter of seconds. Practice quickly adjusting ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, operating your flash, changing lenses and filters, setting up your tripod, mounting your camera, and attaching your shutter release cable until you have the process down to an art.
“Many photo opportunities don’t repeat themselves,” said I’Anson. “Missing the moment because you’re trying to figure out how the camera works is frustrating and avoidable.”
8- UNDERSTAND ISO, APERTURE, AND SHUTTER SPEEDS REALLY WELL:

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Understanding and mastering the basics of photography, such as how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture work together to determine an image’s exposure, clarity, and compositional effectiveness, will allow you to create engaging images with full creative control.
“Get to know your gear so that the mechanics of taking a photograph become second nature,” said I’Anson. “Use the settings as creative tools that control the mood, quality, and feel of the photograph rather than just as a technical necessity.”

9- OBEY THE RULE OF THIRDS:
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Each time you compose an image, imagine a two vertical and two horizontal lines that break the image up into nine sections. In most cases, placing the main subject onto one of the points where these gridlines intersect will result in an effective composition.
“Aim to place the point of interest away from the center of the frame,” said I’Anson. “If you’re taking a portrait, for example, the subject is the person’s face and the point of interest would be his or her eyes. In the landscape, the point of interest may be the peak of a mountain, [so] place the peak on one of the intersections".

10- DRAW ATTENTION TO THE MAIN SUBJECT:
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The goal of every composition should be to draw the viewers’ eye to the main subject, whether this is a face, the peak of a mountain, or a person wearing a vibrant red jacket in a sea of blue clothing. Varying your point of view or camera orientation, using the rule of thirds, and eliminating distracting elements through your focusing choices are all effective ways to guide viewers to focus on your main subject… assuming you know what your main subject is.
“Successful images have a point of interest,” said I’Anson. “It’s probably the thing that caught your eye in the first place. Good compositions leave no doubt as to the subject of the photograph.”

11- SHOOT IN RAW AND LEARN YOUR EDITING SOFTWARE:

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If you want to succeed as a professional travel photographer, you need to be shooting in RAW if you want to leverage the full capabilities of your equipment. This becomes especially important if you’re planning to display or reproduce your work in large formats. Since RAW files require significant post processing, it’s also important to learn how to utilize your image editing software to its full potential.
“Being proficient with image editing software is a vital skill for the photographer,” said I’Anson. “Your investment in time, software, and computer equipment will be rewarded with the ability to bring your images to life and have total control over how they look.”

12- FIND THE RIGHT LIGHT:

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It’s not enough to understand how to operate your equipment. If you want to have any hope of commanding perfect creative control in all circumstances, you must understand light itself — namely, its direction, color, and quality. This is why many photographers gravitate toward shooting in the hours just after sunrise and just before sunset; at these times, the light is soft but potent, and its warmer tones flatters most subjects.”
“There’s light and then there’s the right light,” said I’Anson. “To be able to see light and to understand how it translates onto the sensor and how it impacts on your compositions is the final step in creating striking images.”

13- DEVELOP YOUR UNIQUE STYLE:

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As you learn how ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and other equipment settings affect your photographs and master your image editing software, you should start noticing patterns in the way that you compose and post-process images. If you hone these preferences effectively, you’ll begin to develop a unique style that will set your photographs apart from the work of others in your niche.
“There is no one single or correct composition for any given subject or scene and it’s often worth trying several different compositions,” said I’Anson. “Experience and practice will teach you how to create striking compositions quickly. Along the way, you’ll develop your own preferences and style.”

14- PRACTICE IN YOUR HOMETOWN:

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The best travel photographers honed their skills through practice and you must do the same — but you don’t have to travel to exotic locations to gain experience. Learn compositional techniques and get to know your equipment by photographing birds in your backyard. Roam the streets of your city asking locals if you can take their portraits. You’ll encounter the same types of lighting situations and circumstances as you would while traveling abroad.
“Planning and executing a shoot of your own city is a great way to practice your research skills, test your camera equipment, perfect your technique, develop your eye, and get a feel for changing light,” said I’Anson. “You’ll quickly get an insight into just how much walking you can expect to do, how many locations and subjects you can expect to photograph in a day, and how manageable your equipment is.”

15-  CRITIQUE YOUR WORK OBJECTIVELY:

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Whether you’re culling through the images you created during your professional travels or during a practice shoot you conducted in your hometown, be sure to study the photographs that don’t work out before you trash them. Critique these images objectively to figure out what you did wrong and don’t be afraid to ask a trusted third party to provide honest feedback if you need help identifying your mistakes. This will help you to avoid failure the next time you go out shooting.
“If you want your pictures to stand out, a disciplined assessment of your photographs will give them the best chance of catching people’s attention and being appreciated,” said I’Anson. “Study them to see what you did wrong and what you did right… [then] you can eliminate the causes of your failures and concentrate on the things that worked.”
While there are countless other viewpoints on becoming a stronger travel photographer, we think that I’Anson is on to something here with these 15 tips—especially his emphasis on fully committing to travel photography, rather than just taking photos while traveling when it’s convenient. Here’s to many amazing travel images to come!

I think this has been a very complete and special presentation on the "15 Valuable Secrets to Successful to Travel Photographers".  This has been originally presented and written by REBECCA BENNETT, with a lot of ideas from Richard I’Anson.  The photographs in this article were also by Richard I'Anson.  For more details about being the best travel photographer check out this link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZoXxFck9Rk
Also, thanks to PictureCorrect for their endless talent in providing these articles.



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