Our next get together is the AGM on Friday 22 June 2018 at 19h00.
Our next club meeting is on Thursday 19 July 2018 at 19h00 Set Subject is: Long Exposure
In the previous articles in this series, I wrote about reaching Uummannaq in problematic conditions and about the better days that followed. For this final article, I'd like to tell you about my experience shooting Ilulissat and Disko Bay in winter.
I'm no stranger to Disko Bay. I've been traveling and guiding there for several years now, so I wasn't as excited about shooting there compared to Uummannaq. My visit was quite productive however, and sometimes surprising. Weather was problematic some of the time, with very heavy snow making it hard to shoot anything more than a few meters away. On the few days I could shoot, I had a very good time and produced some images I'm happy with.
Winter is a very good time to shoot travel scenes in Ilulissat. I'm a nature photographer but had commitments to sponsors, and thus had to try my skill at shooting non-nature scenes that they had asked for. This included shots of town and shots of dog sledding.
|Ilulissat harbor in winter. The boats are resting on sea ice.|
The dog sledding was done on a snowy day, which added a lot to the experience and also allowed me to easily isolate my subjects. To shoot the musher and dogs from above while moving I had to kneel as high as I could and shoot blindly, but it wasn't so hard after a few tries. I did almost fall a few times.
When it stopped snowing, my guide Jakob and I took a fast snowmobile and headed to Kangia Fjord. The drive was going great, and I was enjoying the complete white cover created by the heavy snow the previous day. And then… we got stuck in the snow. It appeared that it had snowed so heavily, the powder was over a meter deep and had no time to harden. After 2 hours trying to dig us out, we had to call for help. The upside was that we got stuck right at a frozen side-fjord which was packed full of beautiful icebergs embedded in sea ice.
I took advantage of the situation and of the white conditions to take some surreal images of the icebergs surrounded by turquoise sea-slush, which had been exposed when the currents had slightly moved the icebergs.
The thing I was most looking forward to was an iceberg sail. I had done it many times in summer, but in winter the bay is covered by a layer of slush, which might have prevented the sail from happening, but otherwise creates opportunity for very interesting photography.
I attended two sails. The first was a normal tourist sail, which I took together with many other visitors. The sail was good, but the boat stayed near the fjord. This is problematic since the really interesting and intricately-shaped icebergs are ones which had time to melt into those shapes, which means they are also ones that are farther in the bay (usually to the north). The tourist sail missed those entirely.
Finally, right before finishing the visit, I managed to get a boat for a few hours just for myself. I tried my best to use it wisely, since costs were high and time was short. I sailed north of Ilulissat, and managed to find some beautiful icebergs surrounded by frozen sea ice, which added a lot to the images. The sea ice also gave the open water a calm and reflective appearance, a relative rarity in Disko Bay.
I hope you've enjoyed this series and that it encouraged you to think of visiting Greenland in winter, and trying what it has to offer.
If you'd like to experience and shoot some of the most fascinating landscapes on earth with Erez as your guide, take a look at his unique photography workshops in Southern Iceland, Northern Iceland, The Lofoten Islands, Patagonia, Greenland in summer, Greenland in winter, Namibia the Faroe Islands and Ethiopia.
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Lomography is crowdfunding its latest film camera, the Diana Instant Square. According to the company, this is the first Instax-compatible camera with a hot-shoe mount and support for interchangeable lenses. Lomography designed this model to work with any of the lenses compatible with the Diana F+, as well as Fujifilm Instax Square film packs.
The new Diana Instant Square camera features a selfie mirror, detachable viewfinder, film counter, an unlimited multiple exposure mode, a bulb mode for keeping the shutter open, adjustable aperture (F11, F19, F32), and an "instinctive zone-focusing system" that toggles between 1 - 2m / 3.3 - 6.6ft, 2 - 4m / 6.6 - 13ft, and 4m/13ft to infinity. A wide variety of flashes can be used with the hot-shoe mount.
Buyers have the following lens choices:
Lomography is currently funding the Diana Instant Square camera on Kickstarter, where it is offering a single Classic unit for pledges of at least $69 USD, which is 30% off the anticipated retail price. The company is also offering a Special Edition of the instant camera for pledges of at least $77 USD. Shipping for backers is expected to start in December for Classic units and January 2019 for Special units.
Microsoft today announced a new AI-powered Visual Search function for its Bing search engine that will pretty much directly compete with Google Lens. Visual Search will let users search the web and shop online through pictures they have taken or selected from their camera roll.
For example, you can find out more about a landmark or flower by capturing it through the Bing app or uploading it from your device memory. Visual Search will then identify the object in question and provide web links you can explore further.
In the same way, you can shop for fashion items or furniture. If you see an object you like, take or upload a photo of it and the system will reply with shopping options and pricing for similar-looking items.
The Bing team says Visual Search will be continuously improved and expanded but the current version is available today in the Bing app for iOS and Android as well as Microsoft Launcher and the Microsoft Edge browser for Android. It'll also be soon available in Microsoft Edge for iOS and on Bing.com.
One of the biggest appeals of buying cameras, lenses and accessories online may no longer be around. As reported by the NY Times, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, has ruled states can now demand retailers to collect sales tax from online sales, regardless of the physical location of the business.
The ruling is the first time since 1992 that the Supreme Court has let states collect sales tax from retailers who don't have a physical presence within their borders.
'In Thursday’s ruling, the court effectively overturned a system that it created. In 1992, the court ruled in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota that the Constitution bars states from requiring businesses to collect sales tax unless they have a substantial connection to the state,' says the NY Times in its report. 'The Quill decision helped pave the way for the growth of online retail by letting companies sell nationwide without navigating the complex patchwork of state and local tax codes..
One of the best known instances of not having to pay sales tax on items in the photography world is B&H Photo. Based on the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, customers who live outside of the state of New York aren't required to pay sales tax on any gear purchased online at B&H. On a large-ticket item, such as Canon's $10,000 400mm F2.8 IS II lens, that saves a customer just over $887 dollars, based on New York's 8.875% sales tax rate.
If states are to follow through on putting in place this new ruling—the effects of which are immediate based on the Supreme Court's decision—the sales tax rate applied to purchases would vary from state to state, depending on where you're ordering from. It's worth noting four states don't charge sales tax, so this ruling shouldn't have any affect on purchases in Delaware, Montana, Oregon, and New Hampshire. Alaska is another state that doesn't charge sales tax, but Individual municipalities can choose to apply their own sales tax, up to 7.5 percent.
This ruling aside, 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia, apply what's called a 'use tax' to make up for lost sales tax from out-of-state purchases, be they online or in-person. So, legally, you should be claiming and paying the sales tax on any purchases you make online, unless you live in the states of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, or Oregon.
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A popular Instagram user based in Singapore has been caught passing stock images off as his own work. Daryl Aiden Yow, who has worked with many recognizable brands, was called out by Mothership, which highlighted a dozen examples of work he presented as his own. Following the report's publication, Mothership noted that Yow began deleting some images from his Instagram account and adding credits to others.
Yow, who currently has approximately 101,000 followers on Instagram, published an apology in recent hours alongside a plain black image. The statement states, in part:
The outrage regarding how I have conducted myself is justified and I accept full responsibility for my actions and all consequences that arise from those actions.
I was wrong to have claimed that stock images and other people’s work were my own. I was also wrong to have used false captions that misled my followers and those who viewed my images. Having marketed myself as a photographer, I fell far short of what was expected of me and disappointed those who believed—or wanted to believe—in me.
For all of that, I apologise.
As noted by BBC, Yow was listed on Sony's Singapore website as a Creative Ally; the company advised BBC that it is "looking into" the matter. Website MustShareNews reports that it spoke with Yow before his apology was published on Instagram. Yow allegedly told the website that he paid for stock images from providers like Shutterstock; others were acquired from Pinterest or other photographers.
Yow reportedly said that he would tag Pinterest or the photographers as image sources in his posts, though that claim has been called into question. In other instances, Yow said no credits were listed because they weren't required by the seller, according to MustShareNews. Brands were supposedly aware of Yow's use of stock images.
Regardless, Yow presented himself as a photographer on Instagram; he also worked with clients to host photography workshops where he taught others. It appears Yow has removed a few dozen images from his Instagram account, but critics point out that some images, such as this one with an obvious Photoshop blunder (acquired from Pinterest), still lack proper credit.
With its stand-alone IGTV video app Instagram had a big product announcement this week, but at the launch event in San Francisco the company had another milestone to talk about: after surpassing 800 million active users last September, Instagram has now reached the 1 billion mark.
After Messenger (1.3 billion), Whatsapp (1.5 billion) and Facebook itself (2.2 billion), this makes the mobile image sharing platform the fourth Facebook-owned social media app to reach this lofty number. When Instagram was taken over by Facebook in 2012, it had approximately 40 million users. The app's massive growth makes the 1 billion dollar price tag back then look like a very sound investment now.
It also shows that the recent privacy controversies around Facebook after the misuse of data belonging to 50 million of its users don't appear to have a lasting impact on the company's apps' and services' user numbers.
Chinese company Oppo has unveiled its new Find X, an Android smartphone with a full screen 19.5:9 "Panoramic Arc" display, rear dual cameras, and a 3D face-scanning front camera. Unlike certain competing smartphones, such as the iPhone X, Oppo elected to use a slide-up mechanism to house the device's cameras, rather than a display notch, resulting in a 93.8% screen-to-body ratio.
Oppo's slide-up mechanism is triggered by swiping up on the handset's lock screen, at which point the 3D face-scanning camera will slide into view to authenticate the user. The Find X does not feature a fingerprint sensor. According to The Verge, initial tests with a pre-production version of the Find X found the sliding mechanism moves quickly enough for comfortable daily use.
Oppo claims the Find X's front-facing 3D camera is "AI-enhanced" to "naturally personalize" a selfie, and that its software offers 3D lighting to produce "artistic portraits." Joining the front 3D camera are dual rear 16MP and 20MP cameras with optical image stabilization. Oppo says its camera software features AI Scene Recognition, a function that works like a "photography technique consultant" with the ability to analyze and identify 800 scene types.
Cameras aside, the Oppo Find X features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. The handset ships with Android 8.1 Oreo and the maker's own Color OS veneer. The handset likewise features a 3730mAh battery with fast-charging support.
Oppo will launch Find X globally in August, according to CNET, which reports that the 256GB version will cost €999.
Via: The Verge
The Kamlan 28mm F1.4 is an all-manual prime lens for APS-C (and Micro Four Thirds) mirrorless cameras. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, it'll go on sale to the public for $200, and after a bit of shooting we'd say that's not a bad deal. It boasts a solid feel, and rings are smooth to turn and feel well-damped. The lens is all-manual provides no electronic communication with the attached camera body. That said, it's hard to argue with a $200 price tag ($149 if you get in before the Kickstarter ends).
Take a look through our gallery to see what this budget-priced prime can do on Fujifilm and Sony bodies.