Archive for August, 2011

The Search for the Lost da Vinci Fresco

In 1505, legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci started painting a fresco mural in the town hall of Renaissance Florence. Despite never finishing the artwork depicting The Battle of Anghiari, many scholars consider his painting to be a turning point in Renaissance art. It was studied by many people for more than 40 years before it disappeared. Some people think it was covered up by another fresco created by another artist. Now a team of scientists, teamed up with a photographer, are going to try to take a photograph through the wall to see if Leonardo’s masterpiece is still there. And they need your help, to the tune of $266,500. They have turned to Kickstarter to raise enough funds to purchase the equipment needed.

Fujifilm X10 vs. X100

Dan car has done an interesting write up comparing the Fujifilm X100 to the upcoming X10 (previously referred to as the X50). While both are 12 megapixel cameras, the X10 has a 2/3″ sensor size compare to the X100. The X10 shoots 1080 video and costs around $600, while the X100 shoots 720 p video and costs around $1200. For a comparison of all the specifications, as well as more images of the camera itself, follow the link below.

flickr Geofences

Flickr has updated some of the options available to you in terms of who can view your geotagged photographs. You can now set up geofences, which are pre selected areas that allow you to control who views your photographs. For example, set up a geofence surrounding your house, then adjust your privacy settings to only allow your family to see photographs which are tagged within this area. Please note that any photographs with Geo data in the EXIF will still be readable, so be sure to restrict your download settings as well.

How the First Image of our Planet Was Taken

Fourty Five years ago last week, a lunar orbiter, which essentially doubled as a photolab, took the very first full photograph of planet earth. Photographs of our planet had been take before, by rockets in the 1940’s, and satellites in the 50’s and 60’s, but none of them were full views of the entire globe. The original purpose of the orbiter was to completely photograph the moon in order to find a safe landing spot. Once they had completed that part of the mission, they spontaneously decided to turn the camera toward themselves.

Cyborg Eye Transmits Video Footage to an External Device

Rob Spence, who lost one of his eyes in a shooting accident when he was young, has had a miniature camera place inside his prosthetic eye. The tiny camera, which measures 3.2 mm squared, transmits a video signal to a hand held device where it can be viewed in real time. While the cyborg eye does not help Rob regain his vision, it shows how technology is moving towards fixing or improving our bodies. The makers of the video game Deus Ex commissioned Rob to see how close current technology could match science fiction films, and it appears they are getting quite a bit of attention for their efforts.

Bubbles and Dye Make for a Magical Video

Kim Pimmel created a really cool video of bubbles interacting with dye using his magic powers. Well ok, maybe he isn’t a sorcerer, but I never knew such a thing was possible. View a better explanation of what’s going on, as well as the video after the break.

Save Your Neck, Use a Leather Hand Strap

While I’m not sure this would work with large DSLR’s, the Leather Hand Strap might work well with P&S or Micro 4/3 cameras. So if you are looking for an alternative to having your camera dangle around your neck, this might be a good way to secure your equipment.

Photographer Refuses to Take Photos of High School Students Who Were Bullying Online

Jen McKen made headlines recently when she refused to photograph some High School students because she allegedly caught them bullying on Facebook. She has received many responses to her decision, most of which appear to be positive due to the fact she has zero tolerance for bullying. Knowing how difficult it is to make a living as a photographer, I know this was not an easy decision to make. What do you think? Was this the right decision?

JPEG mini Can Reduce Photos Up to 5 Times Better than Traditional JPEG

A new photo compression technology is claiming that it can reduce the size of photographs, up to 5 times better than traditional JPEG processes. This could be a real advantage in terms of how much physical space your photographs take up, as well decreasing the load time for images hosted online. Try it out for yourself by following the link below.

The News Just Got a Lot More Retro Looking

The website instacane.com was set up to show all the photographs taken during hurricane Irene through Instagram. Does anybody else think the news is looking a little more “retro” than usual?