A Bouncing Ball Panoramic Camera
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Want to capture a 360-degree aerial image? Just throw the Panono ball camera up into the air and it'll bring back the perfect shot when it comes down. Why isn't it blurry? Because this ball camera uses an accelerometer to determine when the ball has reached the peak of its trajectory, and is therefore momentarily stationary, to snap a simultaneous picture from all 36 onboard cameras. Those images are then stitched together to create an amazing panorama. It's a neat concept, brilliantly simple, and it looks like it's going to be executed quite well. The Panono isn't on store shelves just yet, but the company is taking discounted preorders at panono.com.
Gorgeous Gold-Plated Cameras
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A lot of people stopped using their film cameras when the digital revolution happened, but for me it was all about the bling. My old SLRs just weren't flashy enough, so I had to switch to something more high tech. Thankfully now there's a solution that will allow me to return to the time before digital thanks to GoldBug, an online store selling classic 35mm film SLRs plated, literally, with 18 carat gold. A husband and wife team (half photographer, half jeweler) developed the unique process of giving the Midas touch to old cameras, and the results are the perfect gift for the photographer with style and taste and disposable income—one who doesn't mind paying a premium for an obsolete camera doused in gold. There's no accounting for taste, but you can't argue with style. Check it out at www.goldbuguk.com.
Adorama’s Awesome New York Workshops
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
If you're in New York City or, frankly, if you're just looking for an excuse to visit, you're in luck: I've got the perfect excuse. There are free photo, lighting and video workshops at photo retailer Adorama's Manhattan store. These classes aren't led by schlubs like me, these are big name photo studs: Joe McNally, Rick Sammon, and many other experts from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Sony and Hasselblad. Seminars are perpetually ongoing; up soon are topics including film noir lighting, working with perspective control lenses, and video sessions on interview lighting, camera techniques and even working with audio. Learn more and sign up via the calendar at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/adorama-2821855680.
March Madness In Pictures
Monday, March 24, 2014
If you're anything like me, this weekend counted as an unofficial sports-watching holiday. I'm no sports nut, but I do partake from time to time, especially if there's a spectacle involved. And what better spectacle than four straight days of near round-the-clock basketball courtesy of the NCAA's annual tournament? In honor of my busted bracket (poor Wichita State. I was sure they were going to make history), here's a gallery of some of the best, most emotional photos—the highs and the lows—from March Madness so far. I'm particularly fond of the good sportsmanship image and the overhead angle that encapsulates the agony of defeat. I also like that it's an inclusive list with images from the women's tournament as well. If you still need more of a basketball fix, there's also a nice collection of images and videos at NCAA.com, where you can also watch games live (Live!) online. Just don't let your boss know I told you.
The Ancient Art Of Honey Hunting
Friday, March 21, 2014
The internet was recently abuzz—that's a pun you'll appreciate more in a moment—because of these great photographs by Andrew Newey. He spent two weeks photographing the honey hunters of the Gurung tribesmen of central Nepal. The ancient art is a harrowing act involving steep Himalayan cliffs, rope ladders and absolutely no modern safety equipment. The photographs are absolutely stunning; kudos to Mr. Newey for this fine work. Read the honey hunting story via NBC News, then see more of his photographs at andrewnewey.com.
The Real-Life Cosmos
Thursday, March 20, 2014
More than 30 years after the television show "Cosmos" first appeared (hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan), FOX brought the show back last week, now hosted by this generation's big thinker—astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The show is inspired by—and has inspired in the intervening years—some tremendous astrophotography by NASA. So here, courtesy of NBC News, is a gallery of gorgeous images of our real life cosmos. Sometimes the real thing is even better than the special effects. If this astrophotography is the sort of thing that floats your boat, you'll want to be sure to tune in on Sunday nights for the 13-episode run on Fox and National Geographic channels.
Calumet Photo Closing
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Calumet Photo abruptly announced that it will be closing all of its US stores, laying off 250 employees and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It's a sad day for the many customers who relied on the Chicago-area retailer and it's popular online catalog, and an even sadder day for the customers and employees who are directly affected by the closing. On the company's now shuttered Facebook page (where the announcement was first made) some employees claimed it was the first they had heard of the closing. Customers who are concerned about outstanding orders and equipment sent for repair have been instructed to stay tuned for options—including the temporary reopening of retail locations—in order to collect their merchandise. PetaPixel published an interview with a former Calumet employee who shed light on what appears to have been a bankruptcy a long time coming.
Top Of The World
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Last week's TIME magazine sported a foldout cover with a gorgeous image made from the spire atop the new 1 World Trade Center building. Inside the issue, the article explaining how the image was made is pretty neat, but online the experience is even better: not only is it presented in an interactive multimedia story that makes for a great read, but because you can also click through to the whole reason the shot made the cover—TIME commissioned a huge 360-degree zoomable Gigapan image of New York City from atop the new tallest building in America. The story of the making of the image, and the six-minute video of behind the scenes footage, shows exactly how Time and Gigapan constructed the immersive composite out of more than 500 separate exposures, working with custom-made rigging and NASA technology that came straight from the Mars Rover. Read all about it at time.com/wtc and http://time.com/10672/making-the-world-trade-center-panorama.