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Daily Archives: August 8, 2013
LSP Awards 2013
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Inspired by photography legend Sebastiao Salgado’s GENESIS Project, the LSP Awards 2013 will be accepting submissions until 8th September 2013 into four categories with Winner and Runner-Up prizes and an Overall Winner prize for the submission of outstanding images into all four categories.
Salgado says of this body of work, “I have named this project GENESIS because my aim is to return to the beginnings of our planet: to the air, water and the fire that gave birth to life, to the animal species that have resisted domestication, to the remote tribes whose ‘primitive’ way of life is still untouched, to the existing examples of the earliest forms of human settlement and organisation. A potential path towards humanity’s rediscovery of itself. So many times I’ve photographed stories that show the degradation of the planet, I thought the only way to give us an incentive, to bring hope, is to show the pictures of the pristine planet – to see the innocence. And then we can understand what we must preserve.”
Sebastião Salgado via Jori Finkel for the NY Times.
The Planet Earth
Further links about Salgado
Pictures of the Week: August 2, 2013
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The Denver Post Pictures of the Week puts together a collection of images, chosen from thousands, of the strongest photojournalism from around the world.
Pope Francis listens to a journalist’s question as he flies back to Rome following his visit to Brazil July 29, 2013. Pope Francis, in some of the most conciliatory words from any pontiff on gays, said they should not be judged or marginalized and should be integrated into society, but he reaffirmed Church teaching that homosexual acts are a sin.
Rasheda, 15, who used to work for Abul Khair Steel Mills, stands outside a ward of the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation in Dhaka. Rasheda said she lost one of her hands and another one has been critically injured in an accident while working for the steel company in Chittagong, Bangladesh. International attention has been focused on workers safety in Bangladesh since the disaster at Rana Plaza, a garment factory complex which collapsed in April, killing 1,132 workers.
A woman carrying her baby and wrapped with a shawl walks through a sandstorm in Timbuktu July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney #
Rasheda, 15, who used to work for Abul Khair Steel Mills Ltd, stands outside a ward of the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation in Dhaka, July 4, 2013. Rasheda said she lost one of her hands and another one has been critically injured in an accident while working for the steel company in Chittagong, Bangladesh. International attention has been focused on workers’ safety in Bangladesh since the disaster at Rana Plaza, a garment factory complex which collapsed in April, killing 1,132 workers. Picture taken July 4, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj #
A participant attempts to control his craft during the Red Bull Flugtag Russia 2013 competition on the outskirts of Moscow, July 28, 2013. Enthusiasts competed to fly the longest distance in self-made aircraft in an attempt to win the Flugtag contest. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
A flood-affected man carries his television set to a safer place, after heavy monsoon rains caused a rise in the water levels of the river Ganges, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash #
Hot-air balloons fly near a church over Chambley-Bussieres, eastern France, on July 31, 2013 at sunset, to try to set a world record with 408 balloons in the sky, as part of the yearly event “Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons”, an international air-balloon meeting. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGENJEAN #
SEE ALL THE PICTURES OF THE WEEK HERE
Nikon’s premium compact camera – the Coolpix A – tested
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This new Nikon compact camera is aimed seemingly at the advanced amateur or pro market. It has features and functionality that require an understanding of photography and dpreview concluded with this:
The Coolpix A offers DSLR-standard image quality and an excellent 28mm equivalent lens in a well-polished, pocketable camera. Its user interface will be immediately familiar to Nikon shooters and its results are dependably good. It’s not the only game in town, though, and while solid in most respects, it’s not class-leading in any respect.
The review by Jonathan Eastland in the BJP is, I think, more useful. Jonathan is a photographer of many decades and his understanding of the process of photography has been honed by years of shooting on land and at sea. External appearance is minimalist; some might say it’s sleek and neat. At almost 300 grams and just over 11cm long, its thick matt black (also available in silver chrome finish) aluminium and magnesium alloy body cover and top plates exude a sense of robustness and lasting durability. A thin leatherette grip strip on the front face seems almost like a nod to secure handling, and while I would have preferred the grip featured on Nikon’s Coolpix P7700, this narrow strip works in combination with a small rubber thumb pad on the back of the camera.
Jonathan concludes: My view after several weeks of use is that the Nikon A falls short in some areas of handling. Sleek and neat may be a good selling point, but in practice there is simply not enough substance to the front grip to endow a faultless feel-good factor. The freely rotating control wheel works, but would have been better click-stopped and incorporated into a front grip. Minor grumbles aside, image quality, white balance and colour renditions are hard to fault; the camera produces files evenly matched and graded to those of larger Nikon models. Good enough reasons to get the A.
So not a ringing endorsement, in fact he has said enough to put me off buying one but the review is exactly full of the things you want to know before buying. Camera reviews are so often full of technical specifications but so light on what it is like to use the camera and hands-on experience by someone who knows. Read the rest of Jonathan’s review here
Read more: http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/test/2286791/nikons-premium-compact-camera-the-coolpix-a-tested#ixzz2bNdMLDi7
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