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creativeLIVE presents Frans Lanting 'The Art of Seeing'

DP Review News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 17:47

creativeLIVE is hosting two days of 'instruction and inspiration' from renowned nature and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. His class includes presentations about creative ideas and technical skills, and also features landscape and wildlife photography instruction during special field workshop sessions at prime photographic destinations along the California coast. Click through for a link

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It's all in the details: Canon PowerShot G7 X Review posted

DP Review News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:22

One of the year's most interesting compacts comes in the form of the Canon PowerShot G7 X, which bears a 20MP 1-inch BSI CMOS sensor. It's not just the bigger, likely Sony-branded sensor that's the G7 X's attraction, it's also the 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens. On paper it's a serious rival to Sony's RX100 series, widely considered class leaders in terms of compact camera image quality. Does the G7 X live up to its impressive spec sheet? Read review

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Underground London: adventures in the secret city beneath our feet

Exploring the forbidden subterranean world of ghost Tube stations, Victorian sewers and disused shelters has given academic geographer and urban explorer Bradley Garrett a whole new perspective on the city

At 2am on a cold winters night in London last year I was loitering in the shadows on Furnival Street near Chancery Lane tube station with a veteran urban explorer called Lucy Sparrow. Across the street was a six-storey building with scaffolding haphazardly arranged on its facade, pinioned by a large blue wooden hoarding and an aluminium sign reading: Caution - deep manhole. Do not enter.

Our fingers were going numb in the cold as we waited for a black cab parked at the end of the street to leave. It looked like he was taking a break, listening to a late-night radio show, but after what felt like hours he finally clicked on his lights and pulled away. We withdrew into the darkness as he drove past.

Explorations behind the scenes show us that a city is a beautifully threaded tapestry of wires, pipes and rails

When I walk the city now, I cant help but imagine it vertically as well as horizontally

The minutes of the secret committee, known only as MISC 379, observed: It would be embarrassing to the government if the public got the impression that deep shelters were being constructed. Either the public would think that the government were out to protect their own skins and those of their immediate servants; or the public would assume that the shelters were intended for public use in time of war and would be disappointed when they found they were not.

Battles over space are nothing new in London of course urban space is a continually contested place

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Spot the pet: share your photos and videos of camouflaged pets

If you have a pet thats hard to spot because it blends in with the background, wed love to see it. Share your photos and videos via GuardianWitness

Whether accidentally camouflaged by their surroundings, or deliberately trying to escape your attentions, for this months assignment we would like to see your images of pets that blend into the background. Perhaps the colour of your cats fur matches the carpet or a white dog has discovered snow? Share your photos with us and well feature the best on the Guardian site.

You can share your photos by clicking on the blue Contribute button on this article. You can also use the GuardianWitness smartphone app or the new Guardian app and search for GuardianWitness assignments and if you add it to the homepage you can keep up with all our assignments.

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André Kertész: the photographer's photographer  in pictures

Henri Cartier-Bresson said: Each time André Kertészs shutter clicks, I feel his heart beating. Now, the Hungarian artist who pioneered photojournalism, influencing Cartier-Bresson and Brassaï, is back in the spotlight. To mark the 120th anniversary of his birth, Frances Artcurial is auctioning some of his most notable images from a candid shot of Colette to a bricks-and-mortar view of the Eiffel Tower

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM becomes a reality

DP Review News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:00

The much-rumored replacement for Canon's aging EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L has officially arrived. Announced in 1998, the original trombone-style lens is replaced by a traditional rotating zoom design and boasts a number of optical enhancements. It's scheduled for December availability at a price of $2199. Read more

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Tiffen launches 10-stop ND range to prevent red-tinted long exposures

DP Review News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 01:15

Tiffen has introduced a new range of neutral density filters that aim to allow stills photographers to shoot extreme long exposures without incurring the red colour cast that is so common with ND filters. The XLE series comprises three 10-stop ND filters with differing infrared-cut characteristics, ranging from none in the XLE Axent, to moderate in the Advantix and complete IR suppression in the Apex. Learn more

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Breakthrough Photography launches ultra-slim UV and ND filters

DP Review News - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 22:33

Breakthrough Photography has introduced its X-Series lineup of ultra-slim UV and ND filters, which are available for pre-order now through the company's Kickstarter campaign. The series consists of three filter models, the X3 Traction Filter, X2 Traction Filter, and the X1 Black Filter, with pre-orders set to start shipping next month. Read more

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Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DP Review News - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 18:52

When we review high-end DSLRs, one of the most common requests we receive is to get them into the hands of professional photographers that work in the kinds of environments for which they were designed. That's why when we received the Canon EOS 7D Mark II we joined up with Adam Jones, a professional wildlife and nature photographer, to see what he makes of the new camera. Click through to watch our video

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Woodland Trust photography competition in pictures

From golden sunset on the beach to harvest mouse dangling on blackberries and kingfishers snacking up on insects, here is a selection of some of the best wildlife and nature images on the Wild Summer theme picked from over 6,000 entries

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Harvard University admits to secretly photographing students

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Mon, 10/11/2014 - 12:20

Photos of 2,000 students across 10 lecture halls were taken as part of an experiment to measure classroom attendance

Harvard University has admitted to photographing without permission 2,000 students since spring 2013 to measure attendance levels.

The revelation came during questioning at a faculty meeting of Peter Bol, Harvard’s vice provost for advances in learning, by the computer science professor Harry Lewis after he learned that the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (Hilt) had secretly installed the cameras as part of a study.

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Take a View Landscape photographer of the year 2014 in pictures

The winners of this years Take a View landscape photographer of the year awards have been announced. An exhibition will run for nine weeks starting 1 December on the mezzanine level of Waterloo station in London

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From Andy Warhol to Nico and beyond: Billy Names Factory photographs

In 1964, Andy Warhols dingy New York studio was transformed when Billy Name, a lighting designer who became the artists live-in lover, covered the whole interior in silver foil. His photographs capture the Factory through its most darkly glamorous years

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Magic with mirrors: Billy Names window into the world of Andy Warhol | Glenn OBrien

In 1964, Andy Warhols dingy Manhattan studio was transformed by Billy Name, a lighting designer who became the artists live-in lover and photographer of the Factorys most darkly glamorous years. Glenn OBrien, a former member of Warhols circle, looks back at a relationship that yielded a treasure trove of pictures

Andy Warhol met Billy Linich when he was a waiter at Serendipity 3, one of Andys hangouts in his commercial artist days and a place where he had exhibited his work. A few years later the artist Ray Johnson, a key figure in the early pop art scene, took Billy to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see a show and they ran into Andy there. After that Billy began hanging out with Andy at his house uptown and going to openings and movies with him. I was sort of like Andys boyfriend, Billy says.

At the time, Billy had an apartment downtown that he shared with Ondine, who became one of the first leading men in Andys films, and with the dancer Freddie Herko. One day, Ondine gave Billy some amphetamine. All of a sudden I had energy to get up off the floor and start doing things, he says. One of the first things Billy did was redecorate the apartment as an art work, turning the whole thing silver with aluminium foil and spray paint. I even painted the silverware silver.

The only things that came close to conveying the look of the Factory, aside from the movies, were Billy's photographs

The silver Factory was glamorous in the extreme. The dark centre of the world

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On my radar: Amanda Abbingtons cultural highlights

The actress on the old-world folk of the Unthanks, dreamy dresses by Roksanda Ilincic and watching her partner, Martin Freeman, as Richard III

London-born Amanda Abbington started her career as a dancer, turning to acting following an injury. She has appeared in The Bill, Being Human and Casualty, and performed on stage in Alan Ayckbourns The Safari Party and Love Me Tonight directed by Kathy Burke. Since 2013 she has starred in ITVs Mr Selfridge as Miss Mardle, and earlier in 2014 appeared in BBC1s Sherlock as Mary Morstan alongside her real-life partner, Martin Freeman. She is appearing in God Bless the Child at the Royal Court theatre, London from Wednesday until 20 December.

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Readers' pictures on the theme of 'close'

For this weeks photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of close via GuardianWitness. Heres a selection of our favourites

Share your photos on this weeks theme: chill

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Your pictures: share your photographs on the theme of 'chill'

Wherever you are in the world, wed like to see your pictures of chill. Share your best photos via GuardianWitness

Were now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is chill. Share your photos of what chill means to you and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is 13 November at 10 am. Well publish our favourites in The New Review on 16 November and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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From battlefields to football fields: Remembering the first world war

A selection of artworks from a new exhibition entitled Crossing the Field: WWI, Football & the Christmas Truce, which takes inspiration from the 1914 Christmas truce one of the most unusual events of the first world war when a ceasefire football match was played between opposing Allied and German troops. Crossing the Field uses contemporary art to reflect upon footballs power to transcend the bleakest scenes and the most difficult circumstances to bring people together.

The exhibition, which features photographs and artworks made around Europe, runs from 8 November 2014, to 10 January 2015, at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery in London.

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The first world war in stereoscope... photographs from the front line

Stereoscopic images were introduced to the public by Sir David Brewster at the Crystal Palace exhibition of 1850. By the 1890, production of the images was fully industrialised. Individual stereoscopic cards could be bought from local booksellers or stereo emporiums.

The incredible range of stereoscopic images used to tell the story of Tony Robinsons World War 1 were sourced from a variety of sources across several countries. The producers worked with a number of organisations and museums who supplied the imagery including the Imperial War Museum, the Markisches Museum in Berlin, the Cloth Hall Museum in Ypres, The University of California and Getty as well as private collectors such as World of Stereo View.

Tony Robinsons World War One is on Discovery Channel at 8pm on Sunday.

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Manfrotto introduces new lens filter lineup

DP Review News - Sat, 08/11/2014 - 16:00

Manfrotto has introduced new lens filters, with UV, Circular Polarizer and Protective versions available. Offered in up to three flavors - Essential, Advanced and Professional - each filter offers anti-reflective and water repellent coatings. The filters are only available online with prices ranging from $24.99-169.99. Read more

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