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International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015 – in pictures

With over 20,000 entries from both professionals and amateurs alike, the winners of the 2015 awards were announced on Friday. The exhibition will be shown at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from 14 February 2015 - 6 April 2015, it will then tour the UK and Europe

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Memory Lane: the Cricket World Cup – in pictures

We’ve had a rummage through the archives to check out some of the best images from Cricket World Cups from years gone by

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[UPDATED] CP+ 2015: First samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens

DP Review News - Fri, 13/02/2015 - 09:33

UPDATED: We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan, where Sigma is showing its brand new 24mm f1.4 full-frame prime lens. The latest in the company's 'Art' series of fast primes, we have high hopes for the new lens based on our extremely positive impressions of the 35mm and 50mm lenses which have come before it. Sigma very kindly let us shoot some sample images on a late pre-production lens and it does indeed look very, very nice. Click through to take a look.

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CP+ 2015: Sony's new FE lenses almost ready for prime-time

DP Review News - Fri, 13/02/2015 - 09:04

At the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas last month, we got our hands on some mockups of Sony's upcoming FE-mount lenses. Originally promised to start shipping this month, Sony has yet to announce final pricing and availability but it is showing working pre-production samples of the lenses at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan. We're there, and we wasted no time getting our hands on the new lenses - now complete with glass inside them, which is welcome change from the last time we saw them. Click through to see for yourselves

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CP+ 2015: Hands on with Sigma's new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens

DP Review News - Fri, 13/02/2015 - 09:02

One of the most interesting lenses at CP+ for enthusiast photographers is Sigma's new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art. We made a beeline for the Sigma stand as soon as we arrived on the show floor and got our hands on this intriguing new prime. Click through for some photos and our initial impressions of its build and image quality, based on some initial sample images. 

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CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor

DP Review News - Fri, 13/02/2015 - 09:00

We're at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, where Canon is showing off a prototype ultra high-resolution 120MP CMOS sensor. Canon is claiming it has a pixel count equivalent to the number of photoreceptors in a human eye. Its surface area is halfway between APS-C and full-frame, and it appears to be mostly directed at video applications, capable of recording at approximately 60x the resolution of Full HD. Click through to have a look

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Mob deep: Russian mafia gravestones – in pictures

In Denis Tarasov’s series of grandiose tributes, the graves of Russian gangsters and their families in Yekaterinburg are eerily decorated with cars, jewels and fine wines to flaunt their wealth

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Searching for the soul of Latvia – in pictures

Photographer Katrina Kepule’s series Sit Silently is based on a journey around Riga’s outer edges in search of a national identity, says The Calvert Journal

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CP+ 2015: A closer look at Canon's forthcoming PowerShot G3X

DP Review News - Fri, 13/02/2015 - 03:08

Alongside new DSLRs and the EOS M3, Canon quietly announced a new high-end PowerShot last week. The G3 X hasn't been released yet, but we're at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan, where a prototype (displayed under glass) offers some clues to its specification and ergonomics. Click through for some images and a little informed guesswork. 

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Ricoh's newest lens roadmaps show four upcoming K-mount lenses

DP Review News - Fri, 13/02/2015 - 01:00

Ricoh has released its lens roadmaps for the new year (and potentially beyond), and in the works are seven lenses spanning a wide range of types and focal lengths. The highest number of additions will come in the Pentax K-Mount lineup, which is set to get four new lenses this year or next. Read more

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CP+ 2015: Canon shows 11-24mm in cross-section

DP Review News - Fri, 13/02/2015 - 00:37

Canon's new 11-24mm F4 is attracting a lot of attention at this year's CP+ show in Yokohama, but away from the crows of keen enthusiasts waiting to get their hands on samples, we found a very much non-working example, cut in half showing its internal construction. Click through to take a look at what this complex lens is made of - literally. 

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Konrad Wimmel is in Town - in pictures

Konrad Wimmel Is in Town is a book created by photographer Jan von Holleben, who took more than 5,000 photos to construct the final images. Readers must locate Konrad and his friends in the pictures, which show them chasing a thief who has stolen Konrad’s grandmother’s handbag

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Sport picture of the day: seven goes into one

A multiple exposure at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul illustrates the technique of Shoma Uno of Japan during the men’s single short programme

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PhotoshopUser TV: 3D Rose and Path Blur to Fur – Episode 405

Photoshop User TV - Thu, 12/02/2015 - 17:30

Corey demonstrates how to use a neat 3D trick in order to make a red rose, just in time for Valentines Day! Also, Pete shows you how to achieve a great looking fur effect by using the path blur feature.

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CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2

DP Review News - Thu, 12/02/2015 - 14:12

The Pentax K-S2 doesn't replace the K-S1, but sits above it in Ricoh's Pentax lineup. And quite right too - it's a considerably more serious camera, even if we do miss the shiny disco lights on the handgrip. We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan, where Ricoh is showing off its new 20MP APS-C DLSR, in all manner of color combinations. Click through for some hands-on images

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including the build-up to Chinese new year celebrations, Madrid and New York fashion weeks, and tigers go wild in Thailand

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CP+ 2015: Up close and personal with Ricoh's full-frame Pentax mockup

DP Review News - Thu, 12/02/2015 - 13:31

After announcing the development of a full-frame DSLR recently, Ricoh is showing a very early mockup at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan. Although details are extremely limited (limited, in fact, to the words 'Full-frame' in the press release and 'Pentax' written on the front) Ricoh's mockup does give some clues as to the camera's specification. Kind of. Click through for images and some - frankly - rampant speculation. 

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Gay couples in Russia and China's Christmas factory: the World Press Photo winners 2014 – in pictures

The World Press Photo of the year 2014 has been awarded to Danish photographer Mads Nissen, for a picture of a gay couple in St Petersburg. Here it is, alongside a selection of other winning images from the 58th World Press Photo contest

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Mick Rock’s best photograph: Syd Barrett on a Pontiac Parisienne

‘Syd Barrett swopped his Mini for this Pontiac. But it was too massive to drive and eventually got towed’

I was meant to go and shoot Syd Barrett upstairs in his flat, but when I saw this car outside I thought: “Fuck it – I need to take pictures of that, too.” It was an incredible prop to have plonked there. If I recall correctly, it was a Pontiac Parisienne, a push-button convertible, and it was pink. Mickey Finn, who became the bongo-player for T-Rex, had picked it up at an auction, and Syd had swopped his Mini for it. But he didn’t have a clue how to drive this massive American car, and it basically didn’t work anyway. You can see the back wheel is a bit wonky. Eventually, it got towed.

It was autumn 1969, and I was over at Earls Court trying to get shots for the cover of Syd’s first solo album, The Madcap Laughs. He had an amazing look: a beautiful burnt-out rock’n’roller. I think he looked better than he ever did in Pink Floyd. He was probably the hippest thing out there, as far as England was concerned. He had basically just rolled out of bed, shaken his head, put a bit of kohl on, and gotten dressed. There were no stylists, no assistants – who had money for that? Iggy the Eskimo just did whatever makeup he needed around the eyes. I think that’s why lots of pictures from the 60s and 70s look so authentic: they weren’t styled by anybody.

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Still crazy in love: happy couples together for over 50 years – in pictures

When Lauren Fleishman discovered her grandfather’s early love letters to her grandmother, she was moved to find and photograph couples who have been together more than half a century. In her new photobook, The Lovers, they share their stories of lifelong success

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