New Year’s Eve on Copacabana beach: flowers before Rio's fireworks

Worshippers of Yemanjá ask for blessings from their deity at Copacabana – before the world’s largest New Year’s Eve beach party kicks off

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Original Observer photography: December 2016

Mr Bumble, Riz Ahmed, Barb from Stranger Things, Teenage Fanclub and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all appear in this month’s showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer in December

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2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

DP Review News - Sat, 31/12/2016 - 11:00
2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Michal Herrmann

The old man and the sea. Old and hard working, most elderly still need to work to make a living. You can look into his eyes and read his story.

FUJIFILM XT10 with 58MM Helios 44/2 at 58mm, 1/100 sec, ISO 640, F2

Picking your favorite image is never an easy task. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the challenge when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2016. We received a huge number of submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.

For this category, 'people,' we looked for photos that tell a story about the human side of this world we inhabit. There were many beautiful and compelling images submitted - be sure to check out all of the submissions here and here.

A huge thanks to everyone that participated and gave us a chance to see your work!

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Pavel Matousek

From a photo essay on Kenya children AIDS care program.

Nikon D600 with 50mm at 50 mm, 1/250 sec, F4, ISO 200

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Ahnaf Akeef

The Weary Way Back Home. This was taken on a boat on our way back from a waterfall we went to see in Bandarban, Bangladesh.

Canon 6D with 24-70 2.8L II at 70mm, 1/1250 sec, F2.8, ISO 100

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Gabriel Jakab

Photo taken in a rainy day or, as I like to say, the Golden Hour for rugby.

Nikon D750 at 200mm, 1/1000 sec, F2.8, ISO 1250

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Michel Hébert

Here is a candid portrait shot I took in May 2016 during the Lag BaOmer celebration in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, where there is a quite large Hasidic Jewish community. The contrast between the lighting of some faces (provided by the bonfire in the middle of the street) and the darkness of others reminds me of the clair-obscur/Chiaroscuro style of some dutch painters like Rembrandt. What do you think?

Olympus E-M5 Mark 2 with Olympus 75mm F1.8 at 75 mm, 1/10 sec, F2, ISO 1600

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Richard Caughey

Pat McManus live at the Corn Market Blues event at the Raven in Corby, UK. First time out with my Fuji XT2. 

FUJIFILM X-T2 with 18-55mm F2.8-4 at 46.3mm, 1/250 sec, F4, ISO 4000

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Myrgjorf

Masai warrior - the lion killer, with a traditional hat from the lions fur. Masai village, Mara North Conservancy.

Canon 7D Mark II with 70-200mm F4 at 150 mm, 1/250 sec, F4, ISO 320

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Afzal Khan

The best cook.

Sony A99 with Minolta 50mm F1.7 at 50mm, 1/60 sec, F3.5, ISO 1000

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Al Downie

Storytime for sleepyheads

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 with 35mm F2 at 35mm, 1/125 sec, F2, ISO 400

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People

Photo by Rick Jacobi

Golden Eagle Festival in Western Mongolia Oct 1st as Kazakhs are entering the parade ground.

Sony A7R-II with 70-300mm at 300mm, 1/250 sec, F10, ISO 200

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George Michael tributes, Obama and the ceasefire in Syria – the 20 photographs of the week

Floral tributes outside the home of George Michael, Barack Obama and Shinzo Abe at Pearl Harbor, a fragile ceasefire in Syria – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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'Camera Master' Gian Luigi Carminati has been repairing cameras for almost 60 years

DP Review News - Fri, 30/12/2016 - 19:25

A new short video introduces Gian Luigi Carminati, a 76-year-old technician from Milan, Italy, who has been repairing analog cameras for nearly 60 years. While the documentary is only a touch over two minutes long, it introduces viewers to Carminati's analog camera collection and his thoughts on photography.

Carminati, who considers himself a technician rather than a photographer, dabbles in photography himself, describing a particular fondness for old cameras and black-and-white images. The technician has been able to continue running his repair business despite the rise of digital cameras, stating in the video,'When the digital came, it felt like my job was over.' The documentary was directed by David Drills.

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‘I find it extraordinary how casual they are’: meeting Queen Mary in Kew Gardens

Gail Griffiths watches Queen Mary strolling in the park in 1937

This is my mother holding me up as a toddler to get a closer look at Queen Mary, who was strolling through Kew Gardens in London with her lady-in-waiting. I find it extraordinary how casual they are, that there are no barriers or security. I’ve often wondered whether a press photographer got a tip-off, or just happened to be there. Either way, this picture was published somewhere under the headline: “Down to Kew in lilac time”. My mother, Brenda Landon, and her friend curtsied as she walked past.

Queen Mary was married to George V; she would have experienced her husband’s death, followed by the abdication of Edward VIII, the year before. I have little memory of her beyond her wonderful dresses and hats. It looks like two different worlds: the Queen and her lady-in-waiting from one era, and my mother and her friend – slim, with their fashionable dresses and short hair – from another. My mother always looked good.

Related: ‘I was never a big oat eater’: Jeremy Young poses with a bowl of Porage Oats, 1967

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Best photographs of the day: from bends in a box to ice-shattering in India

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a choice of photo highlights from around the world, including world’s most flexible woman and a man with a strong abdomen

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Teddies and teargas canisters: what remained in the Calais camp

Photographer Gideon Mendel tells the story of the refugee camp through the objects abandoned there

A moment of professional crisis and self-loathing inspired Gideon Mendel’s photographs of abandoned objects in the now-demolished Calais refugee camp. He had travelled to the site to participate in a thoughtful-sounding project, where refugees were loaned cameras to allow them to document their own experiences. But it wasn’t going tremendously well; the refugees had more pressing concerns on their hands than documenting their own lives, such as finding food and somewhere to sleep.

Mendel was disturbed by the level of hostility that cameras provoked. “There were so many cameras coming in; there were no gatekeepers, because it wasn’t an official camp, so any photography student, tourist or sympathiser could wander in. The general feeling was that the camera was an enemy of some sort.”

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Arsenal hosts young snappers from Wembley to Soweto initiative

This month, another group of photographers recorded aspects of life at Arsenal football club. Here are some of the results, including action shots from the Gunners’ match against Stoke City

All photographs © The Wembley to Soweto Foundation

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Sport picture of the day: shining a light on the Four Hills Tournament

Despite all their experience, as well as the floodlights illuminating the ski jumping hill at Oberstdorf in Germany, it must be a bit unnerving for competitors such as Markus Schiffner soaring through the air once the sun has gone down at the Four Hills Tournament

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iPhone 7 Plus owners report overheating and black screen camera issues

DP Review News - Fri, 30/12/2016 - 12:00

Some iPhone 7 Plus owners are reporting camera issues including streaks of color on images, a completely black screen instead of an image preview, and a warning that the iPhone needs to cool down before the camera can be used (despite no signs of overheating). Some affected owners state Apple replaced their iPhone or, in some cases, just the camera module.

Reports of these issues can be found on social media sites and Reddit, where they date back several weeks. The issues appear to be hardware related, as they've persisted despite recent iOS updates. Affected users should take their iPhone to an Apple Store for servicing or replacement. It doesn't appear any official workarounds have been provided.

Via: TechTimes

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2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

DP Review News - Fri, 30/12/2016 - 11:00
2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

Photo by Fred Gunnerson

Every Spring people come from all over to view and photograph the orchards in bloom. It only lasts a few weeks so you have to be ready when the rain stops. The bottom half of the photo is Oregon and the top half is Washington. That's Mt. Adams in the background.

Hood River, Oregon, USA

Picking your favorite image is never an easy task. Nevertheless, our readers were up to the challenge when we asked them to submit their best shots of 2016. We received a huge number of submissions, and it was no small job picking favorites. We didn't need the reminder, but it underscored just how talented our readership is. Photos were divided into three categories and we settled on a small selection to feature in each.

The category featured here is 'Places'. We tried to include a variety of our favorite landscapes and cityscapes to feature. A huge thanks to everyone that participated and gave us a chance to see your work! You can find all of the submitted images here, here and here.

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

Photo by Michele Palazzo

New York City’s iconic Flatiron building emerges from the blizzard like the bow of a giant ship plowing through the wind and the snow. Taken during the historic coastal storm “Jonas” on January 23rd, 2016. Shot January 23rd, 2016 in New York City with a Ricoh GR.

New York City, NY, USA

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

Photo by Hans Kruse

Morning sun at the Quiraing on Isle of Skye shot during a photo workshop I was leading on Isle of Skye, Scotland in September 2016.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

Photo by George Fowler

This picture was taken a few weeks ago in Shiobara, an area about two and a half hours north of Tokyo in the countryside. The fall colors were at their peak and the footbridge across the small river was absent of any people.

Shiobara, Japan

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

Photo by Mike Sandman

Designed by the architect Frank Gehry, inspired perhaps by an Escher woodcut. Magnetically attractive to the eye, but the roof leaks.

Stata Center, MIT, Cambridge, Mass. USA 

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

Photo by Derek Dammann

An early spring dawn breaks at the Dark Hedges in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

County Antrim, Northern Ireland

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

Photo by Morten Smedsrud

Sunrise over the Troll Wall from Store Trolltind, the highest peak in the Trolltindene mountain ridge, Romsdal Norway.

Romsdal, Norway

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

Photo by Peter Alessandria

Photo of Harvest Full Moon (Oct 2016) rising behind the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. This shot was planned weeks in advance to align the trajectory of the moon with Lady Liberty.

Statue of Liberty, New York, NY, USA

2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places

Photo by Maurice J Byatt

Crater Lake National Park, OR, USA

2016 DPReview Reader's Best Shots: Places

Photo by Damjan Sirca

Taken on 28/10/16 in Yosemite valley - a bad weather forecast is not always bad news.

Yosemite Valley, CA, USA

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Eyewitness: Bijie, China

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Tom Jenkins’ best sports photos of 2016

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from 2016 and recalls how each one was created

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon again – 10 July
135mm lens 1/1600 f4 ISO 1000

Championship-winning point at Wimbledon is always a bit nervy for me even though I have done many of them over the years. There are some pretty big decisions to be made – what lens do you go on as you don’t know where on the court they will celebrate? Do you go upright or landscape? Are they jumpers or fallers when they win? What’s the light doing? You just know whatever choices you make have to be right. Of course you can never legislate for a player turning away from his family and pointing in the wrong direction from the majority of photographers like Andy Murray did in 2013. Luckily he didn’t repeat that this year.

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Beyoncé to Black Mirror; the culture that defines 2016

How better to make sense of this turbulent year than through the art and literature it has produced? Our critics choose the works that sum up the last 12 months

If there is one film that holds a political key to understanding 2016, it is Ghostbusters: that funny, good-natured, easygoing female remake of the 1980s original. The movie, and the way it was received and viciously attacked online, told us something vital about the hive mind of the US’s reactionary right. It starred Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Wiig and McCarthy were already well known; McKinnon was the upcoming SNL superstar who was later in the year to become famous for her Hillary Clinton impersonation – but it was the African-American comic Jones who became the particular object of unpleasant abuse, reminiscent of #gamergate vitriol, naturally with a racist slant, though everyone was attacked, and all for daring to remake and allegedly “spoil” the original with a gender switch.

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Our favourite Australian photos of 2016

From viral images that made us laugh to critical news photographs that depicted major events, here are some of the most memorable Australian images over the past 12 months
• Best of Bowers 2016: unicorns, pyjamas and a never-ending election – in pictures

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GearEye is an RFID-based gear management system

DP Review News - Thu, 29/12/2016 - 21:07

A new Kickstarter campaign is looking to fund further development and production of the GearEye gear management system. GearEye uses inexpensive, battery-free adhesive RFID tags, which are attached to all your equipment. This enables photographers to make sure that they've got everything that they need in their gear bag when going to a shoot and that they don't leave anything behind when returning home.

The GearEye RFID reader comes in two form-factors, either as a stand-alone device, which you leave in your bag, or a phone-cover that doubles as charger. Once your items have been tagged and the reader is in place everything in your bag can be accounted for via a single tap in the GearEye smartphone app. If something is missing the system also helps you locate it within its range.

Additionally you can organize your equipment into customized lists. This way you can make sure to only bring the equipment you need for a specific type of photo shoot and leave unnecessary items at home, thus minimizing the weight of your bag. For this purpose the app tells you if there is anything in your bag which you won't need. 

GearEye has been created with photographers in mind, but of course would work with any other type of equipment or tools as well. The project has already passed its funding goal, so if all goes well the first units should be delivered in July 2017. Until tomorrow you can still secure a GearEye standard pack by pledging $129. This gets you a GearEye dongle or phone case and 20 RFID tags. Larger packages are available for those who need to tag more items. More information is available on the GearEye Kickstarter page and in the video below.

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Rokinon 20mm F1.8 and Cine DS 20mm T1.9 Full Frame Super Wide Angle lenses now available

DP Review News - Thu, 29/12/2016 - 17:46

Rokinon has announced the launch of its new Rokinon Digital Photo 20mm F1.8 and Cine DS 20mm T1.9 Full Frame Super Wide Angle lenses. Both lenses are made from high-strength aluminum alloy and feature a super-wide 94.8-degree view, a non-rotating 77mm filter mount, Rokinon’s Ultra Multi-Coating, and a quiet, smooth focusing control.

These prime lenses, say Rokinon, offer both fast aperture and ‘the full frame perspective of 20mm,’ offering a solution that falls between the maker’s similar 14mm and 24mm models. These 20mm lenses have a 7.9in / 0.20m minimum focusing distance, 13 elements in 12 groups, three extra-low dispersion elements, and a pair of aspherical elements.

In addition to the ‘common’ features shared between the lenses, the Cine DS lens features geared aperture and controls, a de-clicked aperture control ring, and dual right/left side distance and t-stop scales. 

The Digital Photo lens is available for Canon, Nikon AE, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax K, and Fuji X mounts (MSRP $599), while the Cine DS lens ($799 on B&H Photo) is available for Canon, Nikon, Sony E, and Micro Four Thirds mounts.

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The Earth in 2016, as seen from space – in pictures

Throughout 2016, astronauts aboard the International Space Station recorded the ever-changing face of the Earth and its environment. Here are a selection of their best photographs

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Sport picture of the day: Wildcat Jackson gets the better of the Panthers

Justin Jackson of the Northwestern Wildcats dives for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Jackson had a barnstorming match, he ran for 226 yards and scored three touchdowns on 33 carries as Northwestern beat Pitt 31-24. The Wildcats finished the 2016 season 7-6 and the Panthers 8-5

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