4K from Space: ISS astronauts shoot 3D movie of planet Earth

DP Review News - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 17:55

Astronauts based on the International Space Station have been working as movie makers to help create a 3D film featuring the planet Earth as viewed from space. A Beautiful Planet was shot in 4K using Canon’s cinema camera system, and will be shown in IMAX theaters from the end of the month. The film includes dramatic views of the planet lit up at night as well as overhead perspectives on weather systems and the Northern Lights.

A Beautiful Planet IMAX® Trailer

Footage for the film was collected by six space station astronauts over the course of three missions from November 2014, after Canon EOS C500 and EOS-1D C cameras were delivered to the ISS via an unmanned supply ship with a collection of lenses. Made in association with NASA, the film aims to educate viewers about Earth, but also to highlight the effects humanity has on the planet.

For more information on the film and where you can see it visit the IMAX website.

Press release
IMAX® Film ‘A Beautiful Planet’ Features “Out Of This World” Canon 4K Imagery

Using Canon Cameras and Lenses, Teams Shooting from the International Space Station Capture Breathtaking Images of Our Planet from a Vantage Point Few Get to See

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 14, 2016 – The future of 4K filmmaking is looking up — in fact, all the way to space. A Beautiful Planet, the latest 3D space documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers and IMAX Entertainment, made in cooperation with NASA, will premiere in IMAX in New York on April 16 and was shot primarily in space using Canon cameras and lenses.  The film will be shown to the public exclusively in IMAX® and IMAX® 3D theaters beginning April 29.

The Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera and EOS-1D C 4K cameras were transported from Earth to the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2014 via an unmanned supply ship, and were received by NASA astronaut Terry Virts, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the European Space Agency and Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. This was the first time that 4K cameras were brought aboard the space station for a commercial film project. During a six-month mission at the ISS, Virts, Cristoforetti and Shkaplerov worked closely with NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Butch Wilmore, Scott Kelly, and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to take turns using Canon’s advanced digital cameras and lenses to film footage of lightning storms, the continents, volcanoes, coral reefs and bright city lights on Earth for the film. One of the film’s greatest and most dramatic highlights, the striking imagery of the Northern Lights--or the aurora borealis-- was captured by NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren. These awe-inspiring images were previously unattainable in such stunning resolution.

The Canon EOS C500 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) Digital Cinema Camera is capable of originating uncompressed RAW output for external recording to meet the demands of premium cinematic productions and other top-quality production markets. It features a Super 35mm, 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and an expansive range of recording and output options specifically for 4K and 2K image acquisition. The compact, lightweight Canon EOS-1D C Digital SLR camera delivers outstanding video performance and provides video recording at 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) or Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) resolution to support high-end motion picture, television production and other advanced imaging applications.

‘A Beautiful Planet’ joins Canon at NAB
A gallery of still images taken on the ISS with the Canon EOS-1D C camera and Canon lenses during the shooting of the film will be shown at the Canon booth # C4325 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show, April 18-21, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV. During NAB, the film’s Director of Photography, James Neihouse, ASC, will speak at Canon’s stage on the challenges and benefits of shooting in space. Joining him will be Marsha Ivins, a consultant on the film, former NASA astronaut, and a veteran of five space shuttle missions. Neihouse has worked on more than 30 IMAX films including Space Station 3D and Hubble 3D and trained more than 25 shuttle and space-station crews on the intricacies of large-format filmmaking.

The documentary, A Beautiful Planet was produced, written, and directed by Toni Myers, and is narrated by Academy Award®-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.

About A Beautiful Planet
A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). From space, Earth blazes at night with the electric intensity of human expansion — a direct visualization of our changing world. But it is within our power to protect the planet. As we continue to explore and gain knowledge of our galaxy, we also develop a deeper connection to the place we all call home. From IMAX Entertainment and Toni Myers — the acclaimed filmmaker behind celebrated IMAX® documentaries Hubble 3D, and Space Station 3D — A Beautiful Planet presents an awe-inspiring glimpse of Earth and a hopeful look into the future of humanity.

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Sport picture of the day: full-on action at Chester races

Kingston Kurrajong, ridden by David Probert, leads the field with eventual winner Viren’s Army, second left, on his shoulder in the Betdaq Dee Stakes during Boodles City Day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester Racecourse

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‘People were looking for a focus for their anxieties, and Greenham was it’

CND activist Annie Tunnicliffe delivers a papier-mache missile to Greenham Common, October 1981

People forget what the cold war atmosphere was like. Nuclear war seemed a very real possibility, so the news in 1980 that, in response to the Soviet Union’s ramping up of its weapons, US cruise missiles would be stationed at RAF Greenham Common was terrifying. We felt very frightened for our kids. It was an outrage.

The following year, I read a notice in the Guardian by Ann Pettitt, who was organising a women’s march from Wales to Greenham in Berkshire, in protest. I desperately wanted to join them – I’d been a member of CND since the 1960s – but my teaching job and small children didn’t allow me to. Instead, I went along to support them on the day they arrived. There were around 50 women, with men in support, carrying baggage or looking after children. Their role has got a bit lost; they were some of the first feminist men.

Related: Chris McClure poses on the cover of Arctic Monkeys’ debut album, 2006

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Boys do cry, Hatoum electrifies and dada sells out – the week in art

George Shaw unveils the fruits of his National Gallery residency, Ai Weiwei gets into the film business and we salute Marisol – all in your weekly art dispatch

George Shaw
Humbrol model aircraft paints take on the masters of oil painting as Turner nominee Shaw shows off the results of his National Gallery residency.
National Gallery, London, 11 May–30 October.

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Two in one: LG G5 camera review

DP Review News - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 15:14

DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

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The LG G5 succeeds last year's G4 and is the first LG smartphone with a dual-camera setup. With an F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, the main 16MP module is very similar to the G4 in terms of specification and provides a 78-degree angle of view which is in line with most current high-end smartphone cameras.

But here's where things get interesting: the second lens comes with an F2.4 aperture and 8MP sensor and captures a 135-degree super wide-angle image. In the camera app you can switch between lenses via a button, and when using the digital zoom the camera switches seamlessly between the two modules. As before, the autofocus is assisted by a laser that measures the subject distance.  

There is also an optional camera grip that should make the G5 particularly appealing to mobile photographers. The G5's 2,800mAh battery is removable and slots into the device from the bottom. The latter clips away when a release button is pressed which allows you to attach a number of replaceable modules, one of which is the CAM Plus camera grip. It comes with an additional 1,200mAh of battery capacity and offers power, shutter, video and zoom buttons. It also lets you lock exposure and provides a more comfortable grip. We've put the G5 and the CAM Plus grip through its paces. Read our full review to find out how they performed.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications
  • 16MP main camera
  • F1.8 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 8MP secondary super wide angle camera with F2.4 aperture
  • 8MP, F2.0 front camera
  • 4K video
  • 120 fps 720p slow motion video
  • Optional camera grip with shutter button and control dial
Other Specifications
  • 5.3-inch 1440p display
  • Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • microSD support
  • 2,800 mAh battery
Our 9-page review

We've considered every aspect of the LG G5 with the photographer in mind. We examined the user interface of the native camera app and its special features. We experimented with the camera's performance when taking stills and video, and had a play with the device's many special feature modes. Click any of the links below for more information of specific functions and continue to our conclusion for a final summary of our findings.

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Unconquerable majesty: how I fell for America's national parks

For more than 100 years, tourists and photographers have flocked to America’s national parks. Tim Dowling salutes the spectacular lakes, canyons – and rangers

America’s national parks in pictures

Some years ago, my family and I paid a visit to the Rainbow Bridge national monument in Utah. It’s a natural stone arch, roughly the same height as the Statue of Liberty, and so remote that it wasn’t located by white people until 1909. It used to require a desert hike of several days to get to the bridge, but ever since the dam turned the Glen Canyon into Lake Powell, it’s only a two-mile stroll from a convenient landing dock. When we arrived, no one was around, apart from a park ranger stationed on the path, waiting for us, ready to answer any questions we might have, and to ask us to refrain from walking under the arch, because it is a site of tremendous religious significance for several Native American tribes.

This federal employee standing in the middle of the desert – engaging, articulate, genial – seemed as much a monument as the bridge itself. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who enjoyed his job so much. We took turns posing for photographs wearing his hat.

The photographers came first, dragging their heavy, wet-plate cameras into the wilderness

I found sharing the trail with strangers in flip-flops excruciating. 'Look out!' I wanted to shout. 'It’s a mile deep!'

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100 years of America’s national parks – in pictures

Photographers have been inspired by the majesty of America’s national parks since they were founded more than a century ago

Tim Dowling hits the road

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Photo highlights of the day: a giant panda cub and the Viking Sea

A selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the year’s first newborn giant panda and fireworks on the Thames

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She takes a good picture: six forgotten female pioneers of photography

With their artful shots of friends and family, early female photographers were acclaimed for their work – then disregarded. A new exhibition celebrates their groundbreaking work and acumen, often as sharp as their camera focus

It is a photograph that positively shimmers down the years. A girl gazing confidently at the camera, holding a bowl piled high with pomegranates, its delicate blue tones carefully controlled, the dappled light highlighted by the photographer’s careful removal of pigment from the print as the picture was developed.

The picture is one of the highlights of Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age, a new exhibition at Tate Britain, which looks at the relationship between painting and photography at the turn of the 20th century, when one art was old and established and the other was in its infancy. Decorative Study, a carbon print from 1906, is in the show because it reinterprets Rossetti’s famous Proserpine from 1874 – part of the conversation between painting and photography at the time.

Any woman with the money to buy the equipment could be a photographer. It was much more difficult to take up painting

Related: The lost women: forgotten female photographers brought to light – in pictures

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Flash flooding: Chinese cyclists caught in the rain – in pictures

In her series Short Flashes, Polish photographer Wiktoria Wojciechowska captures cyclists braving the rainy season in north-east China – and reflects her own loneliness in an unfamiliar country

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Henry Talbot's glamorous Melbourne in the 1960s – in pictures

A retrospective of fashion photographer Henry Talbot at the National Gallery of Victoria chronicles a 1960s fascination with airports, planes and shiny new cars and the emergence of Melbourne as an international city. NGV’s director, Tony Ellwood, said Talbot’s photography, which was regularly published in Australian Vogue, taps into the exuberance and changing times of a generation: ‘His modern photographs depict an emerging youth culture and offer an insider’s look into a thriving cultural scene during the 1960s.’ All images by Henry Talbot and courtesy of Lynette Anne Talbot and the NGV

Henry Talbot: 1960s Fashion Photographer is at NGV Australia, Melbourne, from 7 May to 21 August

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Ready for takeoff: GoPro records rocket trip into space

DP Review News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 20:39

While you're waiting for Space X to get you into orbit, there's an easier way to enjoy an otherworldly view. A GoPro HERO 4 camera was used to record a UP Aerospace Inc. SL-10 rocket's travel into space, showing the flight at speeds of up to Mach 5.5 from Earth to an altitude of 120,700m / 396,000ft and back again. The video was recorded on November 6, 2015 during a mission to deploy the Maraia Capsule designed by NASA, and was recently showcased by GoPro on its YouTube channel.

This isn’t the first time GoPro’s action cameras have been used to record space missions. In April 2015, for example, NASA published a pair of videos showing astronauts on a spacewalk, both of which were recorded using the small action cameras. A GoPro was also used to record Felix Baumartner’s ‘Red Bull Stratos,’ a space jump that took place 24 miles above Earth. 

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No alias: Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift shows impressive early results

DP Review News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 20:23

It's been a long wait for the arrival of our Pentax K-1, but it finally is here. We wasted no time taking Ricoh's new flagship DSLR to our studio to see how the long-awaited full frame 36MP sensor stacks up to the competition. Huge thanks to LensRentals for renting us the lens for these tests.

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It's worth calling out in particular one of the major highlights of the K-1: its Pixel Shift Resolution mode that debuted in the APS-C format K-3 II last spring. We're only showing you this mode at ISO 100 for the time being, but we'll be updating our widget with higher ISOs once ACR support is updated.

The K-1's Pixel Shift Resolution mode takes four consecutive shots and moves the sensor by a single pixel each time. This means that each of the original pixel positions gets sampled by a red, a blue and two green pixels. This has a few major benefits. First, it removes the need to demosaic: you don’t have to interpolate data from the surrounding area to build up color information, which leads to less color aliasing. It also brings a modest increase in resolution because you're sampling luminance information at every pixel position and not effectively blurring it by borrowing it from surrounding pixels. The increased resolution can easily be seen by looking at the color resolution targets, or looking at the text in the center of the studio scene, which shows no aliasing and can be read down to the very last line.

Another benefit to Pixel Shift is better noise performance: because you’re taking four shots, the camera essentially captures four times as much light, which decreases relative shot noise contributions. The decreased noise levels lead to better high ISO performance, and increased dynamic range.

There's yet another benefit to Pixel Shift: the camera locks up the mechanical shutter and mirror, and uses a fully electronic shutter instead. This removes any risk of vibrations that might be caused by the mechanical shutter. For example, there's a very tiny amount of blur in single shot mode at 1/40 sec, although it's near-imperceptible without a direct comparison to a sharper, Pixel Shift image.

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Bottom's up: Emma Rice weaves A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe – in pictures

Emma Rice kicks off her Wonder season as the new artistic director of London’s Globe theatre with a gender-swapping take on Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy about the course of true love. Guardian photographer Sarah Lee was granted rare backstage access to see the show take shape.

‘It’s time for a big adventure’: Emma Rice on her opening Globe production

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, until 11 September 2016

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Salt of the Earth: a solo walking adventure in Bolivia

Mateusz Waligóra walked across the Salar de Uyuni in search of ‘undisturbed peace’

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Photo highlights of the day: elections and bubblegum

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including polling station scenes and the perils of bubblegum

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Writing on the wall: readers share their metro station art from around the world

Whether it’s artwork you walk past every day at your local underground station, or an interesting piece of art you’ve discovered on another metro system, we asked you for images of the most interesting underground art you have discovered

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Sport picture of the day: River Plate fans' star turn

At first glance this image resembles one taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, until you look closely and see the faces of the River Plate fans amid the flares and smoke at El Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires. Despite the home side dominating and winning their Copa Libertadores quarter-final second leg against Independiente del Valle 1-0, the defending champions were knocked out of the competition after failing to overcome a two-goal deficit from the first leg in Ecuador

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No vacancies: life in Mozambique's abandoned Grande Hotel – in pictures

When it opened in 1955, the Grande Hotel in the Indian Ocean city of Beira was one of the most luxurious in Africa. Photojournalist Fellipe Abreu documents the lives of the 3,500 people who now fill this long-closed hotel to capacity

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2016 National Geographic travel photographer of the year

National Geographic is inviting entries to its annual travel photographer of the year award. You can find details of how to enter here and the competition closes on 27 May 2016. Here is a small selection of photographs already submitted.

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