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Best photographs of the day: a Tenerife festival and Mud Day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including a Mud King and Queen, and Tenerife’s patron saint of fishermen

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Writing on the wall: inside London's graffiti scene – in pictures

Photographer Marc Vallée spent a year documenting a graffiti crew, exploring the tension between public and private space in London.

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The best drone photography of 2016 – in pictures

The winners in the third annual drone photography awards have been announced. Organised by the social network Dronestagram, the competition attracted more than 6,000 entries from amateur and professional drone enthusiasts across the world

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Sport picture of the day: heading into the clouds in the Tour de France

The peloton descends after the category one climb on the mountain pass of Port d’Envalira (elevation 2408 m) during stage 10 of the 2016 Tour de France, a 197km jaunt from Escaldes-Engordany to Revel

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Vorticity: Time-lapse captures the drama of storm chasing

DP Review News - Wed, 13/07/2016 - 12:00

Mike Olbinski recently spent 18 days and drove some 20,000 miles to capture one of nature's most powerful forces on camera, and in doing so has created one of the most compelling time-lapse videos we've seen in a long time. He shot some 60,000 time-lapse frames between April 15th and June 15th, 2016 and compiled them into a six minute long epic that concludes with the holy grail of storm chasing: capturing a tornado on camera. Definitely view this one in full screen mode and enjoy!

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Parachut is a subscription service for borrowing expensive camera gear

DP Review News - Wed, 13/07/2016 - 12:00

If you're really keen to shoot with a particular camera or lens, but you can't afford to buy it, you don't have many options. Renting gear for long periods of time can get very expensive, very quickly.

Parachut is a new subscription-based service that allows you to borrow from a wide variety of equipment - old and new - for $149 per month. Pitched as a service geared around 'exploration', Parachut allows subscribers to lease equipment based on their personal interests. You can add specific items to a wish list, but the precise contents of your first delivery - called a 'Chut Drop' - will be tailored to your picture-taking preferences, and skill level, and may include 'surprises'. 

Parachut is a subscription-based service for long-term leasing of photographic equipment, both old and new.

Once you take delivery of a piece of equipment, provided that you maintain your subscription, you can keep it for as long as you like. An additional $49 per month covers accidental loss or damage.

Parachut is currently in beta, and only available to US-based subscribers. Expansion to other countries is planned, and an official launch for 'founding members' is scheduled for later this year. Right now, $149 will get you on the founding members list, ready for the first Chut Drop in autumn. 

For more information, watch the (slightly cringeworthy) video, above, and check out Parachut's website. What do you think? For what amounts to almost $2000 a year, would you make use of a service like Parachut? Let us know in the comments. 

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Eyewitness: Dallas, US

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Out of my way! The colour and chaos of Mumbai's customised taxis – in pictures

Dougie Wallace spent four years photographing the drivers and passengers of Mumbai’s Premier Padmini taxis – which are now an endangered species following changes to pollution laws

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Lisa Bellear captures decades of Indigenous Australian protests – in pictures

By the time she died at the age of 45 in 2006, Lisa Bellear had collected more than 30,000 images documenting the Indigenous Australian community, largely in Melbourne, where she was based. They capture protests, marches, graffiti, community celebrations and everyday life.

A Minjungbul/Geoernpil/Noonuccal/Kanak woman from Stradbroke Island, Bellear was widely admired among Indigenous Australians for her work as a poet, activist, feminist, academic and photographer. To mark 10 years since her death, friends and family have curated an exhibition showcasing a selection of her photos, which offer a snapshot of some of the most important moments of Indigenous political history in Melbourne

• The Lisa Bellear Show is running at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne, until 17 July

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Hasselblad and DJI announce 50MP medium-format drone kit

DP Review News - Wed, 13/07/2016 - 00:54

The first product of the collaboration between Chinese drone maker DJI and Swedish medium-format camera manufacturer Hasselblad will be a long range drone fitted with the same 50MP CMOS sensor that is used in a number of current medium-format cameras, including the new X1D mirrorless camera.

What the companies are calling a ‘fully integrated aerial photography platform’ will combine DJI’s industrial Matrice 600 drone with Hasselblad’s recent A5D aerial camera. The camera, which has no moving parts of its own, will come with an adapted HC 50mm F3.5 lens that has its focus set to infinity. When used with the 50c sensor the lens offers a view similar to that which we would expect from a 42mm lens on a 35mm system camera.

DJI’s M600 can carry a maximum of 6kg/13.2lb which the company says means it can carry the Hasselblad A5D and a Ronin-MX gimbal 'with ease' – together the camera, lens and gimbal will weigh just over 4kg/8.95lb.

As both products are already on sale the bundle deal is available now priced $25,999/€24,400/¥189,999 (Chinese yuan) – all before tax. The UK price has yet to be announced. For more information see the Hasselblad and the DJI websites – below are a couple of official samples from Hasselblad.

ISO 100, F6.3, 1/500sec ISO 100, F4.5, 1/800sec

Press release:

DJI and Hasselblad introduce first joint aerial photography package

First fully integrated aerial photography platform combines DJI’s M600 with Hasselblad’s A5D.

DJI and Hasselblad today announced a fully integrated high-end aerial camera-platform bundle made up of Hasselblad’s aerial medium format camera A5D and DJI’s professional flying platform M600.

The A5D-M600 bundle is the first joint product following DJI’s recent investment in Hasselblad. The combination of the M600 and the A5D provides users with today’s most advanced aerial optics and sensors integrated with one of the world’s most reliable aerial platforms. In addition, the two companies are looking at additional joint products for the future.

‘Combining best-in-class aerial optics with the world’s most powerful aerial platform is a natural development for DJI and Hasselblad. We are delighted to provide this unique bundle to professional photographers, surveyors and mappers’, said Perry Oosting, CEO of Hasselblad.’

DJI’s M600 is designed for maximum performance and smart flight safety. The M600 is fully compatible with DJI’s advanced gimbal system the Ronin-MX. It comes fully equipped with 6 intelligent batteries, A3 flight controller, Lightbridge 2 Professional HD transmission system, a dust-proof propulsion system and powerful app control.

Hasselblad’s A5D camera combines the world’s best optics and sensors with a modern, compact design. The sensors are almost twice the size of those used in today’s best 35 mm DSLR cameras and the A5D lens comes in 50 mm.

Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) comes standard and helps optimize difficult color gradations straight out of the box. The A5D has a strong seal on the camera body and sensor unit preventing dust in the optical system.

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Wireless tethering on a budget: control your camera from your phone or tablet for $40

DP Review News - Tue, 12/07/2016 - 23:49

Wireless tethering is nothing new, but it's not exactly a cheap proposition. Well, that's changed, as Seattle-based photographer Alan Lawrence shows on his blog. For around $40, you can wirelessly control and transfer images from your camera to your phone or tablet.

In short, this DIY wireless tethering requires a TP-Link MR3040 Battery Powered 3G Wireless Router, some software, a USB cable, and some time. Lawrence says the router is similar-looking to the CamRanger, a device that offers tethering functionality out-of-the-box, but the router retails for under $30 compared to the CamRanger's $299 MSRP.

Once you've got your hands on the router (and he does say you need a specific version, which is the one linked above), you'll need a $9 app called DSLR Dashboard for Android, or QDSLR Dashboard for iOS. The last thing you'll need is a compatible USB cable, and you're almost in business.

The DSLR Dashboard website has a link to download new firmware for the router, and once you've updated that, all you have to do is connect to the wireless network you've set up and launch the app. You can control your camera from your device and download files instantly after you've taken them.

You can read all the nitty gritty details over on Alan Lawrence's blog.

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Huawei's Honor 8 comes with dual cam, no Leica branding

DP Review News - Tue, 12/07/2016 - 19:46

Huawei has today announced the latest high-end model of its sub-brand Honor. The Honor 8 is in many ways a smaller version of the phablet-device Honor V8 and also has a lot in common with Huawei's current flagship P9. Like the P9, it comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display and a dual-camera setup. The main imaging module combines the images of two 12MP sensors with F2.2 aperture but has to make to without the P9's Leica Summarit branding.

In terms of memory the device offers up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Android 6 and Huawei's EMUI 4.1 are powered by the Chinese manufacturer's in-house chipset Kirin 950 and like on the P9 there is a fingerprint sensor on the back for increased security. The 3,000 mAh battery is charged via a USB Type-C port.

The Honor will become available in China on July 19th. The base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will cost approximately $298, the top-end version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage will set you back approximately $335. No information on international availability has been revealed yet but it can be assumed the Honor 8 will be available to purchase in other regions soon. 

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Nikon D500 firmware update adds workaround for SD card errors

DP Review News - Tue, 12/07/2016 - 19:35

Nikon has released a firmware update for the D500, correcting the card error issue we discussed in our D500 review. The error — which happened once in our office and has been reported by many camera owners — manifests when some UHS-II SD cards are used (Lexar cards seem to be particularly affected). According to Nikon, these card errors are resulting from the cards themselves, not the camera.

The update takes the D500’s firmware from version 1.01 to 1.02, and only corrects the card error. Per Nikon's changelog, the new firmware does the following:

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Spencer Tunick artwork put Hull on the world stage | Letters

Congratulations to all those who made Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull such a success (Report, 9 July, theguardian.com). The streets looked stunning in the early hours of Saturday and it was wonderful to see spectacular images across the world’s media. But it was the atmosphere – filled with warmth, friendliness, humour and positivity – that made it a huge privilege to be involved. To be part of a diverse group of thousands, gathering together to cooperate in the production of art, was inspiring, life-affirming and liberating. It was a simply beautiful day. Initial nerves evaporated once the cue to strip and apply paint was given. Impromptu teams formed to make sure the painting was to Spencer’s exacting standards: bodies were checked for coverage; strangers painted strangers. At a time when we need a much greater sense of hope and togetherness, such collaborations can inspire. Hull has been a good news story around the world this week. I have never been more proud of my home town.
Richard Claxton
Filey, North Yorkshire

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The early work of Diane Arbus – in pictures

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, the Met Breuer’s exhibition of unpublished and rarely seen photographs, focuses on the years 1956-62. This period saw her develop the style which made her one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Featuring more than 100 photographs, the exhibition runs until 27 November

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The Baton Rouge protester: 'a Botticelli nymph attacked by Star Wars baddies'

The photograph of Iesha Evans at a Black Lives Matter protest has become an instant classic. Art critic Jonathan Jones assesses the image’s impact, while photographer Jonathan Bachman recalls how he captured the shot

A great photograph is a moment liberated from time. If we could see what happened before and after this beautiful stillness and hear the cacophony of yells and arguments that must have filled reality’s soundtrack at a protest in Baton Rouge against the taking of black lives, the heroic stand of Iesha L Evans would just be a fragile glimpse of passing courage. It might even be entirely lost in the rush of images and noise. Instead, Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman was able to preserve a simple human act of quiet bravery and give it an almost religious power.

It is not just that time has frozen but that, in stopping its stream, the camera has revealed a near-supernatural radiance protecting Evans, as if her goodness were a force field. The heavily armoured police officers inevitably look slightly inhuman. They may have good reason to wear such all-covering protective suits and helmets, so soon after a sniper killed five officers who were policing a protest in Dallas but, in their hi-tech riot gear, they unfortunately resemble futuristic insectoid robots, at once prosthetically dehumanised and squatly, massively, menacingly masculine.

Related: 'She was making her stand': image of Baton Rouge protester an instant classic

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New infrared image of Orion Nebula surprises ESO researchers

DP Review News - Tue, 12/07/2016 - 15:53

ESO/H. Drass et al. Music: Johan B. Monell (www.johanmonell.com)

A new image from the European Southern Observatory in Chile is making researchers reconsider what they thought they knew about the Orion Nebula. The image comes courtesy of the Very Large Telescope's HAWK-I infrared imager, and provides the deepest view of the nebula ever recorded. According to ESO, the imagery 'reveals many more very faint planetary-mass objects than expected.'

Multiple infrared exposures were layered to get this new look into the nebula, and you can see a comparison of how the infrared images compare to visible light. ESO has made the videos available for download in resolutions up to 4K.

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Les Rencontres d'Arles 2016 review – twin towers and sub-Saharan slums

Arles, France
Festival director Sam Stourdze gathers a powerful response to the 9/11 attacks, while African photographic talent is showcased – and rightfully awarded

The Arles photography festival has been in transition for several years, looking forward to the medium’s exciting but uncertain post-digital future while also looking back at its past. This year, there are homages to veterans such as Don McCullin, Sid Grossman and Peter Mitchell, but much more work that questions the very idea of old-fashioned observation.

We live in an age where the emphasis is on process – image manipulation, performance, collage, archival appropriation – so it is perhaps unsurprising there is now a tendency towards elaborate over-curation. In this context, a group show entitled Nothing But Blue Skies is a lesson in the power of a single unifying subject ambitiously explored: the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers.

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Take a look around: traditional stills versus VR in Iceland

DP Review News - Tue, 12/07/2016 - 14:44
Introduction Time to relax - does VR capture lower the barrier for creating memorable vacation content? Let's take a look. Nikon D810 + Nikon AF-S 35mm F1.4G @ F2 | 1/8000 sec | ISO 200. Photo by Carey Rose

Back in April, two friends and I took a trip to Iceland, spending eight days circumnavigating the island via its famous ring road. Happily, around that time we were looking for some updated content for our review of the Nikon D810, so I took one along and wrote up a shooting experience.

In general, though, I enjoy documenting my travels even when I'm just traveling for fun. I find it to be a nice creative recharge, simply photographing for myself, in my style, with my choice of equipment. Of course, the D810 I borrowed wasn't my personal equipment, but it was near-ideal for the sorts of situations I found myself in (plus, handling-wise, it isn't quite so different from the D700 I was originally planning on bringing).

But now we've got VR technology beginning to make waves in the consumer electronics industry. What's more, capture devices are getting more accessible: the Ricoh Theta S retails for just $349, making it a cheaper proposition than most DSLRs, as well as my secondhand X100 and Ricoh GR, which are my usual go-to cameras for casual photography.

The Ricoh Theta S carries an MSRP of $349, and offers full 360 stills and video capture as well as smartphone integration.

At its core, the act of taking a photograph requires some translation of the 360-degree setting in which the photographer stands into a two-dimensional window, for viewing on the web or in print. But 360-degree VR capture changes that. When you're literally just capturing the entirety of a scene around you, is there value in it for other viewers? When you've removed one of the most basic creative tenets of capturing a photograph, what are you left with?

During our time in Iceland, my friends and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to borrow a Ricoh Theta S as well. Without any prior experience, we tried to use it as we did our DSLRs - to see if and how it could offer value to us above and beyond our traditional camera kits.

Click-and-drag on a desktop or laptop to view the 360 footage. All 'traditional' photographs by Carey Rose, and all Theta S 360 images by Jordan Stead.

360-degree viewing methods

Spoiler alert - when viewing the Theta S footage on a 2D viewing device, such as a laptop or smartphone, I find the results somewhat underwhelming. And throughout this article, you will, of course, notice that the files from the Ricoh are a little low-res, and lack some 'pop' that you can see in files from the D810. This shouldn't really be a surprise given the dramatic differences in hardware, so I'll be focusing on the viewing experience concerning the 360-stills rather than outright image quality.

Here's a collection of stills captured on a D810 from a black sand beach outside Vik, in southern Iceland.

The top two images are shot with a 35mm prime, and the bottom two with an 80-200mm F2.8 zoom. Now, as I alluded to in my shooting experience, these may not be your standard picture-perfect postcard images from this setting. But that's okay, because that's not generally how I shoot when I'm shooting for myself. I like to use several different photos to focus on several different aspects of a scene, as opposed to shooting wider-angle 'overall' photos that get more of a sense of place in a single image. Something approaching the latter is what you get when you use the Theta S. 

I find viewing the 360 as you see it above in a web browser or on a mobile phone to be somewhat 'distant.' The distortion is strong, and therefore distorts the sense of place, even though you can see everything in the scene. Everything also feels very far away, which ties in with an overall sense of detachment I feel looking at it, even though I know that I'm just a little ways down the beach in the image. You can zoom into the 360 image to reduce the distortion somewhat, but then the experience becomes even less immersive.

The overall feeling I get is of a person quickly taking an eye-level wide-angle photograph of something in front of them (not a criticism of my friend Jordan who was shooting with the Theta - the 360's I took on this trip also had the same feel). Also, if you happen to view it on a phone, by default you 'look' around the scene by reorienting your phone in 3D space, which makes you look very silly if you are looking at it in public.

But then I looked at it through a Galaxy Gear VR headset, and everything changed.

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How did you store your memories before the internet?

Show us how you kept your memories before Snapchat and Facebook came into our lives

Our life experiences are now filed away in digital cabinets and the arrival of Snapchat’s new Memories feature isn’t doing any favours for analogue methods of memory-keeping.

But we’re not ready to let go just yet. We want to see photos of your diaries, scrapbooks and family albums. We want to hear stories of how you and your loved ones have collected sentimental objects and documented moments that you wanted to hold on to.

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