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Rubbish repurposed: tiny scrap sculptures – in pictures

Since 2005, Philadelphia graphic designer Lydia Ricci has been creating miniature sculptures from scrap materials. From cars to telephones, hairdryers to sun loungers, Ricci has made a miscellany of objects out of receipts, tape measures and even her childhood dictionary. “These objects have personalities and roles in our lives, so I wanted to capture that,” she says, explaining that her creations reflect memories from her own life. Each 5in sculpture is created in a day, sits on a shelf at home and is deliberately rough. “They’re very forgiving because there’s no messing up.” Inspired by a swinging trapeze she has made, Ricci hopes to make more of her creations move as the project continues.

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All dressed up: the photography of Emily Dickey and Dustin LeFevre

DP Review News - Sat, 04/02/2017 - 11:00
All dressed up: the photography of Emily Dickey and Dustin LeFevre

Utah Badlands, Utah

Emily Dickey and Dustin LeFevre are landscape photographers who seek out remote locations. A couple of years ago, they started to complement their standard landscape images with something a little different – portraits of themselves in formalwear, adding a human element and a dramatic sense of scale to their work. And it's no coincidence that Dickey wears a wedding dress in some of their images: the couple got married last summer.

Putting images of this nature together is no easy task, and a great deal of work goes into each image presented here. Find out how they do it by clicking through the Q&A above.

To see more of their work check out Emily's Instagram, Dustin's Instagram and their website.

The ‘selfie’ has become all the rage in landscape photography as of late and you two have definitely taken that to a new level. What inspired you to work on such an ambitious project?

Vestrahorn, Iceland

We were planning a trip to Iceland and saw elopement photos that had been taken there and thought they were stunning. After seeing them, we decided that we wanted a good picture or two of us dressed up while we were visiting. Since we weren’t bringing a portrait photographer along with us, we thought we could try to do it ourselves.

We found a location, set up the camera and took a few shots. We managed to get a decent photo and now whenever we go on a photo trip, we tend to pack some formals so we can get unique portrait shots in some beautiful locations.

How much planning goes into shooting these types of portraits in such remote locations? What are some of the challenges that you face?

Factory Butte, Utah

We usually will have visited a location a few times before deciding that we want to bring our formals along with us. If it’s a new location, we will research whether it’s a sunrise or sunset location and try to show up early enough to find a good composition. Some locations require us to pack our clothing with us and hike in a few miles. We usually have to find a spot to change, to fix our hair after hiking, etc. Wearing a dress is a challenge in most of the places we shoot in. It can be tricky to walk around in and it can be cold and uncomfortable.

Posing is the most difficult challenge because there isn’t anyone there to direct us and sometimes (most of the time) we don’t nail it and have to try again. It can be frustrating running back and forth to the camera to see if we got a decent shot. It’s also difficult giving up the good light to portraits rather than landscape photography. Since our passion is landscape photography, we usually hurry through our portrait shots, grab our cameras and tripods and frantically run around in our formal wear trying to get a landscape shot as well.

What gear do you use to ‘get the shot’?

The Wave, Arizona

We use a Nikon D810 for most of our shots and a Gitzo GT1541 tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball head. We use a RFN-4s Wireless Remote Shutter Release when we can but the range can be a limiting factor.

If we are too far away from the camera, we have to set the in-camera intervalometer to take a photo every few seconds.

Do you work with natural light on location, or do you bring other pieces of equipment (such as reflectors and flashes) to get the results that you’re looking for?

Rock Tsunami, Utah

We are both big believers in natural light and all our selfies were done without additional lighting equipment. Shooting with a D810 allows us to use the incredible DR that the camera offers to emphasize the natural light present in the scene through post processing.

What’s your favorite portrait that you’ve taken so far? How did you go about getting that shot?

The Wave, Arizona

Our favorite portrait of us was taken at The Wave, Arizona. Conditions couldn’t have been better. The temperature was just right, the sky had dark, dramatic clouds all morning and there was a slight breeze. We hiked up to the top of a butte right above the famous Wave formation. Dustin told me to lean back as he held my arm and the wind caught my dress. The pose ended up looking like figurines on top of a wedding cake, so we like to call the photo 'Cake Toppers.'

It was very hard to try and look relaxed as I was leaning backwards over what would be a very steep fall. Another random visitor there was videoing us, just waiting to catch the moment.

What’s the toughest location that you’ve ever shot in?

Grand County, Utah. After a trying hike and challenging shoot the previous day, Dustin set up his camera and surprised Emily by asking her to marry him.

We decided to hike up on a butte in the desert and planned to spend the night there, so we had our backpacking gear and our formal clothing with us. We hiked up late in the afternoon on Memorial Day so it was quite hot and there was no shade. Even though it’s a fairly short hike, it was a very long hour to make it to the top. We finally made it to our location and a few minutes later, the wind started howling. There wasn’t a place for us to pitch our tent with the wind. Finally, the wind died down and we took some formals.

Do you have any big portrait locations planned for 2017?

Avenue of the Giants, CA

We haven’t planned anything specifically, but we are planning a trip to Oregon later this year and we will be bringing our formals along with us. The wedding dress is still in good condition, so I'm thinking we might have to find a fun way to destroy it.

Who or what inspires you to continue shooting?

White Pocket, Arizona

Instagram is a great community where we are constantly finding inspiration from fellow photographers. We have met so many good friends and talented photographers online, too.

Do you have any tips for aspiring landscape and/or portrait photographers?

Vestrahorn, Iceland

Inspiration can come from anywhere and strike at any time. Don't get hung up on what other photographers/artists have or have not done. Almost all of us have started out by trying to emulate photographers that we admire and there is nothing wrong with that. It's a great way to learn.

If you limit yourself to what has not already been done, you are allowing yourself to be influenced by others, almost as much as copying them. You will develop your own 'voice' over time, through practice. Lots of practice.

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This video is great reminder why you should follow posted signs in National Parks

DP Review News - Sat, 04/02/2017 - 08:01

The 61G lava Ocean Entry event happening on Hawaii's Big Island has been in the news a lot lately. If you somehow haven't yet seen the dramatic footage of red-hot lava spewing from the side of a cliff, well, you're in for a treat. But as enticing as it might be to onlookers and photographers trying to get a better view, mother nature just provided a gentle reminder why you should stay a safe distance away.

See also: exhibit B. It may seem obvious that the edge of a cliff next to a lava 'firehose' as it's called is nowhere for a tripod, but not everyone seems to get that. A park official tells ABC News that she sees people crossing boundaries from designated viewing areas to unsafe zones every day. Geologists are monitoring the area daily for signs of trouble, but the most recent collapse occurred without warning.

Photo courtesy USGS. The image above shows the cliff pre-collapse.

Consider this your daily reminder to obey posted signs in natural areas and to get your shot from a designated viewing area – lava or no lava.

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Sony image sensor sales increase, camera and Xperia sales drop

DP Review News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 21:03

Sony has announced its financial results for Q4 2016 and the numbers show that the Japanese company's image sensor division has performed well. Within the semiconductors segment, image sensor sales have increased by 40% year-on-year which is largely due to significantly increased sales of image sensors for mobile devices.

Digital camera sales have slightly decreased from 1.8 to 1.6 million units, resulting in a 9.6% revenue decrease. On the plus side, the company has noted a continued improvement in terms of product mix, with a shift to high value-add models.

Sony upped its forecast for the financial year but the new figures would still mean a 34% fall in sales volume and a 17% fall in sales by value, compared with 2015.

Things don't look quite as good in the phone division. The company shipped a total of 5.1 million Xperia phones in the quarter, which is down by around 33% year-on-year. Total mobile revenue for the quarter was ¥249bn ($2.2bn). Sony blames lower than expected sales in Europe for the decrease. The forecast for the fiscal year, which ends in March, was also lowered from 17 million to 15 million units.

You can find all of the details at Sony's investor relations site.

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Despite recent stumbles, GoPro still plans to release HERO6 this year

DP Review News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 20:16
GoPro's HERO5 models were delayed last year due to production issues.

Despite having a rough go of it over the last several months, GoPro is still committed to releasing a HERO6 action-cam later this year. The company experienced production delays with its HERO5 action-cam as well as a recall of its Karma drone, so some industry analysts were concerned that GoPro might be moving to a 2-year production cycle.

That's not the case, according to CEO Nick Woodman, speaking during the company's earnings call transcript:

"Yes, we can confirm there will be new cameras and other accessories released during the year and new camera namely being HERO6. But we're not going to share any information as to the timing or any other details around the release of those new products as you can imagine."

It should come as no surprise that the company is keeping its next-gen HERO under wraps but regardless, it's good news for action-cam lovers who want the latest and greatest.

Source: Seeking Alpha via Engadget

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Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can

DP Review News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 19:30

DxO is running a promotion through February giving away free licenses for OpticsPro 9, its Raw processing software. You'll miss out on the latest camera/lens support and features offered by OpticsPro 11, but hey, it's free.

To get in on the offer you'll just need to provide DxO with an email address to which you'll be sent an activation code. Unfortunately, you won't be able to upgrade the license, so you'll have to buy the latest version outright if you want support for the most recent cameras and lenses. You can check DxO's list of supported cameras and lenses here.

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Capture One Pro 10.0.2 update adds new camera and lens support

DP Review News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 19:12

Phase One has released an update for its Capture One Pro software, taking it up to version 10.0.2. The update implements various bug fixes for both the Windows and macOS versions of the software, and adds new support for Fujifilm, Panasonic, Nikon, Olympus, and Canon cameras and Tamron, Panasonic and Sony lenses.

In addition to adding support for the new cameras and lenses, Capture One Pro 10.0.2 now fixes a pair of issues in Windows, one involving the Skin Tone white balance picker not working and another bug that affected the Lens Correction Shift feature.

For the macOS version, Phase One has fixed four issues: the same Lens Correction Shift problem found in the Windows application, as well as Open CL errors, an Error Code 19 issue during batch processing, and a bug affecting the Find and Replace Batch Rename feature.

Capture One Pro 10.0.2 now supports the following cameras and lenses:

10.0.2 Camera Support

  • Fujifilm X100F Support
  • Olympus E-PL6 Support
  • Fujifilm X-A3 Support
  • Panasonic LX9/LX10/LX15
  • Panasonic G8/G80/G81/G85
  • Canon M5 Support
  • Nikon 1 J5 Support

10.0.2 Lens Support

  • Sony DT 18–250mm F3.5–6.3
  • Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
  • Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH
  • Panasonic LUMIX G LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH
  • Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4 ASPH
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (EF Canon)
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‘It took four hours and the soup was cold’: being the face of Cup-a-Soup

Derek Lamden recalls how he came to embody beef and tomato in the 1970s

I was going to be an actor, and for a time, I was. As a child, I was in the original West End productions of The Sound Of Music, Camelot and Babes In The Wood. In 1968, I made the film Baby Love, which starred Keith Barron and Diana Dors. I had a nude shower sequence. I remember seeing a poster for the film in neon lights in Piccadilly Circus – it was so exciting. I was still a teenager.

But actors have little control over their lives; you can wait six months for a job, and then have to take the next one that comes in even if you don’t like it. And I really hated signing on, because I wanted to be doing something, anything, in the industry.

Related: ‘Our parents went without food so we could eat’: growing up in Manchester in the 1960s

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Hockney, volcanoes and Renaissance robots – the week in art

The Tate’s big David Hockney show opens and the Turner Contemporary looks at how women have turned craft into art – all in your weekly art dispatch

David Hockney
Hockney is one of the most original and important artists we have ever given the world – this will be a smash hit and rightly so.
Tate Britain, London, 9 February-29 May.

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Readers' travel photography competition: January – the winners

Fittingly, there are some fabulous wintry images in our first readers’ competition of the year. Scroll down to see the winner, who receives a £200 holiday voucher from Exodus Travels. The overall 2017 winner will go on a 16-night wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with Exodus

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A celebration of the work of black architects – in pictures

Only 2% of architects in the US are people of color, but a new exhibition at the Center for Architecture celebrates their work. Involving a range of international projects, the collaboration with the New York Coalition of Black Architects and the National Organization of Minority Architects showcases designs including memorials to the slave trade and family housing in Haiti. Say It Loud runs until 1 April in New York

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Nikon D5600 sample gallery

DP Review News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 11:00

New to the US (but not to the rest of the world), the Nikon D5600 builds on the strengths of its mid-range predecessor. Its well-regarded 24MP APS-C sensor is complemented now by SnapBridge (a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/NFC combo), an improved touchscreen experience and a new time-lapse feature. We've had the D5600 on hand long enough to put together a preliminary sample gallery.

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Postcards from the edge: travels in Trump's banned countries

‘I firmly believe travel helps break down ignorance and suspicion.’ Kevin Rushby reflects on the warmth and hospitality he has encountered in the countries now on President Trump’s ‘bad’ list

President Trump’s list of bad countries – Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Libya – bears an uncanny, and unfortunate, resemblance to my own list of favourite places. Except I was often lucky enough to be in some of those countries before the current round of foreign interference, globalisation, climate change, arms-dealing and war dragged them to ruin and misery. Looking back though, the signs of problems ahead were there, but I still believe that travel is a powerful ally in the war against ignorance and suspicion. Here are some of the people and places I encountered on my travels.

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Eyewitness: Damascus, Syria

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Creative Cloud subscribers in the UK and Sweden can expect price hikes starting next month

DP Review News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 08:01

Citing 'fluctuating foreign exchange rates', Adobe has notified Creative Cloud subscribers in the UK and Sweden that they can expect to see their fees increase soon. The price hikes will take effect starting March 6 for month-to-month subscribers; members who have paid for a full year will see a price increase when they renew their plans.

Prices vary by plan, but users are reporting around a £10 per month increase 20% increase per month (Edited: it seems student plans with special introductory pricing lapsing are seeing a much bigger increase). Emails sent to affected members pointed to a page on Adobe's support site with an explanation:

'Currency exchange rates have fluctuated significantly over the last few years. Like many US-based global companies, Adobe is making pricing adjustments in a number of countries to offset fluctuations in foreign exchange rate. Starting on March 6, 2017, the price of Adobe products in the United Kingdom and Sweden will be increased. Existing customers will receive information about their subscription pricing directly from Adobe.'

Are you affected by the price increase? Let us know in the comments.

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Quiz: guess the city from its skyline

A city’s skyline can be its defining feature – from Sydney’s Opera House to New York’s skyscrapers – but can you identify places based on their skylines alone?

New York

Dubai

Cairo

Delhi

Shanghai

Toronto

Singapore

Seoul

Dublin

Edinburgh

London

Oxford

Bangkok

Dubai

Cairo

Singapore

Paris

Cairo

Moscow

Milan

Vancouver

Beijing

Chicago

Perth

Toronto

Mumbai

Seattle

Sydney

Frankfurt

Seoul

Cincinnati

Melbourne

Moscow

Istanbul

Sao Paulo

Shanghai

Frankfurt

Toronto

Ankara

Seattle

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COOPH reveals new leather accessory collection

DP Review News - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 18:37
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Photography accessory and apparel maker COOPH has launched its latest collection of leather accessories. The camera strap, memory card holder and wrist strap are all handmade in Hungary from vegetable-tanned Italian leather and available in a range of colors and sizes.

The leather strap is available in lengths of 98, 108 or 120cm (38.5, 42.5 or 47.2in) and comes with an attached SD-card holder. It retails for €59 ($64). The wrist strap is made from padded, natural materials and is built for durability. It will set you back €69 ($75). The leather card holders offer space for up to four SD-cards and three credit cards in a compact design. They are also available at €69 ($75). More information is available on the COOPH website.

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FILM Ferrania P30 black and white film will get a limited 'ALPHA' release

DP Review News - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 18:33

FILM Ferrania has announced the ‘rebirth’ of its P30 black and white film, which will be made available soon as a limited 'ALPHA' edition. This 80 ISO panchromatic offering is described by FILM Ferrania as ‘motion picture film for still photography,’ reintroducing the P30 stock first launch by the company in the 1960's. Says Ferrania, P30 ALPHA ‘has no peers in the modern analog film market.’

Ferrania introduced the limited edition product via a tweet yesterday, pointing photographers toward the P30 ALPHA’s product page and a new video (below). According to the company, its pre-production batch of film presents ‘various defects’ like contrast issues and scratches, but these issues will not be present in the finalized commercial film product. 'That said, this film is an ALPHA edition for a clear reason,' the company stressed.

The company has released a gallery of photos taken with the pre-production film on its P30 website. Photographer Adam Goldberg has also published a series of photographs taken with the film on his Tumblr. According to Ferrania, sales of the film will start in mid-February; no prices have been revealed.

Via: PetaPixel

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Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art DxO results: a new king is crowned

DP Review News - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 16:00

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DxO just published its score for the Nikon mount Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM A. Drumroll please: it received the highest score ever for a lens on DxO, a 50 when mounted to a D810 and a 51 when mounted to the D800E. What's even more impressive is that it actually scored a perfect 36 P-Mpix for image sharpness on a D810, which has a 36MP sensor.

That's pretty incredible. We know that sharpness isn't everything when it comes to shooting portraits, but you have to admire the sheer feat of engineering that Sigma was able to accomplish with this lens. 

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sample gallery

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Panama's palms and paintballing at Pablo's, Colombia: Instagram snapshots

Pablo Escobar’s former retreat near Medellín is one stop on adventurer Eddie Smith’s tour of the lush landscapes of Colombia and Panama

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