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‘As a young footballer, it was something you dream of’: the day my school team beat QPR

School football captain David Smith remembers playing Queens Park Rangers in 1962

I was captain of my school football team in west London. It was the school’s centenary in 1962, and my last year of sixth form. We had such a strong sporting record, we asked Queens Park Rangers if we could play them in their stadium, which was just down the road. When the manager, Alec Stock, agreed, we couldn’t believe it.

I was a big QPR fan. My grandfather and father used to take me when I was a boy. We would jump on the bus from Acton to Shepherd’s Bush. We’d go through the old-fashioned turnstiles and then Grandad would make sure I got into the boys’ enclosure behind the goal; he and dad would be behind me on the terraces. Football stadiums then weren’t the comfortable palaces they are today – most of the ground was standing.

Related: ‘I was proud to be a road sweeper’: Julia Pidgeon, London, July 1975

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Gender resistance, Italian merchants and Mumbai – the week in art

The National Portrait Gallery in London opens its exhibition setting the work of French surrealist Claude Cahun against English conceptualist Gillian Wearing – plus more in your weekly art dispatch

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun
The powerful, eerie, gender-resisting surrealist photography of Claude Cahun is juxtaposed with the work of Turner prize winner Gillian Wearing.
National Portrait Gallery, London, 9 March-29 May.

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Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G ED VR sample gallery

DP Review News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:00

The AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 VR is a budget-friendly tele-zoom designed for Nikon's APS-C DSLRs, translating to a 105-450mm equivalent view of the world. The lens debuted in August 2016 alongside a slightly cheaper version without Nikon's Vibration Reduction. We've spent some time with the VR-equipped version of the lens – take a look at some sample images with the D5600 and D500.

See our Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G ED VR sample gallery

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Hands-on with AirSelfie, a mini selfie drone that's on sale now

DP Review News - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 09:00
Hands-on with AirSelfie

Remember AirSelfie? Start your 'getting off the ground jokes,' because the mini-drone camera is now on sale to the general public. The company behind the Kickstarter project is in the process of servicing its initial backers.

The device is designed to allow individuals and groups to take self-portraits from a greater distance than an out-stretched arm or selfie-stick will allow. As it has a very short range (20m/66ft) and limited flying time, AirSelfie is technically not classified as a drone. Thus it stands beyond the legislation and licensing laws that complicate flying larger camera drones - meaning that anyone can use one.

Hands-on with AirSelfie

Fitted with a lens with an angle of view (69°) that corresponds with what you’d expect from a 30mm on a 135 body, the camera is capable of capturing far more scenery and the subject's surroundings from its maximum flying distance from the controller, and the 5MP sensor is good for 1080p HD video at 30fps as well as for stills. A 4GB memory card is built-in to store images, which can be transferred either through the built-in 2.4GHz Wi-Fi to a smartphone or via USB directly to a computer.

Hands-on with AirSelfie

The AirSelfie is controlled through a smartphone app that’s available for Apple and Android devices, and a self-timer allows users to put the phone out of sight before the picture is taken. As the device weighs only 61g it could be susceptible to being blown off course outside, but an undercarriage camera is designed to keep it hovering over the same spot while sonar helps to maintain a consistent height. The sonar also informs the device when it is coming into land so that the fans are slowed and switched off automatically – which makes it safer to catch!

Hands-on with AirSelfie

The four fans are driven by 7.4v brushless motors and powered by a 260mAh lithium polymer battery. On a full charge users can enjoy up to three minutes of flight, but an accessory power bank can deliver 50% charge in just ten minutes, and a full charge in 40 minutes.

Hands-on with AirSelfie

When not in use the AirSelfie can be housed in the back of a charging phone case designed for specific models.

Hands-on with AirSelfie

The company says it has used an anti-vibration construction inside the AirSelfie to reduce the impact of the rotating blades on the quality of image that can be created, but it isn’t clear yet what ISO or shutter speed range the device has to help it avoid camera shake.
The gadget seems very well made and is metal casing appears reasonably robust, while the rotor blades are protected from crash damage as they are positioned within the casing. The noise created will be acceptable outside and at parties, but this isn’t the kind of drone that can be deployed to capture a romantic moment in a restaurant without annoying the other guests.

Hands-on with AirSelfie

Orders for the AirSelfie will be delivered in May/June and it costs £220/€259 with the phone cover and £229/€269 with the power bank instead. For more information see the AirSelfie website.

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Land of blood and honey: David Rubinger's Israel – in pictures

With an unflinching eye for poignant, even horrifying detail, David Rubinger’s images of Israel showed the chaos and humanity behind the headlines

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The high art of Erik Madigan Heck's fashion photography – in pictures

From heady shots for Mary Kantrantzou to dreamy scenes for Dries Van Noten, the American artist’s work is being published in a new book. Taking inspiration from painting, his photographs are at once timeless and futuristic

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World Wildlife Day photography competition finalists

Ten finalists capture the theme of ‘through young eyes’ in this young photographers’ competition that aims to engage youth around the world in wildlife conservation. The winner will be announced at noon EST in New York

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Google patent details a hat with a wearable camera and bone conduction speaker

DP Review News - Thu, 02/03/2017 - 19:24

Google was recently granted a patent it filed in 2013 that details a hat with a built-in camera system able to pair with a mobile device for the purpose of ‘interactive sessions.’ While a baseball cap in particular seems like a somewhat odd choice for a wearable, the system itself sounds fairly straight-forward as a portable studio of sorts for live broadcasting video and snapping photos.

The system revolves around the camera, but includes related technologies to encompass a complete system. This system includes a speaker that transmits audio to the user via bone conduction, a module that uses vibrations to direct the user's attention from one side to another, and a microphone, as well as a built-in battery to power it all.

The intended purpose for the wearable camera system appears multifaceted. One obvious purpose is capturing content and sharing it via the mobile app whether directly or as a live broadcast. The patent indicates the system could also be used for more utilitarian things as well, though, such as getting help from a remote entity (a line worker sharing a problem with someone at a facility, for example).

Whether this patent will ever be turned into a consumer product -- and whether that product would actually be based around a baseball cap -- is unclear at this time.

Via: Mashable

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Princess Mary, Julia Gillard and the Dalai Lama: 25 years of Auspic – gallery

As the official government photographer, David Foote’s images of world leaders, royalty and Australian prime ministers have captured moments in history for a quarter of a century. Now an exhibition of Foote’s work for the Australian government’s photographic service, The Official Observer: 25 years of Auspic, is being held at Parliament House, Canberra, until 14 May

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Prisma update adds in-app filter store

DP Review News - Thu, 02/03/2017 - 18:43

Prisma is a wildly popular iOS and Android app that uses a mix of neural networks, artificial intelligence and cloud-based machine learning to apply a range of filter effects to photos and videos. The resulting images mimic styles of artists such as Munch or Picasso.

However, even though Prisma effects tend to be located at the more interesting end of the filter spectrum, there is a chance you won't quite find what you are looking for when planning to enhance your images or videos. Thankfully, Prisma is now expanding the number of filters on offer by adding a filter-store to the Android and iOS versions of its app. This addition allows you to download new filters and remove existing ones from your app, creating your personal filter collection. To start with Prisma will add new effects every week, but the plan is to add them daily. At some point there should also be user reviews and filter sharing capabilities.

For now filters in the store are free, but we don't know if that is going to change at some point in the future. Prisma also says the most active users will get an opportunity to create their own styles and share them with Prisma users on Store but does not specify how exactly this process will work. In any case, giving users the ability to download new style collections and delete unwanted ones should make them come back to the app more frequently.

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Throwback Thursday: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1, travel zoom pioneer

DP Review News - Thu, 02/03/2017 - 13:00

Prior to February 2006, if you wanted a camera with a long lens, you had to get something like this. But on the 14th of that month, Panasonic introduced the world's first compact travel zoom camera with optical image stabilization: the Lumix DMC-TZ1, which had a 10x 35-350mm equivalent lens.  Where even relatively compact long-zooms like the Lumix DMC-FZ5 wouldn't fit in an average-sized pocket with its dimensions of 108 x 68 x 85mm, the TZ1 came in at 112 x 58 x 40mm. Naturally, it was also lighter: 250 g, compared to the FZ5's 326 g.

So how did Panasonic manage to squeeze a 10x, F2.8-4.2 lens into a body 40mm thick? The answer is folded optics. As you can see from the cutaway above, light comes through the front elements, hits a prism and then travels through the rest of the elements before hitting the camera's 1/2.5", 5 Megapixel sensor. In the 'folded' section of the lens is where you'll also find Panasonic's 'MEGA OIS' image stabilization system.

Panasonic bragged about the DMC-TZ1's 'fiercely fast' linear autofocus system which, at the time, had the best response times of any camera in its class, at least according to the company.

So what other features did the TZ1 bring to the table? Its 2.5", 207k-dot LCD had a 'high-angle' function, which really did make the screen visible when holding it above your head (this is before articulating LCDs were a big thing).

The camera had numerous scene modes, including one for shooting out of airplane windows. If I recall, you'd get a warning similar to 'When using the camera, follow all instructions from the cabin crew' whenever you switched to that mode. Another scene mode of note was 'high sensitivity', which dropped the resolution to 3MP and increased the ISO to 800. As you'd expect, the results weren't very good. (Overall image quality was good for its day, though noisy.) For the videophile, the DMC-TZ1 captured VGA clips at 30 fps.

Panasonic really broke new ground with the Lumix TZ1, and continues to crank out compact travel zooms to this day (with longer lenses and more pixels, naturally). They may not be big sellers anymore, but there's something to be said for a camera that covers all the bases for a family vacation.

Read our review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1

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Best photos of the day: northern lights and poison frogs

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including poison arrow frogs in Singapore and the Northumberland sky at night

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Canon PowerShot G9 X II sample gallery

DP Review News - Thu, 02/03/2017 - 12:00

The Canon Powershot G9 X II is the latest iteration of Canon's pocketable 1" sensor enthusiast compact. Featuring a 20MP BSI-CMOS sensor and 28-84mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens, the G9 X II may give up a bit of speed on the tele-end of its range, but makes up for it with its slender design that's great for keeping with you all the time. Check out our sample gallery to see how this compact camera does in the real world.

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CP+ 2017: a taste of the show

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

It's a bird! It's a camera! It's actually both and it's really giving us the creeps. Camera pigeons and other odds and ends we found at CP+ 2017 are all highlighted here for your amusement.

Check out all of our CP+ 2017 coverage

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Veteran Israeli photographer David Rubinger dies aged 92

Former Time-Life photojournalist was renowned for photo of Israeli paratroopers at Western Wall during six-day war

Veteran Israeli photographer David Rubinger, whose photo of Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall holy site became one of the defining images of the 1967 six-day war, has died aged 92.

His death was announced on Thursday by his children.

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Purple rain: Marilyn Mugot's neon China – in pictures

In cities like Chongqing and Guilin, French photographer Marilyn Mugot finds a China lit up by the rush of modern life

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This photo of some strawberries with no red pixels is the new 'the dress'

DP Review News - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 20:33

UCLA neuroscientist Matt Lieberman posted the 'no red pixels' image on the left. It's developed from an original by Experimental Psychologist Akiyoshi Kitaoka (right).

Remember internet kerfuffle that was 'the dress' ? Well, there's another optical illusion that's puzzling the internet right now. Behold: the red strawberries that aren't really red. Or more specifically, the image of the strawberries contains no 'red pixels.'

This picture has NO red pixels. Great demo of color constancy (ht Akiyoshi Kitaoka) pic.twitter.com/pZHvbB6QHE

— Matt Lieberman (@social_brains) February 27, 2017

The important distinction to make here is that there *is* red information in the image but, despite what your eyes might be telling you, there are no pixels that appear at either end of the 'H' axis of the HSV color model. i.e. there is no pixel that, in isolation, would be considered to be red, hence: no 'red pixel' in the image.

So it's not that your brain is being tricked into inventing the red information, it's that your brain gives this information from the 'red' cones in your eyes much more emphasis than normal, so that colors that it would see as cyan or grey in other contexts are interpreted as red here.

@social_brains I isolated a few of the colors that appear most "red" in the strawberries and put them on the white background to the right. pic.twitter.com/GJJ9PJqNxt

— Carson Mell (@carsonmell) February 28, 2017

As was the case with 'the dress,' it all relates to a concept called color constancy, which relates to the human brain's ability to perceive objects as the same color under different lighting (though in this case there's an unambiguous visual cue to what the 'correct' answer is).

This should immediately bring to mind a familiar photographic concept: white balance. Although there's a significant cyan cast to the whole image, your brain is able to correct for it without you having to consciously identify a neutral part of the image (as you'd need to in processing software). Does the brain's ability to correct risk us taking for granted the challenge it represents for a camera?

This got us thinking: how well would a camera's auto white balance cope with the significant color cast in this image?

Here's what a Nikon D7200's auto white balance algorithms made of the image (defocused slightly, to avoid moiré from the monitor's pixels)

The answer? Pretty well, actually. We don't know whether it's been able to detect the overall cyan cast or has assumed that the brightest point in the image is probably neutral, (and for anyone wondering whether the fact they're strawberries plays a role, it's pretty unlikely that this camera has 'strawberry recognition' mode) but it's done a good job.

We have Experimental Psychologist Akiyoshi Kitaoka to thank for turning this puzzle loose on the world, and neuroscientist Matt Lieberman for turning it viral.

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Elinchrom ELB 1200 portable flash system to launch this summer

DP Review News - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 20:08
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Elinchrom has introduced its new ELB 1200 portable lighting system for photographers, a model that builds upon the company’s existing ELB 400 system introduced in 2015. The new system features three new flash heads, the Action, Hi-Sync, and Pro, as well as a TSA-approved ‘Air’ lithium-ion battery capable of powering 215 full-power flashes and 80 minutes of continuous LED use. 

In addition to the TSA-approved ‘Air’ version of the battery, Elinchrom also has an ‘HD’ version with a higher capacity that can power 400 full-power flashes and 120 minutes of continuous light. The batteries are also capable of powering accessories via a 5v USB outlet, and they can both be switched into a ‘shipping mode’ for long distance travel.

The three aforementioned flash heads feature a daylight-balanced and dimmable LED CRI 92 lamp, which Elinchrom says is equivalent to a 250w Halogen lamp. The Hi-Sync flash head supports shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000s. The company expects the ELB 1200 to be available in the 'middle of 2017,' with pricing information being provided at a later date.

Check out Elinchrom's product video below to see the kit in action.

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'The cat in the coffin almost steals the show' … the Deutsche Börse photography prize

Landscapes at night, a hallucinatory road trip, ghetto life after the LA riots and a dead pet … our critic weighs the contenders

Laid out in a tiny white coffin, his face peeking out from under what looks like an embroidered tablecloth, Souris the cat looks serene and slightly ridiculous – anthropomorphised by the human he has left behind, now his nine lives are exhausted.

There are several intriguing images in this year’s Deutsche Börse photography prize shortlist, but none more so than Sophie Calle’s portrait of her deceased pet. Above Souris, a framed text recounts his passing: “Florence stroked him. Anne put him to sleep. He died.” Then these words detail his funeral service: “Yves buried him. Serena planted daffodils around his grave.” The deadpan tone, typical of Calle, is heightened by the payoff, a phone message received from a friend: “Sophie, I am sorry about your cat. Could you ask Camille to pick up some vegetables, maybe leeks or turnips if she sees any? Kisses.”

Sophie Calle's mother is represented by a photo of a stuffed giraffe

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Exynos 8895 processor supports 4K video at 120 fps and 28MP cameras

DP Review News - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 18:37

Samsung has announced its latest application processor for mobile devices, the Exynos 9 Series 8895. The new chip is an octa-core processor and Samsung's first to use the 10-nanometer FinFET process, allowing for up to 27% higher performance while reducing power consumption by 40%, compared to 14nm technology.

It also offers impressive imaging, video and machine vision features. The Exynos 8895 supports recording and playback of 4K video content at 120 frames per second with the latest video codecs, including HEVC(H.265), H.264 and VP9. The integrated Image Signal Processor (ISP) also supports 28MP still image resolution on rear and front cameras, Smart Wide Dynamic Range and PDAF. A dual-ISP design, one for high quality and one for low power consumption, allows for a variety of dual-camera setups while keeping power consumption at bay. 

In addition the chip features a VPU (Vision Processing Unit) which is designed for machine vision technology. The unit is capable of recognizing an item and its movements by analyzing visual information and enables features such as corner detection which is used for motion detection, image registration, video tracking and object recognition. The Exynos 9 Series 8895 is in mass production now and we should expect to see it implemented in high-end Samsung mobile devices any time soon.

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