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Eyewitness: Pembrokeshire, Wales

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'She seemed shy. Then suddenly this wild beast came out' – my 10 years shooting Kate Bush

The decaying spacesuit, the Kabuki makeup, the Joan Collins shoulderpads … photographer Guido Harari recalls chronicling the pop star’s many guises

“Any other star,” says Guido Harari, “would have gone crazy. They’d have probably thrown me out.” It was 1am one night in 1989 and the Italian had been photographing Kate Bush non-stop for 15 hours. “We hadn’t eaten. We weren’t really talking. Just shoot, costume change, more makeup, shoot, costume change, more makeup, shoot.” You worked in silence? “Yes. It was like we had telepathic communication.”

Bush had asked Harari to do the official photo shoot for her new album The Sensual World. And then, in the early hours, Harari had a bright idea. “I thought she looked like the figurehead of a ship. So I would make her look as though she was swimming towards the camera underwater.”

Related: Kate Bush: 10 of the best

Related: Trampolines and tees: behind the scenes with Kate Bush – in pictures

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Trampolines and tees: behind the scenes with Kate Bush – in pictures

During filming for The Line, The Cross and the Curve in 1993, photographer Guido Harari captured Kate Bush in some rare off-duty moments – in a straitjacket, on a trampoline, even catching some kip with rollers in her hair

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Eyewitness: London, UK

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Best photographs of the day: hajj rituals, Highland flings and a Harris's hawk

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including New York fashion, Highland dancing and London debutantes

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Spectacular editors' picks from early 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year entries

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Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 

Photo by Nancy Elwood/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
The Eye Of A Gator 

National Geographic's 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year competition is underway, and like many of the subjects depicted in entries, the competition is looking mighty fierce. National Geographic's editors have highlighted some standout early entries, but there's still time to enter – the competition closes November 4.

You can see a few of the incredible entries here – head to the competition website for more.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and caption by Nancy Elwood/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

The Eye Of A Gator

As I was sitting on the bank of the wetlands, watching a pair of anhingas prepare their nest, when one flew right down in front of me to fish. I quickly focused on her and out of the water came a wonderful fish brunch.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Christopher Markisz/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Moonlightning

Lightning strikes lower Manhattan as a summer storm approaches a moonlit New York City skyline.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Kym Illman/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Curious Lions

Using a wide-angle lens (16mm) on our remote-controlled camera buggy results in the background being smaller in shot and appearing further away. We fire the camera shutter using the same remote-control transmitter that we use to drive the buggy, allowing us a range of a couple of hundred meters although we rarely sit more than fifty metres away from camera.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Takashi/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

UFO formation

A baby cloud had born at dawn. The baby cloud had grown bigger and bigger than before. When it came the time of the morning glow, It had grown to many huge lenticular clouds. It looked like UFO formation.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Flamine Alary/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Mist and Wind

Early this morning we were on our way for hiking at the Bruce Peninsula National Park. The sun was rising, it was misty, eerie and we did not see very far away when suddenly these wind turbines appeared out of the mist. It was quite spectacular.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Lidija Kamansky/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Daybreak at Monument Valley

A storm was rolling in from the west and the few of us gathered for sunrise were watching and hoping that day would break before the rains came. The moment the sun peeked above the horizon, we were hit with incredible winds and sideways driving rain. My husband jumped behind me to block the blowing sand and to try to shelter me from the wind. I kept shooting as the skies lit up, while gripping the tripod to keep it steady. This image is the result of those efforts from this memorable sunrise!

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Jassen T. /2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Fossil Fuel Galore

"A quarter century ago, scientists warned that if we kept burning fossil fuel at current rates weíd melt the Arctic. The fossil fuel industry (and most everyone else in power) ignored those warnings, and what do you know: The Arctic is melting, to the extent that people now are planning to race yachts through the Northwest Passage, which until very recently required an icebreaker to navigate." New York Times, May 12, 2015. Midway-Sunset is currently the largest oil field in California. Aerial.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Li Liu/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Beauty Beyond Disaster

The Soberanes Fire, located south of Carmel and Point Lobos, started Friday morning 07/22/2016. By Saturday night, the fire covered the entire mountain. The sky was illuminated by the golden glow of the forest fire. I hiked down towards a cliff by the beach. Because the wind was blowing south and slightly east, the sky to the southwest was clear. I witnessed the most spectacular sight I have ever seen, the Milky Way glowed above the raging wildfire. Beauty rose beyond disaster.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Kyon. J/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Through

It was amazing to capture China's beautiful mountains in such magnificent morning rays coming through.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Kim Aikawa/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Swamp Raccoon

While looking for alligators at a swamp in Louisiana, this beautiful little creature wanders out of the murky waters right into the morning light, pausing just long enough to capture.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by T. King/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Hugh McCrystal/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Wildebeest Migration

This is a photo of Wildebeest during migration in the Serengeti.

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by QIAN WANG/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Let's picnic

Yellowstone National Park, west thumb geyser basin, a perfect spot for picnic, and I mean not for human.

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Photo and Caption by Aaron Baggenstos/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Bear Hug

Brown Bears, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Editors' picks: National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Photo and Caption by Yh Lee/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Bull Race

Pacu Jawi, or bull race, is held in Indonesia where bulls are coupled, with the jockey standing on the plow harnesses attached to each bull, running a short distance of about 100 feet. Whichever pair runs the fastest in a straight fashion fetches the highest price (as they are deemed the best workhorse in plowing the paddy fields for harvesting).

Which images are your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

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Paralympic Games 2016: day three – in pictures

The best images from the third day’s action of the Paralympic Games in Rio, as hosts Brazil took on Team GB in the men’s basketball and Germany’s Vanessa Low set a new world record in the long jump final

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Face it, Mr Zuckerberg, you’re a news editor too

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Sun, 11/09/2016 - 07:00
Anyone who decides to run or pull a difficult story from their website, like the Vietnamese girl fleeing napalm, is not just a technologist: he’s a publisher

Masters of the world can wobble wildly when prodded hard from below – when, for example, a brushfire of derision and anger makes Facebook cancel its last announcement.

See the sudden swirl of events. Facebook bans a famous war picture of a naked Vietnamese girl fleeing US napalm attack from its pages. The Norwegian writer of the news feature related to it protests and gets dumped from the site for his pains. Norway’s prime minister is similarly treated. But the battling editor of Aftenposten, writing a “Dear Mark” front-page letter, finally wins a full Zuckerberg retreat in a mumble of words about “adjusting our review mechanisms”.

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Rio Paralympic Games 2016: day two – in pictures

The best images from the second day’s action of the Paralympic Games in Rio, which saw seven gold medals for Great Britain and world records broken in track, field and swimming

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Woman kissed by sailor in famous V-J Day photo dies aged 92

Greta Friedman, whose photograph in Times Square came to symbolise end of second world war, had been suffering from pneumonia

Greta Friedman, the woman in white kissed by a sailor in New York’s Times Square in a photograph symbolising the end of the second world war, has died aged 92.

Her son, Joshua Friedman, said she died on Thursday in Virginia after suffering a series of ailments, including pneumonia, NBC News reported.

Related: VE Day: our memories of the second world war and the day it ended

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Kept in the dark: readers' photos on the theme of shadow

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of shadow via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

  • Share your photos on this week’s theme ‘pathway’ by clicking the button below
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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'pathway'

We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘pathway’

We’re now running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘pathway.’ So whether it’s a walk in the woods, a well trodden road or a new way forward, share your photos of what pathway means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 15 September at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 18 September and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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Along the Hackney canal – in pictures

Shortly after moving to Hackney, east London, German photographer Freya Najade fell in love with its canals and started to document the waterways and their bordering land. Her images bring to light the wild and unspoiled landscapes of the Hackney canal. Najade says she is “surprised at how few people come far into the marshes”. She adds: “I’m always drawn to these places that are not so beautiful in a traditional sense, where there is some tension between nature and the traces of human activity.” Her photography book, Along the Hackney Canal (Hoxton Mini Press £14.95), is published on 29 September.

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Stand as one - the global refugee crisis in pictures

A new immersive visual and audio exhibition by photographers commissioned by Oxfam takes viewers into the world of some of the 65 million people forced to leave their homes around the globe. The photos remind us of the humanity and individuality of each person who has been compelled to flee because of conflict or extreme deprivation. Oxfam’s Stand as One campaign calls for global action to welcome more refugees, prevent families from being separated and keep people fleeing their homes safe from harm.

The Stand as One exhibition is at 4 Holywell Lane, London, EC2A 3ET, until 15 September. Admission is free. On Monday 12 September, photojournalist Phil Moore and curator Rebecca McClelland will join Oxfam campaigns director Sally Copley to share personal experiences of the global refugee crisis

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Pre-Visualization: Ansel's views on what made his images so special

DP Review News - Sat, 10/09/2016 - 13:00

Marc Silber from Advancing Your Photography continues his interview series with Ansel Adam’s son Michael in this video. Marc visits Ansel’s home and discusses the concept of pre-visualization in photography and Ansel’s writing, workshops and techniques with Michael. 

In the interview, Michael also details what made Ansel’s work so special – my favorite quote from the video comes from Michael as he paraphrases Ansel’s thoughts on his work. Ansel would always say 'It’s not what you see, it’s what I want you to see.' That mindset is really what made Ansel’s photos so dramatic and memorable. He processed them in a way that fulfilled his vision and conveyed the story that he wanted to tell.

This interview also offers an inside look at a few of Ansel’s favorite cameras, and even some of his color work that he completed through a partnership with Kodak. It really is a fascinating look back at some Ansel’s most profound thoughts, teachings and photographs.

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GivePhotos gifts instant portraits to impoverished families

DP Review News - Sat, 10/09/2016 - 13:00
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For many of us, the phrase 'family photo' can stir up memories of long, uncomfortable sessions, being made to wear clothes we didn't like, sitting with siblings we liked even less. But despite the reputation they've gotten for being awkward and sometimes weird, we still kind of love them. And when you think about the fact that a lot of people fleeing a house fire will likely grab their family photos on the way out, it's fair to say that we count them among our most prized possessions. 

So you can imagine the impact it might have if you'd gone your whole life never having a family photo or portait taken, and suddenly a stranger hands you one. That's what GivePhotos is all about. Born in Kolkata, Hollywood film editor Bipasha Shom grew up in New Jersey but made many trips back to India to visit family. On these trips she encountered many people living in poverty, and discovered that they often didn't have photos of themselves or their families. It was a seemingly small thing, but something she had the power to change, and she vowed to do so.

Three Fujifilm Instax wide cameras and 1,000 prints later, she's met countless strangers, learned their stories and given them a priceless gift. The reaction? Well, a photo's worth a thousand words, and the smiles in the images above say it all.

Shom's mission continues and you can help keep it going – check out her page on Generosity.

Learn more at Resource Travel 

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Eyewitness: New York, US

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The 20 photographs of the week

The ongoing violence in Syria, the Rio Paralympics, wildfires in Spain, the US Open tennis in New York – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Pope and ceremony: the secret world of Vatican City

The headquarters of the Catholic church is a closely guarded city-state – centuries old and resistant to change. Can Pope Francis drag it into the 21st century? Guardian photographer Christian Sinibaldi was given unprecedented access to his world. Words by Paula Cocozza

The man holding the keys might have wandered into a fairytale. He faces a pair of towering doors whose knocker is larger than his head. In his hand, the giant hoop clatters as he feels his way towards No 401; it enters the keyhole with a clear, sharp clang. The man starts to push and light from inside the room falls across his shoes.

At 6.30am, the Vatican is awakening. In a few hours, the room Alessio Censoni has just opened, the Sala Rotonda, will be packed with tourists. But, for now, the building is coming to life with workers. Chatter blows along the corridors. Together with four shift-mates, Censoni continues his round of unlocking: 300 doors to go.

[He] says these things, catchy phrases, which are less than 140 characters, so they naturally fit on Twitter

He doesn’t want to call them butlers, because we are all the same. We are people who collaborate with him

He asks us … if we’re hungry, if we want to sit down. On my first night shift, he offered me a biscuit

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So, you don't care about the iPhone 7? Here are 10 reasons why you should

DP Review News - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 22:08
The iPhone 7 has a newly designed 12MP camera with a six-element, optically stabilized lens. As well as stills it can shoot 4K video at up to 30p, and the iPhone 7 Plus offers a twin-lens camera providing 28mm and 56mm focal lengths. 

Another year, another iPhone, the usual chorus of Internet commenters going to great lengths to tell the world how little they care. But we'd be foolish to ignore the world's most popular camera - and so would you.

Here's why.

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Official iPhone 7 sample photos, courtesy Apple

1: 12MP is good enough

Ok, most DSLRs and high-end compacts offer 20MP+ but if we're being honest, 2MP is good enough for Facebook, 3MP is good enough for a magazine cover, 6-8MP is good enough for a large-ish wall print and anything more than that is a bonus, most of the time. In short, the chances are that 12MP is good enough for you. 

2: It shoots Raw

It was only a matter of time before Apple added a Raw capture option to its iPhone series, and the day has come. As such, the iPhone 7 and 7S are arguably more enthusiast-friendly than the majority of low-end zoom compact cameras, and almost all tough cameras.

Adding Raw capture to the iPhone gives photographers a lot more creative freedom, and should allow them to mitigate - if not entirely overcome - some of the limitations of shooting with a control-limited device and a small sensor format. Raw shooting is coming to older iPhones soon too, with the upcoming release of iOS 10.

3: The iPhone 7 Plus has a proper zoom. Kind of.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus feature 12MP imaging sensors - most likely a 4.9 x 3.7mm BSI-CMOS which gives an equivalent crop factor of around 7X. The 7 Plus has two of them, which form twin cameras shooting at 28mm and 56mm equivalent. Their F1.8 and F2.8 apertures are equivalent in depth of field terms to ~F12 and ~F22 respectively.

The iPhone 7 Plus features a twin-camera design, which comprises 28mm F1.8 and 56mm F2.8 equivalent prime lenses. A forthcoming update will enable a computationally-derived bokeh simulation effect.

A 28-56mm two-step zoom might not set your heart 'a flutter, but for the average beginner, or keen smartphone photographer, the added versatility of a proper choice of optical focal lengths is a serious selling point of the iPhone 7 Plus over every other phone on the market. A true optical zoom would be hugely complicated, but Apple's approach makes sense. One lens for landscapes, one for portraits.

5: The iPhone 7 Plus can do bokeh. Kind of. 

We've seen attempts to blur out backgrounds using software before, but they don't tend to end well. Typically, in the devices which offer some kind of algorithmic background blur feature, the effect is inconsistent. Even when it works, it doesn't hold up well to critical examination.

We won't be able to properly test the iPhone 7 Plus's bokeh simulation effect for a while, but early samples look very encouraging indeed. 

Apple seems to be doing two things a little differently. The first is that the feature only works in 'Portrait' mode (when the iPhone 7 Plus's 56mm equivalent lens is employed), and the longer focal length probably gives it a bit of a head-start in terms of baseline background blur for portraits compared to a bog-standard wideangle cellphone lens.

The second is that rather than just identifying your subject, making a mask, then blurring everything which looks like it probably isn't your subject, the iPhone 7 Plus's software makes a very complex depth map of the scene, and selectively applies blur based on the calculated distance of the background from your intended subject. For now, we only have Apple's sample images to go by, but it seems to work impressively well.

6: It's optically stabilized Here's an exploded view of the iPhone 7's camera, showing its six-element construction.

This is old news in the mainstream camera market, but optical stabilization still isn't included in some fixed-lens cameras. Optical I.S. will make the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cameras more useful in poor light, extending the potential of the products for social and environmental photography.

7: It's quick, and powerful

Modern smartphones incorporate an incredible amount of processing power, and compared to most cameras they're capable of churning through much more data. With the cameras activated, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are constantly sampling a scene in preparation for exposure. So effectively, when you tap the shutter button, they've already taken the picture. On-sensor phase-detection autofocus using dedicated pixels means there's virtually no hunting for focus, either.

Apple claims that the iPhone 7/Plus's imaging processor manages more than 100 billion operations every time a picture is taken. Think about that the next time you take a photo of your cat.

8: It shoots 4K

Maybe you think you don't care, but trust us - even if you're not a filmmaker, the ability to capture 8MP frames at up to 30fps can be pretty handy.

9: It's water-resistant You can take the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus out in the rain, or drop them in the bath without worrying. How many photographers can say the same thing about their 'proper' cameras?

Supposedly, the iPhone 6S was almost water-sealed, but not quite. With the removal of the headphone jack, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been made fully water resistant, and are both capable - apparently - of being submersed for up to 30 minutes without damage. 

10: Good iPhone cameras lead to better 'proper' cameras.

Even if you're one of those people who has an almost religiously-held indifference to cellphones (and I know you exist because I get emails from you), consider this:

The greater the public's expectations of the cameras in their cellphones, the more they expect of 'proper' cameras, if and when they buy one. There is certainly an argument to be made that the only reason we have things like beautiful high-resolution touch-screens, wireless connectivity, GPS and 4K video in cameras now is the iPhone. That ten years ago, Apple kicked off a smartphone revolution with the original iPhone which lead to the inclusion of these features in cameras becoming an expectation on the part of smartphone upgraders.

Habitual smartphone photographers won't put up with laggy low-resolution touch-screens on DSLRs, or the omission of features like 4K video and wireless connectivity that they're used to from their phones. This drives camera manufacturers to add more features to their products, and we all benefit. Right?

10.5: It's an iPhone camera.

This is an obvious point, but bear with me. Remember what I just wrote about this being the 'world's most popular camera?' Apple has been phenomenally successful when it comes to putting its devices in people's pockets. More people are taking photographs now than ever before, and the iPhone, in its various versions, is the most popular picture taking device (or strictly speaking, series of devices) in the world.

What that means is that like it or not, when Apple does something, even if it didn't do it first, (and several of the features I've listed here are not unique to the iPhone 7) it tends to have a certain significance. It's safe to assume for instance that there are a lot of people talking about the words 'Bokeh' and 'Raw' today who had never heard the terms before Apple's launch event this week. Maybe I'm just a misty-eyed optimist, but I think that's kind of cool. 

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