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The 20 photographs of the week

The opening of the Rio Olympics, ongoing violence in Syria, elections in South Africa – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Original Observer photography: July 2016

Norman Cook, Serena Williams and geek chic all feature in this showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer in July

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On Everest: meet the people scaling the world's highest peak

It’s been called ‘high altitude roulette’, and claimed 19 lives in a 2015 earthquake. So why do it? Photographers Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer find out

There are still only two lists compiled by Everest obsessives: the list of those who reach the top, and the list of those who die. In recent years, the second of these has got longer. Sixteen sherpas were killed in a Khumbu icefall avalanche in 2014. Nineteen climbers from many nationalities died in Nepal’s “megaquake” last year, as blocks of ice the size of shopping malls were shaken from the sides of nearby peaks.

My name is on the first list. Twenty years ago, in the fabled (and fatal) season of 1996, I summited Everest from the northern side. It felt pretty wild to be up there. On our summit day, there was not a single footprint to be seen on the final ridge. As I reached for the summit pole, decked with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, the tears were freezing solid on my cheeks. I became the fifth Briton to climb Everest from this side, the same route which killed mountain pioneers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine in 1924.

After the largest death tolls there are a record number of climbers. The more Everest takes lives, the more people come

Wealthy people can get angry when they don’t get what they think they’ve paid for, or if nature shows she can't be tamed

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Family life: Mam, Madonna and the coconut; Frank Sinatra and second love; Mother Paul’s mushroom slop

Readers’ favourite photographs, songs and recipes

This is the story of Mam’s death. She died on 18 November 2008 and this story has been going around in my head ever since. My mam, Hannah – Happy H, as my husband called her – was 86 when she died. She had a long and good life, much of which I know nothing about. I suspect there are some bits I am better off not knowing – she had a sense of adventure not necessarily expected of someone born in 1922.

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Lensbaby Twist 60 real-world sample gallery

DP Review News - Fri, 05/08/2016 - 22:04

Lensbaby's Twist 60 is all about the bokeh. It promises appealing subject/background separation with Petzval-like swirly bokeh, offering an F2.5 maximum aperture. The Twist 60 is part of Lensbaby's Optic Swap system and is currently offered for Canon, Nikon and Sony E mounts. We just couldn't resist taking it out for a spin  — and we have to confess that we stuck mostly to wide open apertures in order to get the full swirly effect.  Take a look at our samples below, and stay tuned for more thoughts on swirly bokeh!

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Casio launches rugged EX-FR200 camera with detachable lens unit

DP Review News - Fri, 05/08/2016 - 20:28

Casio has announced a 360° camera that features a detachable lens unit and a mode that allows the body to control two cameras at the same time. The Casio EX-FR200 is equipped with a 1.35mm lens that offers a fisheye capture with the angle of view we’d expect from a 13.4mm lens on a 35mm film camera.

The lens can be used in four different modes to either capture a 180° 3888 x 3888 pixel fisheye spherical view, an unwrapped 360° 7456x1864 panorama, a super-wide 208° image or when combined with a second camera it can join two images shot in opposite directions to create a 360° ‘omni-directional’ image.

The camera consists of a body unit and a detachable lens/camera unit that can be used separated from the body, or folded for ‘normal’ shooting or selfie shooting while connected to the body.

Casio has also produced an accessory that mounts a pair of FR200 or FR100 lens units back-to-back so that they can shoot in both directions simultaneously to create images that can be merged in Casio’s Exilim Album app or Exilim 360 Viewer desktop software to form a navigable YouTube 360 Video file. The camera can also control dual lens units in sequence from different perspectives while pointed in the same direction.

The FR200 is waterproof, freeze-proof and drop resistant for use in tough environments, and communicates via Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi. The camera also has a 4K video function.

Beyond Japan it isn’t clear where the camera will be sold, but the company plans to make 5000 a month from the time it is released in mid-September.

For more information see the Casio press release (translated version).

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Thieves needed only ten seconds to swipe photographer Brett Costello's gear in Rio

DP Review News - Fri, 05/08/2016 - 18:54
News Corp. photographer Brett Costello

Another instance of robbery during the Rio Olympics has been reported, this time involving News Corp photographer Brett Costello and his bag of photography gear. The incident took place at a coffee shop in Ipanema, according to Costello's statement to The Courier Mail, where a woman distracted him while her accomplice grabbed Costello's gear bag. The thieves are said to have fled in a vehicle.

Speaking about the theft, Costello said:

I was ordering the coffee and was with my gear and then all of a sudden a woman asked me a question, so I turned briefly, probably for 10-seconds. I felt something was not quite right and my bag with all my gear was gone. She was speaking to me for about 10 seconds, not long at all. I was in shock. No one saw a thing, I couldn’t believe it, I was later told there was a getaway car outside. They work in numbers and they’re good at what they do unfortunately. The police weren’t overly surprised, there was a camera in the cafe but I don’t think that’s going to help.

Several robberies and thefts at the Rio Olympics have been reported. On August 1, for example, Australian athletes had some of their items stolen during a building evacuation. Most recently, reports claim a mugger attempted to rob a Russian diplomat at gun point.

Via: The Courier Mail

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CamFi DSLR controller now offers real-time upload to Dropbox

DP Review News - Fri, 05/08/2016 - 18:19

The makers of the CamFi wireless DSLR controller have launched a new version of their iOS app. It now allows the user to transfer photos to Dropbox in real-time while shooting. The new feature is aimed at photojournalists who want to send images to news desks as quickly as possible but can arguably be useful in other scenarios as well.

To make the system work, photographers need a so-called MiFi, a portable broadband device that allows multiple mobile devices to share a 3G or 4G mobile broadband Internet connection, or a second phone that is acting as a mobile hot-spot. Both the CamFi that is attached to the DSLR via a USB-cable and the phone that is running the CamFi app are then connected to the MiFi. This way, the CamFi can be controlled via the app and access the Internet at the same time.

As images are captured they are sent from the CamFi to the control phone via Wi-Fi and uploaded from the phone to Dropbox via the MiFi's internet connection. This works for both Raw and JPEG files. The same system can be setup when controlling CamFi from a Windows PC. The developers say Mac and Android versions will be released very soon.

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Freud's study, Rio's favelas and Hillary's niqab – the week in art

Tracey Emin to David Shrigley reveal their visions for Team GB, Edinburgh explores the macabre and x-rays reveal Degas’s hidden face – all in your weekly art dispatch

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A mirrored ceiling eerily doubles the space of Sigmund Freud’s study and offers a view into the mysteries of the mind. Wallinger’s installation celebrates this likable museum’s 30th anniversary.
Freud Museum, London, until 25 September.

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‘Bob Dylan was 10 feet away from me’: Isle of Wight festival, 1969

Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were sitting behind us. The talk of the festival was that they might join Dylan on stage

The organisers of the 1969 Isle of Wight festival, brothers Ronnie and Ray Foulk, had managed to pull off the amazing coup of getting Bob Dylan to headline. Woodstock, which had taken place two weeks earlier on his doorstep in upstate New York, had tried to persuade him but he’d turned them down. He’d been in semi-retirement for three years after a motorbike accident, and this was his comeback.

In this picture, we’re waiting in the VIP area just below the stage for him to come on; it took about two hours because there were some problems with microphones. The chap sitting next to me is Vernon Warder, my boyfriend of the time. He had long holidays from art college and was working at the festival, doing artwork for the signs on the front of the stage, and helping with security and management. As a result, he had a VIP pass and, being his partner, I got one, too. Otherwise it was £2 for a ticket.

Related: 'During the gig, David Bowie told the crowd he was retiring. People were crying'

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Exit from Fleet Street, spiritual home of British journalism – in pictures

The last two journalists still working in London’s Fleet Street – two reporters on the Dundee-based Sunday Post – are leaving it on Friday, and the home of the UK’s newspaper industry is no more

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Sport picture of the day: all arms and legs at Fight Night in Tangier

Lu Jiambo is knocked back during an attack by Youssef Haji at the Grand Prix Majesty Mohammed VI Championship (Kick Boxing) Fight Night event in Tangier

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Eyewitness: Kiev, Ukraine

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Expecting to fly: disabled people learn, laugh and love – in pictures

Photographer Polly Braden spent two years with people with learning disabilities, and captured their breakthroughs – from quiet moments in a swimming pool to the joy of getting married

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Hasselblad rumored to be working on 10x zoom camera module for Moto Z phones

DP Review News - Thu, 04/08/2016 - 19:42

The Lenovo Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones have a unique feature: they accept accessory modules, so-called Moto Mods, which attach to their back plates magnetically and via 16 connection pins. At launch, Lenovo showed the InstaShare projector, a JBL Soundboost 6 Watt speaker and a 2220 mAh battery pack, but unfortunately the previously rumored camera module did not materialize. 

However, now hellomotoHK found information on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo that might indicate that Hasselblad is working on a Moto Z camera module with, a 10x zoom lens, physical shutter button and zoom lever, Xenon flash and Raw capability. Unfortunately, no information on sensor size and resolution has been provided. 

With Raw capture, optical image stabilization and 13 and 21MP sensors respectively the Moto Z and Z Force are well-equipped in the camera department, but a 10x zoom lens with a potentially larger sensor than in the smartphone camera modules would definitely expand the creative potential of the devices. It's impossible to know how much truth is in this rumor, especially given that the image is just a rendering, but we certainly hope Hasselblad and Lenovo will let us know soon.

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Godox to launch AD600 battery-powered mono-block heads

DP Review News - Thu, 04/08/2016 - 19:27

Kenko Professional imaging has announced that it will officially launch a 600Ws mono-block style flash head that will be available for TTL and manual control. The Godox AD600 head will come in two versions – the AD600-TTL and AD600-M, both of which will have options for Bowens S or Godox mounts for accessories. Both TTL and manual versions will be able to be triggered remotely optically or via the Godox 2.4GHz radio wireless system, while the TTL model offers remote output control from Nikon i-TTL or Canon E-TTL cameras.

The lithium-battery powered heads are designed for outdoor use and offer a guide number of 87m/285ft at ISO 100 when fitted with a standard reflector. According to the company the battery will provide 500 full-power flashes and the head can recycle in 0.01-2.5 seconds. A high speed sync mode allows shutter speeds as short as 1/8000 sec, and output can be varied down to 1/256th power in nine steps from full power. The modeling light is LED and emits up to 10W and has three brightness options.

The head weighs 2.66kg/5.86lbs, and measures 220x245x125mm/8.66x9.65x4.92in. Current pricing is only available in Japanese Yen, with the AD600-TTL head costing ¥118,000 (roughly $1170/£890). The heads will be available from August 17th.

For more information see the Kenko website (translated version).

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Getty Images sued again, this time by Zuma Press

DP Review News - Thu, 04/08/2016 - 19:18

Getty Images has been sued again, this time by independent press agency Zuma Press over the alleged copyright infringement of 47,048 of its sports images. According to the lawsuit, Getty Images copied the aforementioned photos in April 2016 and made them available on its own website for both selling and licensing purposes without permission. The legal claim further states that Getty ‘altered/removed Zuma’s credit and replaced it with its own credit.'

The lawsuit, which was filed August 1 in the US District Court of the Southern District of New York, claims that, 'Getty has been carelessly and recklessly acquiring content, not doing due diligence and not taking adequate measures to prevent infringement as well as falsifying/removing proper copyright management information… Getty has shown that it cannot and will not reform on its own accord.'

The lawsuit is seeking damages plus profits or, alternatively, statutory damages that can range from $2,500 to $25,000 per infringed photograph.

This is the second copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Getty Images in recent days. On July 25, photographer Carol M. Highsmith filed a suit against Getty for $1 billion over its alleged infringement of her photographers. In response, Getty said the lawsuit was based on 'misconceptions.'

Via: Ars Technica

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Artisto is like the Prisma app, but for videos

DP Review News - Thu, 04/08/2016 - 18:46

Prisma, a machine-learning powered photo app that applies art filters to your images, has been one of the most popular apps in recent weeks, both on Google Play and in the Apple App Store. Its makers have said they are working hard on a version for video, but they may not have not been quick enough. The brand new Artisto app is pretty much a Prisma for video. You can shoot a new video clip or choose one from the gallery, then select a 10 second portion and apply one of the filter options in the style of van Gogh, Picasso or other famous artists to it. 

According to the publication Russia Behind the Headlines the app was developed by the Russian company Mail.ru and published under its American brand My.com which is mainly known for its gaming apps. Mail.ru VP Anna Artamonova has posted a sample video, which you can see below, on her Facebook page and the results look interesting. According to Engadget the app is not yet working 100% reliably but produces good looking results. If you want to try yourself you can download Artisto for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play now.

 

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Exclusive interview: Behind the scenes with Canon at the Rio Olympics

DP Review News - Thu, 04/08/2016 - 17:53
Behind the scenes with Canon at the Rio Olympics

As sports fans around the world get ready for the official opening of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Canon's Professional Services team are preparing too.

We spoke to Elizabeth Pratt, Director of Professional Products Marketing at Canon Professional Services about how Canon is preparing for the biggest event in the sporting calendar.

Behind the scenes with Canon at the Rio Olympics

The first shift of CPS staff, starting at 7:30AM, pauses to pose for a group photo.

What exactly are you doing in Rio right now?

I’m down here with Canon Professional Services, and there are also some folks here from our broadcast team. CPS provides event support for all kinds of things, any time a lot of media gathers — events like the Super Bowl, the Indy 500, the Kentucky Derby, the political conventions that we recently attended. These are very important assignments for photographers and we want to be on-site to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Elizabeth Pratt, Director of Professional Products Marketing at Canon Professional Services.

Elizabeth is currently in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics

We offer cleaning and checks on equipment to make sure that everything is working at factory spec.  Also in situations like this, for someone shooting with an older model camera we like to give them the opportunity to shoot with the latest equipment.

And then of course photographers also have a need for remote cameras, but not everybody takes six cameras to an event so they can use four of them as remotes.  So we loan additional cameras to help them out.

Behind the scenes with Canon at the Rio Olympics

With over 70 Canon staff supporting photographers and broadcasters, coordinating schedules is no easy task.

How long does it take to plan your presence at an event as big as the Olympics?

We started planning at least a year ago, just trying to determine how much equipment we were going to need to be able to support all of our customers, how we were going to get it all into and out of the country, through customs… It’s a collaboration between the home country, the CPS folks who are based in Rio, Canon USA is supporting with a lot of equipment, Canon Europe is contributing to the equipment as well, and we’re all sending staff. So the planning really starts at least a year in advance.

Behind the scenes with Canon at the Rio Olympics

Racks of lenses and professional Canon DSLRs, ready to be distributed to photographers at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Can you give us an idea of exactly how much equipment you’re sending?

Almost 1600 lenses and about 900 DSLR bodies. That’s EOS 7D II, EOS-1D X II and EOS 5DS cameras. We also have 78 staff. We have what we call our Professional Market Specialists, whose job is to support professional photographers and filmmakers by answering questions and giving people advice and support. In addition to these people we have logistics folks on site, and then actual technicians who are working on the cameras.

At most events we just do cleaning and checks, but here in Rio we have virtually a complete repair center set up where we’re doing much more extensive repairs than we normally do on-site.

How many languages do you have represented among your staff over there?

Twelve languages including English.

Behind the scenes with Canon at the Rio Olympics

The EOS-1D X II is a capable video camera, as well as being designed to capture fast sequences of still images.

Are you supporting any photographers in Rio who are using the EOS-1D X II for video, or for broadcast?

There are plenty of people shooting video with the EOS-1D X II – not necessarily for broadcast, but certainly several independent agencies and teams. Under the terms of the IOC, photographers are not permitted to shoot video at the Olympics but our big clients like Getty and AP are incorporating video more and more. We talk about video a lot to photographers and they’re being asked to shoot more video and to learn about video.

We’re starting to see newspapers and publications even merge departments and cross-train people [for stills and video].

Behind the scenes with Canon at the Rio Olympics

Canon has worked with Getty, which is creating a submersible remote camera setup using the EOS-1D X II and the 11-24mm wide-angle zoom, specifically to shoot underwater events at the Olympics.

How closely do you work with agency clients ahead of big events like this?

We’ve worked very closely with the big agencies in preparation for the Olympics. We have some robotic cameras down here and we worked with the agencies to develop them for their needs. These robotic solutions are amazing. You can shoot remotely on them from the press center with multiple remote cameras attached to one computer, and switch back and forth. It allows perspectives on the Olympics that we’ve never seen before.

We've been helping to support an underwater system, which was developed by Getty. It’s an EOS-1D X Mark II and 11-24mm lens. The camera is in an underwater housing, and it’s networked so that it can be controlled remotely. The flexibility of control is exceptional, and the 11-24mm has really nice distortion correction — you don’t have the kind of distortion at the frame edges that you might get with other wide-angle lenses.

Behind the scenes with Canon at the Rio Olympics

A Canon technician uses an illuminated loupe to check for dust on the sensor of an EOS-1D X II.

How many of this sort of major events have you personally been involved in?

I started off as a professional market specialist with Canon and my first Olympics was Athens in 2004.

We’re much more collaborative now in the way that we work with clients. We reach out to them well in advance and talk to them about their workflow and how their needs are changing. Then we customize solutions to meet those needs.

When I started with Canon years ago, we just made cameras and said ‘here you go’. Our whole mindset has really changed, to try and figure out how to change and adapt as the industry changes.

How will the next Olympics in 2020 be different?

I think we’re at a very interesting place now with technology, with the integration of 4K into DSLRs and the ability to grab incredibly high resolution, beautiful frames from that video. I think there’s potential to change the way that photographers work. I don’t want to try to predict the future but I think that’s probably going to be one of the biggest factors that influences what’s going to change and what new equipment will bring in the next four years.

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Your pictures of the newly enlarged Yorkshire Dales and Lake District

After boundaries were re-drawn on 1 August, we asked you to share your best pictures of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks – including the newly incorporated areas now on many walkers’ bucket lists

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