In this week’s issue, a prepper destroys the GPS, MQA destroys the myth of resolution, Pop photo destroys wide angle distortion, a French weirdo optician destroys traditional photo lenses, a parrot destroys Chinese drone domination (not really), stock photographers destroy the market, the Canon R3 destroys the competition, Zeiss destroy the night, nature photographers destroy my biases, I destoy Instagram, competitions destroy me, and tornados destroy the midwest.
Before this, just to remember what travel felt like when it was still allowed, here’s a pic of Scotland from a couple of years ago.
For those not into Audio, MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is a lossy compression codec and music capture/storage that claims to offer higher than CD quality in a conveniently small package. In a way, it is quite similar to the lossy RAW formats we get in video (ProRes RAW and BRAW) which all offer enough data for post processing manipulation, but in a file size no larger than those of lesser formats that don’t. In this video (thanks, Paul!) quite a few parallels are drawn between photography and audion. Of particular importance: the difference between the number of pixels (or claimed bits in a dynamic range) and the actual data content in the system. Interesting to watch.
Someone says drone, you hear DJI, such is the dominant position of Hasselblad’s Chinese mothership on the industry. But a little village in Gaul is resisting. Unfortunately for France, I don’t find this footage very inspiring compared to what we’re used to seeing from the competitors from the East. Caca boudin!
Now: what do a lighthouse and a modern telephoto lens have in common? Fresnel lenses. And this videos gives a very intuitive presentation of what those are.
My childhood would have been a lot more soothing – schoolwise – if my teachers had been this simple and entertaining 😉
The Canon R3 Has the Potential to Transform Photography. Specifications, historical trends and academic research place this Canon at the top of the hill.
vivo partners with ZEISS to advance smartphone photography, starting with the X60. Apparently, vivo are a leading smartphone manufacturer, which probably explains why I’d never heard of them before (which is purely a judgment of my general market awareness, not a comment on vivo). Anyway, they are combining a Zeiss f/1.48 lens and a high precision noise reduction algorithm for great nightime performance.
Fujifilm X-A20 Review. Cheap thrills, what can I say? Plus a hands-on review that’s not made in grandma’s basement shooting paper charts.
Why do the Carters look so tiny alongside Joe Biden and his wife Jill in this picture? A lesson in wide angle perspective, further elaborated upon here: It’s not simply wide-angle distortion making this photo of the Bidens and the Carters look weird. Also, my guess is the Carters are fairly small people to begin with.
Mesmerizing work by Mike Olbinski …
Inside the lucrative world of stock photography. A deep dive into the money-making tactics of millionnaire stock-photographers, and the world that surrounds them.
How to get started with a photography account on Instagram. Hey, I’m just kidding. The only good answer here is “don’t do it” 😉 😉
GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2021. OK. I hate to admit this, but those competitors are becoming more and more creative every year. Defo worth a look. And since I’m renouncing all my anti-competitive vows, I might as well refer you to the really compelling (read different) photographs of the Winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards.
A Mirrored Ceiling and Gleaming Tile Floor Turn This Chinese Bookstore into an Immersive M.C. Escher-Style Illusion. The title pretty much says it all. There’s not much here to learn, but it’s interesting to watch 🙂
How long will GPS last if SHTF? What can break GPS? Fun probably doesn’t describe this properly. Interesting is probably a better adjective 😉 This is a deep dive into how the GPS system functions, is maintained and could be taken offline, by a prepper.
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