Nikon offers several wide-angle zoom lenses. Most of these target professional users and consequently deliver very good if not exceptional performance. However, these lenses are also quite expensive and because of that usually not an option for amateurs.
There is an affordable Nikon wide zoom, though, the Nikkor AF-D 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5. Unfortunately, this lens looks a little outdated today (for example due to the lack of AF-S) and, what's maybe more important, it shows rather mediocre performance on modern digital FX cameras.
So, with the D600 now expanding Nikon's FX camera portfolio into the consumer segment, the pressure rose to update this lens and offer a modern and attractive wide angle zoom for current or future FX users.
As a result, the Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED, was announced in January 2013. It offers a modern silent-wave AF drive and an update optical construction, now featuring 2 ED and 3 aspherical elements. Let's have a look at how the lens performs on our current FX test camera, the Nikon D3x.
We've just published our 25-page, in-depth review of the Nikon D7100. Sitting atop Nikon's APS-C DSLR lineup, the D7100 offers a 24MP CMOS sensor sans AA filter and a 51-point AF system that borrows heavily from the D4. In terms of ergonomics and handling the D7100 will feel familiar to D7000 users looking to upgrade, but it also inherits recent changes we've seen from Nikon in the D600 and D800 models. Is the D7100 a compelling option for enthusiasts tempted by the recent wave of affordable full frame DSLRs? Click the links below to find out.
Danish and Iranian Culture Actress Mellica Mehraban, who was born in Iran but grew up in Denmark, played a lead role in the Iranian spy thriller ‘Fox Hunting’. Shutter speed: 1/60 ISO: 200 F-Stop: f/4.5 Focal Length: 50 mm Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
This project is a tribute to all the great films I haven’t seen. I’m very interested in the film stills from those unseen films. The orphaned film stills always trigger my imagination, and become a perfect film in my mind.
In this project, I setup scenes that I would like to see in a film. I pretend that these photos are from real films with various names. Most of these photos depict individuals in certain environments. They all seem to be lost in thought. What are they thinking about? In fact, they are thinking about whatever I asked them to think about. They could be thinking about whatever you think they are thinking about. These photos are from films that exist only in my mind. Now they become films that exist in your mind. In this way, the imagined film is transferred from my mind to your mind but with a meaning of its own.
"I've added a couple of galleries to my recently published website:www.telsawy.com. One of the galleries groups photographs of The Sufis, while the other has a grouping of Theyyam performers.
Red is the color of fire and blood, and associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, courage, desire, and love. And it's used in many religious rituals and festivals in India, and worn by religious practitioners such as the Theyyam of Northern Malabar and theVellichapads (or Oracles) of Kodunggallur.
Theyyam is a living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions, rituals and customs, it includes many of the castes and classes of the Hindu religion in the Malabar region. The word Theyyam is a corrupt form of Devam or God. People of the region consider Theyyam itself as a god and seek blessings from them.
As for the Oracles of Kodungallur, they celebrate both Kali and Shiva at an intense festival that lasts about a week.In their thousands, these red-clad devotees perform self mortification acts by banging on their heads with ceremonial swords repeatedly until blood trickle down their foreheads, and daub the wounds with turmeric. A photo essay titled Agony & Ecstasydocuments the Oracles religious event.
And yes, I do like the color red." (Tewfic El-Sawy)
"I've been going back to this visual ancient quarter of Jodhpur for probably 20 years, and I know that area very well, I must have photographed every street. But there was one corner that I realised had potential for an interesting composition with these hand prints on the wall.
"It was a major thoroughfare with people coming and going. I was photographing people coming towards me and away from me and there were a number of really interesting pictures. In fact I went back there the next day. And as I was editing, I realised that one of these pictures which I hadn't really remembered taking was one of this boy running and I caught him in kind of mid-leap, it just had this kind of wonderful decisive moment to it. I was very pleased with that picture."-Steve McCurry spoked about Jodhphur photographies.
JODHPUR Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located 335 kilometres west from the state capital, Jaipur and 200 kilometres from the city of Ajmer. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. However, the city has expanded greatly outside the wall over the past several decades. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists.
Javier Manzano's portrait of rebel snipers guarding their nest during the siege of Aleppo in 2012 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photograhy—the first time in 17 years a freelance photographer has received the award.
युद्धाची भिषणता छायाचित्रांच्या माध्यमातून दर्शविण्यात य़शस्वी झालेले छायाचित्र. गोळ्यांमुळे पडलेल्या छिद्रातून आत आलेल्या प्रकाशाने छायाचित्राची मजा वाढवली आहे. आणि सैनिकांच्या डोक्यावर फिरत असलेला मृत्यू कोणत्याही शब्दाशिवाय स्पष्ट होतो. त्यातूनच त्या मागे लपलेल्या मृत्यूच्या जाळ्याचे प्रचंड भयानक चित्राला 2012 चे पुलित्झर प्राईज प्राप्त झाले आहे.
ऍन्टोनी ओर्थ आणि केनेथ क्रोझियर यांनी त्रिमितीय परिणाम साध्या कॅमेराच्या साह्याने मिळविण्यासाठी तंत्रज्ञान शोधले आहे. (स्रोतः इलिझा ग्रिन्नेल, हार्वर्ड)
साध्या कॅमेऱ्यानेही मिळतील त्रिमितीय प्रतिमा
सध्या कॅमेरा किंवा सुक्ष्म दर्शकाच्या साह्याने द्विमितीय प्रतिमा घेता येतात. त्रिमितीय प्रतिमा घेण्यासाठी दोन किंवा त्यापेक्षा अधिक भिंग असलेल्या विशिष्ट कॅमेराची गरज पडते. मात्र हॉर्वर्ड अभियांत्रिकी व उपयोजित शास्त्र विद्यालयातील संशोधकांनी एका भिंगाच्या साह्याने त्रिमितीय प्रतिमा मिळविण्याचे तंत्र विकसित केले आहे. त्यामुळे कॅमेरा न हलविताही त्रिमितीय प्रतिमा घेणे शक्य होणार आहे. त्याचा लाभ छायाचित्रकार आणि सुक्ष्म जीवशास्त्रज्ञ यांना होणार आहे. हे संशोधन ऑप्टिक्स लेटर्स या संशोधनपत्रिकेमध्ये प्रकाशित करण्यात आले आहे.
काय आहे हे तंत्रज्ञान एक डोळा झाकल्यानंतर आपल्याला वस्तूचे अंतर किंवा खोली दिसणे अवघड होते. एका वेळी एकाच बाबीवर लक्ष केंद्रित केले जाते. अन्य वस्तू पाहायची असल्यास आपल्याला डोके हलवावे लागते. तसेच दोन वस्तूतूल अंतराचाही वेध घेणे शक्य होत नाही. - सूक्ष्मदर्शकामध्ये एका ठिकाणी लक्ष केंद्रित करावे लागते. त्यावेळी अधिक आव्हानात्मक होते. त्यावर संशोधक क्रोझियर आणि त्यांचे विद्यार्थी ऍन्टोनी ओर्थ यांनी एकाच प्रतिमेच्या वेगवेगळ्या कोनातून दिसणाऱ्या दृश्यावर अभ्यास केला. त्यासाठी कॅमेरामध्ये प्रवेश करणाऱ्या प्रकाशाच्या कोनावर लक्ष केद्रित केले. त्यासाठी त्यांनी कॅमेरामध्ये माय्कोरलेन्स अरे आणि हादरे सहन करणारे मास्क प्रकाशाची दिशा मोजण्यासाठी वापरले. त्यातून मिळालेले निष्कर्ष चांगले होते. मात्र हे परिमाम सामान्य कॅमेराच्या साह्याने कोणत्याही नव्या हार्डवेअरचा वापर न करता मिळविण्यासाठी त्यांनी प्रयत्न केले. - एकाच कॅमेरातून जागा न बदलता केवळ फोकसिंग बदलत दोन प्रतिमा घेण्यात आल्या. त्या दोन्ही प्रतिमातील अंतराचा गणितीय अभ्यास संगणकांच्या साह्याने करून नवी प्रतिमा मिळवली. या दोन्ही प्रतिमांचे एकत्रीकरण करून त्रिमितीय परिणाम मिळवण्यात त्यांना यश आले आहे. या प्रक्रियेतला त्यांनी लाईट फिल्ड मोमेंट इमेजिंग असे नाव दिले. मात्र त्याची अधिक उच्च दर्जाच्या लेन्सच्या साह्याने अशा प्रतिमा मिळविण्याच्या लाईट फिल्ड कॅमेराशी गफलत करण्याची गरज नाही. या दोन्ही वेगळ्या पद्धती आहेत. - या संशोधनाचा व्हिडिओ http://youtube/Zn4ov_W4_l0 इथे पाहता येईल.
-------------------------------------- कोट ः हे तंत्रज्ञान गणितीय पद्धती व संगणकिय प्रणालीतून तयार करण्यात आलेले असल्याने कॅमेरामध्ये किंवा सूक्ष्मदर्शकामध्ये कोणतेही बदल करावे लागत नाहीत. हे अगदी एक डोळा झाकून द्विमितीय प्रतिमा पाहण्याइतके सोपे आहे. यासाठी कोणत्याही अतिरीक्त लेन्सचा वापर करावा लागत नाही. -केनेथ बी. क्रोझियर, जॉन एल. लोयब, मुख्य संशोधक, हार्वर्ड अभियांत्रिकी व उपयोजित शास्त्र विद्यालय.
----------- असे होतील याचे फायदे - पारदर्शक किंवा अर्धपारदर्शक स्नायूंच्या त्रिमितीय प्रतिमा मिळवता येतील. - सध्या अधिक उच्च दर्जाचे सूक्ष्मदर्शक फारसे उपलब्ध होत नसल्याने साध्या सूक्ष्मदर्शकांच्या साह्याने अधिक स्पष्टपणे अभ्यास करणे शक्य होईल. अगदी शाळेच्या पातळीवरही त्याचा फायदा होऊ शकतो. - या पद्धतीने घेतलेल्या प्रतिमांचे पडद्यावर प्रक्षेपणही करता येईल. - अगदी साध्या कॅमेराच्या साह्याने त्रिमितीय सिनेमा बनविणे शक्य होईल. आता या तंत्रासाठी अधिक खर्च होतो. तो वाचविता येईल. - ओर्थ यांनी 50 मीमी लेन्स असलेल्या मोबाईल कॅमेराच्या साह्याने घेतलेल्या प्रतिमांना त्रिमितीय प्रतिमाचा परिणाम दिला आहे.
जर्नल संदर्भ ः Antony Orth, Kenneth B. Crozier. Light field moment imaging. Optics Letters, 2013; 38 (15): 2666 DOI: 10.1364/OL.38.002666
By site editor Dan Chung: NAB 2013: Steadicam Solo combination stabiliser/monopod and Steadicam Curve for GoPro from Dan Chung on Vimeo. Steadicam have announced what looks to be a really good solution for the shooter on the go.
The micro-four-thirds (MFT) system may be the most complete of the mirrorless systems. However, it mostly tackles entry to medium level users but slowly but steadily we are seeing more ambitious offerings. The Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED is certainly among them. It has a fairly "unusual" focal length equivalent to a 150mm lens on classic full format cameras. As such it is a moderately long tele lens suitable for applications such as portrait and still-life photography. At f/1.8 it is very fast by MFT standards but keep in mind that in terms of depth-of-field is behaves like a "150mm f/3.6" (full format). While this may not be highly impressive it is usually "good enough" for many if not most scenarios in this focal length class.
Kashmir is a scenic land of tranquil beauty. A longstanding dispute over control of the region ensures that life for Kashmiris is anything but tranquil. Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir, and a fortified Line of Control separates forces.
Another great post for color junkies! Dutch photographer duo Maurits Giesen &Ilse Leenders worked together on this Mimicry series. The concept; the uniformity of human beings, people with inconspicuous identities. Just likeanimals they adapt to their environment. Visually in this series it is shown by the use of similar costumes, position and gender.
Dutch artists Maurits Giesen and Ilse Leenders first published this series in 2004. Each frame shows the two photographers side by side in highly stylized sets, predominantly colored in primary and secondary shades, depicting an “identity crisis” in the imagery.
The inspiration of the series “Mimicry” came from the uniformity of persons. People from whom the identity is missing and those who are inconspicuous in our society. Just like animals they adapt to their environment. Visually in this series it is shown by the use of similar costumes, position and gender.
On their website, the artists add, “The authority of our work lies in the meticulous care with which we construct and ‘direct’ each shot. We acknowledge the subliminal impact of different genres, from film noir to pulp fiction and graphic novels, but create convincing scenes that invite suspension of disbelief.”
"In Umbra I seek to explore the collapse of reality into the fantastic. I use a set cast of characters, my family, which repeat and become confused with one another throughout the series. This creates the idea that the events and people that are in the photographs are part of a specific Midwestern neighborhood or subdivision, and that what is taking place is part of a parallel reality and alternate universe."
"In pursing all of this my photographs begin to reveal a psychological level to growing up in the predominately white, middle-class environment of Midwestern suburbia. The photographs are based on my personal childhood memories of growing up there and they directly speak to the slippages between actual events and the exaggerated recollection of childhood. Some of the most mundane moments are elevated to the point of extreme significance through my usage of light and shadow to create a sense of magic, unease, and drama."
"I’m also interested in the way people get confused in our memories or how their roles shift, and that they are recalled as otherworldly caricatures of themselves. I think the most defining aspect of the work that has revealed itself as I have worked on Umbra is the exploration of the borderland between innocence and experience. This particular aspect is most evident with the children in the photographs but I believe that it is also present with the adults. With the children there is a conflict between the youthfulness of their physical form and the evolving understanding and awareness of the world around them."
Yemen is entering a transition period. After a year of bloody protests, a new President reigns and is faced with restructuring and rebuilding the broken country. Yemen is faced with internal conflict, Al Qaeda, a looming famine, and water shortage in addition to rooting out the corruption planted by the former regime. Yet with this work-in-progress I hope to show that the driving force in Yemen is in the beating heart of its people, in the undeniable hope of freedom.—Alex Potter
Alex Potter is an emerging photojournalist who has worked primarily in Minneapolis, MN and Yemen. After graduating university with a nursing degree she decided to follow her calling rather than the advice of others and turned to a life in photography.
She has been selected as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, shortlisted by the Lucie Foundation Emerging Photographer scholarship, and has been published by Reuters, JO Magazine, Boreal Collective, and a variety of small Midwest features. She is currently in Minneapolis finishing a long term project and hopes to return to Yemen in August.