350 Pound Spy Satellite Lens For Sale, SURPRISE You’re Shooting A Wedding With Critique: RAWtalk 191
Would you like to own a 350 pound lens form a former Soviet Union spy satellite? Well one could be yours for the low low price of $18,000. Second, Stephen went to an engagement party and a wedding broke out that he ended up having to shoot.
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We discuss what I was doing in Colorado, Todd directing a few episodes of a TV show and a fun little thing called choose your own adventure.
We have all this along with Photo News, Meredith from the RNC, Gear of the week, Meme’s and the Wheel Of FRO.
Thank you guys for your continued support of all things FroKnowsPhoto.
00:00:16 Where’s Joe…and Noah’s back.
00:02:04 Jared went to Colorado
00:03:38 Whitewater Rafting
00:09:02 Choose Your Adventure
00:13:01 Todd’s Curent Project, Green Piece
00:14:47 Photoshop World
00:15:58 Met with Gary about a Secret Project
00:17:04 Photo News
00:41:33 Gear of the Week
00:45:16 Stephen is surprised to shoot a wedding
00:51:18 Photo Critique of Stephens Wedding photos
01:14:23 This Weeks Meme’s
01:20:46 Wheel of Fro
01:24:11 This Weeks Hashtags
Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news stories in detail:
Fisherman Reels in Nikon DSLR Found at the Bottom of a Lake
An old Nikon DSLR was found at the bottom of Hesperia Lake in California last week after a woman fishing reeled it in. Initially thought to be hooked to a large branch, Shelly Hirst was shocked when she realized it was actually a Nikon D300S with a battery grip. The camera was clearly destroyed, but the SD card found inside (which was a Sandisk Extreme Plus) still worked! The card had over 1700 photos on it, with the last one having a timestamp of just May 10, 2016. Shelly then reached out to ABC7 in hopes of finding its owner, who hooked her up with photojournalist David Pardo of the Victorville Daily Press. He dropped it back in May when he was attacked while shooting a story. Apparently he took a photo of a woman feeding a duck, she wanted it deleted, he refused. Two men overheard it, beat him up, and threw his TWO cameras into the lake. So, there’s still another camera at the bottom of the lake?! Yup. Hirst and the photojournalist later met up and the whole encounter was caught on camera by ABC7 which you can see below. The photojournalist says he now knows where exactly to look in the lake for his 2nd camera. (via ABC7)
Lightroom Mobile Now Supports Native RAW Files
You know we love shooting RAW here at FroKnowsPhoto so this is a huge update for Lightroom Mobile in my eyes: it can now edit ANY raw file, just like its desktop brother. Prior to this update, the mobile app could only open up DNG RAW files, but it will now work with any manufacturers native RAW file. Once the RAW file is imported in LR Mobile, it will be automatically synced to your Lightroom desktop app, making it easy to switch to once you arrive back at home. Adobe notes that they’ve tested out nearly every RAW file from small to large, to even Canon’s massive 5DS 50MP RAW files, and they claim the mobile platform is stable. The new update is currently available only on iOS (version 2.4), and it will be arriving to Android in the near future. Check out a preview video of photographer Elia Locardi using it on location to edit his landscape RAW files below:
Scientists Manage to Cram 62TB of Data onto One Square Inch
Researchers have discovered a new method to store a serious amount of data in a tiny space. Using atomic scale data storage, the scientists manage to fit 1KB of data onto a square that’s merely 100 nanometers wide, which equals out to 62.5TB of data per square inch—a storage density that is 500x larger than that of current hard disk memory drives today. Who knows if this method could possibly be used with memory cards for photographers one day. Check out a video explaining how the scientists pulled it off below: (via Engadget)
DJI Announces 7x Zoom Lens for Their Drones
DJI has announced its first official aerial optical ZOOM lens for drones. Introducing the Zenmuse Z3, which has a built in 7x zoom that combines both a 3.5x optical zoom lens array with a 2x lossless digital zoom. The 4-14mm f/2.8-5.2 lens has a 35mm equivalent of 22-77mm. DJI says their stabilization technology has also been updated to counteract any camera shake while being full zoomed in, however they note that when fully zoomed in at 7x, you should only take still pictures. They go on to say, “Before this camera, the only way to zoom in on a subject or object was to fly closer to it. Now, pilots in a search-and-rescue situation, or conducting surveys or inspections, can maintain distance and still zoom in for sharp, detailed images.” To zoom in while in flight with the new payload, users simply pinch in using two fingers, just like your smartphone camera zoom. The Z3 will arrive this week for a price tag of $899 and it will work with Inspire 1 models along with the Matrice 100 and 600 drones. Check out a before-and-after preview image of how far you can actually zoom in below:
New Free Web App Auto-Colorizes B&W Photos
A new free web app by Algorithmia called Colorize Photos does just that—auto-colorizes B&W photos. Using what they call the Colorful Image Colorization algorithm, which was developed by a team at UC Berkeley a few months back, you simply paste a url to a photo into the web app. The page then takes a minute to think, and posts a side-by-side comparison of the original monochrome image and the new colorized version. It will then let you download the full-res colorized photo. Test it out for yourself here. (via PP)
Photojournalists Gear Up for RNC with Kevlar & Gas Masks
Photojournalists geared up for the Republican National Convention in Ohio this past week, not just with camera gear, but with gas masks and Kevlar too. In light of Ohio’s open-carry laws, Freelance Photographer Timothy Fadek told Wired in an article about photographers preparing for the convention, “I’m bringing extra gear that I normally wouldn’t, including my bullet proof vest.” It wasn’t just him either, photographer C.S. Muncy told the Photo Brigade he brought “body armor, helmet, eye protection, and hearing protection” and a gas mask. However, the NPPA notes that government officials in Cleveland placed a ban on gas masks in event zones so they were SOL with the gas mask idea…What would you have brought to the RNC? (via Wired)
Photographer Crashes $400,000 Sports Car During Photoshoot
A photographer crashed a $400,000 Lamborghini into its showroom while trying to photograph it in Preston, England. While attempting to reposition and move the car, the photographer accidentally sent it crashing through its showroom window, right into two other expensive sports cars—apparently two ferraris—damaging them as well. Amari Supercars, the showroom where the incident occurred, says “we had a ‘smashing day’ absolutely no injuries thankfully and our great team came together. Well done.” This is why you should always get an experienced driver to move any car your photographing, especially high-end sports cars that go 0-to-60 in just 2.9 seconds… (via LEP)
— lep.co.uk (@leponline) July 13, 2016
4-Foot 350lb Soviet Spy Satellite Lens Up For Sale
A massive 350lb Soviet Spy Satellite lens is up for sale on Ukraine’s version of Craigslist (SS.us). Selling for $18,500, the lens was once used on the Yanter 4K2 satellite, mounted to a Zhemchug-18 film camera. Looking like a machine gun barrel, this thing is over 4 feet long and has a diameter of 1.5 feet at its widest point. It doesn’t note the actual focal length of the lens or have any engravings either, but it’s believed to be about 3000mm. Check out the listing here if you’re interested. You’ll just need a custom adapter and some serious heavy duty tripods to hold this thing up if you really want to use it… (via USSRP)
New Inspirational Documentary Reminds Us Why We “Make” Art
A new documentary called “Make” reminds photographers and other creatives why they create art in the first place. The film’s trailer notes that it’s “a film about the things we make, and the things that make us.” Danial McCarthy, CEO of Musicbed—who commissioned the film, says, “We didn’t necessarily want to talk about the process of creating. We wanted to talk about why we create. I do think a lot of people talk about the creative process, I don’t think anyone has talked about what drives us to create… My hope is that creatives can see the film for what it is, and that they can see themselves in each one of these characters. Not everyone that watches it is going to be a filmmaker or a musician. I think the act of creating is so basic-level human, that if you see it from the big picture, it doesn’t matter what you do as a career.” The film revolves around various different artists and creatives, that really hit home about how art doesn’t exactly pay the bills. They even go as far to say that you should be ready to go without much money for about 10 years before anything happens. The film is now available for rent on Vimeo for $3.99 and you can see the inspirational trailer below: (via FS)
Canon Patents Crazy 40-800mm Superzoom Lens
And finally, Canon has patented a new CRAZY superzoom: a 40-800mm f4.5-5.6 lens. The patent notes that it’s a full frame DSLR lens with internal zoom components. I doubt this would every come to fruition but wanted to bring up the idea that they’re thinking about it…Could you imagine?! (via CR)