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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Red Bull Illume is the world’s premier action and adventure sports photography competition.
The winner will receive a Leica S2 camera and equipment to the value of $40,000. Every photographer with a photo in the final 50 images of the competition will receive one SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB Flash Memory card, while category winners receive 10 each. The overall winner will receive 20 - a year's supply.
Friday, March 5, 2010
London, 2nd March 2010 – Canon today pre-announces the release of a firmware update for the multiple award-winning EOS 5D Mark II. Originally announced in late 2009, the update adds 24* and 25 frames per second (fps) recording to the camera’s EOS MOVIE video function, and will be available as a free download from the middle of March.
Developed following feedback from photographers and cinematographers, Firmware 2.0.3 further enhances the EOS 5D Mark II’s excellent video performance. The addition of new frame rates expands the camera’s video potential, providing filmmakers with the ability to shoot 1080p Full HD footage at 24fps (actual 23.976fps) – the optimum frame rate for cinematic video. 25fps support at both 1920×1080 and 640×480 resolutions will allow users to film at the frame rate required for the PAL broadcast standard, while the new firmware will also change the 30fps option to the NTSC video standard of 29.97fps.
A new histogram display for shooting movies in manual exposure, shutter-priority (Tv) and aperture-priority (Av) have been added, and exposure modes will also be available in movie mode. Improved audio functionality will allow users to set sound record levels manually using a sound-level meter displayed on the LCD screen. The audio sampling frequency has also been increased from 44.1KHz to 48KHz, providing the optimum audio signal typically required for professional or broadcast material.
With its full frame CMOS sensor and compatibility with Canon’s wide range of premium lenses, the EOS 5D Mark II is already recognised for its outstanding HD video performance. Launched in September 2008, the camera immediately created a wide range of new possibilities for photographers and videographers, and the addition of new frame rates and manual audio levels extends those possibilities even further – allowing movie makers to shoot stunning movies to suit practically any creative purpose.
Extreme sports photographer Richard Walch was one of the first to be given the chance to use the newly updated EOS 5D Mark II to shoot the snowboarding movie “I Love My Friends”. Commenting on the EOS 5D Mark II’s video performance, Richard said: “The addition of the new frame rates opens up a whole new range of possibilities. If you’re a cinematographer, independent film maker or just enthusiastic about making your own movies, get out there and give it a try”.
Monday, March 1, 2010
by David Walker
©Tomas van Houtryve
Photographer Tomas van Houtryve has won POYi's Photographer of the Year award in the freelance/agency category. His portfolio included several critical essays about the social and political effects of entrenched communist regimes in Moldova, Cuba and China. The second place award went to Getty staff photographer Paula Bronstein, while Marcus Bleasdale, a member of VII, won third place.
Bleasdale won top prize in the Best Photography Book category for The Rape of a Nation, his recent book about the human and environmental costs of civil war in The Congo. (It is Bleasdale's second book about The Congo, and includes images shot in the last eight years since the publication of his critically acclaimed 2002 book, One Hundred Years of Darkness.) Judges gave special recognition to Zed Nelson, another British photojournalist, for his book Love Me, a wide-ranging examination of the beauty industry.
Other major awards handed out this week at the POYi competition included the World Understanding Award, which went to Danish photographer Thomas Lekfeldt for "A Star in the Sky," a documentary project about the last year in the life of a young Danish girl with a terminal illness.
The Global Vision Award went to Brian L. Frank for his story "The Death of the Colorado," about the effects of climate change and resource mismanagement on the Colorado River.
The panel of judges included photographers Donna DeCesare, Pablo Corral Vega and Lynn Johnson, as well as Søren Pagter of the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
A full list of winning entries in POYi's freelance/agency categories can be viewed at POYi.org. The winning entries in various newspaper categories, announced last week, are also viewable.
Although POYi is posting winning entries as they are selected, organizers will not post names of winning photographers until next week, after all categories have been judged and the winners have been certified.
This week, judges will determine winners of the competition's editing and multimedia categories.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Trochoidal motion of wind wavesWhile one normally associates an up and down motion with the passage of each wave. Actually, a circular motion occurs. It is this orbital motion of the water (or objects on the surface of the water) that causes an object to bob up and down, forward and backward as waves pass under it.
But even this motion is not exactly circular but is trochoidal (line form traced by a point on a rolling wheel). While the motion in a wave over deep water move is an almost closed circular path there is a tiny forward motion with the passage of each wave, particularly in large waves.
The change of motion for deep water wavesAlso, in deep water, the motion changes as the depth increases fairly rapidly. The trochoidal shape at the surface flattens with increasing depth as well as a decrease in the total motion. This flattening of motion/decreasing size continues with increasing depth until all that remains is a small back and forth movement and even that will cease to be noticed which occurs at one-half of the waves's total length. For shallow water waves, the same flattening in the motion occurs but there is no decrease in the forward/backward motion.
The speed at which a wave moves through the water is dependent on the wave's length and the depth of the water. Generally, the longer the length of the wave the faster is moves through the water. Tsunamis can have extremely long wave lengths (60 miles/100 km or more) and thus move around 550 mph (900 kph).
Thursday, February 11, 2010
“Millions of people love using iPhoto to organize, edit and share their digital photos,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Aperture 3 is designed for both professionals who edit and manage massive libraries of photos and iPhoto users who want to take their photos further with easy-to-use tools such as Brushes and Adjustment Presets.”
“Aperture 3 gets it right,” said National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson. “The image editing tools are exactly what I have been asking for, they’re so easy to use and give me a level of control that I never even thought possible.
“I chose Aperture because it was the most powerful archiving application around, but it’s now an unbelievable imaging tool as well,” said Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated staff photographer. “I am beyond impressed with the massive changes made in Aperture 3.”
Aperture 3 allows you to organize large photo libraries with even more flexibility using Projects and the new Faces and Places. Faces uses face detection and recognition to find and organize your photos by the people in them. You can view faces across your entire photo library or view just the faces that appear in selected projects. In a new view that speeds up the organization process, Aperture 3 displays faces that have been detected but haven’t yet been named. Places lets you explore your photos based on where they were taken, and like in iPhoto, Places automatically reverse geocodes GPS data into user-friendly locations. In Aperture 3, you can assign locations by dragging-and-dropping photos onto a map or by using location information from GPS enabled cameras, tracking devices or your iPhone® photos.
The new Brushes feature allows you to add professional touches to your photos by simply painting effects onto the image. Aperture 3 includes 15 Quick Brushes that perform the most popular tasks like Dodge, Burn, Polarize and Blur, without the complexity of layers or masks. Brushes can automatically detect edges in your images to let you apply or remove effects exactly where you want them. Aperture 3 includes dozens of Adjustment Presets that apply a specific style or look to the entire image with just a click. You can create your own custom presets or explore the techniques of other photographers by importing theirs.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Tyler Larronde Dominated the prestigious junior Men's division on his brand new 5'5" Kazuma. Tyler is the latest addition to the Kazuma surf team. Joao Marco Maffini finished 3rd Open men.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
ASP Elite Member Jeremy Flores Back in the Water After Long InjuryCAPBRETON, France (Thursday, February 4, 2010) – Jeremy Flores (Capbreton/New Caledonia, FRA), 21, has hit Australia last week, the only French surfer of the ASP Top 45 getting back to work to prepare the 2010 ASP World Tour season opener, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
The French prodigy, a former ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) champion in 2006 and ASP Roookie of the Year in 2007, went on rehabilitation in France after an ankle and foot injury forced him to pull out from the last three events of last year’s ASP World Tour, but is now ready to hit the line-up again.
Despite missing the Billabong Pro Mundaka, the Rip Curl Pro Search and the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Flores finished his 2010 campaign ranked inside the requalifying group, an impressive result for the 21 year-old phenomenon.
Coming back from a long break that kept him out of the water (October, November and December), Flores is back in good form to get things going again and be ready for the 2010 ASP World Tour launch on the Gold Coast of Australia, at the end of February.
“I am really happy to be able to get back in the water,” Flores said. “My foot feels good and that long break from competitive surfing gave me the opportunity to do things that I usually can’t do. Therefore, I think that injury was a good experience for me.”
Flores, who got back to surfing in the Canary Islands in January, seems to be finding his way back to his best form and will be much awaited for his 2010 start.
“I felt pretty good during that quick trip to the Canary Islands and I needed to spend time in the water,” Flores said. “I am super motivated to get back to work and start off the 2010 ASP World Tour well with the first event in Australia.”
With another three weeks before the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast kicks off on the Gold Coast of Australia (Feb. 27 to March 10), Flores will be surfing, training physically and will spend a few days with the French national team who is currently on a training camp in Australia as well.
on Jeremy Flores, log on to www.aspworldtour.com and check out his profile
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
19 January, 2010 : - - Pipeline is the Mecca of the surfing world, and it is at this legendary location that Volcom is proud to announce Volcom's first ever ASP event: The Volcom Pipeline Pro, a WQS 5-star event running with a waiting period from January 23rd - February 5th, 2010.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 January, 2010 : - - Maxime Huscenot (REU), 17, and Laura Enever (AUS), 18, claimed their respective ASP World Junior Titles yesteray in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at North Narrabeen on the final day of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fueled by Monster Energy.
Huscenot, received entry into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships as an ASP International wildcard, wowed spectators and surfers alike today, besting an in-form Jadson Andre (BRA), 19, in a hard-fought Final to claim the ASP World Junior Title.
“This is the biggest day of my life and it’s absolutely unbelievable,” Huscenot said. “It feels like I just won a heat, not the ASP World Title – it’s incredible. Jadson (Andre) is an amazing surfer and the whole Brazilian team rips so hard. I cannot believe it is my day. I am at a loss for words.”