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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Just relaxing on the beach.

A beautiful day, taking photos.

Red bull illume photo contest.

Submitted photos for my first photo contest, probably the best photo contest on the planet.
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

5D Mark II update firmware.

Canon adds 24 and 25fps HD Movie recording to the EOS 5D Mark II with Firmware 2.0.3

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

Van Houtryve Wins POYi's Freelance Photographer of the Year Award

Van Houtryve Wins POYi's Freelance Photographer of the Year Award

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 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.