Law enforcement didn’t pull any punches during its manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers, going so far as to lock down an entire metropolis while they searched. Even when officers thought they had the second suspect cornered in Watertown boat, they confirmed their suspicions with a camera that can spot people from up to 10 miles away. Just to be sure.
Developed by the FLIR corporation, it’s known as the Star SAFIRE III. This multi-imaging system consists of a 15-inch gimbal packed with a 640 x 480 Forward Looking Infrared camera operating at the 3-5 μm wavelength, as well as an optional color zoom camera, spotter scope, low-light camera, 25km laser rangefinder, pointer, and illuminator. Altogether the unit weighs about 100 pounds, which makes it small enough to fit on helicopters and planes the size of Cesnas, it’s also been utilized as optional equipment for the Predator Drone, according to Andy Teich, President of FLIR.
“One of the unique capabilities of the camera is that…[it’s] imaging in the midwave region, which is the three to five micron range of the spectrum,” Teich told Gizmodo. “There are many plastics that become transparent in those wavelengths. And in this case, the boat had one of these shrink-wrap coverings—opaque plastic shrink wrap covering—and the SAFIRE saw right through that covering.”
For years I’ve used a point and shoot — a hideout camera that I could put in my pocket while walking around for those photo opportunities that come up when you don’t expect them. The very first one I had was the Kodak DC210, with an amazing 1 megapixel of resolution. (similar to this)
When the time came to move to more megapixels the natural jump was to a Sony Cybershot and its 8 megapixel but pocket sized awesomeness, the current models of the same style cameras are now available in a variety of 14 - 16 megapixel models:
After years of use the lens started making a grinding sound when it extended, and sometimes the shutter-like cover leaves did not fully open. While in St. Lucia we took a catamaran trip in the rain and I didn’t feel the least bit uncomfortable snapping away even though the camera was getting drenched because I knew that the time had finally come to replace the Sony.
The pictures came out fine, and the camera did not get damaged, which got me looking for a camera that I didn’t have to worry about in water.
That search led me to the Nikon AW-100, a great little camera that comes fully featured. It can survive immersion up to 33 feet (10 meters,) freezing, and minor shock (drops from five feet.) On top of that has a 16 megapixel sensor coupled with built in GPS.
While the glass is not quite as nice as the Cybershot’s Zeiss lens, the Nikon’s 5X zoom lens produces reasonably sharp photos throughout its range, from wide angle to macro to telephoto. It has many preset modes, and a fully auto mode for capture, as well as a panorama stitching feature. The GPS works great, and photos I imported to Lightroom dropped right onto the map once I turned on the GPS feature:
It works great underwater, (see photos below) and the built in ability to imprint time latitude/longitude, or GPS coordinates onto the photo and/or to just capture them to metadata are great tools for scientists, police, sports enthusiasts, and others who need to document either their play or work. The built in GPS compass is also handy, and I can see myself using this camera for a metadata reference shot whenever I shoot a series with my DSLR’s and lenses. Right now I have to say I am loving the new tech acquisition.
And on the eighth day,
God looked down on his planned paradise and said,
“I need a documenter,”
so God made a photographer
God said, “I need someone willing to get up before dawn, deal with models,
work in Lightrooms and darkrooms, work with models again, eat supper,
and then go to town and stay past midnight at a wedding,”
so God made a photographer.
“I need someone with arms steady enough to hold a camera,
yet gentle enough to focus,”
so God made a photographer.
God said, “I need someone willing to sit up all night editing a new shoot,
know that 98% aren’t any good, then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year’,”
so God made a photographer.
God had to have someone willing to travel
to the ends of the Earth at double speed
to get the shot in ahead of the golden hour,
so God made a photographer.
Someone who’d bale a family together
with the soft, strong bonds of sharing,
who’d laugh and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes
when his son says he wants to spend his whole life what dad does,
so God made a photographer.
Berlin-based filmmaker Christopher Kippenberger believes that quadrocopters—cheap, inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles—are the future of sports film. Kippenberger’s firm, Kippenberger Racing, specializes in aerial photography of auto races and of cars in general for outside clients. The company’s business model is simple: Aerial filmmaking via helicopters is expensive, but aerial filmmaking via drone is cheap.
One of Kippenberger’s latest videos, produced in collaboration with eGarage, takes a look inside Germany’s child go-kart subculture. While conventional cameras were used for the on-the-ground portions of the video, a UAV was used for the awe-inspiring aerial race segments.
In both Europe and the United States, UAV videography is a legal gray area. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and their European equivalents have not issued formal regulations and guidelines surrounding drones in the private sector. Much like how the explosive growth of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo has caused headaches for legislators, UAV technology has advanced too quickly for bureaucrats to handle.
More: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King would be spinning in his grave if he knew how he was being exploited by the bigots, Jew-haters, racists, demagogues he fought so hard against. If only those who so egregiously use him would heed his words and wisdom.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was an opponent of the jihad against Israel. While there are some disputed quotations circulating in this connection, here are some key and authenticated MLK quotes. Take them to heart today:
(a bunch of fake quotes)
Well, as it so happens, I own the website where Pamela (& her sidekick Poison Shorty) claims these quotes are “authenticated.” In 1999, back in the dawn of Teh Interwebz, “Letter to an Anti Zionist Friend” was circulating on Usenet and in SPAM emails. One of the very first debunkings done by CAMERA (before they turned into a propaganda spam machine) was proving that this “Letter” was never published in the Saturday Review, and never written by MLK.
Anyone clicking from Pam’s site, or Jihadwatch, or anywhere, will find this message:
It has been brought to our attention that this page is being linked by some questionable sites. Therefore we have removed all quotes and reminiscences that we have not been able to personally verify.
Jewish-History.com has attempted to track down the source of this Internet hoax and find out who could have composed this bogus letter, without success. There is no evidence that Dr. King uttered these words at a speech given at Harvard, and whether or not he may have said something like this to someone in a private conversation is impossible to verify.
The hoax appears to have originated with either Marc Schneier or Michael Salberg in spite of vehement denials from CAMERA and the ADL. Somebody obviously thought it would be cool to make up a bogus MLK quote in support of a cause that he may or may not have endorsed.
We warn everyone to be wary of “quotes” from famous people that they may encounter on the Internet.
Unfortunately, the communication from CAMERA, which we received in 1999, also contained a number of unverified, bogus quotes attempting desperately to link MLK to the cause of Israel. Look, we know that he had a bunch of Jewish friends, but he had his own battles. He did not have the time or the energy to embrace someone else’s agenda. We have removed those quotes from our website and apologize to anyone who may have been misled by them.
I am deeply sorry that I did not check my referer logs earlier, or correct the letter that I received 14 years ago from CAMERA which debunked the “Letter” but then included a bunch of other fake quotes.
UPDATE: Pamela is no longer linking to Jewish-history.com, but has replaced Authenticated MLK Quotes with three links to three different sites (all of which rely on the same sources which I removed from Jewish-history.com as unreliable). Musta done a bunch of frantic drunk Googling.
Nikon has introduced the latest addition to the camera maker’s high-performance fixed-aperture zoom lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR. This is a smaller version of the classic 70-200mm f/2.8, long a favourite of photographers—pros and amateurs alike—all over the world. …more here, Cycroft Photoblog: NEW Nikon Telephoto Zoom Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm F/4.
The company’s issued a statement that many will find reminiscent of its advice over poor voice reception in the iPhone 4 two years ago. On that occasion, it told users they were holding the phone wrongly; this time, it says they’re taking the wrong pictures.
“Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources,” says the company in the statement.
“This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor.”
And the solution, according to Apple?
“Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.”
Many users, though, say the problem isn’t, as Apple claims, common to all phones - or even to all models of the iPhone. “I do about 600 pics a day between work and personal, both indoor and outdoor. I gave up and switched back to my 4S. No issues,” says one on the company’s support forum.
And others criticize Apple for telling users to angle their photos further away from light sources: “For someone to say this is ‘Normal’ and to angle away from the light source is ZERO help when you are shooting interiors (Autos) and surrounded by Windows.”
In 2009, while I was working in public diplomacy on NATO’s international staff in Brussels, I was asked to produce a promotional campaign to be posted in the Washington, D.C., Metro system for NATO’s 60th-anniversary summit in Strasbourg and Kehl. In response, I asked member countries to suggest powerful images that showed Allied forces in action in Afghanistan. I received dozens of images (including the one above, of Dutch troops transporting residents of Uruzgan province to safety after their district was flooded in 2007) and went through thousands more using a variety of online combat camera resources in an effort to demonstrate each country’s contributions to NATO’s most important mission since the end of the Cold War. It was harder than it sounds.
This morning I’m being lazy and watching basic photography videos to see if I can improve the photos I take. This one is worth sharing.
In this episode we’ll take a look at using a shallow depth of field in your photographs to lead the viewer’s eye through the picture.
Canon T4i at Amazon
We review Canon’s new 650D DSLR. It doesn’t look like there are many updates - just how much different is it?