Archive for April 16th 2017

A couple of news items from Canon:  Canon has introduced a compact 35mm F2.8 macro lens with a built-in LED ring light and they have introduced a drone that can fly in nasty weather and can see in the dark.  The drone is capable of ISO speeds up to 4 million and is intended to be used in disaster relief.  Chinese stabilizer company, Gudsen, has introduced a range of powered gimbals aimed at users of compact cameras and medium-sized DSLRs.  Gudsen claims it is "the smartest camera stabilization and control system for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs and will set you back $599. Sony is planning to launch sever medium format sensors in the 100-150MP resolution next year. US-based GoPro customers can get a discount on a new HERO5 Black or Session camera when trading in an older HERO model. Existing GoPro owners can receive $100 off a new HERO5 Black, or $50 off a HERO5 Session when they trade in any older GoPro HERO model.  This is a limited time offer.

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Jim and Fred welcome back photographer Ron Wyatt who recently toured and photographed the Russian Moscow Ballet company.  In addition, Ron shares some equpment recommendations and lighting tips.  Ron just recently started his own photo tour company and has trips planned to Tanzania, Tuscany, indo-china and many other locations.  We recommend you check his website at www.ronwyattphotos.com to see more of his work and information on his upcoming workshops.

 

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Today's podcast features a segment on creating bismuth crystals for macro photography.

In recent news, Popular Photography magazine is shutting down operations, including their website.  The Azure rock formation, featured in Game of Thrones has fallen into the sea after a large storm.  Olympus has announced the end of it's four thirds system.  A camera lost in a shipwreck in 2012 has been found and the images on the Lexar memory card were able to be recovered!  A judge dismisses charges against a Kentucky man who shot down a drone flying over his property.  Also watch the podcast to learn the correct way to pronounce 'bokeh'!  Watch the podcast more even more news!

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Jim demonstrates how to create bismuth crystals for closeup photography.  Bismuth is an element similiar to lead with a low melting point, but is not harmful to people or the environment.  In fact, it is the main ingredient in Pepto Bismal! Do be careful if you try this yourself as bismuth must be heated to 500 degrees F to melt and requires a slow cool off period in order to form crystals.  We recommend melting it out doors and be sure to wear proper gloves and eye protection and keep everything away from other flammable objects!  Please share your images on Facebook with us if you decide to try this for yourself!

The Black Hills Photo Shootout will soon be open for reservations and more information can be found at www.thephotoshootout.com.  Hope to see you there!

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