Stormscapes 3, another jaw-dropping journey into the world of superstorms

More or less one year ago I featured Stormscapes 2, a time-lapse video by Nicolaus Wegner. Now Wegner published Stormscapes 3, another incredible journey into the world of storms, supercells and other amazing weather phenomenons.

Stormscapes 3 is for those that enjoy the visual aspect of our beautifully unique Blue Marble’s fascinating weather, or those wishing to experience elemental nature in some of its most surreal and chaotic forms. Particularly focusing on severe weather located in the northern high plains region (and adjacent ranges) of the USA. This video showcases a variety of supercells and other rotating storms, spooky night based mesoscale convective systems, atmospheric optics such as rainbows and crepuscular rays, various forms of lightning, and even a rare Shirley Basin, Wyoming tornado.

Wenger notes that “if you suffer from any negative photosensitive reactions to strobing or flashing lights, it might be advisable to skip the night focused lightning sequences” at the end of the video.

[via DIY Photography via Nicolaus Wegner]

Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM deal – $630 (refurbished, Canon Store)

Canon EOS 70D With EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Deal – $630 (refurbished, Canon Store)

The Canon Direct Store’s deal of yesterday got even better: refurbished Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens kits on sale at $629.99. Compare at $999.

I always recommend to check Canon’s refurbished gear listings for deals:

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II review from the photojournalist’s point of view (DPReview)

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4 II Review From The Photojournalist’s Point Of View (DPReview)

DPReview posted a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II review from a photojournalist’s perspective. The EF 35mm f/1.4 II is praised review after review and this one is not different when it comes to the optical qualities of this new Canon lens:

Putting this new lens on my camera has made me enjoy shooting at F1.4 more and, in turn, worry less about CA. Compared to the original 35mm F1.4 there are many advantages across the board. I really have nothing bad to say about the Mark II besides its hefty size, but that’s just the standard at this point for 35mm F1.4s, anyway.

With the inevitability of more high-megapixel bodies on the way, it is important to consider that you’re not necessarily buying a lens like the Mark II just for right now: you’re buying it for the future. With cameras like the 5DS R, older lenses – even L-series lenses – can mostly still deliver decent results, but the 35mm F1.4L II is a step up in terms of sharpness, color and CA control. If a high-megapixel body is something you’re considering in the future, you’re going to want to pick up this lens. Read the review…

The EF 35mm f/1.4 II features Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, an optical technology developed by Canon that corrects chromatic aberrations at an extremely high level. All this comes at a price, and it is hefty: $1,799

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II key features:

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One UD Element
  • Subwavelength and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

More on the Canon vs Grey Market Retailers Legal Action


Photography Bay posted an update to the Canon vs. grey market retailer legal action started by Canon. Canon USA has filed an amended complaint against F&E Trading, which represents BigValueInc, Electronic Valley and other grey market retailer. According to Photography Bay the amended complaint is about…:

In its Amended Complaint, Canon USA doesn’t really add on any additional egregious actions, but rather takes aim at pinning the alleged misconduct on Albert Houllou, who appears to be the principal owner/operator of F & E Trading.

Canon USA slices out several facts in an attempt to paint Houllou as the real wrongdoer in its trademark violation case. This strategy is a common tactic in lawsuits against companies.


As someone who used to practice corporate law, I can tell you that it is always a big win to get an individual (typically an owner or executive) on the hook for the wrongdoing (aka “piercing the corporate veil”). This allows the plaintiff (e.g., Canon USA) to hold a person (not just a company) personally liable for the wrongdoing. If you can get at a person’s assets, then you can apply a whole lot more pressure in settlement negotiations or drive them into bankruptcy.

Canon refers to the video below to claim that Mr. Houllou is the sole responsible and in the charge of F&E’s actions.

Photography Bay also published the PDF of the amended complaint (below).

Canon USA v. F & E Trading, LLC

[via Photography Bay]