Into Eternity – An Impressive Time-Lapse Inspired by a Witnessed Suicide

The very impressive b&w time-lapse in the video above was made by Philadelphia based photographer Bruce Wayne. He says:

About a year and a half ago while shooting a long exposure photo, I witnessed a man commit suicide off the Ben Franklin Bridge. The experience is something that I’ll never forget. The mood was so heavy and dark that one could feel the loss of the person’s life in the air. I can only imagine what this person saw and felt the day he took his own life; what the city must have felt like and looked like to him. It was pretty hard to shoot this time-lapse without thinking about what I had witnessed.

Using Black & White Long-Exposure photography, I wanted to capture Center City Philadelphia in a darker light. Rarely when walking through the city do we look up and see the towering buildings above us. In this Time-lapse I wanted to capture what we don’t see. The last scene is where I saw the man take his own life.

I dedicate this time-lapse to him. May you forever rest in peace…

More about this experience on his blog.

Bruce Wayne used an EOS 7D and a Hoya ND400 filter for this work. All b&w conversion was done in post-processing along with other effects.

Music by the “Music Bed”, song from A. Taylor, “Who Will Remember”.

[Bruce Wayne via PetaPixel]

 

Deal Alert: NEC MultiSync PA272W 27″ Color Accurate Display – $899 (Adorama, compare to $1,400)

NEC MultiSync PA272W

Adorama has a very good deal for photographers looking out for a good 27″ display to edit photos. I usually post only select deals for Canon gear, but this deal is too good not to be posted.

The NEC MultiSync PA272W 27″ Color Accurate LCD Desktop Display is on sale for $899 (compare to $1,400 on Amazon). Note: the deal expires tomorrow, 11/5.

Features:

  • GB-R LED backlight consumes 37% less power than a comparable CCFL backlight
  • 99.3% coverage of AdobeRGB color space
  • Superior screen performance (1000:1 contrast ratio, 2560×1440 native resolution, 340cd/m2 brightness)
  • 14-bit 3D internal programmable lookup tables (LUTs) for calibration
  • Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes increase productivity by displaying two sources simultaneously
  • MultiProfiler software provides complete control over the five picture modes, including the loading of any ICC profile directly into the monitor for optimal color space matching
  • DisplaySync Pro controls two computers with only one keyboard and mouse
  • Wide connectivity includes both regular and Mini DisplayPort with 10-bit support, 10-bit HDMI, a DVI-D input as well as a USB hub
  • DisplayPort cable compatibility notice
  • NaViSet Administrator 2: software solution that greatly eases administration and management of larger display device installations

Roger Cicala Tears The EOS 7D Mark II Apart (best weather-sealing he saw)

The red arrows point to thick, flexible rubber gaskets sealing the back of the 7D Mark II (the one above, below you see the classic 7D, image courtesy of lensrentals.com)

Lensrental’s Roger Cicala took a Canon EOS 7D Mark II and teared it apart.

He says the “Canon 7D Mk II may be the best weather-sealed camera [he has] run across“. As you may figure out, the weather-sealing of the EOS 7D Mark II was of major interest while dissecting the camera.

Enough said. Head over to LensRentals to see all the pics and the description of how they dismantled the EOS 7D Mark II.

More about the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is shipping in the US:

Back of the 7D2 (image courtesy lensrentals.com)

[via LensRental]

World-wide EOS 7D Mark II order links after the break

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Canon Patent To Reduce Ghosting Artefacts

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Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon to reduce ghosting artefacts by a new engineering of the micro-lenses (that stay above of the pixel sensors). If I got the patent right, a reverse-phase layer is applied on the micro-lens.

Machine translated patent description:

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-207253
    • Published 2014.10.30
    • Filing date 2012.4.17
  • Challenge
    • Micro-lens is a positive phase structure are aligned periodically
    • Periodic phase structure, the incident light is reflected and diffracted
    • Angle of incidence of the reflected diffracted light is unexpected, UV IRCF is reflected in ghost to generate and produce a red regular pattern
  • Canon patent of
    • Another of the members on top of the micro-lens
    • Phase structure of the member
      • Reverse of the phase structure of the micro-lens
      • Negative refractive power
      • It does not have a refractive power
      • Short form and trapezoidal cross-sectional shape
    • And reflected and diffracted light of the sensor surface (concave), offset by the reflected and diffracted light of the micro-lens (convex)
[via Egami]

More On The Lego-Style Canon DSLR

Canon DSLR
More about the “modular” DSLR.

Canon Rumors, correcting the previous leak:

[…] don’t think we’re going to get a camera that is fully modular, such as swapping out image sensors and that sort of thing. I think we’re going to see a camera that can maybe swap between an optical and electronic viewfinder,  as well as ergonomic changes depending if you’re shooting stills or video.

So, no lego-style DSLR as in the first rumour days ago, just a camera that can “maybe swap” the optical viewfinder with an electronic one (for what reason do you want to do this on a DSLR?), and some “ergonomic changes” depending if you shot stills or video. If for one minute you forget that you can “maybe swap” the VF, what else is there you can say it’s modular?

Doesn’t sound very modular to me but still a bit like non-sense.

Crazy how fast rumours change or get corrected, and how fast they get published. Got a good example yesterday after posting a rumor I got over a week ago, and that caused a lot of emails that found their way into my and others inbox and to some sites on the web. Good to know that even the shallowest rumour eventually finds a site to call its home :-)

Your opinion welcome…

A Bit of Everything (7D Mark II, G7 X, TS-E 45mm, EF 8-15mm, 5D Mark III)


Photographer Michele Clentano on Capturing Photo Portraits by Recording 4K Video with the EOS-1D C – PetaPixel


Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Lens Review – ephotozine

Overall, this old lens delivers excellent image quality, and a good range of adjustments for a reasonable price. However, it would be nice if tilt and shift could be rotated independently, and if it could focus closer. If you can live with these shortcomings, it is still an excellent lens.


The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, My New Favorite Wide Angle Canon L Series Lens – Thomas Hawk

[…] I have way more fun shooting this lens at 8mm and have found that beyond traditional fisheye subjects, this lens has opened up a whole new world to me when it comes to shooting more abstractly — especially with architecture.


Canon IXUS 265 HS/ELPH 340 HS review – Camera Labs

The IXUS 265HS / ELPH 340 HS is now the flagship model in Canon’s budget compact range. It’s the only one with a CMOS sensor, the only one to shoot full 1080p HD video, the only one with Wifi and it packs a very capable 12x stabilised optical zoom into a very compact and stylish body – always the trademark of the IXUS / ELPH range.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional’s opinion (by Bettina Hansen) – DPreview

Its 10fps maximum frame-rate makes shooting with the EOS 5D III feel like slow motion. For me, personally, I still prefer the 5D III and the EOS-1D X because I like a full-frame sensor. However, though I absolutely hated shooting with the first 7D, I found the second iteration shockingly reliable, fast and sharp – overall it is a very good contender for the price.


Jacques de Vos on uncompressed HDMI with the EOS 5D Mark III – Canon Pro Network

The latest firmware update – Version 1.2.1 – for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR includes a host of important new features, including uncompressed HDMI output, and one of the first videographers to take advantage of this was underwater specialist Jacques de Vos. He has established a considerable reputation for shooting still images and video with a Canon EOS 7D whilst free-diving and has recently switched to the EOS 5D Mark III, with very favourable results. CPN video writer James Morris spoke to Jacques de Vos to discover his first thoughts about shooting uncompressed HDMI output with his EOS 5D Mark III underwater rig.


The CameraStoreTV: Also the Canon Powershot G7 X suffers or the terrible Canonitis disease – Mirrorless Rumors