This jaw-dropping video shows the full cloud inversion, a rare phenomenon in the Grand Canyon, and was shot with Canon gear

 

The amazing video above shows a rare phenomenon known as the full cloud inversion. Harun Mehmedinovic tells us what the phenomenon is about, and how they produced the video:

Millions of visitors a year come to Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the most visited national park in the western United States. However, on extremely rare days when cold air is trapped in the canyon and topped by a layer of warm air, which in combination with moisture and condensation, form the phenomenon referred to as the full cloud inversion. In what resembles something between ocean waves and fast clouds, Grand Canyon is completely obscured by fog, making the visitors feel as if they are walking on clouds.

This video was filmed as part of SKYGLOW, an ongoing crowdfunded quest to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible dark sky areas in North America. This project is being produced in collaboration with International Dark-Sky Association, a non-profit fighting for the preservation of night skies around the globe.

Canon EOS 5Ds R and EOS 5D Mark III cameras and Canon lenses were used to shot the film, sponsored by Canon USA, aided by Alpine Labs‘ Michron & Pulse, powered by Paul C. Buff Vagabond Mini. LRTimelapse was used to process some of the shots.

Original video premiered on BBC Earth. High resolution stills can be found here.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III deal – $1779 (reg. $2249, import model)

eos 5d mark iii

Top Rated Plus seller 6ave on eBay (99.1% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale at $1,779. Compare at $2,249.   Free shipping. Please note: this is an import model with 1 year seller warranty. An import item is legally imported from another country through channels other than the maker’s official distribution system.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III doing 4K video with Magic Lantern wasn’t an April Joke

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Doing 4K Video With Magic Lantern Wasn’t An April Joke

I am sure most of you thought it was a clever April joke when a1ex of Magic Lantern team told the world on Saturday that they have made 4K video working on the EOS 5D Mark III.

Well, it turned out to be a very clever “April joke”, i.e. using the April joke hype to push a ground-breaking advancement of the Magic  Lantern hackers. Because that’s what it is: a ground-breaking advancement. Magic Lantern delivered the proof of concept that it is possible to get 4K video on an EOS 5D Mark III.

However, as cool as it is (it is), it’s a proof of concept, not even a working alpha version. There are many issues to solve before you can get working 4K on the EOS 5D Mark III. The main issue appears to be the fact that the EOS 5D Mark III can write to the memory card with max. 100MB/s, which will not allow for 4K@24fps (at least not more than a few seconds). The other big issue is surely overheating.

And there is also another exciting news. The EOS 5D Mark III may never do professional 4K video, but it may soon do 3K video with 24fps and 14 bit – this should produce a data rate of approx. 90MB/s, doable for the EOS 5D Mark III’s Output pipeline. Well, if these aren’t exciting news.

These are the video modes that can be activated with the latest ML hack:

  • 1920×960 @ 50p (both 1:1 crop and full-frame – 3×3 pixel binning)
  • 1920×800 @ 60p (same as above)
  • 1920×1080 @ 45p and 48p (3×3 binning)
  • 1920×1920 @ 24p (1:1 square crop)
  • 3072×1920 @ 24p (1:1 crop)
  • 3840×1600 @ 24p (1:1 crop)
  • 4096×2560 @ 12.5p (1:1 crop)
  • 4096×1440 @ 25p (1:1 crop)
  • Full-resolution LiveView: 5796×3870 at 7.4 fps (128ms rolling shutter).

A1ex writes:

This is only a very rough proof of concept. It has not been battle-tested and has many quirks. Some of them may be easy to fix, others not so. In particular:

* It feels quite buggy. I’m still hunting the issues one by one, but it’s hard, as Canon’s LiveView implementation is very complex, and our understanding on how it works is still very limited.

* Write speeds are high. For example, 10-bit 4096×2500 at 15 fps requires 180 MB/s. 1080p45 should be a little more manageable at 111 MB/s.

* Canon preview is broken in most modes; you need to use the grayscale preview in the raw recording module.

* High-resolution modes (in particular, full-res LiveView) may cause trouble with memory management. This is very tricky to solve, as we only get 3 full-resolution buffers in LiveView, with restrictions on the order in which they must be freed, and lots of other quirks.

* Since these settings were pushed to limit, the risk of corrupted frames is high. If it happens, decrease the vertical resolution a bit.

* When refreshing LiveView settings, the camera might lock-up (no idea why). Pressing MENU twice appears to fix it.

What do you think? Isn’t this exciting, and incredibly cool? To learn more about the latest Magic Lantern hack, head over to the ML forum or visit the website.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III deal – $1799 (reg. $2499, import model)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Deal – $1799 (reg. $2499, Import Model)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III at a glance:

  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 6 fps Shooting in RAW+JPEG
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • 14-Bit RAW Files and S-RAW Format
  • Magnesium Alloy Body, SD/CF Card Slots

Top Rated Plus seller 6ave on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale at $1,799. Compare at $2,499. Free shipping: Please note: this is an import model with 1 year seller warranty. An import item is legally imported from another country through channels other than the maker’s official distribution system.

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Don McCullin about the consequence of truth (CPS interview)

Don McCullin About The Consequence Of Truth (CPS Interview)

Canon Professional Network posted a short interview with living legend Don McCullin, world-renowned war photographer and pioneer in photojournalism.

Sir McCullin is now over 80 years old, and just recently was knighted by the Queen. It’s only since a few years that he embraced digital photography. Appearently, Canon managed to get Sir McCullin, well known for his critical position towards digital photography, to use and enjoy a EOS 5D Mark III (we reported here).

The interview is about McCullin’s work, a retrospective on his life and career, and features the presentation of McCullin’s latest book.

“I’m on the edge of the volcano. I’m standing on the precipice looking into the lava…” admits Don McCullin metaphorically, remarking on how he sees this latest chapter of an extraordinary life. A special three-volume retrospective of his work is due to be released soon. It’s taken two years to complete and, for McCullin, represents the very best of his photography. Called ‘Irreconcilable Truths’ the title is a nod to the soul-searching that went into the project as recollections of atrocities resurfaced in his darkroom as he reprinted many hundreds of images. It’s not been an easy journey, reliving some of those memories.

About the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Sir McCullin says:

“I just wished I had these Canons when I was a younger man,” [McCullin] reflects. “My life would have been far easier with a lot less stuff to carry.” He refers to the final section of his book and recent projects from India, Iraq and Syria that feature work taken digitally. “The sharpness cuts you like a knife,” he remarks. “It really is incredible, almost too real.”

Sir McCullin’s latest print work, Irreconcilable Truths, has a limited run of 1000 copies and consists of three books, presented in a hard clamshell case, comprise over 1300 pages of print and more than 700 of McCullin’s most iconic photographs and previously unpublished images.

Read the interview at CPS.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the most used camera among winning photojournalists

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Is The Most Used Camera Among Winning Photojournalists

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At a glance:

  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 6 fps Shooting in RAW+JPEG
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • 14-Bit RAW Files and S-RAW Format
  • Magnesium Alloy Body, SD/CF Card Slots

You’re probably heard about the World Press 2017 Photo Contest. The contest saw 80,408 images made by 5,034 photographers from 125 different countries.

And guess what? The Canon EOS 5D Mark III (click here) is the most used camera among those photojournalists who won a price. The data was broke down by Spanish site Photolari. They also broke down which camera brands where used most. 55.5% of the photographers used a Canon camera, 30.55% a Nikon, 8.3% a Fuji, the rest is Pentax and Leica. Sony is not among the bunch, no one cares to use it for professional assignments (just kidding).

The used cameras are shown below.

Cameras used at World Press Photo 2017. Image © photolari.com

My guess is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III will remain a bestseller for long time, despite the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has been announced and is available. The EOS 5D Mark III is just a great DSLRs, and that’s not going to change soon.

To see all winning photos from all categories please click here, or jump directly to the gallery.