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Image via DC Watch

Image via DC Watch

Sony outed two surprise announcements yesterday with the Sony A7 Mk II and the 70-300mm f3.5-5.6 G SSM II A-mount lens. According to DC Watch, Sony is also working on improving some of its older Alpha-series glass with a 24-70mm f2.8 ZA SSM II lens and 16-35mm f2.8 ZA SSM II lens.

Sony announced the two fast zoom lenses will have improved autofocus speeds. Additionally the glass will come weather sealing against dust and water. The lenses are expected to arrive by the beginning of spring next year.

Sony also announced updates to its lens road map. Although this year is nearly out, there are still a few more FE-mount lenses we can expect including a Sony PZ 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS, 28mm F2, and Zeiss 35mm f1.4. Leading into 2015 Sony will also release a FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS lens. Check out the full lens road map after the break.

Via Photo Rumors

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Two Flamingos

All images by Gray Malin. Used with permission.

Not many people choose to venture to the Arctic–but if they did then they’d surely try to bring something to remind them of warmer times. That’s part of the influence of Gray Malin’s Antarctica: the White Continent. Gray used juxtaposition to make summery items stand out amongst the ice floes, glaciers, and the barren snow.

We talked to Gray about travelling to the Arctic, the idea and inspiration behind the project, and location scouting in the frigid cold.

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Image from Wikipedia

When photography was still in its very early days, adding extra light to the images literally meant creating an explosion. These early flashes involved lots of chemistry and measurement. But eventually, photographers and chemists found out that a magnesium flash mixture would be most effective. So the photographers would have a torch type structure in one hand and their camera in the other. Then an electronic current would ignite the flash powder and the extra light would be added to the image.

A while ago, the Tech Photo Blog posted a video on Youtube demonstrating how flash powder is used vs modern day flashes. The show viewers just how explosive the mixture is and encourage them to not try it at home. What you can also see is just how much smoke comes from the magnesium flash powder–which doesn’t make it so ideal to use indoors.

This method isn’t used anymore though. The process of adding a flash to a photo eventually evolved into using flash tubes, then the electronic strobe. The big problem with magnesium powder wasn’t only the danger, but also measuring the right amount for the image you needed to take.

Hit the jump to check out the video.

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Hey everyone,

A reminder about three of our contests that we have going on right now. First off, you should know that they’re all available worldwide.

International Street Photography Contest: We’re doing this one with Leica and giving away a Leica T. Check it out!

We’re teaming up with Calumet to give away a 7D Mk II.

Show us your best portrait, and you can snag yourself an awesome portrait shooting kit from Phottix.

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Fernando Gallegos is a photographer that hails from San Jose, California and operates Lemurian Grove Studio. He’s also quite well travelled and enjoys photographing all manner of things. Mr. Gallegos tells us that his aim is to capture people with unique traits and who create their own style, no matter how different or bizarre. “As of recently I’ve been experimenting more with artistic photography using Photoshop/Lightroom manipulation and enhancements to create atmospheric, historic, and mystical interpretations.” says Fernando.

When we found his image “Night Sky Over the Chaparral” on Reddit, we were completely fascinated by the amount of compositing and work that he put in to create it. The image otherwise looks lit with a combination of a slow shutter speed and a softbox. But that wasn’t how it was created.

Here’s his story.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Adorama Flashpoint Streaklight 180 WS product images (1 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 4.0

This weekend, we want you to let out your inner strobist. Use a flash for your photography–in fact, use several if you can. You’ll have an amazing time seeing just how creative you can get.

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