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Hey everyone,

Once again: 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.

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Legacy Horween Chromexcel Olive and Brown Strap 1

Tap and Dye has added a couple of new pieces to its Legacy leather strap collection today. Sadly it’s not a new strap but rather new dark olive and brown colors for its already great Horween Chromexcel leather camera wrist straps. The leather has been hand rubbed with an aged finish and stitched tightly together with white string to give it a classical and rustic look.

Justin, the founder and owner of Tap and Dye, tells us that their black straps are currently sold out due to a very long back order on the black leather Horween Chromexcel leather. However, the new dark olive and brown straps are readily available now.

We’ve had our own Horween Chromexcel leather strap in black for a few weeks now and we can vouch it’s Tap and Dye’s softest strap yet. It comes with a nice fat pad of leather and while some users might not like this bulkiness, it helps distribute the weight of a camera well.

You can get your own Legacy Horween Chromexcel leather camera wrist strap directly from Tap and Dye for $85. Check out some more product images after the break.

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Snowflakes can have an absolutely beautiful structure, but capturing photos of them is really tough to do. However, Vyacheslav Ivanov created a timelapse of a snowflake forming–which is even tougher to do and light correctly. As IFLScience reports though,

“The exact shape of the snowflake is a product of temperature, humidity, amount of water, and the size of the pollen or dust particle. Snowflakes that look like thin hexagonal needles occur in colder air while the most intricate shapes and plates occur when it is slightly warmer and slightly more humid. As the air can change depending on location and elevation, the snowflake’s shape can be influenced in many different ways before it finally comes to rest on the ground.”

So how did he do it? Mr. Ivanov says that he actually did a timelapse of sublimation–which is when a solid transitions into a gas. So essentially, he got the snowflake then recorded it being dissolved into the air. He says the process is like crystallization, but the opposite.

His video is after the jump.

Via IFLScience and iO9

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer EyeFi CF Adapter C Ming review images (1 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

For many years now, EyeFi has been trying to find a solution to make their cards function better with CF cards and the cameras that use them. The technological problem has to do with the metal in these cameras and the SD/CF card being placed sideways. But recently, the company started to recommend the C. Ming adapters for their SD cards.

If you’re a person with one of these DSLRs and shoots both RAW and JPEG, your workflow and marketing may benefit from a card like this.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer VSCO for iPad (1 of 1)ISO 2001-50 sec at f - 4.5

VSCO has made waves on iOS and Android for its smooth interface and impressive array of film-like filters, most of which are available in affordable bundles in the store. With its 4.0 update last week, VSCO Cam just got a lot bigger for folks on iOS 8. The app is now available on iPad, a substantial step up from its iPhone counterpart. The device upgrade also comes with the announcement of VSCO Journal, a publishing platform for longer projects. Think of it as an expanded VSCO Grid. Of course, since it’s just been released, we’ve only had so much time to use it, so here’s our first impressions.

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Over the years, I’ve been doing more and more portraiture in attempts to get better and to make people feel genuinely more confident about themselves. It takes time, understanding, and a lot of hard work. But when giving the images to my subjects, all that is ever heard is genuine love for the portraits not only from my subjects but their loved ones, friends, and colleagues. It’s wonderful.

And shooting film has taught me something even more important.

The tradition in portraiture is to always focus on the eyes. It’s said over and over again all the time. But to be honest, I think that it’s about time to break that rule in certain situations.

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