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While the world is all amazed with 50MP full frame sensors and a bajillion autofocus points, you may be pleasantly surprised by some technologies that years ago were absolutely incredible and in some ways should be brought back to the world. We’re not talking about putting 1080p HD video into a DSLR, but instead we’re going back much further into time. Plus, we’re exploring how the focusing systems would work in today’s world.

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Lomography already has a Petzval lens designed specifically for portraiture at 85mm, but this time around they’re designing one with a closer to normal field of view. Today, the company is introducing the Lomography Petzval 58mm lens, and they’re kicking it off with a Kickstarter.

For those of you not in the know, the Petzval lens was so hot not only because of the beautiful swirly bokeh, but also for the excellent colors. In fact, it has some of the best colors that we’ve seen.

With a minimum aperture at f1.9, the lens also has a special new feature called the Bokeh Control Ring. This allows you to change the type of bokeh that you get from the image. It uses the Waterhouse aperture system which requires you to literally put the aperture key into the lens via a slot. You’ll get a bunch of these keys to go down to f16.

The lens is available in Canon EF or Nikon F mounts in either brass or a black finish. More info and images can be found below or on the company’s Microsite.

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There was a time when I often felt a quiet rage when a photograph I wanted to make didn’t work out. It was either at myself or at the person (or people) I was trying to photograph. With the former, it could’ve been that I reacted too slowly, I wasn’t in the right position, or I hadn’t set my camera properly. With the latter, my subject didn’t what the photograph needed or they became aware of what I was doing. I can’t do anything about the first because I don’t set up scenes because that’s not what you do in street photography. With the second, it often felt as if they had transgressed, that their not wanting to be photographed was somehow an affront to me. It was a while before I realized that no one owes me a photograph.

Belligerence towards an unwilling subject in street photography is at the very least unwarranted and deeply disrespectful. It signifies a disconnect, a lack of empathy, which ultimately affects the image and the photographer. Frustration is a very real and natural thing to feel, but when a photograph goes untaken, it’s gone. Nothing can really be done about it, and when someone signals that they want no part of it, it’s best to let it go.

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“What would happen if we stop posting anything until Tumblr decides to protect the creators’ rights by making it impossible to erase the credits”

This eerie quote seems to have started with photographer Claudio Judkevitch, who expressed his disappointment with Tumblr and the company’s lack of wanting to protect artists from copyright infringement and theft–which is rampant all across the platform. As a result, he’s calling on creatives to band together and change their profile photo on Tumblr to the Protect the Creators image to send a message to the company. So far, it seems to have caught on and is becoming more and more viral.

Tumblr was bought by Yahoo! years ago, who also own Flickr. With protection in place on Flickr and just how well regarded the Tumblr platform is for creatives, Yahoo! hasn’t implemented any sort of creative rights for Tumblr content being put out by creatives yet such as Creative Commons, All Rights Reserved, etc. Sure, you can see this on someone’s personal page, but most folks don’t go the pages and instead simply browse the dashboard.

Something like this may not get the attention of Tumblr’s execs as much as a lawsuit will, but at least it’s an attempt to get attention from the company about the issue.

PS: We’ve recently revamped our own Tumblr a bit to be a lot better visually.

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Image by Eric Kim. Used with permission.

Eric Kim is a heck of an inspirational photographer, and he spends lots of time helping other photographers out in his latest video. Every photographer has to deal with creative blocks of some sort, but not everyone knows how to get out of it quickly. Eric talks about how photographer’s block isn’t solved with getting new gear, but instead it has a bit to do with being a perfectionist and psychology. In fact, Eric states that psychologists state that trying to be too perfect makes you analyze your options too much and therefore paralyzes you.

The video is very worth listening to in the background and watching as Eric gives great advice.

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All images by Tyler Shields. Used with permission.

Photographer Tyler Shields has been creating interesting and controversial photography for a couple of years now, and his most recent series called “Historical Fiction” is turning lots of heads in light of many of society’s recent social uprisings. The series is currently on display at the Andrew Weiss Gallery and has caught the eyes of the folks over at TMZ and People.

Tyler states that he has been working on the project since before the Ferguson riots that were all over headlines not too long ago, and includes specific social commentary about so many things in today’s America. “When people die now, its posted on Instagram, and then the next day everyone forgets about it.” says Tyler in our interview with him. “Things back then had more weight.”

We talked to Tyler about the inspiration for the series and putting it all together.

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