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All photographs taken by Clemens Wirth. Used with permission.

Known for his quirky and idyllic short videos, many for commercials and film credits, Austrian miniature model artist and macro filmmaker/photographer Clemens Wirth presents a more delicate version of the world. You see, he handcrafts these beautiful miniature characters and places, which he then uses for his videos.

Describing how he got into this craft to The Phoblographer, Clemens explains:

“My passion is macro photography, model building and title design. During my studies I got myself a DSLR camera and started to make my first steps in macro-photography. The world and details you can find in macro photography fascinated me ever since then… For my final project in my studies, I designed a title sequence for a first world war movie called “Herbst”. At first I wanted to work with pewter figures, but the variety was very little, so I searched for alternatives and found model train figures.”

Clemens’ dioramas are not only captured in his videos. They also translate, amazingly we might add, into fine art photographs, featuring beach, space, and other outdoor scenes, that are just as stunning.

In this little planet he’s meticulously fashioned with his own hands, his tiny humans are as still as everything else around them, whether they be horse carriages, rolling flaming balls, water, or  snow, is in constant motion. And the combination, the overall effect is staggering. Clemens’ miniature counterparts are, in more ways than one, lighter and brighter versions of their real life counterparts and better as they are simply much more intimate.

See more of Clemens’ videos and photographs after the jump.

To see more of Clemens’ wonderful work, visit his website. To buy his prints, please visit his Etsy shop.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Low Contrast Black and White Tutorial NEOPAN (1 of 2)ISO 4001-8000 sec

There are loads of films out there that have a beautiful and iconic look to them that die hards will say that you can’t capture at all. But even though this may be true for color film, when it comes ot black and white film it’s a lot simpler. Through lots of careful observations and experimentations, we believe that we’ve figured out the way to make your images look a lot like Fujifilm NEOPAN, or at least come close to it.

Fujifilm Neopan was a black and white low contrast film that was loved by many photographers out there for its graininess and its ability to be so versatile in the darkroom due to the low contrast nature of it. Essentially, what this meant is that it was incredibly forgiving.

But to get that look in Adobe Lightroom, you’ll need to do a little bit of work. However, it’s really quick and really simple.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 24-70mm f4 full frame lens review product images (2 of 8)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.0

When Sony first announced their mirrorless full frame E mount system, the 24-70mm f4 was mentioned as one of the first lenses to be offered. Fast forward a bit, and it has hit the retailers and is receiving reviews. As one of the first zooms offered to a brand new system, there is a lot riding on the 24-70mm f4 FE OSS due to to the fact that it will help to keep the system afloat in its infancy. So with that in mind, Sony made this lens splashproof and dustproof–whatever that really means.

Despite the build though, folks purchase a lens for its image quality. And boy, does it exhibit some pretty good image quality–emphasis on pretty good. This lens doesn’t seem to be the company’s sharpest zoom lens, and to be honest it’s very much more of a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none. But in the hands of the right creative, it can do some great work.

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It looks like the Fujifilm X100s is about to get an update of some sort very soon. Mirrorless Rumors got a hold of evidence allegedly leaked by photographer David Hobby. the EXIF data of some of the images (which were now taken down)  state that they’re from a new camera called the X100T. This sort of makes sense, as it’s the next letter in the alphabet. However, the S in the nomenclature stood for speed–and we’re not sure what T could stand for.

Fuji Rumors is stating that the camera will boast a 24MP APS-C sensor with faster AF, a new fixed lens, a tilting screen, a new EVF, and a wider phase detection area. These are all upgrades that the X100s needed since the lens attached to the camera was more or less the same as the X100–and the larger megapixels need to work with a newer lens for more resolution.

It’s about time for an X100s update anyway since there have been no major firmware updates to the camera in a while. We’re just going to have to wait and see what comes this way.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel SL1 product photos review (5 of 9)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 4.5

Looking for more cool stuff? We found deals on Sigma lenses, entry level DSLRs and a lot more. Check it out after the jump.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Hasselblad CFV-50c Product Image 1

Hasselblad is giving all of its old V-System analog cameras a new lease on life with its freshly announced CFV-50c digital back. The 50MP CMOS sensor-based back will let users capture 8272 x 6200 pixel images with any V-System camera dating all the way back to 1957.

On top of producing massive print quality photos, the CFV-50c can take a 12-minute exposure for those long stares into starry skies. The sensor back can also shoot up to ISO 6400 whilst promising to produce exposures with “relatively low noise.” On the back there’s a high-res 3-inch TFT LCD to preview your images.

Supposedly Hasselblad has created the CFV-50c at the behest of photographers still using V System cameras. “We have experienced a substantial resurgence of interest in our iconic V cameras – users love the traditional ergonomics and the unique appearance,” said Hasselblad CEO Ian Rawcliffe.

Hasselblad hasn’t posted a release date or any official pricing yet, but Shutterbug reports CMOS sensor-based back will be available for 11,000 Euros (about $14,900). We’re sure to hear more about it soon. Until then head past the break for more specs and images.

Via Shutterbug

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