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LIK USA Peter Lik's Phantom

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I’m sure that we all aspire to one day have an image sold for a giant wad of money. Today, that award goes to Peter Lik, who now has the record for the most expensive photo sold. Peter’s “Phantom” image is very famous and there have been many trying to recreate and copy the photo, but the original sold for a whopping $6.5 Million. But that’s not all.

According to PRNewsWire:

“The purchase also included Lik’s masterworks “Illusion” for $2.4 million and “Eternal Moods” for $1.1 million.  With this $10 million sale, Lik now holds four of the top 20 spots for most expensive photographs ever sold.  He already has a position in the ranking with a previous $1 million sale of famed image, “One.”

$10,000,000. So why so much money? Peter is well known for his landscape photography and his color work. To see landscape and black and white together is very rare. Combine that with the very ghost-like look due to dust and the little sliver and light, and you’ve got yourself a winner. Technically, this is a very tough image to accomplish because of the high amounts of contrast. According to Lik’s news post today, it was shot in the Southwest part of the United States.

The buyer preferred not to be publicly identified for security reasons. And considering how much money was dropped on the photo, we don’t blame them.

Via PRNewsWire

Digital photographers have more choices than ever for their post processing needs, whether they want to convert their photos into contrasty black and white stills or into any simulated film. Now Alien Skin is adding on yet another option with Exposure 7, which sets out to be your catch all solution for any and all post processing needs.

The biggest feature version 7 brings is non-destructive RAW image editing. Users will now be able to work with RAW files either in the program itself or using Exposure 7 as a Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in. Additionally the latest release adds on more textures and preset.

Alien Skin claims Exposure 7 offers over 470 preset effects including simulations of popular classic films such as Kodachrome, Velvia, and TRI-X. On top of this, you can also apply other effects such as light leaks to resolve a Lo-Fi look or different types of bokeh filters.

Exposure 7 is available download starting today through Alien Skin’s website for $149 USD. Owners of any previous version of Exposure can also upgrade to the latest program for just $69. Meanwhile, Exposure 6 users will receive Exposure 7 for free if they purchased their software directly from Alien Skin.

Check out a few more images showing off what Alien Skin Exposure 7 can do after the break.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus 25mm f1.8 review product images (3 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.2

Just days after reporting that the Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II would feature a new phase detect AF sensor, 43 rumors has corrected itself stating the rumored camera will stick with the same 16MP Sony sensor as its predecessor. Bummer.

That all said, the OMD EM5’s 16MP sensor still performs admirably–we use it often. Even though the technology is three-years-old, it still out paces  even some full frame sensors. Olympus will also likely improve the image quality and we’re personally hoping for some bumped up low-light performance. Hopefully the revisited sensor will also get focus peaking since Olympus has refused to ship the feature in a software update for the original OMD EM5.

While the OMD EM5 Mk II purportedly won’t feature a new sensor, Mirrorless Rumors is sure the camera will include the new “sensor shift” technology, which allows the camera to capture a 40 megapixel photograph by stitching together eight separate shots. The question is whether that’s enough to get OMD EM5 owners to cash in for an upgrade? Leave a comment below after the break.

The camera is also bound to have an improved EVF, weather sealing, revamped autofocus and even more artistic filters. We also hope that the camera has full timelapse capabilities and not limited like the EM10.

 

Drone

For some odd reason, TGIFriday’s thinks that it’s a great idea to fly a drone around their restaurants and have mistletoe attached to it. Or at least, they thought it was a great idea until it literally chopped off the tip of a photographer’s nose.

According to Vice, photographer Georgine Benvenuto was working for the Brooklyn Daily down in Sheepshead Bay at the restaurant location to document the new happening. When the drone made its way to their table, someone flinched and the drone made a crash landing into Ms. Benvenuto’s face.

Brooklyn Daily’s article states

“‘It literally chipped off a tip of my nose,” said Benvenuto, using tissues to stanch the blood. “It took off part of my nose and cut me here, right under my chin.'”

Mrs. Benvenuto stated that she was happy that it didn’t go anywhere near her eye since that is part of her livelihood. The incident has the food chain standing behind their operator and saying that it was an isolated incident. It surely is, but the idea of flying a drone around with mistletoe isn’t exactly the most PC idea either. If the drone clipped her eye, there would be a major lawsuit.

Video of the TGIFriday’s mistletoe drone is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 90mm f2.8 VC product images (6 of 8)ISO 50001-60 sec at f - 1.0

Sony’s rumored 50MP sensor is quickly becoming the mythological unicorn of the photo industry as more early reports leak its existence. Now Sony Alpha Rumors reports that Sony has briefed Tamron to develop a new line of SP.2 lenses to work its new “around 46MP” full frame sensors.

Supposedly Tamron has actually already introduced the first lens of this new SP.2 line with the 15-30mm f2.8 DI VC USD. Although the A-mount lens was announced at Photokina this September, it will purportedly work just fine on Sony’s rumored 50MP sensor.

Tamron has also been said to be working on the design of two prime lenses, which will be sharp enough to stand up to the scrutiny of such a high-resolution sensor. We’ve reported on the way lens technology has struggled to keep up with the blistering advancement of sensors, so it will be interesting to see what manufacturers can pull out of their hats this time around.

The same source claims Sony will introduce its pixel rich sensor for both A- and E-mount cameras.

Via Sony Alpha Rumors

julius motal the phoblographer orangemonkie Foldio 2

The folks at Orangemonkie are back with Foldio2 “Bigger & Smarter” on Kickstarter. We originally wrote about them a year ago when they debuted the original Foldio. Essentially, it’s a collapsible photo studio with LED lights that will help you take better product photography with either your phone or your camera. The original Foldio came in at 10.2 in. x 10.2 in. x 10.2 in. This time around, the Foldio2 is 15 in. x 15 in. x 15 in., which can accommodate bigger items.

The Foldio2 comes with three backdrop options: white, black and grey. The LED strips are also longer than the original, which provides much more light. The Orangemonkie team is also developing a smartphone to provide quick and easy editing for any photographs you take in the Foldio2.

This is definitely a boon for anyone looking to take better product photos or experiment with macro photography. Hopefully, eBay listings will look a little better, too, if this has a high adoption rate.

They’ve already blown past their $50,000 threshold, but if you’d like to get one early, head on over to their Kickstarter.

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