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All images by Tracie Maglosky. Used with permission.

Wedding and Portrait photographer Tracie Maglosky isn’t only one heck of a creative, but she’s also the first female Olympus Trailblazer. We’ve featured her work before on the site, but this time around she’s outdone herself. Via her Facebook page, she shared a photo from an underwater engagement shoot that she recently finished. The idea had been cooking up in her mind for a while, but the execution and creating the images in her unique vision were quite a challenge.

We talked to Tracie about how she did it.

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All photos by Nathan Wirth. Used with permission.

“I also don’t work on photography unless the weather is shitty.” says photographer Nathan Wirth, who was born and raised in San Francisco. He is a self-learned photographer that uses a variety of techniques— including long exposure and infrared— to express his unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence by attempting to focus on the silence that we can sometimes perceive in between the incessant waves of sound that often dominate our perceptions of the world. This is partially the foundation for his project: Slices of Silence.

It also has a bit to do with Nathan’s recent studies involving Japanese traditions of Zen, rock gardens, and calligraphy– as well as the transience, impermanence, and imperfections of wabi-sabi. Nathan’s studies of calligraphy and Zen writings have led him to the practice of trying to achieve, while working on his photography, a mind of no-mind (mu-shin no shin), a mind not preoccupied with emotions and thought, one that can, as freely as possible, simply create.

This project features infrared landscape shot with a Sony camera–and while we think they’re quite dark and foreboding, Nathan personally does not.

We chatted with Nathan about his work for Slices of Silence and about how he almost didn’t become a photographer.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 24-35mm f2 with Metabones on Sony a7r Mk II (4 of 14)ISO 16001-4000 sec at f - 5.0

Adventure photographers are ones that trek out into the great outdoors to, well, quite honestly seek adventure and document it as they go along. They capture epic landscapes, camp out in the woods, and need to rely a lot on their gear. Think of them as the new type of landscape photographers who may also incorporate some sort of awesome sports coverage or even capture scenes from death-defying angles.

Here’s what photographers like those need to get through the trek.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony Rx100 Mk III and Canon G1x Mk II comparison (1 of 7)ISO 400001-60 sec at f - 1.8

Building on a piece that Managing Editor Julius Motal wrote recently is the idea that the point and shoot market is slowly dying out. Yes, it indeed is–but it’s really at specific levels. Superzooms, underwater and premium point and shoots seem to still be doing very well due to the way that they provide advantages over a phone. A larger sensor? Yup, that means better image quality potential (notice how we say potential because of the fact that it’s still about the content of the image that matters). A zooming lens? That can help you get so many photos that may be otherwise tough to do.

And like we saw with the National Geographic contest mentioned in Julius’s piece, this has been the status for years. Cameras and modern editing software are more than good enough in the right hands of a creative with a vision. Considering that many photographers make a living off of using their iPhone and Instagram, it makes sense. But this isn’t necessarily because the technology has become better.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica Q camera product shots (5 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Earlier this year, Leica announced the Leica Q–which is a fixed lens camera with a full frame sensor, electronic viewfinder, and a fixed lens with autofocus. The Leica Q has incredibly fast autofocus performance, and we rather liked it.

Building on this success, Mirrorless Rumors is reporting that we’re going to be getting pretty much the same camera’s internals but with interchangeable lenses and a new body. For years, we’ve been hearing about an update to the R system, and this could indeed be it. This gets even more interesting when you consider the fact that the source states that the camera will have a similar design to a Leicaflex–which was the company’s SLR lineup of cameras. It isn’t clear whether the mount will use R lenses natively–but we doubt it since those were manual focus lenses.

No doubt, ti’s going to cost a pretty penny–more like all the pennies in your pocket. And for that price, you’ll be getting the Q’s sensor, image stabilization, weather sealing, the very good EVF and more.

If this is all indeed true, this makes Leica out to be the second company to house a full frame sensor in a mirrorless camera and to provide autofocus. Leica was the first to the ball with the M9 and all successors after that. Sony followed up with the A7 series of cameras.

More after the jump.

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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Fujifilm X100T Product Images (1 of 7)

The Fujifilm X100T–what’s arguably considered one of the best point and shoot cameras out there may be getting a revamp soon and that revamp is said to include a new lens according to reports on Fuji Rumors. The lens has been a concern of ours for a while since the original X100 housed a 12MP APS-C sensor and the iterations after that all had a 16MP APS-C sensor. Whenever we asked Fujifilm about the lens, they always stated that the lens would be able to handle the sensor. And for the most part, they were right.

Apparently though, we’re getting a new lens because Fujifilm’s latest sensor will also be present in this camera. The reports state that the sensor will be the same one that will be in the X Pro 1 successor, and because of that upgrade, the lens will need to be much better.

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