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Watch a Nikon D3s Go Through Absolute Hell And Still Keep Working


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A reader sent us this video after the jump of photographers beating the crap out of a Nikon D3s. It gets frozen in a block of ice, burned in a fire, and it still kept clicking and working. It’s a long video of around 15 minutes long and is accompanied by some deplorable music, but if you skip through then it will be a heck of a lot more entertaining or infuriating.

We’re not sure of the practicality of this video either. Unless you’re giving Captain America a camera and plan on bringing him back in the future, who cares if it’s in a block of ice?

Anyway, just take a look.

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Iconic Photographer René Burri Recounts Some of His Greatest Moments

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It’s a positively wonderful thing when a photographer is also an excellent story teller. And Port recently was able to grab some time with photographer Rene Burri. Burri is known for his photographs of major political figures and moments. The veteran was born in 1933 and recounts some of his moments with Che Guevara, Pablo Picasso, and loads more. But one of the best moments is when he tells the story of how he was punched in the face and the film was ripped out of his camera.

It’s an 11 minute video, and totally worth viewing after the jump.

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This Ad for the Leica M Monochrom Won Five Awards, Isn’t Even Leica Sponsored

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In our current time, we often look to the past for inspiration and creativity. That’s part of the story behind this new Leica M Monochom ad that won five awards at the Cannes Lions Film Festival this year. The ad, which isn’t even Leica endorsed, is a short film called Soul. If you didn’t think very clearly or know about the specific history, the film is about how a camera was there to document all the happenings of a crazy time in history until it was reborn. And according to comments on Vimeo, the film is actually about the life of Robert Cappa–which holds true to a story we did on his death in our This Week in Photography History series.

The video is after the jump. Be sure to also check out our Leica M Monochrom review.

Via Leica Rumors

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The Verdict is In: The Chicago Sun Times Needs Their Photographers Back


It was a sad day for the photo industry when the Chicago Sun Times got rid of their entire staff of photographers. It is even more evident now. This image from Brian Cassella on Twitter (found via Reddit) shows the stark difference between the layout and images used after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup: with the newspaper comparisons being the Sun Times and the Tribune. And as you can tell, the Tribune cover is a heck of a lot more breathtaking.

But this isn’t even the biggest punch in the face. Compare the online coverage of the victory from the Tribune and Sun Times. Newspapers tend to give readers full photo galleries of complementary images to their stories. And guess who comes out on top?

In the newspaper industry, much time and effort is put into the creation of the cover. This has not only to do with the layout but also story placement and images used. The design team at the Sun Times must still really have tried, but they’re only as good as the content they’re working with.

Papercraft Leica M3 is Pretty Awesome


Photos by Kevin Lck. Used with permission

Papercraft projects are always very fascinating, so when Leica Rumors showed this beautiful Leica M3 made by Kevin Lck, we were struck with awe. The creation is part of a project he is doing demonstrating the unhealthy relationship between people and technology. And to emphasize this, Kevin has made their interiors resemble human dwellings.

Kevin states, “…In this specific case, how was the invention of photography threatened realistic painters back in time that altered the way we paint nowadays. Also, technology was once means the process of making, which often found missing in modern technology, so I seek to tell the story of technology in a less technological way, by crafting with just basic tools and cardboard, that I hope can recall the beauty of craftsmanship and process of making.”

More photos are after the jump.

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This Pinhole Camera is Made From an Old Kodak Film Tank


Upon perusing the FilmWasters forum, we stumbled on this pretty darn cool pinhole camera made by Damien Zialoszynski. It’s a 4×5 4×5 pinhole camera with the front section being made from an old cover from a kodak developing tank. The back section is made from scrap wood while a cardboard box comprises most of the rest of the camera. Damien used a 72mm Walker lens from Harman Pinhole Camera with a pinhole diameter of 0.35 and an of aperture f: 206.

Neat, huh?

Annie Leibovitz Fumbles When Talking About the Future of Professional Photographers


Right after I watched the video embedded after the jump, I needed to step away from my computer and pace around my apartment to relieve the anger inside of me. Annie Leibovitz, one of the most inspirational photographers of our time, essentially fumbled recently at the Cannes Lions Festival when asked about the future of professional photography.

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National Geographic Photographer Tom Campbell on Photographing a Whale Shark

“While I was swimming I had to set the distance, I had to set the F-stop to the light factor and I had to get everything set up just right…I had one shot.” states Tom Campbell, who has been shooting underwater nature photos for years. National Geographic published a video the other day on the story behind what Campbell describes as, “A killer shot.”

What Tom is specifically talking about is capturing a Whale Shark. The creatures are already quite rarely seen in the wild and photographing one is tough. But beyond that, getting a compelling and publishable photo of one is even more mind boggling. Tom’s challenge was to document the creature doing something interesting and also get a sense of its enormous size in a single shot. While that may not sound too challenging to loads of photographers, consider the fact that you need to swim faster than the shark and while doing all of that you need to adjust your camera settings perfectly to get the right photo. That takes a major mastery of light and photography knowledge in general.

Watch This Guy Climb a Crane And Record it Using a GoPro; Because He Can

The YouTube description states, “When asked why he went up there to die, he replied: “I didn’t go up there to die. I went up there to live.” James Kingston needed a thrill and to do just that, he climbed up a crane in the UK. To record his experiences, he used a GoPro and attached it to his head for a first person perspective. He isn’t the first to do this though, Joe McNally did it too!

But you see, Joe didn’t Instagram his experience.

Adobe Pranks People Waiting at a Bus Stop With Live Retouch Panel


In celebration of Adobe’s Creative Days, the company decided to pull a prank on unsuspecting people waiting for the bus. So they replaced one of the ad panels with a live screen and photographed them from across the street. Then the images were warped and edited live on the panel for the person to see. The expressions and the fun that the editors have are hilarious and it seems like no one took it too personally to heart.

Instead, people took their own phones out and shot a screencap of what the editors created. The video is after the jump.

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This is a Time Lapse of a Super Cell Storm in Texas

Photographer Mike Olbinski is one brave man. He took his Canon 5D Mk II and Rokinon 14mm f2.8 out in Texas during a supercell storm to capture this mesmerizing time lapse. We don’t even want to imagine how much danger he put himself in but the rewards are surely worth it. We know this from our recent interview with storm chaser Camille Seaman.

Mike writes on his blog that it took him four years to finally capture this footage, and that they don’t get storm structure like that where he is from in Arizona.

The video above is well worth the watch.

Life in Focus: Scott Serfas on Capturing The Essence of Snowboarding


Scott Serfas is a man that chases adventure on a daily basis in the form of documenting the world of action sports. His main focus involves the realm of snowboarding (a natural fit given his Vancouver, BC roots), but his lens has captured pretty much every boardsport out there. Since the late 1990’s Serfas has worked as Transworld SNOWboarding’s senior photographer; a job he still holds to this day. As one of F-Stop Gear’s Pro Team members, Scott puts their bags through the ringer on just about every shoot and is the feature for the third episode of the Life in Focus series. We had the opportunity to have a quick chat with Scott about his travels and inspirations as a photographer, head on past the break for our interview and a peek at F-Stop’s latest video.

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This Jaw-Dropping Aerial Video of ‘Battleship Island’ Was Taken with a Sony Action Cam

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Hashima Island, sometimes called Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”), is a deserted Island nine miles outside of Nagasaki, Japan. The ruins covering the island were originally housing over 5,000 people, consisting of coal miners and their families, until the business went downhill and eventually the last inhabitants left in 1974. In a matter of only forty years, nature claimed back most of the island and turned the human-erected construcions into a dystopian vision of a deserted future world.

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100 Year Old Photos Discovered in Verascope Camera


The Richard Verascope camera was developed in the late 1800s as one of the first stereoscopic cameras in a reasonably compact form-factor. As a French-made camera it’s no surprise then that it was used during World War I to document the battlefields. One such example seems to have survived relatively unscathed and was recently purchased at an estate sale by Chris Hughes (of Head on past the break for his find, and some scans of the original glass plates.

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‘Public Pattern Transport’ Tumblr Showcases the World’s Most Horrible PT Seat Patterns

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The internet is generally full of craziness, and tumblr especially so. Especially especially when it comes to tumblr blogs collecting photographs. One of the crazier tumblr blogs we came across recently is called ‘Public Pattern Transport‘, and showcases the world’s (alleged) most horrible public transport seat patterns. Out of all the things there are to take pictures of, this is the last we would’ve though of. But apparently enough people take pictures of seat patterns and send them in so that the blog has enough content to publish. Astonishing. For some examples of horrible seat patterns, head past the break.

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Richard Mosse: The Impossible Image Is A Film Shot on Infrared 16mm Film


Richard Mosse has been getting loads of press lately since starting and working on his project in the Congo. He decided to use Kodak Aerochrome–which is an infrared film that renders greens to look red/purple/pink. Green is a color all over that area of the world and so the creative decision to use this film was an excellent and very original one.

So far, we’ve only heard about his still images, but Rich has also created a motion picture film shot on 16mm infrared film–basically the same Kodak Aerochrome. Sadly, the film is mostly gone now and the closest thing is the revived Lomography LomoChrome Purple.

There is a preview of the video after the jump.

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Analysis: How to Create Better Images for Pinterest


Lots of us love Pinterest! Though it has been stated many a time that it is a social network for women, I really do that men that love the finer things in life (such as bacon, alcohol, the latest in our fashion, portrait inspiration, bacon, more bacon, and more geeky stuff) can also find a soft spot in their heart of the social network. Recently a company named Curalate has been doing some hardcore research into the platform and discovered something shocking in regards to what people love to pin and repin.

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Photographer Tyler Shields Visits the Tornado Wrecked Oklahoma Areas


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Tyler Shields is known for his sometimes dark scenes illuminated by harsh direct flash combined with his creative ideas that the fashion world loves. But every now and then, a photographer needs to step out of their comfort zone and do something else. Today on his blog, he published a piece showcasing images of the tornado wrecked Oklahoma areas. Some of the images are heartbreaking and depressing while others are detail shots. He states that no one is really complaining and that the folks there are really just happy to be alive. And according to USA Today, they’re all poised to rebuild. They had some terrible tornados years ago as well during the 90s, but the internet wasn’t what it was back then with lots of coverage being made easier and faster.

Tyler’s piece is worth a look at to see how the photographer has pushed himself from being a studio guy to a documentary landscapist.

Instagram Is is a Short Documentary On Creatives Using the Community


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Laughing Squid found a short documentary on a bunch of Instagrammers and the community as a whole. Many of these Instagrammers have large followings and despite the overly cheery and semi-marketing influenced happy feel to the piece, you have to admit that there is some damned good work amongst some of these folks. It was featured on the Instagram blog itself, and some of the stories are actually quite touching such as how one woman found the community during an exceptionally tough period of her life.

On a personal note though, I’d love to see more pieces that are less happy, cheery, wonderful and more pieces that show us a more behind the scenes look of the life of an Instagrammer and how they go about their documenting process. American Hipster did a wonderful piece on Bex Finch talking about her creative process–and there is a heck of a lot more value to that then a PR piece.

The short documentary is after the jump.

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