Seal Slaps Kayaker in the Face with an Octopus

Seal Slaps Kayaker in the Face with an Octopus

Filmmaker Taiyo Masuda was kayaking with his friend Kyle Mulinder when he captured an unusual wildlife encounter on camera: a seal swam right up to Mulinder and slapped him viciously in the face with a large octopus.

The footage above was captured using a GoPro HERO7 Black off the coast of South Island in New Zealand and has been going viral online.

“We were kayaking in the winter NZ Kaikoura, beautiful day, seals were swimming and enjoying the sun on the rocks,” Masuda tells PetaPixel. Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around. We just thought they were refreshing their body, yet apparently they were seeking more of food.

“One seal swims right next to us, having an octopus in his mouth, pops right up of the surface next to us, then tries to chew up the leg but ended up slapping our face! Such a raw moment — it brought so much laughter to all of us all day long… What a day to remember!”

You can find more photos and videos from Masuda’s adventures on his Instagram.

Image credits: Video and still frame by Taiyo Masuda and used with permission

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Seal Slaps Kayaker in the Face with an Octopus

Gitzo Mini Traveler is the Smallest Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod Ever (and $200)

Gitzo Mini Traveler is the Smallest Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod Ever (and 0)

Vitec Imaging Solutions has announced the new Gitzo Mini Traveler, the world’s most compact and lightweight professional carbon fiber tripod.

The Mini Traveler weighs just 0.58 pounds (265g) but can hold camera kits weighing up to 6.6 pounds using the head’s standard 1/4″-20 tripod mount. When not in use, the tripod folds down to 8.7 inches (22.1cm).

It features one-section carbon fiber legs with rubber feet. The legs feature a pull-and-fix system that allows for two different leg angles for each leg — the first gives the tripod a maximum height of 6.9 inches (17.5cm) and the second gives it a height of 4.9 inches (12.5cm).

There’s a detachable ball head with no visible ball or pan locks. Instead, a gear lock found at the bottom of the head is used to control all movements.

The head can also be quickly removed, and the legs by themselves can provide standalone support for up to 55 pounds (25kg) of gear.

It may be a “tabletop” tripod, but the Mini Traveler’s professional grade build and features give it a not-so-small price tag: it’ll cost $200 when it hits store shelves.

While availability has yet to be announced, the Gitzo Mini Traveler can now be pre-ordered in full black and classic Gitzo noir décor.

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Gitzo Mini Traveler is the Smallest Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod Ever (and 0)

This is the First Video Ever Shot from an Asteroid’s Surface

This is the First Video Ever Shot from an Asteroid’s Surface

A week after giving us the first photo from the surface of asteroid 162173 Ryugu, Japan’s MINERVA rovers have just sent back new views of the asteroid’s surface, including the first video ever from an asteroid’s surface.

MINERVA-II2 (AKA Rover 1B) captured 15 frames over 74 minutes on September 23rd of the sun “traveling” across the “sky.” When played back in sequence, the images become a video of the rover’s view, captured 174 million miles (280M km) away from Earth.

The rover also shared photos of the rocky asteroid surface in between hops:

The rovers are moving around the asteroid in 15-meter (49ft) hops that each take 15 minutes due to the ultra-low gravity on the asteroid. Here’s an artist’s illustration of what the rovers look like on the asteroid:

You can follow along with the rovers’ progress, photos, and videos through the @haya2e_jaxa Twitter account and project website.

Image credits: Asteroid video by JAXA and reprocessed by Gizmodo

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This is the First Video Ever Shot from an Asteroid’s Surface

The Essence of Photography: What You See Reflects Your Inner World

The Essence of Photography: What You See Reflects Your Inner World

Here’s my favorite quote from Jay Maisel, one of the legends in the world of photography: “If you want to make more interesting pictures, become a more interesting person.” As photographers, we often get bored in the place we live and we want to travel as much as possible to get different and more interesting pictures.

We think that it is all about pictures. But I’ve found that for me, it’s exactly as Jay Maisel said: the more I know about life, about people, about art, the better and more interesting my pictures become to me. If I’m in the process of learning from some new artist or new philosopher, it will reflect in my work and in what I see in front of me.

That’s a very obvious thing, of course, but what we forget to do is to constantly update our inner selves. We tend to think that what we know is enough and that we just need to go out and find the good pictures waiting for us. But that’s not true. All those motivations are enough for a time, but afterward they disappear and we need to update ourselves constantly.

We need to dedicate way more time to those “updates” than to actual photography.

I have one particular example I’d like to share with you. It’s an illustration of the behind-the-scenes thoughts that go on in my mind when I see something and take a picture.

I took this following picture in the Baumanskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia:

The man was Russian. He initially wanted to sit on a nearby bench, but homeless guys who were sitting there drove him away, telling him that he attracts police.

Something told me to wait as I watched how he sat below this bench, where the light was much better. He laid his carpet out, placed all of his belongings on the ground, took out a book, and started to read.

At that moment, I remembered some art, some painter. Something popped into my head. I couldn’t remember what exactly, but I decided to look it up later.

Later on, I did remember what I was inspired by. It was this:

This is a painting done in 1873 by Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin, titled “At the Door of a Mosque.”

A crop of Vereshchagin’s “At the Door of a Mosque.”

I took some pictures of this man while he was walking and I thought I was done, but something made me wait and continue watching. I don’t think I would have noticed the photo I captured above had I never seen the painting by Vereshchagin before.

Many famous photographers (including Jay Maisel) say to “be open” and to “learn to see something you have never seen before.” That sounds like good advice, but is it true?

By “something,” the photographers mean some gesture, event, people, emotions, etc. But let’s think of it as if it were a language — say… Vietnamese. If you don’t understand Vietnamese, the language won’t reflect with your existing knowledge in your brain, so you’ll only hear sounds, not words.

I believe the same is true in photography — to be able to understand what’s in front of you, what you see has to reflect with your existing knowledge and experiences.

So the more experience and knowledge you have, through seeing and living through more things, the more tools you have to use in your work.

Be “open,” of course, but also be constantly updating your imagination with masterworks by great artists, keep talking to interesting people, keep reading books, and keep adding to your knowledge — it will lead to photographs with new dimensions.

About the author: Alexander Light is a photographer focused on street, travel, and landscapes. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website, street photography portfolio, Facebook, and Instagram.

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The Essence of Photography: What You See Reflects Your Inner World

Celebrities Weigh Their Voices Amidst Kavanaugh Trial

Celebrities Weigh Their Voices Amidst Kavanaugh Trial
One year ago, when The New York Times published the Weinstein allegations, it induced a domino effect. The media then sent the careers of Matt Lauer, Louis C.K, Kevin Spacey, among many others on a downward spiral, and the hashtag #MeToo, blew up on social media feeds across the world.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward with the news that Supreme Court Nominee sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school, and the live media coverage sparked a frenzy on social media.


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Celebrities Weigh Their Voices Amidst Kavanaugh Trial

How the Fujifilm GFX 50R Compares in Size to Popular Cameras

How the Fujifilm GFX 50R Compares in Size to Popular Cameras

Fujifilm made a splash in the photo industry this week by announcing the GFX 50R, a camera that squeezes a 51.4-megapixel medium-format sensor into a rangefinder-style body with a price tag of just $4,499. Here’s a look at how the “compact” body compares in size to other popular cameras on the market.

First up, here’s what the camera looks like next to the new Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless camera, which has an APS-C sensor:

Moving up to full-frame mirrorless cameras, here’s how the 50R compares to the new Canon R and Nikon Z7, as well as the Sony a7R III:

The 50R is shorter but wider than full-frame DSLRs. Here’s what it looks like next to the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Nikon D850:

When placed next to a pro-style body format DSLR, however, the 50R is significantly more compact. Here’s the camera next to the Canon 1D X Mark II:

Compared to the 50-megapixel medium format Hasselblad X1D-50c, the 50R is wider but slightly shorter and thinner.

Finally, compared to the Fujifilm GFX 50S, the 50R is slightly wider but significantly thinner (2.62in vs 3.6in):

The Fujifilm GFX 50R will be available in November 2018 with a price tag of $4,499.

Image credits: Comparison images based on data from Camera Size Comparison

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How the Fujifilm GFX 50R Compares in Size to Popular Cameras

RED and Facebook Unveil Manifold, a 3D and 360° VR Camera

RED and Facebook Unveil Manifold, a 3D and 360° VR Camera

RED and Facebook have unveiled Manifold, a new VR camera for shooting 3D and 360° imagery. It’s a “first studio-ready camera system for immersive 6DoF [6 degree of freedom] storytelling.”

“Manifold is a single product that redefines immersive cinematography with an all-in-one capture and distribution framework, giving creative professionals complete ownership of their 3D video projects, from conception to curtain call,” Facebook writes. “What this means for audiences is total narrative immersion in anything shot on the new camera system and viewed through 6DoF VR headsets. It’s nothing short of a paradigm shift in our ability to tell stories.”

The camera is designed to be powerful enough to capture immersive Hollywood-caliber movies — instead of sitting in a set watching a 2D movie, you’ll be able to watch the movie from inside the story.

The Manifold on display at Photokina 2018. Photo by Chad Davies.
Photo by Chad Davies.
Photo by Chad Davies.

Inside the Manifold are 16 separate RED Helium 8K sensors that arranged to capture a full 360-degree 6DoF view. The camera can record 8K raw footage at 60fps from all 16 cameras at the same time.

On the outside of the camera are 16 custom Schneider 8mm f/4 180-degree fisheye lenses. The control and storage devices can be placed 328 feet (100m) away from the camera head itself using a single SMPTE 304M cable for power, control, and data.

Footage that’s captured by the camera goes through RED’s image processing pipeline and then Facebook’s depth estimation technology. The end product is high-quality video “bursting with enhanced volumetric detail and movement.”

Here’s some sample imagery:

“Manifold is the first professional camera to fully capture a spherical set of images to accurately recreate entire scenes,” Facebook says.

Pricing and availability of the Manifold will be announced at a later date.

Image credits: Photos of the Manifold at Photokina by Chad Davies of Davies Imaging Group and used with permission

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RED and Facebook Unveil Manifold, a 3D and 360° VR Camera

ZX1: Zeiss’ First Full-Frame Camera Has Lightroom Built In

ZX1: Zeiss’ First Full-Frame Camera Has Lightroom Built In

Zeiss has announced the ZX1, a new full-frame compact camera with a fixed 35mm f/2 lens. It’s the first-ever full-frame camera by Zeiss.

Inside the camera is a 37.4-megapixel full-frame sensor with an ISO range of 80-51200 that was developed in-house by Zeiss.

On the front of the camera is a new Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 T* autofocus lens that was developed to perfectly compliment the new sensor. It contains 8 elements in 5 groups. The minimum focus distance is 11.8 inches (30cm).

“The interplay between the lens and sensor ensures first-class picture quality with that typical ZEISS look,” Zeiss says.

One unusual feature of the ZX1 is that it has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is fully integrated into the camera, allowing photographers to process RAW photos directly.

The features and functions of the ZX1 are used through the 4.3-inch multi-touch display with a pixel density of 338ppi.

Above the touchscreen is a 0.7-inch electronic viewfinder.

The ZX1 features Wi-Fi network connectivity (in addition to Bluetooth and USB-C data transfer), allowing photographers to upload photos directly to the Web without having to first transfer images to other devices or programs. The camera will also utilize over-the-air updates to keep its software up to date without having a computer connection.

Storage-wise, the ZX1 features a whopping 512 gigabytes of built-in space — enough for 6,800 RAW (DNG) photos or over 50,000 JPGs shot with the camera.

Other specs and features include a 3,190mAh battery capacity, 3fps continuous shooting, 4K video recording at 30fps, and microphone and headphone jacks.

On the outside, the ZX1 features a smooth, curving design that Zeiss says is designed to provide economic and easy handling. The camera measures 5.59×3.66×1.81 inches (142x93x46mm) with 0.79in (20mm) extra due to the lens.

“The slightly bent screen separates the live view from the control elements, making camera operation comfortable and straightforward,” the company states.

The Zeiss ZX1 will be available in early 2019. Exact pricing, specs, and availability will be announced later on.

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ZX1: Zeiss’ First Full-Frame Camera Has Lightroom Built In

Godox to Launch a Round-Head Flash That Rivals the Profoto A1

Godox to Launch a Round-Head Flash That Rivals the Profoto A1

A year ago, Profoto launched the A1, its first on-camera flash and the world’s smallest studio light. That light will soon have some serious competition: the increasingly-popular Chinese lighting brand Godox is getting ready to announce its own round-headed flash that will compete directly against the Profoto A1.

Photographer Robert Hall was visiting the Godox booth at Photokina 2018 in Cologne, Germany, when he remarked that photographers wished Godox would launch a round head on a speedlight. The Godox reps went into the back room and came back with exactly what Hall had been describing — a prototype of an A1 competitor that has yet to be announced.

The round head is remarkably similar to the head found on the Profoto A1. Godox’s flash also zooms like a speedlight, going from 24mm to 105mm (by comparison, the A1 covers 32mm to 105mm and down to 14mm with the wide lens).

Photo by Francisco Joel Hernandez.

Godox says that in tests, their flash was found to be even more powerful than the Profoto A1.

The head also accepts the same magnetic modifiers as the Godox/Flashpoint AD200 Round Head.

Inside the flash will be a Panasonic 18650 lithium-ion battery, which Godox selected to achieve a faster recycle time of 1.2 seconds.

The front of the flash will feature LED lights that can aid in focusing both direct flash and bounced flash.

Hall notes that the prototype he was shown isn’t exactly what the final product will look like, as Godox is currently undecided about the interface on the back but is planning on making it larger.

Just for reference, here’s what the $995 Profoto A1 looks like:

Godox is planning to complete the design and specs of the flash in November before launching it by the end of 2018. No word yet on how much it will cost. Stay tuned.

Image credits: Video and photos by Robert Hall used with permission

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Godox to Launch a Round-Head Flash That Rivals the Profoto A1