“Girls on Film” – Fashion in Akari Films
Writer and director Gregg Araki’s brand new TV show, Now Apocalypse aired this month. The show is semi-autobiographical and centers around a group of 20-somethings that are trying to figure ‘it’ out, and themselves in the process.
Araki is famed for telling stories of alienated youth, misfits and queer kids who are marginalized by mainstream society, it’s what Gregg does best.
Araki wrote directed and produced some of the best low-key cult teen movies from 1990s. His films focus…
Breathing New Life Into Old Civil War Photos Using Animation
My name is Matt Loughrey, and I’m an artist based in Ireland. I occasionally work alongside libraries and museums with projects to develop their visitor experiences. Over time I have become familiar with a handful of photographers.
In 2015, I began to gather and organize glass negatives into groups on the strength after noticing that some libraries had failed to keep a number of glass negatives together. I told myself that some of them may have been dismissed as duplicates. I didn’t inquire as to why — instead, I began to research the anomalies myself and focused on the work of Mathew Brady and his associates.
It fast became a sub-project. I found out that Brady had been inadvertently animating his subjects. I am not referring solely to stereoview cards but instead to an accidental result when using his ‘multiplying’ cameras. Sometimes four or eight images were exposed to a single plate in order to provide a faster service which in turn, I assume, was cost-effective for Mathew Brady’s expanding enterprise.
The images would expose from slightly different angles, and this is where the story develops. I have spent a tremendous amount of my own time between 2015 and now solving the image puzzles in order to bring each subject to life, be they notable civilians of the 1860s, scenes or leaders of the time.
Ordinarily, each finished example takes 1.5 hours to align perfectly, reorder, and cycle in full resolution. All come directly from .tiff format scans and the process is undertaken entirely using my ever faithful Wacom MobileStudio Pro. I do not clean up the negatives themselves because I always felt that degradation at this level is comparable to the lines on our faces, it’s characterful.
The end result is this short 6-minute documentary, narrated by Dane Scott Udenberg, that examples some of what is possible and what details are revealed in these historical images, things that may ordinarily be missed:
In this case, technology bridges a gap between history and art while bringing a new sense of relatability and storytelling.
About the author: Matt Loughrey is a 40-year-old artist based in Ireland. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Loughrey’s work has been featured in National Geographic magazine.
The three 77mm filters are “variable” in that you can rotate them on your lens to adjust the resulting look and effect. It’s recommended that you use them on more telephoto lenses (50mm and greater) at apertures f/1.4, f/2, or f/2.8.
The Prism filter is designed to create “stunning” flare and bokeh.
The Chromatic Flare filter creates “anamorphic”/”streak” flares.
The Split Glass filter creates light leak and fractal effects.
The Variable Prism Filters costs $75 each or $195 as a set (a discount of $30). They’ll begin shipping in mid- to late-April.
A Glimpse At H&M’s Latest Conscious Exclusive Collection
Just like what we eat, the origin and production process of what we put on our bodies should be transparent. Not only that, but most would be in favor of opting for materials that didn’t damage the environment or eventually end up as landfill. Surprisingly, but not quite, these two are interwoven and rely heavily on each other for the future of sustainable fashion.
One of the leading participants in sustainable high-street and affordable retail is H&M, which recently announced that their …
This Guy Pushed a Piano to the Eiffel Tower for His Wedding Day Photos
How far would you go to set up the scene of your dreams for the perfect wedding day photo shoot? Photographer Priscila Valentina was recently hired by a guy named Samuel whose grand romantic gesture was to spend a morning pushing a piano through the streets of Paris and up to the Eiffel Tower.
Starting at sunrise, Samuel began pushing the antique piano toward the Eiffel Tower. His goal was to surprise his fiancée Maya by singing his vows as part of their wedding day.
“As Sam pushed the piano up to the Eiffel Tower, the Parisians stopped with questionable eyes, but full smiles, something was kindling, a familiar spirit of romance was in pursuit,” Valentina says.
“The legality was equivalent to that of a street performer down in Paris,” the photographer tells PetaPixel. “We had lots of interaction with the police and they smiled.”
“I felt like my heart was going to pound straight through my chest, and when she saw the piano laying in front of the Eiffel Tower she was totally shocked!” Samuel says.
As Valentina was packing up her gear to head to the next location, snow began lightly falling on them. She quickly called for the couple to return and take advantage of the conditions.
“The idea hit me of putting the couple on top of the piano to capture a ‘lost in Paris’ moment on film,” Valentina says. “As the snow fell, I looked up in the sky and knew there was something special happening, it was a supernatural feeling, like as if God opened up the opportunity with perfect timing to remind the world, that we can do better, that love is what this life is all about and I believe that’s the message behind the photos.”
Kim Jong-un’s Photographer Fired for Briefly Blocking Neck with Flash
Kim Jong-un’s personal photographer has reportedly been fired for breaking the dictator’s photography rules. The photographer’s offense? Standing directly between Kim and a crowd for just three seconds and blocking the view of Kim’s neck with a camera flash.
The South Korean news outlet DailyNK reports that the 47-year-old photographer with the surname Ri was part of the Korean Art Film Studio and had previously traveled with Kim to Hanoi for the second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
But on March 10th, while photographing Kim at a public appearance, Ri stepped directly in front of Kim for about three seconds in search of a good angle. The photographer’s position momentarily blocked people from seeing Kim, and his camera’s flash covered Kim’s neck in official footage aired by the North Korean media outlet DRPK Today.
Ri was subsequently accused of “adjusting the angle so that the camera’s flash covered the Dear and Respected Supreme Leader Comrade’s neck.” He also broke a rule stating that photographers must stay at least 2 meters (~6.6 feet) away from Kim and never step directly in front of him.
Two days later, the Korean Art Film Studio ruled that Ri was guilty of “anti-Party act of damaging the Supreme Dignity of our Party.” Ri was kicked out of the Workers’ Party of Korea, “effectively rendering him a second-class citizen,” the Daily Mail reports.
Quad Pixel AF May Be the Followup to Canon’s Dual Pixel AF
Canon may be developing a Quad Pixel Autofocus sensor as the followup to its highly-regarding Dual Pixel AF. A newly-surfaced patent shows a sensor in which each pixel is split into not two, but four areas.
First launched in the 70D APS-C DSLR back in 2013, Dual Pixel AF spits each pixel on a sensor into two light-sensitive photodiodes. Since each half independently detects light through separate microlenses, the signals can be analyzed to glean focus information. The result of this is a phase-detection AF system that provides fast and accurate autofocus for both still photos and video.
Canon News discovered a Canon patent in Japan (2019041178) that describes the design of a quad pixel autofocus sensor.
“Right now Canon is using dual pixel autofocus sensors,” Canon News writes, “but if you ever tried to use an EOS R or an EOS M in landscape orientation to focus on a horizontal line you’ll quickly realize that the phase detect sensors just go in one direction, and have little sensitivity in the other 90 degrees offset direction.”
The new design would address this issue. The patent appears to describe a 20.7-megapixel sensor that contains a whopping 83 million focus detection points.
“The pixel size seems to be 4 micrometers, which would make that approximately 22mm on the width (5575×3725) or in other words an APS-C sized sensor,” Canon News says.
Canon may be looking into decreasing pixel density on sensors in favor of providing an even better autofocus system.
“Canon uses 180nm tech for its APS-C sensors that can incorporate copper wiring,” Canon Rumors writes. “This is probably fine for a 20mp image sensor. There would be a loss of efficiency splitting the pixels further and may lead to Canon dropping the pixel count on APS-C sensors.
“This would only matter if we actually do see QPAF sensors in the future.”
Witness a “Kiss of the Rabbit God”
In a newly released 38-second trailer, Chinese American filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang effectively showcases the seductive vision for his upcoming short “Kiss of the Rabbit God.” The film follows a young Chinese restaurant worker’s journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery after falling in love with an 18th century Qing dynasty god named the Tu’er Shen (兔兒神).
The short film was created in support by Cinereach and commissioned by NOWNESS, a digital video channel owned by Chines…
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Huawei has just announced its new P30 and P30 Pro flagship smartphones, and one of the biggest things Huawei focused on was smartphone quality. Both phones are low-light monsters, and the P30 Pro has a sensitivity that goes up to a staggering ISO 409600.
The back of the P30 Pro features a quad-camera setup with a 20MP 16mm f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, a 40MP 27mm f/1.6 OIS main camera, an 8MP 125mm f/3.4 OIS telephoto camera, and a time-of-flight (TOF) camera for depth sensing. The camera system uses a periscope design to provide 10x of near-lossless zoom. On the front of the phone is a 32MP selfie camera.
At its highly-anticipated unveiling event in Paris today, Huawei spent a considerable amount of time boasting that the P30 Pro has the highest light sensitivity found on the market today.
Huawei notes that while the P20 Pro unveiled in 2018 has a max ISO of 102400 that matches the Canon 5D Mark IV in sensitivity, the P30 Pro blows both of those devices out of the water with ISO 409600.
“It’s unbelievable,” says Huawei business group CEO Richard Yu, who says that the phone is able to capture photos in near darkness with just 1 lux of illumination — by comparison, DxOMark’s low light test only takes cameras down to 5 lux. Huawei says its 1/1.7-inch SuperSensing RYYB sensor that uses yellow instead of green can collect 40% more light than traditional RGB sensors.
At 1 lux, while the iPhone XS MAX and Samsung Galaxy S10+ both capture black frames and when the human eye can’t see anything, the P30 Pro can capture bright, vivid colors.
Yu says the P30 Pro can shoot photos of the starry night sky with a single non-long-exposure shot, showing an example of a f/1.6, 0.85s, ISO 102400 photo:
And the low-light capabilities are useful for parents who wish to capture precious moments of their kids at night — during bedtime, for example:
Turn on Handheld Night Mode, and you can shoot photos of auroras without a tripod:
And in Long Exposure mode, even more creative possibilities are opened up:
Huawei has earned a bad reputation of using misleading photos in its marketing again and again, but DxOMark tested the smartphone and gave it a best-ever overall score of 112.
“The zoom on its own will make the new Huawei an extremely tempting option for many mobile photographers, but the camera performs very well in almost all other areas as well,” DxOMark writes in its review. “The bokeh mode is the best we have seen; image detail and noise levels are excellent across all light levels; and the camera records high-quality footage in video mode.
“There is still some room for improvement in terms of color and artifacts, but these are relatively minor shortcomings that most users will be able to easily live with. [T]he P30 Pro is easily the most versatile mobile imaging tool to date, allowing you to cover a wider range of photographic situations than any other smartphone.”
Other photography features include a 50x digital zoom (that combines OIS and AI), an LED flash, and HDR.
On the video front, the P30 Pro can shoot 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, and 720p at 960fps.
Other non-imaging features and specs of the P30 Pro include a 6.47-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,340×1,080, Android 9.0 Pie, 128GB/256GB/512GB storage, a Kirin 980 processor, 8GB RAM, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, an in-display fingerprint sensor, IP68 water resistance, and a 4,200mAh battery.
The Huawei P30 Pro is available today over in Europe (in blue, white, amber, aurora, and black) and costs €999 (~$1,127) for 128GB of storage, €1,099 (~$1,240) for 256GB, and €1,249 (~$1,409) for 512GB.