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Mariah’s Glamorous Subway Takeover in “A No No” Music Video

Mariah’s Glamorous Subway Takeover in “A No No” Music Video
Mariah Carey has always been in command. Whether it’s her fans, her immaculate voice or the Billboard Hot 100 chart, she has masterful control over her subjects, using her power as an artist to reap optimal results. The “A No No” music video, released March 8th in support of the second single from her 15th album, “Caution”, is another example of her snake-charming, diva magic at its best.

Opening with a shot through the caboose window of a standard subway car, blue lights glare into…

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Mariah’s Glamorous Subway Takeover in “A No No” Music Video

Hipster Pissed Over His Photo in Article on Hipsters Looking the Same… But It’s a Different Hipster

Hipster Pissed Over His Photo in Article on Hipsters Looking the Same… But It’s a Different Hipster

The MIT Technology Review recently published a story titled, “The hipster effect: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same.” The photo accompanying the article pissed off a hipster, and hilarity ensued.

The article was a summary of a research paper that found that in trying to make a “counter-cultural statement,” hipsters often end up looking like each other. And at the top of the article was a photo illustration of a hipster with copies of him:

The Register reports that the magazine soon received an angry email from a man who wasn’t happy when he saw himself being used as the lead illustration for the article. He accused the Technology Review of “slandering him.”

Here’s the story told in a series of Tweets by MIT Technology Review editor-in-chief Gideon Lichfield:

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Lichfield then looked into whether the magazine had the proper model releases to use the man’s likeness.

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It turns out the photo illustration was based on a Getty Images stock photo titled, “Styled for the street: Shot of a handsome young man in trendy winter attire against a wooden background.”

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The photo had a restriction stating that any use in an unflattering way must be accompanied by a note stating that the subject is a model.

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And here’s where things get hilarious: the furious hipster who emailed wasn’t even the hipster in the photo.

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“He’d misidentified himself,” Lichfield writes. “All of which just proves the story we ran: Hipsters look so much alike that they can’t even tell themselves apart from each other.”


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Hipster Pissed Over His Photo in Article on Hipsters Looking the Same… But It’s a Different Hipster

Naomi Campbell is Living for the New Vita Fede Eyewear Collection

Naomi Campbell is Living for the New Vita Fede Eyewear Collection
The new Vita Fede Eyewear collection is here, and it couldn’t be more legendary. Inspired by founder/designer Cynthia Sakai’s grandmother’s vintage frames, the collection features a lineup of striking shades that iconic model Naomi Campbell couldn’t get enough of during Paris Fashion Week. Every pair of shades is handcrafted in Japan and aims to reinvent eyewear as a form of jewelry, elevating an everyday necessity into an attention-grabbing fashion moment.

Along with the six different eyew…

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Naomi Campbell is Living for the New Vita Fede Eyewear Collection

Meyer Optik Gorlitz Admits Nocturnus was a Modified Chinese Lens

Meyer Optik Gorlitz Admits Nocturnus was a Modified Chinese Lens

After years of launching lenses through much-hyped Kickstarter campaigns, Meyer Optik Gorlitz died in 2018 but was brought back to life after its parent company, net SE, was acquired by the German company OPC Optics. With a new owner, Meyer Optik is now confessing that yes, the Nocturnus was actually a modified Chinese lens.

Back around 2015, photographers began pointing out that the $3,000 Meyer Optik Görlitz Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 was surprisingly similar to the $849 Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95. When asked whether the Nocturnus was based on the Speedmaster, Meyer Optik representatives denied it, but photographer Ori Cohen did some digging and found that the internal optics and specs of the lenses were identical:

“It seems that it’s undeniable that the Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 I and II were based on the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95, having gone through several redesign stages,” Cohen wrote in 2017.

Fast forward a couple more years, and now Meyer Optik is admitting what photographers have suspected — that the “Made in Germany” Nocturnus was actually made in China.

“After analyzing the portfolio of products most recently sold and advertised by the previous supplier, a decision was made to discontinue the Somnium and Nocturnus ranges for the time being,” Meyer Optik writes in a press release. “In line with comments in the past on various online platforms, forums etc., the current Meyer Optik staff also soon became aware that internally the Somnium was actually a modified Russian lens and the Nocturnus was a modified Chinese lens.”

“That is an absolute no go,” says OPC Optics Managing Director Timo Heinze. “As a German manufacturer using the ‘Made in Germany’ quality seal, this is a shameful indictment. These lenses may be perfectly good in their own right, but their production methods and marketing goes against all our principles.

“With us, nothing of this nature will occur. At the same time, we are not ruling out launching lenses with similar characteristics in the future. But if we did decide to do so, they would, of course, be our own designs and produced by us, in order to genuinely earn the ‘Made in Germany’ label.”

So if you’re an owner of the original Meyer Optik Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95, sorry… you would have saved a hefty sum while getting the same image quality by buying the Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95.


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Meyer Optik Gorlitz Admits Nocturnus was a Modified Chinese Lens

Abstract Aerial Photos of Melting Glaciers in Iceland

Abstract Aerial Photos of Melting Glaciers in Iceland

“Glacier Pools” is a photo series by German photographer Tom Hegen, who flew over melting glaciers in Iceland in a helicopter and captured abstract aerial views of the pools that form in the outwash plains.

“These Glacier Pools occur when a chunk of ice breaks off of a retreating glacier and embeds itself in the ground,” Hegen writes. “When it melts, it forms what is called a kettle pond.”

“In freshly deglaciated areas, such as around the melting glaciers in Iceland, there are dozens of small pools in the outwash plains,” Hegen says. “The lake colors indicate amounts of sediment or depth: the Deeper or clearer the water, the bluer the lake.”

You can find more of Hegen’s work on his website and Instagram.


Image credits: Photographs by Tom Hegen and used with permission


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Abstract Aerial Photos of Melting Glaciers in Iceland

MIU MIU COMES INTO FULL BLOOM FOR FALL 2019

MIU MIU COMES INTO FULL BLOOM FOR FALL 2019
An army of models dressed in modern camouflage and flowers walked a winding runway set against the backdrop of a digital collage. Photos, videos, and old T.V’s created a moving montage, the installation was created by the artist Sharna Osborne who curated images of old family photos, roses and glamour shots of Dolly Parton. Chloë Sevigny, Elle Fanning, Alexa Chung and rising UK actress Jodie Comer were all in front row attendance.The collection was strong and romantic, a nod to fairy tales…

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MIU MIU COMES INTO FULL BLOOM FOR FALL 2019

Meike Unveils the 85mm f/1.8 MF Lens for Sony FE

Meike Unveils the 85mm f/1.8 MF Lens for Sony FE

The Hong Kong-based gear manufacturer Meike has unveiled its new 85mm f/1.8 lens for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras.

The manual-focus lens features a 9-blade circular aperture for beautiful bokeh and is great for portrait photography.

Features and specs include a minimum focus distance of 2.8 feet (0.85m), 9 elements in 6 groups, and a filter diameter of 67mm.

Here are some sample photos captured with the lens:

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the 85mm f/1.8 for Canon EF features autofocus (a Meike first) and costs less than $200.


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Meike Unveils the 85mm f/1.8 MF Lens for Sony FE

Celine FW19 Marks a New Era for the French Brand

Celine FW19 Marks a New Era for the French Brand
Celine FW19 embodied everything we’ve come to love about the brand — effortless, ready-to-wear pieces that exude a cool factor all their own. Since taking the reigns of the French fashion house, Hedi Slimane has infused his own signature style reminiscent of his days at YSL into every collection. Celine Fall 2019, however, marks a new journey for the designer. Though glamorous and quite obviously vintage-inspired, the collection is a word we thought we’d never associate with a Slimanian Celine…

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Celine FW19 Marks a New Era for the French Brand

Balmain’s Fall 2019 RTW Spikes Through Paris Fashion Week

Balmain’s Fall 2019 RTW Spikes Through Paris Fashion Week
Fashion and life are performative. We talk about ourselves as if we morph through different versions of our persona depending on circumstance, time and the environment around us. In reality, the multitude of personalities and styles we wear are not just interchangeable hats that we swap when convenient; they are individual facets that intermittently share the spotlight of display but ultimately culminate in “you.” A painter’s palette has many colors but they fuse together on…

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Balmain’s Fall 2019 RTW Spikes Through Paris Fashion Week

Flickr Unveils a New Login That Ditches Yahoo’s System

Flickr Unveils a New Login That Ditches Yahoo’s System

After being acquired by Yahoo in 2005, Flickr became bound to its new owner’s authorization system, meaning all users needed to have a Yahoo account just to use Flickr. Flickr has just announced a new login system that finally frees the service from Yahoo.

Flickr says that a revamped login system was the single most requested feature by users after it was sold to SmugMug in 2018.

“We set to work right away to bring all our members a new, secure login method that doesn’t require a Yahoo account, and we’re thrilled that the time has come to begin migrating members to the new login,” Flickr writes in a blog post.

The Flickr login page has already been updated with a redesigned look.

The new login box on the sign in page.

Once the rollout reaches you, you’ll be taken through a simple process that will allow you to choose a new login email address and a new password — you may have already changed your password once in 2016 after Yahoo announced that 1 billion of its accounts were stolen.

Because Flickr has so many registered users, this rollout will take some time, but it should reach you sometime “over the next few weeks.”

“We hope you love this new, simpler login experience,” Flickr says. “We’re still hard at work on performance and stability improvements across the site (as discussed here), but we’re delighted to check this key item off our members’ wish lists.”


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Flickr Unveils a New Login That Ditches Yahoo’s System