Ep. 291: Adobe Photoshop to Be More Mobile – and more

Ep. 291: Adobe Photoshop to Be More Mobile – and more

Episode 291 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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In This Episode

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Nomadic landscape photographer, Mandy Lea opens the show. Thanks Mandy!

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Adobe’s mobile plan for Photoshop. (#)

Nikon’s upcoming smaller, lighter, less-expensive 500. (#)

Rumors of the sensor in Canon’s first mirrorless body. (#)

How Homeland Security wants the public to view photography . (#)

Future Nikon bodies and lenses might read you…and save lives. (#)

Blackmagic Design and Apple team up, but is their eGPU for you? (#)

Apple’s upgrades to its line of MacBook Pro laptops. (#)


My other podcast with Brian Matiash, the No Name Photo Show.

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Ep. 291: Adobe Photoshop to Be More Mobile – and more

Guy Proposes to His Photographer Girlfriend with a Camera Tattoo

Guy Proposes to His Photographer Girlfriend with a Camera Tattoo

Charlene Trickey is a professional photographer based in Florida and the owner of Trickey Photography. When her boyfriend Travis Durham proposed to Charlene yesterday, he did it with a large tattoo on his thigh with a vintage camera and the words: “Can’t Picture Myself Without You. WYMM?”

Note: The videos below contain some strong language.

A box next to “WYMM” was left empty for Charlene to check if/when she accepted the proposal.

“Travis called me to come pick him up, and when I came in the [tattoo] shop he went to show me his “new tattoo” on his arm, but there was nothing there,” Charlene tells PetaPixel. “That’s when he reveals the actual tattoo. He gets down on one knee and asks. I say yes.”

Here’s a video of how the proposal went down:

After accepting Travis’ proposal, Charlene was then invited to check the box to complete the tattoo. Here’s a video of her inking the checkmark:

Now that’s a sign of true love for a photographer who has a true love for photography.

Image credits: Photograph and videos by Brandon of Old Glory Tattoo. Courtesy Charlene Trickey.

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Guy Proposes to His Photographer Girlfriend with a Camera Tattoo

Metabones Degrades the Edge Image Quality of Wide-Angle Lenses

Metabones Degrades the Edge Image Quality of Wide-Angle Lenses

With the popularity of mirrorless cameras from Sony, Fuji, Panasonic among others, more and more Canon users are either changing systems or wanting to try these new cameras. That in turn, is making adapting lenses more popular than ever, especially as autofocus performance continues to improve and includes many native features like Continous Eye AF (in the case of Sony cameras).

While I was never a Canon DSLR owner, I have purchased Canon EF lenses before to use with my Sony camera because either there was no native option at the time or the Canon offering was superior in image quality for my needs.

My experience has been that results vary from great to terrible depending on the particular lens, camera body, and firmware being used.

But one question did remain after using adapters: do they affect image quality even though they do not have any glass elements?

While using the Metabones IV before, I did notice problems with image sharpness on the edges of my wide angle lenses, but I thought it was just a particular lens defect of my copy or the fact that it was not designed for the mirrorless sensor of my Sony cameras.

After getting the $399 Metabones V and $249 Sigma MC-11 adapter, I was using them with my different lenses randomly until I started noticing a pattern. While the Metabones was giving me results similar to IV, the MC-11 was always giving me much better sharpness across the frame from my wide lenses.

So, I decided to test this and also added a Canon 5D Mark IV for reference. I even added my Sony 12-24mm f/4 as well for another reference.

The lens being tested is the widest I could find in other to really put this theory to the test: the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4.

The main setup for this comparison: a Canon 11-24mm f/4L lens adapted for a Sony a7R III using a Metabones V and a Sigma MC-11.

For every adapter or lens, 10 photos were taken to make sure my results were consistent and not based on a few bad photos. You can also download the RAW files so you can inspect them on your end if you so desire.

Test #1

Sony FE 12-24mm on a Sony a7R III
Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Metabones V.
Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Sigma MC-11.

On these 100% left side crops you can clearly see how much more detailed the MC-11 sample looks:

100% left side crop. Sony FE 12-24mm on a Sony a7R III.
100% left side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Metabones V.
100% left side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Sigma MC-11.

The sign where it says Welcome to ED’s Place, for example, is a lot sharper with the MC-11 than with the Metabones.

Once again, remember that for every adapter or lens I took 10 photos not just 1, so what you are seeing here is not a single bad photo of the Metabones but the consistent results I got from it during the tests.

The FE 12-24mm does very nice on the left side too.

Here are 100% right side crops:

100% right side crop. Sony FE 12-24mm on a Sony a7R III.
100% right side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Metabones V.
100% right side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Sigma MC-11.

On the 100% right side crops once again you can see the superior sharpness offered by the MC-11 like on the power lines and post near the top right corner. The Metabones looks blurry and seems to be affected by vignetting as well.

My FE 12-24mm has a weak right side which you can see on the drop in sharpness compared to the left side test.

Test #2

For test 2, I decided to include the Canon 5D Mark IV as well for reference.

Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Canon 5D Mark IV.
Sony FE 12-24mm on a Sony a7R III
Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Metabones V.
Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Sigma MC-11.

For comparing 100% crops of the left side of the frame, I reduced the size of the a7R III images to match the resolution of the Canon 5D IV. This makes the comparison between the MC-11 and Metabones look a bit closer in performance than it really was. Feel free to download the full-size photos so you can compare on your end as well.

100% left side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Canon 5D Mark IV.
100% left side crop. Sony FE 12-24mm on a Sony a7R III
100% left side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Metabones V.
100% left side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Sigma MC-11.

You can see that the MC-11 shows the 45 parking sign with more detail than the Metabones. Also, the Bestway sign is sharper as well.

The FE 12-24mm does very well on this left side with great detail while the Canon image lacks detail in comparison to the others.

For the right side 100% crop samples, I did not resize the a7R III images to match the Canon.

100% right side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Canon 5D Mark IV.
100% right side crop. Sony FE 12-24mm on a Sony a7R III
100% right side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Metabones V.
100% right side crop. Canon 11-24mm f/4L on a Sony a7R III using a Sigma MC-11.

Once again the weak right side of my FE 12-24mm shows in the blurry sign “Classic Cars”. The Canon 5D, as on the previous crop, lacks the details to compete with the other samples.

And like in all other previous comparisons, the MC-11 easily beats the Metabones in detail with the best detail on that “Classic Cars” sign. It really is like comparing different lenses when looking at the MC-11 and Metabones images with this particular lens!

In Conclusion

In summary, from my tests, all I can say is that the Sigma MC-11 is my choice for adapting wide angle lenses as it gives the best performance across the frame.

Please note that for different lenses, autofocus performance may vary depending on the adapter and camera you are using so do not take this article as a recommendation to always pick one adapter over the other in terms of autofocus. This test was specifically about sharpness across the frame for wide angle lenses.

While my experience with the Metabones V is similar to what I saw with my previous Metabones IV, I still decided to contact Metabones support about this to see if they want to provide another adapter for re-test or can offer an explanation for this behavior. I have read about users shimming their adapters to correct for similar issues, so is this a manufacturing problem with some Metabones adapters or a design issue with all of them?

I am hoping to hear from their tech support soon so I can update the article, but in the meantime, I will stick to the MC-11 for wide angle lenses.

About the author: Luis Gabriel Gerena is a Utah-based portrait photographer. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Metabones Degrades the Edge Image Quality of Wide-Angle Lenses

Fujifilm 33mm f/1.0 Set to Be the First Mirrorless f/1.0 Autofocus Lens

Fujifilm 33mm f/1.0 Set to Be the First Mirrorless f/1.0 Autofocus Lens

In addition to its two new lenses announced yesterday, the 200mm f/2 and the 8-16mm f/2.8, Fujifilm has also revealed three upcoming lenses that are now on its roadmap: the 16mm f/2.8, 16-80mm f/4 OIS, and 33mm f/1. The 35mm lens is the first confirmed f/1.0 autofocusing lens in the world of mirrorless cameras.

The 35mm lens will be the equivalent of a 50mm f/1.0 lens in 35mm terms. Fujifilm’s current fastest lens is the 56mm f/1.2, which costs $999.

Fujifilm is planning to launch the 35mm f/1 sometime in 2020, which is still pretty far off, and quite a bit could change in the camera industry between now and then.

Nikon is reportedly planning to announce two full frame mirrorless cameras in the coming weeks, and it’s known that Nikon recently filed a trademark in the EU for the word “Noct,” which the company historically used for ultra-fast lenses. In 2017, Nikon also patented a 52mm f/0.9 full frame mirrorless lens.

But unless another camera brand does beat Fujifilm to the punch, the newly revealed 33mm f/1.0 currently “stands to be the first mirrorless lens with a maximum aperture of F1.0 with AF capability,” Fujifilm says.

The 16mm f/2.8 and 16-80mm f/4 OIS

Fujifilm’s other two nearly revealed lenses, the 16mm f/2.8 and 16-80mm f/4 OIS, will launch a year earlier in 2019.

The Fujifilm XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR is a compact prime lens that is equivalent to a 24mm lens in 35mm terms, “making it the perfect choice for landscape and travel photography,” Fujifilm says.

The Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR is equivalent to a 24-122mm lens in 35mm terms, and it’s intended to serve as a versatile lens that can cover a wide range of subjects and scenes.

The Latest Fujifilm Lens Roadmap

With the addition of these three upcoming lenses, here’s what the new Fujifilm lens roadmap looks like:

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Fujifilm 33mm f/1.0 Set to Be the First Mirrorless f/1.0 Autofocus Lens

Coal Mining Photographed with a 100-Megapixel Camera

Coal Mining Photographed with a 100-Megapixel Camera

After reading about how mining-related injuries and deaths are systematically covered up by many authorities, Swedish photographer Sebastian Sardi began a project in 2008 called Black Diamond that focuses on miners and mines.

The photographer, who splits his time between Denmark and Sweden, has spent the past several years photographing the burning coalfields of Jharkhand in East India, first with a film camera and subsequently with a 100-megapixel Phase One XF 100MP camera.

“I don’t think anyone has ever taken a 100 MP camera out from the studio and down to dirty mines such as these,” Sardi tells PetaPixel. “The mines are apocalyptic, the people are hardworking, and the landscape is completely destroyed.”

Here is Sardi’s project statement:

It is an apocalyptic landscape. There are huge man-made craters everywhere that make up the visible landscape, the ground is burning, and a vast area is oozing with toxic gases, fire, and smoke. Amongst all of this, there are people digging in the soil with their bare hands. Coal is mined everywhere in Jharkhand, India, and large parts of it are sorted by hand.

The locals call it; ”Black Diamond”.
Energy produced by the burning of coal is the single biggest contributor to the man-generated carbon dioxide emissions. Coal is a major part in the issue of global warming. Many people have been forced away from these areas when companies and authorities recognized the richness that hides in the ground. Underground fires force people to relocate.

The mining companies claim they are unable to put out the fires, while the locals blame the companies for letting the fires burn so the coal can be reached and excavated from underneath their villages.

There is a fragile balance between nature and mankind. A sense of discomfort is felt in the slow but seemingly unavoidable struggle towards the collapse of nature. The human inability to break patterns is painstakingly visible in these photographs, as we knowingly keep on extracting the ground beneath our own feet.

Black Diamond is a close (self-)portrait of the people who work with extracting coal from the ground, as well as an exploration of our dualistic human nature and how oneself relates to the outside world while being a part of it.

Sardi is planning to publish his project as a hardcover photo book with the German publisher Kehrer, and the photographer is currently raising funds through Kickstarter to do so.

Image credits: Photographs by Sebastian Sardi and used with permission

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Coal Mining Photographed with a 100-Megapixel Camera

Photog Dog-Piled by Croatia at World Cup Given 7-Day Croatia Vacation

Photog Dog-Piled by Croatia at World Cup Given 7-Day Croatia Vacation

The photographer who was dog-piled by celebrating Croatian soccer players at the World Cup — and who gained worldwide fame by continuing to shoot as it happened — has been given a 7-day vacation to Croatia by the country.

The Croatian National Tourist Board extended the invitation to Cortez, who’s the Chief Photographer of AFP Mexico:

You can see how Cortez found himself at the middle of the Croatian soccer team’s goal celebration in this clip by FOX Soccer:

Here are photos Cortez captured from beneath the dog-pile, including several previously unpublished views:

Al Dia reports that Cortez received an email from the Croatian National Tourist Board with the offer of the all-expense-paid vacation. It stated: “Just make sure to bring your good humor and your camera. Please specify the conditions under you would like to visit Croatia.”

Cortez accepted the offer and is planning to visit Croatia in late August or early September.

“I think I will have the opportunity to see [the Croatian players] closely again,” Cortez tells AFP. “Not on top of me, but close.”

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Photog Dog-Piled by Croatia at World Cup Given 7-Day Croatia Vacation

The World’s Highest Street Photo

The World’s Highest Street Photo

This is a tale of friendship, family, photography, and travel. Forgive me if I stray from the narrative of cameras and the like, but photography does not exist on an island. My claim to have captured the Highest Street Photo in the World admittedly relies on a relatively restrictive definition of what this genre entails. However, I will leave the nit-picking of definitions to others.

I believe a street photo usually has to be taken from a street (duh) and in an urban environment. Komic, a small village in the Himalayan Mountains, fits this definition as it is the highest village in the world accessible by road, sitting at 4587m above sea level.

The Journey

Before getting ahead of myself, we need to address the journey. The first stop is generally Manali, a town heaving with tourists keen to escape the heat of India during the summer months. The town has no airport, and to get there, you must take a 12-hour journey by overnight bus or taxi.

My taxi arrived at 4 in the morning, dropping my family in the deserted Streets of Old Manali. Old Manali is the where most of the backpackers end up, it is cheap and has a more authentic feel than the new town.

It is easy to see how many people fail to progress from this destination: marijuana grows in abundance. My son was a little surprised to see salt, pepper and a large bowl of weed sitting on the dinner table. It is perhaps this laid-back lifestyle that meant there was little street photography to be captured around sunrise.

The second stage of the journey took me through the Spiti Valley, to the small town of Kaza. To reach Kaza, you can take a local bus, a taxi or a motorbike. My arse was plonked firmly on a 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet. The journey includes some of the most famous (and dangerous) stretches of road in the world. Taeko, my son, sat on the back while my wife Faye followed in a jeep, driven by my good friend Sandeep. Having a backup vehicle is essential if you are on a bike as there are no gas stations or mechanics on the road. There is also no wifi, 4G or phone connectivity; you are on your own. Having a backup vehicle also meant I did not have to carry my gear, and this includes my cameras!

The journey was tough (Photo by Taeko Page)

For this journey, I took my Olympus E-M5 II, with the excellent 12-40mm Pro lens. This is a weatherproof setup, something I would need as the climate in the Himalayas is less than predictable. As a backup lens, I carried the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 prime, which ended up staying in the bag most of the time.

My second camera was the Sony RX100 IV. The RX100 IV is small and light, making it a perfect for when I wanted something to slip into my pocket. However, I do not believe this camera is sturdy enough for any serious travel, and the mechanisms of the lens have given me constant trouble. If I made this journey again, I would look at investing in one of the many ‘tough’ camera models out there.

A Happy Lama

Kaza is the central town of the Spiti region, it is small and bustling with far fewer tourists than Manali. The people were friendly and did not mind being photographed. However, Kaza sits at 4000m above sea level, and at this altitude things became tough.

While both cameras worked fine at this height, my brain did not. With oxygen levels seriously depleted, my mind functioned like a clockwork mouse in a honey jar. Issues such as too fast/slow a shutter speed or a wonky looking histogram, usually solved with an automatic flick of the fingers, became a seriously complex issue. For this reason, the Sony RX100 was the perfect camera, as it is a challenge to use anything but auto settings anyway! However, as I grew used to the altitude (puking, headache, shortness of breath), I soon ventured out with my Olympus. Finally, I was ready to head out by motorbike to Komic.

Lamas (Komic/ 4585m above sea level)

Komic comprises a monastery, a couple of houses, a homestay and a restaurant. Not a lot. Fortune was with me, and the day of my visit coincided with the full moon, an auspicious date for local Buddhists. A large group of locals had gathered from the nearby villages and were having a feast next to the monastery. Monks and Lama’s were dressed in traditional orange robes, topped with less traditional North Face fleeces. Women were in traditional dress and had been preparing food since the early hours. There was little chance of a candid approach, as I stood out like a leg of mutton in a vegan café.

In no time at all, I was approached by a lady in traditional dress who spoke perfect English. Despite her nomadic look, it turned out she had worked in Southampton; a town just 30miles West of where I attended university.

I soon found myself sat down among locals eating rice, dhal and veggie curry all washed down with sweet white tea. As is always the case, when you don’t ‘fit in,’ by far the best approach is to just hang out until you become part of the wallpaper. By the time I had left this unique place in the world I had captured a few portraits of Lamas and explored the monastery, coming away with some definite ‘keepers’.

Are they the best street photography pics in the world? Probably not. However, they are the highest!

A big thank you to my friend Sandeep for helping to organize and run such a wonderful trip. Also to my traveling partners: Faye, Taeko, Simon, and Debbie.

About the author: Chris Page is a street and travel photographer currently based in Bangalore, India. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website and Instagram. This article was also published here.

Image credits: Header photo by Taeko Page

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The World’s Highest Street Photo

The Developist is an In-Development DIY Auto Film Processor

The Developist is an In-Development DIY Auto Film Processor

A truly mass-market (and widely adopted) at-home automatic film processing machine has yet to appear in the world of photography. Photographer Mark Webb didn’t want to wait around for one to show up, so he cobbled together one with his hardware and software knowledge. It’s called the Developist.

Webb, who calls himself “an English bloke [working] in a garden shed”, says he was inspired by seeing the Filmomat auto film processor but balked at the machine’s €3,500 (~$4,070) price tag, so he decided to have a go at creating his own.

He just finished the “1st step prototype” of the Developist — at this stage, his machine is a semi-automatic developing assistant similar to the Kanton DX35 concept design that we featured earlier this month.

The €3,500 Filmomat (left) and the conceptual Kanton DX35 (right).

The Developist can currently control and monitor temperature, agitation, and timing. Manual input is still needed from the photographer for different steps of the process, but Webb is working on the next phase of the project, which is making the machine entirely automated to the point at which you can simply place a tank with film in the machine and have it completely processed from start to finish.

It’s not as pretty as the Filmomat (and especially the Kanton DX35), but the Developist is cheap. Webb says the whole thing can be made for about $40.

In other words, for the price of the Filmomat, you can build yourself 100 Developists.

Here are some photos showing various components and features of the Developist:

The first working prototype of the Developist.
Temperatures of the liquids are displayed on the machine and updated every second.
When the machine starts up, you select the process you’d like to use.
You make your process choice using the convenient buttons on the interface.
The Developist then guides you through the development process and instructs you in what to do.
When the correct temperatures are reached, the Start button lights up and a buzzer sounds.
After you pour in the required chemicals, the Developist handles timing and agitation.

Here’s a video showing how agitation works:

And here’s a 15-minute video showing an entire trial run of the full process:

Here are some photos that Webb processed using the Developist:

“I’m not after any sales pitch etc — I just want people to know you can build stuff fairly inexpensively if you just are willing to learn a few skills,” Webb tells PetaPixel. “I will release the code for free once I’m happy its reliable enough, and intend to make no gain/fortune by selling it. (Will be free).

“Film is back big time as youngsters want something more ‘hands on’ and middle-aged people like me (35) miss the joy of taking pics when we were young. There are a lot of ‘tinkerers’ about like myself who are just happy to share ideas and make life a bit easier for people new to film, or who like to mess about.”

Webb is sharing his entire ongoing build process through an online diary. You can follow along if you’d like to one day build the fully automated Developist for your own film development.

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The Developist is an In-Development DIY Auto Film Processor

These Are the Best iPhone Photos of 2018

These Are the Best iPhone Photos of 2018

The IPPAWARDS, or iPhone Photography Awards, has been celebrating the joy of iPhone photography since 2007, and it just released the winners of its 2018 photo contest celebrating the best iPhone photos of the year. The grand prize winner this year is Jashim Salam of Bangladesh, who shot the above photo with an iPhone 7.

Captured in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, the image shows “Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya.”

Here are the other winning photos from this year’s contest:

Alexandre Weber of Switzerland. 1st Place, Photographer of the Year. Shot on iPhone 6S
Baiana in yellow and blue
“The picture was taken in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, spontaneously, after a truck drove by. The woman with traditional clothes of a “baiana”, was looking after the truck, during her work break.”
Location: Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Huapeng Zhao of China. 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year. Shot on iPhone 6
Eye to eye
“I met this boy while walking at the seaside. When I was trying to take a picture of him, he put the fish he caught in front of his eye.“
Location: YanTai ShanDong province, China
Zarni Myo Win of Myanmar. 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus
I want to play
“A young boy who lost his leg was watching his friends play soccer, and he said he wanted to play soccer if he could.”
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Glenn Homann of Australia. 1st Place – Abstract. Shot on iPhone X
“I was looking to take some photos in a rather cluttered, messy industrial space. As I became more frustrated at the lack
of interesting images, my eye honed in
on smaller details. A simple and striking black and white image of cardboard scraps resulted.”
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Robin Robertis of United States. 1st Place – Animals. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus
“Django” Old man baby dog
“Django is a Shaolin Temple Terrier, born and raised in a Buddhist monastery in the northern province of Hunan China. Django likes long walks on the beach and listening to Miles Davis.”
Location: Carlsbad, California
Massimo Graziani of Italy. 1st Place – Architecture. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus
“A stair ramp from Rome in Via Allegri.”
Location: Rome, Italy
Melisa Barrilli of Canada. 1st Place – Children. Shot on iPhone 5S
Spray Fury
“My daughter was wearing her ballet leotard and she was spraying her siblings and herself.”
Location: Toronto, Canada
Alison Helena of United States. 1st Place – Floral. Shot on iPhone 7
“I was parking to do my weekly grocery shopping and saw the amazing light on the wall and flowers”
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Charles Thomas of United States. 1st Place – Landscape. Shot on iPhone 8 Plus
Human vs. Nature
“I’ve always been fascinated with the view out of an airplane window. On this afternoon, I was lucky enough to get a window seat on a return trip from Las Vegas. I watched the landscape slowly transform from cityscape to rows of identical suburban houses, to surreal desert- scape.”
Location: Between Nevada and Arizona
Natalia Garcés of Spain. 1st Place – Lifestyle. Shot on iPhone 7
Mrs. Sancheski
“This day I opened my second exhibition, there was a lot of atmosphere and good friends. Mrs. Sancheski is the mother of three children, unique, urban and stylish.“
Location: Alcalá de Henares , Madrid, Spain
Sukru Mehmet Omur of France. 1st Place – Nature. Shot on iPhone 6S
Morning Fog
Location: Toulouse France
Mohammed Badra of Syria. 1st Place – News/Events. Shot on iPhone 7
Iftar Amongst the Ruins
“During a lull in the bombings, Syrians gather, seated on a long 1200-meter row of tables set up amongst the ruins of Douma, for a public Iftar, the evening meal at the end of the daily Ramadan fast.”
Location: Douma, Syria
Amy Nelson of United States. 1st Place – Other. Shot on iPhone SE
Sky Portal
“I took this photo at the 39th Annual Wright Kite Festival in Kill Devil Hills, NC, where 30-100 foot kites were on display amidst clouds and drizzle.”
Location: Wright Brothers National Park, North Carolina
Mateusz Piesiak of Poland. 1st Place – Panorama. Shot on iPhone 6 Plus
“In summer the sun is above the horizon nearly all day where Vatnajökull glacier meets the Atlantic Ocean.”
Location: Iceland
Jonas Wyssen of Switzerland. 1st Place – People. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus
“Brazilian tourist posing in front of a small catholic chapel taking a tourists photo.”
Location: Praia de Carneiros Pernambuco, Brazil
Scott Woodward of Singapore. 1st Place – Portrait. Shot on iPhone 6S
“Moken village elder, Salamah, wearing his hand- carved wooden dive goggles on the beach at Au Bon Yai, a tiny island community of about 300 sea gypsies off the coast of Phang Nga, Thailand.”
Location: Ko Surin, Thailand
Fiona Bailey of United Kingdom. 1st Place – Still Life. Shot on iPhone 7
Location: London, England
Sara Ronkainen
Finland. 1st Place – Sunset. Shot on iPhone 5s
Dandelion sunset
“In central Finland, where summer days are long and sunsets beautiful. I was out walking by a lake one evening, and saw dandelions floating in the breeze. Feeling inspired, I picked one, held it up and used it as a filter through which to capture the last rays of the day’s sun.”
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Anna Aiko of Japan, France. 1st Place – Travel. Shot on iPhone 6S
Silk Road
“This photo was taken on the first day of my departure for the desert of Gobi, on the Silk Road. On the road I got lost with my two Mongolian men, driver and guide, and we found ourselves in this area known for the very first traces of dinosaurs. The atmosphere was magical, in the vast desert with plains and mountains.”
Location: Mongolia
Lidia Muntean of Romania. 1st Place – Trees. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus
Road of Tuscany
“This photo was taken near Pienza and Montalcino.”
Location: Val D’Orcia

You can find all of this year’s winning photos (beyond these 1st place winners) as well as winners from across the previous decade on the IPPAWARDS website.

Image credits: Photographs copyright their respective photographers and via IPPAWARDS 2018.

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These Are the Best iPhone Photos of 2018

The New Top-of-the-Line MacBook Pro Has Heat Issues That Kill Performance

The New Top-of-the-Line MacBook Pro Has Heat Issues That Kill Performance

A week ago, Apple announced upgrades to its MacBook Pro line that brings the processing power of the 15-inch version up to a 6-core 8th generation Intel CPU. The new CPU is supposed to bring a 70% performance increase, but reviews are finding that the laptop runs too hot, throttling the real-world CPU performance.

In the 6-minute video above, popular tech reviewer Dave Lee states that even though the new MacBook Pro contains a beast of a CPU, the laptop’s physical design presents a major problem.

“The i9 in particular is a very powerful CPU — when it comes to multi-core applications, this thing’s a beast,” Lee says. “The problem though is that [the new MacBook’s] chassis […] cannot cool the i9 properly.”

Lee tested the MacBook Pro with Adobe Premiere, and after a few seconds of rendering, very serious throttling rears its ugly head after just a few seconds.

“This i9 in this MacBook can’t even maintain the base clock speed,” Lee says. “Forget about turbos and all of that stuff. It can’t even maintain the 2.9GHz base clock, which is absurd. […] All of that CPU potential is wasted inside this chassis […] This degree of thermal throttling is not acceptable.”

To confirm that it is indeed cooling that’s causing issues, Lee tested the same render with the MacBook Pro in a freezer. Performance instantly improved.

AppleInsider ran its own tests and confirmed that there’s serious thermal throttling:

“Apple’s new powerhouse six-core i9 CPU in the 2018 15″ MacBook Pro has some pretty massive overheating issues,” AppleInsider writes. “Under load, the CPU speed clocks down to MUCH lower than the base 2.9GHz, even matching the average clock speeds of the base 15″ MacBook Pro’s i7 CPU.”

While thermal throttling isn’t anything new in MacBooks, the fact that you can upgrade this latest pro-grade MacBook Pro to 32 gigs of RAM and 4 terabytes of SSD storage means that creative professionals will be dropping serious dough on machines that will likely run slower than they expect (if this issue is indeed present in all units).

Source: PetaPixel

The New Top-of-the-Line MacBook Pro Has Heat Issues That Kill Performance