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Great news for nature and landscape photographers.

Heading south this winter or planning a ski vacation or hike into the mountains? If so, you probably intend on taking long exposures. Here’s something you may want to pack along with your digital camera.

Tiffen has developed a line of three different XLE (extra long exposure) filters to clarify, simplify and correct the Infrared (IR) pollution issue that long exposure photography is susceptible to. Essentially, the XLE filters lower shutter speeds to produce a smooth softening effect on objects and matter in motion, such as water, tall grass, cars and clouds. At the same time, the filters eliminate the magenta contamination produced by the IR energy causing a colour imbalance.

Think of the three filters as a good, better, best solution.


The Good — AXENT.


Better — Advantix.


 Best — APEX.



applied arts AACE 2015

As an artist, are you trying to open more doors? Or tap in to a new source of income by turning the heads and catching the eye of some influential high-ranking creative heads?

One sure and easy way to accomplish those objectives is to enter and win the 2015 Photography and Illustration Awards — part of Applied Arts annual AACE Awards.

And if you haven’t already entered, here’s the good news.

Applied Arts is extending their deadline until Wednesday, January 21.

So hurry up! Gather your best work and submit it. You could be published in the Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards Annual, published in May 2015 — a reference guide used by more than 46,000 senior professionals and decision makers. Winning entries will receive year-round recognition in other high profile media platforms, including the Applied Arts Winners gallery, which attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually. And as an award winner, you’ll also enjoy personal recognition at the Applied Arts annual AACE Awards Party.

Questions? Contact Olivia Beckett at, or by
phone, 416-510-0909 x27 (outside Toronto: 1-800-646-0347).

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Wirecam!


Just when you thought that UAVs rule the sky, along comes Wirecam — a cool new device from Varavon to steal their thunder. The full kit includes an aerial camera dolly or slider system that allows you to run your camera along a suspended cable up to 300 feet. The kit also includes Birdycam 2, a 3-axis gimbal stabilizing rig that attaches to Wirecam, that supports your camera (up to 5.5 lbs), making it ideal for use with mirrorless cameras like the Panasonic G4 or Sony A7s.


A wireless remote controller allows you to control the speed and direction that the Wirecam travels. A separate remote controls the camera, it’s pan and tilt.
And getting back to UAVs … Wirecam offers several benefits over their aerial competitors. Most prominently, Wirecam provides improved saftey, as well as accuracy and repeatability, as the system tracks an exact path as set by the suspended cable.

Varavon Birdycam 2 Test with Sony a7s from Makai Creative on Vimeo.

Wirecam and Birdycam 2 – a dynamic duo if ever there was one. It makes a production system that’s hard to beat for overall flexibility and affordability.

“La longue nuit de Mégantic”

Here’s your chance to view the 2014 CONTACT Portfolio Review Exhibition Award winner.

Jacques. First swim of the year in Lac Mégantic. June 2014 by Michel Huneault

Jacques. First swim of the year in Lac Mégantic. June 2014 by Michel Huneault

On July 6, 2013, within hours of the explosion, Montreal-based photographer Michel Huneault arrived in Lac-Mégantic and began his year-long project of documenting one of Canada’s worst-ever train disasters.

The series of large-format and small photographs, predominantly of the town’s landscape, brings to mind the viewpoint of a wanderer, or stunned observer.

Often at night Huneault would return to the same streets, houses or sites, retracing the geography of the scarred place, sometimes encountering locals on a similar journey. As a result, the images convey the passing of time and evoke the emotions of loss, absence and searching.

Public viewing of La longue nuit de Mégantic begins Thursday, January 29, and will run until March 13 at the CONTACT Gallery, 80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205, Toronto.
Opening Reception Thursday January 29, 6 – 9pm, remarks at 7pm

For more information: 416-539-9595
CONTACT Gallery Website

About the award: Judged by a jury of international professional photographers, the CONTACT Portfolio Review Exhibition Award recognizes outstanding work of talented emerging artists, with the intent of supporting and advancing their careers. Vistek is a proud sponsor of CONTACT and, in particular, the Portfolio Review Exhibition Award.

If you would like more information about more upcoming CONTACT gallery exhibitions and events sign up to their mailing list here by clicking the envelope icon on the CONTACT website.

Registration for the 2015 CONTACT Portfolio Reviews opens February 1, 2015:  REGISTER HERE

Cirque du ciel?

Cirque du Soleil, world famous for their stunning and innovative performances, this time looks to the sky (ciel) for new ideas. In this case, their inspiration is derived from the technology of UAVs. The team at Cirque got together with ETH Zurich and Verity Studios to develop a short film featuring 10 quadcopters. The whimsical flying dance performance is pure magic. The unique, interactive choreography syncing the movements of man and machine is something you have to see to believe. Clearly, there’s no limit in how UAV technology can be harnessed in the future. It makes you wonder where it will pop up next?

Check out the behind-the-scenes doc on Sparked: A Live Interaction Between Humans And Quadcopters 

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ETH Zurich:
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