Welcome to Your Weekly POV – a new feature here on the blog. POV cameras like the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition Adventure give us a constant stream of videos that flip perspective on its head. Some are inspiring, some are terrifying and some are downright beautiful and that’s why we want to share a few of our favourites with you every week.
This week’s theme is Animals! See a young pelican learn to fly for the first time(!), a team of brave Minnesotans rescue trapped deer on a hovercraft (!!), a dance contest between Antarctic penguins (!!!) and finally, the viral sensation of the guy who hugs a freaking lion(!!!!).
Abandoned by his flock, Bigbird the pelican stumbled ashore after a storm and was taken in by the staff of Greystoke Mahale in Tanzania. Watch as Bigbird learns to fly for the first time. Bonus: the ‘P’ in POV stands for Pelican.
After seeing a Facebook post about some deer stuck out on the ice in the middle of Albert Lea Lake, a father-son team busted out their hovercraft for a rescue mission. After months of just taking the hovercraft out for its traditional purpose of beer runs and drive-thru, it must have been super nice to have had such an altruistic purprose for it.
The Harlem Shake is SO 2013, but news travels slowly in Antarctica. So, here are some Penguins shaking what their mama gave them to a bit of Dubstep.
You may have seen this one already (it’s been making the social media rounds), but in this video, the GoPro team joins Lion Whisperer Kevin Richardson as he seeks out a pride of Lions in Africa. This is long one, but absolutely worth it. As a side note, while we here at All About the Image admire ideas like “I’m going to see if that apex predator wants to give me a hug”, we can’t say we recommend it. Conversely, if you DO want to shoot POV footage of giving hugs to, say a Golden Retriever or perhaps a Calico – we’ll proudly feature it right here.
Welcome to another Focal Point Friday! We’ve got features on Neutral Density Filters and a brilliant, time-lapse video by LA photographer, Ross Ching. Guys, it’s toe-numbingly cold out there, so get inside, put on some extra warm socks and enjoy!
Neutral density filters are designed to reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor, without affecting the colour of the image. Unlike Polarizing filters though, they don’t radically affect the image that the camera captures; Instead, they just slow down the time it takes the sensor to record the image. This allows photographers to capture movement in landscape shots, producing soft, blurry clouds or misty waterfalls and creating stillness in motion. Imagine turning water to glass or even removing evidence of people on otherwise busy streets.
Photographers Lucie & Simon accomplished exactly this with their breathtaking series Silent World. From
Tiananmen to Times square, they combined long-exposure photography and some serious ND Filters to render the world’s busiest cities desolate.
The concept is similar to a couple other stunning series of a similar nature.
Matt Logue’s photos of Los Angeles in empty LA which was created by combining multiple exposures, combining only the parts of the images devoid of cars.
Masataka Nakano spent 11 years creating images of Tokyo in Tokyo Nobody forgoing extensive image editing, instead he visited ordinarily busy locations during time of low activity and patiently waited for just the right moment to create each image.
With “Carmageddon” looming in Los Angeles, I decided to take my “LA with no cars” video and re-edit it with new music, colouring and opening shots. Editing was done in Final Cut, colouring done with After Effects and shot on a Canon 60D.
Music: Wim Mertens – Often a Bird
Here’s the basics:
1. Record for 20-30 mins.
2. Go frame by frame and grab pieces of the road that aren’t obstructed by a car. Eventually, you will have every piece of the road.
3. Put the static image of the road in with the moving background.
For more information see: http://rossching.com/running-on-empty
Why? Why? Why?
We’ll be chatting with other industry personalities to get their thoughts on Vivian’s story, so stay tuned!
CAPIC’s double vision contest exhibition is just weeks away. Originally the idea of Michael Mahovlich (past president of CAPIC Toronto), Double Vision is a collaborative opportunity where photographers and illustrators are randomly paired and tasked with creating portraits of one another. The final pieces are then put on display at the Arta Gallery to be judged by image creators and CAPIC special guests. We got a chance to chat with past winner and superstar photographer Michael Cooper, who gave us some great insight into the exhibition and shared 2012′s best pairings.
Vistek is (and has been in the past) a proud supporter of Canada’s creative community, so we want you to get just as psyched as we are for Double Vision. Here are 4 of the best reasons to get out and see CAPIC’s Double Vision!
In the past, Double Vision was solely open to CAPIC members, but in 2014, CAPIC decided to extend an invitation to the larger community of photographers and illustrators. Says Cooper: “The goal of this year’s contest was to make it bigger than ever. Moving it to Arta was a great first step but opening it to everyone means this is going to be huge. I can’t wait to see what all the outside talent can do”.
We’ve covered the Distillery District in the past as an area of Toronto where beautiful aesthetics become conducive to creativity. It’d seem we’re not the only ones who think so. Cooper says “Having the exhibition at the Distillery gives us a chance to display these pieces in THE place for commercial art in Canada”.
According to Cooper, one of CAPIC’s most innovative displays was the piece by Henry Feather by Juliana Kolesova (pictured above). This was a 3D, multi-directional image which took the shape of a ‘W’ and allowed viewers to either Henry or Juliana’s faces depending on which side of the image they were standing on. It was a first for CAPIC, not only putting the incredible skill of entrants on display, but their out-of-the-box thinking and innovation.
CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators) brings together brilliant minds from all over the country. This means that creatives from the Advertising, Publishing and Corporate Communications industries will all be in attendance. It’s an opportunity to be inspired, but also to engage, network and experience what makes this country so creative.
CAPIC’s Double Vision exhibition will be on display from March 4-7, 2014 at
The Distillery District
14 Distillery Lane
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Sony’s new, mirrorless α6000 boasts the world’s fastest AF performance1 at just 0.06 seconds, a high-resolution 24.3 MP image sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor. This powerful combination of features ensures that still images, full HD videos and all fleeting moments are captured in sharp focus and incredible detail.
“With the world’s fastest autofocus system1, the ability to capture a blazing 11 frames per second and a 24.3 MP sensor, the new α6000 rivals even the best DSLRs in the market today in terms of performance, and does this in half of the size and weight at an extremely attractive price point,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. “It’s an ideal choice for photo enthusiasts eager to ‘go light’ and take their photography to the next level.”