Thursday, July 30, 2009

Our Man Inside

Our Man Inside

Kodak Zi8 1080p HD Video Camera


So here is what the fuss is all about. Finally a low cost hand held HD video camera with a microphone input. I'm yet to get my hands on a Kodak Zi8 for a proper test but I had a quick fondle for a couple of minutes behind the Kodak ...

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Rare Photo of the 1940 Tour De France

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Beltane 2009

The Peebles Cornet braves the usual rain during the Beltane Rideout 2009.
The rideout marks the bounds of the parish and is always on the Wednesday evening during Beltane Week in June.

Nikon D5000 180mm/2.8 at 1/1000th f2.8

CD Cover Lace Creme

An example of one of the new smart CD or DVD covers which Calumet is now selling.
There is a wide range of colours and styles. This one retails at £12.07 inc vat.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A burglar's Calling Card: why not everything on the internet is free

Original Article as it appears on Kate Day's Telegraph Blog (Note that below the post she has a "Share This Button" I have placed the whole article in quote marks as it is exactly as written by Kate Day on

"This morning I arrived at my desk to discover that someone had published a photo of mine on their blog without my permission. The blogger had left me a comment on the to tell me where they had put the picture and had linked to my original image from their blog. Should I be flattered that they liked the photo or is it, a bit like a burglar leaving a calling card?
I would be very surprised if this blogger set out to infringe my copyright. It seems much more likely that he wasn’t clear about the law and while ignorance is no defense, no one likes to be one of those bores who can point out all the ways you might have inadvertently broken the law.
Equally, I spend a lot of time and a fair amount of money trying to get my pictures as good as they can be so I’m not thrilled about the prospect of someone running Google ads against my work without my approval. There are plenty of other ways to tell me if you like a picture after all!"
"Like a true devotee of social media, I asked my Twitter followers
Some were adamant that I should ask for the blog post to be taken down to avoid setting a precedent that I was happy for people to infringe my copyright. Others thought it was best to take it as a compliment, especially as the blogger had linked back to my original photo. Christian Payne, who happened to be one of the subjects of the photo, felt that the picture wasn’t contributing anything to the conversation either about the picture itself or about Christian’s interview with Nick Clegg that I had photographed, and therefore I should ask the blogger not to use it. A few asked if it was OK to use other people’s pictures as long as you attributed the photos to them (it isn’t). Online etiquette and copyright law collided in confusion.
I decided to leave a comment pointing out that the image was “all rights reserved”. This afternoon, the blogger took the picture down, deleted his first comment on my Flickr page and left another comment to let me know he’d pulled the post. So politeness won the day.
I would still argue that social media is worth risking piracy for but I did switch off the “Blog this” option on my Flickr account to make it just a little bit harder for someone to post a picture of mine to their blog."

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Friday, July 17, 2009

James Gunn - Canon EOS Magazine

A CAITHNESS photographer has received award recognition for his work – a little over a year after starting up his own part-time photography business.

The latest edition of Canon's EOS Magazine carries a full-page feature of Halkirk-based James Gunn's work – including action shots taken at last year's UK All Star Wrestling event held in Wick Assembly Rooms.

The keen snapper has also won himself three gold awards in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' monthly contest.

Striking images of Eden Court Theatre in Inverness and an artistic portrait of Dunnet beach have proved popular with judges. The photos have appeared in Professional ImageMaker magazine and will qualify for the finals of the SWPP UK Photographer of the Year competition, due to be held in London in January.

James told the John O'Groat Journal: "I sent a selection of photos to the EOS Magazine after my photos got rave reviews from the wrestling organisers, who had kindly given me unrestricted access around the ring.

"I'm particularly chuffed as it was my first ever attempt at taking indoor action photos.

"I was even more pleased when I learned that I will receive a £100 voucher for Jessops, the camera shop."

In recent months the photographer's study of a neighbour's Highland cow has featured in the popular PhotoPlus magazine, while the winter edition of the Scottish Rugby Union's TEAMtalk newsletter carried an action shot of a Caithness Rugby Club player on its front page.

James is a member of Thurso Camera Club – which meets twice a month from September to April – and puts his success down to what he has learned since he joined three years ago.

He added: "I tend to concentrate on sport action photos and so my success in other subjects has come as a bit of a surprise."

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fujicolor Pro 800Z - Discontinued

Fujifilm Professional is to discontinue one of its slower moving lines of film, from September 2009 production of Fujicolor Pro 800Z will cease. The company has a limited supply of the film in stock, enough to satisfy demand until approximatively November 2009.Fujifilm's Product Manager for Professional Film, Russ Gunn, explained the decision, "We have decided to remove all formats of Pro 800Z from our range due to low sales volume. Fujifilm Professional website.
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Electrophysics, a Sofradir Group company, has introduced a new high performance night vision module for use with Canon full-frame digital SLR cameras such as the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II Cameras. When used with the new AstroScope 9350EOS-FF, these digital cameras deliver bright high resolution green images of night-time scenes having a full image format and edge-to-edge sharpness. Because the night vision module fits between the camera body and SLR objective lens, all the lens electrical connections are maintained and important lens features such as optical image stabilization remain fully functional even in night vision mode, enabling the photographer on the move to realize the ultimate in low-light performance.

Fujifilm FinePix Real3D camera given release date

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Monday, July 06, 2009

Cartier Fondation - Paris

Ouverture de l'exposition

Mardi 7 juillet 2009


7 juil. › 29 nov. 2009 / July 7 › Nov. 29, 2009

From July 7 to November 29, 2009, the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain will present Born in the Streets—Graffiti. Occupying the entire gallery space of the Fondation Cartier, as well as the building's façade and surrounding garden, the exhibition will bring to light the extraordinary expansion of an artistic movement that developed in the streets of New York in the early 1970s to rapidly become a worldwide phenomenon.

Info / Contact
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
261, boulevard Raspail 75014 Paris
Métro Raspail ou Denfert-Rochereau (lignes 4 et 6)
RER Denfert-Rochereau (ligne B)
Bus 38, 68, 88, 91
Vélib' 2, rue Victor Schoelcher
Stationnement réservé aux visiteurs handicapés moteur devant le 2, rue Victor Schoelcher
Disabled parking at 2, rue Victor Schoelcher

The Fondation Cartier is open to the public every day except Monday from 11a.m. to 8 p.m.
Open Tuesday evenings until 10 p.m.

The exhibition Born in the Streets–Graffiti is organized with support from the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, under the aegis of the Fondation de France, and with the sponsorship of Cartier.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Nikon & Fujitsu

Nikon firmware development has transfered to a new company:

Firmware development for all Nikon digital cameras and interchangeable lenses will now be undertaken by a new company named Nikon Imaging Systems. The new company is a joint venture between Fujitsu Broad Solution & Consulting Inc. and Nikon Systems, a subsidiary of Nikon Corporation. The initial investment will be around $1m and the company will employ 100 people.

You can read the full story at:

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Peebles Cycling Club

Scottish Borders Cycling star Gary Robson, who seems to be effortlessly climbing the Dreva hill road on Wednesday, offers advice to one of the youngsters competing in Peebles Cycling Club's time trial.

To se all the photos go to:


Workers face the axe tomorrow (July 3rd) as loss making camera retailer Jessops closes the shutters on some of its most experienced workers.
In one branch three workers with more than 43 years experience in the photo-trade between them will be made redundant with most other staff put on short-time.
Other staff face having their hours cut from 36 to 24 or even 12 and say they will have to look for alternative work.
Perhaps soon more Jessops stores will look like this one (right).

Leica M9

Leica M9 – A Marriage with Canon? [CR1]

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