The Circle of Confusion Closes Shop

Hi folks -

The Circle of Confusion Ltd. has now ceased trading. This website will stay up in perpetuity, but the Dynamic Range series of landscape photography videos is no longer available for purchase.

Thanks for your custom, and please do keep in touch with Roger, Neil and Peter through our individual websites.

Thanks,
Peter, Neil and Roger

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Podcast Episode 43 – Photography, Art, The End.

Welcome to episode 43 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.

No news this week apart from the bombshell.

At long last, we discuss the question “Is Photography Art?” We talk at length about this with Peter and myself on one side and Roger on the other. Blood will be spilled !

And now for the bombshell.

This will be last Circle of Confusion Podcast.
Roger, Peter, and myself Neil would like to thank everyone who has listened, downloaded and left comments on the podcast. We also like to thank those who purchased the videos.
We hope we made you smile and added a bit of knowledge along the way.
Why are we doing this?
Listen to the podcast to find out as it will take to long for me to type :-)

To hear episode 43, hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.

 

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If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.

What do you think?

As ever, we’d love to hear your views and get your feedback.

Disagree, agree or have a completely different take on what we’ve discussed? Please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at mailbag@circleofconfusion.ie.

Also, if you see or know something you think we’d be interested in discussing on the blog, we’d love to hear from you too.

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Podcast Episode 42 – The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything

Welcome to episode 42 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.

He’s back again.

We talk about the axing of Fuji Velvia again. Peter got himself a new camera, which has a Velvia button. Canon release their mirrorless camera, the EOS-M, but the design is not what we hoped for. Reuters News Agency are using camera on robotic frames to capture the Olympics. We talk about the leaking of camera info before the launch date: good or bad? And we talk about what we were up to this past week and the reason why the podcast is a day late.

To hear episode 42, hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.

 

Fuji Velvia gone again.

Fuji Velvia colour reversal film

 

Fujifilm has axed Velvia 100F  in 35mm, 120 and 4×5 formats and Velvia 50 in 4×5 and 8×10 formats. You have until the end of the year before shipments will stop. So get your fridge stocked up while you can.

What is Velvia ?  link here

 

Fuji Xpro1 Camera.

Peter bought himself a new camera, the Fuji Xpro1, in the airport on the way to Iceland. He used the trip to get to grips with the camera. Did he like the camera and is it the perfect camera? Two questions that are answered in the podcast. Listen to find out how he got on.

The Fuji Xpro1

 

Robo-cams for the Olympics

Reuters are using cameras mounted on robotic frames in positions not suitable for photographers to capture  images from the Olympic games. No photographer in their right mind would be suspended in the air over the high jump, but with this setup they will capture the moments.  Many be they will be using the video capability of the Canon DSLR also. We are looking forward to seeing the results when published.

Read the full story on the Reuters website. Link Here

 

The Leakage Question.

Is it good for camera companies to have their latest and greatest camera leaked to the media before the official launch day? We discuss this point with the help of a video from The Globe and Mail website. We can’t embed the video, so you will have to follow this LINK to watch the video.

 

The Canon EOS-M 

Taken for Canon’s press release:

Canon today expands its award-winning EOS range with the launch of the new EOS M. The company’s first ever compact system camera (CSC), the EOS M is designed for those who use photography to share their everyday passions – from photographing family and friends, to fashion and culture, food, music and art. Offering DSLR-quality imaging, creative features and Full HD movie creation in a compact and easy-to-use model, the EOS M is the perfect, take-anywhere partner for a new breed of enthusiasts who chronicle their lives through images, without necessarily considering themselves to be ‘photographers’.

The full spec can be found here.

Canon EOS – M Camera

 

And finally we talk about Peter’s Icelandic trip, Rogers commercial shoot and my Peoples Photography meeting.

Not forgetting photographers Daragh Muldowney :fund:it project book “Jewellery Box- Ireland’s Hidden Gems”

Just in case you want to know the:

Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. LOOK Here 

 

 

FREE SEGMENT FROM DYNAMIC RANGE EPISODE 2

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If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.

What do you think?

As ever, we’d love to hear your views and get your feedback.

Disagree, agree or have a completely different take on what we’ve discussed? Please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at mailbag@circleofconfusion.ie.

Also, if you see or know something you think we’d be interested in discussing on the blog, we’d love to hear from you too.

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Don’t forget, you can purchase episodes of our landscape photography video series Dynamic Range for just €9.95 each, and as a bonus, the pilot episode is just €4.95! You’ll receive the download link via email as soon as you’ve completed the purchase.

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Podcast Episode 41 – Back to “normal” again!

Welcome to episode 41 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.

For this week’s episode, we are down to two again as Peter is away in Iceland, so we can make fun of him again.

What do we talk about? Canon have another problem with their cameras and AF points. The Lego camera by Cary Norton. Yes, a camera made out of lego bricks. Yet again more problems with the Olympics and cameras. It just keeps getting worse and worse. Scientists have developed a method for authenticating digital images by analyzing ‘noise’. Roger finds the new Leica M10, or is it?

We talk about The Zack Rant. Zack Arias has a major problem, as do many others, with the “system” recommended by David Jay for starting a new photography business.

And we finally get some audio from Peter from a workshop here in Ireland.

 

To hear episode 41, hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.

Canon and what the AF Point problem ?

It has come to the attention of Canon that some people are not happy with the new black AF points because they are finding it hard to see which point is in use under dark conditions. On the old 1D, the AF point turned red to indicate which point was being used. Canon is saying that a a solution coming that may not be ideal for everyone. We don’t know the time frame for the update release yet.

 

The Legotron

Cary Norton built himself a camera made out of Lego bricks called The Legotron. It started back in 2009 with a blog post. As he says himself.. It’s best you just jump over to his blog here and read the full story.

 

The Olympic Problem

The problem we reported about bringing your BIG digital camera to the Olympics has taken another turn. Now it seems that certain venues will prohibit any kind of professional-style camera, which means any DSLR, as well as mirrorless, compact interchangeable len cameras for all manufactures.  And worse still, it is unclear whether the security guards, which they have only 4,000 of the needed 13,700 in place, will receive proper training less than two week before the games begin.

You can read the full BJP post here.

 

Authenticating Digital Images

Scientist Siwei Lyu from University of Albany Computer Science has identified a new way of using ‘noise’ to authenticate digital photography. Siwei Lyu says, “Whenever a photo is manipulated digitally, the underlying characteristics of the image pixels are disturbed in a way that they become unnatural. Though human eyes may not be able to detect such subtle changes, they can be readily picked up by computer algorithms. The techniques developed aim to make sure that more significant manipulations can be detected.”

Full story here

 

The new Leica M10 ?

Is this the new Leica M10 spotted out and about over on the Leica-Rumors website? It does look different from any of the other M series digital out at the moment, and what about the way the person is holding the camera ?

 

The Zack Rant

Taken from Zack’s blog:

Recently a guy made a web site touting a top ten list of things you can do to help start your photography career. I’m going on a rant and it’ll be the last one for awhile. If you care to read it, hit “more”. If not, no worries. I need to get this out of my “system” and then I should be good to go.

So this guy makes a top 10 list for starting a photography business. Sound like a joke? Good. Because it is.

Go get him Zack, we’re on your side.

Full text Link Here

Here is the Zack Arias video “Transform” Roger was talking about so you don’t have to lease us alone.

FREE SEGMENT FROM DYNAMIC RANGE EPISODE 2

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If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.

What do you think?

As ever, we’d love to hear your views and get your feedback.

Disagree, agree or have a completely different take on what we’ve discussed? Please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at mailbag@circleofconfusion.ie.

Also, if you see or know something you think we’d be interested in discussing on the blog, we’d love to hear from you too.

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Don’t forget, you can purchase episodes of our landscape photography video series Dynamic Range for just €9.95 each, and as a bonus, the pilot episode is just €4.95! You’ll receive the download link via email as soon as you’ve completed the purchase.

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Podcast Episode 40 – Warning he’s back

Welcome to episode 40 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.

The Prodigal Son has returned, but not for long. We kick off with an update on the printing of Peter’s first book.

We also discuss Apple Macbook Pro and the environment, and Canon have a problem that they need to get a grip on.

We refer back to some comments and updates on the Olympics in respect to the portraits by photographers and the camera gear.

The rest of our discussion centers on the topic of documentary photography vs. photojournalism vs. street photography.

To hear episode 40, hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.

 

Apple & the Environment.

Apple has notified the EPEAT that it is withdrawing its products from the EPEAT registry because  their design no longer meets the standard requirements of “disassemble-ability”. The standard requires that external enclosures, chassis and electronic subassemblies shall be removable with commonly available tools or by hand, which is not the case with the new MacBook Pro. Will this have a financial impact on Apple’s sales ?

 

Canon Grip Problem

Canon have found a problem with some  EOS650D/Rebel T4i: a chemical reaction from the rubber hand-grip can cause an allergic reaction. What Canon are saying is that the chemical zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) is not used in the production of the camera but is a potential by-product of a chemical reaction between other substances found in the grip. A larger than normal amount of rubber accelerator was used in the production, which could potentially cause this chemical reaction. Click on this Link to see if your camera is from the effected batch

Paper Paper

All this for Peter’s book

You can Link Here to Peter’s Kickstarter book project to see more images and a short video of the printing process.

 

Street Photography

Here is the link to Bruce Gilden’s approach to street photography that Roger was talking about. Watch the video and then read the complete article on the BJP website, especially the comments.

Bruce Gilden “Head On”, presented by British Journal of Photography from Olivier Laurent on Vimeo.

 

 

The Question: Is Photography Art?
Your Answer: Post your answers in the comments.

 

And finally, to keep Roger happy, you can listen to his podcast on Documentary Photography here 

 

FREE SEGMENT FROM DYNAMIC RANGE EPISODE 2

We produced an abundance of great content for episode 2 of Dynamic Range. We can’t possibly include it all, so we’ve decided to give you an entire segment for free here. It’s offered in full HD, and will play automatically at HD resolution in full screen mode. If your broadband connection is having trouble with that, click the little gear icon near the bottom right of the player to choose a lower res.

If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.

What do you think?

As ever, we’d love to hear your views and get your feedback.

Disagree, agree or have a completely different take on what we’ve discussed? Please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at mailbag@circleofconfusion.ie.

Also, if you see or know something you think we’d be interested in discussing on the blog, we’d love to hear from you too.

Blatant plug for our wares

Don’t forget, you can purchase episodes of our landscape photography video series Dynamic Range for just €9.95 each, and as a bonus, the pilot episode is just €4.95! You’ll receive the download link via email as soon as you’ve completed the purchase.

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Podcast Episode 39 – Roger escaped the Bucket!

Welcome to episode 39 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.

This episode is just Roger and Neil again. We talk about a document from Alpa that explains the use of lens shift and tilt for all you technical-minded photographers.

We also talk about the portraits of the US Olympic Team that are what you might say  are “sub-standard.” A bride tells her guests to put away their cameras during the wedding, which has both good and bad points.

Roger was asked to photograph Peter’s son’s christening and there is a story behind this. Also we hear about Rogers filming on a boat… or not.

We respond to a question from a listener, Timothy Reaves, on the subject of HDR and then wrap up with some chat about Roger’s food blog and the switch to documentary photography.

To hear episode 39, hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.

 

It’s not an animal this time, but the typical Irish summer weather from Peter’s workshop this week.

 

 

Alpa of Switzerland

Walter E. Schön, technical journalist and optics specialist, wrote a paper covering the aspects of parallel shift and Scheimpflug lens tilt for ALPA. The very informative and educational 6-page paper is available as PDF in English and Germand for download. For free, of course, here LINK 

 

Olympic Portraits

People are unhappy with a series of portraits of American Olympians shot at the US Olympic Committee’s Media Summit in Dallas. Words like “amateur” and “shoddy” come to mind.  We know what Roger & Neil think but what are your thoughts on the photographs? Are we over reacting or do you agree with the guys? LINK to the  Solstice website post.

 

 Offbeat Bride

“The unplugged wedding : couples tell guests to put down their devices”

The full post can be read from this LINK off  the Offbeat Bride website. The talk is about what do you do as a photographer at a wedding where everybody has either a camera or phone and is snapping away. You are hired by the bride & groom and you have to go with their wishes. It’s a fact of life now for professional wedding photographers. What do you think about these couples who want their guest to stop taking photos and enjoy the ceremony?

 

And just for Roger :

Seasickness explained and the remedy and 50 ways professional Mariners tackle it!

 

Full Timothy Reaves text :

I wanted to post this to your site for discussion, but, as it did not apply directly to a recent podcast, was not sure where to. If you’d prefer me not to e-mail you directly with ideas for discussion, please let me know, and I will not again.

This is not an argument for HDR; it’s an attempt to apply critical thinking and logic to the arguments that are used against HDR as a valid for ‘real’ uses.

I’ve heard on at least one podcast episode that you really do not care for HDR photographs, and unless I’m mistaken, it had at least something to do with ‘documentary photography’. I think this gets to the heart of ‘honest’ photographs and specifically photojournalism. I’m not sure either one of these two things was possible with film camera’s, but neither one is with a digital camera.
I’ve seen lots of posts related to this on various sites (especially PetaPixel), and the arguments seem to be along two lines:

  • the ‘moment’ was not captured faithfully
  • the post-processing that occurs

I find both of these disingenuous. I’d be very interested in hearing the three of you talk about this, if you find it worthy of further discussion.
Speaking about the last point first: the post-processing. I have seen some HDR photo’s that are clearly of images that no human would see. Wild colors, incredible contrast, etcetera. The issue I have with this is two-fold. First, I’ve seen single exposure images that are every bit as unrealistic in color, and unless a person is totally color blind, no person would ever see a a sight that was the same as a black and white image. So that an HDR image can be over the top, so what? Further, I’ve seen some HDR images where I would not have known they were HDR unless told.
So how can a photojournalist or documentary photographer be considered such if they shoot black and white? Or adjust exposure? Or color balance, or white balance, etcetera?
As for capturing the moment, I find this argument as flawed.
There was a photograph used in a US newspaper (the newspaper did point out it was HDR) of a plane in a Florida sky. One commentator criticized it harshly, as not capturing that moment, as the plane would have moved between the stacked exposures, and as a result of this, was a ‘false’ moment. Setting aside that HDR photo’s can be made with a single exposure, the plane moves even during a single exposure. No exposure, no mater how fast, can exist in which the plane does not move. It is in motion, so it always moves. In every time step someone would care to break it down in. So how can the planes movement across three exposures (or what ever number) be used as evidence of it being a ‘false moment’?
Perhaps it’s that the shutter opened and closed more than once? Well, what if a camera existed that did not have a shutter, but merely collected the photons for a specified period of time. Then you could have any number of exposures without a shutter opening & closing defining what a ‘moment’ is. Would this be any different?
Lastly, what about the Gigapixel camera (or a lot of cameras used in astronomy)? They have multiple sensors, and sometimes multiple lenses The data from the sensors must be combined into a single image; does this mean it could not be used in photojournalism or documentary photography? You are not stacking images, but you are combining them. If an HDR image were created by having a lens split the incoming light to three different sensors with different exposure settings, how would this be any different?
Obviously with photojournalism and documentary photography, ‘real’ is wanted. And the cases where the photographer ‘embellishes’ the flames if a fire scene, or the copy/pastes extra wildebeests into the shot prevent the image from being ‘real’. But I think some of these other forms of editing do not fall into this category. Otherwise, the only defensible position is that the only ‘real’ photograph is the one that is raw, from the sensor.

What do you think?

Leave a comment and let us know. 

 

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If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.

What do you think?

As ever, we’d love to hear your views and get your feedback.

Disagree, agree or have a completely different take on what we’ve discussed? Please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at mailbag@circleofconfusion.ie.

Also, if you see or know something you think we’d be interested in discussing on the blog, we’d love to hear from you too.

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Podcast Episode 38 – Save the Professional!

Welcome to episode 38 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.

This week, it’s the Roger & Neil, The Dynamic Duo, Ride Again Show as Peter is missing in action somewhere in southwest Ireland taking pictures of sheep. Worried we are.

We talk about the new Apple Podcast App, since, you know, this is a podcast. We also talk about the GigaPixel camera with it’s 960 megapixels that you can carry in your back pocket.

Intel has launched a competition for photos, time-lapse, and slow-mo clips for future adverts, which Roger has a problem with.

After a few comments on the topic of the Olympics and photography in Episode 36, we respond to a few questions raised.
To finished off on a light note, thanks to Ann Scanlan ( i.e. Peter’s wife ), a dare to discuss a new trend in photography: moms-to-be photoshopping sonograms onto their belly pics.

A new low for The Circle of Confusion Team. ( Peter, please come back soon )

To hear episode 38, hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.

Apple’s Podcast App
Apple has released a new free iOS app called Podcast. Apple says it’s the easiest way to discover, subscribe, and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. You can find The Circle of Confusion Podcast there also. More information here :  The Podcast App

The AWARE-2 Gigapixel camera-
A 960 megapixel camera designed by a team from Duke University for the US Department of Defense’s research agency provides us with a camera to overcome the problems with super high resolution cameras. We make a stab of explaining how it works but jump over to to this website to find out more The Aware-2 Link here

Intel contest seeks Photos and Video

Intel has announced the “A Momentary Lapse” competition with a chance to win prizes including computers and digital camera. Submit a photo or time-lapse and/or slow motion video, and the winning entry will be used in a future advert. There are two problems with this: 1. Who needs a professional video production team and 2. You give all right away to Intel. Mind you, they do have 17 pages of rules and highlight the important parts, so fair play to Intel. Amateurs can and do produce some stunning work and companies have copped on to this and are using competition to get this work for free.

Find ont more here : The Intel Competition Link

Here is the video “Nocturne” by Vincent Laforet that kick-started the whole video DSLR

Nocturne from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

 

Olympics and Photography

You can read all the comments and listen to Episode 36 of the podcast  here : Episode 36 & The Olympics

 

Moms & Sonograms

First, there was the normal maternity shoot, then the nude maternity shoot. So what next? How about you photoshop a picture from you sonogram onto a picture of your belly? Is this something a professional photographer would add to the his or her portfolio of work?

Have a look at what we mean here : The Sonogram Photoshop

 

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If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.

What do you think?

As ever, we’d love to hear your views and get your feedback.

Disagree, agree or have a completely different take on what we’ve discussed? Please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at mailbag@circleofconfusion.ie.

Also, if you see or know something you think we’d be interested in discussing on the blog, we’d love to hear from you too.

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Don’t forget, you can purchase episodes of our landscape photography video series Dynamic Range for just €9.95 each, and as a bonus, the pilot episode is just €4.95! You’ll receive the download link via email as soon as you’ve completed the purchase.

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Podcast Episode 37 – The Dynamic Duo Again!

Welcome to episode 37 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.

This week, it’s the Roger & Neil Show as once again Peter is missing in action somewhere in southwest Ireland.

We talk about the Firmware updates to Nikon D800 cameras and the problem with Nikon transfer software. Canon’s new “mirrorless” camera is due for release in the next 30 days and looks like the vintage AE-1.

Roger gave his trousers away while shooting a wedding. Enough said.

Microsoft go head to head with Apple’s iPad with the launch of the “Surface” tablet device. Then they finish with some interesting fact’s and figures about the photography  industry.

To hear episode 37, hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.

 Nikon’s Firmware and Software Problems

Nikon have issued a warning about the possibility of Nikon NEF (Raw) files from newer cameras being corrupted by older versions of its software. The problem happens if you’re using old versions (v1.x) of these programs. So I think you better upgrade. And speaking of upgrading, the rumor is that another firmware upgrade is on the way to “fix” the non issue of the green cast on the LCDs… which Nikon say it the right colour??

 

 Canon Mirror-less Camera

Very little is known at the moment, but it looks like it will use the same sensor as G1 X and a new lens mount is possible because the camera will be launched with new lens. Hope they make a connector for all the EF and EF-S lenses.

The New Canon Mirrorless ? or the AE-1

 

Roger and his suit… not!

Roger before

Roger After

 

Peter’s on location bit

Spot Peter Competition

 

 Microsoft “Surface” tablet

We not going to list the whole spec sheet and details here so you can jump over to the Microsoft website to see the tablet in action!

Link here

Microsoft Surface Tablet

 Visual New Article

Visual News have published a great article about the current state of the photography industry, and how consumers all over the world capture their picture-perfect moments in today’s mobile society.

The graphic is to big to publish here so jump over to the website here.

 

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If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.

What do you think?

As ever, we’d love to hear your views and get your feedback.

Disagree, agree or have a completely different take on what we’ve discussed? Please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at mailbag@circleofconfusion.ie.

Also, if you see or know something you think we’d be interested in discussing on the blog, we’d love to hear from you too.

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Don’t forget, you can purchase episodes of our landscape photography video series Dynamic Range for just €9.95 each, and as a bonus, the pilot episode is just €4.95! You’ll receive the download link via email as soon as you’ve completed the purchase.

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Podcast Episode 36 – Failure on all fronts, sort of !!

Welcome to episode 36 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.

This week, we talk about Peter’s failure on three accounts and Roger’s failure on one account when he hangs out.

We talk about what will happen if you bring your camera to photograph the Olympics.

Apple’s new MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro and no Mac Pro. Confused ? Well, Roger is too.

 

To hear episode 36, hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.

Peter’s Failure ?

Failure 1:

We have had a major problem with the  editing of the video from “The BigTest” between the D800/E and IQ180. Between the time code errors and corrupted files (mind you ,Roger & Neil think the cause of the corruption was Peter’s white legs), the video will not be published at this stage. Nothing new would be revealed, apart from Peter’s white legs.

Failure 2:

Due to cloud cover, this is the excuse Peter is sticking to,  he was unable to see the Transit of Venus  so we have this video from NASA instead.

 

Failure 3 ??

Peter’s Kickstarter Book Project fails to land the $11,000 funding exactly. Want to know what has happened? Either listen to the podcast or jump over to his kickstarter book page here: Peter’s Book.

There is a happy ending  to this story.

Roger’s Failure ?

Roger has fallen in love with Google Hangouts and talks about the latest venture with hangouts and the problem he had with the video recording part. In this hangout, he does a live critique with a documentary wedding photographer, Rick Bennett.  Listen here : Rogers Blog

 

MacBook  Pro anyone ?

At WWDC in San Francisco, Apple revealed a new ultra-thin MacBook with a 15-inch screen featuring Retina display technology.  The MacBook Pro with Retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM, and flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow Pro users to connect to multiple displays and high-performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to HDTVs.

Ideal for Photographers and Videographers ?????

Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display

 

Olympic Photography

The Olympic Committee clarifies Photography Rules :  camera equipment over 30cm long, including tripods and monopods, will not be allowed in most venues, and if you surrender your camera equipment to security, you are not getting it back. Also, you will not be allowed to use your smart-phone as a wifi hotspot to connect your camera and upload images on the go.

For or against ? Let us know.

 

FREE SEGMENT FROM DYNAMIC RANGE EPISODE 2

We produced an abundance of great content for episode 2 of Dynamic Range. We can’t possibly include it all, so we’ve decided to give you an entire segment for free here. It’s offered in full HD, and will play automatically at HD resolution in full screen mode. If your broadband connection is having trouble with that, click the little gear icon near the bottom right of the player to choose a lower res.

If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.

What do you think?

As ever, we’d love to hear your views and get your feedback.

Disagree, agree or have a completely different take on what we’ve discussed? Please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at mailbag@circleofconfusion.ie.

Also, if you see or know something you think we’d be interested in discussing on the blog, we’d love to hear from you too.

Lastly, if you’d like to put yourself forward as a correspondent (we’re especially keen to hear from female photographers to help balance our pool of photographers worldwide), then you know what to do.

Blatant plug for our wares

Don’t forget, you can purchase episodes of our landscape photography video series Dynamic Range for just €9.95 each, and as a bonus, the pilot episode is just €4.95! You’ll receive the download link via email as soon as you’ve completed the purchase.

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Podcast Episode 35 – The Episode That Almost Wasn’t

Welcome to episode 35 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.

This week, we battle Ireland’s feeble smallband network which kept dropping Roger from the podcast Skype call while Neil almost didn’t turn up at all.

We talk about the long-rumoured Canon 3D – a rumour with the staying power of weeds. Neil fans the rumour flames.

Roger talks about the pro business in Ireland today. It’s miserable. Peter and Neil talk about selling landscape photography.

To hear episode 35 hit the play button below. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. We’d love it if you did.

Canon 3D

The 3D specs, if anyway real, include 4K video, the standard of the future. Canon Watch has the specs here: Canon 3D.

Tom Lowe recently released his Timescapes video project and says it is the first 4K project released to the public.

We want a new Mac Pro

For a while rumour had it that the Mac Pro desk top line was dead. Apple allegedly was dropping its pro product lines. Final Cut X is a case in point.

A Facebook campaign has been launched to petition to convince Apple to continue the line: We want a new Mac Pro on Facebook.

There is more about a new Mac Pro here: Mac Pro at the WWDC.

By the way, if Apple does produce a new Mac Pro and you upgrade, here’s an idea for what you could do with your old one: iMotorbike.

Peter’s Kickstarter project

Peter is publishing his first book and is crowd sourcing the funding. You can find out more here: Peter’s Book.

Competition one last time

Vanguard Skyborne 51 - as seen in Dynamic Range episode 2

Bag maker Vanguard gave us one of its Skyborne 51 backpacks to review as part of a group test in episode 2 of Dynamic Range and we ran a competition with the bag as a prize.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated.

The winner is James Morrisson, who will be receiving the bag as soon as Roger finds time to get to a post office.

We’d like to thank Vanguard for its generosity in donating this prize.

FREE SEGMENT FROM DYNAMIC RANGE EPISODE 2

We produced an abundance of great content for episode 2 of Dynamic Range. We can’t possibly include it all in the release next week, so we’ve decided to give you an entire segment for free here. It’s offered in full HD, and will play automatically at that resolution in full screen mode. If your broadband connection is having trouble with that, click the little gear icon near the bottom right of the player to choose a lower res.

If you like it, why not buy the full episode? It’s available here: Dynamic Range Episode 2.

What do you think?

As ever, we’d love to hear your views and get your feedback.

Disagree, agree or have a completely different take on what we’ve discussed? Please get in touch by leaving a comment or emailing us at mailbag@circleofconfusion.ie.

Also, if you see or know something you think we’d be interested in discussing on the blog, we’d love to hear from you too.

Lastly, if you’d like to put yourself forward as a correspondent (we’re especially keen to hear from female photographers to help balance our pool of photographers worldwide), then you know what to do.

Blatant plug for our wares

Don’t forget, you can purchase episodes of our landscape photography video series Dynamic Range for just €9.95 each, and as a bonus, the pilot episode is just €4.95! You’ll receive the download link via email as soon as you’ve completed the purchase.

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