Outdoor Photographer of the Year

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During a macro tour I found this gossamer-winged butterfly, which was ideally placed for a shot in front of the rising sun. The surrounding vegetation was perfect for creating some bokeh, and I tried to include some background interest as well.

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Indelible Images From a Fashion Photography Icon

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Three separate retrospectives this season, in New York, London and Boston, celebrate the five-decade career of Hiro.

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Photoshop 1, Nikon 0. Epic Photoshop Fail.

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“Yu Wei chanced upon a set of ladders while on a photowalk with his friends in Chinatown, and thought the view above would make an interesting perspective. Little did he expect to catch an airplane in mid-air. We’ll try looking up too, Yu Wei; your shot has won you a Nikon trolley bag. Congratulations!”

Trouble is, it’s a fake and not a very good one. The aircraft was rather badly added to the original image! Score 1 for Photoshop. 0 for Nikon.

Source: Nikon – Yu Wei chanced upon a set of ladders while on a photowalk…

Extremely Rare White Giraffe Spotted

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Talk about a head-turner: An extremely rare white giraffe calf was recently spotted in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park.Scientists at the New Hampshire-based wildlife-research group Wild Nature Institute originally reported the newborn Masai giraffe calf in 2015, around the time a local tour guide named her Omo, after a popular local brand of detergent.

Source: Extremely Rare White Giraffe Spotted—What Would You Name Her?

Businessman buys photograph of a potato for €1m 

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A celebrated photographer has sold a picture of an Irish potato for €1m (£750,000).Kevin Abosch, 46, confirmed he had sold the photograph of an organic potato shot on a black background to an unnamed European businessman. The photograph, which was taken in 2010, sits alongside shots of Steven Spielberg, Michael Palin, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Malala Yousafzai in the sought-after photographer’s portfolio.

Source: Businessman buys photograph of a potato for €1m | Photography | Culture | The Independent

Amnesty photographer Leila Alaoui killed in Burkina Faso al-Qaeda attack | British Journal of Photography

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Leila Alaoui, the 33-year-old French-Moroccan photographer, died last night as a result of injuries sustained during Friday’s al-Qaeda terrorist attack in Burkina Faso, along with her driver, Mahamadi Ouédraogo, a father of four.

Source: Amnesty photographer Leila Alaoui killed in Burkina Faso al-Qaeda attack | British Journal of Photography

What makes a photographer when everyone is taking pictures | PBS NewsHour

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When photographer Ken Van Sickle was 23 and living in Paris, he could barely afford rolls of film. One night, hearing that jazz great Chet Baker was playing, he went and took only two pictures, and one was blurry. So what’s happened to photography now that everyone has the technology to take as many pictures as they like? Van Sickle offers his Brief But Spectacular take.

Source: What makes a photographer when everyone is taking pictures | PBS NewsHour

Where Alice in Wonderland Meets Albert Einstein | NASA

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One hundred years ago this month, Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity, one of the most important scientific achievements in the last century.A key result of Einstein’s theory is that matter warps space-time, and thus a massive object can cause an observable bending of light from a background object.  The first success of the theory was the observation, during a solar eclipse, that light from a distant background star was deflected by the predicted amount as it passed near the sun.Astronomers have since found many examples of this phenomenon, known as “gravitational lensing.” More than just a cosmic illusion, gravitational lensing provides astronomers with a way of probing extremely distant galaxies and groups of galaxies in ways that would otherwise be impossible even with the most powerful telescopes.

Source: Where Alice in Wonderland Meets Albert Einstein | NASA

Kodak Goes Retro With New Super 8 Camera

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I thought this was a joke when I first read it, but apparently Kodak are serious about making a Super 8 film camera costing $1000 which shoots 8mm film (processing cost $50-$75).

Eastman Kodak Co., the photography pioneer that was disrupted by the digital revolution, is placing a new bet on a gadget from a simpler time.

Source: Kodak Goes Retro With New Super 8 Camera

Targeting Earth Photographs From Orbit

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Inside the Cupola, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph a target of opportunity on Earth some 250 miles below him and the International Space Station. Cassidy has been aboard the orbital outpost since late March and will continue his stay into September.

Source: Targeting Earth Photographs From Orbit