The Movement of Light

Ramesh Raskar presented a TED Talk about femto photography, or photography at a trillion frames per second.  Inspired by Harold Edgerton, the MIT professor who, in 1964, stopped a bullet as it passed through an apple using stop-motion photography, Ramesh decided to build a camera that could photograph light itself.  Ramesh’s camera is revolutionary in the same way that Edgerton’s photograph was, he is able to photograph a world that we have never seen before.

I don’t expect to able to go out and buy one of Ramesh’s cameras any time soon, but the possibilities are truly extraordinary.

Ramesh Raskar:  Imaging at a Trillion Frames per Second


F2 / 2° Salón Internacional de Fotografía

Next May 14th is the deadline for the second edition of our International Salon and we would like you to participate!

The Salon got sponsorship from FIAP 2013/110, PSA recognition (PID and PTD division) and the local sponsorship from FAF 2013/02; and this year, we added Royal Photographic Society (2013/16), UPI (L130005-M1G) and ISF (17/2013).

We have three sections: General Color, General Monochrome and Travel.

There are 185 awards this year! We added medals and ribbons from the Royal Photographic Society!

All authors who participe will received a 50-page printed catalogue with the winning photos and a digital copy with all accepted ones. Catalog that FIAP scored 4 stars.
A digital version of the last year printed edition can be found here.

You can check the entry rules of the Salon and upload the photos through our online system.

We wait your photos!

Best regards,

Emiliano Fernandez SFAF

F2 Salon Internacional de Fotografia

The EPSON International Pano Awards 2013

We would like to announce the call for entries for The EPSON International Pano Awards 2013, dedicated to the art of panoramic photography.

The Press Release for your information and for announcement to your members can be downloaded here.

Earlybird entries close 14th July, 2013.

This is the fourth year of the awards, and we are pleased to announce the addition of a number of new awards, and more than US$35,000 in cash and prizes.

We are also excited to welcome Peter Lik to the judging panel!

See the The EPSON International Pano Awards website for more details. Images are available for publication on request.

Kind regards,

David Evans

The International Pano Awards
PO Box 459
Fullarton SA 5063
ABN: 48 314 982 488

Lighting in Layers

David Hobby produced a series of DVDs called Lighting in Layers that explains how to use small battery powered speed lights to produce amazing lighting effects.  The videos show subtle lighting and dramatic lighting, with and without modifiers.  There is lots of discussion on how shutter speed and aperture can be used to mix ambient light and speedlites.

The videos are well worth the cost if you are interested in learning the art of off-camera flash.

Critiquing Images

My camera club, NVPS, has asked me to do an “anonymous critique” of some member images at our upcoming meeting on Tuesday, 9 April.  I prefer critiques to judging for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that I am not relied upon to make a qualitative judgement about whether this image is better than that image, something that I feel is largely in the eyes of the beholder and quite subjective.  Not that I don’t have an opinion, just that I know that my opinion is just that, an opinion.

Nonetheless, I find that judging and critiquing others’ work has helped me to be a far more critical self-editor.  I am better able to ignore my delight in the work that I put into creating an image and concentrate more on whether others may get the same feeling (or not).  Not that I do not still take banal and unimaginative photographs, I am just less likely to be showing them off than in the past.

Understanding the difference between a good image and a hard-earned image is one of the skills necessary for developing your photography beyond the ordinary in my opinion.