Sony Announces Translucent Mirror Technology α57 DSLR

Sony has announced the latest A-mount series DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology: the α57. Successor to the α55, the new camera’s body is manufactured from recycled plastics and the camera chassis contains 10% recycled material. The α57 shoots still images at up to 12 frames per second, boasts a sensitivity range of ISO 100-16,000, features the α65‘s 5-point AF system with three cross sensors, and, like the α65, has an OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with 1440k dot resolution and a 100% field of view.

The α57 interchangeable lens camera will be available in April for about $700 (model SLT-A57, body only) or about $800 (model SLT-A57K, with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens for $800).






This photo was posted one year ago on DP. This week many sites are featuring striking then and now pictures of Japan. Below is the link to the New York Times feature.

Photo above courtesy of AP Photo/Kyodo News



Tilt Shift Time Lapse of Carnival

Created by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli (with music by Jarbas Agnelli), this time lapse compilation of tilt shift images taken at last year’s Carnival party in Rio is truly mesmerizing. The massive scale of the festivities and the grandeur of the Brazilian capital are somehow even more stunning when manipulated by the tilt shift effect to look like children’s bath tub toys. I’ve seen some darn fine tilt shift work over the past few years, and this definitely stands out among the best.



The City of Samba from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.


GigaPan Announces Stitch Software Update

We’ve long been impressed by the GigaPan EPIC system. The robotic mounts allow cameras to capture up to thousands of photos at a time in order to create one extremely detailed “gigapixel panorama” image. Said captures are blended together through the use of GigaPan’s Stitch software.

Now GigaPan has announced two new versions of their high resolution image blending software: Stitch 2.0, and the more advanced Stitch.Efx. Updates to both include tools for automatic vignette correction and improved algorithms for estimating lens focal length for optimal alignment. Stitch.Efx also features adjustment options with real-time image preview, including those for brightness, exposure, color temperature, tint, and saturation. Additionally, GigaPan notes that the advanced version “Stitch.Efx allows the user to interactively rearrange the grid of images before stitching, substituting alternate shots and selecting the order of shots. In addition, the ability to save projected images in Stitch.Efx helps a user fine tune blending of their images within other image editing software, for maximum control of blending. This is particularly important when shooting moving subjects.”

Stitch software free if you purchase a GigaPan EPIC, or you can update for free if you’re an existing EPIC owner. For everyone else, they offer a free 14-day trial version, and then GigaPan Stitch retails for $79 and GigaPan Stitch.Efx is available for $149.



Surfrider Foundation Presents 3-Second Movie Contest for World Water Day

Three Seconds

“A lot can happen in three seconds,” points out the Surfrider Foundation, in an effort to bring attention to the immense impact that such a fleeting period of time can have on the environment. For instance: “Every three seconds, approximately 70 tons of sewage and human effluent is discharged into the world’s water ways.”

Grim? Yes. But we can use art to take action and spread the word.

In honor of the UN-established World Water Day holiday (March 22nd), Surfrider is hosting the 3 Second Movie Contest in which entrants are encouraged to create and share a water-themed movie in the span of three seconds. Because, as we now know, a lot can happen in that brief amount of time.

The Details

Surfrider is challenging its supporters to share their cinematic visions and interpretations of water by creating a short three-second film. Between now and March 12th, send your three-second long, water related movies (mov, .avi, .mpeg and .mp4 files preferred) to Surfrider’s favorite submissions will receive prize packages and gear from GoPro camera and Teva footwear. The winners will be announced on World Water Day. Visit for more information.


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