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Photography Archives

Giraffe Photo Pack – Just a Click Away

Giraffe image from Giraffe Photo PackGiraffe male and female in acacia thornveld, Weenen Nature Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. (One of the 15 photos included in the Giraffe Pack, shown here at reduced size).

If you’re looking for some free wildlife photos, I’m offering a range of Wildlife Photo Packs, including this Giraffe Pack, at no cost. They were previously available on my website for $10 each but now you can get them in return for a simple click – see below.

Each pack contains 15 images plus an index sheet and text file with captions. Images are between 1200-1500 pixels on the long side and of decent quality, so can be used for a variety of purposes, including art reference, digital presentations, crafts, and on websites or print publications.

To find out more about the full range of packages, and how images may and may not be used, please see Wildlife and Nature Photo Packs.

To download the zip file with giraffe images included, please see >Giraffe Photo Pack.

Antelope Photo Pack – Yours for a Click

Kudu bull, included in Antelope Photo PackKudu Bull, Weenen Nature Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. (One of the 15 photos included in the Antelope Pack, shown here at reduced size).

If you’re looking for some free wildlife photos, I’m offering a range of Wildlife Photo Packs, including this Antelope Pack, at no cost. They were previously available on my website for $10 each but now you can get them in return for a simple click – see below.

Each pack contains 15 images plus an index sheet and text file with captions. Images are between 1200-1500 pixels on the long side and of decent quality, so can be used for a variety of purposes, including art reference, digital presentations, crafts, and on websites or print publications.

To find out more about the full range of packages, and how images may and may not be used, please see Wildlife and Nature Photo Packs.

And to download the zip file with the antelope images included, please see Antelope Photo Pack.

New Full Frame Cameras Unveiled

Nikon D600 and Sony RX1 full frame digital cameras Nikon and Sony have unveiled new full-frame cameras – the Nikon D600 DSLR (above, left) and Sony Cyber-shot RX1 (right).

Both are noteworthy, but for different reasons.

The D600, featuring a 24.3MP CMOS sensor, can be described as an “enthusiast-level” full frame DSLR. Costing around $2100 (£1955), it’s the least expensive (and smallest) full frame available, offering all the benefits of full-frame photography at a price that’s not wildly out of reach for non-professionals.

But you have to ask, if you’ve got that sort of cash, would it not be worth scratching around for another $900 so you can splash out on the ultimate big daddy of full frames, the Nikon D800 with its whopping 36.3MP sensor?

The D600 is also available as a kit with the Nikon AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens for $2699.95. You can check out the full specs and sample images on the Nikon site.

So what makes the Sony RX1 noteworthy? It’s also full frame, but is in essence a “compact” full frame because of its small size and fixed lens.

Measuring approximately 4.5″ wide by 3″ tall and weighing just over a pound, it’s significantly smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR. The camera is fitted with a Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 fixed lens.

The RX1 packs the same 24.3MP sensor as the Sony A99, allowing it to capture 14-bit RAW files, as well as 1080p video at 24p or 60p frame rates. EVF and optical viewfinders will be available as optional extras.

To add some flexibility to the fixed 35mm focal length, Sony has come up with a “smart teleconverter” function that crops a central portion of the image sensor, boosting effective magnification by 1.4x or 2x, realizing an effective 49mm or 70mm focal length. According to Sony, even zoomed and cropped images maintain generous amounts of fine detail because of the extremely high pixel count of the full frame sensor.

The RX1 will be available this November for about $2800. See the Sony blog for a full video preview

So where does this leave Canon, who seem to be lagging behind on the full frame front? There are plenty of rumors doing the rounds that a new Canon 6D will be announced any day. It will be Canon’s “entry level” full frame, costing less than the 5D Mk III. The rumored specs are: 22MP sensor (same as 5D Mark II), 4.5 fps, touchscreen, same AF system as 7D, but with lower build quality than the 5D Mark III.

To many, none of the above will matter a whit. What does matter is the new iPhone 5 with a camera featuring an updated 8MP backlit CMOS sensor, durable sapphire glass lens cover and larger, 4″, 16:9 screen. Nice to have them all!

Call for Jaw-Dropping Animal Images

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has launched a new animal photography competition, The ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2012.

There is a generous £10,000 prize money up for grabs, but entrants will need to submit extraordinary photos to stand a chance of winning.

The competition announcement says “we are looking for more than a pretty picture. We want images that take your breath away – just like real animals do – and challenge people’s perceptions of wildlife and our relationship with it.”

Deadline for submission of entries, in any of seven categories, is 30 June 2012. The full list of categories is:

1. The Perfect Moment – When you capture that stunning shot

2. Last Chance to See – Endangered species in a threatened world

3. Size Matters – From massive to microscopic

4. Weird and wonderful – Unusual animals, situations or photos

5. Birds and the Bees – From birds in flight to love at first sight

6. The Human Animal – What makes us animals?

7. Mobile Magic – Photos caught on the go captured on any mobile device

In addition to the Adult’s competition, there is also a Young Person’s section, open to those under 18 years of age on 30 June 2012.

All finalists will be required to provide a high resolution digital file of their chosen image and may be also asked to provide an original unedited digital file.

On 3 September 2012 the winning photographs from all categories will be on show at an exclusive outdoor exhibition at ZSL London Zoo.

Beetlecam Returns to the Mara

Wildlife photographers Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas have been back to Kenya’s Masai Mara with a modified version of their “Beetlecam”, a six-wheel buggy built to take wildlife pictures by remote control.

I think most wildlife photographers dream of getting closer to the action while still respecting the animals’ space and the obvious way of doing this is to untether the camera from the photographer and use a remote release. The Burrard-Lucas brothers have put this into practice with their remote controlled buggies fitted with Canon DSLR cameras, allowing them to get some unusual and fascinating close-ups of lions and their cubs:

The brothers’ exploits with their Beetlecams have attracted wide media attention and they’re capitaliziing on this by going commercial and offering various iterations of their remote-controlled buggy for sale. But priced around 1250 Brit pounds, I’m afraid I’ll have to give it a miss or build my own.

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