Canon develops world’s largest 8”x 8” CMOS camera sensor

Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed the world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm (7.95” x 8.07”).

Canon's largest cmos sensor is almost as large as an iPad
Canon's new supersized sensor superimposed on an iPad

Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed the world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm (7.95” x 8.07”). The sensor is capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera due to its expanded size enabling greater light-gathering capabilities. Potential applications for the new high-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of stars in the night sky and nocturnal animal behavior.

At 202 x 205 mm, the newly developed CMOS sensor is among the largest chips that can be produced from a 12-inch (300 mm) wafer, and is approximately 40 times the size of Canon’s largest commercial CMOS sensor such as the 21.1 megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor employed in the company’s EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR cameras. Continue reading “Canon develops world’s largest 8”x 8” CMOS camera sensor”

Teen Elisany Silva aspires to be a model at 6’ 9”

At 6’ 9” (206 cm) 14 year old Brazilian Elisany Silva (Elizane Cruz Silva, Elizane da Cruz Silva) is reportedly the world’s tallest teen. She’s still a full foot shorter than the world’s tallest woman, a title held by China’s 38 year old Yao Defen at 7’ 9” (236 cm). Elisany is so tall she had to leave school because she couldn’t fit comfortably in school chairs or sit properly in the school bus. According to this report, Elisany was born and raised in Ajuruteua, small village on the coast 22 miles (36 kilometers) from the center of Bragança, northeastern Pará in Brazil.

At 6’ 9” (206 cm) 14 year old Brazilian Elisany Silva (Elizane Cruz Silva, Elizane da Cruz Silva) is reportedly the world’s tallest teen girl. She’s still a full foot shorter than the world’s tallest woman, a title held by China’s 38 year old Yao Defen at 7’ 9” (236 cm). Marvadene Anderson at 6′ 11″ is actually a taller teen. Elisany is so tall she had to leave school because she couldn’t fit comfortably in school chairs or sit properly in the school bus. According to this report, Elisany was born and raised in Ajuruteua, small village on the coast 22 miles (36 kilometers) from the center of Bragança, northeastern Pará in Brazil. She is one of seven children of the fisherman Jorge Luiz Miranda, 39, and housewife Ana Maria Cruz, 36 years. Continue reading “Teen Elisany Silva aspires to be a model at 6’ 9””

Digg power users protest new version by flooding Top News page with rival Reddit links

It’s been a tough week for digg.com, the popular news aggregator. After alpha testing a comprehensive site redesign, they went live last Wednesday only to be plague with technical problems almost immediately.

It’s been a tough week for digg.com, the popular news aggregator. After alpha testing a comprehensive site redesign, they went live last Wednesday only to be plague with technical problems almost immediately.

Users were greeted with an error page for hours as they tried to fix problem associated with the switch over. Even when users managed to get onto the site, they were faced with an unfamiliar page voided of any content. digg decided to jump into the social networking bandwagon by integrating feature to add friends and generate custom user news pages. For the vast majority of casual users who surfed digg rather than participate in adding friends, this meant a blank page with no content. Continue reading “Digg power users protest new version by flooding Top News page with rival Reddit links”

A positive outcome between a street photographer and the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department

Following up on this previous article about street photography in New York, here is a story about David Cross’s encounter with the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Police. David just happens to be a senior developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. As he describes it in his blog, he was shooting casual photos near the Santa Clara Valley Light Rail System when he was interrupted by a Deputy Sheriff Robert Eng of the Santa Clara Sheriff’s department.

Photography permitted
Photography permitted

Following up on this previous article about street photography in New York, here is a story about David Cross’s encounter with the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Police. David just happens to be a senior developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. As he describes it in his blog, he was shooting casual photos near the Santa Clara Valley Light Rail System when he was interrupted by a Deputy Sheriff Robert Eng of the Santa Clara Sheriff’s department. Continue reading “A positive outcome between a street photographer and the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department”

Photography at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair

The annual San Francisco Folsom Street Fair will be September 26th this year and will no doubt be an interesting venue for photographers. The event is photography friendly and there are no restrictions on photography.


Folsom Street Events logoThe annual San Francisco Folsom Street Fair will be September 26th this year and will no doubt be an interesting venue for photographers. The event is photography friendly and there are no restrictions on photography. For those not familiar with the Folsom Street Fair®, it is the largest leather/fetish event in the world and the third largest, single-day outdoor event in California which always takes place on the last Sunday in September. The Folsom Street Fair is a true San Francisco original with over 400,000 people in attendance covering 13 city blocks. Continue reading “Photography at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair”

Legal street photography vs appropriate street photography

A video of a New York photo shoot taking place at Times Square brings up an interesting point for discussion. What is legal vs what is appropriate? For those who can’t see the video, it depicts a model posing for a single photographer with two assistants at Times Square.

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A video of a New York photo shoot taking place at Times Square brings up an interesting point for discussion. What is legal vs what is appropriate? For those who can’t see the video, it depicts a model posing for a single photographer with two assistants at Times Square. There are lots of people milling about in the scene as one might expect at such a location. The vantage point is from that of a videographer who is unrelated to the shoot. At one point in the video, he zooms in for a tight shot of the model’s bum. One of the assistants sees this and tells him he can’t shoot her butt. A bicyclist sees this and confronts the videographer by standing in front of the shot. So who is right here legally?

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NEXT model Lacey James recounts her experience modeling in Macy’s Passport Glamorama show

I met and photographed the beautiful Lacey James several years ago at the annual 5 Designers & A Poodle charity fashion show to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Recently, I interviewed Lacey to get some insight on her experience as a runway model for Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama fashion show running in four cities including San Francisco.

NEXT model Lacey James I met and photographed the beautiful Lacey James several years ago at the annual 5 Designers & A Poodle charity fashion show to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Recently, I interviewed Lacey to get some insight on her experience as a runway model for Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama fashion show running in four cities including San Francisco. Continue reading “NEXT model Lacey James recounts her experience modeling in Macy’s Passport Glamorama show”