Louis Vuitton Cup ends in aborted race for Luna Rossa and two sailors overboard for Emirates New Zealand

The Louis Vuitton Cup, part of the America’s Cup Challenger Series, started with race 1 in a dramatic fashion when Italy’s Luna Rossa’s starboard daggerboard broke down rendering the 72-foot catamaran with no chance of racing.

The Louis Vuitton Cup, part of the America’s Cup Challenger Series, started with race 1 in a dramatic fashion when Italy’s Luna Rossa’s starboard daggerboard broke down rendering the 72-foot catamaran with no chance of racing. High winds cancelled the second race but not before Emirates Team New Zealand slammed their nose into the bay at 46 mph in turn 3 sending two sailors overboard. Both men were recovered uninjured.

Watch the video of Emirates Team New Zealand crashing their bow into San Francisco Bay at 46 mph tossing two sailors overboard.

Vintage Ansco Regent 35mm camera

It’s a German folding camera dating back to the 1950s. It was made by Agfa Camera Werk in Müchen, Germany. Agfa also sold the camera as the Agfa Super Solinette.

Vintage German Ansco Regent folding camera. Circa 1950s. I was at Goodwill today and scored this Ansco Regent 35mm camera. It’s a German folding camera dating back to the 1950s. It was made by Agfa Camera Werk in Müchen, Germany. Agfa also sold the camera as the Agfa Super Solinette. I bought it for $9.50 and it’s only worth about $50 and can often be found for free to a few bucks. Regardless of the worth, it’s a cool camera to play around with. The construction is solid and everything appears to be working although the focus ring is very hard to turn.

It’s an all manual camera with shutter speed range from 1 second to 1/300 and an aperture of f/3.5-f/22 (1/4 stop steps). The lens is a Solinar 50mm. I initially thought the camera was broken as the shutter was stuck in the open position but as it turns out, this camera has a shutter cock interlock preventing it from cocking if the film sprocket is not in the correct position. Once I opened the film back and positioned the sprocket, I was able to test the shutter release. 

I have some 10 year old film I can pair with this and it’ll be interesting to see the results. Ideally, I would pair it with some B&W film but developing B&W film is expensive so I’ll just cheat and shoot it in color and digitally convert it to B&W.

Snapseed for Android released, iOS version now free

Nik Software’s Snapseed has been released for Android devices and the updated iOS version, previously a $4.99 paid app, is now free.

Nik Software’s Snapseed has been released for Android devices and the updated iOS version, previously a $4.99 paid app, is now free. Google acquired Nik Software back in September after Facebook announced their acquisition of the popular photo sharing service Instagram. Many saw the move as Google’s attempt to make Google+ more attractive to mobile users. Snapseed won Apple’s iPad App Of The Year award in 2011 and the acquisition by Google raised hopes for an Android version.  Today, Snapseed made its appearance in the Google Play store. The updated iOS app for is now free while the desktop version for Windows and Mac is $19.99. Continue reading “Snapseed for Android released, iOS version now free”

Samsung blazes new trail with the world’s second Android based camera

In short, the Galaxy Camera is a compact digital camera with a very fast f/2.8 lens that runs Android but does not make phone calls.

Samsung Galaxy Camera

 

In Twilight New Moon, Swedish songwriter/singer Lykke Li performs a song called Possibilities. What does that have to do with a camera from the largest smart phone manufacturer in the world? Well it’s be best way I can describe the Galaxy Camera in one word.

When it comes to cameras running Android, it’s not really news. It’s likely you already have one if you have an Android smartphone. If you own an Apple iPhone, you know you can already take fairly high quality pictures under ideal lighting conditions. As a camera that can upload images to social media, that too is old news as the latest update to the Facebook app allows automatic photo sync. Besides, that feature has been available for a long time from Google Picasa and services like Apple iCloud. Continue reading “Samsung blazes new trail with the world’s second Android based camera”

Canadian photographers will now own copyrights to all their commissioned works

Canadian photographers can now rejoice and share some of the same rights enjoyed by their Southern neighbors. As of November 7, 2012, the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) gives photographers the same rights as other creators.

Canadian photographers can now rejoice and share some of the same rights enjoyed by their Southern neighbors. As of November 7, 2012, the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) gives photographers the same rights as other creators. Prior to this change, photographers were not the first copyright holder for works commissioned and paid for by another party unless a contract assigned those right back to the photographer explicitly. This exception made Canada different from how copyright is handled in the United States and other countries who abide by the Berne Convention. Continue reading “Canadian photographers will now own copyrights to all their commissioned works”

Samsung Galaxy Note II to offer burst mode shooting at 6 frames per second

In the soon to be released Galaxy Note II, Samsung has added a feature rarely seen on mobile phones. Burst mode shooting at 6 fps for up to 20 images at full 8 megapixel resolution will be coming to the new 5.5″ quad-core smartphones.

In the soon to be released Galaxy Note II, Samsung has added a feature rarely seen on mobile phones. Burst mode shooting at 6 fps for up to 20 images at full 8 megapixel resolution will be coming to the new 5.5″ quad-core smartphones. It’s a feature already present in the Samsung Galaxy S III. Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Note II to offer burst mode shooting at 6 frames per second”