Terrifying and exhilarating changes in the Photography World as better mobile phone cameras, Instagram and Snapchat…

Terrifying and exhilarating changes in the Photography World as better mobile phone cameras, Instagram and Snapchat are killing the compact camera niche.

Personally, I never jumped into these services as I like to be in control over my photos from a technical perspective – i.e. I want to tweak them the way I want, and not mangle them or make them go away after they have been seen. I like the idea of being able to revisit my shots, years from now.

I do take a lot of snapshots using the mobile camera apps, and I totally adore the automatic upload to Google Photos, but I also really enjoy using a compact or DSLR to shoot, and I upload those to the same service – resharing them on G+ or FB as I desire.

I am currently going against the trend, having ordered a Nikon P900 for walkabout photography. Mobile phones just don’t do macro or super zoom well enough.

I do agree with Tony Northrup on camera software and connectivity though. They have to stop dragging their feet and catch up with mobile photography on the software side.

What are your favorite tools and services for taking pictures?



Da har X-Games fått grønt lys i tilløpet. /// Green lights in the inrun – literally – for X-Games.

Da har X-Games fått grønt lys i tilløpet. /// Green lights in the inrun – literally – for X-Games.

#tøyen #løfttøyen #tøyenløft #tøyenkampanjen #osloøst #osloøstbilder

Shark Shepherds

Shark Shepherds
These incredible images are NOT a photoshopped or graphic artist drawings – they’re real photos taken underwater with live wild sharks.

Inspired to realise awareness to help protect sharks, photographer Von Wong pulled together a crew of divers in Fiji as well as in impressive array of underwater photography equipment and a champion freediver to be the model in a custom-made gown.

In his video https://youtu.be/shXWj8a4DmA (linked in the article http://www.vonwong.com/blog/sharkshepherd) Von Wong talks about how sharks are a vital part in the ocean’s ecosystem, effectively the Shepherds of the oceans. But they need our protection – without sharks, the ocean ecosystem breaks down, and in turn, the ecosystems of the planet break down.
Thus the project www.sharkshepherd.com

Von Wong says Sharks are almost always depicted as menacing and terrifying, yet it is humans that are responsible for killing them in the millions just to make soup. I wanted to create a series of images that would help break those stereotypes and show that it is possible for us to co-exist together in perfect harmony

For each and every shot we would weigh down Amber Bourke, our champion freediver, onto the perfectly lit rock formation where light was falling. The ethereal white dress, designed specifically for this shoot by Ali Charisma, would have to be carefully placed so that it would flow beautifully into the image. When all was finally in position, we would hand over the three-piece plastic shepherds crook to amber and begin the wait.
Over the course of three days, we waited over six hours.

Though popular media would tell you that sharks come swarming at the slightest scent of blood, death and suffering, our experience with them was the complete opposite.
Similar to squirrels at a park, the white tipped reef sharks would hover around us curiously only to scamper off if anyone got too close.

Shark facts:
– Sharks are a keystone species and are responsible for the health of ocean ecosystems. They eliminate the weak, the diseased and the dead, maintaining the ecological balance and the future health of the ocean.
– Every year, tens of millions of sharks are killed by humans. On average, sharks kill less than 10 people a year.  
– Currently, shark ecotourism brings almost 1 Billion US worldwide, and is expected to grow 2 fold in the next 20 years.
– There are over 450 species of sharks, most cause no harm to humans.

H/t Søren Siim Nielsen​ and CJ Ciesla​
Ping Thila White​ and Bruce Shark​

Nikon Keymission 360

Nikon Keymission 360
Looks like Ricoh Theta S just got some competition!

“A rugged camera capable of recording true 360-degree video in 4K UHD allowing users to share new perspectives and explore imagery like never before.
The Nikon KeyMission 360 features an image sensor and lens on opposite sides of the device, with images from each combining to create a single immersive, ultra-high-definition 360-degree video and still image. A terrific companion for a wide range of travel, sports or when an adventure takes a turn off the beaten path, the camera is designed be easy to use and withstand the elements. Waterproof (approx. 100 ft./30m), and ready to stand up to dust, shock and low temperatures, the KeyMission 360 also features electronic Vibration Reduction (VR), enabled through applications during playback, that reduces the effects of camera shake to help produce sharp and crisp video quality.”

Videos taken with Nikon Keymission 360: