You may remember seeing the first Lytro light field camera here on the blog back in 2011. If its unconventional box-like shape wasn’t enough to catch your eye, the astounding technology that enabled photographers to adjust the focal point of the image after it had already been captured surely would have. Check out an example below, you can click to change the focal point and scroll to zoom in and out. There are more samples on Lytro’s Gallery page.
Well, now Lytro is back with the next evolution of the light field camera: the Lytro Illum. Physically, it appears much more in-line with traditional point-and-shoot cameras than its radical predecessor, with an angled display screen that gives the profile of the camera big points on both character factor and, I’d imagine, ergonomics. I’ve also read in some hands-on reviews that it feels remarkably light, weighing in at less than two pounds…yes, that lens that looks like a cumbersome beast apparently weights only half a pound.
As pretty as the Illum is on the outside, it isn’t until you take a look at what’s inside that you can get a sense for how revolutionary this camera really is. The Illum uses a patented micro-lens array that captures data about color, light direction and intensity, storing this data for later use. This is the key difference between light field cameras and other cameras, which generally don’t give you much control over the photo once it’s been taken. A special Lytro button enables a helpful UI overlay that outlines the contours of objects in the shot, giving a sense of depth and a preview of how the image’s focus will be able to be adjusted by its viewers.
Perhaps the biggest kicker of all is the price tag. Looking at a piece of technology as revolutionary as this, you might instantly assume that it’s going to run tens of thousands of dollars. Wrong. It’s being listed at around $1,599 USD, which isn’t exactly cheap, but in the photography field it actually is very affordable. In his original post, Jon finished it off by opening the table for ideas on how this technology could be applied to great effect. One can’t help but think of all the possibilities when you look at technology like this: how would you use the Lytro Illum differently than you would your usual camera? Or, which of your favorite photographers would you like to see use a camera like this?
A few images from my travels through Chile this past December. Featured here are locations in the Atacama Desert, including Valle de la Luna, Salar de Atacama and Mano del Desierto. There are also two images from Santiago, which happen to be the final shots I captured with my D600 before having it taken from me at knifepoint a couple days later in Valparaiso. Fortunately, I had a back-up camera and was able to capture the trip north into the Atacama.
For more photos of my travels through Chile, you can visit my new portfolio (filtered for Chile): http://circa1983.ca/Chile
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I know I’m a little late on this post since the 2014 Winter Olympics have ended but that doesn’t mean that these images from photographer Carlos Serrao aren’t badass. I’m really loving the ultra simple approach to these images that showcase each individual sport’s iconic form in action. If you’re not familiar with Carlos’ work, check out his website and, chances are, you’ll see an image on there you have seen before. The swimmer’s series is simply awesome.
I decided to check up with one of my favorite photographers Matthias to see what he has been up to. The above are some of his favorites from the recent Reflexionen/Reflexiones series shot in Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam, and Hamburg. I asked him a few questions that he was kind enough to answer:
Where are you from?
I just moved from Berlin to Hamburg.
How did you get into photography?
In 2008, I was 26 then, I bought my first camera, this was shortly after I had moved to Berlin to write my thesis in computational linguistics. Photography has never been of great interest to me before that point, but I quickly became obsessed photographing Berlin’s architecture. I’m completely self-taught and I’m still learning new things about photography on a daily basis.
Who/what inspires you?
Mainly the work of other visual artists, for example Franco Fontana, Josef Schulz, Ward Roberts, Matthias Hoch.
Do you have any other passions/hobbies besides awesome photography?
I’m a hobby musician and I’m DJing from time to time. I also enjoy hiking and riding my bike.
Do you have a favorite city to explore?
There are too many to mention and there are so many cities I haven’t been to so far. I really enjoy exploring, so maybe it’s not too important which city it is. But well, I guess it’s not a secret I like Berlin a lot…
Is there a specific place that you would love to photograph in the future?
A roadtrip through Japan would be great.
Any albums or artists on repeat?
Currently on repeat: Morgan Delt, Group Rhoda, PVT, Raime, E.R.P. / Convextion
Love this track from Young Summer
Post by Pope Saint Victor.
Photographers Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill have created an absolutely stunning piece of time lapse photography of Yosemite National Park. I’m always a sucker for these kind of videos because you can get an idea of how nature works and they’re beautiful. Colin and Sheldon worked for two years together to create this piece and trekked over 200 plus miles of rugged, burly terrain in the High Sierras of Yosemite National Park. It’s projects like these that keep me inspired to keep trekking outdoors.
Check out the website for Project Yosemite and from there you can get an in depth break down of frequently asked questions and gear used to create this video:
Here’s a nice change of pace for this blog… wildlife photography! These are not your run of the mill animal mug shots. These, in my opinion, are quite special as photographer Nick Brandt is able to connect with his animal subjects on a level I’ve never quite seen before in wildlife photography. I have a hard enough time getting small dogs to love me so I couldn’t imagine being that intimate with a lion. Nick uses a Pentax 6×7 medium format camera and, if I were to guess, uses a 300-400 mm lens for some of his images. In 6×7 format, that’s roughly the equivalent of 150-200mm. Check out his book On This Earth, A Shadow Falls in person. Then you’ll get a sense of the true quality put into the images. He’s able to achieve a depth of field that I can’t quite figure out on few of the pictures. Maybe he utilizes the old vaseline on a lens method?
Hopefully these images will make those who are locked down in winter-freeze mode feel a little warmer. Spring is right around the corner folks.
Check out Mr. Brandt’s work on his website: http://www.nickbrandt.com
Sifting through Rüdiger Nehmzow’s work I find it refreshing, its his clean approach to the coloring keeps him from being trendy. It rides that thin line of just being commercial but this calmness sneaks in and adds this inviting creative touch.