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Supersense toads Scientists studying a colony of breeding toads living in an …

Supersense toads Scientists studying a colony of breeding toads living in an ….

 

frogs are smart

“Scientists studying a colony of breeding toads living in an Italian lake found that they suddenly vanished from five days before the earthquake disaster in L’aquila on 6 April 2009. Within days of the earthquake, the toads had returned to their breeding pool to continue spawning – which was 74km (46 miles) away from L’Aquila.”

December 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deputies rope, handcuff 7-foot alligator near elementary school

Deputies rope, handcuff 7-foot alligator near elementary school.

“Unfortunately, the gator did not want to wait and started walking southbound along the sidewalk of Forest Lakes Boulevard toward the intersection of Pine Avenue where children were in the process of crossing the street to school,” the sheriff’s office said.

September 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Discovery of ‘killer’ shrimp alarms experts – Science, News – The Independent

Discovery of ‘killer’ shrimp alarms experts – Science, News – The Independent.

For the first time the vicious shrimp Dikerogammarus villosus has been found in Britain, causing consternation among scientists charged with keeping the country’s waterways stocked with native wildlife.

Visually, the brown crustacean may not inspire in the public the terror generated by more fearsome monsters of the deep, but a hint of the menace scientists say it is capable of can be gleaned from its nickname: the killer shrimp.

A particularly voracious and aggressive predator, Dikerogammarus villosus preys on a range of invertebrates, particularly native shrimps and young fish, sometimes causing their extinction. It tends to dominate its habitat, killing and maiming unselectively.

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You never can tell: George Bernard Shaw, the secret snapper – News, People – The Independent

You never can tell: George Bernard Shaw, the secret snapper – News, People – The Independent.

George Bernard Shaw once wrote: “If Velasquez was born today, he would be a photographer and not a painter.” But the Irish playwright may also have thought his true calling lay behind the camera, according to researchers who have rediscovered more than 20,000 of his photographs.

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When asked why he had taken up photography, Shaw once said: “I always wanted to draw and paint. I aspired to be a Michael Angelo, not a Shakespear [sic]. But I could not draw well enough to satisfy myself… So when dry plates and push buttons came into the market I bought a box camera and began pushing the button.”

September 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

William Klein: “Photo reportages need context” – British Journal of Photography

William Klein: “Photo reportages need context” – British Journal of Photography.

He says: “Yesterday evening I saw a screening of photographs and it reminded me a little about this old joke: it’s a tourist who comes back from a trip and he tells the story of when he saw a leper. He had two stumps instead of hands. So the other guy asked him: ‘What did you give him?’… ‘I gave him f/8 125.’ And I felt this yesterday evening.”

Beautiful images are not enough…

This is the failure of education, ideology and intellect. This is why the industry fails to attract capital from the outside world. This is why the photographic agencies run by the perpetuators of this ideological paradigm will not be the centre of the revolution that is coming.

When I say revolution, I do not mean technological or some sort of violent overthrow based on the misery of the masses. It is through research and the application of a more self aware ideology where the public are not patronised and engaged instead.
Remove this layer of moral superiority within the ivory towers of the art, gallery, academic, photographic and agency world free from the scrutiny of the public and the audience might start listening….

This is a strong statement but lets ask a few questions:-

1. Do the public know that there is suffering in the world?
2. Do people know disease exists in the world?
3. Do the public believe in the visions of Africa given by the photographic world as fair?
4. Do the public understand that capitalism is not perfect?
5. Do the public know that disease kills the poor more than the rich?
6. Do the public understand that war has some pretty brutal and visceral acts on the edge of human behaviour?

I think the answer to all of these, is a resounding “YES”. Next question is to ask “What value is being added here by photojournalism?”

September 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bits Pics: Kodak’s 1975 Model Digital Camera – NYTimes.com

Bits Pics: Kodak’s 1975 Model Digital Camera – NYTimes.com.

A post on Kodak’s Web site from 2007, written by Steve Sasson, the inventor of the digital camera, explains exactly how this camera was created, from a mishmash of lenses and computer parts and an old Super 8 movie camera.

Mr. Sasson called it “film-less photography” and took a “year of piecing together a bunch of new technology” to create a digital camera that ran off “16 nickel-cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter.”

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Kodak the company of creative invention

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Burrard-Lucas Blog » Wildlife Photography Contest

Burrard-Lucas Blog » Wildlife Photography Contest.

The third competition in our 2010 photo contest series is now open for entries. The theme is “Wildlife”. We are looking for images of wild animals that stand out from the crowd… maybe it will be a striking portrait that catches our eye or perhaps the image will reveal an interesting aspect of an animal’s behaviour. Photographs of animals in captivity are eligible for entry but if this is the case, please disclose it in the caption. Please note that photos of domestic animals such as pets and livestock are not eligible. The deadline for this contest is 31st October 2010.

Wildlife Photography Contest

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First of all, a big thank you to everyone who entered our Landscape Photography Contest, once again we have been amazed by the quality of the entries received! The winning photographs will be announced by the end of this month.

The third competition in our 2010 photo contest series is now open for entries. The theme is “Wildlife”. We are looking for images of wild animals that stand out from the crowd… maybe it will be a striking portrait that catches our eye or perhaps the image will reveal an interesting aspect of an animal’s behaviour. Photographs of animals in captivity are eligible for entry but if this is the case, please disclose it in the caption. Please note that photos of domestic animals such as pets and livestock are not eligible. The deadline for this contest is 31st October 2010.
Prizes

We have some fantastic prizes on offer including the chance to win a Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera (more info).

Lensbaby and Smugmug have generously donated the following additional prizes:

* Winner: Lensbaby Composer and a SmugMug Pro account.
* Runners up x 2: SmugMug standard accounts.

Click here for more information about the 2010 prizes.

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Rules

* The contest theme is Wildlife.
* Photographs of animals in captivity are eligible for entry but please disclose this in the caption.
* Photographs of domestic animals such as pets and livestock are not eligible.
* This competition is open to participants worldwide, aged 18 or over on the closing date.
* There is no entry fee.
* You must be the photographer and owner of the copyright for any image entered.
* Entrants can submit a maximum of three images to this contest.
* Please keep digital manipulation such as cloning and compositing to a minimum; your photograph should faithfully represent the scene as you saw it.
* Submitted images should be a minimum of 1024 pixels along the long edge.
* Images must not include a watermark or border.
* You will retain copyright of your entries at all times and will always be credited alongside your picture.
* By entering this competition, you grant us a non-exclusive license to display your photograph in connection with this contest. Photographers will always be credited alongside their image.
* Under no-circumstance will we use submitted images for commercial gain unless it has been agreed on a case by case basis with the photographer.
* The deadline for entry is 31st October 2010.

August 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Burrard-Lucas Blog » Landscape Photo Contest Results

Burrard-Lucas Blog » Landscape Photo Contest Results.

Winner

The winning image is a spectacular icy landscape under a night sky lit-up by stars and the beautiful aurora borealis. This photo was taken in Spitsbergen, an island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. We love this picture because it really captures the remoteness and majesty of the frozen Arctic wilderness. Congratulations Witek!

August 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Am I worth it? » MpactPhoto : Professional Photography Studio Marketing Resource and Forum by Dustin Meyer

Am I worth it? » MpactPhoto : Professional Photography Studio Marketing Resource and Forum by Dustin Meyer.

““No, you’re not a diva :) Accurate pricing helps to guratantee that you will still be in business for years to come. Trust me, you don’t want clients that don’t see the value of your services.

Choosy brides are typically not worth the hassle. They nitpick everything and end up taking up way more of your time than it’s worth. My basic rule of thumb for weddings is this:

For every hour I spend shooting a wedding, I expect at least 2 hours to spend on producing that wedding (photoshop, editing, album design, uploading, online hosting, etc.). For example, you shoot a 7 hour wedding, expect to spend 21 hours total on the wedding and post-production. Should you only get paid $500 for that much time? Plus, you have debts to pay off (rent, student loans, equipment, etc). Think of everything involved to shoot that wedding.

Trust me, it’s much better to let her go find her super-cheap photographer than to hire you. You have experience, a degree in photography, expenses, marketing, production costs, equipment charges, all of those things you have to pay for.”

and those who look at pics never think about the  expense and investment the photog puts into his work. It’s just  magic– especially when it comes to the bugs.

August 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Curious Incident of the Snake in the Night-Time* – Home News, UK – The Independent

The Curious Incident of the Snake in the Night-Time* – Home News, UK – The Independent.

When the confused householder saw the case was moving, she looked inside, found the snake coiled up at the bottom and called police.

August 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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