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Nikon “Heartography” Made Grizzler a “Phodographer”.

I want this for my dog. I want this for me. Nikon has developed a camera for your pooch that responds to the dogs heart rate and takes photos according to your dogs level of excitement. Nikon’s Heartography experiment is a 3D-printed custom case for a Nikon camera that can be strapped to your dog to take photos from a dog’s-eye view. The case is connected to a heart-rate monitor strap which is used to track the dogs heartbeat. When the dog’s heart rate spikes, the case tells the camera to snap a photo.

While this is a Nikon experiment its a product I think would sell well. It’s a nice blend of technology, physical product and could have hooks into social media sites like Flickr, Instagram, Google +, and facebook. If you go to the Nikon Heartography site you can see a ton of examples that their canine pal snapped. They aren’t that bad, and large portion of them are as good as most of what I see on Facebook and Instagram these days.

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Happy Friday. Let “Water” Start Your Weekend Right.

Never underestimate the power of quality content, beautiful subject, matter, solid editing, slow-motion footage, and a mesmerizing soundtrack. The video below was uploaded 5 days ago on Vimeo and already has over 155 thousand plays, with 3000 likes. Shot on a RED Epic using a Nikon 14mm F/2.8 lens, in an SPL waterhousing, “Water”, by  will transport you to a world you’ll long to visit.

My 2013 Retro Vintage Holiday Gift Wish List.

With Christmas just a week away, I thought I’d go ahead and post my wish list so if anyone wants to buy me these items, they can. I know Christmas shouldn’t be about the materialness of consumerism, but I like these items, and it never hurts to have a wish list right? This year I’ve decided to go old school. I’ve got a retro theme rolling and I’m sticking with it.

stripTo kick off my retro gift party I’ve added the new Nikon Df to my list. While it’s not a camera brand I use on a regular basis, and while I have no additional lenses for it, it is the most retro looking camera to come out in recent months. For that reason alone I have added it to my list. I can look like a hipster sporting a retro film camera, yet shoot full frame digital images.

If I’m going to be shooting all retro with my new Df, I guess I’ll need to keep an old school shot list in a note book. What better note book to write down all my shots, exposure settings, locations and other analog meta data than the Another Great Idea Notebook. This notebook is the size of a passport – 5 inches high by 3.5 inches wide, and contains 80 pages for writing down all sorts of things. Hand made in Brooklyn, it adds to my non-existent hipster street cred. This is a must have.

If I’m gonna be writing in a hand made notebook, I better use the proper writing implement. For that I turn to the perfect pocket pen from Fisher Space. The pen has an estimated shelf life of 100 years. (much longer than me) The ballpoint is made from tungsten carbide and is precisely fitted in order to avoid leaks. The pen can write at altitudes up to 12,500 feet, and since the ink is pressurized with nitrogen at a pressure of nearly 35 psi it can write in all sorts of funny angles and extreme temperatures.

To hold my new Nikon Df around my neck, I need a suitable strap. Something that says vintage, with the durability of new. Something that enhances my look with utilitarian gusto. Something like the Tap & Dye L E G A C Y Leather Camera Strap. L E G A C Y is a classic leather camera strap designed to meet your daily photographic needs,from street shooter to veteran photojournalist.  Each strap is be branded with a custom TAP & DYE logo placed just below the rivet.  Stamped by hand in their Long Island studio.

With all this photo oriented gear, I am probably going to be spending quite a bit of my daylight hours outside. This means I am going to need to protect my eyes, and what better way than with a pair of Randolph Engineering aviator sunglasses. Randolph Engineering started making sunglasses for the U.S. Military over 30 years ago. Today, working with designer Michael Bastian, they are reinventing wire-framed aviators for the rest of us.

All this walking around taking photos is bound to make me thirsty, and in need some adult refreshments. To quench my thirst and rejuvenate my creative spirit I turn to Tuthilltown Distilleries for Hudson Baby Bourbon, Hudson 4 Grain Whiskey, and Hudson Single Malt. Hudson spirits are the first produced in New York’s Hudson Valley since Prohibition. They are also the first bourbon to be made in New York. The amber goodness is Pot-distilled twice from 100% New York State corn for its bright color and character. Each bottle of this very limited-production is hand numbered.

All this time outside is probably going to leave my skin a little dry, and my five o’clock shadow showing. This means I’ll need to clean up before hitting the town for the evening and nothing says “Old School Vintage” like a straight razor. To fill this need I turn to the best, the American Artisan Strop and Razor Heirloom Set from Classic Shaving. The kit has everything I need to get a close shave and condition my face. Thats right folks, I’m clean shaven. I just can’t get behind this lumberjack beard craze.

Being a practical fellow, I need shoes that can transition from daily photo adventure on the street, to a casual night on the town. What better way to do it than with a pair of Allen Edmonds Chicago-tanned Horween Cordovan Leeds Shoes. Simple, clean, and functional these shoes work with jeans as well as a suit. A god pair of walking shoes are a must for the urban adventurer.

With the exception of the Nikon, everything in this post is made right here in the good old United States of America. I believe in buying American made products. If there was an American made camera that matched the Nikon, it would be on my list.

“The Lion City”. A Time Lapse Video of Signapore.

When tilt shift video is done right it looks amazing. Here is a short time lapse video from  entitled “The Lion City”. The film was shot in Singapore, and does an amazing job of capturing the architecture, and bustling transportation the city is known for.   The video was shot on Nikon and Canon HDSLRs  with a moderate sized crew. If you get a chance, take the time to watch his other tilt shift films. Keith Loutit has the technique down, and the final results are worth watching.

Joy Ride, for the Nikon D800.

This short film was shot entirely on Nikon D800 DSLR rigs, and this is why shooting with DSLR’s is changing the face of the industry. This film has an absolutely stunning look to it. The second video is the making of and if you are into this kind of thing really cool to watch. Seeing how these shots were set up, the rig that was used, the way this thing was finished is so cool. Oh and do yourself a favor watch it wearing headphones. The sound design in this deserves an award.

Director: Sandro
Editor: Alaster Jordan / Whitehouse
Music: Yessian
Production: Cap Gun

 

Eye-Fi SD Cards For Your Digital Camera

If you are the kind of person that likes to share your digital photos and you don’t have an Eye-Fi card yet, you are missing out.  I bought one a couple months back, and I love it.

The Eye-Fi card is a wireless memory card. It looks and stores media just like a regular SD/SDHC card, and it fits into any camera that supports the SD format. On top of that, the Eye-Fi card has built-in Wi-Fi that uses your wireless network to effortlessly transfer photos and videos via  WiFi to your computer. The card allows up to 32 networks which can be added to the system, so you are not bound to using just your home network.

Set up of the card is simple. During the quick set-up, I was asked to customize where I wanted my photos sent. Then the Eye-Fi software allowed me to choose not only my computer, but gave me more than 25 photo sharing sites that I can send to as well. (Flickr,Fotoki, Facebook, Twitter, MobileMe, YouTube, Webshots, Snapfish, Picasa, Typepad, DotPhoto, Costco, PhotoBucket, Ritz, Walmart, Kodak, Walgreens etc.) Allowing me to instantly upload images to social networking sites or order prints through partners that print hard copies. During set up, you can customize not just where media is being sent, but how you want it organized. You can preset album names, tags, descriptions, and even privacy preferences on certain sharing sites.

The card I am using is the Eye-Fi Pro which allows me to hit any open Wifi Hot spot like McDonalds, or Starbucks for instance, and it allows me to set up Wifi networks for places that I go to on a frequent basis that have free WiFi which is great. It also has RAW support and an 8 gig capacity which is a must. at 150 bucks the cost is a bit more, but I think it is worth it. The entry-level cards don’t have hot spot access which sort of limits the card functionality. It’s not that hard to plug your camera in and download the photos if you are at home.

One thing I have been playing with and plan to use on the Trip to France this spring is the Geotagging feature. When used with iPhoto, it sorts the images into locations where they were shot. So if you are wanting to put together a travel log with your photos, it organizes them for you. Photos imported into iPhoto can be made into a photobook, and since they’re automatically geotagged, inserting a map of your trip is just one click away.
My only real gripe witht he card right now is limited camera compatibility. While Eye-Fi is making headway and adding new cameras all the time, This card doesn’t work with my Lumix, or EP1 so I am having to use it with an older Canon point and shoot that is not my favorite camera to work with. Hopefully as this product gains traction in the market, Eye-Fi will get all camera brands on the compatibilty list.

At CES Eye-Fi announced  new Eye-Fi software, available for download to all Eye-Fi users at the end of January, features improvements on existing popular Eye-Fi software functionality as well as brand new sharing capabilities. By popular demand: viewing photo & video uploads by date with a nifty calendar and viewing uploaded items in large format. New & improved: republishing items to different sharing sites (eg upload to Flickr, then to Facebook); creating a batch from multiple sources (eg a few Eye-Fi’s items, your photo library, any folder on your hard drive…). The website has little info about the software now, so I’ll be curious in a couple of weeks to see the full feature set.