If you’re going to photograph the cosmos, the first step is to find somewhere really dark where Earthly light pollution won’t spoil your shot. Following this line of thought to its logical limits, astrophotographer Stéphane Guisard went in search of the darkest possible sky he could find here on Earth, and found it at just the right time and place in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The results are these breathtaking shots that on first glance may look noisy and polluted -- until you take a good close-up look at what’s really there.
Our friends at Popular Photography are on the ground in Cologne, Germany for Photokina--the year's biggest photography trade show. The swarm of new product announcements coming out of an event of this size can be overwhelming, but PopPhoto has compiled a list of all the new cameras, lenses and accessories worthy of your attention. Check it out here.
Just a few weeks after Canon dropped their EOS 60D on us, Nikon fires back with their new 16.2 megapixel DX-format DSLR.
The D7000 uses a CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 2 image processing engine, which Nikon claims combine to provide low-light performance that's unmatched with an APS-C sensor. It has a native ISO range of 100-6400, but can be expanded all the way up to 25,600.
By Dan Bracaglia
Posted 09.14.2010 at 2:11 pm 1 Comment
It’s hard to believe, given the tragic scenario, that anyone could find beauty in such an ugly catastrophe as the Gulf oil spill, but Canadian photographer Edward Burtynysky was able to do just that in his newly released aerial images of the disaster.
Canon's mid-range 60D, unveiled late last night, doesn't auto focus like Nikon's also-fresh D3100. But it does represent the final step in Canon's 1080p HD video transition across its full line of DSLRs. Plus--there's a nifty fold-out LCD.
Phil Ryan from Pop Photo had a chance to take the new rig for an early spin in Yellowstone. Read all about it, and see plenty of full-res sample shots, here.
Nikon's been playing catch-up ever since they introduced the first DSLR capable of shooting HD video along with photos; a flurry of HD models from rival Canon have consistently bested Nikon's in terms of features in price. But with the freshly-announced D3100, Nikon may have found a new secret sauce: 1080p with auto focus.
By Alessandra Calderin
Posted 07.22.2010 at 10:23 am 14 Comments
In February, the Swiss company PlanetSolar SA unveiled PlanetSolar, a floating test bed for renewable energy, during a ceremony held in Kiel, Germany. The $15-million catamaran measures 49 feet wide, 25 feet high and 102 feet long and weighs 94 tons. It is equipped with 5,380 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels, and its four motors run entirely on solar power (when it’s cloudy out, energy stored in batteries powers the boat).
Any sentimentalist knows why we carry cameras: to capture memories. And a memory captured is one you don’t need to remember yourself. That’s more or less the idea behind the new Vicon Revue. The device, which is based on a Microsoft Research project, is a three-ounce camera that automatically snaps away all day long, remembering events so you don’t have to. We took it out for a test drive.
Using Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope program, you can now take an interactive tour of Mars with the highest-resolution images available of the Red Planet -- something even scientists have never been able to see before.
The European Space Agency has released the first close-ups of the asteroid Lutetia snapped by the Rosetta mission over the weekend, revealing that the mysterious asteroid has taken quite a beating over the years. And by years, we mean something like 4.5 billion. As suspected, it turns out that Lutetia is probably very, very old.
ESA's Rosetta mission got a quite a view of Lutetia as it passed within 1,965 miles of it while en route to its final destination, the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Check out this latest image from Cassini, NASA’s orbiting Saturn outpost. It shows the small Saturnian moon Dione in crisp detail, in front of the hazy atmosphere of Titan.
Cassini takes pictures like this all the time, so it’s easy to forget how amazing it is: We have a foil-wrapped 22-foot-tall spacecraft whizzing around the rings and moons of the sixth planet, snapping stunning vistas of a place no human will likely ever visit. And each photo is more amazing than the last.
Sometimes you're just at the right place at the right time. Astronauts aboard the ISS experienced just such a moment when they captured this captivating image of a rare aurora australis over the Southern Indian Ocean likely caused by a coronal mass ejection from the sun late last month.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.