Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This Is The World’s Highest Resolution Picture Ever Taken

This Is The World's Highest Resolution Picture Ever Taken
Zoomable version here


In an attempt to break new ground and always push the boundaries, Halta Definizione has created the world's highest ever resolution in a picture. Or actually, the image consists of 1,677 different shots and is then stitched together to make a truly amazing, if not wondrous picture where depth gets a new meaning.

So what is this picture portraying? Well, it wouldn't be right if it wasn't Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper". The depth of the image is just mind boggling. You can zoom down to the smallest grain of paint and still not lose the clarity or the crispness of the image itself. It's really amazing to zoom and pan around in search of those infamous details that we all know of since the movie "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown.

The original 15 by 30 foot painting was photographed over a period of 9 hours and later meticulously stitched together where the tapestry of images finally became a fully viewable and zoom-able image. This image has never before been seen in it's full scale on the Internet.

Monday, May 30, 2011

How much longer can photographic film hold on?


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- At Image City Photography Gallery, Gary Thompson delights in pointing out qualities of light, contrast and clarity in one of his best-selling prints - a winter-sunset view of Yosemite National Park's El Capitan peak shot with a hefty Pentax film camera he bought in 1999 for $1,700.

His wife, Phyllis, a latecomer to fine-art photography after they retired from teaching in the 1990s, favors a Hasselblad X-Pan for panoramic landscapes, such as a time-lapse shot of a harbor in Nova Scotia.

Of 11 partners and resident artists at the private gallery in Rochester - the western New York city where George Eastman transformed photography from an arcane hobby into a mass commodity with his $1 Brownie in 1900 - the Thompsons are the only ones left who haven't switched to filmless digital cameras.

But that time may be near.

"I like the color we get in film, the natural light," says Phyllis Thompson, 70, who married her high-school sweetheart 50 years ago. "But digital cameras are getting much better all the time, and there will come a time when we probably won't be able to get film anymore. And then we'll have to change."

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NDP unveils new arts caucus, seeks to better fund field

OTTAWA — The NDP unveiled its star-studded arts and culture caucus Tuesday with a call for more funding for the Canada Council for the Arts and the adoption of income-averaging for artists.

While the group arrived with few figures to back up their demands and little in the way of a concrete plan, they brushed off the criticism, suggesting the real goal is to highlight the expertise the party plans to bring to the table.

"The new NDP arts and heritage caucus will be the strongest arts caucus in the history of the Canadian Parliament," veteran New Democrat and one-time Juno nominee Charlie Angus said before introducing his new colleagues.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Journalism in Conflict Zones - Free Webinar

(May well apply to reporting on Yellowknife's 50th Street!)

A Newspapers Canada webinar next week.

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Subject: Journalism in Conflict Zones - Free Webinar

Journalism in Conflict Zones - Free Webinar

Wed, May 18, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Cost: Free

Format: Webinar

Length: 30 minutes

Military personnel are highly trained to react in intense situations – but what about the journalists covering the story?

Athabasca University in Alberta has collaborated with the Department of National Defense to create a practicum course for journalism graduates and students interested in learning about reporting from a war zone in a mock-Kandahar site at CFB Wainwright.

The unique course offers participants a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience simulated conflict zones while receiving mentorship from experienced war correspondents.

Students participate in combat exercises in scenarios that change daily.

The webinar is free to attend and participants are encouraged to ask questions following the presentation.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Registration OPEN: WAMP 48 hour music video competition

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeremy - Western Arctic Moving Pictures <jeremy@wamp.ca>
Date: 9 May 2011 16:32
Subject: Registration OPEN: 48 hour music video competition

Once again its that time of year....

The 48 HOUR MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION will commence on Saturday June 4th, at noon and entries will be due on Monday June 6th at noon. The event is where bands and video teams are paired up at noon on Saturday and they have 48 hours to produce a music video and are later judged and awarded prizes! Editing Suites and Equipment are available for use as part of the competition.

Registration is open for BANDS & VIDEO TEAMS
Space is limited, please contact WAMP ASAP to register!


*NEW REQUIREMENT [in order to register EVERYONE must obtain a WAMP membership or pay similar fee]

Jeremy Emerson - Executive Director
Western Arctic Moving Pictures Film Society
4916 49th street (basement of northway bldg]
PO BOX 2487
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2P8
Ph: (867) 766-2586

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Nikon’s Image authentication system cracked

ElecomSoft, a privately owned company in the heart of Russia (Moscow) has fiddled around with Nikon's Image authentication software and managed to let a forged photo pass for a genuine one.  Nikon originally created their authentication system to inhibit an uneditted image to be manipulated and being sold for original/raw.

Forged photos are nowadays so common for  false political statements, legal evidence & business affairs that can define or totally destroy an individual or company's name and/or carreer. So Nikon thought it invented the perfect software to validate if a photo was taken with their camera and if it was modified in any way.