BMW to Bring Back BMW Films

by JamesNYCFebruary 14. 2014 20:03

Long before Facebook & Twitter & LinkedIn & NetFlix & HULU back when life were more social, people on photo shoots used to talk to one another rather than interfacing with their mobile devices. And during that time all the way back in 2001 we used to talk about the series of short form videos being presented by BMW Films.

The first iteration of BMW Films was "The Hire:" a series of eight online films starring Clive Owen as a mysterious-driver-for-hire that were produced for the Internet from 2001-2002.

Running 8-10 minutes apiece, the mini-movies featured Mr. Owen driving BMW models such as the Z4 roadster. The flicks were directed by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Ang Lee, John Woo, Guy Ritchie and the late John Frankenheimer.

BMW of North America is planning to bring back BMW Films, the pioneering online movie series produced by A-List Hollywood directors/actors that popularized branded content on Madison Avenue more than a decade ago

Mr. Owen's performance helped turn him into an international movie star. Besides the BMW cars, Mr. Owen's co-stars included Gary Oldman, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke and Madonna (who was directed by her former husband, Mr. Ritchie).

A team led by David Lubars and Bruce Bildsten at BMW's former agency, Fallon, Minneapolis, created the idea for "The Hire" and wrote the scripts with input from directors such as Mr. Ritchie. Anonymous Content produced the films. David Fincher executive-produced.

Until the new series of web videos appear we can enjoy a little history here.

BMW Films - The Hire - Beat the Devil

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Sigma introduces the dp2 Quattro

by JamesNYCFebruary 13. 2014 02:52

On first impression the Sigma dp2 Quattro is not a typical compact camera. It has a slender body, with a prominant fixed lens and an unusual diagonal grip. It's design is not the only thing that makes this camera unique. it also features the latest incarnation of Sigma's Foveon X3 direct image sensor, which uses vertical color separation technology.

The dp2 Quattro is the first in Sigma's new line of fixed focal length cameras which prioritize image quality. A trio of dp Quattro compacts will feature either a wide-angle, standard, or medium telephoto lens. The dp2 will be the first to be released and is the standard focal length offering, with its 30-mm lens giving a 35-mm-format equivalent of 45-mm.

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Lena Dunham’s Vogue cover shoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz

by JamesNYCFebruary 8. 2014 15:24

Take a look at Lena Dunham’s Vogue cover shoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz.

 

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6 minute video spot shot om 35mm film

by JamesNYCFebruary 8. 2014 03:16

Parfumerie Guerlain splashed out the big bucks for this nearly six-minute spot shot on 35mm film on location in India. (NSFW: NUDITY) Directed by Bruno Aveillan, it takes epic creative license with the story of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and the creation of the Taj Mahal, which was built for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. No idea why an actress of Persian descent couldn't be summoned for the role, rather than Russian model Natalia Vodianova, but that's fashion for you.

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The works of Michel Comte

by JamesNYCFebruary 4. 2014 03:52

A compilation of the wide-ranging work of Michel. Trailer of "The girl from Nagasaki" Music by Conjure One ( Center of the Sun )

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PhaseOne releases Capture 1 Pro V.7.2.0 today

by JamesNYCFebruary 3. 2014 02:35

Photo Assistant

This release provides support for the new Phase One IQ250 digital back and offers a large number of improvements related to key features of the IQ250. In addition it fixes a number of bugs. We are still testing this release and our initial tests show it to be stable, but we do not recommend upgrading into a critical workflow until our testing with this release is complete.

OS Support

    • Note that OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) is no longer listed as a supported operating system for Capture One 7.2 in the release notes. While Capture One 7.2 may run on OS X 10.6.8, it is not recommended or supported and may suffer multiple stability issues. We recommend using at least Mac OS X 10.7.5 (OS X 10.8.x & 10.9.x are stable as well) and a minimum of 8GB of RAM.

 

Tethered Camera Support

    • Phase One IQ250

 

Camera File Support

    • Phase One IQ250

 

Bug Fixes

  • Improved live view frame rate on Mac.
  • Improved live view alignment between Mac and Windows.
  • Fixed a number of live view issues.
  • Improved tethered stability on Mac.
  • Fixed some XMP syncing issues.
  • Improved importer performance on Mac.
  • Fixed a stability issue related to collapsing of stacks on Mac.
  • Fixed a stability issue related to reordering jobs in the batch queue on Mac.
  • Fixed some LCC issues.
  • A number of other bug fixes.

MAC - Download HERE

Windows 64bit - Download HERE

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Phase One unveils thier first medium-format camera with CMOS Sensor

by JamesNYCJanuary 24. 2014 06:06

A few days ago, Hasselblad announced its revolutionary new the H5D-50c a medium format camera with CMOS sensor technology.

It's all about CMOS sensors in the medium format camera world at the moment. And once again Phase One is taking a commanding lead in the arena of high-end digital capture.

In a recent development, Phase One has declared the same thing just a few days later – a release of its own medium format camera with CMOS sensor technology. It’s called the IQ250 and it’s priced at $34,990. While Hasselblad was the first to announce the news, Phase One is the first to make the device available. It is available for purchase today.

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Photo Innovation: Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF Offers Quick Live View and Video Autofocus

by JamesNYCJanuary 22. 2014 02:45

Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system may be one of the biggest advancements in digital-camera technology we’ve seen in quite a while. Introduced in 2013 with the launch of the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR, this innovative autofocus process—which utilizes a unique approach to implement phase-detection AF—is a major development for solving autofocus issues that arise when a dedicated phase-detection sensor is unavailable and the camera is forced to use the slower contrast-detection AF. This occurs in a DSLR’s live view and movie capture mode, when the mirror must be flipped up.

At the same time, Dual Pixel CMOS AF has strong implications for further improvements in mirrorless cameras, which, like live view and movie capture, depend on sensor-based contrast-detection AF. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF can also be effective when a hybrid autofocus system is used, where a camera dedicates only a limited number of pixels to phase-detection AF to be used in combination with contrast-detection AF.

While hybrid systems have improved autofocus speed, this approach is still lacking, with lenses hunting or pulling in and out of focus before locking on a subject. This occurs because cameras still depend largely on contrast-detection AF. As the name “contrast-detection AF” implies, a certain amount of contrast between adjacent pixels is needed before focus can be achieved, which is particularly difficult in low light.

With its Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Canon takes a unique approach by creating two separate photo diodes for each pixel, covering about 80 percent of the sensor vertically and horizontally. Hiroshi Miyanari, a Canon staff engineer and one of the technology’s developers, explained in a white paper that each set of photo diodes perform both phase difference AF and imaging functions by capturing two parallax images at the same time: “With Dual Pixel CMOS AF, signals from these two images are used to carry out phase-difference detection AF.” In addition, he noted that, “by combining two photo diodes, the image signal can be output as one pixel,” with no negative effect on image quality. Because the two processes are combined, he pointed out, Canon was able to expand the dual functionality to “all pixels” (albeit with 80 percent coverage).

Thanks to its broad coverage of phase detection across the sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is designed to bring faster and more accurate autofocus to DSLRs in live view and smoother autofocus tracking when shooting video. Additionally, the technology promises better performance in low light, since the autofocus is not dependent on the amount of contrast available in a scene.

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Fashion photographer Michel Comte talks about his production of The Girl from Nagasaki

by JamesNYCJanuary 21. 2014 03:45

Amanda Lippert talks to Michel Comte and Ayako Yoshida about their many roles in the production of The Girl from Nagasaki, featured in Sundance's New Frontier program. The film blends heightened narrative with ballet, opera, animation and video art, and was shot in 3D.

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Hasselblad set to launch world’s first medium format CMOS sensor camera

by JamesNYCJanuary 21. 2014 00:27

Hasselblad is set to launch the world’s first 50MP medium format camera using CMOS sensor technology. The groundbreaking H5D-50c will go on sale in March.

While most compact cameras have made the switch from CCD to CMOS image sensors in recent years, medium format cameras have been a hold out – until now, that is. Hasselblad has announced its new H5D-50c will be the world's first medium format camera to pack a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor.

Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad Product Manager said: “This pioneering 50 megapixel CMOS sensor camera is based on our H5D-50 model but will offer a faster capture rate; longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance. It will provide greatly improved Live Video in Phocus and will also be available with Multi-Shot functionality.”

He added: “We believe this will provide a highly compelling option for professional photographers who prefer a more versatile camera that enables them to immediately embrace a wider range of photo-disciplines but still encapsulating the exceptionally high-end image quality associated with Hasselblad.”

Hasselblad’s new CEO Ian Rawcliffe said: “We are extremely excited about this highly adaptable new camera which will offer an even broader palette of shooting options for our high-end customers.

“This is a world-first and underpins Hasselblad’s status at the forefront of camera technology. It will be the first of a number of medium format capture innovations we have planned for the coming months.”

Further information and prices for the new H5D-50c models will be announced in March.

 

The H5D-50c is based on the H5D-50 pictured

The new model is based on Hasselblad's H5D-50, but trades that model's 36.7 x 49.1 mm 50-megapixel CCD sensor for a CMOS sensor that the company's product manager, Ove Bengston, says "will offer a faster capture rate; longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance. It will provide greatly improved Live Video in Phocus and will be available with Multi-Shot functionality."

Hasselblad promises to release more details on the H5D-50c in March, but don't expect it to be cheap. The current H5D-50 sells for over US$25,000.

 

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Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

 
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